Meet the Staff

Project RAISE was secured by Principal Investigator (PI) Dr. Mark Filowitz and co-PI Dr. Susamma Barua. Project RAISE is facilitated by four full-time staff members and and many undergraduate student staff members. The project director is responsible for all functions of the grant, including budget management, staff supervision, and reporting. The transition coordinator collaborates with community college partners, oversees the Undergraduate Research Program, and supervises the peer advisors. The academic success coordinator manages the RAISE Transfer Program and Summer Internship Program, collaborates with campus partners, and creates the marketing materials. The administrative assistant supports all aspects of program administration. 

Project Investigators

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Dr. Mark Filowitz

Principal Investigator

Associate Vice President for Academic Programs and Enrollment

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Dr. Susamma (Susan) Barua

Co-Principal Investigator

Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science

Project RAISE Staff

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Dr. Megan Drangstveit 

Project Director

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Hannah Rivera

Adminstrative Assistant

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César Montenegro

Transition Coordinator

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Marlene Leyva

Academic Success Coordinator

Program Assistants

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Alejandra Garcia

Project RAISE Assistant




Peer Advisors

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Alissa Medina

Major: Biology

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Anne Bilog

Major: Public Health

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Cindy Rodas

Major: Mathematics

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Cynthia Flores

Major: Biology

Jaime Silva

Jaime Silva

Major: Biochemistry

Jose Cedano

Jose Cedano

Major: Biology

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Laylah Bounacdary

Major: Mathematics

Luz Aguilera

Luz Aguilera

Major: Mathematics

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Madeline Ceccia

Major: Mathematics

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Marisabel Hernandez

Major: Human Services

Megan Schreiber

Megan Schreiber

Major: Biology

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Nadia Naji

Major: Biology

Reed Witherspoon

Reed Witherspoon

Major: Biology

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