"Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference." - Jane Goodall
Dear AISS Supporter,

The Class of 2021 is open-minded, determined, and willing to make an impact their community. Through the second month of Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies, theywere able to explore and visit corporate companies, such as: Edwards Lifesciences, Tera Engineering Co., and Ocean Institute. In these companies the scholars were able to be exposed to the workforce of many professionals in STEM fields.


Scholars at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point.

The scholars received advice from professionals who opened their busy schedules. Christopher Garcia, a scholar of Class of 2021, was most influenced by Kenneth E. Murphy, Ph.D.- a Provost at Chapman University. Dr. Murphy advised Christopher to follow his passions, and reminded him there is time to develop them. Dr. Murphy loved being a Provost at Chapman University, but his passion is to teach, so he will begin teaching at UCI this summer. Christopher and the other students were reassured that changing paths can work. In fact, it can be awesome to change, as long as you follow your aspirations! Dr. Murphy was one out of many speakers, including staff, who are influencing these young, high-achieving students.

AISS Instructor Nino Polizzi helps scholar Christopher Garcia

The program taught the students how to write a research paper consisting of compact information on their STEM interest. Micheal Stanislawczyk taught scholars the format of a proper scientific research paper. Jacqueline B. Rojas taught the students how to host an interview and  the basics of writing. Josh López taught them interview skills, how to sell themselves, and how to approach a professional. Another requirement for the research paper was to have an interview with a professional in the field of their interest, implement the information that they were able to get, and insert it into the paper. 

The scholars are looking forward to choosing their colleges and careers. They thank everyone who contributed to the program in some way- the scholars consider them an asset to their lives.

- The AISS Scholars

Valerie Andrade

Godinez Fundamental High School
I’m Valerie Andrade. I’m 15 and I aspire to become a civil engineer. Before I wanted to be an architect, but I attended a workshop and I've realized that being a civil engineer would be a better fit for my future. I love figuring out how to make those beautiful buildings work and how they are made. My mom raised me to do my best and to push myself beyond my limits and to never give up. Most of all, I will make her proud in the future. Before I was set on being an architect and hopefully attending Notre Dame University, but now I’ve figured that I have to look into different schools because of my change in career.
Education is always first and that gives so much power and opportunities in the future. My mother taught me to work my way up and to keep on going. I want to help around my whole family and make sure no one worries about financial problems that may be in the way. I would especially love to be in a career that gives me a lot of experience. I’ve always loved buildings and being able to build them in video games. I love working until I get tired and I’ve noticed how I get more creative late at night. I was assigned a project this year where I made a poster board. I’m not a perfectionist, but I saw how I wrote things down and I didn’t enjoy it, so I found out a more creative and easier way for my writing to be legible. As I was finishing up, I came up with an idea and a better presentation all last minute which was stressful, but I was happy with it and my grade made be even happier.
I was in ACE club which stands for Architecture, Construction, and Engineering. This gave me hands-on experience in careers in those fields. I also do cleanups in a club called Keep-It-Clean.
Omar Carino
AISS Class of 2017
My name is Omar Cariño, and I am an AISS alumnus from the class of 2017. I attended Segerstrom High School and am currently on my third year at Boston University studying Math Education with a concentration in 8th-12th grades.
This past semester, from January to May 2019, I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain and took classes in history and art of Spain. I also traveled through 7 different countries across Europe: Portugal, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, and Italy. I also traveled through the different and beautiful cities in Spain. I have enjoyed my education classes and learning about the psychology of adolescents, classroom management, and how to become a warm demander. My classes are usually discussion-based, and we get up from our seats and practice what we have read in front of the class. During my senior year’s first semester, I am hoping to study abroad again but this time in Sydney, Australia if I have enough funding. BU has amazing study abroad programs and this one is through the education program. During this program, I have the opportunity to teach Australian students at a Jesuit high school Monday through Friday and complete my practicum which is required to earn my teacher’s credentials along with my bachelor’s in May 2021.

I would like to thank AISS for helping me get out my comfort zone and apply to a private school out of state during my senior year of high school because my college career has been wonderful and filled with several life-impacting opportunities. I am honored to be an AISS alumnus, and I have given back to the program by volunteering every summer I return to Orange County.


Jonathan Arellanes 
AISS Summer Instructors

My name is Jonathan Arellanes, and I graduated from Cal State Fullerton this year with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. I am planning to go back to receive my master's in educational leadership next school year at Cal State Fullerton. I was born and raised in the city of Santa Ana, and I graduated from Saddleback High School in 2015. My dream job is to become a principle within the Santa Unified School District. 
Parent Conference - August 3, 2019
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