Semarhy Quiñones, PhD
Bacterial Geneticist & Artist
I am passionate about mentoring underrepresented students in the STEM fields. I am particularly passionate about mentoring women of color who plan to pursue graduate degrees. I am lucky enough to have a job that allows me to work with talented students.
Of Special Note: The picture shown in the banner above was a mural found in my hometown, Humacao, PR designed by Puerto Rican artist Hector Collazo Hernández, who painted flags throughout the island. The mural was brought down by Hurricane María in 2017 and it no longer stands. Picture taken by my mom, Rhynna Soto.
CSU-LSAMP & RISE Programs at Sacramento State
As an undergraduate student at the University of Puerto Rico, Humacao, I participated in the PR-LSAMP and the NIGMS-MARC research-training programs. As a graduate student at the University of California, Davis, I also participated in the NIH-IMSD program. These research-training programs played a vital role in my development as a scientist. As the current CSU-LSAMP/RISE Research Coordinator and Advisor, I wish to provide the same opportunities I had to our students here at Sac State. I also serve as the Associate Project Director overseeing the CSU-LSAMP Statewide Alliance comprised of all 23 CSU campuses.
SACNAS Leadership Institute (2016 SLI) & Student Chapter
I volunteer as a STEM Diversity Leader with the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). I founded the new SACNAS at Sac State Student Chapter, where I continue to serve as the Faculty Advisor. Through our chapter, I promote Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Science Careers at the local and national level.