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CREST Scholars

CREST Scholars Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program 


2019-2020 CREST Scholars Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program


Program Description

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


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CREST Scholars will have opportunities to:

  • Conduct research with CCBM faculty of their choice for at least 10-hours per week
  • Participate in CREST Scholars Research Symposium
  • Prep for applications for internships, jobs and grad school


Program Benefits

  • Research experience in biophysics, biochemistry & bioengineering
  • Experimental learning & hands-on training on cutting edge research instrumentation
  • 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/semester



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



Application for the 2019-2020 CREST Scholars Undergraduate Research Fellowship will be open from Thursday, August 15 at 8:00 am - Sunday, September 15 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. Those who are selected are required not to engage in another research project. Previous participants must re-apply. Research experience is for the 2019-2020 academic year, provided that the faculty advisor approves the renewal for spring 2020. Participants will be expected to apply for summer research experiences (if not graduating May 2020) and willing to accept spot in program if offered.


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

With support from the STEM Resource Center.


2019-2020 CREST Scholars Undergraduate Research Fellowship