Teresa Cofield Appointed Director of Two Student Pipeline Programs

Teresa Cofield, academic coordinator in the School of Medicine, has been appointed director of the Medical Scholars Program (MSP) and director of the Pre-Medical Post-baccalaureate Program (PPP).

Cofield has been serving as the associate director of MSP since 2006, and associate director of PPP since it began in 2008. In making the announcement, Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs Neal Schiller noted that Cofield has been providing principal leadership for the two programs over the last few years.

MSP is a comprehensive learning community designed to provide academic, personal and professional development support for disadvantaged students in the sciences with the goal of increasing their graduation rates and promoting their entrance into medical school or other health profession postgraduate programs.

PPP recruits 10 to 12 socioeconomically disadvantaged students per year who have strong interpersonal skills and a passion to help the underserved, and are seeking to enhance their science coursework and performance on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). This 12-month program includes intensive MCAT training and three academic quarters primarily of upper division science coursework, coupled with mentoring, academic support, professional development, and leadership training experience.

Charloff, Smith Honored with Non-Senate Faculty Teaching Awards

Senior music lecturer Ruth Charloff and senior statistics lecturer Jill Smith were named recipients of Non-Senate Faculty Teaching Awards. They were recognized at the June 26 meeting of the Citizens University Committee (CUC).

The award recognizes the efforts of non-Senate faculty members, which includes nontenured lecturers, adjunct professors and visiting professors. The selection criteria include the individual’s impact of teaching on campus, contributions to the department, overall contributions to the campus and outreach efforts to the community. It is presented as partnership between the CUC and the Office of Undergraduate Education at UCR.

Recent Alumnus Receives International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry Award

Qiao Zhang

Qiao Zhang

Qiao Zhang, a recent UCR alumnus and a former graduate student of Yadong Yin, an associate professor of chemistry, was selected by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) to receive one of the five 2013 IUPAC Prizes for Young Chemists.

The prizes are given for the most outstanding Ph.D. theses in the general area of the chemical sciences. In addition to a cash prize of $1,000, Qiao will be provided travel expenses to the 44th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress, August 8 to 15, in Istanbul, Turkey, where he will be invited to present a poster to describe his award-winning work.

While in Yin’s group, Qiao’s research was mainly focused on the design and fabrication of nanomaterials and their applications in catalysis. Currently, he is a postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley.

Chemistry Graduate Student a Finalist for 2013 Reaxys Ph.D. Prize

Santanu Sarkar

Santanu Sarkar

Santanu Sarkar, a graduate student in chemistry working in the lab of Robert Haddon, a distinguished professor of chemistry and chemical and environmental engineering, has been named as one of the 45 finalists for the highly prestigious international Reaxys Ph.D. Prize for 2013.

Sarkar has been invited to attend and present his work at the Reaxys Ph.D. Prize Symposium and Poster Session which will be held in September 2013 at the inaugural Reaxys Inspiring Chemistry Conference, Grindelwald, Switzerland.

The Reaxys Ph.D. Prize is an international chemistry prize for the new generation of bright young researchers to promote innovative research. The prize is open to Ph.D. candidates in chemistry worldwide.  It attracted more than 580 applicants in 2013.

Alumnus Accepted to the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program 

Antonio Plancarte,  a recent UCR alumnus, was accepted to the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.  Plancarte had set acceptance into the highly competitive program as a goal early in his undergraduate career; he also participated in the UC Washington Academic Internship Program, the UC Center Sacramento program and the Education Abroad program at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom.

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