Natural Resources 24, Section 2

How to Be a CNR Scientist (1 unit, P/NP)

Dr. Traci Grzymala
Mondays 5-6:30pm, 260 Mulford Hall, Class number: 67054

This class will expose students to the breadth of biological sciences within CNR, the daily activities of a scientist, and the unique opportunities available for science students at a research university. Students will meet CNR faculty, explore laboratories, grapple with concepts central to biological research and gain fundamental skills for their undergraduate careers as scientists.

Instructor Bio

Traci Grzymala received her PhD from the UC Berkeley department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management in 2016 with her dissertation focusing on the evolutionary relationships of beetles. During her time in the College of Natural Resources, she served as the GSI for several undergraduate classes and also as a Berkeley Connect mentor in the ESPM department. She currently works at a local science outreach non-profit, training graduate students to communicate their science in meaningful ways to elementary school students. As a first-generation college student, she places priority on the mentorship of undergraduate students so that they may be empowered to make the most of their university experiences and navigate to future successful careers.


This class is designed for CNR freshmen who are interested in a biological science major within the College. Freshmen from other colleges are welcome to join if they intend to transfer into CNR to study the biological sciences.

This seminar is part of the following programs

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