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Spotlight: CNAS Department Chairs

With the CNAS community back on campus, your department chairs want to make sure that you are on-track for a stellar year. In this edition of the CNAS Blog, find out what they are looking forward to with students being back on campus, how students can get involved in research, and tips to succeed both...

Student Spotlight: Mark Hanin

Name: Mark Hanin Major: Biology Graduation Year: 2021 Describe the research you participated in as an undergraduate. I conducted a comparative research project on how the living standards in both South Africa and Nigeria can help explain the differences in their public health policies, where I looked at and compared both nations’ infant mortality rates...

Scientist in the Classroom: Alejandro (Alex) Cortez

Name: Alejandro (Alex) Cortez Undergraduate Education: University of California, Riverside, Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology minor (2002) Graduate Education: University of California, Riverside, Master of Science in Evolution, Ecology. and Organismal Biology (2009) Hometown: Guadalajara, Mexico and Riverside, CA Alejandro shared about his career journey, passion for outreach, and experiences with undergraduate students...
By Elizabeth Hann and Alejandro Cortez |

Women Making History: Dr. Xinping Cui

CNAS celebrates Women's History Month with women making history in the sciences. Over the month of March, learn more about women scientists in the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside who are making history today. Name: Xingping Cui Title: Professor and Chair, Department of Statistics Website Please share with us a brief...

Women Making History: Dr. Wenwan Zhong

CNAS celebrates Women's History Month with women making history in the sciences. Over the month of March, learn more about women scientists in the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside who are making history today. Name: Wenwan Zhong Title: Professor of Chemistry Website Please share with us a brief description of your...

Women Making History: Dr. Chia-en Chang

CNAS celebrates Women's History Month with women making history in the sciences. Over the month of March, learn more about women scientists in the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside who are making history today. Name: Chia-en Chang Title: Professor of Chemistry Website Please share with us a brief description of your...

CNAS Women Making History: Dr. Karine Le Roch

CNAS celebrates Women's History Month with women making history in the sciences. Over the month of March, learn more about women scientists in the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside who are making history today. Name: Karine Le Roch Title: Professor of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology Website Please share with us...

CNAS Women Making History: Dr. Vyjayanthi Chari

CNAS celebrates Women's History Month with women making history in the sciences. Over the month of March, learn more about women scientists in the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside who are making history today. Name: Vyjayanthi Chari Title: Professor of Mathematics Website Please share with us a brief description of your...

SCICOMM@UCR Student Spotlight: Jake Cecala

The bees that cheated the system — and what we can learn from them When I share with people that there are over 1,600 species of bees in California and over 20,000 worldwide (that is more than the number of mammal, bird, and reptile species combined), I am often met with shock. I usually go...
By Jake Cecala, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Entomology |

CNAS Alumni in Action: Bharat Rai

Name: Bharat Rai Undergraduate Major and Graduation Year: Biology, 2020 Graduate School: University of Southern California (USC) Masters of Science (M.S.) Translational Biotechnology Hometown: Camarillo, CA Website: pickupnpark.com Having recently graduated in 2020 with a B.S. degree in Biology, please share your experience as an undergraduate, and how did the COVID-19 pandemic impact your last...
By CNAS Communications |

SCICOMM@UCR Student Spotlight: Stuart Schwab

Stinknet Invasion!: Understanding the impacts of invasive plants on recovering ecosystems Climate change and the impact of human activity are causing drastic and concerning losses in ecosystems across the world. Despite these worrying losses, restoration provides hope for mitigation of some of the damage. Natural ecosystems have an ability to recover on their own; however...
By Stuart Schwab, Ph.D. Candidate, Plant and Botany Sciences |

CNAS Student Spotlight: Radhika Amin

Name: Radhika Amin Major: Second year Neuroscience major Hometown: Fremont, CA As a student, you lived on campus, you were involved in a variety of student groups, volunteered with a number of organizations, and conducted research. Please share some of the highlights during your time at UCR. How has that changed during the campus closure...
By CNAS Communications |

CNAS Student Spotlight: Samantha Morales-Torres

Name: Samantha Morales-Torres Major: 3rd Year Neuroscience Major Hometown: Riverside, CA Take us through your decision to attend UCR. As a first generation college student, what did attending a university mean to you and your family? After spending my freshman year at UCSD, I realized that I needed to make a change after my grades...

CNAS Program Profile: MARC U STAR

PROGRAM: MARC U STAR (Maximizing Access to Research Careers - Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research) PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Dr. Ernest Martinez, Professor of Biochemistry WEBSITE: www.marcu.ucr.ed Tell us about the MARC U STAR program. How does the program help students interested in a career in biomedical research or those interested in pursuing a graduate education...
By CNAS Communications |

CNAS Student Spotlight: Caroline Hung

Name: Caroline Hung Degree: 2nd year Ph.D. student, Geochemistry in Earth and Planetary Sciences Hometown: Kenmore, WA Website How did you become interested in Earth and Planetary Sciences and please share with us why you chose UCR to pursue your Ph.D.? Hardly ever exposed to nature as a kid, I was raised in the crowded...
By CNAS Communications |

CNAS Student Spotlight: Colby Ostberg

Name: Colby M. Ostberg Program: Ph.D. in Geological Sciences (with a focus on Exoplanets and Venus) Hometown: Seaside, CA www.colbyostbergphd.com As a first generation college student, can you describe some of the obstacles you faced and how you overcame those challenges to get to this point in your academic career? For my undergraduate studies, I...
By CNAS Communications Staff |

CNAS Student Spotlight: Jennifer Le

Name: Jennifer Le Major: Biochemistry Hometown: Westminster, CA Describe your research experience at UCR I would say my research experience at UCR has been unexpected, but incredible. When I came to UCR, I thought I wanted to go to medical school, but after taking the Dynamic Genome class, I realized how much I loved research...
By CNAS Communications Staff |

Science Ambassador Spotlight: Saba Shaikh

Name: Saba Shaikh Major: Biology 2019-2020: 2nd Year Student "UCR is an amazing college that provides a lot of resources to its students - take advantage of them! Join clubs that you find interesting, work in a lab, and never hold yourself back from opportunities that interest you. Being part of Science Ambassadors has been...
By CNAS Communications Staff |

Science Ambassador Spotlight: Hazel Anne Salvador

Name: Hazel Anne Salvador Major: Biology 2019-2020: 4th year student "UC Riverside truly cares about giving their students all the opportunities to reach their dreams. Take advantage of the opportunities UCR has from the summer research programs to the free tutoring at the Academic Resource Center. While college is difficult, remember that there are many...
By CNAS Communications Staff |

Science Ambassador Spotlight: Sophia Rogers

Name: Sophia Rogers Major: Biology 2019-2020: 3rd Year Student Why did you choose to pursue a degree in the sciences? I decided to pursue a degree in science because I was exposed to the world of science at a young age. I was part of a Summer Science Camp in Elementary School where we did...
By CNAS Communications Staff |
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