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Graduating seniors Elena Arroyo, Madison Kennedy and Rifqi Affan received NSF fellowships after participating in SDSU's Maximizing Access to Research Careers program.
Graduating seniors Elena Arroyo, Madison Kennedy and Rifqi Affan received NSF fellowships after participating in SDSU's Maximizing Access to Research Careers program.

STEM Diversity Programs Put Undergrads on Path for Research Success

May 17th, 2018
kmwoodhouse@sdsu.edu (Kellie Woodhouse)

"We're constantly seeing proof that we do have value in the science field and we can achieve all of these amazing things. It's encouraging to see all these students who come from underrepresented backgrounds achieving so much," said Kennedy, a chemistry major who, as an undergraduate, researched a protein that holds promise for targeted drug therapy. "We're constantly seeing proof that we do have value in the science field and we can achieve all of these amazing things. It's really motivating."

Madison Kennedy is one of six San Diego State University students this year to win a highly prized National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship to help fund her doctoral studies at the University of Washington.

Elena Arroyo, a graduating physics major who is a MARC participant and NSF fellowship recipient, said the classes and workshops are "empowering" and a tremendous help in the lengthy and difficult process of applying for the NSF Fellowship.




 

Reframing Learning with Learning Glass and Lightboard

May 4th, 2018
jfrazee@sdsu.edu (James Frazee)

A few years back, two professors who had previously only taught in face-to-face courses found themselves developing online courses, deprived of their beloved chalkboards. Professor Matt Anderson at San Diego State University and Michael Peshkin at Northwestern University knew they wanted to preserve the immediacy afforded by drawing by hand while lecturing, but turning away from the camera to draw was even more unacceptable than turning away from a live classroom.


 

Grant Writing Fellowship Spurs Early Success

April 27th, 2018
kmwoodhouse@sdsu.edu (Kellie Woodhouse)

SDSU's GREW program has helped pave the way to research funding for many early career scholars. When San Diego State University chemistry professor Jeffrey Gustafson received a $400,000 research award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the grant officer who approved his proposal highlighted the strong faculty mentorship programs at SDSU as a boon to the institution. The goal of GREW is to create a recipe that early-career faculty can follow, and that builds on their own capabilities as experts in their fields.


 

How Should your Garden Grow?

April 27th, 2018
universe@mail.sdsu.edu (Michael Price)

A new grant from USDA will promote indigenous knowledge, sustainability and agricultural careers to students. Ramona Perez, along with the grant's principal investigator and food scientist Changqi Liu; biochemist John Love; and environmental scientist David Larom, created the Sustainable, Optimized Urban and Latino-driven Agriculture (SOULA) project, which is directing the Oaxaca trip and several other agriculture-focused activities.


 

2018 Quest for the Best Winners Named

April 25th, 2018
universe@mail.sdsu.edu (staff)

The Quest for the Best award recognizes 10 high-achieving SDSU students for their outstanding performance in academics and community service: Congratulations to College of Sciences' Holly Norman, major: Microbiology with minors in chemistry and Farris Nabulsi, major: Computer science.


 

Making VR Learning a Reality

April 24th, 2018
universe@mail.sdsu.edu (Michael Price)

"How awesome would it be to float in space and see how the sun's light illuminates the moon and creates the phases? Things like this are possible today thanks to virtual reality." Gur Windmiller, an astronomy instructor in the College of Extended Studies, said virtual reality learning is a perfect fit for teaching students about astronomy.



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