Our crowdfunding campaign may have ended, but you can still support the UC San Francisco High School Intern Program!
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“High school students need to be shown that they have capabilities, and only when given the experience to discover and use those capabilities do they gain confidence and dreams. I would think that if I had not been in the program during high school I would not be here. I would have just finished high school and that's it.” – Saba, Graduate Mills College (Biology)
College. Careers in Science.
Both can seem unattainable to young adults from low-income backgrounds whose parents have not gone to college. Yet, a college degree – particularly a degree in a science field – can transform a young adult's life.
The UC San Francisco High School Intern Program (HIP) shows students that they can be successful in college and science and helps them get there. The results are inspiring.
Like most students, Saba, aspired to college. Yet, given her family's background, statistics say she would be beating the odds if she even attended college – and that her graduating with a four-year degree was very unlikely. Saba’s family had recently immigrated to the United States. In her home country most of her friends had left school before completing 5th grade. As a high school student, Saba liked science but had little knowledge of science careers.
- Only 53% of low-income students enroll in college the fall following their high school graduation (compared to 80% of their higher income peers).
- Only 11% of 1st generation students persist to a Bachelor’s Degree (55% of students from families with college going experience achieve this milestone).
Saba graduated from Mills College with a degree in Biology.
Low-income, 1st generation students are less likely than their peers to persist in science majors. They are more likely to leave science majors if:
- they do not have a mentor in the field, and
- they cannot see the connection between their science classes and what their work as a science professional would look like.
It is no wonder that we as a nation are having such a difficult time increasing diversity in science professions.
WE CAN DO BETTER. UCSF's HIP shows a way forward:
- 92% of program alumni go to college
- 76% complete Bachelor’s degrees in the sciences
- 87% pursue graduate education (less than 37% of all undergraduates, irrespective of backgrounds, do so)
In recognition of HIP's success, it received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in 2011.
WE DO NOT HAVE ALL THE FUNDING WE NEED FOR THIS SUMMER'S COHORT OF 20 STUDENTS.
Many crowdfunding campaigns ask you to take a leap and fund something new. We are asking you to fund something that we know works. Please join us. Your support will help a San Francisco student realize their potential.
The 20 students selected each summer for this program face tremendous challenges in pursuing a college education and their interest in science. These students are recent immigrants to the US, some have confronted illness, nearly all have parents who have not gone to college, and most HIP students have parents who work long hours and still struggle to keep their families afloat financially.
We don't look at grades in selecting students for this program - we look at their potential and the potential for this summer intern program to make a CRITICAL DIFFERENCE in their lives.
How does HIP Work?
- We identify talented students from San Francisco public schools who have not yet recognized their own potential.
- We immerse these students in UC San Francisco labs – and provide them the support they need to be successful. Students work closely with a volunteer mentor and conduct original biomedical research. Over the course of the summer, students become experts in their field of research.
- Students meet one-on-one with a college counselor to identify their best-fit schools, how to apply to those schools, and opportunities for financial aid.
- Students also work one-on-one with a writing instructor to craft a personal statement for their college applications.
- The students form a tight cohort. For many of them, this is the first space where it is “safe” for them to show their love of science.
We need your help!
We need additional funds for this summer's program. While housed at UCSF, HIP is not funded by UCSF, and program expenses, not including coordinator salaries, are $60,000.
• $1750 stipend for each student. HIP students need to earn money during the summer for their families and for college. Many would not be able to participate if they did not receive this stipend.
• $1000 for a trip to UC Davis where the students: 1) tour the campus and have a behind the scenes visit to the vet school; 2) meet former HIP students who are currently enrolled at Davis – giving them the chance to learn from students, very much like themselves, about applying to college, selecting courses, and successfully transitioning to undergraduate life.
• $1000 for an orientation and weekly workshops for the students. Students learn lab skills, take required safety courses, write abstracts of their research projects, and present a research talk to their peers and others at UCSF.
• $4000 for a college counselor and writing instructor to give our students one of the advantages that is commonplace for their more affluent peers. At the end of the summer our students understand the college and financial aid application process – a huge stumbling block that prevents many qualified students from low-income and/or first generation backgrounds from attending college – and each student has developed a compelling personal statement that conveys his or her own inspriational story.
• $1400 to print all of the students' research posters for the culminating Poster Session. The Poster Session provides a forum for the students to demonstrate their expertise on their research topic and display the self-confidence they have gained over the summer. It also provides an opportunity for the students’ parents to see their children being celebrated and successful in an academic environment. Parents have commented that this event has helped transform their expectations of what their student can accomplish with their life.
• $500 for Mentor Workshops. These workshops help mentors learn how to engage and support their interns, maintaining high expectations for the interns’ summer work as well as their future educational attainment while helping them to successfully navigate the challenges that arise.
Help us change lives!
What’s in it for you…
Most importantly, you get the satisfaction of knowing that your contribution made a concrete difference in the lives of young students.
UCSF is also a 501(c)3 organization, so you get a tax deduction for the amount of your donation. You will receive an email confirmation of your donation from Indiegogo and a mailed receipt from UCSF for tax purposes (in addition to a heartfelt thank you from us).
Finally, we have created some unique perks as a token of our appreciation. Thank you!
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Team on This Campaign:
SEP Program Coordinator
SEP Program Coordinator / HIP Staff
Bay Area Science Festival Director
Director - Metabolic Engineering and Systems Biology at Intrexon Corporation
High School Teacher
Director of Oncology Solutions at McKesson Specialty Health