I-Discover Scholars


  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Classified as economically disadvantaged according to the Department of Education rules for need-based federal financial aid
  • Undergraduate: Major in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, or Physics
  • Graduate: Major in Chemistry

Continuance Requirements

  • Make good progress toward completing degree
  • Undergraduate: Maintain a 3.0 GPA in both science and non-science coursework
  • Graduate: Maintain a 3.3 GPA in both science and non-science coursework

Undergraduate Scholars

Westley Cruces
Westley Cruces

Major: Chemistry
Expected Graduation: May 2016
Project: synthesis and biological evaluation of lipopeptides with varying lipophilic groups

Alexa Rodriguez
Alexa Rodriguez

Major: Chemistry
Expected Graduation: May 2017


Jorge Becerra
Jorge Becerra
Oforiwaa Bediako
Oforiwaa Bediako

Major: Chemistry (MS)
Expected Graduation: August 2016
Project: structural aspects of lipopeptide uptake into bilayer vesicles

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Djan Baffoe

Project: asparagine-derived gelators


Anna Gonzales: on leave from MS Program
Ramiro Nava: undergraduate at Texas Lutheran University
Ben Reyes: BS Chemistry, August 2015