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AggieMentors 2017 Science Fair

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When

May 12, 2017
from 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Where

Plant and Environmental Sciences Building, Room 3001, UC Davis

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A UNIQUE COLLEGE-ACCESS PROGRAM EMPOWRING UNDERREPRESENTED YOUTH FOR SUCCESSFUL CAREERS IN THE SCIENCES

The goal and mission of AggieMentors is to expose underrepresented high school students to higher education.

Every year, Sacramento area high school students undertake an intensive 9-month long research project in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Graduate and undergraduate student mentors guide their mentees through the research process advised by faculty members. The program culminates with a science fair on local, as well as on national level, providing an opportunity to the high school students to compete for scholarships and awards.

Over the past 6 years we have trained 146 UC Davis students to become high school student mentors. Over 120 high school students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds have graduated from our program. At this point more than 60 students are successfully enrolled at higher education institutions, 70% of whom are first generation college students.

“Being a part of AggieMentors has helped me learn more about science. It's been a fantastic experience and I would do it again. With this program you really gain a connection with your mentor and they really encourage you to keep learning and never give up. It's a great program." Diana Gomex, 2015 Patrick Lalley Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Biodiversity & Conservation.

 

Program Directors:

Dr. Klaus van Benthem - Dept. of Material Sciences

Dr. Ben Houlton - Dept. of Land, Air and Water Resources & John Muir Institute of the Environment

Program Coordinator:

Pia van Benthem - Dept. of Land, Air and Water Resources

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