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SMASH

SMASH

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SMASH was founded by Connor Richards in 2014 with the help of the Donald Strauss Scholarship. The goal of SMASH is to increase college enrollment in STEM fields among Riverside-area high school students, specifically those from under-represented, low-income, and/or first generation backgrounds. We accomplish this by tutoring and mentoring students at Ramona high school. This program is partnered with an outreach event hosted by the UCR Physics department in conjunction with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) called the CERN Masterclass. During the Masterclass, high school students are invited on campus, run a mock-data analysis, and skype with CERN other high schools around the world to discuss the results.In the 2016-1017 academic year, Kevin Mortazavi expanded the capstone outreach activities from primarily physics based with the Masterclass, to including the life sciences with the Dynamic Genome Project. Similar to the Masterclass, the Dynamic Genome Project brings high school students on campus to the Campbell Labs to extract their own DNA and run a full Polymerase Chain Reacter (PCR) experiment to determine if they posses specific genes.

 

 

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