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Information for Current Lewis & Clark Students: Community Engagement & Leadership in Science (CELS) Summer Research Program

What is it?

CELS provides qualified science/math (including experimental psychology) L&C undergraduates with an opportunity  to join in a cutting-edge research project in collaboration with a talented local high school student.  As both a student and teacher, you will have a unique active learning opportunity as well as the chance to explore what a future career as a scientist or mathematician might be like.  Students with an interest in or plans to pursue a career as a science and/or math educator are encouraged to apply as are underrepresented minorities.

You will take part in new programs that support students who have an interest in pursuing careers as K-12 science or math educators. CELS interns will have the opportunity to attend weekly seminars that are designed to not only support interns as mentors of high school students but also to provide information about pursuing careers as K-12 science or math educators.

This new element of learning the science of education stems from the recently awarded L&C HHMI C.A.U.S.E. 2.0 grant which combines L&C resources to give students the tools to become effective K-12 educators with a solid foundation in the current practice of science.


Who will you be mentoring?

With the goal of creating a science community that reflects the demographics of our country, this program focuses on recruiting high school students from  backgrounds underrepresented in science. Mentoring by L&C undergraduates can help build confidence in these “early entry” students and increases their chances of success in science or math undergraduate programs in the future.

The CELS Program is open exclusively to Lewis & Clark students. Graduating seniors are eligible to apply.  A summer research internship is a full-time position lasting 10 weeks (40 hours/week). The details of start and end dates are negotiated with your faculty mentor, but generally most internships will begin in May or early June and end 10 weeks later. Students selected for internships will receive a $4,000 stipend and a $600 housing allowance, for a total compensation of $4,600. Please note, a new requirement this year -  all successful undergraduate applicants who confirm acceptance of a CELS internship will be required to pass a background check before official hiring.  The process will be handled through the L & C Human Resources department and they and the CELS program staff will provide the information for you to get this done within a short time period.

How to Apply
  1. Complete the application available on the Rogers Summer Science Programs site.  Applicants should indicate on the application their desire to apply as CELS research intern, and they must answer the supplemental questions on the Common Application.
  2.  View faculty project descriptions listed on the the Rogers web page and list your choices on the application in order of priority. Note: In choosing a lab, please note that not all L & C labs are accepting CELS scholars this summer. Project abstracts will indicate CELS eligibility.
  3. Please review the CELS Undergraduate Obligations document which is specific to the CELS  program. Document can be downloaded here.
Faculty selection considerations of student interns:
  1. Enthusiasm for and interest in science and math
  2. Interest/experience in mentoring younger students particularly students from backgrounds underrepresented in science.
  3. Background or science/math courses and experience
  4. GPA and other evidence of accomplishment  recommendations from faculty and  past employers
  5. Outcomes of interviews with prospective faculty members
  6. Interest in becoming a science and/or math educator


2015 Schedule for Applications


February 27 Student applications due.
March 2-13 Faculty interview select students.
March 20 Students notified if they have been selected or not.
March 30 Students decide whether to accept offered positions