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Christian Foster to Fill Director Role

University of California, Riverside Announces New Post for Development of Undergraduate Research Funding

Christian Foster to Fill Director Role at Bourns College of Engineering

(June 21, 2002)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — June 21, 2002 — The University of California, Riverside today announced a new position in the Bourns College of Engineering to develop funding opportunities to meet the college’s long-range goals and objectives for undergraduate research programs.

Christian “Chris” Foster has been named to fill the funding development position and will assume his duties as Director of Undergraduate Research on July 1. Foster will report to the Associate Dean of Research and Undergraduate Student Affairs in the job, which pays an annual salary of $80,000.

“We are the fortunate beneficiaries of timing and circumstances in filling this critical position,” said Dr. Satish Tripathi, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering and acting executive vice chancellor. “Chris is an experienced science educator with over 30 years of teaching and fundraising to his credit. He will quickly be able to identify important and unique resources needed to support undergraduate research for the College. In addition, the model developed for engineering can be replicated throughout the campus as funding for similar positions becomes available.”

At the University of California, Santa Barbara, Foster held the position of Academic Outreach Coordinator, College of Letters and Science where he developed and led a college-wide program of educational outreach and managed numerous other projects including regional directorship of the UC ArtsBridge Program. Previously, as Deputy Assistant Director for Education, Foster coordinated the establishment of the White House office for The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment “GLOBE” Program, an international, Internet-based, environmental science education program for pre-college students involving over 10,000 schools in 95 countries.

A doctoral candidate in science education at Pennsylvania State University, Foster holds a Master of Science Teaching degree from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. Foster is joining the UC Riverside campus with his wife, incoming Chancellor France Córdova.

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