studetns at science in actionThis past Monday was the last Science in Action seminar for the 2015 calendar year. The Science in Action Seminar Series will continue next semester on Monday January 25 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in 7206.  Information about past and future talks can be found at the Science in Action website.

On November 23, Rene Mercado a Chemistry Ph.D. candidate at UC Santa Cruz told us about his pathway to becoming a graduate student. The following week Pamela Rios described how she transferred to Berkeley from Skyline College and is now working as a technician for UCSF at the Mission Bay campus. Dr. Benjamin Borgo described his journey to graduate school, a double degree (Ph.D and MBA) as well as his current research for Agilent technologies.

All students are encouraged to come and hear the amazing stories of how students persevere, get their AA then go on and transfer.  Many of these students worked to pay their way through school.   Some had internships, but had to ask over 50 labs if they could work for them.  The level of science that these students show us is truly amazing.   Both Rene and Ben talked about how their research resulted in patents, that, may some day, be used in products that help fuel our cars and diagnose diseases.

The talks typically have over 20 students attending, and the event often goes over the 5:30 end time because we are asking so many questions.  The SMT Division would like to thank President Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud for providing cookies for these events.

Article and Photo by Nick Kapp