Undergraduates to Show Videos of Their Research in Materials Science

Fifteen students participated in the MacREU R’side program this summer

MacREU R'side aims at increasing minority integration in STEM by providing paid research opportunities in materials science and engineering for undergraduate students. Photo credit: Jericha Mae Viduya, UC Riverside.

MacREU R'side aims at increasing minority integration in STEM by providing paid research opportunities in materials science and engineering for undergraduate students. Photo credit: Jericha Mae Viduya, UC Riverside.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Fifteen undergraduates from all over Southern California got an opportunity to work with faculty members at the University of California, Riverside for 10 weeks this summer on research projects related to materials science and engineering. Today (Aug. 21), they will present their research, through short YouTube-style videos, at an event on campus, marking the end of their “MacREU R’side” program.

The presentation will take place at 6 p.m. in Rooms 205/206, Winston Chung Hall.

The approximately two-hour event is free and open to the public.

Six of the 15 students are from UC Riverside; the rest are from other institutions in Southern California, including Riverside City College, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Bakersfield, and San Diego State University. Almost all of the students are of Hispanic background or hail from Hispanic Serving Institutions.

MacREU R’side is funded by the National Science Foundation to increase minority integration in STEM by providing paid research opportunities in materials science and engineering for undergraduate students.  Its goals are to (1) get the students to think about careers in fields like catalytic chemistry, semiconductor processing, solar cell manufacture and medical devices, and (2) have the students learn skills and build their CV to facilitate admission to graduate studies.

“Congratulations to all 15 students!” said Ludwig Bartels, a professor of chemistry and graduate advisor of UCR’s Materials Science and Engineering program. “They worked hard over the past 10 weeks and showed a lot of dedication to their research projects. I witnessed how being part of a research lab, working side by side with graduate students and postdocs, opened their eyes for what working in science and engineering really means. I do not think that there is any one among them who has not been inspired by this experience and I believe it had a great impact on their future career and career choices.”

Kevin Esterling, a professor of political science and the associated dean of UCR’s Graduate Division, adds, “Government funded programs such as this, in which students are exposed to research first hand, are a great way of enabling individuals from all kinds of backgrounds to envision themselves pursuing a career in science or engineering.”

Together Bartels and Esterling developed and implemented MacREU R’side.

To see all the videos, click here.

Aug. 22: To see photos of the event, click here.

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Additional Contacts

Ludwig Bartels
Tel: (951) 827-2041
E-mail: ludwig.bartels@ucr.edu

Kevin Esterling
Tel: (951) 827-3833
E-mail: kevin.esterling@ucr.edu

Information about the videos
E-mail: jvidu001@ucr.edu

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