Ali for Senate

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Ali Jafri is a second-year undergraduate student studying Molecular and Cell Biology. He is passionate about undergraduate research and is committed to making the academic experience much more fulfilling and inclusive. Ali began his ASUC experience his freshman year as an intern under ASUC Senator* Katya Yamamoto. In his capacity as intern in the research department, he aided in the ASUC acquisition of Beehive, a research platform housed by the College of Engineering. He has since continued his work in the ASUC, serving as Campaign Manager, Director of Professional Development and Research, and Chief of Staff to Senator* Anne Zepecki. Much of his work has been focused on project development in the Office of Undergraduate Research and in collaboration with the Engineering Student Council. His goals are to make undergraduate research more accessible, provide academic resources such as late night spaces and 1-1 tutoring, and find funding for students as they apply for graduate school. Outside of student government, he conducts research in a lab where he studies the nerve systems of jellyfish.


Qualifications

  • Chief of Staff, ASUC Senator* Anne Zepecki (2019)

  • Project Team Member, Beehive (2018-2019)

  • Director of Professional Development and Research, ASUC Senator* Anne Zepecki (2018-2019)

  • Undergraduate Researcher, Harland Lab (2018-2019)

  • Project Development Coordinator, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships (2018)

  • Intern, 11th Senate District of the State of California (2018)

  • STEM Research Intern, ASUC Senator* Katya Yamamoto (2017-2018)

All titles are for identification purposes only.


How We’ll Get it Done

I. Bridging the Gap in Research

  • Increase graduate student engagement in undergraduate research

  • Integrate Beehive into the research culture on campus and encourage faculty to utilize the platform

  • Provide space to ULAB to allow the lab program to continue to expand and thrive

II. Affordable, Accessible, & Accommodative Learning

  • Put course readers online to start the shift towards open source and free course materials

  • Open classrooms in Wheeler during the hours of 10pm-2am for students to reserve for club meetings

  • Establish a 1-to-1 Tutoring program for science courses in the Student Learning Center

III. Funding Your Future (Graduate School)

  • Create a funding source that students who are applying to grad school can use to assist with costs related to grad school application, test, and transcript fees

  • Work with the Career Center and the College of Engineering to expand programming related to higher education such as workshops and a graduate resource fair

  • Design an online guide that walks students through the steps of graduate school admissions for different types of programs and work to increase accessibility of existing graduate school advisors within the colleges