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 The S​URGE Participant will:
  • increase their academic and social integration with other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students, faculty, professionals, and industry creating pathways to: 
    • working with faculty and/or industry advisors in defining research goals, processes and data analysis
    • conduct small scale research projects that involve data collection and analysis 
    • creating and presenting a research poster at the COS STEM Symposium or at a National STEM Conference
    • create opportunities for summer research internships and/or summer jobs related to their field of study
    • travel scholarships for professional conferences
    • educational funding and scholarship opportunities
 Check out COS STEM Symposium Books with STEM student projects: Fall 2016 Symposium Book.pdfFall 2016 Symposium Book.pdf
                                                                                                            Fall 2015 STEM Symposium Book ​  
                                                                                                            fall 2014 Symposium Book.pdf​ 


Available Projects

Project TitleNatural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Internship
College/Industry CollaborationNRCS-Visalia Branch
Mentor/AdvisorKelli Wood and Joe Williams
MajorsAll STEM Majors
Number of Students2
Required Courses & SkillsCurrently enrolled at the College of the Sequoias or transferring from College of the Sequoias to a 4-year program for the Fall 2017 semester/quarter. Minimum GPA of 2.7, Minimum of 9 units in STEM coursework completed, Pursuing an Engineering, Biology, C

Two College of the Sequoias students will work directly with the USDA NRCS Visalia branch engineer and their District Conservationist. These students will work under the supervision of their advisor on works of improvement for soil conservation and for other purposes including flood prevention; conservation, development, utilization and disposal of water; and conservation and proper utilization of land. The core of the student’s internship experience will concentrate on water management. Students will apply water management principles such as drainage, irrigation, and hydrology/hydraulics. Students will work directly with private land owners and land agencies in the course of the internship. Upon the completion of the internship, interns will be required to produce a scientific poster to present at the COS STEM Symposium held on August 11, 2017.​

TimelineMay thru August 2017
Application Deadline2/6/2017
Project TitleThe Flora of SCICON and the Tule River Drainage
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorDr. Robert Urtecho
MajorsAll STEM Majors
Number of Students3-4
Required Courses & SkillsStudents Should have interest in natural history, nature, plant classification and biology

Students will collect plant specimens from the SCICON property, photograph specimens, create a species list and preserve the specimens for future use using herbarium preparation techniques.  This project is ideal for students interested in teaching, natural history, environmental science and plant classification.​

TimelineStudents will start field visits/work in the Spring 2017. Students interested need to apply as soon as possible to join the team. Students that meet the qualifications will be immediately excepted with project adviser's approval. Slots will fill quickly
Application Deadline4/17/2017
Project TitleThe science behind Clinical Laboratory Science Profession
College/Industry CollaborationCollege of the Sequoias
Mentor/AdvisorNina Cano and Bill Fleming
MajorsAll STEM Majors
Number of Students8
Required Courses & Skillscompletion of chem 20 or chem 1, basic biology and Algebra II

Students will work one week in a clinical lab setting. Time will be split inot two days at the Selma Hospital Lab, two days at the new Hanford Lab and one day at the Hanford Microbiology Lab for a total of 40 laboratory hours. During this time students will get to observe the science behind the clinical laboratory profession as well as doing various types of testing such as: blood tests, urine tests, fical test, ect. Students will be assigned to complete a project.

Projects will include clinical case studies:

Sepsis- instruments and tests used to diagnose sepsis, chemistry behind these tests, chemistry changes within the body, source of sepsis, pathogens causing sepsis.

Urinary tract infections- tests used to diagnose UTI, chemistry behind these tests, percent positive UTI’s seen in the clinical microbiology lab, analyze one weeks of data identifying most common pathogens by percent.

New instrument installation- instrument setup, methodology comparison (new vs. old), intended purpose of testing, instrument methodology, fluorescent microscopy technology.

Additional projects:

Hematology- Learn instrument methodology, flow cell technology, instrument engineering.

Chemistry- Learn the chemistry behind each test, instrument engineering.

Urinalysis- Learn instrument methodology, instrument engineering.


TimelineEach student will be assigned a week to do their laboratory experience. Students will then be paired together based on their assigned projects for development of the scientific poster.
Application Deadline5/1/2017
Project TitleUSDA ARS Plant Pathology Internship
College/Industry CollaborationUSDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
Mentor/AdvisorDr. Christopher Wallis and Dr. Rodrigo Krugner
MajorsAll STEM Majors
Number of Students2
Required Courses & SkillsIntroductory Chemistry and Biology Coursework


You will be working with a lead scientist (Ph.D. in Plant Pathology), his technician, and lab assistants undergraduates). In the laboratory you will receive/review basic training in botany, plant pathology, entomology and biochemistry, and you will be able to learn aspects of gas and liquid chromatography. You will participate in microorganism culturing and insect rearing for lab and greenhouse bioassays. You will have the opportunity to visit other laboratories and meet other researchers to further learn about different career options in agricultural sciences. The work location is just outside Parlier, CA, about a half hour from Fresno or Visalia.​

TimelineMay 30 thru August 2017
Application Deadline2/13/2017
*The COS Student Undergraduate Research Group Experience (SURGE) program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
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