Early Identification Program
2015-2016 Presidential Scholars
Hello! My name is Jamie Nunez and I am a senior in the Bioengineering department. My research is based on creating a device that can be used to study a disease called Bacterial Endocarditis, an inflammation on the inner lining of the heart caused by bacteria. I am very excited to see what I learn from this project! Outside of research, I am a math tutor at CLUE, a member of Bioengineering Outreach, am getting into Latin dance, and love horror movies! Receiving this award was a great honor and I would really to thank EIP for supporting my research!
Jennifer is a senior double majoring in History and the Comparative History of Ideas, with a minor in American Indian Studies. As a non-traditional student that started a family and worked in the horse racing industry prior to returning to school, Jennifer attributes her academic success to her desire to be a positive role model to her children. Moreover, her previous experience with horses— coupled with her passion for understanding Indigenous histories— has aided in shaping her research. Currently, Jennifer is exploring the ways in which the Yakama Nation fostered meaningful relationships with horses as a means to resist rapid change that defined much of the early reservation era.
In addition to being a mother and student, Jennifer works as a Peer Adviser in Undergraduate Advising and Affairs, is an Undergraduate Research Leader, a two-time Mary Gates Scholar, and a 2015-2016 Faye Wilson Scholarship recipient. Jennifer hopes to continue with her education as a History graduate student in the fall of 2016. In doing so, she endeavors to make meaningful and collaborative contributions to academia that facilitates a better understanding of comparative Indigenous histories and experiences.