STEM Posses and STEM Mentors

 The STEM Posses program provides extra support for first-year science and mathematics majors, particularly first-generation students (students whose parents did not attend college). Carefully selected and trained STEM Mentors will meet weekly with a Posse of 6 – 8 students, guiding them in their academic journey and helping them make a successful transition to life as a science or mathematics major. Whenever possible, Posses will include students taking several classes together to aid in formation of study groups. Time will be set aside for advising, mentoring, and even fun! Mentors will also meet individually with Posse members on weekly basis.

To join

Enrollment for AY13-14 will begin in June, 2013.

STEM Mentors for AY12-13

Haidi Ahmed

Haidi Ahmed is a senior Cellular and Molecular Biology Major. She plans on furthering her studies by attending graduate school and continuing to pursue research. Haidi spent her childhood in Egypt and speaks fluent Arabic. She enjoys fishing and snowboarding in her spare time. She looks forward to helping her posse reach their full potential.

Alejandro (Alex) Benitz

Alejandro (Alex) Benitz is a senior Biochemistry major who is considering graduate school for chemistry and medicine.  He loves his dog Trixy, snowboarding, and playing his guitar.  He hopes to help motivate his Posse to succeed in their educational goals and to become engaged in the CI STEM community on campus.

Jose Castellon

Jose Castellon is majoring in Biochemistry and plans on continuing his education to earn his Master’s degree. He enjoys going jogging, hiking, and watching movies. Jose is fluent in both English and Spanish. His goal as a STEM Mentor is to guide and aid his Posse members through their first semester in CSUCI as best he can.

Jannessa Moreno

Jannessa Moreno is a junior Biology major. She loves animals and therefore wishes to be a
marine or wildlife biologist. Jannesa loves to spend time with her two children and family, being outdoors, and doing research with her faculty mentor. Jannessa is Spanish-English bilingual. She hopes to motivate her Posse to get involved in research with a mentor.