Summer Opportunities

Interested in STEM internships or pursuing faculty-mentored research? ALLIES invites you to apply to one of our funded summer opportunities!

For questions and information, please contact the ALLIES Director Lorenzo Ramirez at lorenzoramirez@callutheran.edu or (805) 493-3742 or come by the ALLIES/SSS Center (3215 Pioneer Ave)

Opportunities funded through ALLIES in STEM are detailed below, as well as, previous students awarded fellowships.

 

ALLIES in STEM Research Fellowship

Faculty-mentored Research Fellowship

The goal of the ALLIES in STEM Research fellowships is to have students engage in research that is full-time, faculty-mentored, novel, and presentable outside the university.  The quality of the mentoring from the faculty member is vital as the goal of these fellowships is to advance the students in their professional and personal development.  Projects across a broad range of disciplines are desired, but all must meet the criteria of being research. We will award up to 20 fellowships for the summer.

Funding
  • Students may apply for approximately $4,750 that requires that the student participate in approximately 8 weeks of full-time (40 hours per week) mentored summer research with a Cal Lutheran faculty member. 
  • Funds for approved “consumables” can be provided (up to $500). Consumables include printing costs, travel to special libraries, office supplies, chemicals, etc.  Consumables do not include dining costs, books or films, payment for subjects or non-essential travel costs. All expenditures must be approved prior to purchase by ALLIES in STEM. 
  • Faculty compensation is $1000 per student.
Eligibility
  • Must be majoring in a discipline within the Natural Sciences Division.
  • Priority is given to students who completed the STEM Academy (i.e. STEM Scholars) or have worked as Peer Academic Leaders for the ALLIES in STEM program.
  • Nonetheless, all students who identify as Hispanic/Latinx, and/or Low-Income and/or other underrepresented are highly encouraged to apply. 
  • Students must be returning to the university in the fall semester. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
  • Must have an on-campus faculty mentor who will guide you throughout your research experience.
Requirements & Expectations
  • Must Complete 8 weeks minimum of research
  • Research typically begins around May 21st and concludes in late July, early August, but may begin as early as May 14th and may continue through the summer. It must conclude prior to the start of fall classes.
  • Make sure to discuss expectations past the 8 weeks of funded research with your faculty member.
  • It is expected that the student have full ownership of the project and that they are not acting as a research assistant for the faculty member. This must be clear in the submitted application and in the final product.
  • Students MUST participate in all summer OURCS Workshops, Oral Presentations, & Sessions.
  • Both the Research Fellow and their Faculty Mentor must complete a Research Acumen & Mentoring survey after completion of the 8-weeks of research.
  • Must participate in the Student Research Symposium & Festival of Scholars.
  • During the academic year, you may be asked to assist with workshops, events, trainings, & meetings to support first-year STEM Scholars & researchers.
  • If possible, faculty and students should work toward publishing their results in a journal within their discipline.
  • Only full awards will be given – students  cannot share a fellowship and cannot share a project.  Each student must have a full-time project that is her/his own distinct project.
How to Apply
  1. Talk with a faculty member in your area of study about possibly working with them over the summer.
  2. Fill out an ALLIES Research Fellow application: 
    • Fill out an application here
  3. With your faculty mentor, decide on a topic & write a 1-2 page proposal for the research project that you intend to conduct during the summer with your faculty mentor. It should contain the following sections. 
    1. Research Question. Problem of Interest or Goals
    2. Background Information or Brief Literature Review
    3. Hypotheses or Predictions
    4. Method, Steps, Tasks or Procedures
    5. Anticipated Results 
    6. Significance and/or innovation of research
  4. Email ALLIES. If you are planning to submit an application, please email lorenzoramirez@callutheran.edu let us know via email as early as possible. This is not binding, but rather to give us a rough idea of how many applications we can anticipate.
  5. Recommendation: In addition to the application, each application must include a confidential Research Fellow Recommendation form from another faculty member (not the faculty research mentor).  The reference should comment on the student's academic abilities as well as their work ethic, responsibility, and initiative. 
Decision Process

All applications for ALLIES Research Fellowships will be reviewed by ALLIES in STEM professional team.

  • Applications will be evaluated on the following items:
    • Sound professional merit/methodology. The application addresses both the specifics of the proposed project and the broad context of the proposed work. An hypothesis-driven research endeavor is expected in science.
    • Doable and likely that the main goals will be accomplished by the student in an 8-week program.
    • Will result in a product that will be presentable off campus at a peer-reviewed venue.
    • The student's talents and background are appropriate for the proposed work, given the guidance likely to be given by the mentor.
  • Previous project outcomes will be considered in the overall selection process with priority given to those previous projects that resulted in discipline-specific conference presentations or publications.
  • The quality of the writing will be taken into consideration – a well-written proposal will be given preference over a poorly written proposal.
  • Priority will be given to quality projects with the desire of having a wide range of disciplines represented, if possible. 
  • Faculty and students will be notified of the status of their application within approximately 3 weeks via email.
  • Status as an ALLIES in STEM Scholar and/or Peer Academic Leader will be given priority.
  • Students that self-identify as Hispanic/Latinx and/or Low-Income and/or Other Underrepresented groups will be given priority. 

If you have any questions or want to discuss interest in any of these opportunities, please contact Dr. Lorenzo Ramirez lorenzoramirez@callutheran.edu.

ALLIES in STEM The School for Field Studies Fellowship

ALLIES The School for Field Studies Fellowship

The goal of the ALLIES in STEM School for Field Studies (SFS) Intern fellowship is to have students engage in hands-on, research experiences in biological and life sciences while studying abroad during the summer. The experience of participating in research experiences are vital to help advance STEM students towards their STEM career path.

Funding
  • Funding is contigent upon approval from The School for Field Studies, ALLIES in STEM, and Cal Lutheran Study Abroad offices. 
Eligibility
  • Must be majoring in a discipline within the Natural Sciences Division. Especially students majoring in the biological sciences, environmental science, and geology.
  • Priority is given to students who completed the STEM Academy (i.e. STEM Scholars) or have worked as Peer Academic Leaders for the ALLIES in STEM program.
  • All students who identify as Hispanic/Latinx, and/or Low-Income and/or other underrepresented are highly encouraged to apply. 
  • Students must be returning to the university in the fall semester. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
Requirements & Expectations
  • Must complete one summer SFS session (4 weeks long).
  • Opportunities usually occur between June & August.
  • Must participate in the Student Research Symposium & Festival of Scholars.
  • During the academic year, you may be asked to assist with workshops, events, trainings, & meetings to support first-year STEM Scholars & researchers.
How to Apply
  1. Talk with Dr. Lorenzo Ramirez or Jaynessa Lopez (MAPS Coordinator) to discuss whether the SFS Intern Fellowship is a good fit. Download & fill out an ALLIES SFS application here
  2. Fill out all School for Field Studies application forms, documentation, & recommendations.
  3. Fill out an ALLIES SFS Intern Fellow application
  4. Fill out any Study Abroad application forms, documentation, & recommendations.
Decision Process

All applications for ALLIES SFS Intern Fellowships will be reviewed by ALLIES in STEM professional team, the Cal Lutheran Study Abroad office, and SFS admissions team.

Applications will be evaluated on the following items:

  • Relatedness of career opportunity to the student's major and future career interests.
  • Students will be notified of the status of their application within approximately 3 weeks via email.
  • Status as an ALLIES in STEM Scholar and/or Peer Academic Leader will be given priority.
  • Students that self-identify as Hispanic/Latinx and/or Low-Income and/or Other Underrepresented groups will be given priority.

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ALLIES in STEM Professional Development Opportunity Fellowship

ALLIES Professional Development Opportunity Fellowship

The goal of the ALLIES in STEM PDO fellowship is to have students engage in hands-on, career exploration through research, STEM, and/or technical internships, conferences, professional development experiences at Cal Lutheran approved organization. These experience are vital to help advance STEM students towards their STEM career path.

Funding
  • Students submit an application regarding a specific STEM professional development opportunity that they want to partake in.
  • Funding decisions will be made based on the opportunity, duration of the opportunity, and relevance to the student's career path.
Eligibility
  • Must be majoring in a discipline within the Natural Sciences Division.
  • Priority is given to students who completed the STEM Academy (i.e. STEM Scholars) or have worked as Peer Academic Leaders for the ALLIES in STEM program.
  • All students who identify as Hispanic/Latinx, and/or Low-Income and/or other underrepresented are highly encouraged to apply. 
  • Students must be returning to the university in the fall semester. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
Requirements & Expectations
  • Student must agree to meet the goals of the fellowship and its evaluation. **Considerations may be given to pay for the cost of participating in professional opportunities (e.g. COPE Health) that require a participation cost.
  • During the academic year, you may be asked to assist with workshops, events, trainings, & meetings to support first-year STEM Scholars & researchers.
How to Apply
  1. Talk with Dr. Lorenzo Ramirez to discuss whether the Professional Development Opportunity you wish to participate in is eligible for Fellowship funding. 
  2. Fill out an ALLIES Professional Development Opportunity Fellow applicationhere
Decision Process

All applications for will be reviewed by ALLIES in STEM professional team.

Applications will be evaluated on the following items:

  • Eligibility of professional development opportunity.  
  • Relatedness of career opportunity to the student's major and future career interests.
  • Doable and likely that the main goals will be accomplished by the student in the agreed upon timeline.
  • Students will be notified of the status of their application within approximately 3 weeks via email.
  • Status as an ALLIES in STEM Scholar and/or Peer Academic Leader will be given priority.
  • Students that self-identify as Hispanic/Latinx and/or Low-Income and/or Other Underrepresented groups will be given priority

 

 

STEM Academy Peer Tutor

STEM Academy Peer Tutor

Peer Tutor Position

As members of the ALLIES in STEM Center and STEM Academy staff, Peer Tutors work with students on an individual basis to answer questions on course content and to provide study strategies to aid in the mastery of course content. Peer Tutors are knowledgeable in different study skill techniques and STEM subject areas, committed to academic achievement, patient while working with STEM students from diverse backgrounds, and recognized as leaders within the STEM departments. Peer Tutors are highly respected contributors to the ALLIES in STEM Center and the Cal Lutheran community, and will receive exceptional training and professional development through the OPAL program.

Funding
  • Students selected as SI Leaders will receive:
    • An hourly student employee position as a SI Leader during the Cal Lutheran academic year.
Eligibility
  • Must be majoring in a discipline within the Natural Sciences Division.
  • All students who identify as Hispanic/Latinx, and/or Low-Income and/or other underrepresented are highly encouraged to apply. 
  • Students must be returning to the university in the fall & spring semesters. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
  • Peer Tutors are expected to have extensive knowledge of the subject(s) they wish to tutor and the ability to communicate that knowledge to their peers. All individuals in the Peer Tutor position must meet all departmental requirements, along with the following minimum ALLIES in STEM requirements:

    • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior in good academic and disciplinary standing
    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the start of the position and for the academic year
    • B+ or higher in the course(s) they wish to tutor
    • Possess a commitment to ongoing personal growth and development
    • Ability to uphold professional standards of conduct
    • Demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills
    • Ability to work well both independently and collaboratively with peers and faculty members
    • Positive instructor referral/recommendation for the course(s) they wish to tutor
    • Desire to honor the intersectional diversity of all students in support of inclusivity and equity
Requirements & Expectations
  • Must attend the ALLIES in STEM Professional Development trainings.
  • Serve as a tutor during the 2019 STEM Academy, July 7th - 26th, 2019
  • Attend the PAL Retreat: July 5th - 7th, 2019
  • Serve as ambassadors of the ALLIES in STEM Center; follow all rules when using the campus facilities, 
  • Be punctual for all scheduled tutoring sessions; if an absence is unavoidable, notify the supervisor ahead of time
  • Use the WCOnline ALLIES in STEM Learning Center platform to track student usage of your tutoring hours
  • Provide individualized content and skill-development tutoring to assigned students (tutees)
  • Make appropriate student referrals to university offices, departments, or professionals, when necessary
  • Maintain accurate records and return reports of tutoring sessions in a timely manner
  • Practice sensitivity, respect, and understanding in alignment with the values of the ALLIES in STEM Center and California Lutheran University
  • Greet students in a warm, welcoming manner
  • Address problems and concerns with the program supervisor immediately
  • Maintain confidentiality as required by FERPA and departmental guidelines
  • Approach students having difficulties with empathy and positive regard
  • Understand and impart the concepts of Academic Mindset Development to students
  • Assist tutees to become better learners, better writers, and more successful students. It is important that both the tutor and the tutee understand that the program is not designed as a service for tutees to find an “answer person” who will do their work for them
  • Peer Tutors are not expected to know all the answers; however, they are expected to know their strengths and limitations, be honest about their abilities and seek assistance from their supervisor when needed
How to Apply
  1. Talk with Francesca Nesfield (OPAL Coordinator) to discuss the STEM Academy Peer Tutor position.
  2. Fill out an ALLIES Peer Tutor application.
Decision Process

All applications for ALLIES Peer Tutors will be reviewed by the Office of Peer Assisted Learning (OPAL).

Applications will be evaluated on the following items:

  • Benefit to the student's major and future career interests.
  • Experience with teaching, mentoring and guiding students.
  • Students will be selected for individual interviews. 
  • Status as an ALLIES in STEM Scholar and/or Peer Academic Leader will be given priority.
  • Students that self-identify as Hispanic/Latinx and/or Low-Income and/or Other Underrepresented groups will be given priority.
ALLIES in STEM Arcadia University Study Abroad Fellowship

ALLIES Arcadia University Study Abroad Fellowship

The Arcadia Fellowship is a collaboration between ALLIES in STEM, CLU Study Abroad and Arcadia University. The Arcadia Fellows will participate in an Arcadia University Summer 2019 program. Upon completion of the program, students will receive Cal Lutheran course credit, contingent on approval from Department Chair or will be applied as elective units.

Funding
  • ALLIES will award a Fellowship of $4,750 to go towards Arcadia Summer Tuition.
  • Arcadia University will provide a Scholarship for Tuition.
  • Study Abroad funding will be awarded for any gaps in flight costs upon student need.

 

Eligibility
  • These opportunities are open to Cal Lutheran STEM Majors who identify with one or more of the following

    • Have the designation of STEM Scholar; students who participated in the STEM Academy
    • Have the designation of ALLIES in STEM Peer Academic Leader (PAL)
    • Identify as Hispanic/Latinx
    • Pell-Grant Recipient
    • Identify from a group traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields (Latinx, Low-income, Women, African American, Native Americans, and/or Alaskan Natives).
Requirements & Expectations
  • If you are interested in the ALLIES in STEM Peer Mentor role, → you will need to submit the Peer Mentor application in addition to this one.
  • For program specifics, please contact Arcadia or Cal Lutheran Study Abroad directly, upon selection of desired program.
How to Apply
  1. Talk with Dr. Lorenzo Ramirez or Jaynessa Lopez (MAPS Coordinator) to discuss whether the Fellowship is a good fit. Download & fill out an ALLIES Arcadia University application here
  2. Fill out all Arcadia University application forms, documentation, & recommendations.
  3. Fill out an ALLIES Arcadia University Study Abroad Fellow application
  4. Fill out any Study Abroad application forms, documentation, & recommendations.

 

Decision Process

All applications for ALLIES Arcadia University Study Abroad Fellowships will be reviewed by ALLIES in STEM professional team, the Cal Lutheran Study Abroad office, and Arcadia University admissions team.

Applications will be evaluated on the following items:

  • Relatedness of career opportunity to the student's major and future career interests.
  • Students will be notified of the status of their application within approximately 3 weeks via email.
  • Status as an ALLIES in STEM Scholar and/or Peer Academic Leader will be given priority.
  • Students that self-identify as Hispanic/Latinx and/or Low-Income and/or Other Underrepresented groups will be given priority.

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2018 Fellows

ALLIES Research Fellows
SAllen
Stephanie Allen

Major: Math

ALLIES in STEM Research Fellow

Mentor: Dr. Christopher Brown

AOrtiz
Alberto Ortiz

Major: Computer Science

ALLIES in STEM Research Fellow

Mentor: Dr. Chang-Shyh Peng

Dbitar
Deana Bitar

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

ALLIES in STEM Research Fellow

Mentor: Dr. Katherine Hoffmann

HKaur
Harleen Kaur

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

ALLIES in STEM Research Fellow

Mentor: Dr. Jesus Cordova

Jkrastein
Jason Krastein

Major: Biology

ALLIES in STEM Research Fellow

Mentor: Dr. Robert Richards

GHernandez
Genova Hernandez

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

ALLIES in STEM Research Fellow

Mentor: Dr. Katherine Hoffmann

WParquette
William Parquette

Major: Physics

ALLIES in STEM Research Fellow

Mentor: Dr. Sebastian Carron Montero

JDias
Johann Dias

Major: Physics

ALLIES in STEM Research Fellow

Mentor: Dr. Sebastian Carron Montero

JGoldstein
Jonathan Goldstein

Major: Exercise Science

ALLIES in STEM Research Fellow

Mentor: Dr. Travis Peterson

NMamatov
Nodirkon Mamatov

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

ALLIES in STEM Research Fellow

Mentor: Dr. Katherine Hoffmann

ALLIES School for Field Studies Fellows
amejia
Amir Mejia

Major: Biology

ALLIES in STEM SFS Fellow

Program: Costa Rica

adleon
Alex De Leon

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

ALLIES in STEM SFS Fellow

Program: Turks & Caicos

MNolte
Madalyne Nolte

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

ALLIES in STEM SFS Fellow

Program: Turks & Caicos

JNewell
Jimmy Newell

Major: Interdisciplinary Educational Studies

ALLIES in STEM SFS Fellow

Program: Panama

apasion
Angelika Pasion

Major: Biology

ALLIES in STEM SFS Fellow, McNair Scholar

Program: Turks & Caicos

Jtoledo
Jazmine Toledo

Major: Math

ALLIES in STEM SFS Fellow

Program: Panama

Tcohen
Talya Cohen

Major: Environmental Science

ALLIES in STEM SFS Fellow

Program: Turks & Caicos

ALLIES Intern & Professional Development Fellows
GGuzman
Gaby Guzman

Major: Exercise Science

ALLIES in STEM Intern Fellow

BMedina
Brianna Medina

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

ALLIES in STEM Intern Fellow

MMarquez
Manuel Marquez

Major: Biology

ALLIES in STEM Intern Fellow

DBastian
Daniel Bastian Salgado

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

ALLIES in STEM Intern Fellow; Partnership with UC Irvine

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