Building on the success of four years of prior support, the new 2-year environmental science research Program supported by The Rose Hills Foundation is offered exclusively to community college students. The funds will support at least 6 students per year for 2 years and will cover a portion of the associated supply costs, travel costs to one conference per year, and the time dedicated to the project by Oak Crest Faculty (i.e., mentoring and Program recruitment/evaluation). Students are being recruited from Citrus College, Pasadena City College, and other San Gabriel Valley area community colleges. These Rose Hills Foundation Fellowships are based on 20 hours per week so that students concurrently enroll in classes at their home institutions without having to seek outside employment. Six Fellowships per year, each lasting 6 months, will be awarded annually. The students will work in teams of two and will receive individualized mentoring by an Oak Crest scientist.
It has been our experience that participation in rigorous, original research provides students with a realistic sense of how exciting a career in science can be, and builds self-confidence while offering strong motivation to continue and excel in their studies. Participants in the proposed program are expected to be more competitive in future academic (e.g., transfer to four-year schools) or professional (e.g., finding employment in a technical field) endeavors. Increasingly, Oak Crest’s community education activities are filling the growing need in academia for high-quality, hands-on laboratory experiences, as well as demand from industry for well-prepared entry-level scientists and technicians. As in our pilot program, the research experience will span three broad subject areas:
These activities build on the existing expertise and facilities available at Oak Crest and leverage ongoing, funded research projects.
Interested, eligible students are encouraged to apply. Application information is available on the program flier, available at the link below. Note that recruitment occurs once annually in the Fall.
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