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NERDS in the News: NERD Helps Launch Chem-Unity!

It is always wonderful to share updates with our NERD community. #CalNERDS @CalNERDS

STEMinist Alumna Lelah featured for her STEM identity work
STEMinist Alumna Lelah featured for her STEM identity work


STEM Education Graduate Student NERD & STEMinist Alumna Laleh Cote highlighted by UC Berkeley Graduate Division for her work in STEM Identity

Fall 2018 | Check out this feature here: https://grad.berkeley.edu/news/headlines/research-science-identity/#.W30lPwNhSNs.linkedin


Hear Biology NERD Cindy's story via the podcast link
Hear Biology NERD Cindy’s story via the podcast link


Biology NERD Cindy Barrios Pino highlighted in UC Berkeley Podcast

Fall 2018 | Check out the podcast here” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JU02FrMqY8&feature=youtu.be


Chemistry NERD Arismel showcases her leadership
Chemistry NERD Arismel showcases her leadership


Chemistry NERD Arismel Tena helps launch new equity and inclusion oriented Chemistry club called Chem-Unity

Fall 2018 | Check out the story here: https://chemistry.berkeley.edu/news/college-chemistry-students-launch-chemunity-club



Mech Eng NERD Alumni Andrew publishes paper!
Mech Eng NERD Alumni Andrew publishes paper!


Mechanical Engineering NERD Alumni Andrew DiMauro, University of Michigan PhD Student, publishes research paper!

Fall 2018 | Check out his paper here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1540748918306023?via%3Dihub


Computer Science NERD Jackie Earns National Title
Computer Science NERD Jackie Earns National Title

Computer Science NERD Jackie Garcia wins National Boxing Championship!

Spring 2018 | See her video feature here: http://news.berkeley.edu/2018/05/08/longtime-fighter-graduates-as-a-champion/


UC LEADS Statewide Research Poster Winners: Lekha, Edgar, & Silvia
UC LEADS Statewide Research Poster Winners: Lekha, Edgar, & Silvia


Congratulations to Our Cal NERDS UC LEADS STEM Research Poster Winners

March 2018 | All of our Cal NERDS UC LEADS Scholars did an excellent job of designing their posters and presenting their research at the UC LEADS research Conference that was hosted by UC Santa Barbara. Our group was made up of 9 NERDS poster competitors (research projects listed below).

  • Cal NERDS UC LEADS Scholar Cindy Barrios, Molecular Environmental Biology: “Enhanced Plant Innate Immunity”
  • Cal NERDS UC LEADS Scholar Ahyeon Hwang, Computer Science: “A Structured Dataset Based on the Hangul Writing System for Developing Interpretable Deep Learning Methods”
  • Cal NERDS UC LEADS Scholar Edgar Ibarra, Physics: ” Effects of Hermite-Gaussian Laser Models on Beam Shaping for Plasma Wake Field Acceleration”
  • Cal NERDS UC LEADS Scholar Brandon Tran, Physics: “Direct Stacking of 2D Materials for Fabrication of High Quality Van Der Waals Heterostructures”
  • Cal NERDS UC LEADS Scholar Silvia Miramontes Lizarraga, Mathematics: “Light Curves Produced by Starspots”
  • Cal NERDS UC LEADS Scholar Jacob Bryon, Physics: “Search for the Chiral Magnetic Effect in Heavy-Ion Collisions and Quantification of the Background with the AMPT Model”
  • Cal NERDS UC LEADS Scholar Yasmeen Musthafa, Physics: “Synthesis of Automatically Thin Transition Metal Dichalcogenides by Chemical Vapor Deposition”
  • Cal NERDS UC LEADS Scholar Lekha Patil, Data Science: “The Effect of Whitespaces Between Semantic Groupings in Alternative Word Clouds”
  • Cal NERDS UC LEADS Scholar Anthony Salazar, Material Science and Engineering: “X-Ray Reflectivity of Thin Film Heterostructures”

UC LEADS welcomes our 2018 cohort!

March 2018 | Thank you to all of the students who showed interest in our program. We appreciate everyone’s efforts.

  • Alexis Andres Palacios Duran, Physics
  • Arismel Tena-Meza, Chemistry
  • Camille Harris, Computer Science
  • Emily Hill, Computer Science
  • Evelyn Deagueros, Physics
  • Mayia Vranas, Physics

NSF UC Statewide Research Poster Winners: Cindy, Arcelia, Arismel, Julia, & Alexis
NSF UC Statewide Research Poster Winners: Cindy, Arcelia, Arismel, Julia, & Alexis

Congratulations to Our Cal NERDS NSF LSAMP STEM Research Poster Winners

February 2018 | Proud of all the hard work that all our NERDS put into their research posters for the Statewide NSF LSAMP Research Conference that was hosted by UC Irvine. Our group was made up of 11 NERDS, seven of which were competing in the poster competition (research projects listed below).

  • Cal NERDS NSF CAMP & UC LEADS Scholar Cindy Barrios, Molecular Environmental Biology: “Enhanced Plant Innate Immunity”
  • Cal NERDS NSF CAMP Scholar Alexis Flores-Betancourt, Applied Math: ” Effect of Acid Sites on Platinum Catalyzed C-C Bond Transformations”
  • Cal NERDS NSF CAMP Scholar Salvador Gomez, Mechanical Engineering: “The Influence of Black Body Radiation on an Equivalence Principle Test”
  • Cal NERDS NSF CAMP & Bergeron Scholar Arcelia Hermosillo Ruiz, Physics and Astrophysics: “Identifying M Dwarfs and Their Stellar Companions”
  • Cal NERDS NSF CAMP & Bergeron Scholar Julia Hestenes, Physics: Structural Analysis of Biofuel Pellets Using Micro-tomographic Image Processing”
  • Cal NERDS NSF CAMP Scholar Francisco Ojeda, Civil Engineering: “Fiber-Entrained Self-compacting and Geopolymer Concrete Use in Tunnel Linings and Other Structural Applications”
  • Cal NERDS NSF CAMP Scholar Arismel Tena-Meza, Chemistry: Amphiphilic Pi-Allyliridium C, O-Benzoates Enable Regio-and Enantioselective Amination of Branched Allylic Acetates Bearing Line Alkyl Groups”

TEDx Speaker & Cal NERDS Alumna Chadni Kazi
TEDx Speaker & Cal NERDS Alumna Chadni Kazi

Cal NERDS Public Health & Biostatistics Alumna, Chadni Kazi, to be featured as TEDx Speaker

NERD Scholar Arcelia takes first place at SACNAS diversity STEM conference
Cal NERDS Scholar Arcelia takes first place at SACNAS diversity STEM conference


Cal NERDS Bergeron Scholar Arcelia Hermosillo Ruiz Wins National Physics Research Poster Award at SACNAS!

  • We are very proud of Arcelia for working hard on designing and presenting her Harvard research project from this past summer. She competed in the National Society of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science conference held in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Congratulations to our NEW Fall 2017 Cohort of NSF STEM CAMP Scholars!

  • Salvador Gomez, Physics
  • Bianca Acosta, Civil Engineering
  • Biz Whitney, Molecular Cell and Biology
  • Aron Valdivia, Applied Math
  • Joshua Gonzalez, Applied Math and Physics
  • Angel Klyce, Cognitive Science & Computer Science
  • Karla Palos Catellanos, Applied Math

Congratulations to our NEW Fall 2017 Cohort of Women in STEM Bergeron Scholars!

  • Michele Chang, Public Health & Integrated Biology
  • Nikki Chiang, Molecular & Cell Biology
  • Arcelia Hermosillo Ruiz, Physics
  • Julia Hestenes, Physics
  • Michelle Gantos, Mechanical Engineering

Cal NERDS 2017 GraduatesCal NERDS 2017 Graduates

Cal NERDS Graduation Highlights

April 2017 | Proud of these NERDY accomplishments

  • Chris Agostino, Astrophysics, has decided to go to the University of Illinois for his PhD in Astrophysics
  • Areidy Beltran, Earth and Planetary Science, will be graduating with her Masters from UC Berkeley
  • Anastasia Bizyaeva, Physics and Engineering, has decided to go to Princeton for her PhD in Aerospace Engineering
  • Edy Cardona, Material Science and Engineering, will be earning his Masters at UC Berkeley and continuing on for his PhD
  • Dylan Gorman, Physics, will be graduating with his PhD from UC Berkeley
  • Jessica Hernandez, Environmental Science, will be earning her Masters at the University of Washington and continuing on for her PhD
  • Alex Nguyen, Physics, has decided to go abroad to a University in Australia for his Physics PhD
  • Newton Nguyen, Geophysics, has decided to go to Cal Tech for his PhD in Computational Physics
  • Ebuka Nweke, Environmental Engineering, will be graduating with his PhD from UC Berkeley
  • Angelique Scheuermann, Chemistry, has decided to go to the University of California, Santa Barbara for her Chemistry PhD
  • Carlos Sierra, Physics, has decided to go to the University of Michigan for his Physics PhD
  • Jackie Taylor, Environmental Engineering, has decided to go to the University of Minnesota for her PhD in Environmental Engineering
  • Carlos Torres, Climatology (extreme weather), has decided to go to UC Berkeley for his Masters in Earth and Planetary Science
  • Gerardo Veliz, Civil Engineering, has accepted a STEM Research Fellowship at Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico
  • Andres Vindas Melendez, Mathematics, will earn his Masters from San Francisco State and he has decided to go to the University of Kentucky for his PhD in Mathematics

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Cal NERDS Earns Top Award - Andres Vindas Melendez Showcased!

April 2017 | Proud of our NERD alumni Andres Vindas Melendez, Mathematics, who is showcased by San Francisco State University for earning the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Cal NERDS Scholar Alumna Mirelle
Cal NERDS Graduate Student Alumna Mirelle


Cal NERDS Graduate Student Alumna Mireille Kamariza Showcased in Stanford’s Alumni Magazine

March 2017 | Stanford continues to celebrate Mireille Kamariza’s efforts to improve the human condition through her work on TB tests. We are so proud of her work and her mentor Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi. Read the full story here.

Cal NERDS Scholars Delina, Carlos, and Newton receive medals for their poster excellence
Cal NERDS Scholars Delina, Carlos, and Newton receive medals for their poster excellence


Cal NERDS UC LEADS Scholars Earn Top Poster Awards

March 2017 | Delina Meharenna (Bio Sci), Carlos Sierra (Physics), and Newton Nguyen (Comp Sci - Atmospheric Sci) earn top research poster awards at the UC LEADS Statewide Leadership and Research Conference hosted by UC Los Angeles.


Cal NERDS Director Lizarraga
Cal NERDS Director Lizarraga

Cal NERDS Director Diana Lizarraga is selected as a Woodland Community College Honoree

March 2017 | Director Diana Lizarraga is proud to be part of the educational pipeline (community college AA to bachelors of science to masters of art to doctoral student) which allowed her to help others. She is being recognized by Woodland Community College for her efforts, read the story here.



Cal NERDS Scholar Carlos

Cal NERDS Scholar Carlos

Earth and Planetary Science NERD Scholar Carlos Lau Torres showcased on UC Berkeley’s FB

February 2017 | We are so proud of Carlos as he is one of our alumni but has also been accepted to UC Berkeley’s EPS Graduate Program. He has a particular interest is extreme weather. See UC Berkeley’s FB post here.


UC Berkeley NERD Scholars receive top research poster awards!
Cal NERDS Scholars Edgar, Jamal, Anthony, and Gerardo

NSF Statewide Research Poster Winners

February 2017 | We had a great time at the NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in the Sciences (LSAMP) statewide research conference. We are very proud of all of our student presenters. Four of which came home with awards. Congratulations to Gerardo Veliz (Fluid Mechanics), Jamal Samuel (Math/Mechanical Engineering, Anthony Salazar (Material Science and Engineering, and Edgar Ibarra (Physics).


Cal NERDS Scholar Mirelle

Cal NERDS Graduate Student Alumna Mireille

Stanford Highlights NERD Alumni Mireille Kamariza

January 2017 | Ph.D. Graduate Student Mireille works with Carolynn Bertozzi’s chemistry lab. She was part of our NSF Bridge to the Doctorate program and we are so proud of her achievements. Please see the full article here.


Cal NERDS Scholar Newton

Cal NERDS Scholar Newton

LBNL Showcases NERD Scholar Newton Nguyen

October 2016 | Excited to share the news that one of our UC LEAD NERD Scholars Newton Nguyen was profiled by LBNL Here is the link to the full story.

Cal NERDS Alumni Angelica and Tsion

Cal NERDS Alumni Tsion and Angelica

Two Cal NERDS Featured in Careers with Code

September 2016 | As we get ready to launch a new STEMinist women in tech initiative with our partners Data School (more information about that soon) - we got some timely great news that two of our Cal NERDS Alumni, Tsion Behailu (left) - Software Engineer at Google and Angelica Inguanzo (right) - Software Engineer at Youtube, have made it on the cover of the FIRST ISSUE of Careers with Code! Please share this link below and see how they are encouraging others to move forward with exploring tech industry career trajectories. Tsion was an NSF CAMP Cal NERDS Scholar majoring in Computer Science who partnered with Angelica, a Bergeron Cal NERDS Scholar majoring in Computer Science and Film Studies. While at Cal they made a short video to promote computer science to potential female undergraduate students. Click here for their Careers with Code debut.