CSEP Spotlights

UCSB Undergraduate in Chemistry
MARC Scholar

UCSB Undergraduate in Ecology and Evolution

EUREKA

UCSB Undergraduate in Chemical Engineering
PIPELINES and Cooke Bridges Program

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Cheavar Blair has been at UCSB for two years, and he is a postdoc in the Center for Bioengineering.  

 

Why did you obtain an advanced degree? What inspired you to pursue a STEM-related career?

I decided to pursue an advanced degree because I wanted to become a research professor. After learning more about the roles of a research professor (mentor, grant writer, lecturer, etc.), as a graduate student, I knew it was the perfect profession for me. 

 

What has led to success in your field?

Chijioke Nze is a Hematology & Oncology fellow at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.  He received his medical degree at Harvard Medical School and a Master in Public Health (MPH) at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a focus on health policy. His clinical interests are currently ranging within benign hematology, malignant hematology, and oncology. He is broadly interested in healthcare delivery system design, value-based healthcare research, and the health policy contexts that shape care delivery.

 

Recent Graduate: Materials Science PhD Student at Stanford University

SIMS, SACNAS, UC LEADS

UCSB Undergraduate in Chemical Engineering
PRIME

UCSB Graduate
Current researcher at Praevium Research, Inc.

Winner of CSEP Logo Contest!

Jasmine is a 6th year PhD candidate in the Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology program. She studies the ecology of island fox parasites on San Miguel Island, which is a part of the Channel Islands National Park.

 

Why did you obtain an advanced degree? What inspired you to pursue a STEM-related career?

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Associate Director of the California Nanosystems Institute

Mechanical Engineering PhD student at Boston University

EUREKA, SACNAS, SIMS, UCLEADS

Professor and Wilcox Family Chair in Biotechnology

 

Associate Professor In MCD Biology
Interim Dean of College of Creative Studies

Kene Akametalu was in UCSB’s engineering department from 2008-2012, receiving his B.S. in electrical engineering.

 

Why did you obtain an advanced degree? What inspired you to pursue a STEM-related career?

Professor of Mathematics 
SIMS, SACNAS, EPSEM

UCSB Graduate
Current PostDoc at Rice University

UCSB Undergraduate in Electrical Engineering

PIPELINES 

UCSB Graduate

Current PhD Student at Yale

AAAS Mass Media Fellow

Why should you get involved in undergrad research?

Nikola Malinov (2nd year Gorman Scholar) gives his take below:

 

Former Undergraduate Student at UCSB 
Currently working at Apeel Sciences

What drew you to chemical engineering?

I didn't know which scientific discipline to pursue. After persevering four and a half years in community college, I completed the lower division requirements for nearly all degrees that have a science affiliation. With such a diverse academic background, chemical engineering is the subject I hold dearest due to its level of cross disciplinary collaboration.

Simone Stewert

Simone is a fifth year National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellow and Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering. She has been in the Mechanical Engineering graduate program at UCSB since 2016.

 

Why did you obtain an advanced degree? What inspired you to pursue a STEM-related career?

UCSB Chemical Engineering Undergraduate
PRIME

Electrical Engineering PhD Candidate
Program Evaluator for CSEP

Timnit Kefela has been at UCSB for 4 and a half years working on her Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management at the Bren School, where she researches sources, pathways, and fates of microplastics in urban environments and surrounding coastal environments.

 

Why did you obtain an advanced degree? What inspired you to pursue a STEM-related career?

Recent Graduate from UCSB Electrical Engineering; now working at LaunchPoint

​SIMS and EUREKA

2nd year Gorman Scholar Yash Chitgopekar (CCS Math Major) shares his experience in the Gorman Scholars program below! If you're curious about getting involved with a research internship, but not sure how it might benefit you, read on!

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