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
SIP is open to all high-school students
Read more about SIP’s ongoing efforts to increase diversity …
Did you know that students from 268 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 158 different California high schools, 54 high schools in other US states, and 56 international schools. See the full list of high schools below.
In an effort to increase/maintain the diversity of its applicant and intern pools and to specifically reach out to disadvantaged students, SIP has built built partnerships with several after-school and summer programs that focus on underserved high school students. The SIP program continues to have close ties with the COSMOS (California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science), MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) Schools Program, and GIE (Girls in Engineering) programs in UC Santa Cruz’s Educational Partnership Center (EPC) in order to ensure that there is a steady flow of students from these programs to SIP. See below for a full list of SIP’s partner organizations.