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CNAS Freshman Scholars Program



CNAS Scholars Peer Mentors 17-18


Who We Are

Our Peer Mentors are a team of highly successful CNAS students who have been trained to assist other CNAS students navigate the challenges of undergraduate life. They are here to work with you through academic struggles, developing success skills, exploring STEM careers, securing research opportunities, and finding other ways to enrich your time at UCR.  

Each of our Peer Mentors is a CNAS student who has successfully completed the CNAS Freshmen Learning Community program. They are all involved in a diverse array of campus programs, student organizations, community groups, and research projects. They have trained to be a source of guidance who can help you find the best solution to the challenges you face.

What We Do 

Many studies stress the importance of interpersonal connections for college students. By feeling connected to UC Riverside, you’re more likely to do well academically, get involved on campus, and graduate in four years. Our Peer Mentors are here to serve as that connection. Through regular one-on-one meetings, our Peer Mentors will assess your challenges and guide you to the best information and resources available to you.

Why Should You See a Peer Mentor?

  • You want to build a connection with your campus.

  • You want to learn more about research opportunities.

  • You want to learn techniques about how to successful academically.
  • You want to get involved with student organizations, campus programs, and other enriching activities.

How Do We Join?

All CNAS Learning Community students are welcome and encouraged to connect with a CNAS Scholar Peer Mentor. Students interested in meeting with a Peer Mentor must fill out the digital form here.

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2017-2018 CNAS Scholars Peer Mentors

 

Ryan Figueras

4th Year Biochemistry Major

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  • Aikido Club of UCR, Officer
  • CNAS Scholars Lead Peer Mentor
  • UCR Vietnamese Student Association, Member
  • Undergraduate Researcher, department of biochemistry with Dr. Jeff Perry


Taylor Arburtha-Clayton

2nd Year Biology Major

picture of Taylor Arburtha-Clayton, a CNAS Scholars Peer Mentor

  • Casa Colina Hospital, Volunteer
  • Physical Therapy Student Organization, Member
  • Undergraduate Researcher, department of psychology with Dr. David Rosenbaum

 

Phong Au-Hong 

4th Year Entomology Major (minor: German)

picture of Phong Au-Hong, a CNAS Scholars Peer Mentor

  • CNAS Science Ambassador
  • DAAD German RISE Scholar
  • UCR Chancellor Research Fellow
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader
  • UCR Summer Study Abroad (Vietnam)
  • San Bernardino's Free Clinic, Research Associate



Ashli Barnes

3rd Year Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology Major

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  • R'Pantry, Volunteer
  • Student Homeless Aid Relief Project, Secretary
  • RISE Scholar (2017), department of biomedical sciences with Dr. Emma Wilson
  • Promoting Engagement, Retention, and Success in STEM Training (PERSIST) 2016-2017


Krishna Bhalodia

4th Year Neuroscience Major

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  • Alpha Chi Omega, Member
  • UCR Archery Club, Public Relations
  • Dynamic Genome Outreach Group, Treasurer
  • The Little Gym of Riverside, Gymnastics Coach
  • Undergraduate Researcher, sleep & drug lab with Dr. Sara Mednick


Alberto Castillo-Hernandez

3rd Year Neuroscience Major

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  • DG Scholars, Member
  • Dynamic Genome Outreach Group, Member
  • Student Alumni Association, Director of Student Alumni Mentorship
  • Out in Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (oSTEM), Secretary
  • Undergraduate Research, department of botany and plant sciences with Dr. Mikeal Roose


Penelope Nwaukwa

4th Year Neuroscience Major

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  • UCR SRC Club Sport's Manager
  • Riverside Free Clinic, Pharmacy Volunteer
  • African Americans United in Science, Member
  • African Student Programs (ASP), Peer Mentor
  • RISE Scholar (2015), Dynamic Genome with Dr. James Burnette


Carlos Tejeda-Valencia

3rd Year Biology Major

A picture of Carlos Tejeda Valencia, one of the CNAS Scholars Learning Community peer mentors

  • San Bernardino Free Clinic, Patient Advocate
  • Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA+), Member
  • California Care Force/Coachella Clinic, Medical Assistant
  • RISE Scholar (2017), department of entomology with Dr. Omr Akbari
  • MSRIP UG Researcher, department of biomedical sciences with Dr. David Lo
  • Promoting Engagement, Retention, and Success in STEM Training (PERSIST) 2016-2017

 


More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Department Information

CNAS Freshman Scholars Prgoram
1223 Pierce Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5326
Fax: (951) 827-2243
E-mail: cnasscholars@ucr.edu

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