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    How to be a Superstar: TEDx Youth Talk (speaker: Bonnie St. John)

How to be a Superstar: TEDx Youth Talk (speaker: Bonnie St. John)

Resilience and perseverance are keys to success in research. Watch this short talk about the importance of these character traits.

By |February 23rd, 2015|News|Comments Off on How to be a Superstar: TEDx Youth Talk (speaker: Bonnie St. John)
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    Pictures from December 2014 American Geophysical Union Meeting

Pictures from December 2014 American Geophysical Union Meeting

SIP 2014 Intern Zixin Chen presents poster at AGU

By |December 17th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Pictures from December 2014 American Geophysical Union Meeting

2014 Siemens Competition Regional Finalists and Semifinalists

We’re proud to report that SIP had four regional finalists and five semifinalists in the 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology, hosted by the Siemens Foundation.

This year’s regional finalists were: Jason Chu, Lea Sparkman, Pranav Sekhar, and Aaron Huang.

This year’s semifinalists were: Alice Wu, Ajinkya Nene, Omkar Savant, Adele Bloch, and Deepti Kannan.

Congratulations to all of these fantastic interns for their hard work and outstanding achievements!

By |November 18th, 2014|News|Comments Off on 2014 Siemens Competition Regional Finalists and Semifinalists
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    APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics: January 16-18, 2015

APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics: January 16-18, 2015

SIP is a sponsor of this conference, and encourages the program’s alumnae, and their friends, to attend!

By |November 2nd, 2014|Events, News|Comments Off on APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics: January 16-18, 2015
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    High-school Scientists/Galactic Exploration – An article courtesy of International Innovation, Research Media Ltd. – a leading scientific dissemination service

High-school Scientists/Galactic Exploration – An article courtesy of International Innovation, Research Media Ltd. – a leading scientific dissemination service

Dr. Puragra ‘Raja’ GuhaThakurta is an expert on galaxy evolution, but also aims to inspire the next generation of scientists. Here, he shares details of the Science Internship Program he started at the University of California, Santa Cruz, which engages high-school students in experimental learning.

By |July 31st, 2014|News|Comments Off on High-school Scientists/Galactic Exploration – An article courtesy of International Innovation, Research Media Ltd. – a leading scientific dissemination service
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    Stoking a Passion For Science – An article from the Palo Alto Weekly

Stoking a Passion For Science – An article from the Palo Alto Weekly

Interns seek hands-on, real-world experience beyond the classroom.

By |July 11th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Stoking a Passion For Science – An article from the Palo Alto Weekly
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    Four UCSC SIP Program Interns are Regional Finalists in 2013-14 Siemens Competition

Four UCSC SIP Program Interns are Regional Finalists in 2013-14 Siemens Competition

A growing summer internship program for high school students at UC Santa Cruz has consistently produced successful entries in nationwide science competitions. The 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology is no exception: out of 51 semifinalists from California, 15 were participants in the UCSC Science Internship Program (SIP), and of the 15 regional finalists from California, three were UCSC SIP participants.

Regional winners will be selected in November and compete for the national awards in December. The Siemens Foundation awards prizes and scholarships to regional and national winners.

The 61 students who participated in the SIP program this year came from high schools throughout the region, from Santa Cruz to Oakland. The program even attracts students from out of state, including one this year who is a regional finalist in Indiana. The interns work with UCSC researchers and are given projects that are part of their mentor’s broader research program. Most of the research is in the physical sciences, including physics, chemistry, engineering, and astrophysics. Of this year’s students, 39 applied to the Siemens competition.

“The program has been growing steadily, and our students’ rate of success in these competitions has also grown,” said Puragra (Raja) GuhaThakurta, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UCSC who founded and directs the SIP program. He noted that the program’s participants had a much higher rate of success in the Siemens competition than the national average (about one in eight contestants nationally were semifinalists, compared to well over a third of UCSC contestants).

GuhaThakurta said he was particularly gratified by the number of female students who participate in the program, getting hands-on experience in the physical sciences, an area in which women are under-represented. “About 60 percent of our interns […]

By |November 19th, 2013|News|Comments Off on Four UCSC SIP Program Interns are Regional Finalists in 2013-14 Siemens Competition
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    UCSC SIP Participants are Recognized in Prestigious 2012-13 Siemens Competition

UCSC SIP Participants are Recognized in Prestigious 2012-13 Siemens Competition

SIP had a total of seven semi-finalists and two regional finalists who submitted papers based on their research in the UCSC summer program.

By |October 29th, 2012|News|Comments Off on UCSC SIP Participants are Recognized in Prestigious 2012-13 Siemens Competition
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    4 UC Santa Cruz “SIP” Participants are 2012 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists

4 UC Santa Cruz “SIP” Participants are 2012 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists

UC Santa Cruz Science Internship Program (SIP) participants earned 4 spots among the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search semifinalists as announced Wednesday, January 11. Three of these 4 students are from the Harker School, which had a record 11 Intel STS semifinalists this year.”The semifinalists received oversized $1,000 checks from Intel in a spirited school assembly filled with hoots, laughter and deafening applause. Each honoree also got an additional $1,000 for their San Jose school. The number of honorees was kept secret beforehand, so the crowd’s excitement and decibel-level mounted with each additional name called.”….as reported by the San Jose Mercury News.

By |January 12th, 2012|News|Comments Off on 4 UC Santa Cruz “SIP” Participants are 2012 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalists

UCSC Faculty Mentor 2011 Intel Science Contest Finalists

Two high-school students mentored by UC Santa Cruz professors are finalists in the nationwide Intel Science Talent Search competition. They are both students at the Harker School in San Jose, the only school in the country to produce two finalists (out of a total of 40 nationwide).

By |February 1st, 2011|News|Comments Off on UCSC Faculty Mentor 2011 Intel Science Contest Finalists