CBS Dean's Circle Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The application period for these awards ended on Friday, March 27, 2020

Science doesn’t stop for summer, but for many undergraduate students, research projects started during the school year can be put on the backburner once school lets out. At the College of Biological Sciences, we’re committed to providing our students with enriching research experiences that pave the way for academic and career success while bolstering their identities as scientists.

The CBS Dean’s Circle Summer Undergraduate Research Program provides funding for undergraduate students, allowing them to continue research projects started during the school year. Designed for students already in a laboratory, this program provides the means to help students continue research through the summer, when they might otherwise leave for summer employment.

Program: Up to six students will be selected to continue their projects during a 10-week summer period where they are expected to spend 40 hours/week in the lab (i.e. not in summer session classes). They’ll meet regularly as a group with Associate Dean Gregg Recanzone to discuss their research projects, their progress and pitfalls of the research process. At the end of the program, students will give a brief project presentation to the group and others in the UC Davis community.

Eligibility: Students must be a CBS major in good standing at the end of their freshman, sophomore or junior year. They must also be conducting their research project in the laboratory of a CBS faculty member.

CBS Dean's Circle Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Application Process:

The application consists of three parts:

  1. A project description written by the student in consultation with the PI consisting of two parts. A. A 300 word description of the project in scientific context and with both short and long-term goals and B. The specific objectives to be completed during the 10 week period of the award.
  2. A 300 word personal statement by the student addressing the questions of A. How did you come to be interested in working in this laboratory? B. Why do you want to do this particular project? C. How does this research project help you reach your long-term goals?
  3. A <= 1 page letter from the PI consisting of A. Mentorship Plan detailing how frequently the PI will meet with the student and who will be providing the daily mentorship (post-doc, graduate student, etc.) B. Assessment of the student’s abilities in the laboratory, intellect, and motivation and C. Statement of intention to the support of the student with respect to equipment, supplies, space, etc. during the following academic year.

Applications will be electronic using the CBS Awards format. The student will upload parts 1 and 2, which will generate an email to the identified faculty member to submit part 3.

All applications will be reviewed by an application committee consisting of Gregg Recanzone (Chair) and one post-doctoral fellow from each of the five departments. Those deserving further consideration will be interviewed by the committee in order to make the final decision.

Award: Each successful applicant will receive a stipend of $5,000 over the 10 week summer period for work conducted between June 29, 2020 through September 4, 2020. Each sponsoring laboratory will receive $500 to be used in support of the student’s project at the PIs discretion.

Applications Due: March 20, 2020
Interviews: April 17, 2020
Decision Announcement: April 22, 2020
Award dates: 6/29/2020 – 9/4/2020