Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center

Introductory College Apprentice Research Experience

Thanks to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Improving Undergraduate STEM Education grant, CSUMB is proud to partner with Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) to offer the Introductory College Apprentice Research Experience (iCARE) program to MPC and CSUMB undergraduate students at the CSUMB campus. Students will participate in faculty-mentored undergraduate STEM research that is composed of rigorous, authentic, and calibrated scholarly activities by providing first-hand experiences through innovative and distinctive activities. The iCARE program offers two tracks: a 5 or 10-week summer program to fit student research goals. This program is geared towards students with no to very little research experience. 

Participating students will work in guided teams with a CSUMB faculty research mentor and senior CSUMB undergraduate researchers to learn how research is conducted by reading scientific literature, contributing to original scientific research, and learning how to present research findings. Participating students will also engage in a series of weekly workshops that focus on written and oral communication, community building, graduate school preparedness and career development as part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) summer professional development program. 

Program Benefits

  • 5 or 10-week hands-on research guided by CSUMB faculty
  • Support from senior CSUMB undergraduate researchers
  • Advising and support for transfer to a 4-year institution
  • ~$1,400 scholarship for 5 week participation/~$2,800 scholarship for 10week participation
  • Advising and support for transfer to a 4-year institution
  • Limited research supply funding
  • Participants are eligible to submit a UROC Travel Award Request to present their research products at a Fall 2022 conference. Travel Allowance is limited to only travel directly related to the summer research project.
Dr. Bergsma with 2018 CCARE students reviewing field research protocols.
Dr. Bergsma reviewing field research protocols.

Program Overview

  • Students will have the opportunity to participate in 5 or 10 week research projects during the summer.
  • Program date options:
    • 1st 5-week program: June 6-July 8, 2022
    • 2nd 5-week program: July 11-August 12, 2022
    • 10-week program: June 6 to August 12, 2022
  • Research projects are available in a variety of STEM disciplines (Agriculture Plant and Soil Science, Biology, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Kinesiology, Marine Science, Math, Psychology, and/or Statistics)
  • Weekly professional development workshops
  • Research presentation at the UROC Summer Research Symposium on August 12, 2022
    • Required for all students participating in the 10 week program, optional for those participating in the 5 week program.

Past Research Areas and Mentors