September 5, 2019

Jarred Dela Cruz!

Degree: MS Graduate Student | Department of Biology, SFSU
I am from Elk Grove, CA and completed my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at Sac State. I was heavily involved in various positions within Sac State’s Student Affairs Division and held positions within First Year Experience, New Student Orientation, and Student Services. In addition, I was also a volunteer researcher at The Mulligan Lab where I had the opportunity to use the common fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) to investigate interactions between epigenetic factors and genes during neural development. SEPAL manages to blend two of my interests, science and education, and I’m thrilled to be able to further explore both!
I’m investigating the long-term impacts of First Year Seminars (FYS) on undergraduate science students. FYS are courses offered in numerous universities and have been shown to positively influence retention, sense of belonging, and academic performance in first-year students. What’s not well-known is how it impacts students beyond college and how it impacts science students specifically. I’m conducting an interview study with individuals that took FYS several years ago to better understand these gaps in knowledge and hopefully determine how we can better serve students.

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