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California Alliance for Minority Participation is a statewide initiative that aims to support and retain underrepresented undergraduates as they earn 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.

Program Director

Amount & use
  • $3000 stipend during the summer when participating in summer research at UC Santa Cruz
  • $1000 per quarter during the academic year
  • Funds to travel to one national/scientific conference per year
  • Travel to the Statewide CAMP symposium
  • Tutoring service
  • Professional development workshops
  • Holistic mentoring from STEM Diversity staff
  • Majoring in STEM
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled as full-time undergraduate students at UCSC or accepted transfer students in the upcoming Fall.
  • Must be interested in pursuing a graduate degree after the bachelor’s degree
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident eligible for work in the U.S.

Underrepresented students and those who have overcome socioeconomic hardships are strongly encouraged to apply.

The annual application deadline to apply for the CAMP program is the second Friday of every February.
Selection criteria
Applications will be reviewed by a panel consisting of staff, faculty, and students. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview with staff and current scholars. Final candidates will be interviewed by the MARC faculty director. Candidates will be evaluated based on a holistic review process of their applications, education/ career goals, and aspirations.

How to apply

You can apply to the MARC, UC LEADS, and CAMP Programs simultaneously with one application. Only COMPLETED applications will be reviewed.

The application for the STEM Diversity Programs will be available in December of every year.

Click here to access the application

The application components include:

Online application & supplement documents (to be uploaded with the online application) – Due Second Friday of February

  • Completed online Application (this includes essay questions, see questions below)
  • Resume or CV (Career Center Resume Guide)
  • Copy of Your Unofficial Transcripts (UCSC and/or community college, just print them from your student portal)
  • Copy of Your Unofficial Financial Aid Support (if you do not get financial aid, you ARE still eligible for the programs, please state in the online application.

Two letters of recommendation – Due Third Friday of February: from a faculty or staff member (These should be emailed directly from the recommender to

Essay Questions: Please limit your responses to 200 words for each question.

Click here to view the application essay questions

For questions and additional information about the application process, please contact our office at 831-459-4770 or send an email to