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Discover UCR Day 2022 with CNAS Science Ambassadors

Discover UCR 2022

On October 22, campus hosted its fall open house—Discover UCR—for first-year and transfer students interested in applying to and attending UC Riverside. During Discover UCR, students and families connected with student success resources and campus organizations. They also had the opportunity to meet with professors, advisors, and current students from various UCR colleges. The CNAS...
By Andrew Nguyen, CNAS Science Ambassador |
Welcome Week 2022

Tips from a UCR Alumna to Start Off the School Year

The first day of college can be full of many emotions whether it’s a newfound sense of independence, eagerness to attend classes, or being away from home for the first time. This is part of what the college experience is all about. Throughout your time here at UCR, you will have the opportunity to grow...
By Kathryn Aquino |
Student presents at RISE 2022

Summer Research Opportunities: CNAS Scholars Fellows

For most UCR students, their time on campus starts in the fall and ends after spring quarter. However, as many CNAS students know, summers at UCR are full of several exciting opportunities, such as enrolling in summer session courses, taking part in an internship, or participating in one of the many summer research programs including...
By Kathryn Aquino |
Transfer Students - Nour Homsi and Selim Zoorob

Graduating CNAS Students on Finding Success as Transfer Students

As a new transfer student walking onto the UCR campus, things may seem overwhelming. You might ask yourself why you are at UCR and what resources are available on campus that will guide you to the path of success as you navigate the rest of your undergraduate career here.
By Frances Wong |
CNAS Transition Peer Mentors Team

Spotlight: Meet the CNAS Transition Peer Mentors Team

The CNAS Transition Advising Program provides specialized academic advising and programming to UCR students who are considering or are in the process of switching majors. In this edition of the CNAS Blog, the CNAS Transition Peer Mentors and the CNAS Transition Advisor share their experience and offer guidance to help CNAS transition students navigate through...
By Kathryn Aquino |
5th Annual Citrus Health Conference

5th Annual Citrus Health Conference

Citrus Health Conference (CHC) is a one-day health conference, held on May 7th, 2022, open to all undergraduate students and especially to those who are interested in learning more about the health field.
By Frances Wong |
2022 CNAS Staff Advisory Committee

Staff Spotlight: CNAS Staff Advisory Committee

The CNAS Staff Advisory Committee (SAC) was formed during the COVID-19 campus closure and provided the opportunity for the committee to voice staff concerns and comments, share insight and feedback, and make suggestions and proposals to CNAS Dean Kathryn Uhrich. In this edition of the CNAS Blog, you’ll get to know each member of the...
Sophia Parks

Student Spotlight: Sophia Parks

Name: Sophia Parks Hometown: Murrieta, CA Undergraduate school, major and graduation year: University of California, Riverside, BS in Neuroscience, 2017 Graduate school, program, and graduation year: University of California, Riverside, Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology/Nematology, expected 2021 Websites: dillmanlab.org and propel.stanford.edu/scholar How did you become interested in your field of study? I have been interested in...
UCR Bell Tower

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...
Mark Hanin with Scotty

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...
Alejandro Cortez

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 |
Genomics Building

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...
Chemistry

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...
Chia-en Chang Lab

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...
labratory samples

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 math department header equations

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...
Jake Cecala

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 Alumnus Bharat Rai

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 |
Stuart Schwab

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 |
Radhika Amin

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 |
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