The Apprentice Researchers (AR) program gives high school students and science teachers an opportunity to do hands-on, minds-on scientific investigations in a dynamic research environment. The students and teachers who participate in the program work with graduate student researchers in UCSB science and engineering laboratories for four weeks during the summer, gaining first-hand experience in how science research is conducted.
Four days a week the apprentice spends the day working with her/his own graduate student mentor on a research project. Research project topics cover fields such as physics, chemistry, and biology, as well as materials, chemical, mechanical, and electrical and computer engineering labs.
On Wednesdays Apprentices learn presentation skills and give scientific talks based on their research projects.
On Fridays, apprentices typically participate in team-building activities, workshops, visits to campus and local laboratories, and seminars.