McNair Scholars Program

Neuroscience Grad Student Nicole Claiborne Awarded the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowship

UC Davis graduate student Nicole Claiborne and her advisor, Professor Karen Zito, are among the 45 doctoral students and their advisers awarded the  Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Gilliam Fellowships to advance diversity and inclusion in the sciences.

From the Kitchen to the Lab: Grad Student Irene Yim's Mission to Improve Food Safety

Irene Yim, a second-year Ph.D. student in food science and technology, brings a particular zest to her research in food safety: an impressive professional cooking background.

The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Yim spent her childhood helping in her family’s restaurants and attended the California Culinary Academy Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco after high school.

She spent the next decade cooking for esteemed restaurants in the Bay Area and beyond: Thailand, Singapore and New Orleans.