Oak Crest Institute of Science

Rating: 4.81 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Technology, Education, Environment

Location: 2275 E. Foothill Blvd Pasadena CA 91107 USA

Mission: The Oak Crest Institute of Science is an innovative chemistry research and education center where today’s scientists immerse a diversity of students of all academic levels in high-impact research, cultivating tomorrow’s scientists: one individual at a time.
Target demographics: Under-served populations in Pasadena and surrounding area. Particularly high school and community college students as well as undergraduate and graduate students entering careers in chemistry.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a Research Scientist working for a pharmaceutical company that is located very close to Oak Crest. Oak Crest has been helpful to us in many ways in providing analytical instrumentation (NMR, Partical Countet etc.). I found their research and administrave staff to be diligent, knowledgeable and always willing to provide extensive help which I believe most of the organization will no do.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Bigger place.

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Rating: 4 stars  

As a student of the Biological Technology Program at Pasadena City College, I got an opportunity to do my internship at Oak Crest Institute of Science. I worked under the expert guidance of Dr. Marc Baum.
Oak Crest provides an ideal enviroment to do research, I learned to work independently on my project, all the faculty members are always available to help you out.
The weekly lab meetings helped me in buiding my confidence in presenting in front of a qualified audience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Becoming confident in my abilities as a scientist.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hope that they had a bigger place to do their good work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Oak-Crest Institute of Science is an incredible place geared towards fostering tomorrow's scientists. The personalized mentoring and one-on-one guidance that I received during my stay at Oak-Crest has been the most influential experience in terms of allowing me to solidify a commitment towards a career in science. The experience that I gained while at Oak-Crest, at such an early stage in my academic career, has paid off countless dividends giving me a head start in developing confidence in my independent thinking abilities.
-Gustavo A. Ramirez

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Oak-Crest has positively affected my early career and has been pivotal to my professional development.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the number of students given the opportunity to work there.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I'm an exchange student from ESCOM in Paris doing a year long internship at Oak Crest.
When I first arrived, I had no experience in research. I have learned to be patient, to keep in mind that any result is good even if it's not what I expected, and to stay optimistic. My mentor, Dr. Marc Baum, is really helpful. He guides me, encourages me and supports me even when I feel unmotivated due to an unsuccessful reaction. I also learned
to work by myself, use many different techniques, and to try to solve problems that I encounter.
I was also happy to find friendly people in the lab to talk with and to share
experiences with.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

2010/2011

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep going to grow as it's doing and keep propose projects in different field.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My mentors and coworkers were nice. They were always there to help me to make improvements. At Oak Crest, I not only learned how to perform scientific resesarch, but also learned how to be professional. Oak Crest gave me experience that I can never learn in classroomes.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

flexible hours

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

more lab reports

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with Oak Crest for almost a year and I'm impressed by the standards to which they hold their students, their collaborators and themselves. Encouragement of and collegiality toward their students, wrapped in the context of hands-on research, comes directly from the top. These professionals are doing cutting edge research and sharing it with students from a variety of backgrounds. I encourage you to explore Oak Crest's website and get to know their faculty and their programs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... being able to help Oak Crest prepare grant applications to further their mission of education and hands-on learning for their students.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

... encourage people to become more familiar with Oak Crest's programs.

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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