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Weekly Mentor Meetings

Students are assigned a mentor group with whom he or she meets once a week for approximately three hours. CSE mentors are CCC professors and other professionals working in various scientific fields. Our mentoring system allows students to work closely with professors/scientists and gain wonderful advice.

Every mentor´s approach to the mentoring group is unique. Mentoring activities include, but are not limited to:

·         Advice on academic progress

·          Discussion of academic major and career choices

·         Time management and leadership training

·         Discussion of summer research internships and scholarships

·         Writing resume and letters

·         Mock interviews

·         Assistance writing personal statements and essays for applications

·         Individual conferences to deal with individual concerns

·         Building projects

·         Visiting and critiquing websites

·         Solving logic puzzles, and many more


Academic Workshops / Study Sessions

CSE program provides study sessions in science and math. The study sessions are led by faculty teaching the subject and use the hands on techniques to help students better understand materials covered in class, improve problem-solving skills and prepare for quizzes/tests. 


CSE students are required to spend two hours per week tutoring other students in science and/or math. Students can select the subject area and level of difficulty to tutor. Tutoring is done in the Physical Science building, room PS-109. Tutoring activities help students understand their subjects better, as well as improve communication skills.  For additional CCC tutoring information,  please contact  Jason Berner, Director of Campus-Wide Tutoring.


CSE director and mentors invite professionals from various fields to share their academic and research experience with CSE students. The talks are held on Friday afternoons at 2 pm in Physical Science building room 132 (PS 132). Seminars are usually concluded with refreshment in PS 109 to facilitate social interaction between speaker and students.
Check the CSE Calendar for coming up events

Academic Field Trips and Sport Activities
CSE director and staff arrange fieldtrips to broaden students´ breadth of knowledge as well as have fun. Fieldtrips include visits to four year universities, science museums, aquariums, construction sites and bridges, national research labs, chocolate factory and many other places.
Sport activities include hiking, backpacking, basketball, softball, bike rides and rock climbing.

Annual Picnic

Funding permitting, CSE director and staff hold anniversary activities in October and invite prospective, current and alumni students to the event, usually held in October.
See link to CSE photo album


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CCC student using a telescope


prospective CCC student obtaining information about the Center for Science Excellence