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Yessica Rodriguez

Yessica Rodriguez

McNair Scholar

Chemistry & Sociology

Contact Information

Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
McNair Scholars Program
Campus Box 83
Greeley, CO 80639

Professional/Academic Experience

Hi everyone! My name is Yessica Elena Rodriguez. I am a first generation Latina pursuing a degree in Biology with a pre-health emphasis, with a double minor in Chemistry and Sociology. I am from Greeley, Colorado, and have gone to school here since the early years of Kindergarten. Since a young age, I have always dreamed of becoming a doctor, and hope to become a pediatric pulmonologist in my life. I plan to graduate from UNC, pursue a one-year accelerated biomedical Master’s program, and then apply to medical school in pursuit of my dreams of working with lungs for the rest of my life. The reason for wanting to work with lungs is due to the fact that I was born three and a half months premature and grew up with an immense amount of lung issues, and that personal connection makes me want to help children in similar situations as I once was. Some things I take immense pride in is my involvement across campus, and being able to serve a plethora of roles and responsibilities while being a student. I serve as the President of Mortar Board, Vice President of TriBeta, an Undergraduate Research Lab Assistant in the Ornithology (Bird) Lab, a Senator for the College of Natural and Health Sciences in Student Senate, an Ambassador for the Natural and Health Sciences a Peer Mentor for LEAP, Secretary of the Chemistry Club, Secretary of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanic and Native Americans in Science, Secretary of the Pre-Health Professionals Club and a student employee in the Mathematics and Science Teaching Institute. My work in the ornithology lab has guided me to study the Quantification of male and female feather temperature variation in relation to color in Turdus migratorius for my research project. I will be studying American Robin bird feathers under different sources of heat and seeing what impacts that has on the birds, and how that can impact their environment in future years.