MARC scholar Jacob Gonzalez shares his view of the MARC program and his interest in research and science with Public Affairs associate Mimi Ko Cruz.
Mimi Ko Cruz:
We're here with Jacob Gonzalez, a minority access to research career scholar. He is one of six at Cal State Fullerton. Jacob, what do you want to tell us about the program?
Well, first of all I heard about the program through an advisor. And I ended up applying for it and luckily I got in to it, which was a surprise to me. It’s an awesome program and I’m learning so much so far. Opportunities are coming left and right.
Mimi Ko Cruz:
What are some of those opportunities?
Actually opportunities in research, getting the experience, the experience to actually go on to a Ph.D. with the skills that I get in here. Of course they are going to carry on to my Ph.D. program later on. We are dealing with enzyme kinetics the enzyme that we are studying is ADP-glucose pyrophosphorylase, which is essential for starch production. And we are also dealing with protein purification, which is used extensively in and about companies.
Since I was little I always wanted, actually first I wanted to become a doctor and then I, in school my career goals changed. And I ended up, essentially what I wanted to do in the future you need a research degree. So, that’s how I got interested in science.
I would have to say that this being on the discovery side of science working wiwth interesting stuff that could come like a break through for the industries or for human life I think that is the most exciting thing about science and what I’m working with right now.
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