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The Introductory College Level Experience In Microbiology (iCLEM) The Introductory College Level Experience in Microbiology is an eight-week paid biotech internship program for exceptionally motivated high school sophomores and juniors interested in learning about biotechnology. Developed in partnership with the Joint BioEnergy Institute, this program seeks to broaden students’ understanding of biotechnology and the careers available in this field. In addition to basic science and research, the program also exposes students to career exploration and preparation for the college application process, including field trips to local biotech companies, career talks with scientists, writing a college personal statement, researching colleges, meeting with an admissions officer, and visiting college campuses. Students are paid a stipend of $1500, plus a scholarship of $500 upon successful completion of the program.
A link to the online iCLEM application form will be posted here on January 30, 2012. The 2012 application deadline is March 1. 2012 program dates will be announced in January.
A completed iCLEM application includes: 1) An online application, 2) A teacher recommendation (must be submitted online by the teacher by March 10), and 3) An official high school transcript.
Students must meet all the eligibility criteria listed below. Students must:
-be sincerely interested in science, technology, engineering or math
-be a current high school sophomore or junior (in spring 2012)
-attend high school in Alameda, San Francisco or Contra Costa counties
-be a US citizen or permanent resident
-be 16 years of age by June 1, 2012.
-be from a family whose total household income is no more than $60,000.
Participating students typically have taken Algebra 1 and basic high school biology. Such coursework is not a requirement for admission and may be waived for students who show exceptional motivation. READ MORE