STEM Peer Mentor Program
The CNAS STEM Peer Mentors are high achieving successful CNAS students. Many of our Peer Mentors are transfer students who understand the unique obstacles it takes to be successful when transferring to UCR. They are an invaluable resource when trying to get connected and adjusted to life on campus. As an incoming 1st Year Transfer Student in CNAS, we highly recommend and encourage you to Register for a STEM Peer Mentor. Your mentor will help you get connected to :
ü S.T.E.M. Career Advising ü Scholarship Search & Summer Program Assistance
ü Connection to Campus Resources & Student Orgs ü CNAS Faculty Networking Opportunities
ü Student Success Seminars & Workshops ü Industry and Motivational Guest Speakers
ü Paid Research Opportunities** ü Paid Leadership Opportunities: Peer Mentor/Leader
o (Must meet eligibility criteria) ü Industry Field Trips
2021-22 STEM Peer Mentors
Summit High School
Hi there! Before coming to UCR, I attended Summit High school, where I also had to commute at least 20 minutes. I am a 4th year Biochemistry major, with an emphasis in Biology. When I began college, my career and social goals were all over the place, but that's all part of the journey. I was worried I was not as involved as I have seen others, but that can vary for everyone. Now, I am a MARC U STAR Trainee, President of the MARC U STAR Program at UCR, Treasurer of the Book Bears, a CNAS Scholar PAL, and a STEM Peer Mentor. I am also doing research at the McCole Lab on campus, and will be attending as many scientific conferences as I can! I plan to go to graduate school after college to get my PhD somewhere within the Biomedical Sciences. Away from academics, I love anime, puzzles, and having different kinds of animals for my pets! Don’t be shy to say hi!
Applied Mathematics emphasis on Biology
I transferred from Fullerton College in Winter 2020. During my time at Fullerton College, I presented at the MREC^3 Conference at CSUN for my research relating to Number Theory, participated in the Mathematics Club, volunteered through Co. Act (provides emotional and monetary relief for disaster stricken areas), and am a lifetime member of Alpha Gamma Sigma Honors Society. I also volunteer at the St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton. Currently, I am active on campus and have participated in the Rose Hackathon where I wrote a website in HTML to list women mathematicians and their research. I hold the role of President for the Association for Women in Mathematics Chapter at UCR. Our goal is to inspire women to pursue research and careers in mathematics to diversify the field of mathematics. This will be my second year in this role. I am passionate about diversity and inclusion and am actively involved in the mathematics department, involved in CAMP (California Alliance Minority Participation), and am a STEM Peer Mentor. I am currently helping the coordinators with the Women in MathArt Conference and in addition coordinating a Sonia Kovalevsky Day (first woman to receive her PhD in mathematics), a day where high schoolers are introduced to advanced topics in mathematics. In addition, I am presenting at the SACNAS 2021 Conference and have been and currently researching with mathematics faculty - Dr. Glickenstein, Dr. Lin, and Dr. Karamchandani- at the University of Arizona where I had completed an REU- Research in Data Driven Discovery under funding from UROC and the WASEO Grant. I have a calico cat named Jack. I like listening to pop/rap/rock/metal music, playing games, watching anime, cartoons, and Youtube. I was very active on Youtube as a kid and developed a channel where I shared my lyric videos of my favorite songs that has over 3,000 subscribers. If you have any questions, you can search my name and send an email or connect on Linkedin. I also love hiking and tennis. Feel free to message me for hikes and tennis practices. I am told I am very chill.
Riverside City College
Hi my name is Ginny Winters; I am a 4th year geology major at UCR. Prior to attending UC Riverside, I attended Riverside City College and transferred in Fall 2020. I love being active on campus, this includes being a current science ambassador and doing research through RISE and CAMP scholar programs. I am the current VP chair of the Geological Society Organization (GSO). Currently my research involves carbonate and nutrient cycling on ~1.7 Ga phosphorites from the Jhamarkotra Formation in Dr. Bekker’s stable isotope lab in the Earth and Planetary Sciences department. I plan on receiving my PhD in geochemistry with a focus on isotopic and volcanic studies, where I wish to work for a national laboratory analyzing volcanic rocks for volatiles in relation to climate and atmosphere impacts. My career goal is to get into medical school and apply June of 2022. Outside of school I love cooking, coffee, camping and playing with my cattle dog! Feel free to say hi and introduce yourself!
Mt. Carmel High School
Prior to attending UC Riverside to study Biochemistry, I graduated from Mt. Carmel High School down in San Diego. I have been a part of many on and off campus activities, most notable of which are being the Finance Chair for the San Bernardino Free Clinic, being an Supplemental Instructor with the Academic Resource Center, and being a general member of the UCR Coptic Club. Off-campus, I was a part of a research program through UC San Diego, called Mother to Baby. An interesting fact about me is that I actually was a part of an Improv program, a live theatre, and an advanced classical ensemble that performed in Seattle, San Francisco, Honolulu, New York City, and Chicago.
Mayfield Senior School
Hello! My name is Lianne Quek; I am a 4th year biochemistry student. Prior to UCR I attended Mayfield Senior school in Pasadena. One of my fun facts is that I’ve lived in Alaska, Arizona, and Texas besides California. In regards to extracurricular activity, I’m currently the VP for A Friend in Me and Book Bears. I also work for Residential Life as a Program Advisor and help develop programs for students living on campus. This year I recently joined a lab that focuses on multiple sclerosis with Dr. Tiwari-Woodruff. My goal is to apply to medical schools this upcoming cycle for 2022. Outside of school I enjoy hiking, equestrian vaulting, being around animals, and eating different foods.
Applied Math emphasis in Physics
East Los Angeles College
Before coming to UCR, I attended East Los Angeles College. I am a senior Applied Mathematics major with an emphasis in Physics. I participated as a RISE Summer Bridge to research scholar, research with Dr. Qixuan Wang at the Math Department involving stochastic simulations of the cell lineage of the Airway Epithelium and Hair Follicle, a CAMP scholar, a CAMP club and AWM member, CAMP club secretary, as well as a Math Alliance scholar and F-GAP participant. I plan on attending an Applied Math Ph.D. program to become a professor at the college level. Besides academics I enjoy: listening to post-hardcore/rock, working out, streaming TV, and eating good food with good company. I'm here if y'all want to chat.
Sage Creek High School
Hello everyone! My name is Nicole Yuen and I am a third year Biology major. Before attending UCR, I attended Sage Creek High School in Carlsbad, California. In terms of extracurriculars, I am a CNAS STEM Peer Mentor, a member of the Literacy Initiative, a COPE Health Scholar, and an active member of Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity. I am also the Director of External Relations for the American Medical Student Association, where I network with professionals in healthcare and plan events to give insight about the field of medicine to premed students. In the future, I plan on applying to medical school in hopes of pursuing a career as a pediatric physician. Outside of school, I am an avid beach fanatic, I love singing, and I enjoy playing piano, guitar and ukulele. I look forward to working with you all and don't be afraid to say hi!
Riverside City College
Hello! My name is Sarah Kabbara, and I am a third year transfer student majoring in neuroscience! I attended Riverside City College before transferring to UCR, where I became more active in college life! This journey actually started at RCC when I was accepted into the Bridges to Baccalaureate summer program (B2B) as a part of the RISE program, which introduced me to the world of research. I am now a two-time RISE participant, a former CAMP scholar, and an active CAMP participant. As stated previously, I am also involved in research; I am currently an RA in Dr. Aaron Seitz’s computational neuroscience lab in the Department of Psychology. My research focuses on older adults and the behavioral and cognitive implications of a tiny nucleus located in the brainstem. I have participated in several symposiums, including the CAMP Statewide Undergraduate Research Symposium in which I won a Special Merit award. My career goals involve obtaining a Phd and continuing research in behavioral neuroscience. Outside of academia, I can be found drawing, playing video games, or doting on my cat. Feel free to say hello!
My name is Selim Zoorob, I am a 4th year biophysics B.S. student at UCR. I transferred from Norco College in Fall 2020. I am part of Dr. Long’s quantum particles research lab and part of Dr. Zandi’s biophysics research lab. Furthermore, I am the director of social relations of the society of physics students and a board member of CAMP. My career goal is to become an oncologist, to research and treat benign cancer tumors. My hobbies include exercising, cooking, and video games. I am passionate about Formula 1, the history of science, and physics. My all-time favorite band is Nirvana, and my favorite philosopher is Albert Camus.