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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, 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 now available below:
Download UCSB-SI Enrollment Packet
Download UCSB-SI Waiver of Liability

Please email forms to as PDF or Word Doc.
You may fax them to 805‐893‐3871

You may drop off hard copies or mail your form to our main office at UCSB:
UCSB ‐ Office of Education Partnerships
1501 South Hall
Santa Barbara, CA 93106‐3011

Deadline to enroll has been extended to Monday, February 12th, 2018.

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:

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:

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute PANAMA - Undergraduate Research Opportunities Webinar
with Paola Gomez, STRI Academic Programs Coordinator

Friday January 26, 2018
1:00-2:00 PM via ZOOM


Join us for a webinar with our colleague from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute to learn more about internship and fellowship opportunities in PANAMA! Undergraduates at all academic levels and recent college graduates are all welcome to apply to these opportunities (deadline is March 15th).
If interested, please fill out the RSVP form and there will be instructions to come to join from your computer or phone via webinar on ZOOM.


UCSB-Smithsonian Scholars Program Information Sessions
with Erica Johnson and Cristina Soto Balderas

Information session times/dates:
Friday, February 2nd @ 9:00AM and 12:00PM
Monday, February 5th @ 1:00PM and 4:00PM


Join your UCSB-Smithsonian Scholars Program Coordinators for an informative session on 1) the program, 2) enrollment, 3) selection process for advanced summer workshops and internships, and 4) to get more details on our upcoming events (see below)!

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