The SRI program trains first-generation, underserved students in Biomedical majors how to perform lab work and successfully gain positions in faculty labs. SRI is an eight-week summer internship research program where students who have been accepted to the MARC, CAMP, UC LEADS, and Packard programs are introduced to the theoretical and practical aspects of laboratory research. Under the guidance of UC Santa Cruz’s STEM faculty, students develop expertise in areas that are basic to participation in a research laboratory. Field trips 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.

Program Director

Amount & use

The stipend amount is dependent on the program.


To participate in SRI or SRE you must be accepted into one of the STEM Diversity Programs (MARC, CAMP, UC LEADS, PCDP).

The annual application deadline to apply to participate in SRI 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. Candidates will be evaluated based on a holistic review process of their applications, education/ career goals, and aspirations.

How to apply

To participate in SRI or SRE you must be accepted into one of the STEM Diversity Programs (MARC, CAMP, UC LEADS). You can apply to the MARC, CAMP, and UC LEADS Programs simultaneously with one application. Only COMPLETED applications will be reviewed.

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

Click here to access the application

The application components include:

Online application & supplemental documents (to be uploaded with the online application) – Due the 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 separately from the recommender to Effectively obtaining a letter of recommendation

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