Student Spotlight

Johanny Gonzalez Shares Experience at 2017 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students 

Image removed.Johanny Gonzalez, SEBS EOF & LSAMP Scholar , shares her experience at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students 2017 - “Honestly, this was such an amazing experience and I wouldn’t have been able to do it if it were not for LSAMP. Attending the ABRCMS has taught me that research can take you anywhere, even to NASA, has expanded my Graduate School options, allowed me to share my lab experience with others and learn about the research being conducted by students from very diverse locations. Attending has also let me build a strong bond with my roommate while she is in Florida, given me great insight as to what graduate school admission officials are looking for in their applicant, and allowed me to experience the culture of Phoenix, Arizona. So I thank you [LSAMP] for your generous aid and will share the knowledge that I have acquired at the ABRCM with others."


Joshua Tedesco Shares Experience at Materials Science and Technology Conference 2016

Image removed.Joshua Tedesco, McNair Scholar, 2015 Cohort & LSAMP Scholar, shares his experience at Materials Science and Technology Conference 2016 - “Thanks to financial assistance provided by the McNair program, I was able to attend Materials Science and Technology Conference 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is one of the biggest conferences in the world, for a materials engineer like myself, and I made a ton of amazing connections. After winning the local contest (at Rutgers University- New Brunswick), I was able to compete in the Material Advantage National Student Contest against America’s top Materials Science Engineering schools. After winning the semifinals, I moved on to the finals where I won third place overall. In addition, I was able to enter the student poster contest, which gave me chance to demonstrate my research skills to professors and scholars from universities all over the world. The best part of my experience was the networking with faculty whom I had been interested in working with for graduate school; some of them even invited me to visit their labs.”

24th Annual California McNair Scholar Symposium: The Scholars' Experience

Rutgers University McNair-LSAMP Scholars, Andres Villegas and Alexis Clavijo attended, The University of California at Berkeley 24th Annual California McNair Scholars Symposium in California from August 4 to August 7, 2016. It was a phenomenal opportunity for these scholars to present their research projects in an academic venue over a course of four days before an audience of academics and graduate program representatives. Read the scholars' experiences below.

Andres Villegas, Rutgers University McNair Scholar, 2016 cohort states:

"My trip to the University of California, Berkeley served not only as the location for my presentation but affirmed the mission I have set for myself in going to graduate school. The slogan of the conference was, “decolonizing the academy” a point and perspective made clear by the University of California, Berkeley McNair director Juan Francisco Esteva Martinez. I was fortunate to be part of this movement along with like-minded individuals who traveled far and wide to hear the same message.

Alexis Clavijo (current McNair Scholar) and I met former Rutgers University McNair scholar, Melanie Plasencia, who embodied the McNair scholar spirit and reminded me that graduate school is not so much of a reach that I once saw it as. I met inspiring faculty including the chair of the Neuroscience program at Berkeley, Dr. Dan Feldman, who convinced me to apply and who deemed me “ready”.

In all, the University of California, Berkeley conference grounded my motivation to attend graduate school and be part of a group of scholars who, indeed, “decolonize the academy”.

Finally, I would like to thank LSAMP and the McNair scholars program without whom this opportunity would not have been made possible."