Current Scholar List

Matthew Chang - UCB
Project Title: The Student Immigration Relief Clinic - Show Summary
The Student Immigration Relief Clinic is a working relationship between U C Berkeley student volunteers and a Bay Area community law firm, Asian Law Alliance. The Student Immigration Relief Clinic will be a legal clinic/workshop series held five times throughout the academic year, addressing immigration needs for undocumented youth and people seeking naturalization. In the first year of this project, we will bring UC Berkeley students to the law firm based in San Jose, CA. These students and attorneys will work together to help clients fill out the legal documentation addressing various immigration needs. This project seeks to serve three purposes: First, this project presents student volunteers with an opportunity to change the lives of undocumented peoples (through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: DACA) along with people seeking immigration within the United States (through Naturalization: N-400). Second, this legal clinic service project seeks to address the shortage of volunteers for immigration needs. Lastly, this service project is an excellent opportunity for students to gain exposure and hands-on experience in immigration law while networking with public interest attorneys.
Jennifer Corona - UCSD
Project Title: Chapultepec Community Garden to Empower the Food Insecure - Show Summary
Through work in Ensenada, Mexico, providing free healthcare to the underserved populations on the outskirts of the city, I realized that just treating the symptoms of cardiovascular disease and diabetes is not the only way best use our resources. By addressing the underlying problem of food insecurity that many of our patients admit to facing, we can prevent the incidence and worsening of these diseases which increasingly plague Mexico and other developing countries. A community garden, and the education that accompanies its institution, will help to shift the prevailing attitudes toward food in our community of Chapultepec. We hope to grant a voice to the community so that they can take ownership in the garden and how it is run, to fund a healthier diet, thus funding their own health. By building our plots to be accessible to all generations, and by mobilizing the youth through education, we will reinforce healthy concepts of eating that will foster a shared culture of well-being. Through our efforts in the close-knit Chapultepec region, we hope that our community and collaborators will share in spreading the message so that we can attack the institutional problems that are associated with deteriorating health.
Suketu Dudhat - UCR
Project Title: Breaking Barriers - Show Summary
Breaking Barriers is planned to run for two consecutive years with the help of this scholarship and the most important aim of this project is to prepare students, especially first generation and minority students, for a college level science curriculum, which should boost retention rates of minority students in the STEM majors. In the first year, we will work with the AP Biology Teacher from Norco High School. We will bring his students to the Neil A. Campbell Science Learning Laboratory at UCR once a month for a four-hour lab that will include workshops and presentations from guest speakers. I was also able to secure a connection with the Superintendent of Jurupa Unified School District, in order to work with him to sustain this program in its second year. I hope to be able to work closely with him to obtain more funding to continue this program beyond its current two-year plan.
Mistyne Hall - UCB
Project Title: Prosilient Natives of Diverse Nations - Show Summary
Prosilient Natives of Divers Nations (Prosilient NDNs) is a recruiting program will target transfer students at community colleges within a 50-mile radius from Cal. Bu making contacts with the point people at the colleges and setting up outreach activities and campus tours, our Native community will be able to connect with the demographic that is a natural fit for recruitment to UC Berkeley. And, perhaps most importantly, this program connects Native students with Native students in an in-person, personal and authentic setting. While this part of the recruiting process is standard practice, it is apparent that leaving the details to the already over-taxed Cal students does not work for the Cal students or the community college students. My plan is to create a template training kit, which can be used by any Native student-recruiting group at any state school. As a long term goal, I envision expanding this program to function as a statewide intertribal network of Native students, providing support for Native students from preparing applications to academic support and Native community building during college, to post-graduation career searches and networking.
Manaka Inoue - UCLA
Project Title: Youth Employment Empowerment in Bhutan - Show Summary
Bhutan, contradictory to its reputation of being the “Happiest Country on Earth,” has high youth unemployment of 10.5% for females and 9.4% for males. Especially those youth who come from farming villages do not have a high academic background, and they are the most vulnerable to pitfalls of drugs and prostitution. I propose to establish the first nonprofit organization in Bhutan to address youth unemployment and provide free training opportunities to all genders, ages, and backgrounds through the year. Strong emphasis lies on youth from ages 15 to 25 with secondary or lower education. Seminars on project management, leadership, and interview skills will be provided by local staff for a month followed by another month of required internships at various sites. This project aims to act as a transition between school and the work place as well as a bridge between traditional and modern society. The community of the program becomes their home away from home, and the strong ties between participants inspire them to mentor, network, and become the next generation of leaders. Thus, creating a quality support system is the most simple and impactful way to encourage the youth today. In the long-term, I hope to expand this program around Bhutan and enrich the country.
Donny Li - Stanford
Project Title: A New Model of Science and Environmental Education in Rural China - Show Summary
In working closely with the first rural primary school that is run autonomously by Teach for China, this project aims to 1) introduce to the Teach for China teaching fellows the concept, theory and practices of teaching and learning in informal contexts, and 2) develop a series of full-day science and environmental education curriculum activities to be used during the school’s first year of instruction, starting September 2016. The material will be developed with a strong emphasis on understanding and reflecting the local context of the school, i.e. its social and natural environments; furthermore, the material will focus on discovering and utilizing education al opportunities provided by such environments in systematic and sustainable ways. While serving to meet and excel within national educational standards, the ultimate goal of this project is to, by empowering the local teachers, cultivate among the students an attitude and capacity to appreciate everyone’s sense of home and nature, to see things of everyday life as learning resources, and to carry on lifelong learning wherever they lead their paths along China’s urbanization.
Steven Rathje - Stanford
Project Title: Proscenium Live: A Year-Long Play Development Initiative in Portland, OR - Show Summary
In partnership with Portland Shakespeare Project and Proscenium Journal, I will host a year-long play development project that involves a Free Festival of New Work in the summer of 2016 in Portland, OR, with staged readings of five new plays, as well as two additional play readings in the winter of 2016 and the spring of 2017. The project will also include the commission of a new play by an emerging playwright, a young playwrights competition, and a playwriting workshop. All plays will then be published alongside interviews with the playwrights in the free online literary journal for new plays.
Chirawat Sanpakit - UCR
Project Title: Dare to Create - Show Summary
Engineers and technically skilled workers have always been at the forefront of modern technology. Yet, the youth of the Inland Empire are victimized by disadvantaged backgrounds, stripping away opportunities for them to be exposed to these essential careers. To address this issue, I propose Dare to Create (DTC), a Program that equips high school students, especially underrepresented students, with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in an engineering program. In a joint partnership with the Bourns College of Engineering, Vocademy, and the Leadership Council of my university, DTC will provide a network of engineering students for the University of California, Riverside (UCR) that will mentor and teach 9th – 12th grade high school students hands-on skills such as coding, 3-D printing or welding. These skills will then be utilized by the high school students to create real engineering projects, which have already been successfully implemented at UCR, such as maze-solving robots and unmanned vehicles. At the end of the year, students and their families will be invited to present their work, enjoy a luncheon with professionals, explore laboratories, and participate in college-themed workshops at UCR. Ultimately, we will foster a love for creating that also teaches math and science in a palatable way. More importantly, we will have given these students a robust set of marketable skills that will open up career paths that will open up career paths they never knew existed.
Aashna Shroff - Stanford
Project Title: Girls Code Camp: Fighting the Gender Gap in Technological Fields in India - Show Summary
Girls Code Camp (GCC) is a social venture that aims to inspire, educate and provide computing skills to young women in India to pursue 21st century opportunities. In India, women make up only 12.7% of the science and engineering workforce. GCC attempts to bridge this disparity by creating a nationwide movement empowering young women to pursue opportunities in technological fields. In its first year of existence, GCC hosted successful workshops for over 500 girls in India through introductory workshops on web development, mobile application development and hands-on tinkering. This year, our vision is to continue working with the students and partner schools that we established relationships with, and expand to government schools that are challenged by resources and do not typically host computer science classes. We will encourage our past students to start and lead GCC clubs at their schools to enable them to share their computer science skills with their peers and to form a self-sustaining community of women interested in technology. Furthermore, we will continue our annual GCC Hack Day to give the students a chance to leverage the skills learn to build something creative. By encouraging young women to explore computer science, our goal is to spark a new generation of coders- coders who will become builders of technological innovation and their own futures.
Harkanwalpreet Sodhi - UCM
Project Title: Engineers for Center for Vision Enhancement - Show Summary
The Center for Vision Enhancement (COVE) in Merced provides training and assistive technologies to the visually impaired that improve quality of life. Engineers for COVE will pair a large group of engineering students from UC Merced with Cove to develop new assistive technologies. This will enable them to apply ingenuity, 3D design technology, and knowledge from various scientific fields to create aides that help the visually impaired. This will also allow students to practice real world problem solving, apply industry methods such as modeling, prototyping, and testing while also greatly improving the quality of life for many people in their community.
Madeline Wiegel - LMU
Project Title: Stormwater Capture and Greywater Treatment System for the Holy Spirit Retreat Center - Show Summary
In this project, an LMU freshmen team of 23 engineering students propose to install a stormwater and greywater capture system for the Holy Spirit Retreat Center to maintain a lake currently dry due to the drought. The specific goals of the project are to 1) divert stormwater from the rooftops into the lake by modifying roof downspouts and gutter flow; 2) increase water input with the addition of a greywater system that will provide repurposed and treated washing machine water; 3) Construct a small wetland water treatment system to treat greywater; 4) minimize water loss by sealing and repairing the existing lake bottom; 5) Construct a small island in the lake to provide a safe haven for migrating birds vulnerable to predators such as coyotes; and 6) provide educational information about the benefits of water savings and the basics of greywater systems. Through the proposed project, it is expected that Holy Spirit Retreat Center will save approximately 3 acre-feet of water each year depending on rainfall timing and volume; provide a safe haven for resident and migratory birds; and help educate engineering students and guests of the center on issues of water conservation.

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