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 GS-LSAMP, I was assisted by Dr. Alexander Gates 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 am currently a research student working with faculty to characterize hydrogeological properties of rock cores using geophysical properties.
I was 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. The GS-LSAMP program enhanced my undergraduate experience by introducing me to research. Through LSAMP's research program, I was able to explore the available opportunities in my field and gain phenomenal research experiences. In preparation for applying to graduate school, GS-LSAMP provided me with adequate research experience and the annual GS-LSAMP research conferences allowed me to learn how to create poster presentations, present my data and network with professionals in my field.I will be attending the University of South Florida in Fall 2017 to obtain my PhD thanks to the Bridges to the Doctorate Fellowship.
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