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Sharpening the research skills of transfer students

UC Davis is providing research lab opportunities to disadvantaged and underrepresented community college students before they even transfer to the university. The idea is to build up their research skills on a par with those who entered UC Davis as freshmen so these students can enjoy success in college and in the workplace afterward.

Through the FASTRAC (FAcilitating STudent Research ACcess) initiative, UC Davis each year identifies community college students who are interested in working in a research lab after they transfer to the campus. During winter break of their last year in community college, the students spend two weeks at UC Davis. They meet faculty and other students, receive mentoring and work in labs.

Learn what students say about the FASTRAC program in the College of Biological Sciences and the Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology, and how philanthropy has played a role in developing the initiative.

(During the Winter Research Program for Community College Students at the Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology, center Assistant Director for Higher Education Ana Corbacho, second from left, discusses results with (from left) participants Saba Wube of Mission College in Santa Clara, Tuong Pham of Cosumnes River College in Sacramento and Samuel Karavan of American River College in Sacramento. Photo by Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

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