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(CC-CREW) Community College Research Experiences at WHOI

To apply for our 2021 program, likely mostly virtual due to COVID restrictions, click HERE! Applications are due March 31, 2021. Please direct all questions to mserres@whoi.edu.

This is a paid, non-residential summer research experience for local community college students to work at WHOI for 8-10 weeks ~June 15-August 15 (exact dates depend on student availability). Right now, the opportunity is limited to up to 4 students per summer, working in the Huber lab under the direct guidance of Dr. Gretta Serres but we will be expanding post-COVID. The students are part of the lab, participate in research, and get exposure to the many STEM careers a research institution like WHOI has to offer. Students receive mentoring on the transition from a community college to a university and on options for graduate studies in areas they are interested in. Students also have a chance to present their research to an audience of peers and mentors. Students have come to us from 4Cs, Massasoit CC, Mt Wachusett CC, and Bristol CC. Additional programs for-credit during the semester as well as expanding beyond Julie's lab are planned, so watch this space!

Application Qualifications:

  • Excited to do research in a science lab (no experience needed)!
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be enrolled at a community college and planning to transfer to a 4-year college majoring in a STEM field OR pursuing a new STEM degree after a previous degree
  • Completed at least 2 semester-long science courses (with lab). Ask if you aren't sure!

The application process includes answering a few questions about yourself as well as uploading an unofficial college transcript. TWO letters of recommendation (professor, advisor, supervisor) also need to be emailed to mserres@whoi.edu.

next generation

Our alumni have almost all successfully transitioned to a 4-year college or university, all majoring in a variety of STEM fields. A number of them are now employed as engineers, scientists, and one is even in graduate school! Every year, we ask a few of them to come back and tell their story to help support new students in their educational and STEM journey!

Funding Agencies

Funding for this program is provided by

  • National Science Foundation
  • Cape Cod Starter Academy through the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
  • WHOI Doherty Chair in Education
  • Let us know if you would like to support this program! Email Julie