Cypress College’s (STEM)² program has received partnership approval in collaboration with Chapman University for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Earth and Environmental Sciences (SURFEES).
The National Science Foundation – Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) sponsored program will provide between 10 and 15 community college students with the opportunity to engage in faculty-mentored research projects in biology, chemistry, food science, and geoscience. Students in the program will also participate in seminars with faculty speakers and environmental professionals and professional development workshops.
“Summer research experiences are known to change students’ lives by boosting their confidence to persist in their respective STEM majors, careers, and pursue advanced degrees in science,” said Yanet G. Padilla, director of Educational Partnerships – (STEM) ² at Cypress College. “We are elated to be partnering with Chapman University for this common purpose.”
They will receive a $4,800 fellowship award and on-campus housing at Chapman University for the eight-week program. After the program, students will present their research and participate in the program’s commencement ceremony.
“Chapman is excited to welcome students from Cypress College to participate in the long-running SURFEES program in Chapman’s Schmid College of Science and Technology,” said Christopher S. Kim, associate dean of Academic Programs at Chapman University. “Through this NSF-funded summer research program, Chapman offers students from two-year colleges such as Cypress the opportunity to join an active scientific research lab for an eight-week intensive research experience, including on-campus housing, professional development seminars, social bonding activities, and an end-of-summer research showcase for SURFEES fellows as well as their family and friends.”