Buck in river in Costa Rica
What a fantastic start to the school year! Although a lot of things remain virtual, it is so refreshing to see the library full of students again, quietly studying alone or with their peers. As you can imagine, we’ve been quite busy here at UROC as we dive into another semester. Thanks to grants received from the U.S. Department of Education and the Koret Foundation, UROC was able to provide research funding to nearly 60 students, half of whom are continuing their research from this past summer. In part thanks to another U.S. Department of Education grant, the Mentorship and Equity in Transitions to Achieve Student Success (METAS), Natasha Oehlman, UROC Professional Writing and Communication Associate, facilitated a 5-part workshop series in which she walked students through the entire process of applying to graduate school, breaking down each step along the way. Meanwhile, Corin White, UROC Curriculum Associate, has resumed some in-person classes allowing for some much-needed face-to-face interactions. More importantly, her biweekly Fort Ord hikes for Scholars have been invaluable as we continue building our undergraduate research community. 

Lastly, recruitment is underway for some of our programs. Over the past few months, we have been working with several of our campus partners to recruit for the next cohort of UROC Scholars/McNair Scholars. The UROC Scholars competitive two-year academic program provides students with intensive research experience and graduate school preparation across all disciplines. Scholars enroll in a four-semester research seminar series and work closely with a CSUMB faculty mentor throughout the year before embarking on more intensive research experiences in the summertime. UROC provides professional, academic, and financial support to students, with an emphasis on building educational ownership, scholarly identity, and community. We’re also actively recruiting for our LSAMP Rising Researchers program. This consecutive three term program provides incoming transfer students who are CSU-LSAMP participants at CSUMB some wonderful opportunities to engage in funded research placements with CSUMB faculty mentors on individual research projects. If you know of any qualified students, please don’t hesitate to send them our way!

John “Buck” Banks, Ph.D.
Director of UROC