Office of Undergraduate Research
Achieve Scholars Program

Achieve Scholars Program

About Achieve Scholars Program

The Achieve Scholars Program (ASP) helps students in all majors connect to Peer and Faculty mentors to learn about research and career development opportunities. Visit the Achieve Scholars Program website to learn more about the program.

Sarah Hasel-Kolossa

The Achieve Scholars Program is an amazing program that allows students to better understand what research entails and network with other like-minded individuals.  

As a peer mentor I am able to mentor and guide students through their research and make sure they are academically successful. I provide a safe space for mentees to talk about school, their research, and anything else that may be going on in their lives. Especially since we are in a virtual format due to the pandemic, I think it is increasingly important to make sure that mentees know that they have a peer to go to if any issues arise or simply if they want someone to talk to.  

Everyone that I have met through ASP have been incredibly helpful. They genuinely want everyone to do their best and succeed. In the three years that I've been a peer mentor, I've been able to learn so much from other peer mentors and create a family of like-minded individuals. I always looked forward to our in-person meetings that Everardo facilitated!  

Coming into college, I wasn't sure what to expect. My parents are not from the US, so they were not able to guide me through the US education system. Having a peer mentor and staff I could talk to about college and how to obtain different resources made all the difference to me. I saw what a huge impact having a mentor had on me and decided that I wanted to become a mentor as well. I have always loved sharing my knowledge with others and helping others find resources to suit their needs. ASP has allowed me to grow my interpersonal skills and made me feel more competent in my mentoring abilities. Through ASP, I was given the opportunity to be a Project Learning Assistant (PLA) for two different groups of first years. Being able to have all these opportunities allowed me to have an increased sense of belonging at Cal Poly Pomona.  

While I cannot speak for my mentees, I hope that I have been able to make a positive impact on their educational careers. I believe it is important for students to have a peer they can go to when they need help or want to talk through things. 

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Grigor Tombulyan

ASP is an opportunity to help both yourself and others grow.  

As a peer mentor, my responsibility is to help my mentees seek out opportunities on campus to pursue undergraduate research. In addition to this, I enjoy helping my mentees with every issue or concern they may have.  

Since joining ASP this Fall semester, I have had nothing but great experiences. I have enjoyed interacting with my fellow peer mentors and learning about who they are and why they decided to become peer mentors as well. The ASP staff has always supported me with any issues I or any of mentees had. This has made my time as a part of ASP very much enjoyable.  

Being a peer mentor has greatly impacted me this past year. By interacting with other peer mentors, I was able to meet other fellow Broncos who were working on and accomplishing great things on campus. Being part of this environment motivated me to keep working on the things I want to accomplish before graduating. In addition to this, one skill I was able to greatly improve over this past year has been my communication skills. Working with my mentees, fellow peer mentors, and ASP staff, I was able to improve my overall confidence in my communication skills which allowed me to seek out more opportunities for both myself and my mentees.  

The most beneficial part of being a peer mentor has been being a part of my mentees' success. Being a peer mentor is a big responsibility, especially as of today when all of our classes are online. It can be difficult to build strong relationships with your mentees and find opportunities they can take advantage of. This is why when I see my mentees succeed in their field, it makes me proud and happy that I was able to assist them along the way. 

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Zijie Zhang

The Achieve Scholars Program is a great opportunity for students to get connected and help each other with academic studies, research, and various learning & career opportunities.

In ASP, current research student mentors have mentoring meetings and give advice to other students who want to get involved in research. As an ASP peer mentor, I shared my experiences about my research, scientific presentations, and applications for graduate schools with my mentees. I keep very good communication with my mentees and share any opportunities with them that they might be interested in. I am a woman, non-native English speaker, and first-generation college student in a low-income family. I am very thankful that I got involved in research in my freshman year and continue to receive advising on academic studying and my career pathway from my research advisor, Dr. S. Chantal E. Stieber, and other faculty members. I hope to share the valuable information I received with other students and wish them the best for their success.

In the Achieve Scholars Program, peer mentors have weekly meetings together to learn and have discussions together about how to mentor and support students, which is an important skill for my future career. The Achieve Scholars Program also provides and requires us to participate in different workshops, which will be helpful in my higher education and future career. The program coordinator, Ever Barraza, is very nice and helpful, and he is always there if we have questions or need any help. Besides my research advisor, Dr. Stieber, a lot of other faculty members also supported me with my undergraduate studies. Dr. Winny Dong encouraged me to apply for scholarships and gave me valuable suggestions about my educational plans. Dr. Wei Bidlack also helped me with my applications for summer research programs. I really appreciate the faculty members who provided me strong support on achieving my career goals.

The Achieve Scholars Program made me feel more confident while communicating with people and become more engaged in a safe environment. While having meetings with my mentees, as the meeting moderator, I made our meetings casual so that my mentees feel comfortable sharing their opinions with each other. I am very glad that I made friends with my mentees, who are all outstanding science majors. I learned a lot from them as well, and I believe they will achieve their ambitions and succeed in their professions.

I feel so grateful to be part of the development of other students’ educational careers. Based on other students’ career goals, I gave out my advice on what they could do as their next step of getting closer to their ambitions. I provided information about fellowship, scholarship, and research program opportunities for them to consider, which can be included in their resume and curriculum vitae and support their future applications. I also shared my own experiences and hope to help other students succeed in the future.

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 2020 - 2021 ASP Recipients

Peer Mentors

*Peer Mentors with a * by their names are Senior Peer Mentors. This means that they also served as ASP Peer Mentors in the 2019 academic year.

Lindzee Figarola*

Biology

Sarah Hasel-Kolossa*

Biology

Haley Lam* 

Food Science & Technology

Hana Lee*

Food Science & Technology

Michelle Allende

Literature

Destiny Alvarez

Applied Language

Cindy Chenh

Biochemistry

Genesis Flores

Psychology

Rogine Gomez

Chemical Engineering

Carson Gorney

Chemistry

Jose Mendez

Management & Human Resources

Rohith Rajasekaran

Computer Engineering

Jihoon Song

Animal Health Science

Grigor Tombulyan

General Biology

Kelly Wong

English

Zijie Zhang

Biochemistry

Mentees

Achieve Scholars Program Recipients

Diana Aguilar Cruz

Biology

Briana Alvarado

Computer Information Systems

Eric Andrew

Aerospace Engineering

Martin Aranjo, Jr.

Chemistry

Alysia Baca

Apparel Merchandising & Management

Holly Marie Bernardino

Biotechnology

Dannielle Cabrero

Psychology

Daisy Campos

Biology

Jacob Casado

Civil Engineering

Karen Esqueda Cerebros

Sociology

Marc Chanko

Civil Engineering

Hailey Chui

Animal Science

Emily Cooper

Sociology - Criminology

Daniella De La Torre

Psychology

Alexander Dimas

Business Administration

Ashley Duran

Psychology

Christina Gloady

Biology

Schneider Godfrey

Biology

Noor Halabi

Chemical Engineering

Alexander Hamedaninia

Mathematics

Danni Hernandez

Psychology

Maranda Hernandez

Animal Science - Pre-Vet

Frander Herrera

Biology

Benjamin Ho

Food Science & Technology

Alexis Hurst

Psychology

Vivian Huynh

Animal Science - Pre-Vet

Alec Iskenderian

Biology

Getzemany Ixcol-Torres

Biology

Bella Jimenez

Communication Studies - Organizational Communication

Jose Jimenez Cruz

Business Administration - International Business

Min-Ji Jin

Sociology - Criminology

Ana Jurado

Mechanical Engineering

Madelyn Kushida

Animal Science - Pre-Vet

Lyndon Lam

Computer Engineering

Zane Landin

Communication - Public Relations

Jodee Lee

Psychology

Christopher Leon

Kinesiology

Sarah Leung

Biology

Alvin Lim

Landscape Architecture

Delia Luna

Psychology

Jessica Ma

Biology

Richard Mai

Food Science & Technology

Francis Manuel Manansala

Civil Engineering

Kiana Martin

Aerospace Engineering

Rosa Mata

Psychology

William McKinney

Mechanical Engineering

Tristan McPherson

Mechanical Engineering

Mike Mejia

International Business

Ryan Mendoza

Psychology

Rein Mortada

Political Science

Priscilla Munoz

Gender, Ethnicity & Multicultural Studies 

Noor Naji

Chemistry

Julia Neris

Biology

An Hoang Trong Nguyen

Chemical Engineering

Vincent Nguyen

Chemical Engineering

Evelyn Ojeda

Psychology

Melissa Ortiz

Sociology

Mia Pedroza

Psychology

Caitlyn Pierce

Political Science

Janelle Pimentel

Psychology

Mandy Qin

Accounting

Jose Ravelo

Mechanical Engineering

Misty Reyes

Business Administration - Finance

Nayeli Rocha

Biology

Augustus Rodriguez

Mechanical Engineering

Gabriela Rodriguez

Civil Engineering

Natausha Saenz

Electrical Engineering

William Salazar

Physics

Yaman Sebai

Biology

Diana Solis

Gender, Ethnicity, Multicultural Studies

Denise Sosa

Biology

Juan Soto Diaz

Civil Engineering

Stephanie Strain

Chemical Engineering

Joy Sun

Finance, Real Estate, Law

Haruka Takenaka

Chemistry

Valerie Tapia

Psychology

Ariana Tellez

Psychology

Victoria Torres

Sociology

David Trinh

Biology

Johanna Tsai 

Civil Engineering - General

Taha Uddin

Psychology

Diana Vasquez

Sociology

Elaine Vo

Civil Engineering

Tony Vu

Business Administration - Computer Information Systems

Yimiao Wang

Civil Engineering

Jasmine Weddle

Business Administration - Computer Information Systems

 

Isaiah Wilford

Business Administration

Alvin Wong

Political Science

Denise Zavala

Psychology