SIP’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Science Internship Program at UC Santa Cruz offers a transformative educational experience that significantly enhances students’ academic trajectory. As the United States struggles with systemic racial inequalities while simultaneously battling the global pandemic, we recognize that education plays a vitally important role in the fight against systemic racism. For this reason, SIP has historically worked hard to provide opportunities for all students to participate in the program and we make an intentional effort to recruit students from historically excluded backgrounds. The SIP team remains steadfast in our commitment to battle racial inequalities in academia. We will continue to increase the diversity of students in our program.

About a third of 2020 SIP interns face societal obstacles to participation:

  • Low income
  • First-generation college aspirant
  • Underrepresented racial ethnicity

We have launched a new initiative, Creating Equity in STEM (CREST) as the focus point of these efforts.

SIP is open to all high-school students


Did you know that girls outnumber boys by a ratio of 3:2 in SIP?
Roughly 60% of the high-school students who have participated in the program are female. This is especially noteworthy considering that most SIP projects are computational in nature and/or in the physical sciences (e.g., astrophysics, computer science, engineering, physics), areas of STEM in which women continue to be severely underrepresented.

Did you know that students from 202 different high schools have participated in SIP?
SIP may have started with three students from a private school in San Jose (Harker) in 2009, but in the decade since its inception, the program has included students from 139 different California high schools, 37 high schools in other US states, and 26 international schools. See the full list of high schools below.

Did you know that the fraction of SIP interns from public schools has increased steadily over the years?
The percentage has gone from 0% in year 1 of SIP (2009) and 13% in year 2 to well over 50% in 2015–2020. Of the 202 high schools that have been represented in SIP so far, approximately two thirds are public schools. The program is actively seeking to increase the fraction/number of public school participants (see below).

Did you know that SIP offers scholarships?
A total of 72 full partial need-based scholarships were offered in 2020, and this corresponded to about a third of the pool of 225 interns that summer. The full scholarships covered all tuition costs. There were no shuttle and room/board costs last year when the program was 100% online in 2020, but these costs are also covered in the in-person edition of the program.

Hear what actual SIP interns have to say about SIP’s impact on their lives

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