Advisement Center Hours
"Students are invited to stop by the Biology Advisement Center (Science 2133) to have academic questions answered," says Dr. John E. Kontogiannis, coordinator of advising. Dr. Kontogiannis is assisted this semester by Dr. Tacheeni Scott and graduate student Michelle Le.
The Center is open for about 20 hours each week. The hours are posted outside the door.
Advisement Required for Spring Registration
Before enrolling for the spring semester, all Biology students must seek advisement. Only then will the University's computer be programmed to allow them to register via TTR. Students can avoid long lines by visiting the Advisement Center now and have their proposed program approved and a green slip signed. The Advisement Center will hold all green slips and turn them in at the appropriate time.
UDWR a Must for Graduation
The Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam must be attempted no later than the semester in which 90 units are completed. Students planning to graduate in spring 2001 must pass the exam no later than April. For more information call 677-3303.
Undergraduates planning to graduate in spring or summer 2002 must file a Graduation Evaluation form (Grad Check) no later than May 4, 2001. Grad checks are handled in the Advisement Center.
Accessing Advisement Info
A free Biology Advisement Handbook, available in the Advisement Center, provides invaluable information on program requirements and course equivalencies. The information is also available on the Internet and is accessible from the Biology Department homepage. Students may even submit questions and receive answers through the Advisement Forum on the Biology website or at http://lrc.csun.edu/HyperNews/jmaxwell/get/openforum.html.
Job Info Available on the Web
Students near the end of their academic career and looking for jobs should consider consulting the following web site: http://employment.classifieds.yahoo.com/losangeles/employment/scientific/index.html.
Minority Biomedical Research Support
Five students have been selected to join the ranks of MARC fellows. This year's fellows include Ivette Estay, Carlene Gonzales, Caroline Harieg, Gino Galvez and Jaime Lopez. Ivette, Caroline and Jaime will work under the guidance of Drs. Maria Elena Zavala, Steve Oppenheimer, and Randy Cohen, respectively. Dr. Michelle Wittig, Department of Psychology, will mentor Carlene and Gino.
To broaden their perspectives, this past summer all second year MARC fellows and some MBRS students were involved in research at other institutions. Clarence Gillette and Ron Marcheletta spent the summer in England, Jaime Lopez in Mexico, Mayra Bacama in Ohio. Remaining a bit closer to home, Daniel Miramontez worked in Riverside, Vince Pureza in San Francisco, and Carlos Pelayo in Irvine. All of the students will share their off-campus experiences with others in the MARC and MBRS program on September 29.
The MARC and MBRS programs are aimed at increasing the participation of underrepresented students in biomedical research by preparing them for entry into Ph.D. programs. Applications for a few remaining MARC positions are being accepted. MBRS applications are accepted throughout the year. Information about both programs is available from the MARC office in Science 2128.