Scholar of the Week

Michelle Reid      
University of California, Berkeley

Michelle Reid is in her junior year at the University of California, Berkeley (Cal) after transferring from Pasadena City College (PCC) as an outstanding student. She has maintained an excellent cumulative 3.5 GPA, and was awarded with Dean's Honors for two consecutive fall semesters. Due to her impeccable academic performance, community service, and passion for research, Michelle is now a member of the Class of 2013 HENAAC Scholars. Michelle earned a $1,200 scholarship sponsored by NASA Ames Research Center.

Michelle's professors deemed she had "...proven herself to be a motivated and dedicated student who [was] serious about her education." Her multiple awards and extensive involvement in research confirmed that this was undeniably true. Michelle had been awarded with the President’s Latino Advisory Committee Scholarship and TABE Excellence Award Scholarship in 2013 and 2012, respectively. She also found multiple opportunities in research after discovering her passion in PCC's research-intensive biotechnology program. She began her research career at the Oak Crest Institute of Science as a Drug Delivery Project Volunteer. Soon after, she became a Bridges to the Future Intern at California State University, Los Angeles, where she worked in a plant genetics lab. Michelle also volunteered in Dr. Douglass Rees's protein crystallography lab, at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech). During the summer of 2013, she was awarded a fellowship with Caltech's SURF Program (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship).

Although Michelle was very involved in research, community service took precedence in all her efforts. As a Latina from a largely underrepresented community, Michelle acknowledged the disparity of opportunities and strived to make a change. She was involved in PCC's Caduceus Club and Alpha Gamma Sigma Honors Society, and she interned at the Watts Health Clinic. Within her city, Michelle was a member of the Huntington Park Youth Commission and the Los Angeles Youth Council, The Multi-Taskers. Her active contribution to her community in Huntington Park gained her the respect and admiration of her peers.

Michelle aspires to obtain a doctorate in neuroscience or biochemistry, and become a research scientist. She wants to use her knowledge and talents to give back to youth in her community by bringing them insight and opportunity through mentorship and college preparatory workshops. It is without a doubt that Michelle will provide students like herself an opportunity to pursue their dreams. Congratulations Michelle on your academics, research and community service!

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