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Professional Panel Session: Graduate Students Panel

April 2 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Are you considering graduate school? In this multi-panel session, underrepresented graduate panelists will share their journeys in pursuing, applying, and preparing for graduate school. Panelists will also discuss strategies on how you navigate and persist in graduate school

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Sophia Gagakuma

Sophia Gagakuma

Graduate Program
Masters of Education, Instructional Design and Education
Masters of Science, Information Systems

I was born and raised in Accra, Ghana. I got my undergrad from Lamar university in Texas. Texas is home! In the last semester of my undergrad, I got a job as an IT specialist at the university of Utah. I am now the Senior. Business Data Analyst for the department. I graduate with both degrees May 2019. I love tech and travel and I am SO ready to graduate!

Pamela Atanacia Cornejo

Pamela Atanacia Cornejo

Graduate Program
PhD in Counseling Psychology, Department of Educational Psychology

Pamela A. Cornejo, M.Ed. is a 5th year doctoral candidate with focuses on cultural sensitivity and competency in provision of treatment and training of mental health providers and increasing accessibility of mental health services to underrepresented populations. She works within multidisciplinary research teams that engage in school-based interventions and community engagement of teachers, staff, parents and children for academic engagement, cultural dialogue and wellbeing. She is interested in systems change for increasing social justice, reducing the Prison to School Prison Pipeline and discriminatory school practices, treatment and prevention for underserved populations. Pamela’s quantitative and qualitative research examines how cultural factors with racially diverse adolescents impact their school engagement and identity development.

Arnulfo B.N. Tunon-Ortiz

Arnulfo B.N. Tunon-Ortiz

Graduate Program
PhD in Neuroscience

I was born in Mexico and immigrated to Texas at around five years old on my mother’s back. I grew up helping her clean houses and offices while she drilled into me that education is the key to success. Despite the obstacles, I found myself at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas where I joined the McNair Program that made my pursuit for a Neuroscience PhD possible. My dissertation project is to understand how the blood-brain barrier breaks down in children with cerebral malaria, by which I will develop my expertise as a neuroimmunologist to provide insights into research in neurological disorders and explore global health issues. However, I am here thanks to all the helping hands along the way. Therefore, I also strive to be one such hand to those who might need it by being a mentor and aspiring leader in outreach programs. The strongest quality of the Neuroscience PhD program is the supportive environment it has fostered. You do not just feel part of the scientific community, but a community full of diverse individuals that inspire and encourage your professional and personal growth.

Lexi Kaili

Lexi Kaili

Masters of Public Administration

Lexi was born and raised in Hawai’i with strong cultural values of responsibility, accountability, and empathy toward others. She completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental & Sustainability Studies with a minor in Documentary Studies at the University of Utah. She is a first-year graduate student in the Public Administration department focusing on nonprofit strategy and civic engagement through cross-sector partnerships. She currently works at the Sorenson Impact Center at the University of Utah as a communications fellow producing digital and print media for the social impact investing revolution. Her research and work include the incorporation of STEAM components into science education, developing programming for underserved youth, sustainable urban agriculture, and using multimedia journalism and digital storytelling to give marginalized communities an elevated platform. These topics have given her experience in many corners of the public and private sectors through community service, volunteerism, stewardship, and leadership.

Carlos E. Quijada

Carlos Quijada

Law JD

Carlos is originally from Venezuela. He has a B.S. in Biology and an M.P.H. from the University of Florida. While working in the Public Health Department in the Caribbean Island of Saba, he became interested in the intersection of health, law, and policy. Passionate about science and reading, he found the transition to Law School was a natural fit. He chose the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law because of its small class size and nationally recognized faculty. His interests include intellectual property, health policy, and human rights. Last year, he interned at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), working in the growing field of legal epidemiology. His research interests include the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) as it applies to different genetic conditions and populations.

Jessica McCombs

Jessica McCombs

PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Alphonce Mungunda

Alphonce Mungunda

Masters of Science in Biomedical Informatics

Details

Date:
April 2
Time:
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Categories:
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Organizers

Center for Ethnic Student Affairs
Dream Center
TRiO
Graduate School Diversity Office

Venue

Student Equity & Diversity Meeting Room (Union 293)
200 Central Campus Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
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