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UC Riverside Symposium Highlights Strength of Undergraduate Research

UC Riverside Symposium Highlights Strength of Undergraduate Research

Daylong symposium is culmination of university program aimed at student retention and success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields

(August 25, 2011)

Undergraduate student Stefanie Dimayuga presents her research on the kinetics of galena in seawater.  Photo credit: UCR Strategic Communications.Enlarge

Undergraduate student Stefanie Dimayuga presents her research on the kinetics of galena in seawater. Photo credit: UCR Strategic Communications.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The mechanical transfer of graphene flakes, Hubble space telescope observations, the effects of inflammation on chronic wound healing, the effects of specific components of pomegranate juice on prostate cancer, and ways to control invasive species in California are just some of the topics that undergraduate students will present today at the University of California, Riverside at a daylong symposium.

Called the Research in Science and Engineering (RISE) summer research symposium, the event takes place in Room 355, Highlanders Union Building on campus.

Participating students will present a total of 23 talks and 6 posters on their research projects. The talks begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5:15 p.m. A dinner and award ceremony at 5:15 p.m. in Room 302, Highlanders Union Building, will conclude the symposium. The poster session will take place from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 302, Highlanders Union Building.

Sponsored by the university’s College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS), RISE focuses on student success and retention in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The 9-10-week summer research program prepares participants for graduate and professional study by providing valuable research experiences, training, seminars and multiple workshops aimed at better preparing scientists.

“The 29 research projects being presented today at the symposium represent the collective efforts of undergraduate student researchers, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and their respective principal investigators,” said Rich Cardullo, the divisional dean of life sciences. “We congratulate all of the students for their dedication, commitment, and hard work over the past nine weeks.”

This year, the RISE program is comprised of the California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) program, the CNAS Scholars program, and the College Cost Reduction Access Act (CCRAA) summer bridge program.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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