Leadership, Excellence and Academic Preparation in STEM (LEAPS) Program student
Mathew Molina was recently selected as an ¡Adelante! Student Track Scholar. He obtained
the opportunity to participate in the virtual Hispanic
Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) 34th Annual
Conference from Oct. 25- Oct. 28.
I will be able to participate in a three-day leadership symposium where I will
meet with exhibitors and recruiters,” Molina expressed with excitement.
prestigious national conference offers the opportunity to be present for virtual
educational bootcamps in finance and networking, career connections and
guidance, and awards and recognitions.
It provides a
unique forum to share information and ideas for the best and most promising
practices in the education of Hispanics. Its purpose is to showcase successful,
effective and exemplary programs and initiatives of HACU-member institutions.
and expands strategic alliances for collaboration between HACU-member institutions
and public and private sector organizations. HACU also fosters and identifies
graduate education opportunities for Hispanic students and graduates, and
promotes greater Hispanic participation in scholarships, fellowships and
conference is not the only benefit Molina will receive. He will also be able to
participate in four leadership development webinars throughout the year, obtain
an annual membership as a HACU student and form part of the
Leader-in-Residence Program is very competitive. Students receive leadership
and career development training. Participants will also be expected to conduct
an information session on HACU internships, scholarships and other services on
their campus as well as assist in increasing engagement of their fellow students
in HACU’s programs and advocacy efforts.
“I would like
to thank my advisor Sara Saldaña for [leading me toward] this opportunity,” he
said. Molina competed with students from all over
the nation for this opportunity and was the sole representative from Laredo
majoring in computer science and plans to transfer to Texas A & M
University-College Station. He has completed his first undergraduate research project
with the LEAPS Program.
Ricardo J. Solis said, “The excellent, quality education LC students obtain
prepares them to form part of many programs and scholarships that are offered
all over the U.S. Congratulations to Mr. Molina for such an outstanding accomplishment.
This program will improve his skills and support his continued success in his
field of study.”