Student participates in summer research program with Syracuse University

The 2022 Syracuse University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Summer Research Project has selected Yakima Valley College student Francisco Flores of Yakima to attend their 10-week summer residential experience, June 6-August 12. The program is dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented students graduating with baccalaureate degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Flores is only the second student from Washington state to participate in the program, which selects approximately 14 students annually from across the nation.

The LSAMP Research Program is a paid summer research opportunity that provides undergraduate scholars, like Flores, with the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty and staff as well as network with others in their field of interest.

“I am grateful to be allowed to work alongside other scholars who share the same interest as I do,” Flores said. “I believe this experience will help me develop my problem-solving skills and furthermore strengthen my interest in engineering.”

Student scholars have the opportunity to conduct and present research under the direction of a faculty research mentor at Syracuse University. Through this program, scholars gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation.

Research opportunities are available in many STEM disciplines including applied mathematics, architecture, biochemistry, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering (aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, environmental and mechanical), information sciences, mathematics, neuroscience, nutrition sciences, physics, statistics and systems science.

Flores will participate in research focused on aerospace engineering.

“I have an aspiration to be an engineer in aerospace and to be involved in technological innovations,” he said. “I esteem being able to use new ideas for innovation from which others can benefit. I want to work in an environment where I can apply science and mathematics to solve problems to exploratory questions.”

“Francisco is a student highly focused on succeeding,” said YVC’s Interim STEM Program Coordinator Cristy Rasmussen. “I am glad that the STEM program is able to support whatever his dreams are academically and match him to opportunities and resources. He is only the 2nd student from Washington state to be accepted into this research program at Syracuse and I know he will thrive in an environment where he is challenged and mentored. I have no doubt Francisco will be a great engineer one day solving complex problems. The YVC STEM program is preparing him to further his education and to exceed at his next university.”

In addition to working with a faculty research team, Flores will participate in professional development workshops and community building activities. Students also earn a $4,000 stipend for participation and free room and board.

The project is a partnership with the National Science Foundation.

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