I am Jesus Valencia and I'm a Junior Pre-Med Biochemistry major at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. The idea of The Lab came to mind when I reflected upon my experiences that have included mentoring high school students, tutoring undergraduates, conducting research at Rice University and UT Health San Antonio , presenting at national conferences like SACNAS and being admitted into the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP). A recurring theme throughout the process was, "what would have I liked to know the day I entered college ?". Many students like myself encounter the endless dilemma of "I wish I would have known about that when I was a Freshmen ", and what if instead of dreading it, we embraced it. By embracing it, we are able to foster a collaborative environment where we learn from each other and guide the generation of tomorrow.
The goal of The Lab is to provide resources and highlight the opportunities in STEM, research and the health professions. Not only is it a place where you can obtain all the information you need but also learn what to do with it and how to get to where you want to be. Even if you don't know yet where you want to go, The Lab is a realm of discovery that will guide you along the way.
If you're a high school student, The Lab can provide you information about the College Experience, the transition from high school to College and even tips on what you can be doing while you're still in High School.
Meanwhile, if you're an undergraduate student The Lab will provide a plethora resources including a YouTube video series where episodes will be showcasing what you can do to develop your skills and professional development by providing interviews with medical professionals, program directors and professors. As well as documents highlighting summer research opportunities, national conferences, graduate school resources and even local community resources.
At its core The Lab is made for you by someone like you.