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Oak Crest Institute of Science

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Causes: Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Education, Environment, General Science, Pollution Abatement & Control, Technology

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.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The team at Oak Crest offers an incredible model on how to put forth top-tier scientific efforts, investigating cutting-edge research questions, while educating and mentoring a great number of young and developing scientists. I've been fortunate enough to work closely with a number of members of the team as they consulted with me on a few projects I've undertaken. I've greatly enjoyed all of these interactions and look forward to more in the future!

I've also had the pleasure of seeing a number of individuals benefit in a multitude of ways from participation in some of the projects at Oak Crest. What this team has been able to do with what they have been given, how they have maximized every asset they have, and how incredibly resourceful they continue to be is truly an inspiration to any entrepreneur that hopes to boot-strap their own research goals and dreams too!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.