Natural & Mathematical Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences


Research and Internships

The Department of Natural and Mathematical Sciences encourages our students to participate in research projects or internships, and in fact, biology majors are required to do so for their degrees. For this reason, each fall we hold a Natural Sciences Internship Information Session so that students can learn how to go about getting an internship, learn about opportunities with local agencies, and hear from other NMS students what they have done. The Career Center also sponsors this event. They have additional information on internships available on their Web site.

Many students work on research projects with our faculty. At the annual Natural and Mathematical Sciences Research Seminar every spring, students have the opportunity to present on their research and internships. In 2014, about 130 faculty and students attended and 16 students presented. In addition to this event on campus, we know how important attending conferences can be for students, especially if they have the opportunity to present, so we have funding available to help cover the cost of registration, travel, etc.

Here are some recent examples of internships:

  • Internship at University of New Mexico Hospital, Orthopedic Department
  • Internship at Ambryx biotechnology (cancer research lab) in Riverside
  • Pharmaceutical Research Internship in Halle, Germany
  • Medical Internship at China California Heart Watch in Yunnan, China
  • Internship at Loma Linda University, Perinatal Biology Department
  • Scientific Aid at Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board

Here are some titles of research presentations given by students at conferences:

  • Nodal and spadetail (Spt) causes no beating heart phenotype in zebrafish embryos
  • Characterization of the spadetail gene in mesodermal progenitor cell development
  • Carbon Sequestration on Surface Mine Lands
  • An Imperfect Solution – Biofuels
  • Assessment of Stream Fish Mortality from Short-term Exposure to Illite Clays Used as an In Situ Method for Remediating 137Cs Contaminated Wetlands
  • Foundational Compositional Analysis of Urtica dioica (Stinging Nettle) Leaves
  • Quantitation of Polysorbate 80 in Tocilizumab SC Using an HPLC-ELSD Assay
  • Phytonutrient Analysis of Fresh and Cooked Yucca (Yucca whipplei) Fruit Pods and Blossoms
  • Synthesis and Characterization of an Anti-tubercular Benzothiazinone Derivative
  • PI between the Lines
  • Solution of a Schrödinger Equation with a Generalized Caldirola-Kanai Hamiltonian
  • Anthropometric indicators of obesity in Native American Adolescents and Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Throwing Buffon’s Needle With a CAS System
  • An Application of Girth, a preliminary report