Research and Networking Opportunities

You can gain practical experience and build your resume by participating in networking events, research opportunities and internships. The sidebar lists on campus programs. Listed below are some opportunities that will be available to you as a student at SBCC.


Conferences are a great way to learn about careers, different fields of study, and meet professors, industry professionals and other students.

Pacific Coast Undergraduate Math Conference

When: Early March

Where: Southern California universities

What: PCUMC is an annual conference specifically for undergraduate students. Registration is free for students, and there are opportunities to give talks on your research. The Math Club organizes a trip every year, so there are usually van or carpool options for a day trip.

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Research Experience for Undergraduates

Research is a big part of graduate work, and getting research experience early on is great for your graduate school applications and resume. It’s also a great way to learn some practical skills and new kinds of math!

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs are academic internship programs designed specifically with undergraduate students in mind.

Usually they are scheduled during the summer at various universities, and offer a stipend to students who are accepted. Most offer housing on campus or assistance in finding temporary summer housing as well, so consider out of state opportunities in your search. Usually you are not allowed to hold other jobs or take summer classes while you are in the program, as they are designed to give you full time work experience.

The following are programs specifically designed for students in community colleges or the first two years of college. Many more are available to junior and senior level students.


Application deadline: February

What it is: PIPELINES is an 8 week summer program at UC Santa Barbara and Port Hueneme. Students work on Naval engineering and science design projects with Navy and UCSB graduate student mentors.

ACCESO Summer Institute at CSUCI

Application deadline: February

What it is: A 3 week summer program at CSU Channel Islands. Students from CSUCI and local community colleges conduct research with faculty in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

SUMmER Program

Application deadline: February

What it is: An 8 week summer program at Seattle University. This REU focuses specifically on mathematics research.

TTE Summer Research at Berkeley

Application deadline: January

What it is: Transfer to Excellence (TTE) is a 9 week summer program at UC Berkeley. Students work with faculty and graduate students in research on Biotechnology, Nanotechnology or Robotics.

Texas A&M Physics and Astronomy

Application deadline: March

What it is: A 10 week summer program at Texas A&M Commerce. Students will work on a physics astronomy research project with faculty mentors and graduate students.

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Other Programs

NASA Aerospace Scholars

Application deadline: December (Spring) or June (Fall)

What it is: An online learning experience with onsite workshops at a NASA center.

Department of Energy Community College Internships

Application deadline: January

What it is: Paid summer research internships offered at different national laboratories throughout the country.

MLEF Internship Program

Application deadline:December

What it is: Paid summer research internships for sophomore level students or higher, with a focus on women and minority students in STEM majors.

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