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WSU Undergraduate Education LSAMP: Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

LSAMP STEM Ambassadors

LSAMP STEM Ambassadors help LSAMP Scholars at community colleges and WSU incoming freshmen, transfers, and current LSAMP participants by:

  • Getting them connected with research opportunities and resources.
  • Assisting in the planning and organizing of workshops and events for the LSAMP program.
  • Creating a comfortable, diverse community for underrepresented minorities in STEM.

STEM Ambassadors are expected to:

  • Regularly communicate with mentees and community college scholars.
  • Co-coordinate LSAMP activities (i.e. conferences, trainings, banquets).
  • Participate in trainings and weekly meetings (i.e. cultural competencies, professional development).

A collage showing the students who are serving as LSAMP STEM Ambassadors for the 2019 through 2020 academic year.

Become an Ambassador

Perks

  • Networking activities (e.g., BBQs, hiking, movie nights, and holiday parties)
  • Improve communication and collaboration skills
  • Work alongside a faculty mentor and develop professional related skills
  • Leadership training
  • Increase self-confidence level
  • Improve organizational skills
  • Develop problem solving skills
  • Develop cross-cultural sensitivity/knowledge
  • Access to graduate information
  • Tailored letters of recommendation

Requirements

  • Be a full time STEM student
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Have attended at least one year at WSU (24 credits) or more
  • Demonstrate high ethical standards and cultural competency
  • Commit a full year to mentoring (2 hours/week) and trainings (2 per month)
  • Communicate and work well with others

Apply Online

Meet Our Ambassadors

Sayan Banks

I’m from Kennewick WA. I am a first-generation student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. This is my third year at WSU. I am currently a peer mentor for the STARS Program. I’m also involved in various student organizations on campus including the Student Entertainment Board (SEB). One of my favorite things I did this summer was drive around town at night listening to music.

Email address: sayan.banks@wsu.edu

Cindy Bonilla Bernal

I am currently majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Chemistry alongside, possibly picking up a minor in Mathematics too. I come from the San Juan islands which is west of Seattle, Washington. I have been at Washington State University since my freshman year. I come from a first-generation family and my goal as an LSAMP Ambassador is to help you succeed in your time here at WSU while also representing minority, first-gen, STEM students!

Email address: cindy.bonillabernal@wsu.edu

Boris Bugingo

Hello! I’m from Kent, WA and I’m a sophomore majoring in Computer Science. After graduation, I’m looking forward going to graduate school and get a Ph.D. in order to share knowledge with those who may not have a chance to get a higher education. I’m a LSAMP ambassador because of my experience in the program as well as my vision, which is to be part of the solution. Therefore, I hope to facilitate the transitions that other students are going through at WSU. In my free time, I like to play soccer, hangout with friends, and workout.

Email address: boris.bugingo@wsu.edu

Alberto Castaneda

Hello! My name is Alberto Castaneda and I am currently a junior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. I was born and raised in Yakima, WA. I come from a low income family of farm workers where I worked in the fields at a young age. I want to thank my parents for forcing me to work in the fields and allowing me to see that a higher education is needed. I enjoy playing soccer, hiking, and most other outdoor activities. Throughout my experience at WSU, I have been involved in clubs and other organizations.

Email address: alberto.castaneda@wsu.edu

Jesus Cruz

I was born in Compton, California and now currently reside in Wenatchee, Washington for the past six years. I am a senior majoring in Computer Science. I absolutely love hiking and playing sports (I’m pretty competitive)! I also like meeting new people and want to travel the world.

Email address: jesus.cruz@wsu.edu

Cecilia Diaz

Hello everyone! My name is Cecilia Diaz and I am currently pursuing a double degree in Neuroscience and Psychology. I am a from Wenatchee, WA and have been here at WSU from the start of my college experience as a freshman. This will be my last year and I would be glad to help you create a four year plan, suggest professors for certain classes, give you insight on how each class will be like and be a helping hand whenever you need it to have a successful college experience. I am involved in many multicultural activities/events and STEM based organizations that I can connect you with during your first year. I am working on my own research project in a lab and want to continue this path by obtaining a PhD after graduating. I enjoy drawing, painting, and photo-editing on my free time to relieve some stress. Wishing you all the best for this year!

Email address: cecilia.diazalonzo@wsu.edu

Brandon Garza

Hello, my name is Brandon Garza and I am currently a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. I was born and raised in Yakima, Washington where I received an Associates of Science degree at Yakima Valley College and was involved in the MESA program before transferring to WSU. Throughout my time at WSU I have been involved in multicultural and STEM based organizations, worked on multiple research projects, and have switched majors multiple times before deciding to major in Computer Engineering. I really enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and road biking as well as keeping up with the latest trends in technology and science. As a senior and transfer student, I have gained a lot of experience and made many connections throughout the university that I hope I can use to help future LSAMP students succeed here.

Email address: brandon.garza@wsu.edu

Jose Gonzalez

Hello! My name is Jose Gonzalez. I am from a small town, Sunnyside, WA. I am currently a senior in Mechanical Engineering. I did running start my junior year of high school at Yakima Valley College and then came here to WSU as a freshman. I chose to be a mechanical engineer because I want to help people by creating new technology and improving existing ones. As a hobby, I love modified cars and playing music. I’m a chill person and enjoy sharing information that I have accumulated throughout my years here at WSU.

Email address: jose.gonzalez2@wsu.edu

Chris Ibarra

Hey, everyone! My name is Chris. I’m a senior Neuroscience student on a pre-veterinary medicine track and a minor in French from Vancouver, Washington. I absolutely love being involved on campus and meeting new students. You can see me around campus giving tours as a Cougar Connector, running social events with my greek chapter, or catch me in the lab doing research on drug addiction! As a first-generation student, I was initially lost here at WSU. Now, I really feel like I’ve found my place, and I can’t wait to pass on what I’ve learned to our LSAMP mentees.

Email address: christopher.ibarra@wsu.edu

Michelle Mendoza

I am a first-generation student from Clackamas, Oregon who is majoring in German and Neuroscience Pre-Med. I was a mentor for the Office of International Programs, peer educator for cougar health services, co-chair for the 2018 CASHE Conference, the current co-chair for MEChA de WSU, and current LSAMP STEM Ambassador. As my fourth year commences, I am looking forward to continuing my involvement in different multicultural student groups on campus.

Email address: michelle.mendoza2@wsu.edu

Jonathon Orozco

Hello, my Name is Jonathon Orozco and I am currently a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. I am from Walla Walla, Washington where I studied at Walla Walla Community College and Southeast Area Technical Skills Center (SEATech). Currently, I hold a position as a STEM Ambassador for LSAMP and as a peer mentor for STARS. On my free time I like to go to the gym as well as learning about cars. I plan on helping current and future LSAMP students succeed in their studies here at WSU.

Email address: jonathon.orozco@wsu.edu