Last week, eleven Woodland Community College (WCC) students began conducting research in UC Davis science laboratories as part of the WCC MESA Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (MURSP). MURSP is an opportunity for community college students to gain hands-on research experience at an early stage in their STEM career. Students are participating in enrichment activities to enhance their preparation and confidence to transfer to a four-year university and pursue a career in a STEM field. The eight-week paid summer research program runs from June 20, 2023 - August 11, 2023 and culminates with a student poster presentation session. This program is in partnership with the University of California, Davis Graduate Preparatory Programs, Graduate Student & Post Doctoral SACNAS Chapter at UCD, and the UCD Microbiology Graduate Group.
Our chapter is organizing seven professional development seminars. This week our MURSP students learn about how to write a Resume/CV. This workshop was presented by the Internship & Career Center (ICC) on campus.
AP Computer Science students from River City HS learned how to assemble DNA fragments into a genome! This workshop was led by Ethan Holleman, an IGG grad student in Dr. Fred Chedin's lab.
The UCD GSPD SACNAS Chapter, in collaboration with the MANO (Mentoring, Advising, and Networking Opportunities) Project and Woodland Community College, hosted a discussion series to achieve cross-institutional collaboration and community trust-building at large. We had STEM graduate student volunteers leading small, informal, and inclusive discussion groups to share their experiences prior to and during graduate school. Café con pan dulce (Mexican sweet bread and coffee) was provided.
Thank you to WCC and MANO! We couldn't have done this without our volunteers: Amelia Brie Bennett (Ph.D. candidate, Microbiology), Jessica Hallstrom (Ph.D. candidate, Food Science & Technology), Regina Agulto (Ph.D. candidate, Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology), Maribel Anguiano (PhD Student, Neuroscience), Celena Lozano (2nd year PhD Student, Neuroscience), Erika Bueno (PhD candidate, Entomology), Tana Hernandez Barrueta (PhD candidate, Food Science), Deana Villagomes (PhD student, Molecular & Cellular Biology), and Elizabeth Reyes Gallegos (PhD Candiate, Entomology).
We had a great time learning about the local flora and the historical uses of these plants by indigenous communities. Thank you to our awesome speakers and all of you who came!!
We had a great info session about the application to the SACNAS National Diversity in STEM (NDiSTEM) conference hosted by both UC Davis SACNAS Chapters. Thank you to everyone who attended!
Our K-8 Outreach chairs organized hands-on DNA lessons with eight classrooms at Prairie Elementary in Woodland. Students got to make a DNA model and assist in performing DNA extraction on strawberries.
Thank you to our UCD grad student volunteers who made this possible! Abdallah Hashem, Erica Nielsen, Jasmine Esparza, Crystal Homicz, Johnny Vertiz, Jared Lee-Kin, Sage Madden, Nitin Beesabathuni, Ben Guthrie!
We had a fun time at this artsy social! We took some time out of our busy lab and school schedule and made our own Valentine's Day-themed earrings and bird feeders. Thank you to everyone who came!!
We had an informative Q&A session (in person and Zoom) about these fellowships. We got to know useful information and advice from current fellows form different UC campuses. Thank you to everyone who attended!
We held an online informational social event with high school students. Graduate students from different programs shared their educational journey to STEM. Thank you to all those who participated!