Stories: Staff Blog Posts

Stumbling into Science - Connie Champagne

January 25, 2019
Connie Champagne, PhD is the Educational Enrichment and Outreach Programs Director, housing the Biology Undergraduate Scholars Program (BUSP) and Advancing Diversity in Aging Research (ADAR) among other undergraduate research programs. She coaches underrepresented minorities, disadvantaged, and disabled students, supporting them on their journey to succeed with life sciences degrees.

Adoption Changed Everything - Elizabeth Nuñez

November 14, 2018
Elizabeth Nuñez works for the Undergraduate Research Center as an Associate Director. Read Elizabeth's story on how she ended up in college and how her background helped her.

Setbacks are not a reason to give up - Leslie Olivares

October 23, 2018
Lesllie Olivares works at the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety where she is part of their education and outreach team. In the fall, she will attend graduate school to pursue an MS in Nutrition Biology.

Nothing to Lose and Everything to Gain: Becoming an Aggie at 33 - Lorenzo Zúñiga  '16

September 20, 2018
Lorenzo Zúñiga 

Undergraduate Advisor, Languages and Literatures

This is what makes me Lorenzo Zúñiga 

I am an immigrant who is the son of immigrants. My mother and father grew up in Ceballos, Durango, Mexico. My parents only had the opportunity to study until the third grade;  they were told that they were too old for school and had to work to help out their family.

"What happens when you flee your homeland" - Ami Tripp

August 31, 2018
At age 7, Ami Tripp entered the United States as a refugee. Her mom inspired her to pursue higher education, and as a first-generation UC Davis alumni, she is committed to giving back to her community.