Scientist In Residence Program

The Oakes scientist in residence program was designed to cultivate a welcoming community for all Oakes students interested in the natural sciences. The program is open to all Oakes members, regardless of major. Our scientist, a current graduate student, designs and hosts science-themed activities for the program. Activities range from science movie nights to tours of UCSC research labs and everything in-between. Events happen on a semi-weekly basis. Be on the lookout for event advertisements through flyers, social media, emails and more!

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Scientist In Residence Program Contacts

Sydney Smyer,

Syd is a PhD student in the Ottemann lab. Click HERE for information on Syd. 

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One-on-one meetings

Students can meet one-on-one with Sydney. The objective of these meetings is to talk to students about the sciences in a general and low stress manner while creating a space for students to learn about the many paths to becoming a professional scientist or healthcare professional. Students can learn about how to make the most of their academic opportunities at UCSC.

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Faculty Dinners

Faculty dinners are a unique event designed to allow students to meet faculty from many natural science departments, including chemistry, physics, ecology, earth science and molecular, cellular and developmental biology. Faculty members have joined Oakes students, the Oakes Provost and Adriana for small dinners at the Oakes Provost home. These dinners provide the Oakes community with a truly unique opportunity to discuss the path to becoming a scientist with faculty. However, these dinners are not all academics. Students and faculty often break down the barriers of the student- professor divide sometimes cultivated in a class environment, by engaging in casual conversation which often takes place over the dinner table.