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Sandra Ambriz

Hometown: Caldwell, Idaho
Major: Computer Science
Campus Involvement: Geophysics Undergraduate Researcher, Member of LSAMP

Ask me about….
Computer Science, Transfer Process, Undergraduate Research Experience

My name is Sandra Ambriz and I am transfer student from the College of Western Idaho. I transferred to Boise State University after completing my two-year degree at CWI. At Boise State University, I am pursuing a degree in Computer Science and I am involved with LSAMP. I have had the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research and I am currently a member of the Environmental Seismology Laboratory where I am learning about the applications of computer science to the field of geophysics. I am a first-generation student and consequently I am familiar with the struggles that other first-generation students may face, such as handling academics and work. After earning my undergraduate degree in Computer Science, I plan on pursuing a graduate degree.

Jessica Mueller

Hometown: Nampa, Idaho
Major: Geosciences
Campus Involvement: TRIO Upward Bound Office Assistant, TRIO Rising Scholars Member, Environmental Research Assistant

Ask me about….
Being a 1st generation college student. Mental health & study habits that lead to success, research opportunities and TRIO Rising Scholars.

My name is Jessica Mueller. I am a sophomore geoscience major. I am still deciding whether I want my emphasis to be in geophysics or hydrology. I am a full-time student. I work part-time at the TRIO Upward Bound Office on campus. This past summer, LSAMP gave me the incredible opportunity to research human and animal coexistence with Dr. Neil Carter. It was a very positive experience that lead me to feel more confident in my own abilities. It is also what inspired me to change my major from chemistry to geoscience. I found that I have a passion for environmental science and would like my future work to impact the Earth in a profound and restorative way. I am excited to be an LSAMP peer mentor. I am always ready and willing to help, inform, and support you along your journey.

Julie Ramirez

Hometown: Idaho
Major: Environmental Biology
Campus Involvement: Human-Environment Systems Research Assistant, TRIO Rising Scholars Peer Mentor, TRIO Rising Scholars Student,  LSAMP B2B Peer Mentor, LSAMP Student, TRIO Club President

Ask me about….
Getting a degree in Biology, Being a first generation/limited income student, Research opportunities, Starting a club, the TRIO Rising Scholars Program, and STEM related topics.

Hello, my name is Julie Ramirez and I am a third year student studying Environmental Biology. I am a full time student and work as a Peer Mentor for the TRIO Rising Scholars Program and the LSAMP B2B program. I also work as a Research Assistant for Human-Environment Systems, where my research focuses on human-wildlife interactions and human-wildlife conflict. The LSAMP program has enriched my academic career by helping me get involved in research opportunities across the world. I recently did a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Costa Rica that was affiliated with the LSAMP program, Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). I spent nine weeks in the La Selva Biological Research Station where I conducted my own research project studying the impacts of human presence on species abundance. After graduating from Boise State University, I plan to join the Peace Corps and volunteer in sustainable agriculture. I will then attend graduate school and plan to obtain my PhD in wildlife conservation. Please feel free to email me with any questions, thank you!