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Center for Science Excellence

The Center for Science Excellence (CSE), a 2001 Presidential (White House) Award winning program, resides within the Natural, Social and Applied Sciences Division (NSAS) at Contra Costa College.

The Center for Science Excellence program provides academic support for students majoring in biological, computer and physical science, technology, mathematics or engineering (STEM fields) at the college. The Center for Science Excellence has received grants of $2.5 million from the Army Research Office, $1.8 million from National Science Foundation (NSF), $600K from Department of Education (DoEd) and $240K from the University of California Office of President MESA program (UCOP-MESA).

The funding pays for a student assistant, summer research internship stipends, supplies and materials, and academic related activities.

Program Goals

  • Provide students with strong academic support in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
  • Prepare students for a seamless transfer process into universities.
  • Provide academic breadth experience via seminars, academic trips, and summer internships.