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

June 13 – August 5, 2016
Applications now open, due March 18, 2016!

CC-RISE is an eight-week, paid, summer research internship program for community college students run by the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations. Students will gain firsthand exposure to the scientific process by working in a faculty-led research lab at the University of California Santa Cruz or at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. In addition to research, students will 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 will present their results to an audience of peers and mentors.

CC-RISE 2013 (Schroeder/USC)


  • Paid (varies according to site), 8-week research internship at UCSC or MBL (non residential)
  • Conduct research 40 hours/week, focused on a project in a STEM lab
  • Mentored and trained in research procedures

Applicant Qualifications

  • Excited to do research (prior research experience not necessary)!
  • Currently enrolled in a community college, planning to transfer to a 4-year university and major in a science discipline
  • Completed some science courses (biology, chemistry, geology), strongly recommended
  • Minimum 3.25 overall GPA
  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident

Contact and Submission Information

online, or contact Dr. Gretta Serres, for more information.

  • CC-RISE 2016 [FLYER]
  • Applications due: March 18, 2016
  • Internship: ~ June 20 – August 12, 2016 (exact dates TBD based on applicant availability)

Apply online, or contact Dr. Adina Paytan, for more information.

  • CC-RISE 2016 [FLYER]
  • Applications due: March 18, 2016
  • Internship: June 13 - August 5, 2015




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