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Jacqueline Minas

Ph.D. Student

University of California - Merced

When Jacqueline Minas started looking at colleges, she was excited by the brand new University of California at Merced (UCM). “I was part of the first graduating class at UCM and I am a very proud alumni,” she explains. Jacqueline graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2009 and a Masters of Science in Quantitative and Systems Biology in 2014 from UCM. Her studies have allowed her to travel to Los Angeles, San Diego, Boston, Washington D.C., and most recently, Japan (for her second time), where she received a NIH Minority Health and Health Disparities Fellowship which allowed her to study kidney injury during Type II Diabetes. Jacqueline credits her academic success to her strong mentor who granted her countless opportunities. The most important lessons that she learned were, “Success is trying one more time than you’ve failed,” and “if you don’t ask, the answer is always no.” Jacqueline plans to get a doctorate degree from UCM and strives to encourage minorities to achieve higher education in the sciences.