UCR Associate Professor of Sociology Receives Teaching Award

Karen Pyke

Karen Pyke

Interactive teaching that integrates lectures, student-led small group discussions, and panels have earned Karen Pyke, associate professor of sociology, the Dean S. Dorn Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award from the Pacific Sociological Association.

The award, which was presented April 3 at the association’s meeting in Long Beach, honors individuals whose distinctions as teachers have made a significant impact on how sociology is taught.

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UC Riverside Recognized for Health & Wellness by the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association presenting the platinum recognition award to UCR.

The American Heart Association presenting the platinum recognition award to UCR.

UCR was recognized for being a Platinum Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association (AHA) for its Wellness Program and was presented with a plaque.

This is the first time the campus has applied for the honor. The platinum level recognition is the highest level awarded by the AHA, and the university is the only company in the Inland Empire to receive this recognition in this category so far.
Julie Chobdee, the Wellness Program coordinator, said the team aimed high and went straight for the top level. Twenty companies in the area have received gold in the past, but only three in the Inland Empire have ever received the platinum recognition. Moreover, only two other UCs have been recognized as a platinum recipient in the past.

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UC Riverside Undergraduates Win Strauss Scholarships for STEM-related Projects

Connor Richards, Hanni Schoniger and Jade Zamorano

Connor Richards, Hanni Schoniger and Jade Zamorano

Undergraduates at the University of California, Riverside are on a success roll. First, two students won Goldwater Scholarships last month. Now three undergraduate students have been named winners of prestigious scholarships from the Donald A. Strauss Foundation. Highly competitive, the Strauss Scholarship is a public service scholarship given to university students in California.

Connor Richards, a junior majoring in physics and astronomy, received the $10,000 scholarship for a project that aims to increase college enrollment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields among Riverside-area high school students – specifically those from underrepresented, low-income, and/or first-generation backgrounds.

The other winners of the Strauss Scholarship are juniors Hanni Schoniger and Jade Zamorano, both of whom are majoring in biology. Their project, which received $ 10,000 as well, proposes a self-sustaining outreach program to bridge the educational opportunity gap in the Inland Empire by inspiring underrepresented youth in high schools to pursue higher education and careers in STEM fields.

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UCR Distinguished Professor Inducted as a Clio Fellow

Roger L. Ransom

Roger L. Ransom

Roger L. Ransom, emeritus distinguished professor of history and economics, was inducted into “The Cliometric Society of Fellows” on Saturday, May 16, at the annual meeting of the Cliometric Society in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Induction into the Society of Fellows is “in recognition of outstanding contributions made to scholarship of economic history.”

The Cliometric Society was founded in 1960. Ransom first attended the society’s annual meeting beginning in February 1963. The Society of Fellows currently includes 29 members, two of whom are Nobel laureates.

Inducted at the same

Eleven UCR Graduate Students Awarded Fellowships from the National Science Foundation

Eleven UCR graduate students have won Graduate Research Fellowships (GRFs) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions.

This year, NSF awarded the GRF to 2,000 individuals from among 16,500 applicants. The GRFP provides three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period ($34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution) for graduate study that leads to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in science or engineering.

The 2015 UCR GRF awardees are: Maria Theresa Sekyi (bioengineering); Samuel Douglas Patton (environmental engineering); Ariana Elaine Nguyen (material science); Jessica Lynee McKinley (chemistry); Katie Marie Magnone (chemistry); Alina M. Escalera (physics and astronomy); Benjamin David Yetton (psychology); Lauren Walker (cell biology); Jessica Nichole Toth (organismal biology); Jerlyn L. Swiatlowski (geosciences); and Laura Quinones-Camacho (psychology).

NSF accords “Honorable Mention” to meritorious applicants who do not receive fellowship awards — also a significant national academic achievement. Eight UCR graduate students received honorable mentions this year. Six students who got their bachelor’s degrees at UCR but are now in graduate school elsewhere also were awarded GRFs.

Former NSF Fellows include numerous individuals who have made transformative breakthroughs in science and engineering, become leaders in their chosen careers, and been honored as Nobel laureates.

The GRFP is a critical program in NSF’s overall strategy to develop the globally engaged workforce necessary to ensure the nation’s leadership in advancing science and engineering research and innovation.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents and are selected through the NSF peer review process.

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