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Panetta Fellowship 2018

The Panetta Institute’s Congressional Internship Program combines a rigorous two-week academic orientation at the Panetta Institute along with an experiential education as a Panetta Intern in a Washington, D.C. office of a California member of the U.S. House of Representatives.  While serving in our nation’s capital the student also attends weekly seminars.  Upon completion of all requirements, interns earn full-time academic units that will be posted to their university transcripts.  All program costs are covered, including housing, ground transportation, travel to and from Washington, D.C. and a living stipend.  Any academic major may apply; the program is open to qualified students regardless of income.

The program is open to outstanding students in any academic major, subject to the established criteria. Applicants must be a Junior or Senior during AY 2017, a California resident and must be willing to undergo a background check. Interested students should complete this application by no later than noon on, February 16th, 2018.  An interdisciplinary and cross-divisional selection team will evaluate applications and interview finalists. The selection committee will forward its recommendation to President Beck, who makes the final selection.

To complete this application students need to submit (via upload) several things. They should be prepared with these documents before beginning the application.

  1. A resume;
  2. A copy of your most recent CI transcript (an unofficial transcript is OK);
  3. A copy of your transcript from any other college or university you have attended (an unofficial transcript is OK);
  4. A statement (one to two pages double-spaced) explaining your interest in the program and your commitment to public and community service;
  5. A scanned copy of a recent class assignment with the professor’s comments and grade.

We also require one letter of recommendation from a CI Faculty member familiar with the student’s work. That letter should be submitted to by the February 20th deadline.

Panetta 2018 Info Pack
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New Artwork for the SAGE Student Research Conference

In honor of the 10th anniversary of the SAGE Student Research Conference, we are pleased to unveil new artwork.The designs are in color and black & white, and we have a special commemorative design for the 10th SAGE conference.

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First-Year Students Engage in Original Research

CI’s Freshman SURF program, which emphasizes student involvement in research from day one at the university, was highlighted in this story on the local NPR affiliate, KCLU.

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SCCUR 2018 is at Cal Poly Pomona, November 18th. SRAC pays registration and bus transportation for all presenting students. Student observers may attend on a space-available basis. Abstract submission is at the SCCUR website,

SCCUR, Cal Poly Pomona, November 18th

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An Inspiring Fellow

Yosduan Ramos was named the Lisagor Fellow at a celebration for all students involved in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF) program, which just concluded its first year at CSU Channel Islands (CI). The SURF program provides students with a stipend allowing them to work for eight-weeks on a faculty-mentored research project. Nine CI faculty, with eight projects, mentored 23 students in projects ranging from the study of literature to the habits of hummingbirds. Beyond their faculty-led research, students met weekly to discuss interdisciplinary approaches to research and engage in professional development activities. SURF is funded by the CI Foundation from proceeds from a recent land sale.

(l to r) Provost Geoff Chase, Yosduan Ramos, Margarita Lopez, Julianne Gavino

The Lisagor Fellowship, funded by a gift to CI from Terri and Mark Lisagor, recognizes a SURF student who stands out for their contributions to the SURF community and in their research efforts. In addition to a certificate and trophy, the student receives $1,000 to travel to a professional research conference to present their research.

Yosduan Ramos, working with CI faculty Julianne Gavino (Art History) and Margarita Lopez-Lopez (Spanish) and two other students, helped to create a digital archive preserving Con Safos Magazine, a voice of the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s in East Los Angeles. According to Ramos, the project “document[s] a historical awakening of the Chicano identity and community engagement through groundbreaking and cultural activism.” This project required students from Art History, Sociology, and Psychology to combine their strengths for the project to be successful. “It was amazing to see how our different expertizes (sociology, psychology, art history, global studies, and languages) were necessary to accomplish our project.”

“The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program has been a life-changing experience for me,” Ramos says. He will present the project “at the important Getty exhibition that will take place here in Channel Islands, during the Fall Semester.” Not too shabby for a rising Junior.

“Once my mom told me, “Para lograr lo que quiere, tiene que trabajar duro, dar lo mejor de usted, y aprovechar todas las oportunidades que se atraviesen en su camino” meaning that, “in order to achieve what you want, you have to work hard, give the best of you, and take advantage of all the opportunities that come your way.”  And that is exactly what I am doing” Ramos continues, “working hard, giving the best of me, and taking advantage of all the opportunities I encounter in my way.”

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