Featured Ambassadors


Featured CNAS Ambassadors


Michael Baird3rd Year, Chemistry

  Michael Baird
"I'm really grateful for all the people at UCR. I've received some incredible opportunities in the chemistry department doing hands on research, opportunities I don't think I would have had anywhere else. I worked for a year in a computational chemistry lab with Dr. Greg Beran, in which I learned computer programming and statistical analysis skills that are incredibly useful across the disciplines. I now work with Dr. Jack Eichler in an inorganic synthesis lab, for which I have proposed 4 new compounds with potential for antitumor activity. In addition to research, I've really enjoyed serving CNAS as a science ambassador; it's so much fun to see people in all walks of life excited about science and see talented students choose UCR. I am also involved in The Well Christian Club, which is an awesome place for me to discuss my faith with others and serve the Riverside community."


Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
I hope to be in graduate school for chemistry, conducting research in solar energy. 
What is your pet peeve?
Big lifted pickup trucks. Pollution, noise, can’t see around them, headlights are blinding in the rear view mirror, and they look ridiculous - there really is no justification to owning one.
What is your weirdest "quirk"?
I put mustard on my pizza. It's really good - try it!
If you were a geometric shape, what would you like to be?
Probably a triangle because I have three sides: Happy, sad, and hungry.
Tell us what animal you wish you would be, and why?
Grizzly Bears have an awesome life - eat the freshest food in the forest for half of the year, spend the other half sleeping. Can’t get much better than that!
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