Undergraduate Research in the Spring 2014 UCR Magazine

Our cover story talks about how UCR is nurturing undergraduates by leading them to research, via campus-sponsored programs and valuable faculty mentorship

The Spring 2014 issue of UCR Magazine is here.

In the summer of 2010, My Hua, then a 19-year-old sophomore at UC Riverside, plunged into the sweltering heat and unrelenting humidity of Chennai, India.

She was there with Unite for Sight, a nonprofit that delivers eye care to impoverished villages around the world. Her experience led to a thirst to do more to address issues of human health.

The answer? “It was research, unexpectedly,” she said.

Four years later she has published her work on the potential harm from e-cigarettes in peer-reviewed journals. Hua is one of the Chancellor’s Research Fellows profiled in the cover story of this Spring 2014 UCR magazine about undergraduate research.

Aided by campus-sponsored programs and valuable faculty mentorship, about 20 percent of all Highlanders are able to participate in research before they even receive a bachelor’s degree. Our cover story delves into the positive effects of underground research beyond academia.

In this issue, we also take a look at the highlights of Professor Juan Felipe Herrera’s tenure as California Poet LaureateWe herald a brain-training app by UCR Professor Aaron Seitz. Spike Decker of “Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation” tells us why he donated his archives to UCR, and we celebrate Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox’s investiture.

And as always, we have a ton of online extras — videos, slideshows and more — on our website, magazine.ucr.edu.

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