CaSTL UCI - ASU Pathways Program

Program Overview

The CaSTL University of California, Irvine (UCI) - Albany State University (ASU) Pathways Program (CaSTL UCI-ASU Pathways) is an 9-week summer program for ASU or any Historically Black College and University undergraduate students interested in conducting supervised research with a UCI faculty mentor who is a member of CaSTL. The goals of the program are to encourage outstanding students that attend a HBCU (1) to pursue STEM careers and (2) to encourage students to apply to a graduate program at UCI.

CaSTL UCI-ASU Pathways will provide a hands-on scientific research opportunity in one of the UCI CaSTL faculty laboratories in which students will be trained in research methods, data analysis, and written/oral communication of their results. Students will also attend career development and preparation for graduate school workshops.

A stipend of $3500, room and board, reimbursement for out of town travel costs up to $600, and a travel award to attend a regional or national research conference to present successful CaSTL summer research projects will be offered.

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Deadline: October 19, 2018 extended to January 25, 2019 for non-ASU students


Applicant qualifications:

  • Undergraduate currently attending Albany State University or any HBCU
  • Completed general chemistry, physics, and calculus I courses
  • Provide documentation showing you are legally authorized to work in the United States without restrictions if selected

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, age, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


ALL materials must be received by Dr. Danielle Watt by the deadline to be considered.

Contact Dr. Danielle Watt at for more information. 


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  • Submit the completed online application including the following to Dr. Danielle Watt:
  • First and second lab choices
    • Professor Ara Apkarian - Ultrafast Nonlinear Spectroscopy of Single Molecules
    • Professor Wilson Ho - Spectroscopy with Submolecular Resolution Using Inelastic STM
    • Professor Matt Law - Nanomaterials and Solar Energy
    • Professor Ruqian Wu - Simulations and Density Functional Structure Calculations of Physical Properties of Novel Materials
  • Computer Modeling Labs
    • Professor Filipp Furche - Simulations and Computational Methods Development
    • Professor David Mobley - Simulations and Modeling for Drug Discovery
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation - complete the reference information and confirm receipt of letters by the deadline
  • Provide a copy of your unofficial college transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
Currently working towards
Please limit to two pages maximum.
Describe in 500 words or less your scientific research experience, educational and career objectives, and why you are interested in this program.
Describe in 200 words or less why you are interested in the labs you selected.
Reference will be contacted directly to submit letter of recommendation.
Reference will be contacted directly to submit letter of recommendation.