Transformative Experiences (TREX) Program

Transformative Experiences (TREX) Program
The TREX program is an opportunity for students in STEM majors (Biology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics) to engage in a paid internship program that also counts for academic credit.


Selected students will participate in a funded internship. Participating in these internships provides students with the following benefits:

  • Financial support of up to $1500 to overcome any financial barrier and allow students to partake in unpaid internships.
  • Opportunity of hands-on-experience, which will elevate students’ career aspirations and improve their chances of job placement in the future.
  • Opportunity for coordinated mentorship. Selected students will have a multiple mentor network (faculty, internship supervisor, and internship coordinator) to support them during the application process and throughout their internship.


  • US citizen or national, or permanent resident alien.
  • Major in Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics.
  • Overall GPA 2.5 or greater.
  • Junior/Rising Junior (after completing 60 credits). Eligible seniors will be considered if space allows.
  • Preference will be given to low income students (Pell grant recipients).


  • Online application form
  • Deadline: February 16th, 2020
  • Complete the Application before the deadline
  • Resume and Unofficial Transcript (PDF file) will need to be included in application.
  • Selected applicants will need to complete a mandatory orientation session and will be invited to provide feedback upon completion of the internship.
National Science Foundation

Project Award # 1832464


Dr. Jeanette Wilmanski, Associate Professor of Biology, at
Dr. Yosra Badiei, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, at
Dr. Jennifer Ayala, Professor of Education, at
Dr. John Ruppert, Assistant Professor of Biology, at
Daryl Levy, Director of Employer Relations, at
Tatiana Gaona, M.Div., M.A., STEM Internship Coordinator, at

For more information, please contact
Tatiana Gaona, M.Div., M.A.
STEM Internship Coordinator