University of California, Los Angeles Chapter

Message from the 2012 Directors:

Welcome to InnoWorks at UCLA!

This is our second year as an InnoWorks chapter at the home of the Bruins. We are absolutely thrilled to share this opportunity with underserved middle-school youth in the Los Angeles area to promote careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine. Our program will be held in the summer of 2012 and will be centered on a curriculum called the Making Sense of Senses.

The Making Sense of Senses curriculum will allow students to conduct, first-hand, many of the experiments our pioneering scientists devised in order to make the ground-breaking discoveries that revolutionized the world as we know it today. Students will be challenged to think critically and tackle real-world problems with the help of college mentors by participating in a plethora of activities, ranging from working with cells and DNA to building an electric motor. We hope that these hands-on activities will not only excite the students about science but help them gain confidence to pursue their education with new vigor.

Our group of volunteers is composed of enthusiastic and friendly college students from a variety of backgrounds who are passionate about teaching and sharing the experiences that have inspired them to become physicians and scientists. We wish to forge lasting friendships with participating students and build bonds that will transcend the program's duration.

We are grateful for the guidance of our community and university leaders and look forward to continuing to develop strong relationships with each of them. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to get involved with our program in any way.


Jerry Lou and Melissa Tawa
2012 UCLA Innoworks Co-Directors

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2017 Schedule

  • UCLA InnoWorks
    July 17 - 21, 2017

2016 Schedule

  • UCLA InnoWorks
    June 13-17, 2016

2015 Schedule

  • UCLA InnoWorks
    June 15 - 19, 2015

2014 Schedule

  • UCLA InnoWorks
    June 16 - 20, 2014

2013 Schedule

  • UCLA InnoWorks
    August 5 - 9, 2013

2012 Schedule

  • UCLA InnoWorks
    July 30 - August 3, 2012

2011 Schedule

  • UCLA InnoWorks
    July 18 - July 22, 2011

2012 UCLA InnoWorks Workshop

2014 UCLA InnoWorks Workshop

Officers and Staff

Professor Neil Garg
InnoWorks Faculty Advisor
Neil Garg is an Associate Professor and the Vice Chair for Education in the Department more >>

Cindy La
2013 Co-Director, 2012 Co-Deputy Director
I am currently a third year undergraduate at UCLA studying Human Biology and Society. more >>

Dhaval Dixit
2013 Co-Director
Dhaval is a 4th year UCLA student majoring in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular more >>

Jane Wane Wang
2013 Chief Curriculum Officer, 2012 Chief Curriculum Officer and Mentor
I am a four-year undergraduate at UCLA majoring in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental more >>

Kevin Junus
2013 Chief Recruitment Officer
Kevin is currently a fourth-year undergraduate Psychobiology major studying psychobiology, more >>

Jerry Lou
2012 Co-Director, 2011 Mentor, Curriculum Officer
I am currently a sophomore undergraduate majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in more >>

Melissa Tawa
2012 Co-Director, 2011 Chief External Recruitment Officer
Melissa Tawa is currently a third year majoring in Environmental Science with a more >>

Cassie Coleman
2012 Co-Deputy Director
Cassie Coleman is fourth year undergraduate majoring in Molecular, Cell and Developmental more >>

Damond Ng
2012 Chief Sponsorship Officer
Damond Ng is a third-year undergraduate majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in more >>

Daniel Wong
2012 Chief Curriculum Officer
Daniel is a second-year undergraduate with a major in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental more >>

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