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The CNAS Science Ambassador Program

The Science Ambassador Program is a great opportunity for undergraduate students to represent UC Riverside’s College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences Undergraduate Programs to internal and external constituents. The Science Ambassadors are the face of the college and assist the school as a host during official functions, make presentations, and act as a student liaison with the various communities that CNAS serves both on and off-campus, with a particular emphasis on recruiting events and activities. Ambassadors are knowledgeable about their majors and UCR, and are easily able to communicate their passion for both to prospective students and their families. Ambassadors are highly involved in activities outside of the classroom, including undergraduate research, student life, athletics, etc. Each Ambassador has a distinct voice and a unique story which all contribute to a rich diverse representation for the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside. CNAS Science Ambassadors adhere to the highest standards of student conduct and academic integrity.

Qualifications / Requirements:

Must be a science major
Minimum 3.33 cumulative GPA
Must have attended UCR for at least one quarter and completed 12 units
Strong communication and interpersonal skills
Commit to six quarters (two academic years) in the Science Ambassador Program
Commit to at least six events per year that include weekends or weeknights, and eight hours per year of project time.

2019-2020 Event Schedule

Attend an orientation meeting and team building activity in October and monthly meetings thereafter


Improve interpersonal skills

Development leadership, group dynamics, communication, and public speaking skills

Meet, interact, and network with other students, faculty, administrators, community members, and the CNAS Deans

Résumé enhancement

Recognition at graduation with a Science Ambassador sash and reserved seating for family (benefits accrue to those who meet the minimum commitment requirements below)


The deadline for new incoming transfer students to apply for the 2020-2021 Science Ambassador Program has passed. Please check back in the Fall of 2021 for 2021-2022 application information.

Science Ambassador Leadership Roles

There are many responsibilities and duties for Science Ambassador leaders. Being a Leader trains your professional leadership experience, communication skills, and of course, it all looks great on a résumé. Find out about how you can become a leader, what is expected of a Leader, what leadership role is right for you.

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Our Current Leaders and Members (2020-2021)

Co-President: Sophia Rogers, 4th year, Biology
Co-President: Urva Patel, 4th year, Neuroscience
Vice President (Project Facilitator and Social Coordinator): Britney Margheim, 4th year, Biology
Co-Vice President (Tour Ambassador): Sarah Adams, 4th year, Mathematics
Co-Vice President (Tour Ambassador): Alexander Brinkley, 4th year, Biology
Vice President (Communications and Event Assistant): Srinija Maganti, 4th year, Biology
Co-Vice President (Visual Media & Web Development): Dhiresh Bandaru, 3rd year, Neuroscience
Co-Vice President (Visual Media & Web Development): Carol Wann, 4th year, Biology

Director: Connie Nugent, CNAS Divisional Dean for Student Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Cell Biology

Current Science Ambassador profiles:

2020-2021 Science AmbassadoR PROFILES

List of Science Ambassadors (PDF):

PDF 2019-2020 Science Ambassadors

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