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Community College Apprentice Research Experience (CCARE)

About the program

The UROC Community College Apprentice Research Experience (CCARE) program provides community college students the opportunity to conduct research at CSU Monterey Bay for 9-weeks over summer designed to expose those who have demonstrated an interest in research, with the aim of stimulating participants' interest in pursuing 4-year STEM degrees. Working with faculty and research groups, current community college students will learn first hand how science research is carried out. Projects are available in a variety of STEM disciplines. We encourage students to fill out an Interest Form to assist us in tailoring projects to the interests of the majority.

Community college students in the program will be mentored by CSUMB faculty, often working in teams with more senior undergraduate researchers, and will read the scientific literature, contribute to original scientific research, and learn how to present their findings orally and in writing. Students will also attend weekly seminars as part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) summer professional development program. We are particularly interested in supporting those who have little or no experience with research. Applications are welcomed from all qualified students. Women, minorities, veterans, first-in-family to attend college, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Participants will receive up to ~ $4200 in paid stipend for their research and work throughout the summer, along with housing on the CSUMB campus. This program is funded by the US Department of Education.

Program Benefits

  • 9-week research experience
  • Hands-on research guided by CSUMB Faculty
  • Support from senior CSUMB undergraduate researchers
  • Weekly professional development seminars (mandatory)
  • Advising and support for transfer to CSUMB
  • Guest speakers, lab tours, and field trips
  • Up to ~$4,200 stipend
  • Free lodging on CSUMB campus
  • Limited research supply funding
  • CCARE participants are eligible to submit a UROC Travel Award Request (see button) to present their research products at a Fall-2020 conference.
Dr. Bergsma with 2018 CCARE students reviewing field research protocols.
Dr. Bergsma with 2018 CCARE students reviewing field research protocols.
Guillermo Bock and Jennifer Gilmour with 2019 CCARE students at Big Sur.

Guillermo Bock and Jennifer Gilmour with 2019 CCARE students at Big Sur.

Program Overview & Application

CCARE application portal is now open!

The CCARE program is now accepting applications. Applications are accessible though the online application system Slideroom. You will be required to create an account and log in each time you need to access your application.

Research areas and mentors can be found below. More will be added throughout the following weeks.

Deadline: March 13, 2020

CCARE Application 2020

Questions? Email

Summer 2020 Research Areas and Mentors

Past Research Areas and Mentors

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center

(831) 582-4241