Naming all of Isis’ awards and accolades would be an exercise in futility. But let’s give it a shot.
She is a 2014 Jack Kent Cooke transfer scholarship recipient, a NASA Minority University Research and Education Program participant, a NASA Aerospace Community College Scholar, a biogeochemistry and climate change research fellow for the University of Irvine, just to name a few.
Isis completed an Associate’s degree in Chemistry from College of the Sequoias where she was a MESA student and tutor. She attended Sequoias after her family fled a small town in Zacatecas, Mexico what was plagued by drug cartel violence.
She earned a chemistry degree from UCLA in 2017 and is now an environmental studies Phd candidate at UC Riverside in with dreams of going to medical school (but she’s also fascinated by astronauts, so the sky’s the limit).
“MESA gave me the self esteem and confidence to get through all the math classes,” she said. “They told me you can do this.”