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iCLEM is a student program that was initiated by Synberc and being sustained by the Joint BioEnergy Institute. Please visit the JBEI iCLEM page for the most up-to-date information about this program.

The Introductory College Level Experience in Microbiology (iCLEM) is an eight-week paid summer research program for high-potential, low-income high school sophomores and juniors. Founded by Synberc and now sustained by the Joint BioEnergy Institute at Berkeley Lab, the program sought to broaden students’ understanding of biotechnology, biofuels, and the careers available in this field. In addition to basic science and research, the program also exposes students to career exploration and preparation for the college application process, including field trips to local biotech companies, career talks with scientists and engineers, writing a college personal statement, meeting college admission and financial aid experts, and visiting college campuses. Students are paid a stipend of $2000.

While the application process is rigorous, we place primary importance on the student’s background, teachers’ recommendations, and the student’s strong desire to learn biotech research skills and work hard during the summer. The student’s academic record is considered, but it is not the only factor in our selection process.

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To qualify for iCLEM, students must have a deep interest in science, technology, engineering or math, be a current high school sophomore or junior, reside and attend school in Alameda, San Francisco, or Contra Costa counties.

More information for applying to the iCLEM program for the summer of 2017 will be available in the fall. Applications will open in the early new year and will be due around March 1, 2017.

For additional information, please visit the JBEI iCLEM page for the latest on this program.