Science Ambassadors

Science Ambassadors

The CNAS Science Ambassador Program

The Science Ambassador Program is a great opportunity for undergraduate students to represent UC Riverside’s College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences Undergraduate Programs to internal and external constituents. The Science Ambassadors are the face of the college and assist the school as a host during official functions, make presentations, and act as a student liaison with the various communities that CNAS serves both on and off-campus, with a particular emphasis on recruiting events and activities. Ambassadors are knowledgeable about their majors and UCR, and are easily able to communicate their passion for both to prospective students and their families. Ambassadors are highly involved in activities outside of the classroom, including undergraduate research, student life, athletics, etc. Each Ambassador has a distinct voice and a unique story which all contribute to a rich diverse representation for the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside. CNAS Science Ambassadors adhere to the highest standards of student conduct and academic integrity.


  • Must be a science major
  • Minimum 3.4 cumulative GPA
  • Must have attended UCR for at least one quarter and completed 12 units
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Commit to six quarters (two academic years) in the Science Ambassador Program
  • Commit to at least six events that include weekends or weeknights (five for returning Ambassadors), and 8 hours of project time.
    List of 2016-2017 Events
  • Attend an orientation meeting and team building activity in October and monthly meetings thereafter


  • Improve interpersonal skills
  • Development leadership, group dynamics, communication, and public speaking skills
  • Meet, interact, and network with other students, faculty, administrators, community members, and the CNAS Deans
  • Résumé enhancement
  • Recognition at graduation with a Science Ambassador sash and reserved seating for family (benefits accrue to those who meet the minimum commitment requirements below)


Applications for the 2017 - 2018 Science Ambassador Program are now being accepted. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2017. Download the 2017-18 Science Ambassador application here.

Science Ambassador Leadership Roles

There are many responsibilities and duties for Science Ambassador leaders. Being a Leader trains your professional leadership experience, communication skills, and of course, it all looks great on a résumé. Find out about how you can become a leader, what is expected of a Leader, what leadership role is right for you.

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Our Current Leaders and Members

President: Kevin Mortazavi, 4th year Biology
Vice President (Project Facilitator and Social Coordinator): Mariejo Plaganas, 4th year, Environmental Sciences
Vice President (Tour Ambassador): Matt Jason Llamas, 4th year, Neuroscience
Vice President (Communications and Event Assistant), Audrey Lim, 4th year, Neuroscience
Vice President (Visual Media and Web Development): Aaron Lai, 4th year, Environmental Sciences
Director: Michael McKibben, CNAS Divisional Dean for Student Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Geology
Coordinator: Carol Lerner, CNAS Dean's Office

List of Ambassadors: 2016 - 2017 Science Ambassadors

2016 - 2017 Member Profiles

2015 - 2016 Member Profiles

2014 - 2015 Member Profiles

If you have any questions about the CNAS Science Ambassadors, please send an email to Carol Lerner or call (951) 827-5089.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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College Information

CNAS Dean's Office
Geology Building, Room 2258
Tel: (951) 827-6555
Fax: (951) 827-5104

Personnel Services
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