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After months of hard work and dedication, ten Hostos Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Fellows presented their research to an expert audience on June 16.

Dean Ann Mester delivered greetings during the virtual event, and fellows Araba A. Acheampong (Science), Mohamed Aden (Environmental Engineering), Alpha Bah (Electrical Engineering), Onyinyechi Obineche (Mechanical Engineering), Reynaldo J. Martínez (Mathematics/Biochemistry), Scarlet Martínez Cardoze (Chemical Engineering), Elmer Ortiz Polanco (Electrical Engineering), Dayhana Segura Del Orbe (Civil Engineering), and Golviz Tavarez Santos (Mathematics/Computer Science) presented the work research they conducted during the 2019-2020 academic year. Unable to attend, fellow Sadia Nipa’s (Chemical Engineering) presentation was delivered by her mentor, Professor Roy Debasish.

“Their presentations were engaging and outstanding,” shared Professor Yoel Rodríguez, who teaches in the Natural Sciences Department and served as a Hostos LSAMP faculty coordinator. “Their commitment and perseverance even during this trying time are remarkable. Their recognition is well deserved as well as their mentors.”

Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program is intended to support historically underrepresented students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and diversify the nation’s STEM workforce.

Although this might have been the first time some of the fellows engaged in research and presented their work to an expert audience, Rodríguez said he doubts it’ll be their last time.

Francisco Fernández, Natural Sciences Departmental Chairperson and Professor, also served as a faculty coordinator, and Hostos alumnus Luis Tejeda Ortiz, helped implement the Hostos LSAMP through his position as a BMI coordinator. Fellows were mentored by Rodríguez, as well as Dr. Jiang Biao, Dr. Roy Debasish, Dr. Carmen Inda García, Dr. Olga Steinberg, and Dr. Mohamed Sohel.

The coordinators, mentors, and Tejeda Ortiz collectively commended the fellows for their impressive work, determination and perseverance in a congratulatory email. “This kind of experience will definitely help you to keep building a successful academic and professional career,” they said. “Keep doing it, do not give up, you will succeed!”

Congratulations to the Hostos LSAMP fellows on a job well done!