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CREST Fellows

CREST Fellows Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program 

 
 

2021-2022 CREST Fellows Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

 

Program Description

The NSF-CREST Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (CCBM) offers a research fellowship to UC Merced undergraduate students across STEM disciplines during the academic year.

Program Flyer

Applications were due on September 26, 2021

CREST Fellows will have opportunities to:

  • Conduct research with CCBM faculty (see below) of their choice for at least 10-hours per week
  • Participate in CREST Fellows Research Symposium
  • Prepare for applications for internships, jobs, and graduate school

Program Benefits

  • Research experience in bioengineering, physics, chemistry and chemical biology, materials science and engineering, and molecular and cell biology
  • Experimental learning: On-campus research arrangements must be confirmed by chosen faculty advisor
  • Research and academic guidance and mentoring from CCBM faculty and graduate students
  • Professional development & networking activities 
  • Special priority for summer research experiences (REUs) at partner institutions throughout the U.S.
  • Award: $1,200 per semester

Eligibility

UC Merced enrolled full-time undergraduate students with at least two semesters of college experience (GPA 3.0 or above).

Apply

Application for the 2021-22 CREST Fellows Undergraduate Research Fellowship will be open through September 26, 2021. You may plan to apply by preparing the following items:
 
  1. One-page resume
  2. Contact information for one faculty reference
  3. Unofficial transcripts
  4. Statement of Interest - Briefly describe your interest in research being done at the CCBM. Why are you interested in this research? Are there particular faculty with whom you would like to work and why? Summarize the reasons why you are applying to this fellowship, what you hope to gain by participating, and how it fits into your future educational and career objectives. 300 words maximium.

Strongly encouraged to apply: Students from underrepresented groups, women, and students with disabilities.

Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident to receive funding, per NSF guidelines.

Research experience is for the 2021-2022 academic year. Faculty advisor must approve renewal for Spring 2022. Those who are selected are required not to engage in another research project. Participants will be expected to apply for summer research experiences (if not graduating May 2022) and willing to accept spot in program if offered. Previous participants must reapply. 

For questions or more information contact CREST Fellows Coordinator, Dr. Petia Gueorguieva: pgueorguieva@ucmerced.edu

CCBM Website: https://ccbm.ucmerced.edu

With support from the STEM Resource Center.

2021-2022 CREST Fellows Undergraduate Research Fellowship Application (Closed)

Applications due on September 26, 2021

Faculty Member
Department
Thrust Area
Eva de Alba Bastarrechea
Bioengineering
Thrust 1
Roberto C. Andresen Eguiluz
Materials Science and Engineering
Thrust 1/3
Michael Colvin
Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Thrust 1
Aaron Hernday
Molecular Cell Biology
Thrust 1
Andy LiWang
Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Thrust 1
Victor Muñoz
Bioengineering
Thrust 1
Tomas Rube
Bioengineering
Thrust 1
Anand Bala Subramaniam
Bioengineering
Thrust 1
Shahar Sukenik
Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Thrust 1
Patti LiWang
Molecular Cell Biology
Thrust 1
Andrea D. Merg 
Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Thrust 1
Michael C. Thompson
Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Thrust 1
Ryan Baxter
Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Thrust 2
Daniel Beller
Physics
Thrust 2/3
Wei-Chun Chin
Bioengineering
Thrust 2
Kinjal Dasbiswas
Physics
Thrust 2/3
Sayantani Ghosh
Physics
Thrust 2
Ajay Gopinathan
Physics
Thrust 2/3
Linda Hirst
Physics
Thrust 2
Kevin Mitchell
Physics
Thrust 2
Maxime Theillard
Applied Mathematics
Thrust 2
Jing Xu
Physics
Thrust 2
Tao Ye
Chemistry and Chemical Biology
Thrust 2
Xuecai Ge
Molecular Cell Biology
Thrust 3
Arvind Gopinath
Bioengineering
Thrust 3
Bin Liu
Physics
Thrust 3
Kara McCloskey
Materials Science and Engineering
Thrust 3
Joel Spencer
Bioengineering
Thrust 3
Stephanie Woo
Molecular Cell Biology
Thrust 3
Suzanne Sindi
Applied Mathematics
Thrust 3
Fred Wolf
Molecular Cell Biology
Thrust 3
Juris Grasis (affiliate)
Molecular Cell Biology
Thrust 1 / Thrust 3