News from the UEAC
Nelson Castro has joined the UEAC as our newest first-year academic advisor! Nelson was born in El Salvador and raised in Los Angeles, California. He earned his BA in Chicana/o Studies, History and Education at UCLA. He spent the next fourteen years living in New York City, where he earned his MA in Higher Education from Columbia University and worked as an academic advisor and instructor for CUNY. Nelson brings a wealth of experience supporting students to our team and we’re happy to welcome him aboard.
Academic Coach Beth Hesse recently expanded her role with the Program in Exploratory Studies as the part-time First-Year Academic Experience Coordinator. Adding this temporary position to her list of responsibilities in PES, she'll spent the fall working to coordinate programming for PES students living on campus. We’re excited to have Beth take the lead on bringing additional co-curricular programming into the experience of our first-year students!
The Program in Exploratory Studies this semester launched the Passport Program, a transition program for first generation and/or underrepresented students as they navigate their first year of college. We are serving 17 students at this time, and 12 received Passport Program Scholarships.
Undergraduate McNair Scholar is Lead Author on Solar Cell Publication
McNair Scholar Jiselle Ye is a senior majoring in Electrical Engineering. She is an undergraduate researcher in the Shaheen Lab at CU Boulder and worked as a research intern in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Dr. Kai Zhu's group. During her summer 2019 internship, she worked with Dr. Fei Zhang, Dr. Kai Zhu and co-workers to design a more efficient and stable solar cell that forms a strong noncovalent interaction between the two bulky cations, enhances charge transport, and improves moisture stability. This work led to Jiselle's first lead-author paper, which was selected as one of the cover articles for the June 2020 issue of the journal Solar RRL. Jiselle presented her work during CU Boulder's Research & Innovation Week and will participate in a poster presentation at the Baylor University McNair Scholars Research Conference in October 2020.
The McNair Scholars Program prepares undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. Quality faculty and graduate student mentoring is needed to ensure our program success of increasing the number of doctoral degrees from underrepresented segments of society, including first-generation college students with financial need and underrepresented minorities in graduate school. Please contact Dr. Yvonne Skoretz, Program Director, if you're interested in becoming involved.
CU undergraduate student Colton Paterson’s Research Abroad to be Published in Scientific Journal
Colton Paterson who studied abroad in Denmark in Fall 2018, together with 2 other students (Madeleine Odette - University of Utah, and Annika Oostenink - Tulane University) and their research mentor and DIS faculty member Dr. Kristine Freude, along with six other collaborators, will soon be published in the World Journal of Stem Cells. Their peer-reviewed article is titled “Enrichment of retinal ganglion and Müller glia progenitors from retinal organoids derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells - possibilities and current limitations”. Colton graduated in Spring 2020 with a degree in Neuroscience.
Education Abroad continues to offer study abroad programs, and invites students to apply
The world still awaits our Buffs! Most application deadlines for spring 2021 programs are October 1st. Please encourage students to reach out to the Education Abroad office to learn more. At present, students can choose from a condensed portfolio of options for the spring 2021 term, and from regular offerings for summer 2021. Education Abroad is continuing to monitor COVID-19 and its effect on international travel, and remains hopeful that Education Abroad programs will be available this spring & summer. EA has ample information related to the COVID-19 assessment rubric to guide programmatic offering decisions, student expectations for studying abroad during the pandemic, and more on our COVID-19 Information and Education Abroad webpage.
Writing Center Serves Entire Campus Community
Check out this great article on the Writing Center that appeared in CU Boulder Today. The article reminds us that the Writing Center can help students, faculty, staff and alumnae/i, and may be particularly valuable to first-year and international students.