The Associated Students Fellowship Program invited Chancellor Khosla to a recent meeting to share his leadership experience and provide advice to fellows as they take on leadership positions. The program is for first-year students and promotes leadership experience through participation in AS offices, weekly workshops and event planning. The Chancellor talked about his experience as a student, a professor and an administrator, and emphasized the importance of education in teaching students to think, collaborate and problem solve. He encouraged the students to get involved in diverse activities and to take advantage of the many opportunities offered on campus to develop leadership skills.
UC San Diego is leading the American Gut project – over 10,000 citizen scientists who are finding out about all the tiny microbes that inhabit their bodies – assisted with a consortium of over 100 researchers around the world. Today, the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation, led by Professor Rob Knight, held a symposium to celebrate the first publication of the American Gut Project in the open-access ASM journal mSystems. Chancellor Khosla welcomed the audience and talked about the importance of this project in discovering and better understanding our microbes and microbiomes, and he pointed out that this project is unique in using citizen-science, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding so everyone can get involved. The American Gut project is based out of Rob Knight’s lab, one of the largest microbiome research labs in the world.
Professor Rob Knight
Professor Larry Smarr
UC San Diego continues to expand the Chancellor’s Associates Scholarship Program, so even more local and high-achieving students can attend our world-class university. This year, 265 incoming freshmen received the scholarship and the university added two new partner schools to the program – Hoover High School and E3 Civic High School. UC San Diego’s newest scholars were honored at a reception last week at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in Southeast San Diego. Hundreds of students and their family members attended, along with Chancellor’s Associates donors, current scholars, UC San Diego faculty and staff, and leaders from our partner schools and organizations. Chancellor Khosla congratulated all of the new scholars and awarded them with a blue and gold Triton honor cord, signifying the university’s pledge to help them throughout their academic career.
The Chancellor created the scholarship and program in 2013 to support talented local students with great potential, financial need and the motivation to academically succeed at UC San Diego. To date, more than 615 students have received the Chancellor’s Associate Scholarship.
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