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Summer Scholars to Showcase Work on Aug. 12

Cal State San Marcos welcomed 73 students on its campus this summer to conduct research as part of the Summer Scholars program, hosted by the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CSTEM).  

The 10-week program concludes with the Summer Scholars Poster Showcase, which will be held on Friday, Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon in the University Student Union Ballroom on campus.  

Summer Scholars brings together research-driven students to prepare for graduate school and careers in STEM through hands-on research experience, networking opportunities and faculty mentorship. During the Summer Scholars Poster Showcase, the students share the methods, results and interpretation of their work in the program with faculty, staff, sponsors, donors and the public.  

More than 40% of Summer Scholars alumni go on to earn advanced degrees.  

“Being a part of the research experience has helped me understand what it means to be a scientist in terms of asking questions, getting answers, analyzing data, then making adjustments,” said Berenice Almaguer, a senior who’s majoring in biological sciences.  

Outside of the lab, the 2022 Summer Scholars program also offered several enrichment opportunities, including a career panel, various workshops aimed at soft skills and scientific communication, and field trips to Thermo Fisher Scientific, San Diego Gas & Electric, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and San Diego State University.  

“These activities promote a sense of community by fostering student-faculty interactions and creating different learning environments with opportunities to explore careers and sharpen professional skills,” said Betsy Read, a biological sciences professor and co-director of Summer Scholars.  

The program especially supports and improves the educational quality of talented students from underrepresented groups in the sciences, veterans, first-generation college students, and those with challenges that create obstacles to academic success.  

Sponsors of the 2022 edition of Summer Scholars include Hologic, Genentech, Illumina, the National Science Foundation, Lawrence E. & Neva B. Fenstermaker Foundation, Lilly, National Institutes of Health, Viasat, Beckman Foundation, GenMark Diagnostics, Inc., San Diego State, Thermo Fisher Scientific, SDG&E and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  

The Summer Scholars Poster Showcase is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in Parking Structure 1 (PS1) on Level 6.