UC San Diego hosted this year’s student leadership conference for the Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel’s Southern California chapter. More than 500 high school students from San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange Counties’ TRiO programs attended the event. The program focused on leadership skills and career pathways to science, technology, engineering and math fields. Chancellor Khosla stopped by the conference to welcome the students to our campus. The keynote speakers included San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and Professor Angelica Gutierrez from Loyola Marymount University College of School of Business.
"Energy is an important component of food, fuel and the environment, and thinking in a holistic manner is key to solving issues we face today. UC San Diego is uniquely positioned to educate the leaders of the future." – Chancellor Khosla speaking at the Food and Fuel for the 21st Century Symposium
Pradeep K. Khosla, Senator Ben Hueso, Steve Mayfield
Chancellor Khosla and California State Senator Ben Hueso were among the participants at the recent Food and Fuel for the 21st Century Symposium. The Senator was on campus to gain a deeper understanding of the growing field of algae production as a benefit to energy, environmental and economic issues.
Senator Hueso visited an algae laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Cal-CAB algae ponds on campus before attending the symposium, where he talked about the value of collaboration among government, academia and the private sector. Chancellor Khosla also emphasized the importance of public-private partnerships and touted UC San Diego’s unique strengths across disciplines in educating our next generation leaders who will address complex global challenges.
Showing his support of undergraduate research, Chancellor Khosla stopped by the Faculty Club to speak with the 135 students who were presenting their projects at the annual Undergraduate Research Conference. Students had to be nominated by their faculty mentors to be a part of the event. Chancellor Khosla said, “I encourage all students to participate in research. You get to work with top faculty from around the world and conduct research with open-ended questions. You learn to collect information, collaborate and solve problems. It is great hands-on, real-world experience, and it allows you to generate new knowledge and contribute to your field.”
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