Empower the next generation of students with Sponsored Research Awards!
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Students cite their research experiences in MCB labs as one of the most impactful and transformative experiences of their undergraduate careers. Exposure to cutting-edge research provides invaluable opportunities for our students to uncover fascinating truths about the life sciences and ignites their passion for the inspiring work they go on to do in the future.
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Your gift to the MCB class of 2022 campaign will allow us to support our incredibly driven, committed and talented students by creating $1,000 sponsored research award stipends to allow more MCB majors to have these positive experiences. Funds raised will provide research stipends to declared MCB majors in the 2022-2023 academic year that secure a research placement in an academic or non-profit lab. Focus will be placed on students that are undertaking research for the first time, have financial need, and or are from underrepresented backgrounds.
We need your help to make a big impact! Please join us to reach the MCB Class of 2022’s campaign goal of $5,000 and leave a lasting legacy for the next generation. No gift is too small to make a positive difference in the lives of our students!
~MCB Class of 2022
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Voices of Community Support
Estephannie Alvarez (MCB Sponsored Research Award Recipient, 2021) | "I come from a low-income immigrant family which has made pursuing higher education a difficult challenge. Therefore, receiving the stipend blessed me with the opportunity to immerse myself in the different components of field research, concurrently, fueling my passion for this academic discipline!"
Marvin Miller (MCB Sponsored Research Award Recipient, 2021) | "Without the research experiences funded by programs like these, my understanding of biology topics would have been limited to the concepts I’ve only heard or read about. I consider my involvement in actual research studies as eye-opening opportunities that lead me to my bigger career goals. It allows me to apply and share what I know while learning from my fellow students and other experts in my chosen field. These, I believe, prepare me to give back to society by helping develop solutions to conditions and diseases that threaten our health and quality of life."
Anna Rios (MCB Sponsored Research Award Recipient, 2021) | "When granted an award or opportunity, I often view it as an affirmation. An affirmation on behalf of someone that recognizes my story and goals as worthy of believing in. Being presented the MCB Research Award was more than a nod to what I have accomplished - it was a celebration of who I am capable of becoming."
Iswar Hariharan (MCB Department Co-Chair and Professor) | "I can still remember the excitement that I experienced when I worked in a research lab for the first time - as an undergraduate. Our department is a great place for undergraduates to do research in labs that are doing some of the best science in the world. We want as many of our undergraduates as possible to spend more time in research labs so that they can experience the joy of discovery. Providing students with stipends for doing research will promote this goal. We are committed to raising funds in as many ways as possible to make this happen."
Clara Ng-Quinn (MCB Undergraduate Academic Advisor) | “I have been a staff MCB advisor for 7 years, and I've watched so many students discover their passion in research. It's amazing to watch students connect their classroom learning to real research applications, and get involved in groundbreaking research projects at the same time! Research stipends will help us be able to better connect students to research opportunities. Your donation will open up so many doors for our MCB students; thank you for supporting undergraduate research!”