Jack Kent Cooke Bridges for Engineering and Science Transfers (Cooke Bridges)
The Cooke Bridges program is hosted at the University of California, Santa Barbara, by the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP) at the California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI).
CNSI is a collaborative effort established by the State of California, situated on the campuses of UC Santa Barbara and UC Los Angeles, which targets the scientific and technological possibilities of working at the molecular scale. It is an integrative venture that calls upon expertise from a very broad scope of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, materials science, computation, and media arts. The research at CNSI begins with nanostructure building blocks and determines novel ways of seamlessly integrating those building blocks into new materials, devices and systems. By 'mixing and matching' components having different electronic, magnetic, optical, and structural properties, our ultimate goal is to create 'designer materials' and designer systems that will have capabilities exceeding those found in nature.
The Cooke Bridges program brings science, engineering, and mathematics community college students to the UC Santa Barbara campus for a one week science intensive residential program hosted at CNSI for a hands-on experience in a dynamic research environment. The students chosen for the program work with graduate student researchers in UCSB science and engineering laboratories, gaining first-hand experience in how scientific research is conducted. They will also gain experience in preparing and presenting talks to disseminate their research findings and network with science, engineering, and mathematics researchers and industry professionals through social, academic, and professional development activities.
- Work in a team on an introductory research project in Nanotechnology, Bioengineering, Materials, Energy Efficiency, or Drug Design
- Network with University scientists and Industry Professional
- Tours of Industry and UCSB Major Instrumentation
- Mentoring and advising by UCSB faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, staff, and Industry Professionals
- Identifying strategies for transfer and academic success at the University
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Technical Training
- Leadership and teamwork
- Science Communication - design and delivery of an oral scientific presentation
Summer Program Details
- University housing is provided at the Santa Ynez Apartments
- All meals provided in University dining halls
- No cost for participating in the Cooke Bridges Program
- Students are required to attend and actively participate in the entire program, weekends and evenings included
The Cooke Bridges program is supported by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation