UC Merced


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PHOTO (above): Program participants participate in interdisciplinary research at UC Merced.

Program description

The CCBM Summer Internship Program (C-SIP) is a 9-week summer undergraduate research program held on the University of California, Merced campus and hosted by the interdisciplinary NSF-funded CREST Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines (CCBM). C-SIP provides research, professional development, and graduate school preparation experiences to participating students and is a part of UC Merced’s Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI)  which allows students to interact with other undergraduates conducting summer research on campus. Students receive research and academic guidance by UC Merced faculty and work side-by-side with graduate students and scientists on projects in the fields of physics, bioengineering, chemistry and chemical biology, materials science and engineering, applied mathematics, and molecular cell biology. Students in the program will get to do hands-on work in CCBM research faculty labs on cutting-edge topics in four broad areas.

• Computational Biology and Biophysics: bioinformatics, molecular dynamics simulations, systems biology modeling, physics based simulations and mathematical modeling

• Biomolecular Science and Engineering: single-molecule measurement, protein and nucleic acid Folding and design, enzyme mechanisms, biomolecular assemblies, macromolecular interactions.

• Cellular Science and Engineering: live cell imaging, tissue engineering, cellular sensing and signaling, bacterial and cellular motility

• Biomaterials and devices: biomimicry, nanoscale engineering for drug and gene delivery carriers, biomaterials and microfabrication, and bioelectronics for sensing and monitoring.

In addition to the research experience, special CCBM sessions, lectures, meetings, workshops, trainings, and social and networking opportunities are provided. Program dates for Summer 2022 are June 6 - August 5, 2022. Participants will receive stipends of $3,500. Room and board, as well as travel expenses, are provided at no cost to participants.


 PHOTO (above): C-SIP participants present in a research symposium at the end of summer at UC Merced. 

Who Should Apply?

All STEM majors are welcome to apply to the program. Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students with at least two semesters of college experience. Applicants need to be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents. Students from underrepresented groups, women, and students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Given the range of disciplines represented in the program, physics coursework is not required to apply, though physics-oriented projects will benefit from physics preparation. Please visit review the CCBM Research page and center faculty to review research areas and faculty expertise.

Contact Information: Please contact Dr. Petia Gueorguieva at with any questions you may have about this program.



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PHOTO (above): Undergraduate students gain research experience, professional development, and graduate school preparation at UC Merced.


The CCBM Summer Internship Program (C-SIP) is supported by: NSF-CREST: Center for Cellular and Biomolecular Machines at UC Merced (NSF-HRD-1547848 and NSF-HRD-2112675).



This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants DUE-1741863, AST-1636646, and AST-1836019.