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CCWinter: Winter Internship Program for Community College Students

Deadline Extended Until Dec 6th, 2010

The two-week (80 h) CCWinter Program provides a combination of intense research and professional development opportunities to help community college students develop a sense of community, competence and autonomy in relationship to a first scientific research experience, and kindle their interest in participating in a summer research internship prior to transferring to a four-year universityThe program includes: (1) a Scientific Research Project (80% time) that provides an engaging opportunity for students to become familiar with basic scientific procedures (i.e. wet lab skills, data analysis and protocol design), gain exposure to teamwork/mentor situations, improve critical thinking, and develop written/oral communication skills; (2) a Professional Identity Development Component (20% time) that includes discussions on career opportunities/challenges and team-confidence building activities to promote the development of teamwork/collaboration skills and build a supportive community.


Research: Engage in two-week HANDS-ON intensive program and get introduced to scientific research.
Professional Development: Participate in seminars designed to help you find summer internship opportunities in your area of interest and get ready to apply.

Have Fun: Participate in fun extra-curricular activities aimed to bring interns together and build a supportive community.
Stipend:  Receive a $600 stipend to support the costs of transportation and meals.


Duration: Two weeks during the winter. Monday through Friday.
Program’s Location: 2700 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817, Oak Park Building, CBST Ed Room. 
Who can apply: All Northern CA community college students (emphasis on sophomores intending to transfer to UC Davis in the Fall 2010, but not exclusive). US citizens or Permanent Residents. Students from underserved and/or disadvantaged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. 
Home institutions: Community Colleges in California.
Intended Majors: Chemical, Biochemical or Biomedical Engineering; Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Biophysics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related.

See what previous participants said about the experience:

2008 CCWinter 

2009 CCWinter

2010 CCWinter

2011 CCWinter

ATTENTION: This program is intended for community college students with
no major experience in research. If you have previously participated in a
formal research program you may be overqualified for this opportunity.


  • DEADLINE extended: December 6, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST

  • Receiving  applications: from Oct 1- Dec 6, 2010
  • Award Notification:  Dec 17, 2010
  • Two-week program:  Jan 3-14, 2011


A complete application package must include the following items:

1.  On-line Application Form. You will need the following information to complete the form: Cumulative GPA; Last GPA; Science and Math GPA; number of Science, Engineering and Math classes taken until now; list of the classes you are enrolled in for Fall 08'; 4 year institutions you will apply to transfer to. You can download an example of the Last Year Application Form to Use ONLY for reference. When you go on-line, you will fill up the 2011 application form. NOTE: Only 2011 on-line application forms will be accepted.

2.  Résumé.  A few sample categories that you may want to include: Education, Professional Experience,  Lab/Technical Skills, Honors/Awards/Scholarships, Extracurricular Activities (academic, community, volunteering, etc).

3.   Personal Statement. The personal statement helps us to review your interests and to determine your motivation for applying for the internship. It should be clear and easy to read. We should be able to view a synopsis of your background (highlight relevant career, academic and civic accomplishments) and a summary of where you wish to be in the future. For more details download the Instructions to Write a Personal Statement

4.    One letter of Recommendation. Contact your recommender in advance to request his/her support. Please download the instructions and give it to your recommender (Letter of Recommendation - Instructions). The letter needs to be submitted electronically (see below).

5.    A current Official Undergraduate Transcript. 


1)  To apply go to

2)  Upload your Résumé and Personal Statement - Save the documents in separate files and upload them in the system.

3)  Letter of recommendation. Provide the name and contact information of your recommender when requested by the system. The system will automatically contact the person and he/she will upload the document. You will be notified when the letter has been uploaded.

4) Upload your unofficial transcript AND get your college to send your official transcripts to the below address. Transcripts must be received by the deadline.

          2011 CBST CCWinter Program
          Attention: Ana M. Corbacho, PhD
          NSF Center for Biophotonics Science & Technology
          University of California, Davis
          2700 Stockton Blvd., Suite 1400
          Sacramento, CA 95817
          TEL: (916) 734-8600 FAX: (916) 703-5012

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