Volume 2 | No. 3 | October 2, 2020
Building Connections for Success!
Team Mentoring Program
A program designed to maximize the experience of students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and pre-health majors in order to increase their retention, achievement, and graduation. Student and faculty mentors work with you to build connections for your success!
| Mentor Highlight |
Rebecca Hsieh
TMP Mentor 2020-2021
This past summer, I was honored with the opportunity to participate in the University of Georgia’s NanoBio REU Program, which was completely remote due to COVID-19. I investigated the molecular dynamics understanding of the interactions between proteins and DNA by virtue of theoretical analyses and computational modellings. Because of this very unique research experience, I will be presenting at the national BMES annual meeting in October. The research experience overall has been very influential on my research interests, as I plan on incorporating molecular dynamics and computer simulations in my future work at my current research lab. Moving forward, I also hope to carry my knowledge and skills in molecular dynamics simulations into my PhD and the research I will be conducting at the graduate level.
| Mentee Highlight |
Research | Summer & Fall 2020
I am currently a senior working in the Paul Allen Global Animal Health Center and focusing my research on the bacteria Flavobacterium psychrophilum. My research is based around the concept of bacterial antibiotic resistance and the variables that play into this. In this bacterium specifically, the mechanism that helps it survive is the use of efflux pumps which are able to take an antibiotic that has entered the cell and expel it back out. This prevents the antibiotic from carrying out its function and essentially renders it useless. My goal is to learn more about the use of this efflux pump as well as different ways to inhibit it.

Partaking in this research has helped me apply what I have been learning while studying for my degree as well as prompt me to think scientifically and develop well rounded hypothesis/research plans. I plan to present my findings at a research fair next semester and hopefully partake in other research during the meantime while I am accepted into medical school. 
Jesus Mendoza
Zoology Major
Former TMP Mentee
TMP Office Assistant
Interested or intrigued about doing RESEARCH? TMP can guide and support in exploring the possibilities!
| Faculty Highlight |
Value of mentoring in the career/professional development of students.

“I believe, as educators, it is our responsibility to volunteer for activities outside of the regular teaching and research appointments and share our time and energy to benefit the community at large. Student mentoring is one of the crucial services that a faculty member, especially a woman faculty in engineering, can provide to motivate the next generation of engineers and help prepare them for future leadership roles. My service as a mentor for the Team Mentoring Program (TMP) has been extremely rewarding as it not only allowed me to learn more about the need for diversity and inclusion in the student population but also provided me with an opportunity to put myself in a broader context as an educator. I look forward to many more years of service at TMP, where I would continue to advise the students and help with the student success actively.”

Dr. Anamika Dubey
Assistant Professor
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
TMP Faculty Mentor

| Alumni Highlight |
Thank you Annaliza Mariscal – Lease Crutcher Lewis; Arnikan Baleswaran - Portland General Electric; Abdon Godinez - Washington State Department of Transportation; Marisa Gliege - Ph.D. student at Arizona State University; and Addis Kebede – Microsoft.

We appreciate you taking the time to share your educational journey, knowledge, and experience with current students. You are adding greatly to help TMP students expand their professional network and “Build Connections for Success!”
TMP Alumni Speaker Series: Engineering Emphasis
TMP Cougs Cancel COVID-19
TMP Study Sessions
Ready for Midterms? 
Remember that TMP Mentors are a great resource to discuss tips and strategies to prepare.
 Join TMP Study Sessions and get ready to ace your exams!

We also encourage you to add the following important dates to your calendars:
TMP Resources
TMP Travel Grant
The TMP Travel Grant, funded by the Washington Research Foundation and other TMP funds will support TMP students in attending and presenting at conferences. Awards will be based on conference costs and will generally be in the about of $150-500.
Boeing Cyber Grant & Washington Research Foundation Scholarships
The Boeing Cyber Grant & Washington Research Foundation Scholarships support TMP students partaking in research projects. Awards will be in the amount of $1000-1,500 and will be for a single semester or summer. Priority will be given to first time applicants.
Study Abroad Travel Grant
The TMP Study Abroad Travel Grant will support students participating in credit bearing and no-credit bearing study abroad experiences. Awards will be based on program costs and will generally be in the amount of $500-1,000.
TMP Partners & Sponsors
Community, Equity, and Social Justice/Student Affairs; College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences; Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Veterinary Medicine; and LSAMP

With the support of BOEING and the Washington Research Foundation
Sandra Mina-Herrera | TMP Graduate Assistant | spminaherrera@wsu.edu
Jesus Mendoza | TMP Office Assistant | jesus.r.mendoza@wsu.edu