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ABOUT STOCKTON CAN

APPLICATIONS DUE OCTOBER 1!

Please download and review application instructions for the complete list of documents that should be submitted with your application. All components should be emailed to youngscientistprogram@ucdavis.edu no later than October 1st at 11:59pm. Please use subject line: "Mentor_Application_Last name_First name". 

 

Please use a document editor such as Microsoft Word to open and complete the application. 

FAQs

I've never participated in a Science Olympiad. Can I still apply?

Why are minority students encouraged to apply?

If I'm selected, when will I receive my scholarship?

What if something comes up and I can't make it to one of the meetings or events?

Will I have to bring my own supplies to the meetings?

Will I have to prepare activities and lessons for my students?

How will students and mentors be paired?

I know a student at Taylor, can I request to be paired with them?

I've never asked for a letter of recommendation. What should I do?

I received an error message when I tried to submit my application. What should I do?

I have another question that is not listed here. What should I do?

I've never participated in a Science Olympiad. Can I still apply?

Yes, you can definitely apply! All selected mentors will be trained to coach specific science olympiad events. All supplies and activities will be provided to you in advance. Since the competition is elementary level, you should have no problem assisting students as they prepare for the event. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

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Why are minority students encouraged to apply?

Although priority will be given to minority students, ALL applications will be considered. If you are interested in the program, we encourage you to apply.

Stockton CAN was founded with a mission to address the under-representation of minority students in hands-on science programs like the Science Olympiad. The vast majority of students from Taylor Skills elementary are minorities; and we feel it is important to empower those students by providing them with access to relatable role-models. In addition, selected mentors will be provided with professional and educational development opportunities tailored to address the experiences of URM students. 

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If I'm selected, when will I receive my scholarship?

Payments will be processed at the end of the program. To maintain eligibility for payment, mentors must successfully complete the program and adhere to all program policies. 

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What if something comes up and I can't make it to one of the meetings or events?

Mentors are expected to attend all meetings and program events and successful completion of the program depends on attendance. However, exceptions may be made for illnesses or other emergencies on a case by case basis. 

VIEW THE TENTATIVE CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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Will I have to bring my own supplies to the meetings?

All supplies will be provided by the Stockton CAN program. 

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Will I have to prepare activities and lessons for my students?

Activities will be planned and distributed in advance. You will not have to plan activities or lessons for meetings.

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How will students and mentors be paired?

Mentors will be assigned to assist with specific, science olympiad events (based on interest and experience). Mentor student pairing will be based on the event each student is preparing for.

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I know a student at Taylor, can I request to be paired with them?

We want our students to have access to as many positive role-models as possible. If you know a student from Taylor, we encourage you to continue mentoring that student outside the program. However, we will not make any pairing arrangements based on familiarity. 

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I've never requested a letter of recommendation. What should I do?

Letters of recommendation should be written by an adult who knows you and can speak honestly about your skills and accomplishments. For more information, refer to the bottom of the Stockton CAN Mentor Application. Additionally, we have provided an example letter of recommendation request that can be downloaded for your convenience.

 

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I received an error message when I tried to submit my application. What should I do?

Don't worry! We will still process your application. Just in case, send your application materials to the program director, Briana Rocha-Gregg @ blgregg@ucdavis.edu

I have another question that is not listed here. What should I do?

Email additional questions to youngscientistprogram@ucdavis.edu. Please use subject line: FAQ

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What is Stockton CAN? Stockton CAN (Close the Achievement-gap Now) is an extension of The Young Scientist Program - a K-12 science education outreach organization that works to provide immersive, hands-on science experiences to socioeconomically disadvantaged students in the greater Stockton and Sacramento areas.

 

What makes Stockton CAN different from The Young Scientist Program? Like their peers across the country, minority students in Stockton consistently underperform in Science and Math relative to their white, more affluent peers. Although there are complicated reasons for this achievement gap, we believe a contributing factor is that minority students are less likely to participate in engaging science activities like the Science Olympiad. According to our data: Hispanic and African American students were disproportionately under-represented among elementary-level San Joaquin County Science Olympiad participants in 2018. In addition, participating schools were significantly more affluent than the average county school. Stockton CAN was founded to directly address this under-representation and work to close the achievement gap that exists in our Stockton community.

 

The Stockton CAN program has two components: 

1) The Stockton CAN after-school science club, where elementary level students will develop science and communication skills while preparing for the 2019 Science Olympiad. 

2) The Stockton CAN mentorship program, where outstanding under-represented minority high-school and community college students will be paired with 3rd-6th graders enrolled in the after-school science club. 

READ MORE ABOUT STOCKTON CAN AND ITS MISSION

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

MENTOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Appointed mentors must attend a mandatory orientation and obtain fingerprint clearance from the San Joaquin Office of Education prior to the first scheduled Science Club Meeting.

  • Between October and March - Mentors will attend 10 After-School Science Club meetings at Taylor Skills Elementary School or Lockeford School. Meetings will take place Mondays - 3-5pm.

  • Each mentor will be paired with a small group of elementary or junior high students.​

    • During meetings mentors will:

      • Assist these students in preparing for specific Science Olympiad Events​ - ensuring they adhere to all event rules and guidelines

      • Encourage students to practice science and communication skills such as:

        • Observation​

        • Investigation

        • Making hypotheses

        • Using data and observations to support hypotheses

        • Keeping a scientific notebook

        • Working together toward a common goal

      • Encourage students to develop goals beyond high-school

  • On March 14th - Mentors will accompany their students to the 2020 San Joaquin County Science Olympiad, where they will participate in the events they prepared for. 

VIEW THE TENTATIVE CALENDAR OF EVENTS

BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION

We believe it is important to create a program that benefits everyone involved. Mentors that participate will gain experience in a position of responsibility that is highly-valued for college applications. Mentors will develop valuable teaching, leadership and communication skills that can be applied in a variety of settings and positions. In addition, mentors will receive:

  • Professional and educational development opportunities

    • Prior to the first meeting  - mentors will attend an orientation where they will be given training on effective leadership and communication strategies for working with young students

    • Mentors will be invited to a workshop hosted by UC Davis Graduate Students and Faculty aimed at preparing them for a successful college career. 

      • Workshop will include:

        • A meeting with a major advisor

        • Interview with a career ambassador

        • Campus and dorm tours

        • A panel discussion on resources for students

  • Individualized feedback on college application essays

  • All mentors who successfully complete the program will receive a $750 award for their achievement

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for consideration, all applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Currently enrolled as a high-school junior, senior or community college student

  2. In good academic standing with your institution

  3. Intend to obtain a degree from a 4-year institution

  4. Available to attend all program meetings and events

  5. Able to obtain fingerprint clearance from the San Joaquin County Office of Education

The following criteria are preferred, but not required:

  1. Identify as at least one of the following under-represented minorities: Hispanic, Latin American, African American, Pacific Islander or Native American

  2. A GPA > 3.0

  3. An interest in careers in STEM and/or education 

Citizenship status will NOT be considered.

APPLICATION & SELECTION PROCESS

  • Completed applications are due October 1st, 2019 by 11:59pm. Please submit all components of your application as pdf files via email to youngscientistprogram@ucdavis.edu. Please use the following subject line format: "Mentor_application_[Last name_First name]"

  • A selection committee will review applications and notify finalists September 2nd-7th. 

    • Applicants will be judged according to their scholastic performance, leadership potential and demonstrated community service​

  • Virtual interviews will be held for finalists between October 1st and 4th

  • Final selections will be made on or before October 7th. 

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