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UCSB - Smithsonian Scholars Program

In 2015 UCSB, its regional community college partners, and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) co-developed an innovative summer program to engage diverse students in experiential learning centered on multi-disciplinary conservation strategies, biodiversity research, and careers in STEM. To learn more...


Introducing the UCSB-Smithsonian Scholars Program for the 2018‐19 Academic Year:

UCSB and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute has currently begun a fifth phase of the UCSB‐Smithsonian Scholars Program. The program will offer a full year of STEM activities and opportunities, including ½ day field activities, professional development, guest speakers, internship opportunities, a Channel Islands workshop and a 13‐day travel program to the Smithsonian‐Mason School of Conservation in DC and Virginia. To participate in the STEM activities and opportunities, enrollment is required:

Enrollment forms are currently being updated

Please also visit our UCSB‐Smithsonian Calendar page for upcoming activities.

Target Audience:

We are looking for 1st and 2nd year STEM students who are first generation and or low-income, specifically from UCSB, Oxnard College, Santa Barbara City College, Allan Hancock College, Ventura College, and East LA College. Participants must be willing to try new and challenging experiences.

Information Network:

We are currently updating our information network. Please check back in this fall!

You can also visit our UCSB-Smithsonian Calendar page

Current NEWS on Project:

The 2018 UCSB‐Smithsonian Scholars have just returned from the Summer ERES Program at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia and DC. Please check in again this fall for the 2018‐19 Academic calendar of events and enrollment deadlines.

Contact us:

Cristina Soto Balderas ‐ Program Coordinator
Email: Cristina.Soto.Balderas@ucsb.edu
Phone: 805‐893‐4789