Arizona State University senior Jennifer Duenas is wrapping up her last year studying pharmacology, toxicology and neuroscience with an eye on medical school after graduation. Her time as a Sun Devil has been rich with professional development, community service and club involvement, and she credits a program geared toward first-generation, low-income students like her for helping set the stage for such a rich academic experience.
Born in Jalisco, Mexico, Duenas’ family moved to Arizona when she was young. After attending a first-year readiness camp through TRIO before starting at ASU, she made fast friends and applied for the program. She said TRIO provided her with books, free printing, tutors, lab materials, mentoring, workshops, networking opportunities within her field and much more.