Scholar of the Week

Joselyn Cardenas

Joselyn is a 2012 HENAAC-Leticia S. Montiel Memorial Scholarship recipient

Joselyn Cardenas is entering her sophomore year at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) where she is majoring in mechanical engineering and is carrying a 4.0 grade point average.

UTEP has recognized Jocelyn for her aptitude and her leadership capabilities by selecting her for its Emerging Leaders Institute, a program in which she has excelled. In addition to being in the UTEP Honors Program, Joselyn has been actively engaged in community activities. She has volunteered for the El Paso Alzheimer’s Association through UTEP’s Center for Civic Engagement, dedicating her time and efforts to promote awareness about the debilitating nature of Alzheimer’s. Joselyn has also donated her time to the UTEP’s GEAR-UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) engineering and mentoring program, tutoring local high school students in STEM subjects.

Joselyn is also a UTEP Engineering Ambassador for the College of Engineering where she organized K-12 outreach events such as engineering summer camps and career fairs across the city of El Paso. In addition, she is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

As a freshman in engineering, Joselyn exhibited unusual maturity – maturity and dedication well beyond her years. In a Fundamentals of Engineering class, Joselyn proposed to take the class on an honors basis. As an honors student she was required to define and develop her own project of interest. Based upon her community experience with the Alzheimer’s Association, Joselyn decided to research and present on the various engineering perspectives and means of improving elderly lifestyle. She tackled research material of a technical nature that was advanced for the freshmen level of study. She partnered with a senior mechanical student to fine tune her project’s conclusions and presentation. According to her professor, her final project and presentation were the best ever developed in her class.

As a freshman Joselyn also designed two Honors College projects that connected research and critical writing concepts to her professional interests and to the El Paso community. Her first project involved volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Association. For her second project Joselyn used her academic research, volunteer experience and network connections to create promotional and educational materials that she made available to the organization.

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