Student Success Stories

February 21, 2019

Careen Khachatoorian
UCR student researcher takes smoking personally

Careen Khachatoorian, a sixth-year Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology graduate student, studies the dangers that come with smoking e-cigarettes and the residue left behind by it. In one of the studies, Khachatoorian found the electronic cigarette aerosol from a vape shop left detectable traces of ECEAR on cotton and terrycloth towels placed inside a nearby business. In another study, she looked at fabrics left inside vape shops and vaping homes, also finding ECEAR. The film left behind is sometimes visible, she said.

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December 12, 2018

Undergraduate student SergioUCR physics undergraduate student headed to CERN

Sergio Garcia has an extraordinary opportunity to do hands-on work in one of the most famous centers for scientific research in the world. He will do research during the winter quarter on a particle detector at the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator. At CERN, Garcia will work on a combination of hardware work for the CMS muon system and analysis work on a search for four top quark production, a rare standard model process. He will thus have a unique opportunity to physically work on part of the largest science experiment in the history of humanity, while also contributing to an actual research analysis on recent data.

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December 1, 2016

Joselyn SotoSoto Awarded SACNAS Student Presentation Award

Undergraduate student Joselyn Soto was awarded a SACNAS Student Presentation Award for her presentation, “Morphological and Functional Consequences of Hippocampal Demyelination and Remyelination-Induced Recovery,” at 2016 SACNAS: The National Diversity in STEM Conference in Long Beach, Calif., Oct. 13-15. In addition to her research in the lab of Associate Professor SeemaTiwari-Woodruff in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Soto is a member of the MARC-U STAR program and serves as a CNAS Science Ambassador, Supplemental Instruction leader in the UCR Academic Resource Center, and participated in the UCR School of Medicine’s FastStart program.

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August 29, 2016

Yu-Chieh ChenChen Awarded HHMI International Student Research Fellowship

Yu-Chieh “David” Chen, a graduate student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Graduate Program who works in the lab of Anupama Dahanukar, an associate professor of entomology, has received one of 20 International Student Research Fellowships Program awarded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His research will focus on insects, including, butterflies, moths, and flies, that undergo dramatic changes in the nervous system during metamorphosis. Chen will receive $86,000 over two years from HHMI.

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July 14, 2016

Neema AdhamiNeema Adhami Awarded UC Smoke and Tobacco Free Fellowship Award

Neema Adhami, a graduate student working with Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience Manuela Martins-Green, is one of only four students (and one of only two graduate students) to receive the new UC Smoke and Tobacco Free Fellowship Award. The goal of the fellowships, open to all UC undergraduate and graduate students, is to develop the next generation of leaders in reducing the harms and social costs from smoking and use of tobacco products worldwide.

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June 30, 2016

Hanni Schoniger and Jade ZamoranoUC President Recognizes CNAS Grads for Service

University of California President Janet Napolitano recognized recent graduates and members of the CNAS Science Ambassadors Hanni Schoniger and Jade Zamorano among the UC graduates who made the most of opportunity through public service. They created Change in Scientific Importance for Youth to motivate middle and high school students to go to college and pursue careers in STEM fields.

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June 1, 2016

MacCNAS Students Recognized at Honors Convocation

Students from the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences were recognized at the 30th Annual Honors Convocation hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Education in the University Theatre on Monday, May 23, 2016.

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May 27, 2016

MacWelcome Members of the 2016 MacREU at R’side

Thanks to the generous support of the National Science Foundation and Semiconductor Research Corporation, we’re pleased to welcome the 2016 participants in the Materials Connection Research Experience for Undergraduates at UC Riverside (MacREU R’side). The program is led by Professor of Chemistry Ludwig Bartels.

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April 8, 2016

NSF LogoCNAS Students Win NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

CNAS graduate students Riley Bottom (neuroscience), Marissa Ann Gionet-Gonzales (chemistry), Jesse Tamayo (chemistry), Aaron Martinez (geosciences), and Ida-Louise Pairs (chemistry) are among the UCR recipients of prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Rearch Fellowships for 2016.

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March 22, 2016

GalaxyGraduate Student Irene Shivaei Leads Team Tracing Star Formation Rates in Distant Galaxies

Combining spectra recorded by the MOSFIRE high-resolution near-infrared spectrometer at the W. M. Keck Observatory telescopes with infrared images from the Spitzer Space Telescope, the Herschel Space Observatory, and optical images of the Hubble Space Telescope, a team lead by graduate student Irene Shivaei has created a complete multi-wavelength picture of galaxies. Their results help to build the foundations of galaxy evolution studies that ccan help predict a physical quantity (in this case, the star-formation rate) of a distant galaxy from the light that telescopes capture.

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February 17, 2016

StudentCNAS Students Earn HHMI EXROP Fellowships

Undergraduates students Jaime Coronado, Thomas Rodriguez and Alyssa Rodriguez (biochemistry majors) and Katherine Espinoza (neuroscience major) have won fellowships from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), administered by the Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP). The fellowship provides opportunities for students to participate in cutting-edge research over the summer in top labs across the country. All four students also participate in the University Honors Program.

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February 8, 2016

RichardsRichards Awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Connor Richards, a fourth-year physics major, has been awarded the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, one of the most prestigious international scholarships in the world. He is one of about 40 American students who received the award, and he is the first UCR student to be granted the award. He will read for a Master of Advanced Study in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge.

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February 3, 2016

LoveraAvila-Lovera Awarded USAID Fellowship for Research in Venezuela

Eleinis Avila-Lovera, a Ph.D. candidate working under the direction of Associate Professor of Physiological Ecology Louis Santigao, has been selected for a U.S. Agency for International Development fellowship co-sponsored by the UC Global Food Initiative. Working with the Universidad Central de Venezuela, she will return to her native country to study cultivating cacao in an agroforestry system.

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