Summer Science Intensive: iCLEM

Due to the COVID-19 virus, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel the iCLEM program for this summer. We will be offering this program again in the summer of 2021. 

The Introductory College Level Experience in Microbiology (iCLEM) is an eight-week paid summer science intensive for economically disadvantaged high school sophomores and juniors. The program seeks to broaden students’ understanding of biotechnology, microbiology, and biofuels. In addition to completing a research project, the program also exposes students to career exploration and preparation for the college application process.

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Program Highlights:

  • Receive a stipend of $3,000 and a travel stipend for the eight-week program from mid-June to mid-August.
  • Complete a hands-on, real-world research project in a state-of-the-art laboratory mentored by JBEI researchers and UC undergrads.
  • Learn fundamental concepts in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, biofuels, and synthetic biology.
  • Prepare for the college admission process – write and revise a personal statement and learn about admissions requirements and financial aid.
  • Explore careers through discussions with STEM professionals and visits to local biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
  • Gain skills and confidence in communicating scientific research.

While the application process is rigorous, we place primary importance on the student’s background, teachers’ recommendations, and the student’s strong desire to do science and work hard during the summer. The student’s academic record is considered, but it is not the only factor in our selection process.


For questions about the iCLEM program, please contact Lauchlin Cruickshanks, [email protected] or fill out the form below.