TAMIU Students Chosen for Second
|Miriam Abrego is a TAMIU junior studying to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology. Abrego is part of the University’s Honors program and is currently conducting research with TAMIU’s Dr. Kyung-Shin Park. In 2009, she was one of a handful of students selected to participate in the Reading the Globe Ambassadors and traveled to Ghana to assist in a service project. In 2011, she joined fellow students and presented at the Lamar Bruni Vergara and Guillermo Benavides Z Academic Conference projects entitled Lifestyle Intervention During Summer Months Improved Body Composition and The Effects of Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs. Her spirit of giving back continues as a teacher and choreographer for the dance studio she enrolled at as a child. Abrego plans to continue her studies after completing her undergraduate career in order to earn a master’s degree and become a physician’s assistant.|
|Marcos Dimas is a TAMIU senior studying to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. An active student, he completed the Leadership TAMIU program in 2011, is a current member of the TAMIU Tennis Club, and serves as one of only five students on the University’s Honor Council. In 2008, Dimas presented at the Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences’ Fall Conference in a session entitled Interest Rate. He has also traveled to China with TAMIU’s Dr. Haibo Wang to study Global Supply Chain Management. In addition to being an active student, he has been employed for the past three years at Montana Mike’s. After completing his undergraduate degree, Dimas plans to attend graduate school and earn a Ph.D. in finance and economics.|
|Joel Alexis Jurado is a TAMIU junior studying to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. As a young student, Jurado developed a strong interest in medicine through volunteering at local hospitals in México. He has continued to pursue similar opportunities through involvement with the University of Texas Health Science Center’s Med Ed Program, Make it Real Academy, Holiday Fitness Festival, and Laredo Medical Center. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and an undergraduate research assistant working with Dr. Mónica Mendez. As part of his research, he plans to travel to Brunswick, Germany. In 2011 he presented at the Lamar Bruni Vergara and Guillermo Benavides Z Academic Conference. After completing his degree, Jurado plans to attend medical school to become a pediatric medical researcher.|
|Connie Berenice Lerma is a TAMIU senior studying to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Lerma first became interested in biology after three years of volunteer service in various hospitals in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, México. At the University, she is a part of the TOMS Campus Club and has participated in numerous events promoting women’s health, healthy living, and children’s education. In 2010, she was a recipient of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Recruitment, Retention, and Graduation Grant, providing her with an opportunity to work alongside TAMIU’s Dr. Mónica Mendez as an undergraduate research assistant with the National Science Foundation’s Rapid Project. In 2011, she presented at the Lamar Bruni Vergara and Guillermo Benavides Z Academic Conference. After graduating from the University, she plans to attend medical school and specialize in obstetrics and gynecology.|
|Laura Mendez is a TAMIU junior studying to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. An excellent student, Mendez volunteers at the Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Center and the Cigarroa Recreational Center. She is also employed with the University’s Tex PREP program, assisting students and parents and proctoring exams as needed. After completing her degree, she plans to attend graduate school and earn a Ph.D. in counseling psychology with a focus on marriage and family therapy. She plans to open her own practice, combining her knowledge and leadership skills.|
|Carlos Pacheco, a TAMIU junior, is studying to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. In 2010, he joined Leadership TAMIU, a University group focused on helping students better their leadership skills. This year, he was invited to participate as a member of the University’s Student Conduct Board and serves as one of two students in this capacity. In addition to his studies and campus involvement, he is employed as a Team Leader with Convergys Corporation. After completing his undergraduate degree, Pacheco hopes to attend and graduate from law school.|
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