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Initiatives and Programs Overview

Academic Writing Project
UC Santa Barbara Writing Program lecturers visit high school classrooms weekly to consult with teachers on academic writing assignments, co-teach lessons, and present workshops on the writing skills necessary for success at the university.

Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) Program
CSE IGERT is a National Science Foundation funded program to recruit and retain outstanding underrepresented minorities in IGERT-participating science, mathematics and engineering doctoral programs.

Early Academic Outreach (EAO)
Early Academic Outreach assists high-achieving and high-potential first generation, and low-income students to attain high academic standards and provide the necessary academic support to matriculate into the University of California. Through collaborative efforts with other pre-college programs, EAO also provides students, their families, and communities with the necessary resources to increase eligibility, applications, and enrollments in post-secondary education.

Institute for Terahertz Science and Technology (ITST)
ITST is a research unit that focuses on the fundamental properties of complex systems such as superfluid helium, liquid crystals, magnetic nanostructures and semiconductor superlattices and quantum wells. It improves science education in local schools by promoting interaction between undergraduates, high school students, science teachers, and ITST researchers.

Kids Do Ecology
The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at UC Santa Barbara has joined with Los Marineros, an education program of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, to create the Kids Do Ecology program. Scientists from NCEAS and UCSB work with fifth grade students and their teachers to provide direct experience with the process of scientific investigation, from hypothesis formation to experimental design, data analysis, and presentation. The program maintains a website that synthesizes data collected during Los Marineros field trips. The Kids Do Ecology website is accessed by students and teachers globally as well as locally.

Kids in Nature (KIN)
The KIN program enriches the learning experiences of underrepresented and underserved youth in North Santa Barbara County. KIN learning is focused on environmental science, botany, ecology and habitat restoration and ecological experiences designed to inspire youth to become good stewards for the environment.

Let's Explore Applied Physical Science (LEAPS)
LEAPS is a joint effort of the Santa Barbara School District and the UCSB Physics Department and California Nanosystems Institute at UCSB. This classroom partnership of local science teachers and UCSB engineering and science students strengthens young students' understanding of science, provides special resources to science teachers, and improves the communication and leadership skill of UCSB graduate and undergraduate students.

Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Program
MESA is a system-wide University of California program. At UC Santa Barbara, the MESA Schools Program (MSP) provides academic enrichment, and preparation to K-12 schools in the local area. MSP prepares underrepresented students for UC admission eligibility. The MESA Engineering Program (MEP) is a statewide network of related programs. UC Santa Barbara's MEP maximizes students' academic potential, while preparing students for careers as professional engineers.

McNair Scholars Program
The McNair Scholars Program prepares qualified undergraduates for entrance to a PhD program in all fields of study. The goals of the program are to increase the number of first-generation, low-income and/or underrepresented students in PhD programs, and ultimately, to diversify the faculty in colleges and universities across the country.

Physics Learning Center and the Physics Circus
The Physics Learning Center offers hands-on experience to local students exploring principles of electricity, conservation of momentum, flow of fluids. For the Physics Circus, groups of Physics Department graduate and undergraduate students take a collection of demonstration experiments from the Physics Learning Center on the road to local schools and present an action packed learning experience.

Research Mentorship Program
This innovative summer program allows pre-college students in grades 10-12 to participate in ongoing laboratory and field-based, cutting edge research in the social, physical, and biological sciences. The student researchers learn to write a scientific paper and present their research at a public symposium at the end of the term.

Santa Barbara Pathways
The "Pathways" program provides a comprehensive package of educational services for students and families in the Santa Barbara Elementary and High School District and feeder schools aimed at reducing academic achievement disparities and increasing college-going rates among local youth.

Student-Initiated Outreach Program (SIOP)
Registered UCSB student organizations do various outreach projects for students in K-12 schools including overnight campus visits, college days, classes, workshops, and festivals.

Summer Transition Enrichment Program
The Summer Transition Enrichment Program is a two-week summer-bridge residential program that provides incoming EOP students with an in-depth orientation to university life and campus resources. Students enroll in writing, mathematics, and chemistry courses taught by faculty and graduate students and participate in a seminar course designed to promote their critical thinking in reading and writing and in group discussions. Through collaborative work with staff and faculty, students discover ways to enrich their college experience and cultivate a sense of belonging to a university community. Evening programs and workshops provide opportunities to learn outside the classroom and engage in college life.

Upward Bound
The goal of Upward Bound is to assist students who are eligible for the program in their efforts to successfully complete high school and obtain a college education. Upward Bound students participate in a variety of activities designed to help them reach their full academic and personal potential through:

  • Tutoring Assistance
  • College and Career Planning
  • Educational Field Trips
  • Summer Residential Program

Young Writers Camp
Sponsored by the South Coast Writing Project, this summer camp offers children entering grades 2 through 9 a unique opportunity to develop their creative abilities, improve the quality of their stories/poems, and learn special writing techniques.