Student Perspectives Blog Posts

Learning and Leading

Karolina Zabinski, the Lead Mentor for the Marine and Coastal Science (MCS) Major during the 2023-24 academic year, has done a lot with her time at UC Davis. Starting her PhD in 2020 and advancing to candidacy in 2023, she has taken on classwork, fieldwork and labwork. But mentorship was an entirely new adventure. Embracing the role of Lead Mentor has meant listening in new ways, guiding others as she was learning, and bridging the gap between undergraduates and their identities and futures as scientists.

Talitridae Girl Summer

Viktoria was a high school dual enrollment at the Santa Rosa Junior and to be a freshman at UC Davis in the fall studying plant biology.

Summer with Burying Beetles

Sydney Franks is a fourth-year Biology major at SRJC intending to transfer in the fall of 2024.  She is interested in exploring ecological research and was mentored by Tracie Hayes at the  Bodega Marine Lab in the summer of 2023.  

This summer I was given the opportunity to intern at the Bodega Marine Lab. Prior to this, I had no research experience and did not know what exactly I would like to do majoring in  Biology. I knew I wanted to gain research experience in a lab or doing field work to expand the options for my future.  

Unraveling the Mysteries of Ocean Alkalinity in Tomales Bay

Sahil Prasad is a SeaGrant Pathways and SRJC-BML intern in the Coastal Health and Nearshore Geochemistry (CHANGE) Lab. He is a community college transfer student attending UC Davis in Fall 2023 majoring in Molecular and Medical Microbiology.