Today, San Diego Mesa College announced that three SEEDS Scholars have been awarded
highly competitive summer internships with the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and UCSD’s Summer Training Academy for
Research Success (STARS).
“We are extremely pleased to congratulate Allondra, Ti’Shaun, and Cassie on these
exciting opportunities,” stated Dr. Waverly Ray, San Diego Mesa College Assistant
Professor of Geography and Co-Coordinator of the SEEDS Scholars Program.
The “SEEDS” Scholars Program (STEM Engagement for the Enrichment of Diverse Students)
at Mesa is designed to increase the number of Hispanic students at Mesa pursuing future
graduate degrees by providing a firm foundation in STEM-related fields (science, technology,
engineering, math), during the first two years of college. The SEEDS Program maximizes
awareness of agriculture-related themes such as global food security, hunger, and
sustainability, and mentors underrepresented STEM students to become a driving force
in the community.
SEEDS Scholar Allondra Gonzalez has accepted a summer 2017 internship with the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services through the Diversity Summer Research Training
Program (DSRTP). Allondra is a nutrition major who heard about this opportunity through
the HACU conference in San Antonio last semester. Allondra will spend the summer
doing research at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. The ten-week internship
includes travel expenses to Bethesda, housing, and a $2,600 stipend.
SEEDS Scholar Ti’Shaun Allen has accepted a summer 2017 internship with UCSD’s Summer
Training Academy for Research Success (STARS). Ti’Shaun is a psychology major who
plans to transfer to SDSU this fall. She will join a psychology research lab (to be
determined) and present her research at the end of the summer. This eight-week internship
includes housing on the UCSD campus, a GRE preparation course, a $3,000 stipend, a
faculty mentor, and a graduate student mentor.
SEEDS Scholar Cassie Casares has accepted a summer 2017 internship with the U.S. Department
of Agriculture through the Watershed Management Experiential Learning for USDA program
at CSU, San Bernardino. Cassie is an agriculture and environmental sciences major
who will transfer to a four-year institution next year. Cassie will spend the summer
working on a forest inventory at the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Northern California.
This internship provides $4,500 for work over the summer and housing in a U.S. Forest
Service barracks. This is a well-recognized and respected program that provides interns
with hands-on field experiences combined with research writing and presentation skills.
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Tags: Press Release, HSI Grant, SEEDS