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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 2017:

UCSB and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute has currently begun a third phase of the UCSB-Smithsonian Scholars Program. The program will offer a full year of STEM activities and opportunities, including 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.

You can also visit our UCSB-Smithsonian Calendar page

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, and Ventura College. Participants must be willing to try new and challenging experiences.

Note: Applications for Travel Program to DC/VA and Channel Islands workshops to be posted March 14, 2017.

Information Network:

To join our information network and to stay updated as to when we will be on your campus to share information, please provide the following information:

You can also visit our UCSB-Smithsonian Calendar page

Current NEWS on Project:

Interested in using your Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Science (STEM) degree for conserving Earth's biodiversity, natural resources, and ecosystems from excessive rates of extinction? Please apply to our upcoming summer programs by our APRIL 28th DEADLINE.

Two Programs, 1 online application: UCSB-Smithsonian Summer Programs 2017 Online Application

Santa Cruz Island, CA Field Conservation Workshop
June 22nd-25th
Join us for a four-day excursion to the Santa Cruz Island Research Station in the Channel Islands National Park and gain hands-on experience in research under the guidance of scientists from UC Santa Barbara, CSU Channel Islands, the Smithsonian Institution, Cornell University and The Nature Conservancy. Together with students from other Southern California schools, you will learn about diverse topics such as the geology and biological communities of the island. Finally, you will learn about state-of-the-art research methods that have prepared conservation efforts for the Island’s rare endemic species. The Santa Cruz Island, CA Field Conservation Workshop is your opportunity to make the first steps as a conservation scientist! *Undocumented, AB540, DACA, Permanent Resident, and US Citizenship are all okay to apply!

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia & Washington D.C.
July 23-August 5th
Join us for a two-week program at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia and Washington D.C.! Learn about multidisciplinary research and career opportunities in conservation and biodiversity, and receive valuable research training and mentoring from Smithsonian researchers. Our theme is "One Health", a focus on the interconnectedness of humans, ecosystems, and animals and a global perspective on conservation in the 21st century. You will participate in classroom seminars, field and lab workshops in state-of-the-art facilities at the Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation, and behind-the-scenes tours of Smithsonian museums and offices in Washington D.C. *Applicants must be Permanent Resident or US Citizen until further notice.

APPLICATION DETAILS

Eligibility:

  • Students who are 1st generation college students, low-income, and/or underrepresented minority background.
  • You must be pursuing a science, technology, engineering, or math major from : UCSB, SBCC, Allan Hancock College, Ventura College, Oxnard College, or East LA College.
  • Must have at least 1 year of full time credits as a college student by the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

Two Programs, 1 online application: UCSB-Smithsonian Summer Programs 2017 Online Application

  • Fill out basic demographic information and GPA
  • 2 References
  • Short Essay Response (500-1000 words) to prompt: Why should you be selected for either/both the SC Island and/or the SCBI experience? Please include your background, personal experience, and most importantly your educational and professional goals that might shed light on why you are the best candidate.

Email the following documents to Erica Johnson at Erica.Johnson@ucsb.edu after submitting application:

  • Financial Aid Award Letter
  • Resume (1 page, include volunteer, work, research, and/or other extracurricular activities)
  • Unofficial Transcript

Word, PDF, and JPEG files accepted.
Please do not include personal information such as SSN or birth date anywhere on this application. Block it out on any official documents if necessary.

Please email Erica Johnson at Erica.Johnson@ucsb.edu with any questions!

SB Museum of Natural History Internship

We are looking for 4 students to work with curator and researcher Paul Collins at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Museum (2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara) between the dates of July 10th- July 21st, 2017. This will be an opportunity for you to work with sediment core samples collected by scientists from the Barn Owl Cave in the Santa Barbara Island. These samples date back thousands of years! You will learn how to identify the bones under expert guidance.

You must attend one of the following colleges/University to be eligible: UCSB, SBCC, AHC, VC, OC, ELAC.

Interns will receive a stipend of $500 after completing 50 hours of work at SB Natural History Museum between the dates of July 10th- July 21st 2017.

Please fill out the online application by Friday, May 5th, 5:00PM:
SBMNH Application

Contact us:

Erica Johnson - Program Coordinator
Email: erica.johnson@ucsb.edu
Phone: 805-893-4789