Sharing opportunities in STEM

January 27, 2017

Jean Robles with award
Genetics student Jean Robles receives WiSE Undergraduate STEM Leadership Award for her work mentoring students. From left are Iowa State University Senior Vice President and Provost Jonathan Wickert; Robles; and WiSE Director Lora Leigh Chrystal.

Jean Robles came to college wanting to help people and pursued genetics with an idea of becoming a doctor. But her experiences in the Bridging Opportunities in Leadership and Diversity (BOLD) and Sky is the Limit learning communities showed her a different way of helping people.

Robles was honored December 5th with the WiSE Undergraduate STEM Leadership Award for her work mentoring students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

“You can change people’s lives here,” Robles said. “I think college can be very rough on people and it’s where a lot of identity growth can happen.”

Robles will graduate in May with a degree in genetics, which she found fascinating, but she found her biggest passion in using her own experience to mentor other students interested in STEM. After graduation she plans to pursue a graduate degree in student affairs.

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