Scholar of the Week

Sarah Gonzalez      
The University of New Mexico

Looking to develop digital media technologies in innovative and productive ways, Sarah Gonzalez is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering with a concentration in interdisciplinary film and digital media (IFDM) at the University of New Mexico (UNM). With just seven classes in progress, Sarah is looking forward to her graduation in December 2013. With huge ambitions in making a positive impact internationally, it is no surprise that Sarah was awarded a $500 scholarship sponsored by McAfee.

With the utmost self-efficacy, Sarah manages an intense course load while maintaining a 3.9 GPA, and staying involved in her community and extracurricular activities. For the third year, Sarah is the Corporate Contact for the Hispanic Engineering & Science Organization (HESO), with the endeavor to inflame interest to middle and high school students in STEM. With her ambition to educate the public on science and engineering, she helps coordinate STEM career fairs, events and programs.

Through her organizational skills, Sarah also makes time to be an active member of the On Q Young Women’s Acapella Choir where she serves as the Music Theory Educational Coordinator. As a music minor, Sarah’s mission is to educate community members about music theory by scheduling and organizing learning sessions.

Sarah is described by one of her professors as a, “motivated and accomplished Hispanic student with excellent academic and leadership skills.” To this end, Sarah has studied abroad in China with her honors class, and in Granada, Spain, with her Spanish Immersion Program. It is evident that Sarah Gonzalez is truly a genuine role model with enormous aspirations. She is a well-rounded individual with competence in computer engineering, art, music, and dance. Sarah aspires to continue her mission of bridging past ideas with present solutions in new and inventive approaches in graduate school.

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