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El Puente Undergraduate Research Fellows



Carlos Bejarano

Major: Athletic Training



Martha Becerra

Major: Business Management and Finance



Armani Brigante

Majors: Philosophy and French

Minor: History

Interests: Contemporary Phenomenology, Existentialism, Metaphysics, Kant, Marion, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche

Research Project: Phenomenology of the Body’s Appearance and its Givenness



Alicia Dominguez

Major: Statistics/Applied Mathematics



Gardenia Gomez

Major: Biochemistry

My name is Gardenia Gomez, I am a sophomore at UNM majoring in biochemistry, and I currently volunteer at a pharmacy. My research interests are to better improve the in-take of medicine. I also want to better the intake of certain medications within an individual by targeting their problems and by assisting the communities' needs prior to their illnesses.



Leticia Gomez

Major: Speech and Hearing Sciences



Aidira Gonzalez

Major: Chemical Engineering

I am Aidira Macias Gonzalez, an international student originally from Mazatlan, Mexico. I am currently a junior pursuing my bachelors in Chemical Engineering. I love to be involved on campus as much as I can to give back to my community. My current research interests are cell cultivation and engineering tissue. Lastly, my favorite hobbies are dancing and reading.



Margaret Holley

Major: Nursing



Curi Males-Teran

Major: Philosophy and International Studies



Daniellerae Martinez

Major: Applied Mathematics/Computer Science

Hello! I am Danielle Martinez, but I typically go by Dani. I am a sophomore at the University of New Mexico studying applied mathematics with a minor in computer science. My research includes fluid dynamics and biomedical research and I am extremely honored to be a part of the El Puente Fellows Program.



Esmeralda Martinez

Major: Chemical Engineering

My name is Esmeralda Arreguin-Martinez and I am a sophomore studying Chemical Engineering with a concentration in bioengineering at the University of New Mexico. Some of my research interests lie within the field of biomedicine and focus on nanoparticle technology and possible toxicological effects on the cardiovascular system.



Leroy Martinez

Major: Athletic Training

Hello! My name is Leroy Martinez Jr. I am a junior at UNM, however I am a sophomore in the Athletic Training Education Program. I am a student success leader and an El Puente scholar at El Centro de la Raza. I come from a small town in northern New Mexico called Nambe, and graduated from Pojoaque Valley High School. I am a lover of all sports, however football has a special place in my heart, specifically the Carolina Panthers. One day, I hope to be an established athletic trainer for a big school or athletics program. Make sure and stop by the front desk while I'm there and say hello!



Diana Perez-Garcia

Major: Political Science



Felipe Rodriguez

Major: Psychology and Statistics



Raul Salazar

Major: Pre-Pharmacy

I am Aidira Macias Gonzalez, an international student originally from Mazatlan, Mexico. I am currently a junior pursuing my bachelors in Chemical Engineering. I love to be involved on campus as much as I can to give back to my community. My current research interests are cell cultivation and engineering tissue. Lastly, my favorite hobbies are dancing and reading.



April Torres

Major: Business



Jesus Vazquez

Major: Economics and Statistics



Karina Veleta

Major: Biology



Vences-Ortiz Selene

Major: Psychology

I was born in Toluca, Mexico but raised in Glendale, Arizona and in 2010 I moved to Albuquerque, NM. I am now pursuing a Psychology major with a minor in Biology. My plan is to attend graduate school for Clinical Neuropsychology. I hope to work with the undocumented immigrant community through the course of my academic and professional career. My research interest lies within the mental health of undocumented students and how their surrounding affect their mental processes and thus weakens or strengthens their resilience. I am interested in researching if documented students and undocumented students critical thinking process fires the same parts of the brain. With the El Puente Fellowship as a platform for the commencement of my research I hope to gain skills and knowledge that will help me navigate the research world through my academic studies.



Bryan Villalva

Major: Chemistry