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Stacy Martinez
Stacy Martinez entered Rutgers University through the School of Arts & Sciences-EOF Program.   In 2012 she made a decision to change to a different major which would delay her graduation year. This was a frightening thought. However she transferred to the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and majored in Landscape Architecture. She states with confidence “I took a big leap but I’m so glad I took the risk and went after something I love”.  .  Through her determination and commitment to academic excellence and with the support of the SEBS-EOF Program Stacy was rewarded by her selection into the prestigious George H. Cook Honors Scholars Program. Stacy proclaims “the... Continued
Jonatha Castaneda
Jonathan Castaneda is a first-generation American of Cuban and Colombian descent and a lifelong resident of West New York, NJ. Shaped by his upbringing in an environment of socioeconomic uncertainty, immigration disputes and security issues; his academic and professional aspirations to improve the quality of life and socioeconomic opportunities for his family and his community were defined from an early age. Jonathan graduated from Seton Hall University’s John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations with a B.S. in Diplomacy and International Relations a participant of their Education Opportunity Program. He focused his research on democratization and the effects of... Continued
Sana Salaam
Sana Salaam completed her BA degree in Social Work, May 2015 at Rutgers University- Newark.  As an undergraduate, she spent a summer doing two service learning projects in India.  The projects were Feminist Approach to Technology (F.A.T), focused on empowering young girls through S.T.E.M education and Salaam Baalak, an organization operating five, twenty-four hour children shelters.  Sana credits these experiences for enhancing her passion for child advocacy. Sana finds solace in writing poetry. An interest she has been pursing since she was seven years old. Sana’s two favorite quotes of inspiration to live by are: "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others... Continued
Yomaira Figueroa, a former McNair scholar, is on the rise. After earning her B.A. in English, Latino & Hispanic Caribbean Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, she has earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. A first-generation Afro-Puerto Rican New Jersey native, Figueroa is an assistant professor at Michigan State University Department of English and African American and African Studies is on the rise. Figueroa has been selected as a 2015-2017 Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Advancement (SITPA) Fellow. SITPA is a mentoring and professional socialization initiative at Duke University designed for early... Continued
Gina Pearson
Gina Pearson overcame tremendous personal adversity to become an academically outstanding student. Gina transferred from Rutgers  Camden School of Arts and Sciences to Rutgers School Arts and Sciences in New Brunswick where she majored in Social Work. She was very involved in on campus and community activities including the Douglass Big Pine Mentoring Program, the Douglass Child Psychology Study Center and Elijah’s Promise. She was a research assistant for the Office of Child Welfare Initiative and she was an active participant for the Transitions for Youth :Project MYSELF. Gina was a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society and she served as president. Additionally she was a member of Chi... Continued

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