The goal of the Garden State LSAMP program is to increase the number of traditionally under represented minority students to graduate with a degree in the STEM field. Through a series of interactions, opportunities and sharing of resources, a seamless transition from community college to 4-year institution will be developed.
I am from the island of Jamaica. I migrated to the U.S in 2010. I finished two years of high school before attending Rutgers University-Newark in 2012. In my second year at Rutgers, I joined the Garden State - LSAMP. After applying to LSAMP, I was assisted by the Director with employment in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. I aided in Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery (MEOR) research experiments for about four semesters. I have been working as a research student since 2013. I currently a research student working with faculty to characterize hydrogeological properties of rock cores using geophysical properties.
I was recently nominated by Dr. Alexander Gates to showcase my summer research at the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Symposium in Washington D.C. My research is focused on examining the relationship between clay content and magnetic susceptibility. Clay content estimates are important in hydrogeological studies. The presence of clay controls petrophysical properties of rocks such as permeability and porosity. The use of magnetic susceptibility has been shown to correlate with clay mineralogy and so to examine this relationship the variation in magnetic susceptibility with petrophysical and hydraulic properties such as specific surface area, iron content and permeability was analyzed. I wish to further my education in the geosciences specifically in geophysics and hydrogeology by attending graduate school.
Dr. Gates and two LSAMP Scholars speak with representatives from The White House about how we are increasing the number of minority participants in the STEM field though educational programs and research opportunities.
February 2, 2016