Cultivamos Excelencia Research Scholars

​​​ Cultivamos Excelencia ​Undergraduate Research Scholars

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The Cultivamos Excelencia Undergraduate Research Program provides San Jose City College (SJCC) students with the opportunity to engage in university level research under the guidance of a San Jose City College and UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) faculty and mentorship from a UCSC graduate student. San Jose City College students will work on research through a Latinx cultural lens and delve into the fascinating world of university inquiry and discovery.

​Minimum Qualifications and Interest

  • Have passed English 1A or equivalent with a grade of "B" or better.
  • Conduct research in any disciplines with implications for the Latinx community.
  • Work with a UCSC graduate student mentor on a weekly basis.
  • Applicants must be available during the Fall semester to take English 1B (English Composition) and  UCSC LALS 80F  (Latinos in the U.S.: A Comparative Perspective). Also, applicants must be available during the Spring semester to take English 1C (Critical Thinking/Composition) and GUIDE 10 (Transfer Success).
  • Attend enriching program activities.
  • Have a genuine interest in university transfer (though an interest in transferring to UC Santa Cruz is not required).
  • Have the ability to work independently, think creatively, and be willing to explore new ideas.

Schedule of Classes

Spring 2018     
  ​ENGL 1CTTH 10:45AM - 12:05PM​
​GUIDE 10F 09:10AM - 11:35AM

What are the benefits?

  • Conduct research in any disciplines with implications for the Latinx community.
  • Receive research mentorship from a SJCC and UCSC faculty and mentorship from a UCSC graduate student.
  • Obtain honors designation on your college transcripts for English classes.
  • Participate in a learning community.
  • Get free textbooks for the courses in the program.
  • Obtain personalized academic counseling from a SJCC and UCSC counselor.
  • Attend events only available to program participants like the UCSC library visit and research symposium.

What kind of research will I be doing?

  • With the support of mentors, the students in this program will work on individual projects, in teams, or within an already existing research project.
  • Students may conduct research in the Sciences, the Humanitites, or the Social Sciences or may do work that is interdisciplinary with implications for the Latinx community.
  • Projects in the Sciences might include lab experiments, field studies, or a review of existing experiments.
  • Projects in the Humanities might include a study of literature, philosophy, music, or film, and may involve research in a library archive.
  • Projects in the Social Sciences might involve conducting oral history interviews, surveys, or observations within a partivular social environment or may focus on a review of existing studies. Students working on a Social Science project might also conduct research in a library archive.
  • Some activities may be conducted offsite, at UCSC, and online by arrangement depending on the research project. We will be flexible to meet the needs of the mentors, faculty, and students.
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Alma Garcia

Transfer Counselor
(408) 288-3762

Claudia Amador​

Program​ Coordinator
(408) 288-3161

Robert Gutierrez

Metas Program, Director
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