2014 Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium
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STEM Diversity Graduation
Class of 2014 


Rolando Perez, MARC Student: 

UC Santa Cruz undergrads in iGem competition

SACNAS 2014 Award Winners:

UC Santa Cruz student researchers recognized at national conference







Congratulations to our SACNAS and ABRCMS National Conference award winners:

ABRCMS, San Antonio, TX- November 12th-16th, 2014:

  • Shannon Barbour, MARC- Developmental Biology and Genetics 
  • Gustavo Chata, PREP- Engineering,Physics & Math
  • Adan Codina, MARC-Biochemistry
  • Jesenia Hartman, PREP- Chemistry
  • Natalia Herrera, RMI, MARC Alum- Microbiology
  • Cecilia Im, UC LEADS- Cell Biology

SACNAS, Los Angeles, CA- October 16th-18th, 2014:

  • Jazel Hernandez, HLLC- Biochemistry/Biophysics
  • Sharon Idiga, IMSD- Cell/Molecular Biology
  • Rene Mercado, CAMP- Chemistry
  • Jhanic Ramos, HLLC- Engineering


Undergraduate STEM Diversity Programs Application is now closed.

UC Santa CRUZ PREP program deadline APRIL 1st, 2015.      

If you would like to apply for UCSC PREP please click here for more info:


For specific questions about your application contact us directly at:







Bio15: a seminar series. MARC, IMSD, UCLEADS, and CAMP students working in a research laboratory are given the opportunity to present their research during the series. This is a 1 unit course. We meet on Wednesdays from 12:30 -1:45 pm in Jack Baskin 160.

For more information contact Malika: malika@ucsc.edu (831) 459-3761


The MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers) Program offers research training to participating students to help prepare them to compete successfully for entry into graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences. Providing Academic Research Training to Undergraduates. Funded by NIH, the goals of the MARC program is to increase the numbers and capabilities of minority scientist and science professionals and to prepare students for careers in biomedical research.

MARC Faculty Director

Alan M. Zahler, Ph.D, Professor

Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology



The Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) also known as the Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) program, provides participating students with the opportunity to receive an in-depth experience in the academic and experimental aspects of biological research. Funded through the National Institutes of Health, the program consists of a laboratory-training program during the summer and laboratory research projects during the academic year.

IMSD Faculty Director

Melissa Jurica, Ph.D, Professor 

Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology 



The California Alliance for Minority Participation is a statewide initiative that aims to support and retain underrepresented undergraduates to achieve their degrees in the biological sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering. CAMP is one of 42 national Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation, funded by the National Science Foundation.  The program has served URM STEM majors since 1991.


CAMP Faculty Director

Theodore Holman, Ph.D Professor

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry



The goal of the University of California Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS) program is to educate California's future leaders by preparing promising students for advanced education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The program is designed to identify upper-division undergraduate students with the potential to succeed in these disciplines, but who have experienced situations or conditions that have adversely impacted their advancement in their field of study.

UC LEADS Acting Program Director

Yulianna Ortega




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