The CMIL Summer Research Program has just finished a successful third year! Our program provides marine science research experiences for San Diego community college students by matching them with a graduate student mentor at SDSU’s Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory. This year, we expanded our program thanks to support from California Sea Grant and CSU COAST, and were able to pay interns and their mentors. We also included SDSU undergraduates for the first time, creating research groups composed of one graduate student, one SDSU undergraduate, and one community college student. Interns worked with their mentor over the summer on a variety of projects focused on topics like thermoregulation in crabs, commensalism between urchins and worms, and relationships between seagrass and clams. Interns also participated in professional development workshops on topics like exploring careers in marine science and how to summarize your research. Our graduate student mentors also received training on how to be effective and proactive mentors.

Our program had a great summer, which culminated with interns presenting posters on their research to the CMIL community. You can read about their experiences in their blog posts here: