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Scientist in the Classroom: Alejandro (Alex) Cortez

Name: Alejandro (Alex) Cortez Undergraduate Education: University of California, Riverside, Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology minor (2002) Graduate Education: University of California, Riverside, Master of Science in Evolution, Ecology. and Organismal Biology (2009) Hometown: Guadalajara, Mexico and Riverside, CA Alejandro shared about his career journey, passion for outreach, and experiences with undergraduate students...
By Elizabeth Hann and Alejandro Cortez |

CUSP: Accepting Scholar applications October 15 - November 15

CUSP: Career Mentoring of Underrepresented STEM Students for the Professoriate The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside is launching CUSP, a pilot project funded by the UC-HSI Doctoral Diversity Initiative (UC-HSI DDI) to provide mentoring and career development to graduate students who are interested in becoming professors and are from groups typically...
By CNAS Communications Staff |

CNAS Scholarships: Accepting applications October 1 - 31

The College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences offers a variety of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in CNAS. Students in the agricultural, life, and physical sciences will find scholarship opportunities in many areas spread across various CNAS departments. Some scholarships are offered for very specific fields such as citrus virology and citrus pathology...

CNAS Graduate student awarded predoctoral fellowship by American Epilepsy Society

Susan Nguyen, a graduate student at UC Riverside, has been awarded a predoctoral fellowship by the American Epilepsy Society. The one-year fellowship, which began July 1, will support part of Nguyen’s thesis work. “I will be looking at how an innate immune receptor present in the brain changes after brain injury and its role in...

UCR grads form ‘mutual aid’ network in response to COVID-19

As the number of COVID-19 cases began rising in March, recent UC Riverside graduates Aram Ayra ’18 and John Stefan '20 knew they wanted to do their part to help. They decided to take a community approach that emphasized neighbors helping neighbors, creating the Riverside Mutual Aid Network. “We saw the cases were becoming more...

Celebrating the CNAS Class of 2020!

PLEASE JOIN THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE COLLEGE OF NATURAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES FOR THE CNAS CLASS OF 2020 GRADUATION CELEBRATION CNAS will honor graduating students for their accomplishments and perseverance during their time at UCR. To RSVP for this special live Zoom event, please register as soon as possible. Once capacity is filled for...

UCR CNAS student awarded scholarship for program offering mentorship to female students

UC Riverside student Jennifer Le is one of 14 recipients of the Donald A. Strauss Public Service Scholarship for a project seeking to close the gender gap in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, or STEM. The Donald A. Strauss Public Service Scholarship Foundation provides $15,000 scholarships to college sophomores and juniors to fund...

Five students awarded NSF fellowships

Five UC Riverside students have been selected to receive a 2020 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, or NSF. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. Fellows often...

Biochemistry student wins Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

UC Riverside student Jennifer Le is among about 400 college students across the nation to be awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most prestigious and competitive awards in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematic fields, or STEM. From a pool of over 5,000 sophomores and juniors, 1,343 students were nominated by 461...

CNAS graduate students recognized with public policy awards

UC Riverside graduate students, Kavya Samudrala and William Ota, have each been named winners of the 2020 STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award, which recognizes an outstanding proposal for new California state legislation from University of California graduate students in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, or STEM, fields. The winners received a $1,000 research stipend...
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