2017 Program Dates

June 2 - August 5

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.
-  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)


  • 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 2017.
  • Completed three science or engineering courses, one of which has a laboratory component, by June 2017.
  • Plan to return to a community college in California in Fall 2017.
  • Plan to apply for transfer admission to a baccalaureate program in science or engineering in Fall 2017.
  • 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.)

-  View this video for tips on applying.

To apply to the TTE REU program, Follow these Steps:

-  View this video for steps to applying.
-  View this video for tips on applying.

Step 1:

Download and READ the TTE Research Program Information & Application Packet TTE REU Application Packet in PDF before filling out the application on-line.

Step 2:

Download or print the Letter of Recommendation Form TTE REU Application Packet in PDF. Provide your recommenders the form and inform your recommenders their letters must be RECEIVED by our office no later than January 27, 2017. They may send their recommendations via email, fax or regular mail.

Step 3:

Send sample work and an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) via email, fax or regular mail. Please note you must send a transcript for every undergraduate institution you have attended. Admitted applicants will be asked to submit an official transcript at the time of acceptance.

Step 4:

Complete the on-line application. Click here to apply on-line.
Applications by email, mail or fax will NOT be accepted.

Deadline: Friday, January 27, 2017

  • All applications and supporting documents (letters of recommendations, transcripts and sample work) must be received by no later than Friday, January 27, 2017.
  • Late and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Notification of decisions is expected to be sent in mid to late March.
  • An application will be reviewed once all required documentation are received.

Questions can be Addressed to:

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