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Riverside Stem Academy Visit - Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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

Riverside Stem AcademyOn our next trip, Professor Reddy, Andy Snipes, Aaron DeVeries, and Taher Bhaijee traveled to the Riverside Stem Academy, a charter school tucked away behind the University on Watkins Drive. On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, we spoke to Mrs. Michelle Hampton’s two high school chemistry classes about the research done at UCR and our personal experiences. This time we tried something a little different than before. With an hour long session we were able to add 5-10 minutes to Professor Reddy’s introductory talk. Furthermore during the breakout small group sessions we were able to rotate between Andy, Aaron, and Taher to give three different experiences about research. Each rotation lasted about 7-10 minutes. Each person had a unique experience to bring to the table. Taher’s background was distinctive because he is planning on using his research experience in medical school. In addition, Aaron brings a fresh perspective by working in the private sector before starting his PHD. Aaron worked for private farming corporations in Iowa before leaving the private sector for research. He explains, “The private sector pays better, but there’s nothing like discovering something new-You’re on the cutting edge.” Last but not least, Andy comes from very research-oriented background in North Carolina. Andy brings his experience from the “Research Triangle,” which is a region in North Carolina anchored by North Carolina State University (Raleigh), Duke University (Durham), and the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). All in all, this was another successful trip and another successful partnership between the university and the local high schools.  

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