Meet the SATAL Students

Current SATAL Students

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Graduating 2018

I joined SATAL because I have always had an interest in teaching. I love that SATAL provides a line of communication between the student and the instructor. I hope to take what I learn from SATAL and help anyone voice their concern in a professional manner in any given situation. I would love to pursue a career in teaching, however, I am open to whatever opportunities life may bring. In my free time, I enjoy reading, baking and spending time with my family.

Chelsy Cummings

Molecular Biology Major with a Minor in Global Art Studies

Graduating 2018

I am thrilled to be part of a program that not only improves student’s academic college experience but will continue to help future classes of students and teachers alike. I aspire to become an optometrist, and being part of the SATAL team will help to enhance vital qualities needed for a professional career field. I look forward to cultivating communication skills, while simultaneously becoming better equipped in giving and receiving feedback in a critical setting. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, singing, and watching a wide range of movies.

Tamunotubo George

Mechanical Engineering Major

Graduating 2019

I joined SATAL because I came to understand its importance to UC Merced. During my first year, SATAL played a crucial role in my academics, especially in my physics course. I am proud to be a part of SATAL; through this program, I hope to help students just like me. After receiving my Bachelor's Degree in 2019, I want to go into the oil and gas sector. I hope to work for my most admired oil company, Chevron. When I am not busy working with SATAL or studying Mechanical Engineering, I am usually outside playing soccer.

Brian Hoang

Chemistry Major with a Minor in Applied Mathematics

Graduating 2018

I joined SATAL because I have a passion for helping others and felt that SATAL would give me the opportunity to help my fellow peers in helping to improve their educational experience. What I hope to gain from SATAL is the opportunity to develop the skills needed after graduating and pursuing future careers. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, watching Youtube videos, and drawing.

Valezka Murillo

Sociology major with Philosophy minor

Graduating 2019

I joined SATAL because I wanted to give students an opportunity to get the most out of their time here at UC Merced. Everyone deserves a constructive learning environment and I hope to be able to assist in making that a reality. I believe that working with SATAL will give me the skills necessary to be a successful attorney in the future, a large part of my goals for the future is helping marginalized communities and the communication skills I will attain here will be invaluable. In my free time I enjoy watching crime shows and taking naps.

Gautam Panakkal

Psychology

Graduated 2017

As a psychology major, the cognitive processes involved in learning are of special interest to me. SATAL is an excellent way to enrich my understanding of learning and teaching methods in a practical setting while helping students achieve their learning goals. After graduating, I plan to pursue a master's degree in bioengineering. I enjoy reading, studying a broad range of topics, playing video games, and exercising in my free time. 

Sarai Rodriguez

Sociology major with a Spanish minor

Graduating 2019

I come from East Los Angeles. Back home, I was highly involved in my Water Polo and Swim teams. These teams helped me develop good leadership skills--which I plan on improving-- and communication skills.

Jose Sandoval

Computer Science and Engineering Major

Graduating 2018

I joined SATAL to expand on my ability to make connections with people and to increase my communication abilities. I believe that SATAL will provide me with an experience unlike any I have had before, through interactions with both my peers and our professors, who are the very foundation of our campus. The skills I learned from SATAL will enhance my strengths in the job field.

Brianna Vasquez

History Major with a Minor in Anthropology

Graduated 2017

I joined SATAL because of my passion for learning. I want to share my passion and make a difference in the UC Merced community by working with professors to enhance the learning environment. I enjoy the fact that SATAL is a liaison for students and professors to discuss and engage in a dialogue on their education. Although I do not have a clear career goal at the moment, I hope to take what I learn from SATAL and continue educating the public on topics of nutrition and food justice. In my free time, I enjoy watching independent movies on Netflix, cooking new foods, and playing with my guinea pig.

Former SATAL Students

Yun Chang

Computer Science and Engineering Major

Graduating 2018

I joined SATAL because I believe I could pursue my knowledge in statistics by working on data analysis from surveys. I wish to gain more work experience and improve interpersonal communication skills.

Mariah Estes

Psychology Major

Graduating 2018

I chose to work with SATAL so I could help students give honest and useful feedback to their professors. I am interested in film and hope to one day direct a psychological thriller.

Cynthia Ramos

Biology

Graduating 2018

I joined SATAL to be a part of a program where ideas from anyone can and will be heard when professors want to improve the learning environment in their course through student feedback. I hope to use my experiences and skills I have developed from SATAL in my future goals to work in a profession where I can improve the well-being of children in any way possible. I enjoy painting, watching Netflix and funny YouTube videos on my free time. 

Crystal King

Anthropology Major

Graduating 2018

I joined SATAL because I am interested in learning more about teaching practices. I enjoy learning about different ways in which learning can be facilitated to improve the student and instructor experience. I plan on using what I learned in SATAL to improve my leadership skills as a tutor and mentor to other students. Upon graduation, I plan on pursuing graduate school to obtain a Ph.D. in Public Health.

Annalese Croup

Psychology Major

Graduating 2018

I joined SATAL because I feel that everyone deserves to make sure they are getting what they expect from their learning environment. Through SATAL, I hope to learn skills such as working in a professional setting. I feel that this will one day help me in a business setting. Besides working and school, I am also a member of the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma and a member of the Odyssey Team. I enjoy going on adventures, snowboarding, and hanging out with friends.

Jansen Lin

Cognitive Science Major

Graduating 2018

I joined SATAL to explore in-depth how students and professors perceive the classroom environment. I believe that SATAL will provide an experience where I can become familiar with techniques/methods to assess and improve the student-professor relationship over time. I hope to apply the skills that I learned from SATAL in industry post-graduation. During my free time, I enjoy playing basketball and spending time with friends and family.

Sandra Garcia

English

Graduated 2016

Sandra joined SATAL because she believed it provided her the opportunity to help improve education here at UC Merced. With the help of SATAL she hopes to gain the proper skills and knowledge to prepare her for her future in a teaching career.

Jared Felton

Management and Business Economics

Graduated 2016

Jared joined SATAL in order to play an active role in the ongoing process of improving the learning environment at UC Merced. His studies are preparing him for a career within the business world, and he plans to use the skills he has learned while being a SATAL student along the way. Upon graduating he plans to attend the Air Force Officer Training School and serve in the armed forces.  Then he plans to work with the corporate side of the automotive industry. In his spare time, he enjoys watching documentaries, reading car magazines, and watching sports of all kinds.

Maeve O'Brien

Material Science Engineering with an Emphasis on Nanotechnology, Minor in Writing

Graduating 2018

Maeve joined SATAL because she believes that in order for UC Merced to continue to grow and improve, students, professors and instructors alike must work together towards that goal. Her studies are preparing her for a career not only in research labs but collaborating successfully with her peers, and the skills she has learned from SATAL will help her communicate and give more effective feedback. After graduating, Maeve plans on earning her Ph.D., working in a research lab and possibly becoming a professor. After her classes are over for the day, Maeve enjoys reading sci-fi/fantasy novels, comics, manga, watching quirky youtube videos and playing video games.

Vlora Suma

Cognitive Science

Graduating 2018

An essential component of my philosophy of education is active and engaged learning. Henceforth, working for SATAL is important because it allows me to witness educators improve their relationship with their students, all-the-while students also become better involved with their learning. I have not defined any major goals for the future, but as of the present, I have a compilation of interests in human behavior, education, and social awareness. In addition, I enjoy skating, slacklining, and discovering new music.

Chelsey Garcia

Psychology with a Minor in Literature and Cultures

Graduated 2016

Hello there! I am a proud UCM student. I am new to the academic team of Students Assessing Teaching and Learning (SATAL) on campus and am very excited to begin my contribution. Since I have a natural interest in the many individuals and collective ways people learn best and plan to focus my research towards different educational curricula, I feel that being a part of SATAL will give me the experience I need to develop into a better evaluator of educational systems so that the quality of education people receive is adequate. Other areas of interest of mine involve pursuing a career in adolescent counseling and/or adult psychotherapy. I am even open to the idea of becoming a professor myself one day of English. I also enjoy reading, listening to good music, and cooking up delicious meals with my loved ones.

Carisza Lenaburg

Biology

Graduated 2016

Carisza joined SATAL hoping to contribute to the teaching and learning environment that continues to get better each year. With what she learned through SATAL, she hopes to one day be a high school teacher that can help with a steady flow of communication between students and faculty.

Jessica Gray

Mechanical Engineer

Graduated 2016

Jessica enjoys playing sports, video games, and watching anime. She joined SATAL because she believes you should never stop improving. Her plan may include graduate school or going straight into industry. Either way, she will be using her skills gained through SATAL to better help her with her career.

Mina Tawfick

Human Biology Major

Graduating 2018

I joined Satal because I felt that a unique opportunity awaited me. Alongside my time as a student, I have also spent time as a tutor and teacher. To me, Satal is a new and exciting perspective of the classroom setting. I am currently a Biology undergraduate student and plan to take this path to Medical school (become an Allopathic physician perhaps?). Satal will improve my ability to communicate ideas with others, a crucial skill for anyone really, but especially important for me since I will need to accurately diagnose another person’s ailments in the future. On my own time, I enjoy writing stories, playing games of all sorts, and talking late night strolls.

Joanna Valenzuela

Human Biology Major

Graduating 2016

Joanna became interested in the SATAL program because she believes it is important to take an active role in the education of UC Merced students. She plans to apply the skills acquired through the SATAL program towards her future educational experiences. Joanna is currently studying human biology and physics and is considering furthering her education through either a graduate program or medical school. She hopes to someday inspire her community to pursue higher degrees in education and motivate students to value their education.

Eric Chu

Human Biology Major

Graduating 2016

Eric values the importance of education for students and SATAL offers the opportunity for him to apply those values. His studies of interest are in economic policy and environmental business opportunities. He hopes to have a career that deals with shaping government policy and growing businesses. In his free time, he enjoys playing chess, watching plays, and cooking.

Brianda Garcia

Human Biology Major

Graduating 2015

Brianda loves the field of education and joined SATAL because she believes it gives students the opportunity to openly voice their opinions regarding their learning environments. She hopes to become a high school counselor one day and help minority students on their path to higher education. During her free time, Brianda enjoys baking, going to church, and spending time with family and friends.

Ruben Garcia

Human Biology Major

Graduating 2015

A major point of SATAL includes the experienced needed to function in real-life situations and professions. As a career goal to go into public relations or teaching high school social science. SATAL is giving me the tools I need in order to build some communication skills and practice gathering information from other people. A big part of SATAL allows me to assess a wide variety of teaching methods and how each teaching style affects the students' learning experience. Everything in SATAL can be related to my own learning experience and how to be a good peer to the other students around me, as well as to my professors.

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