In order to address the lack of diversity among STEM degree recipients (science, technology, engineering and math), i-Trek (I Turn Research into Empowerment and Knowledge) has developed platform that aims to provide underserved and underrepresented students with the skills and resources necessary to succeed in STEM undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The underrepresented and underserved communities include students of lower income, women, and minorities who often face obstacles in obtaining equal support or access to the resources required for success in STEM. It is through community outreach and the Trek Mentorship Program that i-Trek aims to encourage a high level of interest in STEM and create a pipeline for increased participation in those areas of study.
Nicholas W. Hatch, Ph.D. : Marketing Lead:
“The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home,” we sing in the Bluegrass State where I was born, so perhaps that I now find myself in sunny California is no surprise. I often say that although I have a doctorate, those who know me understand why that’s funny. Indeed, I may have spent more time camping, climbing, and cycling, than actually writing my dissertation. As a volunteer with i-Trek, I assist as a subcommittee chair within Public Relations, and as a contributing writer, to promote the mission of our organization to empower under-served students in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). My degree is in Nutritional Sciences, and my graduate and postdoctoral training has been focused on the metabolic and vascular consequences of obesity. I am finding meaning in that training by using the knowledge I have gained to reach out to my community, to be a voice of positive change, to ultimately improve the health of our population. My vision is that together with i-Trek, we may be a loud voice.
Adriana Hammond, Editorial Lead :
Adriana is a Master of Arts Candidate at Boston College in Russian literature, a marketing professional, and writer. With i-Trek she is the manages writers and editors to ensure the quality of all written materials associated with i-Trek. She believes that i-Trek’s mission of serving the underrepresented communities in STEM is necessary in a time when education for professional advancement is more important than ever .