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

logical sciences and minored in history.

"The fellowship Dr. Santiago has received will benefit students like me," said Ambriz, who plans to attend law school and specialize in biological patent law. "I believe we have got to get more Hispanic undergraduates involved in doing science. My joining Dr. Santiago's lab as a lab assistant helped me decide what career I want to pursue."

Santiago believes hiring undergraduates like Morales and Ambriz into research positions in labs makes a big difference to students, UCR and science.

"I have three undergraduates working in my lab who do excellent research and have developed skills that can only be good preparation for professional schools later," he said. "The Kika de la Garza Fellowship will point me to ways UCR faculty can reach out to more undergraduates for doing lab research. I think it is terrific that the USDA is reaching out to Hispanic students this way and I welcome this opportunity to work collaboratively with USDA."

Santiago received his Ph.D. in botany at the University of Florida in 2003. Three years later, he joined UCR, where he is a co-director of the Facility for Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry. His research is focused on the connection between plants and their environment. He will visit Washington DC from June 27 to July 12 to meet with USDA and other federal officials.

The USDA E. (Kika) de la Garza Fellowship Program offers faculty and staff from Hispanic-serving institutions the opportunity to work collaboratively with USDA to gain insight and understanding of the federal government. To qualify, applicants must be faculty or staff at a Hispanic-serving institution or high school.


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Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
iqbal@ucr.edu
951-827-6050
University of California - Riverside
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