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Community College Research Internship for Scientific Engagement (CC-RISE)

CC-RISE is an eight-week, paid, summer research internship program for community college students run by C-DEBI. Students gain firsthand exposure to the scientific process by working in a faculty-led research lab at the University of Southern California (USC), University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC), or Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). In addition to research, students participate in activities focusing on how to transition from a two-year college to a university and information on graduate school. At the end of the program, students present their results to an audience of peers and mentors.

CC-RISE 2013 (Schroeder/USC)

CC-RISE will not be held at USC in summer 2015, but it will operate at UCSC and MBL in 2015.


  • Paid stipend, 8-week, non-residential, research internship at USC, UCSC or MBL
  • Conduct research 40 hours/week, focused on a project in a microbiology/geochemistry lab
  • Mentored and trained in research procedures

Applicant Qualifications

  • Excited to do research (but do not have prior research experience)!
  • Currently enrolled in a community college, planning to transfer to a 4-year university within the year and major in a science discipline
  • Completed 4 semester-long science courses (biology, chemistry, math, geology, etc.), microbiology course strongly recommended
  • Minimum 3.25 Overall GPA
  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident

Application Must Include

  • Cover page including your name, mailing address, phone number, email address
  • 1 page essay of why you want to participate in CC-RISE
  • Copy of transcript (unofficial version is accepted)
  • 2 letters of recommendation from faculty members emailed directly to program coordinator
  • The application must be submitted electronically


Contact and Submission Information

For the USC program email:
Dr. Stephanie Schroeder, C-DEBI Education Director,

  • No program in 2015


For the UCSC program email:
Apply online, or contact Dr. Adina Paytan, for more information.

  • CC-RISE 2015 [FLYER]
  • Applications Due: March 16, 2015
  • Internship: June 15 - August 7, 2015


For the MBL program email:
Apply online, or contact Gretta Serres, or Julie Huber, for more information.

  • CC-RISE for Cape Cod Community College Students [FLYER]
  • Applications Due: March 13, 2015
  • Internship: June 15 - August 7, 2015




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