Scholar of the Week

Jocelyn Carnicle      
University of Texas at San Antonio

Jocelyn, a current sophomore biology student at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) was a Class of 2013 HENAAC Scholar, receiving a scholarship sponsored by NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Jocelyn, the valedictorian of Van Vleck High School in Van Vleck, a small, rural town not far from the Texas Gulf Coast, was accepted into the UTSA Honors College.

Described as an intelligent, extremely diligent and committed student with a strong interest in the biomedical sciences, Jocelyn describes her studies as rewarding. Her peers identify Jocelyn as a very sweet and confident young woman who is passionate, energetic, and enthusiastic about her studies. Her excellent interpersonal skills and her positive attitude makes her a delight to be around!

Jocelyn is an emerging campus leader. She was selected to become a member of the UTSA Ambassadors, an elite group of UTSA students who represent the institution at official events, She is an active member of the Pre-Physician Assistant Society and the University Honors Student Association (UHSA). She has been a Resident Assistant and was selected to serve as the RA for the new Honors College floor in the new San Saba housing unit.

For Jocelyn, a STEM education means gaining the crucial skills of thinking critically, gaining science literacy and knowledge, finding motivation to complete trying tasks, being pioneering and innovative, being able to adapt to new situations, and being able to work as a team as well as individually. Getting her STEM degree will create a significant impact on her because it will stimulate her to be curious and question the things that people often accept as fact.

Her STEM degree will ultimately provide her with limitless opportunities and experiences in the future. While she recognizes that her ability and endurance will often be tested in this career, she is confident that the knowledge and experienced gained will be incomparable to any other field of study. Jocelyn is a diligent student and student-leader, who has a great deal of potential for success as a rising, young Latina scientist.

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