Genomics and Physics Bring Local Community College Students to Campus

The 2014 CNAS STEM Community College Outreach Research Project culminated in a poster session on March 22

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — On Saturday, March 22, 45 students from local community colleges came to campus to participate in a poster session, the culmination of a three-week research experience program called the 2014 CNAS STEM Community College Outreach Research Project.  The poster session, which took place in the Genomics Building, focused on research done by the students on two projects: the Sequence to Success DNA Barcoding Challenge and the Experience Physics Pathway — both sponsored by the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) STEM Pathway Project Grant, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Twenty-one students from Riverside Community College participated in the Sequence to Success DNA Barcoding Challenge, which involved analyzing fish samples and was coordinated by UC Riverside’s Alex Cortez, James Burnette III and undergraduate researchers at the Neil A. Campbell Science Learning Laboratory.

Twenty-four students from six different community colleges — Riverside City College, Main; Riverside City College, Norco; Mt. San Jacinto College; San Bernardino Valley College; Pasadena City College; and Moreno Valley College — participated in the Experience Physics Pathway, a new endeavor that aimed to expand and promote interest in UCR physics and astronomy in community college students and STEM majors. The Experience Physics Pathway was coordinated by faculty members in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, including Umar Mohideen, Owen Long, Bahram Mobasher and William Gary.

Richard Cardullo, a professor of biology, is the faculty director of the 2014 CNAS STEM Community College Outreach Research Project.

The slideshow below features photos taken of the community college students as they participated in the project as well as the poster session held on March 22.  The photo captions offer more details.

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