Application deadline has passed.
Please revisit during October 2015 for the next application period.

2015 Program Dates

June 6 - August 8

Exciting Research Areas

The TTE Summer Research Program provides research experience for undergraduates (REU) who are enrolled in community colleges. Opportunities currently available are in the following technical areas:

  • Biotechnology*
  • Nanotechnology
  • Robotics*

-  See flyer.
-  Learn more about the TTE REU research areas.
-  Learn about research by past TTE interns.
* Subject to availability of funding
-  View this video for more information on the TTE REU Program.

Program Benefits

  • 9-week research experience
  • Hands-on research guided by faculty sponsors and graduate student mentors
  • Seminars on preparing for a career in science and engineering
  • Advising and support for transfer to a 4-year institution
  • Guest speakers, lab tours, and field trips
  • $3,600 stipend plus room and board
  • Travel allowance (up to $250)

-  Learn more: view the calendar of activities of past year's program.2013 Schedule of Activities in PDF
-  View this video for scenes from the past year.


  • Must be a United States citizen, national, or permanent resident to apply. International and AB-540 students are NOT eligible for this program.
  • 3.25 grade point average or higher for science, engineering, and math courses
  • Enrolled in a California community college at the time of application.
  • Completed two calculus courses by June 2015.
  • Completed three science or engineering courses, one of which has a laboratory component, by June 2015.
  • Plan to return to a community college in California in Fall 2015.
  • Plan to apply for transfer admission to a baccalaureate program in science or engineering in Fall 2015.
  • No prior research experience required.

Community college students who are the first in their family to go to college, come from low-income backgrounds, are from underserved communities, and/or are women, and/or veterans are encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application form
  • Two recommendations: at least one from current faculty in science or engineering
  • Unofficial or official academic transcript from all attended colleges / universities
  • Sample work (5 page maximum, e.g. test, homework, lab, etc.)

Questions can be Addressed to:

Transfer-to-Excellence Program
ATTN: Lea Marlor, Program Coordinator
University of California
562 Sutardja Dai Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-1764
Fax: (510) 666-2022
Phone: (510) 664-4882