2018 Koret Scholars Announced

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018

We are excited to present the Koret Scholars for 2018.
The Koret Scholars Program is generously funded by the Koret Foundation and provides a $1,500 scholarship and up to $500 in expenses to undergraduate students who are conducting research projects. The program includes faculty and graduate student mentors who support the scholars throughout the academic year and is a collaborative effort between the Division of Student Success, Student Success Evaluation and Research Center and Division of Undergraduate Education. More about the program can be found on the Koret Scholars website.
Fifty scholars were selected this year who will be conducting research across divisions and departments, throughout the UC Santa Cruz campus. Research projects are within the arts, humanities, social sciences as well as STEM disciplines and include topics such as "Understanding the Emotional Responses and Resilience of Youth of Color who Confont Community Stressors" (Kimberly Zuniga, Psychology, Oaks College with faculty mentor, Rebecca Covarrubias); "The Role of Glycosylation in the Prion Protein's Neuroprotective Self-Regulation" (Natalia Ubilla, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Merrill College with faculty mentor, Kevin Schilling); and "Brown Girl Pissed" (Aleya Caballero, Art, Kresge College with faculty mentor, Christie McCullen).
The program also allows the Student Success Evaluation and Research Center (SSERC) to name two undergraduate Koret Student Success Scholars and a graduate student mentor each year to work in the center on issues around promoting equity and student success in higher education. This year's undergraduate Student Success Scholars are Andy Pinedo (Latin and Latino American Studies & Psychology Senior) and Kaya Zepeda (Anthropology & Cognitive Science Junior). The SSERC's Koret Student Success Graduate Student Mentor is Brandon Balzer Carr (Social Psychology Doctoral Candidate). 
Questions about the program can be directed via email to ssfoster@ucsc.edu.