Ng has started
actively toward her
and career goals,
equipped with more
what possibilities lie
in store for her.
program, Ng has started looking more
actively toward her future educational and
career goals, equipped with more information about what possibilities lie in store
The ELAC student chapter derives part
of its strength from its diverse student
members, who are brought together by a
shared interest in science. Xingyu Lu, an
environmental engineering student from
China who is studying in the United States
as an international student, felt a key
lesson he learned was about the importance of having a passion for chemistry.
As Lu explains, “Research experience is
important, but passion is also important
for staying in the lab and achieving success over the long run.” Attending WRM
enabled Lu to find answers to questions he
had about chemistry and career options.
These answers fueled more questions and
encouraged his exploration into chemistry
Even for students who had more concrete
ideas about their future career goals,
planning and attending WRM was mean-
ingful. Brian Kang, a biochemistry major,
enjoyed the networking opportunities. “I
met great and interesting scientists and
made friends with students who shared
my enthusiasm for science,” he recalls.
The event also reinforced for him how
interconnected the STEM fields (science,
technology, engineering, and mathemat-
ics) are, and how much collaboration is
necessary, both for student events and for
research as a career professional.
Lauren London completed her
prerequisites for professional school
at East Los Angeles College in May
2012 and is now in pharmacy
school at the University of the
Pacific in Stockton, CA.
PHO TO COURTES Y OF EAS T LOS ANGELES COLLEGE.
UPPER LEF T: East Los Angeles College chapter members (LEF T TO RIGHT) Kyu Hyuk Kang, Amy Ng, Antonio Tinoco, Lauren London, and Leanna Xu enjoy a relaxing moment at the Huntington Library gardens. UPPER RIGHT: Margaret Kaleuati (LEFT), senior criminalist at the Los Angeles Coro- ner’s Department, and an undergraduate from Mount St. Mary’s College (Los Angeles, CA) network at the career speed-dating event.
PHOTO: ACS STAFF