Reception for Summer Undergraduate Student Researchers

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The department hosted a reception for undergraduate scholars who have conducted research in faculty labs over the summer. 

On August 19, 2016, the scholars gathered with their mentors, faculty and students at the reception in the Young Hall Student Center. The reception was to congratulate the students on their admission to these highly competitive programs, and to congratulate them on the outstanding research they have been doing here at UCLA.

This summer, we had over 35 visiting undergraduate students participating in summer research in our department through SPUR, Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research, and several other summer research programs. 

We also had 12 UCLA scholars who were able to conduct research in our labs this summer thanks to the following 2016 Departmental Summer Research Fellowship Awards: AXE Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship, Alumni Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship, Chemistry & Biochemistry Department Research Fellowship, Daniel Kivelson Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship, Whitcome Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Raymond & Dorothy Wilson Research Fellowship, and a new fellowship, awarded for the first time this year, the Zymo Research Summer Undergraduate Fellowship.


(Left) Raymond & Dorothy Wilson Research scholars Riley Fricke and Alexander Laughlin with Chemistry and Biochemistry Department Research scholar Dyana Kenanova.  Amgen visiting scholars Nicholas Higdon (UCSB), Sara Volz (MIT) and Karli Holman (Westmont College)

Our visiting scholars won fellowships from several programs: our new UCLA-HBCU program; Amgen Scholars; Beckman Scholars Program; CARE Science, Engineering and Mathematics (CARE SEM SPUR); Claire Booth Luce; Santa Monica College/UCLA Summer Scholars Research Program (SMC/UCLA SSRP); Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research, Life and Biomedical Sciences (SPUR-LABS); UC Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS). 


(Left) International Research Opportunities Programme scholar John Ballentine (Imperial College London) with his UCLA mentor Prof. Sarah Tolbert.  (Right) Visiting SMC scholar Praveen Sahabandu, Chair Catherine Clarke and Nguyen Pham, Whitcome Summer Undergraduate Research Scholar. 

The SPUR scholars visited from Clark-Atlanta University, Howard University, MIT, Spelman College, UC Merced, UC Santa Barbara, University of Texas at Austin, Westmont College; several are UCLA undergraduates.

We also had visiting students from the Cross-disciplinary Scholars in Science and Technology program (CSST). The CSST scholars visited from the following Chinese universities: Fudan University, Jilin University, Nanjing University, Nankai University, Peking University, Shandong University, University of Science and Technology of China, and Xian Jiaotong University.

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Visiting students from the Cross-disciplinary Scholars in Science and Technology (CSST) program with Prof. and Chair Catherine Clarke (far left) and Vice Chair for Undergraduate Education Prof. Yung-Ya Lin.

We also had a Posse Foundation scholar from Middlebury College, a Brazil Scientific Mobility Program scholar from Federal University of Santa Maria in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, and an International Research Opportunities Programme scholar from Imperial College London. (Two of our undergraduate students are conducting research this summer at Imperial College London as part of a new exchange program between Imperial College and UCLA.)