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About LabRATS

The Laboratory Resources, Advocates, and Teamwork for Sustainability (LabRATS) Program at UCSB assists researchers on campus in reducing their impact on the environment while also improving safety, encouraging good laboratory management practices, and promoting communication and resource sharing. Our program is uniquely prepared to adapt campus recycling, energy management, and sustainability practices to the unusual materials used and processes implemented in laboratories.


Program Leaders:

Jewel Persad -
Jen Bowser -




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Mia Yamagiwa

Mia is a 3rd year Chemical Engineering major from San Jose, CA. She joined LabRATS in Spring 2023 and is an active member of Nikkei Student Union, a Japanese American organization, as well as Theta Tau, a professional engineering fraternity. In her free time, she enjoys playing sports, going to concerts, and spending time in nature.




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Elise Roberts, LabSYNC Program Assessments

Elise is a 4th year Environmental Studies major with a minor in Spatial Studies from Orange County, CA. She joined LabRATS in Summer 2023 and is one of the Events Chairs for the UCSB Environmental Affairs Board. In her free time, she loves to get outdoors by going for sunset walks, hammocking, or reading by the beach.