Four Sonoma State University students have been honored as part of the Louis Stoke Alliance for Minority Participation Program (LSAMP). These students were each selected to receive Program Recognizing Outstanding Undergraduate Distinction (PROUD) awards because of their academic achievements, research experience and their involvement at Sonoma State and in the community.
Stephanie Henriquez is a fourth-year student studying biology with an emphasis on molecular biology and a minor in chemistry. She contributed to the fourth volume of the Sonoma State McNair Scholars Journal. In addition to many academic achievements, Henriquez visits local elementary and middle schools to inspire young students to pursue STEM fields.
Jacob Barrett is a soccer player, animal lover and chemistry student who has been working with Dr. Carmen Works at Sonoma State for the past two years on creating a water-soluble model as a potential carbon monoxide releasing molecule. He plans to pursue his doctorate at the University of California, Santa Barbara in chemistry and biochemistry.
Rachel Deleon is a first generation college student from San Francisco who earned a bachelor's degree in cell and molecular biology from Sonoma State in the spring. She is now pursuing her master's degree at SSU, working with biology professor Dr. Joseph Lin on the sensitivity of protein tyrosine phosphatases. Once Deleon has earned her master's degree, she intends to continue on in her academics by pursuing a Ph.D. in molecular biology.
Joshua Gutierrez is a biochemistry student whose initial interest in chemistry came in his junior year of high school. He chose to attend SSU because of the university's interdisciplinary approach to the subject as well as the opportunities for undergraduate research.
The Louis Stoke Alliance for Minority Participation program awards students at all 23 California State University campuses and has been recognizing STEM students for 20 years. It is funded through a National Science Foundation grant and provides financial assistance to student researchers.