Packard Scholar

*PLEASE NOTE, the UCSC Packard Scholar is not the same thing as the Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.

During the summer of 2016, I was privileged to be a Packard Scholar. The Packard Scholarship is an undergraduate research fellowship funded by a gift from the Packard Foundation to encourage undergraduate research. It is administered by UCSC STEM Diversity.

Being a Packard Scholar, I was able to conduct undergraduate research at UCSC. We were allowed to work in any research lab that would agree to take us on. Fortunately for me, I was able to continue my work in the Costa Lab. I continued my work with male northern elephant seal home ranges, and presented my work during the 2016 Summer Research Symposium, the 2016 SACNAS Conference, and at the 2016 American Cetacean Society International Conference.

I’m writing this post mainly because I couldn’t find anything about it on the UCSC STEM Diversity website (STEM Diversity’s website has since been updated with Packard information here). It is an 8 week intensive summer research experience, that is often referred to as SRE. There’s a lot of flexibility with the program, as you’re able to choose the lab, faculty member, and mentor that you wish to work with. As long as they agree to take you on, you’re good to go. You’re required to put in at least 40 hours a week, including time that you spend on summer workshops. There are a few weekly assignments that are due, but nothing too involved. This summer, we were required to turn in personal statements, CVs, and a research poster showcasing our work.

At the end of the summer, I showcased my research at the 2016 Summer Research Symposium. You can read more about it here.

If you found this page, I’m assuming that you google’d what a Packard Scholar at UCSC is. If you would like to talk more about it, feel free to leave a comment below. I’ll get to it as soon as I can.

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