Words of Gratitude, Inspiration at (STEM)2 Fall / Summer Research Symposium


How does one go from the projects of Pacoima to one of the most prestigious universities in California… and then move on to become one of the youngest directors of an international science/tech company? Jesse Lamas Calvillo, Director of AGQ Labs (USA), tells us how. In a keynote address to over 100 Cypress College students, faculty and staff at the (STEM)2 Program’s 4th Annual Fall Research Symposium on Friday, November 13, 2015, Mr. Calvillo shared his incredible personal story of perseverance, hard work, and gratitude.

Mr. Calvillo’s presentation will resonate with any student who is working hard to get ahead while highlighting challenges often faced by historically underserved, lower socioeconomic demographics. By demonstrating through his own life and career path how a first-generation Mexican American moved from Section-8 housing to a scholarship at Pepperdine University, even studying at the #1 Dispute Resolution Program in the nation, he encourages all students to find their personal passions in life – to seek them and to always reach out and give back as they succeed in their respective fields.

Mr. Calvillo’s appearance was part of a larger event intended to inspire Cypress College students to continue their pursuit of careers in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics disciplines.

Following Mr. Calvillo’s morning address, a panel of current (STEM)2 Cypress College students spoke about their summer research experiences at various local and national institutions. This session was followed by an open forum poster display, which presented the full array of research findings and student participation. Congratulations to the following 2015 Cypress (STEM)2 Fall Symposium / Summer Research Scholars:
CSU Fullerton Research
Ly Nguyen – Chemistry / Bio-Chemistry
Khanh Nguyen – Chemistry / Bio-Chemistry
Ana Avila – Chemistry / Bio-Chemistry
Stephany Angarita – Geology
Sam Rodriguez – Physics
Robert Aguillar – Civil and Environmental Engineering
Sophia Plaza – Civil and Environmental Engineering
Stephanie Alegria – Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ngoc Nguyen – Computer Engineering
Junnior Rodriguez – Mechanical Engineering

Cal Poly Pomona Research
Omar Mercado – Chemistry / Bio-Chemistry
Brittany Cortez – Civil Engineering
Robert Bufanda – Civil Engineering
Julia Chavez – Geological Sciences

Out-of-State Research
Lynnette Reed – Marine Biology – Dolphin Research – Sarasota, Florida

UC San Diego Research – Training Academy for Research Success (STARS Program)
Valeria Gonzalez – Electrical Engineering (Read more about Valeria /#CYProud2015 Graduate)

National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA Leadership Project) – New Mexico
Irene Ngo – Protein Design & Structure Evolution

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If you are interested in participating in summer research within the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (a $5,000 paid opportunity!), then you should join the Cypress College (STEM)2 Program. Additional member benefits include: one-on-one counseling, transport support to any 4-year university, networking with industry professionals; priority admission to Cal State Fullerton; STEM workshops on careers, transfer processes, scholarships, conferences and much more.

To apply, visit (STEM)2. Applications are due Friday, December 18.

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