Early Undergraduate Research and Knowledge Acquisition
The EUREKA! program is designed to enrich the academic experience of undergraduates at UCSB in science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) disciplines early on in their educational careers. The program is focused on introducing students in their first year to the broader science community on campus and providing exposure to research through academic year internships. Students who have participated in the Summer Institute in Mathematics and Science (SIMS) are especially encouraged to apply. EUREKA is hosted by the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP) at the California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI). We aim to nurture student's academic achievement through financial support and opportunities to actively engage in the science community through early preparation that addresses the academic skills, social networking, and career exploration needed for success in the sciences.
Once selected as EUREKA interns, the students embark upon an academic-year long program of scientific research and educational enrichment guided by individual Faculty Mentors and staff at CSEP. Interns are provided with an invaluable opportunity to explore, early on, their discipline, experience a research environment, and improve their opportunities for future study in their chosen field. Each intern is mentored by a member of the UCSB faculty, who assists the student in designing a plan of research and enrichment activities fitted to the individual interests and academic goals of the intern which includes:
- Summer research experience ($3000 stipend)
- Eligibility for academic year research experience ($11 per hour, up to $500 / quarter)
- Oral and written science communication skills development
- Weekly seminar course with faculty speakers from various departments
- Attendance at professional or scientific society meetings