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...
Students gain access to a network of research opportunities in fields related to the conservation of biodiversity, including: ecology, botany, marine science, genomics, cultural anthropology, animal science, reproductive physiology, and others in STEM.
The program provides activities and multi-day workshops that engages students in hands-on, skill-building activities connecting them with ongoing research projects. The overall goal of the program is to give students early research experiences that will help them prepare and be competitive for internships in STEM and to encourage students to participate in post-graduate opportunities.
We provide a variety of activities such as:
To participate in the program students must:
To learn more about the program, please join us for an information session during the Fall semester at your campus or contact the program coordinator Cristina Soto Balderas, Cristina.Soto.Balderas@ucsb.edu or call 805‐893‐4789.
Please also visit our UCSB-Smithsonian Calendar page for upcoming activities.
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.--->
If you would like to join our email/SMS text stream, please complete the Google form (https://goo.gl/forms/N4OAnbjFpOgIyqp62) or email the coordinator:
Ongoing Projects and Opportunities
Please check out the images and the student storyboard project on the Channel Islands, created with support from our partners at the National Parks Conservation Association.
Cristina Soto Balderas ‐ Program Coordinator