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The Introductory College Level Experience in Microbiology (iCLEM) Summer 2017 Program

Dear BASIC Fund Alumni,

  We are excited to inform you about a great summer program that allows High School Students with an interest in Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math to get some hands experience in those fields. Below is a brief description of the program as well as the requirements for the application process:

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.

Program Highlights:

  • Receive a stipend of $2000 paid over the eight-week program from June 19 to August 11, 2017.
  • 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.

To be eligible for iCLEM:

 you must meet all the following requirements: (1) be 15 years old by December 31, 2016; (2) be currently enrolled as a sophomore or junior at a high school in Alameda, Contra Costa, or San Francisco county; (3) be a US citizen or permanent resident; (4) have a GPA of at least 2.5 and passed Algebra 1 and Biology; (5) have an annual household income of $70,000 or less; (6) commit to being present for all 8 weeks of the program, from June 19 to August 11, 2017.

Application Procedures

  • Qualified students can apply online anytime between January 13 and March 12 on the JBEI website.
  • You will NOT be able to save your application before submission and will not be able to edit it after you submit, so we highly encourage you to write your responses in a separate document before filling it out online. For your reference, you can preview the application questions here.
  • Applications submitted after 11:59pm on March 12 will not be considered, we encourage you to apply as early as possible to leave plenty of time for any problems that occur.
  • You will need to provide the email address of two teachers or other non-related (i.e. not in your family) adults that can give you a recommendation for the program. At least one recommendation should be from a math or science teacher.
  • Each recommender will receive an email AFTER you submit your application with a link to a form and a place to upload a recommendation letter. All recommendations must be received by Friday, March 17 at 5:00pm.
  • Finalists for the iCLEM program will be invited to interview at JBEI in April.
  • Access the online application

For questions about the iCLEM program, please contact Rochelle Urban,

                                                                    All the best,

                                                                                 The BASIC Fund

2016 Program Description

What is RISE? 

The RISE (Raising Interest in Science and Engineering) Summer Internship Program for High School Students is sponsored by Stanford University. It’s an intensive 7-week summer program for students interested in science, engineering, math, computer science and psychology. Students spend 30 hours a week on the Stanford campus, working in an active research lab under the guidance of a mentor from the lab (typically a
graduate student), and attending weekly group sessions that include field trips, presentations, hands-on science activities, and lab tours. Students will also earn a $2,500 stipend.

Students are eligible to apply if they meet ALL of these criteria:

  • Must have at least a 3.5 (weighted) GPA;
  • Must have earned all As and Bs in science and math classes completed in high school;
  • Must be 16 years old by June 15, 2016;
  • Must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. (i.e., must have a Social Security Number);
  • Must attend high school locally (within about a 25-mile radius of Stanford) and be able to commute to the Stanford campus on a daily basis;
  • Must be a rising sophomore, junior or senior in summer 2016.
  • Must have an interest in science, medicine, math, engineering, computer science or psychology;
  • Must have demonstrated intelligence, maturity and initiative.

Students must also meet at least TWO of these eligibility criteria:

  • Are from groups historically under-represented in science or engineering (Hispanic, African American, Pacific Islander or Native American);
  • Are from a low-income family;
  • Will be the first in their families (other than siblings) to go to a 4-year college. 

Program Dates:

The 2016 program dates are Wednesday, June 15 through Wednesday, August 3. Applicants must commit to attend the entire program in order to participate. Students will work six hours a day each weekday of the session (not including lunch time). Although exact schedules may vary, they will typically be on campus from about 10:00 am – 4:30 pm each day.

For questions or additional information:

Any questions, please email Kaye Storm at

Click here to direct you to the official RISE Summer Internship Program site.

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