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Science & Technology Enrichment Program for High School Students

Director of Merced Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve, Dr. Monique Kolster, leads STEP participants on tour of the reserve with CCBM Programs Manager, Nora Cole. STEP Orientation - June 14, 2018 (Photo credit: Veronica Adrover)

Application Deadline for High School Students: Extended deadline is now May 13!
Applications Now CLOSED! Apply online

NEW! 2018 STEP flyer

Summer 2017 STEP Orientation

CCBM Staff presentation

CCBM Flyer

CCBM 2017 Overview Presentation


As stated by one 2017 participant: “I’m very happy that I was given the opportunity to join STEP, and am grateful that we are being presented with such wonderful programs in our area.” Another 2017 participant: “I feel like I’m witnessing progress in the making.”

Program Overview

  • Professional development and research experience for Merced area high school students
  • Access to science and engineering research labs
  • Faculty-led learning & research activities, as well as campus lab tours
  • STEM-related research topics
  • Research & academic guidance and mentoring from faculty, researchers, graduate students, staff & affiliates, with networking opportunities
  • Opportunity to present at CCBM Open House 2018 (October 22, 2018) poster session on UC Merced campus


  • June 11 - June 15, 2018: orientation activities
  • Flexible lab experience in summer (flexible dates and hours)
  • Other professional development (date TBD)
  • Participation in CCBM Open House (October 22, 2018)
  • Other optional sessions

Program Benefits​

  • Gain experience for your resume and college application
  • Explore hands-on STEM activities/research
  • Participate in professional development workshops targeted towards high school students (including some also focused on parents)
  • $150 stipend for high school students
  • Connect to UC Merced research

Eligibility for High School Students

  • Current or recently graduated high school student
  • U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident (NSF requirement) if you seek stipend
  • Must be 14 years when program begins (per UC Policy of Minors in Labs: read about policy here.)

More details

  • Students from underrepresented groups, women, and students with disabilities highly encouraged to apply

Required Application Materials

  • Applicant resume
  • 250-500 word statement of interest in program (should be 1/2 - 3/4 page long)
  • Contact information for one references (non-personal references only)

A program overview meeting will be held in June for accepted students.
Please note: transportation, parking, and room and board are not provided.

To Apply:

1. Fill out online application

2. Upload Resume & statement of interest (1/2 - 3/4 page long or 250/500 words in length)

3. Include contact information for one reference (not related to you)

Contact CCBM Programs Manager, Nora M. Cole or (209) 228-3603