The Early Undergraduate Research and Knowledge Acquisition (EUREKA!) program is designed to enrich the academic experience of undergraduates at UCSB in science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) disciplines early on in their educational careers. The program is focused on introducing students in their first year to the broader science community on campus and providing exposure to research through academic year internships. Students who have participated in the Summer Institute in Mathematics and Science (SIMS) are especially encouraged to apply. EUREKA is hosted by the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP) at the California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI). We aim to nurture student's academic achievement through financial support and opportunities to actively engage in the science community through early preparation that addresses the academic skills, social networking, and career exploration needed for success in the sciences.