University of California, Riverside

Undergraduate Education

UCR Undergraduate Education Newsletter: September 1, 2016

UCR Undergraduate Education Newsletter:  October 3, 2016

Cindy Larive
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

2016 Innovative Teaching & Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Awards, October 13, 2:00 pm in HUB 355

Please join us October 13, at 2:00 pm in HUB 355 to recognize Prof. Frank Vahid (Computer Science and Engineering), winner of the 2016 Innovative Teaching Award, along with the winners of the 2016 Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Awards: Profs. Andreja Novakovic (Philosophy) and Brian Siana (Physics and Astronomy).  Following presentation of these awards, Prof. Vahid will present an award address “Experiences creating learning materials for UCR and 500 other universities, and five underlying teaching principles" in which he will describe his efforts to oversee the development of more than a dozen interactive, web-native zyBooks in CSE, engineering and math. These books are used by 500 universities and have impacted over 150,000 students thus far. Light refreshments will be served.


U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell, October 14, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, HUB 302

UCR’sLiving the Promise symposium series will kickoff with a visit by U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell on Friday, October 14 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in HUB 302. Dr. Mitchell will deliver about 20 minutes of remarks, after which he will spend time in conversation with Provost and EVC D’Anieri about UCR’s distinctive position in U.S. higher education and how we will leverage our strengths and achievements to advance excellence, access, and opportunity. Time is also allocated for audience Q&A – so please come welcome Dr. Mitchell to UCR and participate in this interesting conversation. 


Global Issues Forum “ISIS and Cultural Destruction” October 5, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, HUB 302N

The UC Riverside Global Issues Forum brings students and faculty together in collaboration to promote internationalization and deeper conversations across disciplines about timely global issues.  The first event of the fall, co-sponsored with the Middle Eastern Student Center, is entitled “ISIS and Cultural Destruction” and will be held October 5 from 4:00-5:30 p.m in HUB 302N.  The discussion will focus on the destruction of Palmyra and its meaning as the loss of a cultural site and artifacts with great significance for Syria and the rest of the world.  

Panelists will incorporate historical, religious, and archeological lenses into the discussion, and students, faculty, and community members will have the opportunity to ask questions and continue the conversation in small group discussions.  Participants include: Michele Salzman (UCR), Lynn Dodd (USC), Stephen James (UCR), and Conrad Rudolph (UCR) as moderator.


Academic Resource Center (ARC) Resources for Student Success

The Academic Resource Center (ARC),, offers a wide range of support programs that contribute to student success. Please encourage students to take advantage of the free tutoring, supplemental instruction, writing assistance, and study skills workshops offered through the ARC!  Want to learn more about the Academic Resource Center, its programs and people? Stop by Surge 156 on Thursday, October 6, 12:00 -2:00 pm for the open house. 


Game-Based Learning, Student Engagement and Kahoot! October 10, 12:30 – 2:00 pm, Surge 170 and online remote

Join Prof. Alf Inge Wang, Department of Computer and Information Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology for a zoom discussion and live demonstration of Kahoot!, a free game-based polling and learning platform. Prof. Wang, a Kahoot! co-inventor, will discuss the motivation for Kahoot!, strategies for developing questions, and the impact of game-based quizzes. This hands-on, BYOD event will offer two options for participation (face to face & online: UCR zoom web-conferencing). Light refreshments & appetizers will be served. Please register at

This is the first in a series of exciting fall quarter workshops offered by C&C’s Instructional Design & Faculty Technology Support team. To learn more, and view the complete list of workshops visit


Program Assessment Workshops, October 12 and November 9, 11:00 am, 1127 Hinderaker Hall

The Office of Evaluation and Assessment is hosting two Fall quarter workshops designed to support programs in planning assessment activities for the upcoming year. The first workshop, on October 12 at 11:00 am (Hinderaker 1127), will cover the basics of assessing student learning at the program level. The second workshop, on Nov 9 at 11:00 am (Hinderaker 1127), will discuss strategies for planning and coordinating assessment of student learning across instructors and courses as well as over time. See for more details. All are welcome and an RSVP to is appreciated.


Southern California Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium, November 12

UCR will host the annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium of the Southern California Conferences for Undergraduate Education (SCCUR) on November 12 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. The conference will include research presentations from all academic disciplines. Abstract submission is open until October 21, and registration will be open from October 1 - November 1.  The cost of registration for undergraduate presenters and faculty mentors is $60.  Half of the proceeds from the conference will be donated to the UCR Office of Undergraduate Education, which will use these funds to support summer research fellowships for UCR undergraduates. This is a great opportunity for our students to gain valuable experience presenting their research or creative artistic work, so please encourage your students to participate.  Abstract submission, registration, and details about the program can be found at  If you are interested in being a moderator for one of the oral presentation sessions, please contact Jack Eichler ( 


Barry Goldwater Scholarship Nominations

Goldwater Scholars are recognized for their academic merit and potential to make a significant contributions to his or her field. We are pleased to note that since 2012, five UCR students have been recognized by this prestigious award.  The 2016/2017 recipient is Amanda Tedesco (Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology).    This one- or two-year scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.   Please encourage outstanding STEM sophomores or juniors involved in faculty mentored research, and interested in pursuing graduate studies in a STEM field to apply.  

Consideration for this award requires campus endorsement and is limited to four nominations.  For questions contact Gladis Herrera-Berkowitz,  A workshop describing the Goldwater program and application process will be held October 18, 2:00 pm in 0154 Hinderaker Hall.


 UCR Undergraduate Research Journal

The UCR Undergraduate Research Journal will be publishing its eleventh annual volume in Spring 2017 (archive available at  Students who are currently involved in faculty mentored research, scholarly or creative projects are invited to submit their articles for review by the Student Editorial Board.  Accepted articles will be published in both print and web versions of the Journal.  Please share this opportunity with students by directing them to for more information.  

In preparation for the new volume of the journal, the Undergraduate Research Journal Faculty Advisory Board is accepting nominations from faculty and Deans for students to serve on the Student Editorial Board.  Students selected will be recognized in the Journal and can earn a letter of letter of recommendation highlighting their service to the board.  To nominate students, please email Stephanie Ramirez, by Monday, October 10, 2016.  Your email nomination should include the student’s name, major, and email address.  Nominated students will be invited to apply, and the Faculty Advisory Board will select Student Editorial Board members to represent the diversity of UCR’s academic disciplines.


 UCR Students in Need - Help Support the R'Pantry

A recent survey conducted by the 10 University of California campuses and the Global Food Initiative revealed that 62.5% of UCR students surveyed (compared to 42% UC-wide) reported having low or very low food security. UCR students were more likely to have difficulty studying every month because of hunger, and 8.1% of the UCR students surveyed reported that they have to choose between paying for food or educational expenses every month.  UCR’s Office of Student Affairs is working to increase awareness about assistance available through CalFresh/SNAP, expand educational programming, and create additional emergency response mechanisms for students who present with food insecurity in our health, counseling, and case management centers. If you suspect that a student needs help, please refer them to

An important campus resource addressing student food insecurity is the R’Pantry. Since opening in winter 2016, the R’Pantry has provided emergency food assistance to over 700 unique UCR students, mostly undergraduates. To volunteer your time or organize a departmental food drive, email Grecia Marquez ( It is also easy to make a donation to support the R’Pantry through the UCR MyGift webpage


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