Skip to main content

MEET OUR LSAMP SCHOLARS

Our LSAMP Scholars are a dynamic group of students pursuing STEM pathways at Arapahoe Community College, Front Range Community College, Red Rocks Community College, Community College of Denver, or Community College of Aurora. Meet some of our scholars below!

Nathaly Lopez Martinez

Nathaly Lopez Martinez

Community College of Denver

 

Nathaly is a first-generation student majoring in Biology. She will be transferring to Colorado State this coming year to major in veterinary science. She grew up in El Salvador and has been in the United States less than 10 years. Within this time, she has become fluent in English and is a 4.0 student. She found her passion to become a veterinarian because she volunteered at an animal shelter in El Salvador. She has continued her love of animals by volunteering in Denver as well. She is a woman with goals who will achieve every goal she sets for herself.

Conrad Obi

Conrad Obi

Red Rocks Community College

 

Conrad is majoring in Criminal Justice and Chemical Engineering with an interest in transferring to CU Boulder or Colorado State University. His research topic is Prostaglandins and Asprins, studying how and why pain relievers (such as Advil or Asprin) work. Ultimately, Conrad would like to one day become a Civil Rights lawyer to defend against the racisim he has experienced in his own life. He volunteers to support people who are experiencing homelessness and works one-on-one to create opportunities for those in need. In his free time, Conrad practices yoga and helping others.

 

Ebony Curtis

Ebony Curtis

Community College of Aurora

 

Ebony Curtis is pursuing a certificate in Basic Networking and Security, as well as an Associate’s degree in Cyber Security. While at CCA, Ebony completed a project called Beyond Passwords and Pins” where she gathered information on issues of authentication and encryption, and what solutions might eliminate problems encountered. Ebony is a member of the Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SWFI), an LSAMP Scholar, an S-STEM Scholar, a MY QUEST Student Leader, and  a member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honors Society. After graduating in the Fall, Ebony will continue her education at Metro State University to pursue a Master’s degree in Cyber Security. Ultimately, she wants to become an Information Security Analyst or Penetration Tester. She first became interested in Cyber Security when she experienced what it was like to be a victim of identity theft, and has since sought out ways to resolve vulnerability issues in an effort to help others secure their networks and sensitive data, while saving time and money. 

 
Karl Buehler

Karl Buehler

Arapahoe Community College

 

Karl is a first generation college student majoring in Biology.  He would like to transfer to CUDenver to study Pre-Medicine and then go on to medical school to become a neurosurgeon.  Karl is involved on campus as a founder and treasurer of ACC’s STEM Club, NSLS where he was the first to graduate the advanced training and will be going to executive training next year, one of the first of ACC’s Engaged Scholars and will have a published project by the end of spring semester 2020, and he is active in Phi Theta Kappa.  Karl is a tutor on campus, and he participates as a volunteer with 7 Cups. As a physician, he wants to advance knowledge in neuroscience as much as he can and close the interpersonal gap between patient and physician in order to provide the best, most holistic care possible.

Yosef Tadesse

Yosef Kidanai

Community College of Aurora

 

Yosef is a first generation student from Ethiopia studying general science in CCA's Pre-Engineering program. Yosef plans to attend the University of Colorado - Boulder to study Aerospace Engineering. His first major project at CCA was through the Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC) competing with a team in NASA's Robotic's Challenge. Currently, he is continuing his work through COSGC on NASA's DemoSAT project in favor of searching for cosmic radiation protection material. As a student, he is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society, a member of the Programming Club, a STEM Core Peer Mentor, and an LSAMP Scholar. Yosef's dream is to work on rocket designs, propulsion systems for motors, and human exploration of mars and the larger universe. 

Shireen Shikak

Shireen Shikak

Red Rocks Community College

 

Shireen is pursuing Biology with hopes of getting into a Pathology program, and she would like to use her understanding of pathogens, virology to work in the public health sector. She currently is a LSAMP Scholar, is a member of the Women in STEM student club at RRCC, and also works in Accessibility Services. Fun Fact - Shireen is Kurdish and Hispanic, and she speaks four languages! Ultimately, Shireen is looking to transfer to Colorado State University or Metro State University. 

Carli Rodriguez

Carli Rodriguez

Arapahoe Community College

 

Carli is a first generation college student majoring in Mathematics who plans to attend CSU in Fall 2020 to study Environmental Engineering.  She is involved on campus as a founder and secretary of the ACC STEM Club, Phi Theta Kappa, and as a student employee.  Carli has participated in Global MindED for 2 years as a first generation student mentor.  Carli would like to eventually return to Puerto Rico and help build a stable power source for the island.

Kiki Gonzalez

Crystal Gonzalez

Community College of Aurora

 

Crystal is studying General Science at CCA through the Pre-Engineering program, and plans to attend the University of Colorado - Boulder to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering with a minor in Environmental Science. Living in Mexico most of her life, Crystal moved to Colroado and became the first in her family to attend college. Crystal has worked with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC) to build a robot and participate in NASA's annual Robotics Challenge. She is currently on CCA's first team to compete in NASA's Wearable Quest Challenge - their research concerns building a glove suitable for use in space and emergency management that will provide the ability to communicate basic biological stats of the wearer back to Earth. In this project, she helps the team in creating the hardware, design, and systematics. She has also worked as a Student Engangement Ambassador, serving as former President of the LatinX Student Alliance, a member of the Student Government Association, a member of the State Student Advisory Council, and a Teaching Assistant in the Robotics Lab. Crystal is also an LSAMP Scholar, S-STEM Scholar, member of TRIO, and was awarded Outstanding Student in May 2019 by the Colorado Community College System. Upon degree completion, Crystal's main goal is to focus on creating sustainable functions for new and old structures that will benefit the environment. 

Nelson Heider-Kuhn

Nelson Heider-Kuhn

Front Range Community College

 

Nelson Heider-Kuhn spent last summer doing research at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, CO through the RECCS program, and had a great experience! He is currently working as a co-author on a research paper with his PI and mentor from the NOAA program and will be presenting his research at the FRCC Friday Science Talk series. 

John Smith

Ruby Martinez Gomez

Community College of Aurora

 

Ruby Martinez Gomez graduated from CCA in Spring 2019 with a Pre-Engineering focus. A first-generation student, Ruby will attend University of Colorado Boulder in the fall to study Aerospace Engineering. Ruby is a participant in the NASA RockSat-X program, where she will launch a science experiment into suborbit. Ruby's career goals include designing robots, constructing rockets, and developing rockets. She also plans to create a foundation that offers support to aspiring women in STEM pathways to encourage them to overcome barriers and accomplish their dreams. She started attending CCA as a concurrent enrollment student in Spring 2017 as a high school senior at Gateway High School.

Henry Reyes

Henry Reyes

Community College of Aurora 

Henry Reyes graduated from CCA in Spring 2019 with an Associate of Science in Biology. He will attend the University of Colorado Boulder Fall 2019 and will study Electrical Engineering. Henry was named a Rising Star by the Colorado Community College System in 2018. He is a participant in the RockSat-X NASA Space program, where he and other college students in the region will launch a science experiment into suborbit in August.