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Mary Nguyen

Mary Nguyen, Chemistry
2013 Barry Goldwater Scholarship Recipient - $7,500 Award
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship Program was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields. In awarding scholarships, the Foundation Board of Trustees will consider the nominee's field of study and career objectives and the extent to which that individual has the commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field

Mary Nguyen received this award in her junior year.  In addition to research, Mary served as a Math Academic Coach and Student Leader for the Medical Scholars Program, a CNAS Science Ambassador, a University Honors student, and was a passionate violinist and pianist. Mary conducted research primarily under the guidance of Dr. Catharine Larsen, in the Department of Chemistry.  Upon graduating in 2014 Mary took a position with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and hopes to pursue graduate school in the near future.

Katherine Tsai

Katherine Tsai, Biology
2013 Donald Strauss Scholarship Recipient - $10,000 Award to start the UCR Mini Medical School
Donald A. Strauss Public Service scholarship Foundation Scholarship recognizes juniors who demonstrate a commitment to public service and education. The Foundation annually awards $10,000 scholarships to no fewer than 14 California college juniors reflect a similar commitment.

Katherine Tsai received this award in her junior year.  In addition to research, Katherine served as President of Flying Samaritans, SI Leader in the Academic Resource Center, a University Honors Student, and a Peer Mentor in the Health Professions Advising Center. Katherine worked on the UCR Mini Medical School project under the mentorship of Dr. Emma Simmons. In Fall 2014 Katherine will begin her medical school studies at the UCR School of Medicine.


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