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Fellowship to UC Riverside botanist encourages Hispanic students to take up research
Date:4/29/2011

RIVERSIDE, Calif. A plant scientist at the University of California, Riverside has received an education fellowship from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that is designed to encourage more Hispanic students to take an interest in and perform science research.

Louis Santiago, an assistant professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences and a member of the Center for Conservation Biology, has been selected to participate in the 2011 USDA E. Kika de la Garza Fellowship Program which seeks to address challenges faced in the development of a well prepared Hispanic workforce.

As a fellow, Santiago will be part of a network of leaders from academia, government, and non-profit organizations that work to advance the excellence of education at Hispanic-serving institutions, such as UC Riverside.

The one-year fellowship will allow Santiago to spend two weeks in Washington DC this summer during which he will meet with program officers at USDA and other federal agencies to identify mutual collaborative interests and increase his understanding of these agencies.

It was an undergraduate student working in his lab, Fortino Morales, who inspired him to apply for the fellowship.

"Fortino is interested in agriculture and often spends his weekends with a grassroots student group that advocates food production systems based on agricultural sustainability," Santiago said. "Besides working in my lab, he spends nearly every weekend attending conferences, or working in the student community garden on campus."

Santiago believes this level of dedication illustrates the potential of UCR's Hispanic students to becom
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Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
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