trioTRiO Talent Search students and staff with Kyoto Symposium keynote speaker Dr. Edward Witten.

A group of TRiO Talent Search students from Mount Miguel and El Cajon Valley High Schools spent an exceptional day at UC San Diego on March 18 attending the Kyoto Prize Basic Sciences Presentation at the Kyoto Symposium. Students learned about String Theory from renowned theoretical physicist and professor of mathematical physics Dr. Edward Witten, the 2014 Kyoto Prize Laureate in Basic Sciences.

Students toured the UC San Diego campus, learned about applying to college and about the Kyoto Symposium organization’s Kyoto Scholarships, awarded to high school seniors in the San Diego and Tijuana region who plan to attend a four-year university. This year’s Kyoto Scholarship recipients were awarded at the conference.

“The Kyoto Symposium was a fantastic opportunity for our TRiO Talent Search students to attend a lecture by an honored laureate of the Kyoto Prize, Japan’s highest private award for global achievement,” said Jorge Hernandez, counseling coordinator for the TRiO Talent Search. “TRiO offers these kinds of on-campus activities to broaden awareness, as well as to connect students to campus faculty and staff who inspire and support college-bound students. The California Exit Examinations (CAHSEE) were held that day at schools, so we were pleased a core group of TRiO students with a strong interest in science made an extra effort to attend the event.”

UC San Diego TRiO Talent Search is part of the TRiO outreach programs housed within the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment and Teaching Excellence (CREATE). TRiO Talent Search works with 9th through 12th grade students at El Cajon, Mount Miguel, Monte Vista and Mountain Empire High Schools in San Diego’s east county. The goal of TRiO Talent Search is to increase college-going enrollment at these schools and to provide free services to eligible students.  In its 14 year history, UC San Diego’s TRiO Talent Search has helped more than 2,000 students apply to and enroll in two- and four-year colleges.

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After the event, students chat with their host Dr. Bruce Arnold, director, Math Testing and Placement at UC San Diego (second from left).  Yvonne Duncan, physics teacher at El Cajon Valley High School (center) and TRiO Talent Search Counseling Coordinator Jorge Hernandez escorted students around campus.
trioUC San Diego Raza Resource Center Director Dr. Gerardo Arellano, (second from left), met with students and provided information on applying to graduate school and the benefits of earning a postgraduate degree.
GeiselHernandez and TRiO Talent Search students visit the UC San Diego Department of Music and Geisel Library before they return to Mount Miguel and El Cajon Valley High Schools.

To learn more about the TRiO Talent Search programs visit the TRiO website.