Research at Tufts
Genesis Garcia ‘15
Major: American Studies; Minor: Education
Involvements on campus: Diversity Council- Undergraduate Student Experience Working Group, Living in La Casa (Latino Culture House), work for the Tufts Literacy Corps, Synaptic Scholar, Tufts Summer Scholar ’13, former Co-President of Pan-African Alliance, former Latino Peer Leader, former cast member in Welcome to Arroyo's and Our Private Lives theatre productions
As an American Studies major, I’m exploring issues of the US education system starting right here in Boston. I’m currently filming a documentary about Diploma Plus; a program at Charlestown High School that helps "at-risk" students and/or high school "dropouts" to graduate. I use both of these terms in quotes because I’m essentially trying to deconstruct the dominant narrative about these students, question the common misperceptions about them and the schools that they attend. Using a racial and social class lens, I believe that by looking at this population that has had trouble with schooling or has already left school, you can reveal important information about what is working in schools and what’s not. I started this project last summer as a part of Tufts Summer Scholars, which allows upperclassmen to conduct 10 weeks of research with a stipend and a faculty mentor. I will continue to work on this film through my senior year and hopefully have it culminate into my American Studies senior capstone project.
Jacquelyn Nwagwu ‘17
Los Angeles, California
Major: Chemical Engineering
Involvements on campus: Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists
I am currently working in Professor Asatekin's [Smart Polymers, Membranes and Separations] Lab. My research project focuses on the diffusion of different dyes through a semi permeable membrane. Professor Asatekin and Dean Darryl Williams [Director for The Center for STEM Diversity] have exposed me to the many possibilities within the field of chemical engineering.
Michael Zalesne ‘16
Involvements on campus: Synthetic Biology Club, Tufts Sustainability Collective, Active Minds, Tufts Mountain Club, TA for Introduction to Biology courses, Voices of Tufts Diversity Experience Ambassador
I am working with Tufts iGEM group. We are a student run organization that is working with several departments on campus from Computer Science to Chemical Engineering and several administrators, including President Monaco, in order to write project proposals, find funding, and teach ourselves lab techniques.