Cypress College Program Receives Partnership Approval for Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Earth and Environmental Sciences

For Immediate Release
April 14, 2022
Contact: Marc Posner
(714) 484-7006

(Cypress, CA) – Cypress College’s (STEM) ² program has received partnership approval in collaboration with Chapman University for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Earth and Environmental Sciences (SURFEES).

The National Science Foundation – Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) sponsored program will provide between 10 and 15 community college students with the opportunity to engage in faculty-mentored research projects in biology, chemistry, food science, and geoscience. Students in the program will also participate in seminars with faculty speakers and environmental professionals and professional development workshops.

“Summer research experiences are known to change students’ lives by boosting their confidence to persist in their respective STEM majors, careers, and pursue advanced degrees in science,” said Yanet G. Padilla, director of Educational Partnerships – (STEM) ² at Cypress College. “We are elated to be partnering with Chapman University for this common purpose.”

They will receive a $4,800 fellowship award and on-campus housing at Chapman University for the eight-week program. After the program, students will present their research and participate in the program’s commencement ceremony.

“Chapman is excited to welcome students from Cypress College to participate in the long-running SURFEES program in Chapman’s Schmid College of Science and Technology,” said Christopher S. Kim, associate dean of Academic Programs at Chapman University. “Through this NSF-funded summer research program, Chapman offers students from two-year colleges such as Cypress the opportunity to join an active scientific research lab for an eight-week intensive research experience, including on-campus housing, professional development seminars, social bonding activities, and an end-of-summer research showcase for SURFEES fellows as well as their family and friends.”

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous career. Just one Cypress College class is often all it takes to provide cutting-edge skills that lead to a promotion or a new job.

Cypress College’s 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College provides a pathway for each of our students, offering 56 university-transfer majors, 174 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 98 areas of study. The college’s traditional semesters begin in January and August, while short-term courses start throughout the year. A Cypress College education costs $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Eligible first-time students qualify for free tuition through Cypress College’s Charger Experience promise program. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 116-campus California Community College system. The college primarily serves the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, and Stanton.

Located at 9200 Valley View Street in Cypress, the college is easily accessible from several Southern California freeways, including the 5, 91, 605, 22, and 405. The campus is just a stone’s-throw from Downtown Disney and Knott’s Berry Farm.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Cypress College’s instruction and services are now offered both in person on campus and in an online/remote format. Students can access support services online at


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