The “MICRO-CCS: Microbial Interactions Create Research Opportunities for Community College Students” program provides research opportunities, scientific training, and mentoring for community college students interested in research about microbial interactions in food, agricultural, and environmental sciences.

The program is a collaborative project between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Parkland Community College. This 10-week research immersion program includes a Research Orientation Bootcamp at the start of the experience, professional development activities tailored towards community college students, and flexibility in housing accommodations. At the end of the program, participants will be more aware of potential opportunities for future academic research that could lead to possible STEM careers.

Program Highlights

  • $7,000 summer stipend
  • Housing accommodations and meals
  • Travel allowance
  • Research Orientation Bootcamp
  • 10-week immersive experience

Eligibility Criteria

  • Current community college student
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • At least 18 years old by the start of the program
  • Full-time commitment to the 10-week program (May 22-July 31, 2024)
  • (Recommended but not required) Successful completion of General Biology or Microbiology and Chemistry courses