Education & Outreach
UC Riverside is a Hispanic-serving institution (HIS) with very diverse student population and with many students being first in their families to attend college. UCR Interdisciplinary Center for Quantitative Modeling in Biology (ICQMB) organizes regular seminar series, colloquiums and conferences on variety of topics related to mathematical and computational biology which attract large number of graduate and undergraduate students.
Faculty members and graduate students affiliated with the ICQMB participate in many UCR outreach activities related to mathematical and computational modeling in biology including following programs:
- UCR University wide Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP). Mission of the EAOP is to increase the number of educationally disadvantaged students who could achieve a post-secondary education and/or who are prepared to matriculate to a four-year college or university. Every year, EAOP hosts conferences, workshops, academies, summits and college campus tours for students from 18 area high schools. https://eaop.ucr.edu/
- Mentoring Summer Research Internship Program (MSRIP) is intended to encourage outstanding students from diverse backgrounds to pursue their PhD by strengthening their academic and professional development. The program provides an opportunity for these students to develop a competitive profile with which to seek admission to the UC Riverside and the University of California in general, as well as colleges and universities nationwide. https://graduate.ucr.edu/programs
- The California Mathematics and Science Teacher initiative program is a part of a comprehensive plan to improve mathematics and science education in the Inland Empire. As a result of the CMST program and its partnering efforts, public school students in the Inland Area have benefited from the mathematics and science knowledge provided by CMST Apprentices. Further, public school teachers have benefited from the assistance provided from the program. https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/pr/camsp.asp
- The Success in Science and Technology: Engagement with Role-Models (SISTERS) Program is designed to promote higher education and STEM related fields to 7th and 8th grade girls from University Heights Middle School: https://scienceambassadors.ucr.edu/
- Graduate students and faculty members affiliated with the Center visit Riverside STEM academy which though it is part of Riverside Unified School District but has a distinct curriculum with emphasis on STEM disciplines and experimental approach to learning: http://stemacademy.riversideunified.org/
- Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology Graduate Student Association Outreach Program (EEOBGSA) at UCR provides K-12 mentoring with an emphasis on science fair mentoring and judging, teacher training, K-12 demonstrations and 'careers in science presentations,' undergraduate mentoring, career development and research training.
- Math Circle, a newly established program, that exposes members of the UCR mathematical and computational modeling community to local elementary, middle and high schools by judging math fairs, giving public talks and presentations to promote diversity in STEM.
- STEM Summer Research Opportunity Program at Chaffey College which serves students in Rancho Cucamonga, Chino, Chino Hills, Fontana, Montclair, Ontario and Upland as well as Mt. Baldy and Guasti areas: https://www.chaffey.edu/stem/research.shtml
- Science and Math Initiative https://smi.ucr.edu/
- For more Outreach Initiatives of the UCR College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) see: https://cnas.ucr.edu/about/outreach