Project Leaders: Andrew Nguyen, Ashley Trinidad
SMASH was founded by Conner Richards in 2014 with the help of the Donald Strauss Scholarship. The goal of SMASH is to increase college enrollment in STEM fields among Riverside-area high school students, specifically those from under-represented, low-income, and/or first generation backgrounds. We accomplish this by tutoring and mentoring students at Ramona High School every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday after school. We mostly help students with homework problems, create practice problems, and plan panels where UCR's CNAS Science Ambassadors can speak of their experience as college students to the high schoolers at Ramona High School. With our easily accessible tutoring service, we have been able to help students pass classes and gain a better understanding of the material they struggle with.
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The SMASH program aims to increase college enrollment in STEM fields among local area high school students, specifically those from underrepresented, low-income, or first generation backgrounds. Throughout the academic year, UCR Science Ambassadors with the SMASH program tutor and mentor students at Ramona High School.
A major highlight of SMASH is the CERN Masterclass, a partnership with the UCR Physics Department and CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research). During the CERN Masterclass, high school students are invited on campus, run a mock-data analysis, and interact with other high schools around the world to discuss the results.
The generous support of donors makes it possible for our Science Ambassadors with the SMASH program to offer this transformative opportunity to our local high school students.