The GEM Course is an all-expenses paid, three-week intensive introductory course in Global Environmental Microbiology (GEM) geared toward early-career undergraduates from 2- and 4-year institutions. The course focuses on microbes found in aquatic environments investigated through authentic research experiences (students collect, process & interpret data). This residential course includes lectures, labs and fieldwork at USC and on Santa Catalina Island.

Where:  University of Southern California campus and Santa Catalina Island, CA
When:  June 14 – July 2, 2020
Who:  Undergraduates from 2 or 4-year colleges
Cost:  FREE, including travel, plus modest stipend
How to apply:

Note:  First generation college, women, and under-represented students encouraged to apply

Application Deadline:  March 25, 2020 at 5:00pm PDT

For questions and comments, contact Gwen Noda at