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  1. The Transfer-to-Excellence Summer Research Program is an exciting opportunity for community college students to conduct hands-on research in the labs of faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. Funded by an NSF Science and Technology Center and a private foundation, the program seeks to inspire students to transfer and complete a Bachelor’s degree in science or engineering. Typically a nine-week residential program, the 2020 Transfer-to-Excellence program was greatly impacted by COVID-19 and a state-wide Shelter-in-Place order. This paper details the successful transition of the Transfer-to-Excellence program to an online format, including remote research projects, mentoring, bootcamp, professional development, and community building events. Analysis of quantitative evaluation data demonstrates that, despite the remote format, interns had a very positive internship experience and highly satisfying mentoring relationships with graduate students. Most notably, the internship significantly enhanced students’ confidence to succeed as a student in science and engineering, and self-efficacy in their research skills. As such, this paper and poster presentation will provide a model for similar NSF funded programs pursuing an online format. The administrative team expects such transitions to become increasingly common for various reasons, including the need to adapt to unexpected health and environmental barriers, reducing cost, and expanding access to nontraditional students unable to participate in residential programs. 
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    This evidence-based practice paper explores how graduate students and postdocs benefit from serving as mentors to undergraduate research interns. Utilizing three years of qualitative data from 38 mentors, our findings indicate that mentors feel better prepared for future faculty careers as they gain skills in project management, supervision, and communication. This paper reviews common themes across mentor evaluation data and discusses how these factors are contributing to the development of future faculty members prepared to work with diverse student populations. Our preferred method for delivery is a short traditional lecture followed by facilitated discussion of best practices among session attendees. 
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    Student participation in undergraduate research programs has been linked to improved content knowledge, skills, and confidence. However, few research opportunities exist for community college students. This study explores the positive effects of a summer research program on three diverse cohorts of such students. The Transfer-to-Excellence Research Experiences for Undergraduate program is a hands-on summer research internship for California community college students. The program seeks to inspire students to complete a Bachelor's degree in science or engineering and primarily serves identities underrepresented in those fields. Analysis of mixed methods evaluation data shows that after participating in the program, community college students were better able to find scholarly resources, design ethical scientific experiments, conduct independent research, and analyze data. Additionally, participation in the program enhanced students' science identity and confidence to pursue further education and careers in science and engineering fields. 
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