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Community College Resources

› Center for Astronomy Education

A professional development resource for the introductory astronomy community, with an emphasis on community colleges. Workshops for faculty, teaching tips and strategies, and educational links.

More information: http://astronomy101.jpl.nasa.gov/

Contact: Richard Alvidrez, (818) 354-1214



Community College Programs

› Consortium for Undergraduate Research Experience

The Consortium for Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE), co-sponsored by California State University Los Angeles (CSULA) and JPL, is one of the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) sites for astronomy. It recruits undergraduate students from CSULA and participating community colleges in the Los Angeles area, all of which have high enrollment from populations underrepresented in science and engineering fields. Participants work with JPL staff members at the main campus or at the Table Mountain Observatory on a variety of projects related to JPL missions or science.

Eligibility: Undergraduates. Students must be U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents and be nominated by faculty members at participating academic institutions.

More information: http://cure.lacitycollege.edu

Contact: Richard Alvidrez, (818) 354-1214


› JPL Undergraduate Scholars

The JPL Undergraduate Scholars Program (JPLUS) recognizes achievement and high potential in students attending community colleges closest to JPL and Pasadena. Students must be studying engineering, physical science, computer science or mathematics to be eligible for JPLUS. In addition to a recognition award, students will be provided with activities (seminars, workshops and conferences) designed to become aware of and prepare for undergraduate research fellowship opportunities.

Eligibility: Undergraduates. Recommended by faculty only at participating colleges (see website). Limited to students majoring in engineering, mathematics, computer sciences or the physical sciences.

More information: http://jplus.jpl.nasa.gov/

Contact: Richard Alvidrez, (818) 354-1214


› Student Independent Research Intern Program

The Student Independent Research Intern Program (SIRI) is a one-semester unpaid internship at JPL for students enrolled in an independent study course at a participating college. Students are under the supervision of a mentor during this period, and the program coordinator provides professional development activities. Faculty at participating colleges nominate students for participation in this program.

Eligibility: Undergraduates. Students from Glendale College, Pasadena City College, Citrus College, Cal Poly-Pomona, California State University at Los Angeles, California State University at Northridge, Santa Monica College and Mt. San Antonio College, among others.

More information: http://siri.jpl.nasa.gov/

Contact: Richard Alvidrez, (818) 354-1214