Oct 12, 2017
As the high school students hiked along the nature trail at Scripps Coastal Reserve, José Waterton, a doctoral student in plant ecology at UC San Diego, pointed out native species like telegraph weed, California sagebrush and California buckwheat… Read More
This year, Katelin Tanjuaquio joined us as an undergraduate mentor from UCLA to give back to the California Shaman Program. Katelin credits this program for igniting her aspirational scientific goals as a high school student, she said, “this program greatly impacted my educational and career goals, exposing me to lab settings I was previously not able to be apart of due to a lack of resources. Its impact pushed me to write about it in various personal statements for colleges and scholarships, for which I received positive results. Because this program provided me with many opportunities, I wanted to continue to see the program develop and flourish so that future students may have similar experiences.”
The California Shaman Outreach Program exposes high school students to ecology and botany, chemistry, and neurobiology throughout the course of the week. Students’ experiences include a hike and guided tour of the UC San Diego Scripps Natural Reserves with explanation and extraction of plants for further chemical analysis, hands-on laboratory experimentation at UC San Diego biochemistry laboratories, neurobiology experimentation and neurochemistry discovery, and a tour of Dr. Siegel’s Organic Chemistry lab at the UC San Digeo Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. All of these scientific exposures facilitate scientific excitement and curiosity.