California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP)

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Program for

Undergraduate Student

Experience Type

Research Experiences


Long-term experience


Materials Research Laboratory (MRL)

The California Alliance for Minority Participation provides resources and opportunities to under-represented students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The program is sponsored by the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation at the National Science Foundation, and is part of the statewide CAMP program. The Summer Research Program provides a 10-week intensive research experience for CAMP eligible students interested in a career in science, engineering, technology or mathematics. CAMP participants work in a UCSB laboratory with a graduate student or postdoctoral researcher mentor. Mentors provide one-on-one training and support for the research project. In addition to research, the interns also participate in weekly group meetings to develop oral presentation skills, attend special seminars and present their results at an end-of-summer poster session. Students also present their research at the statewide CAMP symposium the year after completing their internship. Funding is also available for CAMP eligible UCSB students to participate in academic year research, travel to professional meetings, and graduate school application support.