The Center for Poverty Research (CPR) at UC Davis in collaboration with Howard University, Morehouse College and Spelman College, hosts the UCD-SPREE program which introduces undergraduates from these Universities to poverty research in the social sciences and develop skills for graduate school.
UCD-SPREE participants travel to UC Davis during their first summer in the program, where they are paired with faculty and graduate student mentors and introduced to research at the CPR. Students participate in CPR activities and coordinating graduate school preparation components sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies.
Sudarshan is a Sophomore at Howard University pursuing a double major in Economics and Mathematics. He was born and grew up in Nepal. Sudarshan is active on campus and serves as the treasurer of the Abram Harris Economics Society, an organization of undergraduate economics students at Howard. He also tutors students in economics and statistics. Sudarshan was awarded the Capstone scholarship (covers tuition and housing) on his acceptance to Howard. At the end of his Freshmen year, he was placed on the Dean’s list for excellent academic records and was named a Locke Scholar.
Natalia Cooper will graduate summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Howard University in May 2019 where she studied Economics and Political Science. She represented Howard University at Harvard’s 2017 National Campaign Conference, served as Secretary of the HUSA Policy Board during the 2017-2018 school year, and traveled to China as a member of the Sixth Class of Howard’s Freshman Leadership Academy. While a student, she interned with two U.S.
Sera Orr is a junior sociology major with a concentration in criminal justice from Long Island, New York. As an active student on campus, Sera participates in many organizations such as National Negro of Congress Women, LadyBuds (a tutoring program for young girls), as well as the Transfer Student Association where she holds the position as the Secretary. During her free time, Sera also likes to volunteer at a variety of food banks in Atlanta. Growing up it has been instilled in Sera to always give back to those who are less fortunate.
Tiago Rachelson, from Miami, Florida, is a rising junior at Morehouse College, where he pursues a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Sociology. Tiago loves learning about social justice causes— especially those related to race, class, sex, gender, and sexuality. Tiago is a Stamps Scholar and is on the Dean’s List at Morehouse, winning the Top Freshmen Scholar Award in his first year. During his time on campus, he has been Dorm President, a Student Ambassador, a Presidential Ambassador, and a board member of the Morehouse Business Association.
The UC Davis Center for Poverty Research is please to announce the renewal of the UCD-SPREE program. The Center will once again host undergraduates from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for summer experiences with poverty research and mentorship toward academic careers.
In August eight students from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) concluded a seven-week, intensive research program through the University of California, Davis Summer Poverty Research Engagement Experience (UCD-SPREE). Under the auspices of the program, UCD faculty provide mentorship and guidance to a select group of students to conduct research and prepare for the rigors of doctoral programs.