College Prep’s STEM program is for students interested in getting hands-on research experience in a broad array of STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The course begins with a spring semester seminar (STEM Research Part I) that provides the foundational scientific knowledge and analytical skills needed for a summer internship. During discussion-based classes, students learn how to read primary scientific literature, analyze and critique raw data, and work as a productive member of a research team. The core of the program takes place during the summer, when students are matched with research mentors for full-time, six-week internships. In the fall, the program concludes with a semester-long seminar (STEM Research Part II) in which students prepare a poster about their summer research and design and deliver a formal scientific talk. Most placements are in labs at either UCSF or UC Berkeley.
Past STEM research topics include:
The engineering of proteins to enhance pharmaceutical drug discover
Analysis of microbial communities to enhance fuel projection from biomass
Optimization of vaccines against the N. meningitis bacterium
The role of vitamin D in cancer prevention and treatment
The design of microfluidic devices to be used in metastatic cancer cell detection
The investigation of cellular complexity using magnetotactic bacteria
Effects of COVID-19 on fertility and birth outcomes
Pathogen tracking, disease modeling, and contact tracing
The impact of climate change on human health and the development of adaptive health strategies.