Diversity in scholarship and diversity in scholars

Despite not attaining secondary education, my parents are the most well-educated people I know. Through school, I embodied their learning process–– their curiosity, critical thinking, and tenacity. Eventually, I learned that the key to their knowledge was also their lived experiences. Now, as an educator and scientist, I believe that key to improving equity in the science is to advocate for diversity in scholarship and diversity in scholars. 

 

To improve diversity in the sciences, as scientists we must advocate and work, with an intersectional lens, to diminish the barriers to entering. In particular, it is important to mentor, train, and support students, regardless of their academic background and experience, in field and lab research. Therefore, as a graduate student I have invested time and resources to recruit research assistants, both high school and undergraduate students, in field and lab settings. Specifically, since I work in agricultural systems, I bring students from the local, rural community into my research.

So it is my pleasure to highlight some of the amazing undergraduate and high school student research assistants I have worked with and continue work with in my research.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Martin Banuelos

2017 – 2018

Major: Conservation & Resource Studies, UC Berkeley '20

Career goals: interested in using food and the environment to help the latinx community

Gisel DeLaCerda

2018 – present

Major: Environmental Science minor in Forestry, UC Berkeley '21

Marisol Montes

2017 – present

Major: Conservation & Resource Studies and minor in Science and Math Education, UC Berkeley '19

Career goals: continue conducting ecological research

Emily Wagner

2018 – present

Major: Conservation & Resource Studies, UC Berkeley '19

Career goals: work at a environmental NGO or non-profit that also addresses poverty

Marissa Chase

2017 – present

Major: Molecular Environmental Biology and a minor in Forestry, UC Berkeley '18

Career goals: pursue research in pollination biology/ecology and climate change

Leke Hutchins

2017 – 2018

Major: Conservation & Resource Studies and minor in Food Systems, UC Berkeley '18

Career goals: attend graduate school and engage in socio-ecological research

Grace Pratt

2018 – present

Major: Conservation & Resource Studies and Spanish Language and Literature, UC Berkeley '20

Career goals: use data science to address environmental problems

Paula Yang

2018 – present

Major: Biology, CSU – Fresno '20

Career goals: obtain an M.D. and become a physician who serves the Hmong community

And many more, including Christina Fuentes, Aaron McDowell-Sanchez, Neena Mohan, Josh Karalis, Monica Lee Wilkinson...

High School Student Research Assistants

Jennifer Becerra

2017

 

Sunnyside High School '17

Fresno, CA

Major: (UCLA) pre-med, Chicanx Studies with a minor in public health

Career goals: obtain my M.D. and become a physician in my community and pursue healthcare research

Paulina Hernandez

2016, 2017

Alisal High School '17

Salinas, CA

Major: (UC Davis) Environmental Science and Management and minor in Spanish

Career goals: establish a career in the soil sciences in order to begin implementing sustainable soil practices in the Salinas Valley

Lilliana Sandoval

2018

Antioch High School '19

Antioch, CA

Intended major: Environmental Studies

Career goals: wildlife conservation biologist

Adela Contreras

2016

Everett Alvarez High School '16

Salinas, CA

Major: (UC Davis)

Career goals

Julian Samano

2018

Antioch High School '19

Antioch, CA

Intended major

Career goals

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