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CSC² Natural Sciences

The CSC² Natural Sciences program offers participating students a variety of services to assist them with navigating college life and natural sciences courses.

Services include academic assistance, paid summer undergraduate research opportunities, professional development, employment opportunities, financial aid and scholarship application assistance, peer mentoring, as well as access to the CSC² Natural Sciences Student Study Center. 

Study Center: Students are provided on-going support through the CSC2 Natural Sciences Student Study Center, which has several amenities including a computer lab, study space, and space to prepare food with a microwave, sink, refrigerator, and coffee maker.

Advising and Academic Assistance: CSC² Natural Sciences offers advising, tutoring, study groups, individualized support, and supplemental instruction. For more information about academic assistance, contact the CSC² Natural Sciences Program Coordinator. For more information visit the Student Learning Center Supplemental Instruction webpage.

Professional Development and Employment Opportunities: The program helps students develop their professional skills by offering assistance with cover letters, resumes, interviews, and internship and job search assistance. Students are also offered career advising, faculty mentoring, financial support for travel to professional conferences, and networking opportunities. Paid employment opportunities are also available, including tutoring, student assistant, and peer mentoring positions within CSC2.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Application Assistance: Assistance for applying for financial aid and scholarships is also available.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program: CSC2 Natural Sciences offers summer undergraduate research (UGR) opportunities.  The UGR opportunities are available to CSC2 students who have reached the second semester of their sophomore year. Students will receive hands-on experience with a research topic in their field of study, learn to balance collaborative and individual work, determine an area of interest, and jump-start their careers as researchers.

Through exposure to research as undergraduates, many students discover their passion for research and continue on to graduate studies and faculty positions. Students receive a stipend of $3,500 for participating in the UGR summer program. For more information, contact the CSC² Natural Sciences Program Coordinator.

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