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Jose Mondaca Biography

Name: Jose Antonio Mondaca


Hometown: Yakima, Washington

Current Standing: Senior

Major: Chemistry B.A.

Research or Scholarly Interests: Education, water quality, chemistry, Audiology papers, auditory research and auditory restoration

What do you like the most about being in SOLVER?

What I like most about being in SOLVER is that it allows me to be able to access opportunities to network and engage other fellow students as the same caliber as me and to be able to feel more welcome in the unfamiliar environment of a town that I know very little about. 

What drew you to majoring in "STEM" (the sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics)?

What drew me to the STEM field was a bit of an accident in a way.  I never thought I could make it this far nor did I think I would choose something in the STEM field.  In all my time in school I chose chemistry because in high school it was easy to understand and do for me so I decided to pursue it and try to teach to other people and make them interested in the field as well and to try and let them see it is not difficult and that it shouldn’t be loathed.

What advice would you give to high school or college students who think they might be interested in STEM subjects?

The advice I would give to students pursuing the STEM field is that they should pursue what makes them happy and to apply to as many scholarships as possible, especially the SOLVER program since they provide great opportunities and the chance to become friends with people in an environment that may be unfamiliar.  Even though you get a lower grade than you expected, just remember, you are already at a higher or better place than others who have not gone to college or pursued further education.  

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