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The Graduate Division and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry recently hosted a UCLA Field Trip for undergraduate students attending the 2014 Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Conference.

Undergraduate students from across the nation visited our department and learned more about our graduate programs. SACNAS’s primary goals are to motivate and inspire participants to pursue education and careers in STEM fields. 

The visitors were greeted by Professor and Chair, Miguel Garcia-Garibay, and Thomas Cahoon, Melissa Woehrstein, and Randy Lesko from the Graduate Student Affairs Office. The Chair greeted students as they entered Young Hall and provided a thoughtful welcome to the ambitious group of visitors, sharing departmental highlights about the faculty, research, and students. The visitors were also presented an admissions overview of the Chemistry and Biochemistry graduate application requirements.

Prof. Miguel Garcia-Garibay (First row, 4th from right) welcoming the SACNAS students

The Graduate Student Affairs Office moderated a student panel that highlighted Eugene Cota-Robles recipients: Deborah Jarrett (Loo group), Jose Medina (Garg Group), Alexandra Mendoza (P. Weiss group), Elias Picazo (Garg group), and Kelsey Scharnhorst (Gimzewski group). Departmental lab tours were provided by Deborah Jarrett (Loo group) and Kelsey Scharnhorst (Gimzewski group).

The SACNAS attendees enjoyed their visit to the department and we hope to receive their applications in future admission cycles!