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Cal NERDS Updates

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

****Fall 2021 Student Center Hours, Tues, Wed, & Thurs (10 am to 5 pm). We are planning on expanding our hours in late October.****
bright flyer announcing a summer speaker of the week with a headshot photo
Featured Cal NERDS Summer Speaker Series Week 1: Cal NERDS Alum Dr. Romina Rodriguez and Cal NERDS Supporter Dr. Josephine Moreno
Featured Cal NERDS Summer Speaker Series Week 1: Cal NERDS Alum Dr. Romina Rodriguez and Cal NERDS Supporter Dr. Josephine Moreno
Featured Cal NERDS Summer Speaker Series Week 2: Cal NERDS Alum Tony Lai, Director Diana Lizarraga, and Cal NERDS Alum Dr. Crystal Bray.

Featured Cal NERDS Summer Speaker Series Week 2: Cal NERDS Alum Tony Lai, Director Diana Lizarraga, and Cal NERDS Alum Dr. Crystal Bray.
Featured Cal NERDS Summer Speaker Series Week 3: Cal NERDS Alum Dr. Mireille Kamariza and Cal NERDS Supporter Dr. Joseph Brown.

Featured Cal NERDS Summer Speaker Series Week 2: Cal NERDS Alum Tony Lai, Director Diana Lizarraga, and Cal NERDS Alum Dr. Crystal Bray.
Featured Cal NERDS Summer Speaker Series Week 5 (FYI No Week 4 due to 4th of July Holiday): Dr. Ian Mitroff and Cal NERDS Supporter Dr. Alberto Ledesma

Featured Cal NERDS Summer Speaker Series Week 2: Cal NERDS Alum Tony Lai, Director Diana Lizarraga, and Cal NERDS Alum Dr. Crystal Bray.
Featured Cal NERDS Summer Speaker Series Week 6: Cal NERDS Alum Renata Barreto-Montenegro, Derek Haseltine, Dr. Jessica Seeliger, and Graduate Student Jordan Doman.

Featured Cal NERDS Summer Speaker Series Week 2: Cal NERDS Alum Tony Lai, Director Diana Lizarraga, and Cal NERDS Alum Dr. Crystal Bray.
Featured Cal NERDS Summer Speaker Series Week 7: Cal NERDS Alum Dr. Franklin Dollar, Director Diana Lizarraga, and Graduate students Nafisa Elghazali, Luis Valentin-Alvarado, and Anthony Garcia

Featured Cal NERDS Summer Speaker Series Week 2: Cal NERDS Alum Tony Lai, Director Diana Lizarraga, and Cal NERDS Alum Dr. Crystal Bray.
Featured Cal NERDS Summer Speaker Series Week 8: Cal NERDS Student Director Nick Melamed and Cal NERDS Supporter Rebecca Anderson.
Featured Cal NERDS Summer Speaker Series Week 2: Cal NERDS Alum Tony Lai, Director Diana Lizarraga, and Cal NERDS Alum Dr. Crystal Bray.
Mentoring Session with Cal NERDS Faculty Mentor Professor Scott Moura

Business Core Competencies Workshop
Business Core Competencies Workshop

Feb Cal NERDS Mixer
Feb Cal NERDS Mixer


Undergradaute Research Opportunities Feb 2021 Flyer
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Feb 2021 Flyer

STEM Speaker Series Speaker
STEM Speaker Series


UC LEADS 2019/2020 Scholars Prepare for our March Statewide Symposium
UC LEADS 2019/2020 Scholars Prepare for our March Statewide Symposium

Cal NERDS Alum Areidy Returns to Give a Talk

Cal NERDS Alum Areidy returns home to us and delivers a great talk!

We hosted graduate student and first gen python coding bootcamps during fall 2020
We hosted graduate student and first gen python coding bootcamps during fall 2020

Inspiring talk by Professor Grace O'Connell
Inspiring fall talk by Professor Grace O’Connell

We hosted three Cal Fresh workshops during fall 2020
Kudos to Student Directors Nick Melamed and Karla Palos Castellanos for hosting Cal Fresh workshops during fall 2020

Cal NERDS Scholar Gael is featured by Cal, check it out: <a href=https://news.berkeley.edu/2020/05/13/student-gael-flores-on-his-journey-from-sheet-metal-worker-to-physicist/" src="https://calnerds.berkeley.edu/images/uploads/photos/1_gael.jpg">
Cal NERDS Scholar Gael is featured by Cal, check it out: https://news.berkeley.edu/2020/05/13/student-gael-flores-on-his-journey-from-sheet-metal-worker-to-physicist/

































































































Our NEW food pantry to help support our NERDY community!































































































Our NEW food pantry to help support our NERDY community!

Snapshot of new tables at our Cal NERDS Student Study Center
Snapshot of new tables at our Cal NERDS Student Study Center

Cal NERD hoodies (V.3) arrived this fall semester
Cal NERD hoodies (V.3) arrived this fall semester


November 2019 Computer Science Professor Armando Fox gave a great talk about his journey
November 2019 Computer Science Professor Armando Fox gave a great talk about his journey


Proud of SACNAS 2019 poster winner Samantha!
Proud of SACNAS 2019 poster winner Samantha!


Summer 2019 Faculty support is so important for our NERDS
Summer 2019 Faculty support is so important for our NERDS

Photo of #CalNERDS Research Scholar Jesus Rios and his mentor in front of his research poster.

Photo of #CalNERDS Research Scholar Jesus Rios and his mentor in front of his research poster.

Great job #BerkeleyDiscovery video team on your #CalNERDS Nuclear Engineering Research Scholar Jesus Rios. See video here: https://youtu.be/dtX7HuUAxCo
















































































A few of our Cal NERDS Summer Research Scholars help us with our new artwork.
A few of our Cal NERDS Summer Research Scholars help us with our new artwork.

Image of Diana Lizarraga, Cal NERDS Director
Diana Lizarraga, Cal NERDS Director

Division of Equity and Inclusion short video about what led to her development of theory of TechnoInclusion (https://youtu.be/fwqTmtEzWWs)


sSummer Research Poster Showcase
Summer Research Poster Showcase

It's Back - Cal NERDS Trivia Luncheon
It’s Back - Cal NERDS Trivia Luncheon. 20 questions and lots of prizes!

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 R