National Science Foundation Awards Graduate Research Fellowships

Six UCR graduate students have won 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships for having demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.

Each fellowship consists of three years of support usable over a five-year period. For each year of support, NSF provides a stipend of $34,000 to the fellow, and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the degree-granting institution.

Three of the UCR graduate fellowship winners were UCR undergraduates as well. They are: Riley Bottom (neuroscience); Marissa Ann Gionet-Gonzales (chemistry); and Julianne Rolf (environmental engineering).

Three more UCR graduates are NSF Graduate Research Fellows, and are using those Fellowships at other institutions: Nerli Paredes Ruvalcaba, (biological anthropology) at Michigan State University; Fallon Fowler (Life Sciences – Ecology) at North Carolina State University; Brendon Butler (Psychology) at University of California-Irvine.

Read more about the NSF Graduate Research Fellows on UCR Today.

Conference of Mesoamerican Archaeologists Honors Wendy Ashmore

The world’s top Mesoamerican archaeologists will honor Wendy Ashmore, distinguished professor of anthropology, for lifetime achievement at a conference in her honor April 28–May 1. The 6th annual Maya at the Lago conference, held in Davidson, North Carolina, brings together archaeologists, students and the public in a series of lectures and workshops.

Ashmore, who joined the UCR faculty in 2000, has studied the architecture and settlement patterns of the ancient Maya and neighboring peoples in Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize since the mid-1970s.

Lectures presented at the conference by leading Mesoamerican archaeologists — including UCR’s Karl Taube and Scott Fedick — will reference the influence of Ashmore’s research in this area.

Read more about Wendy Ashmore on UCR Today.

UCR Student Interns Show Their Commitment to the Cause

Three UCR students were named “Champions on the Rise” by the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County. Madiha Jamal, Paul Nepomuceno and Elizabeth Pinedo are all students of Professor Ron Loveridge, and  served as interns at the Fair Housing office during the past year. As interns, they learned more about housing law, about the business community and about working with the public.

The Fair Housing Council of Riverside County is a nonprofit that fights to protect the housing rights of all individuals. They are celebrating 30 years of service to the community this year. The awards ceremony was held April 7 at the Riverside Convention Center.

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