Summary: Apprentice Researchers
The Apprentice Researchers (AR) program was awarded supplemental funding by NSF's EHR
directorate from summers 1991 to 1999 through the QUEST Science and Technology Center.
There was a program hiatus in summer 2000. The program returned 2001-2003 under the
Institute for Quantum Engineering, Science and Technology, with support from the Mericos
Foundation. In 2004 the California NanoSystems Institute started supporting the program. And
currently we are funded with an NSF STEP award Exploring Pathways in Science Engineering
Local high school juniors and science teachers participate in scientific research and inquiry with
graduate mentors. The scope of student research projects includes a broad range of science
disciplines; Biology, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science,
Electrical Engineering, Materials, Marine Science, Mechanical Engineering and Physics.
The AR apprentices acquire scientific knowledge and lab skills while experiencing what real
research in hopes that this will inspire them to continue their science studies. They also learn
how to present scientific information to their peers, family, and mentors.
Totals -Summers 1991 to 2008 Total #Apprentices % Apprentices
All Apprentices 231 -
Female Apprentices 111 48%
Ethnic Minority Apprentices 61 26%
YEAR STUDENTS TEACHERS GRADS/Post