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COAST Scholars-In-Training 2019-20 Scholars

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​​Carol Chen, third-year marine science student
Project: ​Method development for chemical analysis of seawater
Mentor: Erick Partida


"My participation in COAST has to be one of my college highlights. I have had the opportunity to get hands on experience with amazing mentors. COAST has helped me gain confidence in conducting my own research and has helped me explore potential paths for grad school."

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Kylie Foley, third-year environmental science student
Project: The functional genomics of pesticide-remediating bacteria
Mentor: Rahil Ryder


"COAST has allowed me the opportunity to gain valuable experience in scientific research. I feel more confident in my skills and I am ready to apply myself in my future career."








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​Ethan Switzer, second-year marine science student
Mentor: Ryan Solymar​

"With the help of my mentor and colleagues within the Ecosystem Electronics Lab at CSUMB, I was able to learn techniques in small boating, 3D modeling, electronics, and science communication. COAST has given me the opportunity to gain a higher learning experience outside of class pursuing my undergraduate degree."​
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KylieFoley_HeadShot.jpg.png Kaiku Kaholoaa, third-year marine science student
UROC McNair Scholar and conducting independent research
Project: Measuring resilience: transforming repeated photomosaics into coral demographic models
Mentor: Caroline Rodriguez

"Last year, the COAST Scholars program solidified my interest in becoming a marine scientist. This year, COAST has greatly enhanced my confidence as a researcher; and I can't wait to conduct my own independent research soon."






KylieFoley_HeadShot.jpg.png Silvia Vasquez, third-year marine science and mathematics student
UROC McNair Scholar and conducting independent research
Mentor: Melissa Naugle


"In the Scholars-in-Training program, I've realized that this program was a stepping stone I utilized to become the research scholar I am now. This program also initiated my focus and dedication to conducting independent research and encouraged me to apply for higher education. In other words, I am lucky to be in the program that has allowed me to participate in many other educational programs."








Scholar Cohorts:  2019-20 | 2018-19 | 2017-18

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