In our global, technology-driven culture, STEM is more important than ever. STEM drives economic growth and innovation and pervades every aspect of our lives making it an exciting, rewarding and in-demand career option. Through our various programs, we help high-potential, low-resource students develop the skills and knowledge they need to pursue a promising career in STEM.

The Base 11 “Victory Circle” is achieved by completing a Base 11 program, which prepare students for STEM success at a four-year university, at a major corporation, or as an entrepreneur.

MEET Base 11’s VICTORY CIRCLE MEMBERS

Aisjah Forte

2016

College: Community College of San Francisco

Program: Springboard

Transferred to: Visa apprenticeship

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Michelle Rose Panameno

2018

College: Santa Monica College

Program: UCI - Academic Year Program

Transferred to: Cal State Long Beach

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Moises Ortiz

2017

College: Mt. San Jacinto College

Program: UCI - Academic Year Program

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Daniel Yos

2019

College: Orange Coast College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Transferred to: Cal State Long Beach

Quote: "I first started to learn what Base 11 was all about through the Innovation Center. The space has pretty much everything you can ask for: a small CNC, 3D printers, a soldering station, and a lot of CAD software (like Solidworks)."

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Justin Oshiro

2018

College: Orange Coast College

Program: NASM

Transferred to: UC San Diego

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Karen Chen

2018

College: Santa Monica College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Transferred to: UC Berkeley

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Marlyn Diaz

2017

College: Santa Monica College

Program: USC - Academic Year Internship

Transferred to: Cal Poly Pomona

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Maxim Dembow

2018

College: Santa Monica College

Program: NASM

Transferred to: UC Santa Cruz

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Nhut Nguyen

2018

College: Santa Monica College

Program: NASM

Transferred to: UC Berkeley

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Ruhang Ma

2018

College: East Los Angeles College

Program: UCI - Academic Year Program

Transferred to: UC Berkeley

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Nathan Sam

2018

College: Pasadena City College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Transferred to: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Quote: "The fellowship taught me subjects that I originally wasn’t able to do, from learning how to work independently to having the courage to conduct a technical presentation to the team and the general public."

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Trey Weber

2017

College: Pasadena City College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Transferred to: UCLA

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Lucky Kanyi

2019

College: Santa Monica College

Program: UCI - Academic Year Program

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Linfeng Li

2019

College: East Los Angeles College

Program: UCI - Academic Year Program

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Keivan Karimi Hashjin

2019

College: Irvine Valley College

Program: Caltech - AMP

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Jeffrey Vazquez

2019

College: Santa Monica College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Quote: No one in my close or extended family has gone into STEM before, so having the opportunity to speak with and learn more about the different journeys that all of the Graduate Students took to be where they are was by far the most significant thing I gained from my internship experience.

Jacky Li

2019

College: Santa Monica College

Program: Caltech - AMP

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Hang Qi

2019

College: East Los Angeles College

Program: UCI - Academic Year Program

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Elizabeth Juette

2019

College: Santa Monica College

Program: UCI - Academic Year Program

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Elisa Shebaro

2019

College: Los Angeles Trade Technical College

Program: Caltech - AMP

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Ebony Warren

2019

College: Santa Monica College

Program: UCI - Academic Year Program

Transferred to: UC San Diego

Quote: I feel like I have gained a number of real-world skills that will help me in future projects, like how to time manage, learn new skills, and go with the flow when I don't understand.

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Dharshan Vishwanatha

2019

College: Pasadena City College

Program: UCI - Academic Year Program

Transferred to: UC San Diego

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Brad Villacis

2019

College: Santa Monica College

Program: UCI - Academic Year Program

Quote: I learned a lot of technical skills that have already helped me jump-start my career. I had access to an opportunity that I would not have traded for the world. I see that I not only enjoy what I do, I can be successful in my work.

Ari Niknia

2019

College: Santa Monica College

Program: Caltech - AMP

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Allen Malfavon

2019

College: Cerritos College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Quote: The internship made me aware of the application of certain hard skills (e.g., coding, writing professional reports, etc) that are highly valuable in the workforce. Of course, the internship also fostered development of soft skills such as presenting and engaging with members already in industry, which are equally important. I learned about the importance of developing relevant work experience and extending networks with those who are doing what we want to do in the future. I have greater confidence now in my own abilities to achieve a academically and earn positions at reputable engineering firms because I met individuals who have done exactly that. It's important to know that your role-models were once like yourself; they went out and earned to get to where they are! I would want colleges and future employers to be convinced of my potential to grow their brand because of a demonstrated interest and success in internships related to the discipline. Base 11 and the Aerospace Mentorship Program at Caltech are heavy-hitting opportunities in building my experience and getting that much closer to my goals.

Alan Tagle

2019

College: Santa Monica College

Program: Caltech - AMP

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David Norris

2017

College: Santa Monica College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Transferred to: University of California, Los Angeles

Quote: “I gained access to the faculty and resources at Caltech. They helped me tremendously over the summer, showing me what's available beyond undergrad and offering their continued support along the way.”

Uchenna Nwaege

2018

College: Santa Monica College

Program: Caltech - AMP

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Xavier Tan

2018

College: Santa Monica College

Program: USC Summer Fellowship Program

Transferred to: University of California, San Diego

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Walberto Lozano

2018

College: Santa Monica College

Program: USC Summer Fellowship Program

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Sergio Sandoval

2018

College: Santa Ana College

Program: USC Summer Fellowship Program

Transferred to: University of California, Irvine

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Rafael Rosales

2018

College: Santa Monica College

Program: USC Summer Fellowship Program

Transferred to: USC

Quote: “As a minority growing up with social barriers, I have always felt one step behind the competition in my pursuit of higher education. Now, after having completed my research internship through Base 11, I am confident that I will be a competitive candidate in the application process when I apply to many universities this fall of 2018.”

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Mario Acuña

2018

College: Skyline College

Program: UCI Summer Fellowship

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Keri Elizabeth Berger

2018

College: South Mountain College

Program: UCI Summer Fellowship

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Justin Buhay

2018

College: Skyline College

Program: UCI Summer Fellowship

Transferred to: University of California, Davis

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Edgar Macias

2018

College: Pasadena City College

Program: UCI Summer Fellowship USC Summer Fellowship Program

Transferred to: California Polytechnic State University, Pomona

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Derek Russell

2018

College: Chabot College

Program: UCI Summer Fellowship

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Carlos Acuña

2018

College: Skyline College

Program: UCI Summer Fellowship

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Tehreem Ahsan Raza

2017

College: Santa Monica College

Program: USC - Academic Year Internship

Transferred to: Cal Poly Pomona

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Serli Alexandi

2017 2018

College: Glendale

Program: USC - Academic Year Internship USC Summer Fellowship Program

Transferred to: USC

Quote: "In terms of academics, the amount of knowledge I obtained during the program is equivalent to years of work experience, and classroom lectures, which I value so much and grateful for."

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Demarcus Sales

2016

College: Santa Monica College

Program: UCI - Academic Year Program

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John Rogers

2017

College: Pasadena City College

Program: USC - Academic Year Internship

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Iris Ahn Mecartney

2017

College: Irvine Valley College

Program: UCI - Academic Year Program

Transferred to: UC Berkeley

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Kasia Sayles

2017

College: Chaffey College

Program: UCI Summer Fellowship

Transferred to: UC Santa Cruz

Quote: “I am interested in Software Engineering. I have just always loved working with computers and love the idea of an industry where I will constantly be learning new things. I learned how to work on a team to effectively finish a project.”

Daniel Amar

College: Santa Monica College

Program: UCI - Academic Year Program

Transferred to: University of California, San Diego

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Aphiffany Sailors

2016

College: Community College of San Francisco

Program: Springboard

Transferred to: Visa apprenticeship

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Don Johnson

2016

College: Community College of San Francisco

Program: Springboard

Transferred to: Ellie Mae apprenticeship

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Divon Pleasant

2016

College: Community College of San Francisco

Program: Springboard

Transferred to: Ellie Mae apprenticeship

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Gerald Okorie

2016

College: Community College of San Francisco

Program: Springboard

Transferred to: Ellie Mae apprenticeship

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Julian Frazier

2016

College: Community College of San Francisco

Program: Springboard

Transferred to: Ellie Mae apprenticeship

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Kaia Journiette

2016

College: Community College of San Francisco

Program: Springboard

Transferred to: Ellie Mae apprenticeship

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Aharon Herbert

2016

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Program: Springboard

Transferred to: Visa apprenticeship

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Jackie Smith III

2016

College: Community College of San Francisco

Program: Springboard

Transferred to: Ellie Mae apprenticeship

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Sheyenne Rowel

2016

College: Community College of San Francisco

Program: Springboard

Transferred to: Visa apprenticeship

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Xavier Patton

2016

College: Community College of San Francisco

Program: Springboard

Transferred to: Visa apprenticeship

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Shaquille Cooper

2016

College: Community College of San Francisco

Program: Springboard

Transferred to: Ellie Mae apprenticeship

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Wai Oo

2017

College: Skyline College

Program: NASM

Transferred to: UC Irvine

Quote: “I gained hands-on skills in assembling, disassembling and mounting the engines, and this is extremely valuable as we rarely get this type of experience in the traditional classroom.”

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Alejandro Stefan

2017 2018

College: Santa Monica College

Program: Caltech - AMP USC - Academic Year Internship

Transferred to: University of California, Berkeley

Quote: "I could fill out essays with the lessons I learned this Summer. That being said, if I had to single out one thing, it'd be the ability to operate under uncertainty: I spent the Summer working on problems that had no solution, and running into difficulties that only made sense in hindsight. My mentors showed me the real world. It was merciless; it was daunting; it was the scariest Summer I've had to date -- and it was the best.”

Mikaela Quintos

2017

College: Skyline College

Program: UCI Summer Fellowship

Transferred to: CSU San Jose

Quote: “I am pursuing electrical engineering and hope to work with medical devices as a career. I believe this fellowship gave me a good "foot in the door" in doing more internships in the future."

Breanna Allen

2017

College: Henry Ford Community College

Program: UCI Summer Fellowship

Transferred to: University of Michigan Dearborn

Quote: “I am interested in pursuing a career as an aerospace engineer at NASA. For as long as I can remember i've had an intense passion for the sciences of the earth, the universe, how they interact with one another. A job at NASA deals with exactly this and I see myself no where else in life.”

Lawrence Lawson

2017

College: LA Southwest College

Program: UCI Summer Fellowship

Transferred to: UC Santa Cruz

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Iliana Douraghi

2017

College: Grossmont College

Program: USC Summer Fellowship Program

Transferred to: San Diego State University

Quote: "Not only did I learn about all the thought processes that goes into game level design and development, but I was also to gain the experience of what it's like to be in a lead engineering position for a company."

Tiffany Streitenberger

2017

College: Cañada College

Program: USC Summer Fellowship Program

Transferred to: UC San Diego

Quote: "The experience redefined the concept of gaming and helped by giving me a taste of what game development can be. By sitting in the lectures, I saw different aspects of gaming where programming and graphics came together. I got to witness firsthand how virtual reality works as well as the construction of mobile games. I see numerous opportunities that I can explore in the vast world of game development"

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Eduardo Jáuregui Gutierrez

2016

College: Skyline College

Program: STEM Entrepreneur Program

Quote: “What I liked most about the class is definitely how dynamic and participatory it is. We all have different points of view, either from our experiences, background or theories, and this makes the class more interesting.”

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Noel Lam

2016 2017

College: East Los Angeles College

Program: UCI Summer Fellowship USC - Academic Year Internship

Transferred to: UC San Diego

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Maria Hernandez

2016 2017 2018

College: Santa Monica College

Program: Caltech - AMP UCI - Academic Year Program UCI Summer Fellowship

Transferred to: UC Irvine

Quote: “This experience gave me more confidence. I never felt like I was that at the same level as everyone else, but now I feel like I’m on the same playing field.”

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Tamara Mmbuka

2016

College: Santa Monica College

Program: USC - Academic Year Internship

Transferred to: UCLA

Quote: “My biggest takeaway from the program has to be self-advocacy. … That is life changing for me.”

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Brooke Healey

2016 2017

College: Irvine Valley College

Program: Caltech - AMP

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Cody Morrin

2016 2017

College: Grossmont College

Program: UCI - Academic Year Program

Transferred to: Columbia University

Quote: “I definitely see myself going into the computer science realm now. I didn’t have that much experience in it before, but now I have experience coding in Python.”

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David Jung

2016 2017

College: East Los Angeles College

Program: NASM UCI - Academic Year Program

Transferred to: Cal Poly Pomona

Quote: "What this program did was really get me to express my creative side. I can bring whatever I imagine to life on a 3D printer.”

Guowei Yang

2016

College: East Los Angeles College

Program: UCI - Academic Year Program

Transferred to: UC Berkeley

Quote: “After doing this program, I confirmed that I love doing electrical engineering.”

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David Tran

2017

College: Orange Coast College

Program: STEM Entrepreneur Program

Quote: “This program helped land me a job as a CNC technician.”

Juan Moises Villalobos

2016

College: Santa Ana College

Program: STEM Entrepreneur Program

Transferred to: Cal State Fullerton

Quote: “The most important thing I learned this experience is been able to develop own business plan and sales pitch.” “From the academic year round program it was getting hand on experience.”

Robert Alsobrook

2016

College: Grossmont College

Program: UCI - Academic Year Program

Quote: “I’m already a small business owner, but the Base 11 program allowed me to expand my business and file patents for my innovation.” “My commute to get to the program was about 4 hours round trip, and every minute of the drive was worth it.”

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Gabriella Dean

2017

College: Santa Monica College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Transferred to: USC

Quote: “If you want to specialize, you can come here and get introduced to different specializations. This gave me the bigger picture.”

Edward Diep

2016

College: Pasadena City College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Quote: “Doing this program has been an exploration for me. I’m getting things that I can apply to any discipline.”

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Nathan Ngoy

2016

College: Pasadena City College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Transferred to: UC Berkeley

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Jason Dial

2016

College: Pasadena City College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Quote: "The exposure to world-class graduate level research has convinced me that I would like to pursue that as more than just a practicality. As a physics major, a graduate degree is an obvious benefit, but now the path itself is something I have much more direct interest in, instead of just the destination afterward."

Alfonso Mares

2016 2017

College: Pasadena City College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Transferred to: California State University, Los Angeles

Quote: “This is a great opportunity to network, make friends, and meet mentors.”

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“Base 11 has empowered me to pursue higher education in Computer Science beyond a 2-year community college degree.” - Paul Grad III

Robert O’Leary

2016

College: Skyline College

Program: NASM

Transferred to: San Francisco State University

Quote: "Bryan and I came here not knowing a thing about engines, and based off this assignment, learned a lot and developed a tremendous amount as engineers.”

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Salwan Alhani

2015

College: West LA College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Transferred to: UCLA

Quote: “There are many, many rewarding aspects.”

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“Thanks to this experience, I feel more confident and prepared for pursuing my bachelor’s degree at a four-year university" Thong Vo

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Huda Sedaki

2016

College: Henry Ford Community College

Program: UCI Summer Fellowship

Transferred to: Wayne State

Quote: “This internship really enriched my resume …. This was a positive experience, to be a woman in an engineering internship.”

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Hugo Villafana

2016

College: Orange Coast College

Program: USC Summer Fellowship Program

Transferred to: University of Southern California - USC

Quote: “This experience helped me confirm that I’m on the right track, and I am definitely doing my passion. This experience motivated me more to want to get my master’s degree and a Ph.D. related to propulsion.”

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Francisco Gomez

2016

College: East Los Angeles College

Program: USC Summer Fellowship Program

Transferred to: University of California, Irvine - UCI

Quote: “The program sparked my curiosity for research. It’s more plausible now for me to go to grad school.”

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Paul Grad III

2015 2016

College: East Los Angeles College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Transferred to: University of California, Irvine

Quote: “Base 11 has empowered me to pursue higher education in Computer Science beyond a 2-year community college degree.”

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Fakhirah Khairuddin

2016

College: Orange Coast College

Program: UCI Summer Fellowship

Transferred to: University of California, San Diego

Quote: “Engineering is mostly based on experience, not books. We built this [drone] by 80% experience and 20% book. The experiences of flying something we built is unforgettable.”

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Sebastian Rodriguez

2016

College: West LA College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Transferred to: University of California, Irvine

Quote: “The most important thing I’ve learned in this program is perseverance… it takes a lot of perseverance to be a researcher”

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Bryan Num

2016

College: Skyline College

Program: NASM

Transferred to: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Quote: “I’ve been exposed to an actual working environment, outside of a classroom. Something you can’t get from schooling. “

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Alina Rai

2016

College: Skyline College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Transferred to: University of California, Berkeley

Quote: “I’ve never been this independent before…. Here at Caltech, I’m given that opportunity to think, process, and progress on my own. I’ve felt more empowered as a woman in a STEM field….”

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Philip Chan

2016

College: East Los Angeles College

Program: USC Summer Fellowship Program

Transferred to: University of California, Riverside

Quote: “I strongly believe everything I learned over the summer such as technical skills, teamwork and soft skills allowed me to be more prepare to be successful at UCR.”

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Nicholas Mejia

2015

College: Skyline College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Quote: “The hands on experimentation was fun, interesting, and gratifying. As I worked more with Base 11 I realized more and more that they really want to try to help STEM students and were dedicated to doing so.”

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Thong Vo

2016

College: Grossmont College

Program: UCI Summer Fellowship

Transferred to: University of California, Berkeley

Quote: “Thanks to this experience, I feel more confident and prepared for pursuing my bachelor’s degree at a four-year university, as well as going further.”

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Alex Hercules
Alex Hercules

2016 2017

College: Skyline College

Program: UCI Summer Fellowship USC Summer Fellowship Program

Transferred to: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Quote: “It definitely changes you…. I learned a lot about myself and how I work in a group, and how I work with a team.”

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Hector Ochoa in the lab
Hector Ochoa

2016

College: Henry Ford Community College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Quote: “When I arrived at Caltech the feeling I got from walking around the school was as if I was dreaming. It was surreal ….”

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Daniel Powers

2016

College: Skyline College

Program: Caltech - AMP

Transferred to: University of California, Santa Barbara

Quote: “[My parents] are happy that I’m applying myself to accomplishing something important that I find personally rewarding.”

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Will O’Connell

2016

College: Henry Ford Community College

Program: UCI Summer Fellowship

Quote: “Now that I’ve built the quadcopter, I have a better idea how to find and approach problems I want to solve.”

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