Scholar of the Week

Tania Diaz      
University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

Tania Diaz is in her first year as a physics student at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. She is one of the 2014 recipients of the highly competitive merit-based $10,000 NAVSEA Scholarship.

A straight-A, 4.0 graduate of the Specialized and Accredited School in Science and Mathematics Brígida Á lvarez Rodríguez High School, Tania is highly regarded by her peers as hard working, optimistic and dedicated, and by her teachers as having a unique blend of great skills. She is very well spoken with a disposition and eagerness to learn and be engaged.

Throughout high school, she volunteered for the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico conducting research in the field taking samples from habitats (rivers, forests, and beaches) and conducting lab analysis of the samples. She was a finalist in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair; National Center for Woman & Information Technology Regional Winner for two years; a National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar and received the District’s highest PEAU (College Board) score.

For two years, she participated in the school’s robotics team working on the mechanic portion of the robot - constructing the design and working with the wiring. In her third year, she mentored the new team to the semi-finals, where they earned the Excellence Award, which is the highest award given to a team that exemplifies overall excellence in creating a well-rounded robotics program.

Tania played an instrumental role coordinating activities for the SHPE Jr. Chapters in Puerto Rico. She moved up the ranks from Treasurer in her sophomore year to chapter president in her senior year. As such, she was invited to attend regional meetings and bridge communication between the college chapters and the pre-college chapters throughout Puerto Rico. Her efforts earned her the position of Vice Regional Student Representative for the SHPE Jr. Chapters of Puerto Rico. Today, she is a member of the SHPE Chapter at the university.

Tania aspires to be an innovative STEM leader in STEM and discover new and different ways to solve global issues that impact economic and human resources.

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