Meet our STEM Stars

Posted on August 13th, 2009

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Former Project GPS² and Engage in STEM Students
Below are past/current Fullerton College STEM students…

Jayson Barker
Physics Major

Jayson is a Physics major and the Honors intern at Fullerton College. Jayson was selected for the PTK Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team as a national Gold scholarship winner. He was also selected for the Phi Theta Kappa PTK All USA CA First team. He is ranked 4 out of 30 for the first team and will be competing for a place on the USA Today PTK All USA Team!

Transferred to: TBA


Jason McKelvy
Biochemistry/Pre-Med Major

Father of two, Jason excelled in his classes in spite of the premature birth of his son and the serious complications that threatened his newborn’s life. He was the winner of the FC Man of Distinction Award in 2011 and was the President of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Jason also had a surgical internship at UC Davis in 2010 and 2011.

Transferred to: UC Davis


Luz Jimenez
Astrophysics Major

Luz won the prestigious 2011 Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship awarding her $30,000 annually. She was also a member of the Honors Program and a Service Learning science tutor.

Transferred to: Chapman University


Laurel Fuentes
Biochemistry Major

A member of the Honors Program, Laurel was President of the Science Club and participated in a summer research internship in microbiology at UCI. In 2010, she participated in an internship with Columbia University as one of eight selected across the U.S. In 2011, Laurel won the FC
Woman of Distinction Award.

Transferred to: Stanford University


Kristy Haffner
Math Major/Future Teacher

Kristy is very active in CSU’s SMART GIRLS, (Sisters in Mathematics and Academic Relations in Teaching). She was the winner of FC’s Most Active STEM Student Award. She has also contributed hundreds of Service Learning tutoring hours to local elementary schools.

Transferred to: CSUF


David Salazar
Engineering Major

David was a NASA National Community College Aerospace Scholar and was the team leader for a NASA student research project in 2011 that studied ferrofluid energy production in 1-G and microgravity environments. He was President of the FC Society of Future Engineers and the Engineering Club. In 2011, David was nominated for the FC Man of Distinction Award and tutored math for the Nicolas Learning Center in Santa Ana.

Transferred to: CSU Long Beach


Syed Awais
Biochemistry/Pre-Med Major

Syed is a CSUF student lab assistant in the Environmental Science lab after having transferred from the community college. He participated in an internship with the biology and chemistry labs at Fullerton College. Syed was also a student assistant for Project GPS2.

Transferred to: CSUF


Coleen Nelson
Math Major

Coleen placed tenth in the nation overall on the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges Student Math League Competition for 2010-2011, and she was the top female performer in the nation in this competition. Coleen presented undergraduate research at the Pacific Undergraduate Math Conference and tutored in math and physics at FC.

Transferred to: UCI


Melissa Riddle
Math Major/Future Teacher

Melissa is a member of the Honors Program and Secretary of the Math Club. She placed fifth and was the top female at Fullerton College in the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges Student Math League Competition for Fall 2011. She presented undergraduate research at the 2011 California Community College Student Math Miniconference and twice at the Math Colloquium. She plans to become a junior high school math teacher.

Transferred to: CSUF

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