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DaVante C

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at University of California Irvine (UCI)


Condensed Matter Physics (Nanofluidics), Electromagnistm, Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, Machine Learning


Hello, I double majored in mathematics and physics for my B.S. degree and am currently a physics PhD Condensed Matter student. Most of my research is inspired by the biology of the brain. I am interested in how signals are transferred from one axon to another, and I am also interested in the mechanisms behind memory and learning. I am also very passionate about education. I have taught 4 lower division courses at UC Irvine throughout my graduate career and have been tutoring elementary through college students in mathematics and physics for the past six years. My personal hobbies are fishing, working on cars, and spending time with my family. I have a 4-year-old son and a fiancé that I like to take on adventures. Most adventures include going hiking or going to the beach and having a BBQ.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Air Trajectory Project

We can create a device that can launch a small mass with extreme accuracy. We can build the device, take data, and even use machine learning and MATLAB to better predict the projectiles final position and create a simulation of the project.

Arduino Project

We can build a small mechanical device that is controlled by an Arduino and DAQ card that we programed using LabVIEW or MATLAB. There are many mechanical devices that we can build using basic circuit elements and small motors.

Machine Learning Project

We can choose a publicly available dataset and use machine learning algorithms to better analyze and make predictions on the data; regression models, neural networks, random forest, etc. This dataset can be from science, stock, or if the student has a particular area of interest, then we can choose a dataset that the student is interested in.

Coding skills

Python, C++

Languages I know


Teaching experience

I have tutored Math, Physics, and Chemestry at the high school and college level for the past 6 years. I have also taught lower division physics courses as a Teaching Associate at UC Irvine for 4 quarters.


Work experience

University of California-Irvine (Irvine, CA) (2021 - Current)
Teaching Associate
University of California-Irvine (Irvine, CA) (2021 - 2022)
Teaching Assistant
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (2023 - 2023)
University of California Riverside (2019 - 2021)


University of California Riverside (UCR)
BS Bachelor of Science (2021)
Double Major in Physics & Applied Mathematics
University of California Irvine (UCI)
MS Master of Science candidate
Physics-Condensed Matter
University of California Irvine (UCI)
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Physics- Condensed Matter

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