College of Sciences Weekly Update #1
March 27, 2014
Stanley Maloy
Dean, College of Sciences


  • Call for applicants for the Minority Access to Research Careers Program. The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U*STAR) Program is designed to increase the number of well-prepared underrepresented students who can successfully compete for admission to doctorate programs in engineering, biomedical or behavioral sciences. This program has been funded by the NIH for over 25 years. The program targets high achieving junior level students who are interested in being mentored in a research lab or who are already in a research lab. The monetary, research, academic and social support offered by MARC is significant! Applications are due April 15, 2014 for positions that begin June 1, 2014. To be considered, students must be graduating May 2016.
  • Students can download an application from

Upcoming Events
  • John D. Schopp Memorial Lecture on April 11 at 7:30 PM, GMCS 333 -- "The First Billion Years of the History of our Universe", Bahram Mobasher, UC Riverside
  • President's Lecture series on Thursday, April 17 from 1:30 - 3:00 PM -- "Disruptive Thinking", Susanna Kass (Computer Science 1982)
  • Montys Award Ceremony, Saturday, April 26 -- CoS Alumni Awardee is Janet Vohariwatt (Computer Science 1986)
  • College of Sciences Commencement Ceremony -- Friday, May 16 at 1:00PM

Around the College
  • The Donald R. Wassenberg Memorial Lecture on March 6 was presented by Nobel Laureate Mario Capecchi
  • Graduate and undergraduate students from every department and program in the CoS presented their research at the annual Student Research Symposium on March 7-8, 2014-- for a list of student award winners see SRS AWARDS.pdf
  • The Marine Ecology and Biology Student Association (MEBSA) organized the annual open house of the Coastal and Marine Institute Laboratory (CMIL) on March 9, bringing in a large audience to learn about research and hear presentations from students and faculty
  • Prof. Sam Shen from Mathematics & Statistics received the 2014 Albert W. Johnson Award and gave a lecture on March 14 on his research "Global warming: How do we know it's real?"
  • Professors and students from across the CoS explained their research and led hands-on science experiments for the public at the SDSU Science & Engineering Sampler on March 15 -- for a list of events see SAMPLER

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