Enrollment in UCR Advanced Placement Readiness Program Doubles

Students and educators participate in the AP Readiness program at UCR

Studies show that when a student completes one advanced placement (AP) course during high school they have a 40% higher chance of completing a four-year degree.

With this in mind, the Graduate School of Education and Riverside County Office of Education launched a UCR AP Readiness Program, a unique curriculum designed to provide additional academic support for students preparing for end-of-course AP examinations. As part of the program, AP teachers can also attend seminars alongside their students and participate in professional development from some of the best AP teachers in Riverside County. Students also have the option of participating in events organized by UCR undergraduate admissions and student affairs programs.

Now in its second year, the program has seen considerable growth: the first four sessions of 2017-18 averaged 1,000 students and 80 educators per event, up from the 2015 sessions, which averaged 500 students and 50 educators.

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Julie Porter

Four UCR Undergraduates Awarded Prestigious Research Fellowships

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)’s Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP) has awarded fellowships to enable students to conduct research in top labs this summer. The program provides support for students who are motivated toward careers as academic scientists to participate in cutting-edge research. It is geared toward students who come from racial, ethnic, and other underrepresented groups in the sciences, including those from financially disadvantaged backgrounds.

“Each year I can nominate four students for the EXROP Fellowship, so you can imagine how happy I am that all were selected,” said Susan Wessler, distinguished professor of genetics. “EXROP is a fantastic opportunity for our best undergraduates to broaden their research horizons by working in the very best labs in the U.S.”

The recipients are Diana Medina-Yerena, Benjamin Meza, Alejandro Quinones, and Sabrina Stulting. All four students also participate in the University Honors Program.

Wessler nominated the students with help from Jim Burnette, an academic coordinator and director of the Dynamic Genome program. Wessler, who was named a HHMI Professor in 2006 for her work to engage undergraduate students in science, developed the Dynamic Genome program to introduce first-year undergraduates to an authentic research experience.

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Sarah Nightingale

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