Science Internship Program (SIP)
The Science Internship Program provides motivated, advanced students with a unique opportunity to work and learn at a premier research institution.
SIP is a summer-long (10 week) research internship program for high- school students in STEM fields. UCSC faculty, graduate students, and post- doctoral researchers provide one-on-one mentoring of these
The SIP program has grown from a mere three students from one high school in the summer of 2009 (all three worked with the PI on NSF-funded Andromeda research) to 68 students from 31 high schools this past summer. About 60% of all SIP interns have been girls.
For the more than 200 students from 60+ high schools who have been through SIP since the program's inception, the value of the research PROCESS is amply clear - e.g., critical thinking, abstract problem solving, open-ended research questions, etc. Perhaps more importantly, this realization about the importance of experiential learning has now dawned on hundreds of other students and teachers/advisors/counselors in these schools (and, by word of mouth, in other schools) and on parents and siblings at home.