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We are delighted to congratulate Tanya Das, PhD, newly appointed Biden Administration Chief of Staff for the Office of Science at the Department of Energy. Dr. Das credits CNSI’s Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships with providing the mentorship and training that helped her launch a successful career in science policy work.

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The UCSB Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Career Pathways Program is currently accepting grant applications for travel/experience dates through August 31, 2021. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for students to engage in professional development or training that will inform and prepare them for post-graduation career opportunities or advanced academic pursuits. 

For Winter/Spring priority consideration, submit an application by:

Friday, April 2, 2021 


Dr. Samantha Davis and the 2020 CSEP research interns have been busy creating videos to support you!  Please head over to the new CSEP YouTube Channel subscribe and then start watching.  We promise most videos do not exceed 3 minutes.  While these videos target the MARC, EUREKA, GORMAN, and SACNAS programs, undergraduate experiences come in all disciplines and these videos contain universal nuggets of wisdom.   


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The UCSB Summer Institute for Mathematics and Science, the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships, and the UCSB Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Career Pathways Program will be accepting applications for a new summer research internship, beginning in the Summer of 2021. The program will provide opportunities for students to engage in hands-on research training during an 8-week intensive summer program and full academic year internship, as well as provide funding and support for professional development or training that will inform and prepare them for post-graduation career opportunities or advanced academic pursuits. 

SACNAS Scholars Program Info Session: Friday January 22, 2021 5-6PM on Zoom - Register for zoom link here


Join us for Part III of the UC Santa Barbara Innovation + Entrepreneurship (UCSB I+E) inaugural I+E 101 series to hear from young innovators across the nation at the crossroads of intersectionality in innovation.

The I+E 101 series is designed to educate and encourage tech-minded students and postdocs to develop their interests in innovation and entrepreneurship at UCSB. Our community has a host of resources, from mentors to workspaces, that can be leveraged to succeed in this invigorating space.


The SIMS program is now recruiting a student coordinator to work on the 2020-21 SIMS program.  SIMS is a 3-week academic preparation and researcher training program for newly admitted UCSB first-year students majoring in science and engineering.  For program information please visit the website.

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 The UCSB Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Career Pathways Program is currently accepting grant applications for travel/experience dates through August 31, 2021. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for students to engage in professional development or training that will inform and prepare them for post-graduation career opportunities or advanced academic pursuits. 

 Submit by these deadlines to receive priority consideration: 

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CSEP will be part of this year's virtual Academic, Career, and Professional Development Mini Resource Fair!  Dr. Arica Lubin and Wendy Ibsen, will be sharing about the Professional Development Series (PDS) for Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholars.  Due to our current pandemic, CSEP is scheduled to carry on virtually, so join our listserv and keep in touch.  

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The College of Creative Studies did a piece on the Science for the Common Good class effort to educate students on COVID-19. 

Check it out here


The Science for the Common Good undergraduates have created videos to benefit the UCSB community.

On deck (and we'll send links as they post) are topics such as:


The Science for the Common Good undergraduates have created videos to benefit the UCSB community.

On deck (and we'll send links as they post) are topics such as:


The Science for the Common Good undergraduates have created videos to benefit the UCSB community.

On deck (and we'll send links as they post) are topics such as:


For the seventh year in a row, the Art of Science competition is excited to unveil this year’s winners. We celebrate all 42 entries that share remarkable visual stories of creativity and discovery at UCSB.

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We would like to announce that the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP) has several paid summer scholarships available for STEM undergraduate students (see flyer below). Applications are now open!

For more information about each program, please check out the website. After consulting the program website, please contact Samantha Davis ( with any questions.


1) MARC USTAR Program for sophomores interested in biomedical research:


The Goleta Chamber of Commerce has announced their Goleta's Finest Winners and Kathy Ramirez-Gijon is the 2019 Student of the Year!  Kathy will be honored at the 70th Annual Goleta's Finest Community Awards Gala Saturday, November 23rd at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara at 6:00 p.m.

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A Pipeline into STEM
UC Santa Barbara-Port Hueneme partnership recognized for excellence in education

View the complete news release 

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The Grad Student Teaching Symposium is an opportunity to:

Learn about teaching jobs, and how to secure them, from faculty members representing UC, state, community colleges, and private universities.

Participate in lightning presentations about teaching from top UCSB graduate student instructors and TAs.

Ask questions about the application and interview process for teaching positions.

REGISTRATION IS FREE!  Please register by Mon., 4/15.

Interested in PRESENTING?  Submit your proposal by Mon, 4/8.

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UC Santa Barbara welcomes a new cohort of doctoral students from underrepresented backgrounds

By Harrison Tasoff

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 08:00

Santa Barbara, CA


Read the article about UCSB-BD published by Harrison Tasoff at The Current.  

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Art of Science reception on Pi Day invites people to see the beauty within the data

By Harrison Tasoff

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:45

Santa Barbara, CA

Pi Day was particularly sweet for Nancy Scherich and her team, whose video Math Dance 2 took first place honors in UC Santa Barbara’s Art of Science competition.

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We are excited to announce that the Apprentice Researchers (AR) high school program is back for summer 2019!  This program has a long history (1991-2011) of training and inspiring local rising-senior level high school students here at UCSB as they learn about careers in the STEM fields.  The Institute for Energy Efficiency (IEE) Apprentice Researchers program is hosted at the University of California, Santa Barbara, by the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP) at the California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI). 

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Are you interested in learning more about paid summer research internships? 

For more information about each program, see the websites below:

1) MARC USTAR Program for sophomores interested in biomedical research: 

2) Eureka Scholarship for STEM freshmen: 

3) Gorman Scholarship for STEM freshmen-juniors: 

**All Applications Due: February 17, 2019 at 11:59PM** 


UCSB Physicist Elisabeth Gwinn Receives 2019 AAAS Lifetime Mentor Award

“I’m grateful not only for the opportunities I’ve had to work with many marvelous students, but also for the UCSB staff who partnered with me,” Gwinn said. “Neither LEAPS nor SST would have been possible without the sustained contributions of Wendy Ibsen (associate director of CSEP) and Dr. Fiona Goodchild (founding director of CSEP), or the early leadership of Professor Evelyn Hu in establishing UCSB’s strong campus support for innovative STEM education and mentorship programs.”

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The Schuller Lab, the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships at the California NanoSystems Institute, the College of Creative Studies and the UCSB Library are excited to announce the sixth annual Art of Science competition.  

Submissions due February 4, 2019 -EXTENDED UNTIL FEB 14, 2019

Awards Reception March 14, 2019 4:00-5:00pm

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Ford Foundation Fellowship Success Series

Sample Application Workshop
Deconstructing Successful Applications to Learn Helpful Strategies

Robby Nadler (Graduate Writing Specialist)


Ford Foundation Fellowship Success Series

Application Writing Workshop
An In-Depth Look at How to Write Each Application Component


Professor Todd McDevitt, Ph.D., UCSF

Cell and Tissue Engineering Research Opportunities at UCSF

Wednesday, November 7th
12:00-1:30PM, Elings Hall 1601
*Pizza Provided*


Ford Foundation Fellowship Success Series

Q&A Information Workshop
Ford Fellows and Faculty Evaluators


This panel of postdocs and recently hired faculty  will share their experience of being on the academic job market. With advice for successfully moving through the application and hiring process, as well as considerations for setting up a group, they will discuss their take on some of the basics of this process --- submitting application packets, interviewing, negotiating and making decisions about job offers, and thinking about establishing their research programs.


Matthew Jones, Managing Director at Solvay Ventures North America Dr. Christine McGuiness, Solvay’s U.S. West Coast Research and Innovation delegate

Join us for a presentation by Solvay and Solvay Ventures on how Solvay promotes the transfer of technology from academia to industry through their “Open Innovation” efforts, and on the value of corporate venture funding mechanisms for startups and how they differ from traditional Angel/VC investments.


Come learn about the new Individualized Professional​ Skills (IPS) Grant Program and hear from Nancy Scherich (PhD Student, Mathematics) about her experience at the Bridges Math-Art conference in Stockholm, Sweden.


Current Topics in Bioengineering Career Talk
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Elings Hall 1601
2:00– 3:00 pm
*Light refreshments will be provided*
Kevin Cash, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Colorado School of Mines


In this conversation, I plan to share with you my career path, beginning with the decision to work in industry, culminating in becoming a CEO three times over!  My emphasis will be on describing the breadth of opportunities that exist for scientists and engineers in industry, with a focus on the biotechnology sector.  Very rarely does a career proceed in a straight line and my hope is that you embrace this and take calculated risks, as many fulfilled entrepreneurs like myself have.


Science and Engineering Volunteer Opportunity

Do you have an interest in helping junior high students and families gain familiarity with science and its importance in education? Would you like an easy way to get involved and give back to the local community? 

Become a FUSE Volunteers, attend our Training Event:
October 4, 5:30-7:30pm in 1601 Elings Hall


Join us Monday, August 13 from 9:00 AM-5:15 PM for our Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium in Elings Hall room 1601.  This celebration of UCSB STEM research highlights the CSEP summer interns in AIM Photonics Future Leaders, ComSenTer, EUREKA, Gorman, MARC U*STAR and SACNAS.  Full Program listing is attached. 


Congratulations Emre Discekici (PhD Student in Chemistry; CSEP MARC Mentor) for being awarded the 2018 Fiona & Michael Goodchild Graduate Mentoring Award!

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Congratulations Mihir Pendharkar (PhD Student in ECE; CSEP SST instructor) for receiving the 2018 University Award of Distinction!


Congratulations Colin Kim (CCS Biochemistry 2018; CSEP MARC Scholar) on being awarded the UCSB Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for research with Prof. Irene Chen's lab in Chemistry!

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Congratulations to Kathy Foltz (MCDB; CSEP MARC Faculty Advisor) and Javier Read de Alaniz (Chemistry & Biochemistry; CSEP BD Faculty Director) for being recognized for your extraordinary service to students with the 2018 Margaret T. Getman award!

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Congratulations Martin Kurnik (Postdoc in Chemistry; CSEP EUREKA and Gorman Mentor) for receiving the 2018 CSEP Excellence in Mentoring award!


Friday, May 18, 2018


Elings Hall, 1601

Presenter schedule here. RSVP:

CBE, CSEP, SEED-SB and the Bioengineering Student-led Seminar Series
are pleased to present the 2nd annual Santa Barbara & Goleta Biotechnology Industry Showcase.


Thursday, May 10, 2018


Elings Hall 1601

*Light refreshments will be provided*


Nicholas Genovese, PhD (CSO & Co-Founder Memphis Meats)


Professor Scott Shell (UCSB, Chemical Engineering), with workshop facilitators from BASF

Monday, April 23, 2018

12:20-1:50pm, Loma Pelona Center 1100

*RSVP Required:*

*Pizza lunch provided*


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

4:00-6:00pm, Corwin Pavilion

Everyone is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.



10AM-2PM (lunch provided)

April 6th (Elings Hall 1605)

April 13th (Elings Hall 3001)

Register online


Lana Smith-Hale, LCSW (Graduate Students Career Counselor, Graduate Students)

Thursday, April 5, 2018

2:00-3:00pm, Elings Hall 1601



Dr. Maria Napoli, CSEP community college program coordinator, joined the veterans affairs roundtable at UCSB during the visit by California Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin regarding AB 2664. Read more about the expansion of innovation and entrepreneurship at UCSB in the Current. 

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

12:00pm-1:30pm, Elings Hall, 1601

The March 7 Lunch-and-Learn will describe both the NSF National I-Corps Program and the Innovation-Node LA funnel. A panel of prior participants of both the NSF and IN-LA programs will be on hand to discuss their experience and answer questions.

Limited Space, RSVP:


Mary Raven, Ph.D. (Licensing Officer, Office of Technology & Industry Alliances)

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Talk: 2:00pm-3:00pm, Elings #1601. RSVP:

Patent Advice: 3:00-4:30pm, Elings Hall Lobby. Separate RSVP:

*Light refreshments will be provided*


Did you know CSEP has some very active and informative social media accounts?  While this webpage is useful and announces our center activities, we often have more to share!  So please follow and like us in whichever format(s) work for you:


Facebook @UCSBCSEP

Instagram @UCSBCSEP


Dr. Jack Hwang, Engineering Manager, and Melinda Murdock, University Relations Manager

Tuesday, Feb. 13th

12 – 1 PM, 3001 Elings Hall

Dress: Casual

Food: Provided

Bring your resumes!


Tuesday, Feb 13th

5 - 6pm, 1601 Elings Hall

Dress: Casual

Food: Provided

Bring your resume!


Dr. Jessica E. Snyder & Dr. Nils J. Averesch, NASA Ames Research Center

Thursday, February 8, 2018

2:00pm-3:00pm, Elings 1601

*Light refreshments will be provided*

RSVP at:


Dr. Kimberly Tanner, SFSU

Friday, January 19, 2018

8:30am – 9:30am, Elings 1601

*Light refreshments provided.*


Rita Blaik, CNSI UCLA

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

12:00-1:00pm, Elings 1601

*Pizza Provided*


CSEP is excited to share the recent accomplishment of Eric Pang (2017 Gorman Scholar), who recently received an award from the Gene and Susan Lucas Undergraduate Research Fund.

From the Fund's website: "The Gene and Susan Lucas Undergraduate Research Fund was established as part of the Office of Academic Initiatives to support research projects of undergraduate, first-generation college students at UC Santa Barbara in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)."


CSEP hosted the annual Elevator Pitch in Summer 2017 for STEM undergraduate interns interested in practicing their speed science communication skills.  Videos of selected participants in CSEP programs are now available for viewing on the CSEP YouTube Channel 

Addition science communications from our interns can be found on the UCSB Undergraduate Research Blog and on the program specific webpages.

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We are proud to have been part of Ulises Gonzalez undergraduate training at UCSB.  Ulises started his education with the SIMS program in 2002 and graduated from UCSB in 2006 with degrees in UCSB Geography Department and UCSB Chican@ Studies. He was actively engaged in the student and local community in a variety of roles, including serving as the UCSB - SACNAS President from 2005-2006.

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Alumni News from UCSB College of Engineering 

An Especially Well-qualified High School Science Teacher

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AIM Photonics Puts Students on an Enlightened Path

October 6, 2017

As part of an AIM Photonics Academy Workforce Development Project, the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) piloted a two-unit undergraduate course called “Workforce and Internship Skills.”  The class offered 28 STEM students training on topics that are essential to workplace success, but are rarely taught in college.

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The SBMA welcomes the 2017 Art of Science Exhibition in their Family Resource Center and hosts the Artists Reception Thursday, April 27, 5:30-7pm.  Please join us.


Art of Science winners share the beauty of science through imagery describing some aspect of their research

By Julie Cohen

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 11:30

Santa Barbara, CA

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The Art of Science is ready to unveil the winners of the 2017 competition!  Please join us Wednesday, March 15 4:00-5:00pm in the Elings Hall Lobby for an exciting mix of beauty, appreciation, and science.   


Are you ready to take a peek and vote for your favorite science and engineering research inspired art?  The fourth annual "Art of Science" competition is excited to unveil 56 entries that share a visual story of creativity and discovery at UCSB.  We invite you to CAST YOUR VOTE for the entries that best capture your imagination and convey their meaning through the aesthetic (voting closes March 7).

View the entries on the big screens in Elings Hall first floor Lobby starting this Thursday.

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Many thanks to the UCSB College of Engineering Marketing Team for producing videos of our 2016 Art of Science competition winners! Watch them here:

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Girl Power

The Photonics Society at UCSB encourages women to study the science of light

By Tanya Das

Jell-O, water tanks and laser beams. Using these simple tools, four female scientists gave a group of 28 girls a lesson in light technologies and a primer in photonics, the science of light.

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Are you a STEM undergraduate student with a GPA is 3.0 or above?  Are you wanting to work in teams on exciting Navy design challenges?  Are you wishing to learn more about innovation in engineering?  The PIPELINES program is now recruiting UCSB undergrads and the application is DUE NOV 30 at 3PM.  See attached flyer for more information.  Contact Maria Napoli <>  program website 


UCSB’s Family Ultimate Science Exploration promotes science and engineering through hands-on activity evenings designed for eighth-grade students and their families


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Join us Thursday, August 11, 2016

9:30-11:30 AM

Corwin Pavilion at the University Center 

Program includes:

AIM Photonics Research Apprenticeship Program (AIM Photonics)

The California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP)

Cooperative International Science and Engineering Internships (CISEI)

Edison-McNair Scholars Program (Edison)

Early Undergraduate Research and Knowledge Acquisition (EUREKA!)


The next big development in the world of digital communications might come from a local community college or UCSB undergrad

Tomorrow’s photonics experts are getting a look at the leading edge of the technology today, thanks to the AIM Photonics Research Undergraduate Apprenticeship at UC Santa Barbara. The eight-week summer research program provides community college and UCSB undergraduate students with the technical and professional training that will enable them to transition into careers in the photonics industry.

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The MARC scholars program supports students with a passion for biomedical research

Colin Kim has UC Santa Barbara chemistry professor Irene Chen to thank for bringing his career choice into focus. It was in Chen’s lab that the UCSB undergraduate discovered his passion for biomedical research.

Kim hopes to follow in Chen’s footsteps and lead his own university research lab one day. An undergraduate research program at UCSB is helping Kim make that dream a reality.

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On July 27th, 2016, the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships* and AIM Photonics hosted a lively Dinner with Industry for student in the PIPELINES, EUREKA, MARC, Gorman Scholars and AIM Apprenticeship program as part of their summer research internship professional training programming. Twenty-four scientist and engineer representatives from local companies, as well as the Navy Facilities Command, were in attendance (Agilent Tech/Dako, Apeel, Aurrion, FLIR, HP Labs, Lockheed Martin, Procore, Raytheon).


Tirrell Award for Distinction in Undergraduate Research 

Awarded annually by the College of Engineering to recognize graduating seniors who have shown excellence and promise as a researcher during their academic career. 

John and Sheila Lake Excellence Award

Awarded by the College of Engineering to an undergraduate in recognition of outstanding service and academic scholarship. 

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The award recognizes Arica for her service to the university through the Graduate Student Association and advocacy for graduate students.

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More than 1,000 community votes were cast in UC Santa Barbara’s third annual Art of Science competition sponsored by the Schuller Lab and the campus’s Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships at the California NanoSystems Institute. From the 40 entries, five winners and five honorable mentions were chosen.

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science gives honorable mention to Tanya Das, ECE PhD Candidate, for her Education poster Assessment of an Undergraduate Engineering Design Capstone Course. Tanya worked with CSEP's Evaluation and Assessment Program Manager, Lubi Lenaberg on this project with the UCSB Mechanical Engineering Department.


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The UC Santa Barbara chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) has received the 2015 Outstanding Regional Network Role Model Award. This award marks the fourth in as many years bestowed upon the UCSB chapter by the national organization.

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UC Santa Barbara, U.S. Navy collaborate to introduce veterans, community college students to civilian STEM careers - See more at:

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A grant from the National Institutes of Health launches a program to support undergraduates interested in careers in biomedical research.  

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Study and training in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are increasingly seen as critical to the growth of the U.S. economy and to its competitiveness in global industry. Long devoted to advancing these areas, UC Santa Barbara is launching a new program intended to bolster the academic success of low-income community college students interested in pursuing STEM majors at UCSB.

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has committed $417,822 to continue funding UC Santa Barbara's innovative Internships in Nanosystems Science, Engineering and Technology (INSET) program.

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