The deadline for new incoming transfer students to apply for the 2021-2022 Science Ambassador Program has passed. Please check back in the Fall of 2022 for 2022-2023 application information.


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.

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)


Our Current Leaders and Members (2021-2022)

Co-President: Dhiresh Bandaru 4th year, Neuroscience
Co-President: Aya Serhan 4th year, Biochemistry
Co-Vice President (Projects & Events Facilitator): Swati Bhalla
Co-Vice President (Projects & Events Facilitator): Saba Shaikh 4th year, Biology
Co-Vice President (Media & Communications): Shloka Homa 3rd Year, Cellular, Molecular, Developmental Biology
Co-Vice President (Media & Communications): Andrew Nguyen 3rd Year, Microbiology
Vice President (Tour Ambassador): Jorg Galang 3rd year, Neuroscience
Vice President (Virtual Tour Ambassador): Ivan Perez 4th year, Biology
Vice President (Social Coordinator): Selim Zoorab 4th year, Physics
Co-Vice President (Mentoring & Professional Development): Corey Paget 4th year, Biology
Co-Vice President (Mentoring & Professional Development): Ginny Winters 4th year, Geology

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

If you have any questions about the CNAS Science Ambassadors, please send an email to

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