UCCONNECT Summer Research Program at Cal Poly Pomona

Program Details

The UCCONNECT Summer Program at Cal Poly Pomona is a staple of our center's workforce development activities. The program seeks to attract both undergraduate and graduate students, including those from under-represented groups, into the field of transportation. It does so by providing financial support to enable these students to collaborate with faculty members on a transportation related research project of their choice. The final goal of the program is the creation of opportunities to prepare Region 9 students in their transition from academia to industry practice and/or to incentivate students to choose transportation as their specialty field to pursue graduate-level studies.

How the Program Works

The Summer Program has three phases. During the kick off week, students participate in multiple workshops and short courses hosted at Cal Poly Pomona's campus. During these days, students are also expected to pick a transportation related topic and their academic adviser.

After that, students work over the summer in preparation of a report and/or manuscript for publication. They do so in direct collaboration with a faculty member who is in charge of guiding them and overviewing their progress.

Finally, students deliver their reports and present their work in a closing symposium that is again hosted at Cal Poly's campus. Each participating student receives a scholarship to offset the travel costs and compensate them for their efforts. In addition, they receive  a certificate of completion.

Courses and Modules

The training courses are meant to expose students to relevant transportation topics including:

  • Transportation Policies
  • Traffic Safety and Operation
  • Transportation Planning and Modeling
  • GIS Application in Transportation
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems

College of Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona

Contact and Application

To apply to the 2016 Summer Program follow the instructions in the link below:

Summer Program Application 2016