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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 2017‐18 Academic Year:

UCSB and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute has currently begun a fourth 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,1 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

Note: Enrollment will be required to participate in activities with the program starting Monday, October 2nd, 2017. Enrollment deadline to be eligible for summer programs is Friday, January 20th 2018. Enrollment forms and instructions will be posted online, emailed to the mailing list, and emailed to your respective campuses on October 2nd.

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:

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:

Professional Devleopment Workshop
@ SBCC Campus Center Rm 216
from 1:00‐2:00 PM
How to write a Statement of Purpose Essay for your Internships: Please join us at your local college to learn how to write an essay for research internships. This workshop will focus on writing structure, tips, and examples. The essay prompt we will use is from the Smithsonian Minority Awards program, which is comparable to other competitive research internships and the Statement of Purpose often used for graduate school.
Food will be provided.

Please RSVP using the link below:


Hosted by:
The UCSB Smithsonian Scholars Program
UCSB Office of Education Partnerships
Presenters: Cristina Soto Balderas & Erica Johnson

In Partnership with:

Contact us:

Erica Johnson ‐ Program Coordinator
Phone: 805‐893‐4789

Cristina Soto Balderas ‐ Program Coordinator
Phone: 805‐893‐4789