Finding Her Hive - A Summer RISE Student's Story

Finding Her Hive: A Summer RISE Student's Story

Melissa Arellano, her first name translating to "honey bee" in Greek, signifies the impact of research experiences on students' academic paths. As a 4th-year Environmental Science major that transferred from City College of San Francisco, Melissa found her passion for bees through the Summer RISE program at the University of California, Riverside. Melissa is in...
By John Perna and Karina Quevedo |
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Research Abroad: A CNAS Story

Jared Hudnall '24, a physics major at the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside, spent his summer abroad doing research in Italy. We asked Jared a few questions about his experiences: (Part 1 of 5) What research topic are you working on and where? I'm working at the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran...
Sonali Bhakta

For Riverside Native Sonali Bhakta, Life at UCR Brings Her Full Circle

Born and raised in Riverside, CA, Sonali Bhakta, a 4th-year Biochemistry major, has always considered UCR to be (quite literally) the campus next door. In fact, she readily and proudly admits that she’s been “intertwined” with the college in some way, shape, or form since she was a fifth grade student at Riverside STEM Academy...
Sophia Parks

Student Spotlight: Sophia Parks

Name: Sophia Parks Hometown: Murrieta, CA Undergraduate school, major and graduation year: University of California, Riverside, BS in Neuroscience, 2017 Graduate school, program, and graduation year: University of California, Riverside, Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology/Nematology, expected 2021 Websites: and How did you become interested in your field of study? I have been interested in...
Samantha Morales-Torres

CNAS Student Spotlight: Samantha Morales-Torres

Name: Samantha Morales-Torres Major: 3rd Year Neuroscience Major Hometown: Riverside, CA Take us through your decision to attend UCR. As a first generation college student, what did attending a university mean to you and your family? After spending my freshman year at UCSD, I realized that I needed to make a change after my grades...
Caroline Hung

CNAS Student Spotlight: Caroline Hung

Name: Caroline Hung Degree: 2nd year Ph.D. student, Geochemistry in Earth and Planetary Sciences Hometown: Kenmore, WA Lab Website How did you become interested in Earth and Planetary Sciences and please share with us why you chose UCR to pursue your Ph.D.? Hardly ever exposed to nature as a kid, I was raised in the...
By CNAS Communications |
Colby Ostberg

CNAS Student Spotlight: Colby Ostberg

Name: Colby M. Ostberg Program: Ph.D. in Geological Sciences (with a focus on Exoplanets and Venus) Hometown: Seaside, CA As a first generation college student, can you describe some of the obstacles you faced and how you overcame those challenges to get to this point in your academic career? For my undergraduate studies, I...
By CNAS Communications Staff |
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