Summer Community College Opportunity for Research Experience (SCCORE)


JUNE 3 – JUNE 28, 2019


Targeted to community college students in all STEM fields, the annual Summer Community College Opportunity for Research Experience (SCCORE) program supports pre-transfer community college students to serve as research assistants to university faculty mentors in their related fields. The program provides an excellent overview of the host university, including an orientation to campus resources and university life. Participating students live on campus, attend a credit-bearing class, and receive professional development training. All students present their research at a culminating SCCORE Poster Symposium and at the New Mexico AMP Student Research Conference at New Mexico State University the subsequent fall semester. SCCORE is offered at all New Mexico AMP universities, providing students the opportunity to participate in the program at the institution to which they want to transfer.


Program Activities and Participation Requirements

SCCORE students are required to:

  • Work a minimum of 20-25 hours per week on their research project
  • Participate in required workshops
  • Complete a poster project, including an expanded outline
  • Consistently work with New Mexico AMP staff member(s) on poster project report and submit working drafts of the outline and poster at intervals during the project period.
  • Attend and participate in a 1-credit hour course, at the university at which they are SCCORE participants.
  • Present their research, in either oral or poster format, at a mini-Symposium at the end of the project.
  • Attend and present their research at the New Mexico AMP Student Research Conference at New Mexico State University.  Students returning to community college in fall are also required to attend a pre-and post-conference community college workshop.



  • SCCORE participants are funded at $1,500 for the summer session.
  • Supplies stipends of up to $150 is available to the mentor for materials and supplies related to the student’s project for the summer session.
  • Room and board for non-local students.


Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Particular emphasis is placed on supporting groups that historically have been underrepresented in STEM: African Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans and Native Pacific Islanders. To participate in the SCCORE program, a student must also meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be enrolled in one of the New Mexico AMP’s partner community college institutions
  • Intend to transfer to a participating New Mexico AMP 4- year institution
  • Have a minimum cumulative 2.7 GPA
  • Be enrolled full-time in a STEM discipline


How to Apply

  1. Use the SCCORE Student User Guide for step-by-step instructions to create an account and submit an application.
  2. Log-on to the Portal
  3. Complete the required application sections.  You will need a copy of your current unofficial transcripts to complete the application.