STEM Peer Mentor Program
The CNAS STEM Peer Mentors are high achieving successful CNAS students many of them 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
2019 - 2020 STEM Peer Mentors
Santiago Canyon College
"My name is David Ryan Kissee and I was born and raised in Orange, California. I am a transfer student at UCR from Santiago Canyon College. I started attending UCR in Fall of 2018, and came as a commuter from Orange. Last year through the STEM Connections program I met my mentor and now roommate John, who also helped me get into undergraduate research. I currently am an undergraduate researcher in mathematical cryptography. I spent a lot of time last year at the gym, and I plan to keep that up this year, I found it to be a great spot for commuting because of the lockers, nice restrooms, and air-conditioning. My goal is to become a graduate student in Mathematics, then become a professor. Outside of school I do many things, one of which is being the Director of Tech, Worship, and Youth Ministries at Celebration Church. I love Math."
Walnut High School
"Before studying Biochemistry at UCR, I graduated from Walnut High School. At UCR, I wanted to explore as many opportunities as offered to me. Last year, I researched with Dr. Woodard's Bumblebee lab, focusing on the behavioral and physiological differences between socialized and solitary Bombus impatiens queens. This year, I am privileged to be a CNAS PERSIST peer mentor to continue to spread the interest of research to others. I am also the current Vice President of American Medical Student Association, a Health Coach at Jurupa Clinic, Lung Health project leader for Mini Medical School, and more. In the future, I plan on applying to medical school to bring my passion for research and community education towards an even greater population. Otherwise, some of my favorite hobbies include trying and cooking new cuisines, listening to heavy metal and rock music, and jigsaw puzzles! Please feel free to say hi!"
Santa Monica College
Hello everyone! My name is Heather Haro and I transferred from Santa Monica College in the Fall of 2017 as an Environmental Sciences major. I call the San Fernando Valley home and when I’m not on campus, I’m playing with my two cats, Luna and Suzie. While at UCR, I participated in the Dynamic Genome Summer Scholars program where we studied the circadian rhythm in citrus and this past summer I was a CAMP Summer Scholar and worked under Dr. Pete Homyak where we studied ecosystem biogeochemistry. This year I’ll be serving as the California Alliance for Minority Participation (CAMP) President and outside of STEM, I am also a member of Swipe Out Hunger, S.A.L.S.A. (Student Association of Latino-Spanish Affairs) and am a Global Food Initiative (GFI) Fellow. Feel free to ask me questions about anything I’m involved with! Looking forward to meeting you all soon.
Riverside City College
"My name is Isaiah Grant and I am 4th-year biochemistry major pursuing a PhD. in pharmaceutical sciences. I am originally from Long Beach but moved to Riverside in high school. I am a transfer student from Riverside City College (RCC). In my time at UCR I have become a MARC U* scholar, and an undergraduate researcher in the Blaha lab. I am a part of CAMP, the biochemistry club, and the chemistry club. An interesting fact about me is that I used to play 3 instruments (violin, flute, and saxophone)."
South Hills High School
"After graduating from South Hills High School I came to UCR as a pre- med biology major. Coming into UCR I knew that I wanted to continue helping my community so I became a subject matter leader for UCR’s EAOP where I tutored and mentored students in underserved communities. Then I joined UC Neuro where I have the opportunity to educate and expose underserved students about the wonders of science and the endless opportunities within the STEM field. Here at UCR I am involved in the American Medical Women’s Association, Medical Scholars Program, and I’m a Chicano Link Peer Mentor. I am an undergraduate researcher where I am able to research topics that drive my curiosity like ecotoxicology. After graduating from UCR I plan to apply to medical school. This past summer I was introduced to poker and now I am a fanatic of the game and a decent gambler."
Riverside City College
“My name is Nathan Ortiz, I am a biology major and I am from Riverside, CA. I transferred to UCR in the winter of 2019. My involvements on Campus are the Chess Club and STEM Connections. After I receive my Bachelors of Science in Biology, I plan on continuing my education and attend graduate school to receive my PhD. My career goal is to be a Biology professor at a community college and share my passion for science. Outside of a school setting I enjoy hiking, surfing, fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing, and camping! ”
"I transferred to UC riverside from Chaffey College winter 2018. I knew I wanted to make the most of the little time I had here so I joined two humanitarian student organizations and became the vice-president of both; Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Students Organize for Syria (SOS). I was fortunate enough to participate in the (RISE) summer program and am currently work in Dr. Dawn Nagel’s lab. A lot of my current achievements I couldn’t have accomplished without the support of my mentors so I knew I wanted to be there to support incoming transfers and first generation students so I will be starting my second year as a CNAS STEM peer mentor. My career goal is to hopefully be a dentist one day. A fun fact about me is that I will be the second out of 11 siblings to earn a bachelors degree."