For Mariyah Saiduddin, her research has had a double benefit: it has allowed her to apply the lessons she has learned in class, and it has let her to become more interested in her classes as a result of that experience. Mariyah’s passion for her research has led her to consider graduate school and making research an important part of her future. UROP is pleased to recognize Mariyah for the devotion she has brought to her undergraduate research.

1. What is your specific area of research (include the name of your faculty and/or laboratory)?

I do research with Professor Nizkorodov, doing research on the spectroscopy of organic aerosols.

2. When and how did you first get involved in research?

I first began doing research this year, because I had heard about Professor Nizkorodov's research and was interested in studying air chemistry since it's such a dynamic field of study, especially in light of current environmental conditions.

3. How has research enhanced your education?

Research has allowed me to apply what I learn in class and use it to find out more about the world we live in. It has led me to become more interested in my classes because I am able to link it with what I do as part of my research.

4. What has been your favorite experience with research (include any interesting stories or specific events)?

Being able to consolidate my findings and actually present it to people and have them give me feedback has been a unique experience for me and has helped me grow as an individual. Also, getting to hear about other people's research has given me more insight about how diverse this field of study can be, and how many possibilities there are out there.

5. What are your future plans and how has being involved in research helped to prepare you to meet your goals?

Since starting research, it has made me seriously consider going to graduate school after I graduate. I know if I had not been in this working environment here at UCI, I would have never thought about it, but research is something I enjoy and would definitely like to continue doing.

6. What advice would you give to a student interested in pursuing a faculty-mentored undergraduate research project or creative activity?

I would tell an interested student to find a faculty mentor who does research that you find intriguing. It's important to feel a personal connection with the work you do, otherwise this will just be another class. To get the full experience, you need to be genuinely interested in the subject matter.

Past Researchers of the Month

Dec. '15 Ka Hei (Eric) Chan
Nov. '15 Timna Medovoy
Oct. '15 Soraya Davia
Sep. '15 Amanda Nili
Aug. '15 Soo Song
Jul. '15 Tian Harrison
Jun. '15 Rommel Santos
May. '15 Mariyah Saiduddin
Apr. '15 Angel Rodriguez
Mar. '15 Sarah Tang
Feb. '15 Jay Tolentino
Jan. '15 Yuhao Ma