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Past Events, Programming & Spotlights

Pre-Triton Day Black Student Union Overnight Program

April 8, 2016
Prospective Students

This 3 day/2 night program for admitted students allows participants to connect with current students, interact with faculty and staff members, and connect with San Diego community leaders.

Museum School Visit

April 18, 2016
K-12 Students

Thanks to the generosity of the Kavli Institute of Brain and Mind at UC San Diego, as well as a couple of anonymous donors, a middle school science classroom at the Museum School in downtown San Diego was gifted with a collection of new microscopes. UC San Diego faculty and staff paid a visit to the classroom to see students in action learning how to use their new equipment.

A Mentor For Success

Biology professor strives to serve as example for students from diverse backgrounds

Like many faculty members at UC San Diego, Gentry Patrick arrived on campus with sterling academic credentials: An undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a Ph.D. from Harvard University and a postdoctoral fellowship from Caltech. But his rapid success as an up-and-coming neurobiologist would not have been possible, he concedes, without the help of mentors who noticed his passion for research at a young age and then took the time to guide him in the right direction. Read more

Burbank Elementary School: Exposure to experimental science

The UCSD Division of Biological Sciences Diversity Committee has collaborated with Burbank Elementary School to create a program where 3rd to 5th grade students learn scientific principles through fun hands on experimental work. Through this outreach program, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students and undergraduates will work with schoolteachers and grade school students to find opportunities within their curriculum for inquiry-based learning. This year, postdocs Renee Higgins and Davide Povero, graduate student Lianne Cohen along with professor Lakshmi Chilukuri will be working with 4th and 5th grade students on experiments involving magnetism, and mixtures and solutions. We are currently looking for 3-4 more students or postdocs interested in participating in this program. The Exposure to Experimental Science program will take place on February 18th, February 25th, March 4th and March 11th of this year.

Biology labs host K-12 students through the Elementary Institute for Science

A group of 70 excited and inquisitive youngsters had an opportunity to explore laboratory environments recently at the University of California, San Diego as part of the campus’s outreach efforts to encourage K-12 students to pursue careers in STEM fields. Read more

Southern California high school students learn about climate change through the Triton STEM Academy

Thirty students from three Los Angeles High Schools (Bravo High, King Drew High and the California Academy for Math and Sciences) came to UCSD August 6-10 where they learned about California plant communities are responding to climate change. The students participated in lecture, lab and field exercises, and analyzed data that they collected at the Scripps Coastal Reserve (one of the 36 reserves in the University of California Natural Reserve System). Associate Dean for Education Gabriele Wienhausen spearheaded this event, the first of its kind at UCSD. In future years the program will expand to 60 students and target high performing high schools across Southern California with a high proportion of underrepresented minority students.

Biology hosts undergraduate researchers through a partnership with Howard University

UC San Diego and Howard University are forming a partnership program aimed at increasing the number of African-American applicants to UC San Diego graduate programs, particularly in the fields of science and engineering. Read more

Society for the Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Biology faculty contribute to graduate student recruitment at SACNAS.

High School Students Present Their Research

High Tech High Students - group shot on the grass.

High Tech High Students presented their research at UCSD on November 11, 2011 at a special meeting of James C. Nieh’s laboratory. The 45 11th grade biology students presented their results from a three-month research experience studying bee behavior in Dr. Nieh’s lab. The students worked on a project, entitled “Pollinators and Predators” in which they investigated whether bees would avoid foraging when presented with some cue that a predator was present. Students chose their own experiment to complete, with some students presenting the bees with live spiders, others spider webs, or the scent of a dead spider. The group that chose webs found the most dramatic results, with most bees avoiding the webs; bees’ reaction to spiders was less clear. Regardless, their teacher, Jesse Wade-Robinson, and Eben Goodale, a postdoctoral fellow in the Nieh lab who worked with them closely, were delighted at their performance, and overall at the opportunity to work together and have the students experience the research environment up close. Watch Presentation Videos

  • Biology Associate Dean and Assistant Professor named Diversity Champions at 2010 Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards Program

    Associate Dean for Education, Gabriele Wienhausen, and Assistant Professor Gentry Patrick have both been chosen by the campus for Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards. This awards program recognizes those individuals, departments and organizational units who have made outstanding contributions in support of UC San Diego's commitment to diversity. A review committee composed of representatives from each vice chancellor area evaluated the nominations and recommended them to the Chancellor for her approval. This award recognizes the hard work and innovation that Gabriele and Gentry, together with faculty and staff partners, have employed to improve the diversity climate of our Division. They received their awards at a special ceremony that took place on Tuesday, Feb 8 in the Price Center Ballroom West.