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.By integrating research and undergraduate education, CAMP creates a cohesive set of experiences that fully prepares undergraduates for graduate education and influences career choices.  CAMP programs motivate participants through cooperative learning, internships, faculty mentored research, and travel to professional conferences. The CAMP program at UC Santa Cruz is run in conjunction with the MARC/IMSD programs.

ACE Program 

The ACE (Academic Excellence) Programs are designed to increase the diversity of UCSC graduates in mathematics and science. ACE has supported over 2000 students since 1986 through workshop style discussion sections and academic peer mentoring for mathematics and science courses. ACE provides a challenging and supportive setting that combines collaborative learning techniques with high expectations, enhanced content, and personalized guidance. CAMP works directly with ACE to provide teaching fellowships for students to participate as Co-Leaders and Mentors.

Success in Engineering and Research Pathways

This is a unique summer bridge program that welcomes new, incoming School of Engineering students to UCSC prior to starting Fall quarter. The goal of the program is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the people and resources that will help new students flourish as engineering students. Participants will be introduced to the academic programs, research facilities, faculty, and learning support services of the Baskin School, while also participating in team and community building opportunities. Groups of freshman and transfer students attend the program.

Conference Travel

CAMP provides opportunities for students to participate in a variety of campus-wide, statewide and national research symposiums. Many of our students have been selected to present and/or participate at a variety of research conferences. Symposiums such as the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, National Society for Black Engineers, National Society for Hispanic Professionals, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Chemical Society. 

Tutoring and Study Groups

CAMP members and all fellows are invited to participate in quarterly study groups in selected classes that are organized by our staff and led by students. Senior level students and graduate students also provide one-on-one tutoring to students requiring specific support in upper division major coursework. Study breaks are facilitated each finals week to keep up morale. 

Summer Research Institute 

CAMP Students in biomedical majors are invited to attend an eight-week summer internship research program. Students are introduced to the theoretical and practical aspects of laboratory research. Under the guidance of UCSC's STEM faculty, students develop expertise in areas that are basic to participation in a research laboratory. Fieldtrips and workshops are incorporated into this institute in order to prepare our students for their research experiences in the fall and applications for graduate school. Students who complete this institute are eligible to begin research in a lab on campus starting the following fall. 

Graduate School Application Assistance

CAMP students receive a wide variety of support when they apply for graduate school. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) courses are given each year along with GRE Bootcamp each fall. CAMP students attend periodic graduate school application workshops and one-on-one meetings with the CAMP faculty director and/or coordinator. These workshops are offered through summer and during the academic year. Students receive training in constructing the various components required to apply to graduate school including the curriculum vitae, statement of purpose and research abstract. if students are not able to secure fee waivers for all their application fee CAMP helps offset these costs as well. 

Summer and Academic Year Research Experiences

CAMP provides summer and academic year research experiences within any of our STEM laboratories and/or research groups. Students are expected to work with the CAMP coordinator and participating faculty mentor to compete an undergraduate research project. Summer researchers present their work as a poster at the end of the summer at the annual Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium co-sponsored by CAMP. Academic year researchers present their work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium sponsored by the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences and the School of Engineering.

Membership in Professional Organization 

CAMP members are provided financial assistance to become a member in a STEM professional organization of their choice. 

Professional Development Workshops

Series of workshop offered quarterly through summer, geared towards professional development, graduate school and science communication. 

STEM Diversity Graduation 

 CAMP co-sponsors the annual STEM Diversity Graduation. This is an intimate commencement ceremony for students in various STEM research diversity programs on campus. Faculty, staff, students and their families are invited to attend. 



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The application is due on Friday, February 12th, 2021.

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