Apr 7, 2021
Undergraduate researchers David Dumas (Liu lab) and Jaybree Lopez (Loo Lab) explain their research and offer advice to new students in URC-Sciences Research Elevator Pitch videos. 
 
David and Jaybree created the pitches as part of their participation in the 2020 Undergraduate Research Center-Sciences’ (URC-Sciences) Center for Academic & Research Excellence (CARE) Science, Engineering and Math (SEM) Summer Program. The CARE SEM Summer Program is a 10-week opportunity for UCLA undergraduates to undertake research with a UCLA faculty and receive professional development through workshops and seminars. 
 
“Everyone in the program did such a good job that I invited them to create videos to share,” explained Dr. Janet M. Goins, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Research Center - Sciences. “I especially wanted them to be welcoming to new students from different backgrounds, so I asked CARE SEM students to share about themselves too. I’m really proud of David and Jaybree.”
 
A 3rd year Chemistry major, minoring in environmental engineering, David Dumas (pictured left) conducts research on converting highly flammable methane gas to methanol, which is easier to transport, in Professor Chong Liu’s group. His career interests are in environmental chemistry and material science. A 4th year Neuroscience major, Jaybree Lopez (pictured right) conducts research on Parkinson’s disease in Professor Joseph Loo’s group. She is currently applying to graduate school to study Biological Sciences. Jaybree is proud to be a first-generation college student. Their videos can be viewed below and on URC-Sciences' website.
 
 
 
Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, penny@chem.ucla.edu.