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Hillcrest Visit - Thursday, May 15, 2014

by Stephen Snipes last modified Jul 19, 2014 12:50 AM

On Thursday, May 15, 2014, our lab group traveled to Hillcrest High School to take part in their annual Scienceplooza. Organized with Stuart Drake, the chemistry teacher, the visit allowed us to speak to three classes of around 40 students each. This time, Professor Reddy, Kevin Rodriguez, Ricardo Mirmoreno, and Taher Bhaijee made the short trip down the 91 freeway to Riverside’s newest school. Hillcrest is only two years old with only freshman and sophomores classes. Next year they plan to add additional AP Science courses such as AP Biology.Hillcrest Kevin


Despite missing the last outreach session, Kevin and Ricardo were able to bring fresh perspective to our presentations. Ricardo, a post-doc from Spain, recounted his journey to Riverside. He started graduated from the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPV) as an undergraduate and completed his PHD. Discovering UCR’s well-known Plant Genomic Program, he applied for a post-doc position in Reddy’s Lab. He has been able to bring an international perspective to our lab. In addition, UCR-grad, LA-native Kevin showed the students that great scientists come from all around the world - even their home state. He discussed his struggles as a first-generation student at UCR. “As the first person from my family to go to college, I had no idea what research was,” Kevin recalls. The research side of academic is typically not taught in high school. He hopes to expose kids to research earlier, because it is a great career option.

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