Student Spotlights

1Jennifer Cadestin is a 2013 graduate who majored in biology with a pre-med concentration and a minor in psychology. She was a Dean’s List scholar and Wellslink Scholar. After Cadestin attended a mini-medical school program with the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, she said “I realized a field in science was something I wanted to achieve.” Cadestin was a volunteer in the SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Family Resource Center. She plans to become a pediatric neurologist.

2Janique Cheesman is a Syracuse University graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering.  She was a McNair Scholar who also obtained the EPA Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship. Cheesman decided on a career in science, “When I realized how much of a positive contribution I could make to society by using my skills in engineering and science,” she said. Cheesman is now attending Villanova University and is in the process of obtaining a degree in Sustainable Engineering.


Dennis Frazer is a 2013 graduate who majored in biomedical engineering. He was accepted into  the Renee Crown Honors Program in 2010. Frazer researched neural regeneration as an intern at the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute and aspires to become a physician. That goal he said has “always been my dream.” He is also interested in becoming a research scientist and focusing on biomedical engineering.


Frances Julian Gonzalez is a 2013 graduate who majored in aerospace engineering minored in physics and mathematics. Gonzales was a recipient of the Igor Sikorsky Scholarship, a three-time recipient of the Henry Street Settlement Youth Scholarship and he was in the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science PRIDE Circle of Honors. Gonzales hopes to work at Sikorsky Aircraft or conduct research at Syracuse or Cornell universities.

6Kemardo Henry is a 2013 graduate who majored in biochemistry. He received the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Henry was also a Renee Crown Scholar and was on the Dean’s List every semester while at Syracuse. Henry plans to continue his studies and pursue a doctorate degree. He plans to explore the medical properties of the chemicals produced by plants.


Mireily Mir-Galarza is a Syracuse University graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. She was on the Dean’s List three times during her time at Syracuse. Mir is interested in addressing people’s special needs through mechanical engineering by improving the design of everyday products used by the elderly and children. She plans to pursue a doctorate degree and is now an intern at Comet Analytics, Inc.


Sofia Alia Pezoa is a 2013 graduate who majored in biology and minored in Spanish. She conducted a distinction in biology thesis. In the summer of 2012, Pezoa was a LSAMP research fellow and received an honorary mention for her research at the Syracuse University Summer Research Symposium. She plans to attend medical school.



Amiya Quidley is a 2013 graduate who majored in chemical engineering with a minor in information management and technology. She was a Dean’s Scholarship recipient. Quidley was a member of the National Society  of Black Engineers and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. She had an internship at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University through the Multicultural Academic Opportunities  Program. Quidley plans to conduct medical research to develop treatments diseases and disorders.


Luis F. Romo was a graduate student at Syracuse University who earned a master’s degree in bioengineering. He was an LSAMP student during his undergraduate career and was also an LSAMP graduate assistant that helped to coordinate student events for the program while he earned his master’s degree.The medical device company Romo founded, HELIOS Innovative Technologies Inc., earned the first- place and grand prize positions at the 2011 New York State Business Plan Competition. Romo is a member of the Student Philanthropy Council and a  researcher at the SUNY Upstate Medical School.


Zenille Saunders is a 2012 Syracuse University graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering. She was a Coronat Scholar who was inducted into the Chi Epsilon Civil and Environmental Engineering Honor Society this year. Saunders was also a Cramer Scholar at the Interdisciplinary Center at Herzliya, Israel and served as the president of the Syracuse University chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Saunders is now attending Carnegie Mellon University.


Asia Terry is a Syracuse University graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. She received the Pride Circle of Honor and Circle of Achievement award while studying at Syracuse University. Terry realized she wanted to pursue a career related to math and science after her high school teachers introduced her to engineering. Terry is preparing for graduate school.

14LaToya Welch is a graduate student at Syracuse University pursuing her Master’s Degree in Information Management. As an LSAMP student she earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Management and Technology degree. She currently works for an IT company in Vienna, VA. LaToya also has the honor of being a Gates Millennium Scholar. Throughout her years in the LSAMP program, she had the opportunity to network and strengthen her academic and communication skills.


Theodore Williams is a Syracuse University graduate who earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering with an environmental policy minor. He was the Emerging Researchers National Conference engineering and technology winner. He was also the winner of the Invention and Creativity Competition and the Annual Life Science Symposium. Williams is now in the process of obtaining a master’s degree in chemical engineering at Syracuse University.

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