Student Successes

Now in its ninth year the local chapter of the national mentoring program has a proven record of success with a student retention rate averaging 80% comparing favorably to the national average of only 33%. 

 Program Successes:

• 13 invitations to present at national and international conferences (e.g. American Geographical Union Bright Stars Program, AmericaView/USGS)

 • 13 scholarships (totaling $12,100)

 • 3 Emerging Leader Scholarship (totaling $30,000) 

• 1 National Poster Award ($500)

• 1 UCD Undergraduate Student Intel Scholarship ($3,000)

 

National Science Fair Winner Students and their Research Projects (past to present):

For the 2009/2010 academic year, Isaiah Hunter received the Award for Excellence in Atmospheric Research from the National Council for Science and Environment, for his research project on “The Effect of the Number of Wraps and Thickness of Wire on Energy Generation Using Rain Water

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That same year Olga Kachur won the Patrick Lalley Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Biodiversity and Wildlife Conservation Research for her project entitled “How Does the Impact of Salinity on Native Species vs. Invasive Species Change the Future for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley?”. In addition, she also received the National Poster Award.

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The 2010/2011 program winner Katrina Rodriguez received the Award of Excellence for Aquatic Research for her project entitled “The Effect of Human Activity on the Diversity of Aquatic Invertebrates in the Sacramento River."

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Untitled.pngIn 2011/2012 Angelica Cervantes received the Award of Excellence in Environmental Health with her project "The Effectiveness of Different Antibacterials on Killing Bacteria".

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Untitled.pngIn 2012/13 Hume Dickie received overall 3rd place with his research project "Radiation_in_Yolo_County"

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Erin Murphy won the  scholarship in Environmental Toxins with her research project "Household_Anthropogenic_Pollutants_Against_Soil_Respiration

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In 2013/14 the three local high school student winners travelled to the national EnvironMentors Fair and presented their research projects for which they received national recognition.

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For the 2014/15 program Diana Gomez received the Patrick Lalley Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Biodiversity and Conservation with her project "Steroids Analysis of Human Saliva: Testosterone a New Way to Identify Gender" 

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At the same year Erin Murphy received the Emerging Environmental Leader scholarship. She was able to compete for after at least a 2 year participation in EnvironMentors' and being a high school senior. This is the highest award possible to receive.

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For the 2015/16 program Teevyah Raju received the Excellence in Environmental Research award with her project  " Drought impact on soilborne fungal pathogen of tomato"

At the same year Cecilia Gonzalez received the Emerging Environmental Leader scholarship. She was able to compete for after at least a 2 year participation in EnvironMentors' and being a high school senior. This is the highest award possible to receive.

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Gautam.pngIn 2016/17 Gautam Pradeep received overall 1st place with his research project "A Comparison of Computer Vision Techniques for Classifying and Localizing Fruits in Images: Handcrafted Features Vs. Deep Networks"

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Mikayla 2.pngAt the same year Mikayla Roberts received overall 4th place with her research project "How does global warming affect fungal growth and decomposition of organic carbon from plant material?"

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Sarah.pngAt the same year Sarah Wilson received the Emerging Environmental Leader scholarship. She was able to compete for after at least a 2 year participation in EnvironMentors' and being a high school senior. This is the highest award possible to receive.