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Student Success Stories Archive - 2015


November 5, 2015

RichardsConnor Richards Named Marshall Scholarship Finalist

Fourth-year physics undergraduate Connor Richards recently became the first UCR student in more than a decade to be named a finalist for the Marshall Scholarship, one of the most prestigious academic honors in the nation. If selected for the scholarship, he plans to pursue a Masters of Advanced Study in applied mathematics and theoretical physics at the University of Cambridge, and a Master of Science in quantum fields and fundamental forces at Imperial College. Working with Professor of Physics Owen Long, Richards has spent the last three years conducting research, including traveling to Switzerland to work with CERN.

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October 13, 2015

Learning CommunitiesLearning Communities Improve GPAs and Graduation Rates

Learning communities at CNAS and the other colleges on campus bring together small groups of first-year students, placing them in many of the same classes and providing extra academic support. As a result, CNAS students in learning communities have GPAs one-third point higher and graduation rates nearly twice those of their fellow students.

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August 27, 2015

RISERISE Summer Symposium Features Student Research Presentations

Students who participated the 10-week summer research program at CNAS demonstrated their dedication, commitment and hard work by giving oral and poster presentations of their work at the 2015 RISE (Research in Science and Engineering) Symposium on August 27, 2015. Students who participated were members of the HSI-STEM Pathway Summer Bridge to Research Program, the Learning Communities CNAS Scholars Program and the Dynamic Genome Scholars Program.

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August 12, 2015

BoschCNAS Graduate Students Win Entomology Awards

Department of Entomology graduate students Erich Schoeller, Aviva Goldmann (pictured, left), Fatemeh Ganjisaffar, Adena Why, Amelia Lindsey (pictured, right) and Christopher Shogrenave have been awarded Robert van den Bosch Scholarships offered by the Center for Biological Control at UC Berkeley. The scholarships, which range from $5,000 to $20,000, may be used for graduate student salary, tuition and fees, laboratory help, supplies or travel for research.


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July 9, 2015

RapicavoliGraduate Student, Jeanette Rapicavoli publishes article about plants improving immune system to fight off pathogens

Jeanette Rapicavoli, a PhD Graduate student and winner of the GradSlam competition, published an article about helping plants to fight off pathogens by improving their immune system. Just as humans have received vaccines to treat human diseases, "defense priming" will also be used on plants to improve their immune system. By doing this Rapicavoli says we can save California itself over a $100 million dollars in saving crops. Her research is primarily towards the bacterial pathogen Xylella fastidiosa that hurts the grape and wine industry.


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July 6, 2015

KeplerEarth Sciences Grad Students Contribute to NASA’s Search for Life in the Universe

Six graduate students from the Department of Earth Sciences were among more than 700 researchers reporting on NASA’s ongoing exploration of life in the universe at the biennial Astrobiology Science Conference held at the Chicago Hilton in June 2015. “Habitability, Habitable Worlds, and Life,” was the theme of the weeklong, international gathering, known as AbSciCon 2015. The students are part of the newly funded NASA project “Alternative Earths” led by their advisor, Professor Timothy Lyons.


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July 1, 2015

WenzelGrad Student Kevin Welzel Serves as Expert at Ant-Man Premiere

Entomology graduate student Kevin Welzel was standing among Hollywood stars Monday, June 29, at the red carpet premiere of Marvel’s Ant-Man at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood. Welzel, invited by Walt Disney Studios, stood alongside a giant formicarium – or ant house – to answer questions red carpet attendees had about ants. The 27-year-old Fontana native is a big Marvel fan.


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June 24, 2015

OlivaUndergraduate Discovers New Firefly Species

The Entomology Research Museum at the CNAS announced the discovery of a new species of firefly from Southern California, collected by an undergraduate student as part of his semester’s insect collection. Doug Yanega, senior museum scientist, said the student, Joshua Oliva, obtained one specimen of the new species while collecting near Topanga, Calif.


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June 13, 2015

OlivaCNAS Commencement 2015

On June 13, 2015, the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences awarded the Class of 2015 their degrees. The commencement was held on Pierce Lawn.


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June 8, 2015

Julian HartzellA Challenging Path and a Desire to Give Back

Julian Hartzell’s path to the degree he’ll earn in biochemistry in June 2015 wasn’t typical: he couldn’t live on campus, pull an all-nighter, or pick up fast food whenever he wanted. That’s because he lives with Crohn’s Disease, a chronic illness with no cure. Julian is now applying to medical schools, hoping to become a specialty physician concentrating on gastro immunology. He wants to serve the community that has been there for him. “I want to work with people who are going through the same thing. And I want to come back to this area because there are few specialists here.”


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June 5, 2015

Julian HartzellCeremony Recognizes 2015 CNAS Honors Students

The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences recognized the 137 students who will graduate with honors in 2015 with a ceremony in the Spieth Hall Courtyard on Friday, June 5.


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April 30, 2015

Jeannette RapicavoliGrad Student Jeannette Rapicavoli to Represent UCR at UC GradSlam Competition

Jeannette Rapicavoli, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Plant Pathology working with Assistant Professor Caroline Roper, was named overall winner and recipient of the Audience Choice Award and a $5,000 fellowship at UCR’s GradSlam competition, where participants have three minutes to explain their research to non-experts. She will represent UCR when she competes with winners from the other UC campuses at the University of California’s GradSlam competition on May 4.


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April 30, 2015

Jessica DiazCNAS Grad Student Jessica Diaz Lobbies for Research at State Capitol

Jessica Diaz, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences (photo, right), was among a group of University of California students who joined UC President Janet Napolitano at the state capitol to highlight the value graduate research brings to the state. They were part of the annual event Graduate Research Advocacy Day, which brings delegates from each campus to the capitol for a day of informal chats with lawmakers, who have often invited researchers back to Sacramento to tap their expertise on critical issues.


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April 16, 2015

Brain
Neuroscience Graduate Student Association Hosts Brain Awareness Day

To increase the public’s awareness of how the brain functions and to bring people up to speed with progress made in brain research, the Neuroscience Graduate Student Association at UCR hosted Brain Awareness Day on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

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April 16, 2015

Geobiology Symposium
Grad Students Organize 12th Annual Southern California Geobiology Symposium

On Saturday, April 11, 2015, aspiring and professional scientists gathered at UCR to share research and interest in the integrative field of geobiology. The 12th Annual Southern California Geobiology Symposium, organized for and by graduate students, displayed current work within geology, geochemistry, biology, astrobiology, microbiology, oceanography, paleobiology, paleoecology and environmental sciences.


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April 15, 2015

City YearCNAS Grads Working to Increase Graduation Rates in Poor Urban Schools

Recent CNAS graduates Michelle Ramon (biology) and Alex Owens (mathematics) are among 131 UCR graduates postponing their graduate school and career plans to participate in City Year, a program designed to mentor students and increase graduate rates in poor, inner-city schools. UCR leads the nation in the number of graduates who serve communities through City Year.


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April 6, 2015

NSF LogoCNAS Students Awarded Prestigious Fellowships and Scholarships

Undergraduate and graduate students at CNAS have been awarded several prestigious fellowships and scholarships, including the Donald A. Strauss Scholarship, Fulbright Fellowship, Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and summer research fellowships from the Semiconductor Research Corporation.


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March 5, 2015

High School Students
Graduate Students Coach Local High School Students for Regional Science Olympiad

A team of 23 CNAS graduate students are volunteering their time to coach grade 5-10 students at the Riverside STEM Academy as they prepare for the 2015 Inland Empire Science Olympiad, a rigorous academic interscholastic competition that covers biology, Earth sciences, chemistry, physics and technology.

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February 2, 2015

Heather Hulton VanTassel
Graduate Student Receives Switzer Environmental Fellowship

Heather Hulton VanTassel, a Ph.D. candidate in the lab of Assistant Professor of Biology Kurt Anderson, has achieved the high honor of being selected as a 2014 Switzer Environmental Fellow by the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation. The foundation invests in individuals and organizations that drive positive environmental change. VanTassel studies how species respond to environmental disturbances, such as fire and non-native grass species.

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January 29, 2015

HHMI Fellowship
Undergrads Awarded Exceptional Research Opportunities Fellowships by HHMI

Undergraduates Alberto Corona (cell, molecular and developmental biology), Jenna Roper (bioengineering) and Jack Wang (biochemistry) have won prestigious fellowships from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to do cutting-edge research this summer for ten weeks in top laboratories in the country. Each $5,000 fellowship covers all travel and housing costs, supports full-time research mentored by an HHMI scientist anywhere in the United States as well as attendance at two annual HHMI meetings.

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January 16, 2015

Graduate Research on Electronic Cigarettes
Graduate Students Present E-cigarette Research at FDA Workshop in the Capitol

Monique Williams and Rachel Behar, who research e-cigarettes under the guidance of Prue Talbot, a professor of cell biology and neuroscience, were invited by the Food and Drug Administration to participate in a public workshop focusing on e-cigarettes and public health in Washington, D.C., in December 2014.

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