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Meet our Scholars

Class of 2019

Gregory Berumen
Wylie East High School
Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Scholar, Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists (SOLES), United Immigrant Justice (UIJ)

Through BEST, Greg was able to experience a college-level curriculum and ultimately became confident he could excel in a new environment. "Taking two classes over the summer helped get some of the requirements out of the way and put me ahead academically. I am thankful for support and guidance the BEST staff has provided thus far."
Michelle Chan
South Eugene High School
Computer Engineering
Collective of STEM Activists, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Out in STEM (oSTEM), Piano,  Ultimate Frisbee

Michelle was grateful that her experience over the summer with BEST stretched beyond engineering to all that Tufts has to offer its students. "We learned about resources on campus that I would have not used on my own. I am more confident knowing I am in a solid support system where we can depend on each other like family."
Diego Espinoza Rodriguez
The Preuss School UCSD
Computer Engineering
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), United Immigrant Justice (UIJ)

What Diego enjoyed most was the connections and networking opportunities BEST provided. "BEST is probably the best (no pun intended) thing that has happened to me. The summer gave me insight into what a college course was like. BEST opened so many doors for me, and I'm extremely grateful I was able to be a part of this amazing family."
Hernán Gallegos
Towers High School
Mechanical Engineering, minor in Engineering Education
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Association for Latin American Students (ALAS), Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Scholar, Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists (SOLES), STEM Ambassadors, Tufts Encendido

Hernan attended Voices of Tufts and immediately felt at home. In addition to the academic aspect, Hernan enjoyed being able to experience different types of activities available in the Boston area. "BEST was one of the best decisions I have made. I have created a family while being within this summer program. I knew from the very first day meeting everyone it would be one crazy roller-coaster ride (literally, because we got to go to Six Flags!)."
Martin Majkut
Rhode Island
Charles E. Shea High School
Mechanical Engineering
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists (SOLES), STEM Ambassadors, Tufts Racing Team, Tufts Robotics Club

BEST made Martin realize he could do well at an institution like Tufts, and didn't have to do so alone. "I got to meet six other people, who, through hours of late night struggles to complete homework assignments, as well as some hours of procrastination, I got to know very well and became lucky enough to call my friends."
Zack Nassar
New York
Hastings High School
Biomedical Engineering, minor in Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics
Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Tufts Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (THFES)

Zack took away how valuable BEST can be and the advantages it offers to scholars. "It was a great summer experience—the support base we all became for each other, the exposure to actual college courses, the networking and resources, and the overall preparation for the semester that followed. I don't know what the past semester would have been like if I didn't do BEST."