Luz Reyes-Martin, Director of Communications
This summer, Santa Barbara City College student Tiffany Love will join 25 students from UCSB and several regional community colleges for two weeks of field research at the prestigious Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia and Washington D.C.
The students, guided by SCBI scientists, will attempt to tackle some of today’s most complex conservation challenges by applying and sharing what they learn about animal behavior and reproduction, ecology, genetics, migration and conservation sustainability.
“This will give me the chance to work with professionals,” Love commented in a recent interview. “Anyone can learn from a textbook. It’s more important to be hands-on.”
Research shows that early exposure to research and mentorship helps students persist and succeed at achieving their goals.
The UCSB - Smithsonian Scholars Program is an innovative summer program designed to engage diverse students in experiential learning centered on multi-disciplinary conservation strategies, biodiversity research, and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Ms. Love, a biology major at SBCC, credits STEM Transfer Program Coordinator, Adolfo Corral for encouraging her to apply to the summer program. "Adolfo was absolutely instrumental in giving me the confidence that I could do this," she said.