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CREST Scholars

CREST Scholars Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program 


2020-2021 CREST Scholars 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 due on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 11:59 pm Pacific.


CREST Scholars will have opportunities to:

  • Conduct research with CCBM faculty (see below) of their choice for at least 10-hours per week
  • Participate in CREST Scholars Research Symposium
  • Prep 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


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


Application for the 2020-21 CREST Scholars Undergraduate Research Fellowship will be open through Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 11:59 pm (midnight).  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 2020-2021 academic year. Faculty advisor must approve renewal for Spring 2021. 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 2021) and willing to accept spot in program if offered. Previous participants must reapply. 

For questions or more information contact CREST Scholars Coordinator, Dr. Petia Gueorguieva:

CCBM Website:

With support from the STEM Resource Center.

2020-2021 CREST Scholars Undergraduate Research Fellowship Application CLOSED

Applications due on September 20, 2020 at 11:59 pm Pacific


Thrust 1 Faculty    

Eva de Alba Bastarrechea
Roberto C. Andresen Eguiluz
Michael Colvin
Aaron Hernday
Andy LiWang
Victor Muñoz, lead
Tomas Rube
Anand Bala Subramaniam
Shahar Sukenik
Faculty Affiliates
Michael C. Thompson

Thrust 2 Faculty    

Ryan Baxter
Daniel Beller
Wei-Chun Chin
Kinjal Dasbiswas
Sayantani Ghosh
Ajay Gopinathan, lead
Linda Hirst
Kevin Mitchell
Maxime Theillard
Jing Xu
Tao Ye
Faculty Affiliates

Thrust 3 Faculty    

Daniel Beller
Kinjal Dasbiswas
Xuecai Ge
Arvind Gopinath
Ajay Gopinathan
Bin Liu
Kara McCloskey, lead
Joel Spencer
Stephanie Woo
Faculty Affiliates
Suzanne Sindi
Fred Wolf