Agustin P.

Major: Physics
University of California Berkeley



I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Quito, Ecuador. Growing up I was certain that I wanted to become a scientist as I would love to build experiments for my school’s science fair such as catapults and crossbows. However, I also thought about of becoming a chef, musician, and neuroscientist. After I came to the U.S. three years ago and studied at Berkeley, I became determined to become a physicist.

Following my dreams has driven me to graduate from Foothill Community College in one year and to present a research project in mathematics at the Bay Area Honors Research Symposium. It has led me to be part of the development of a particle detector at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Berkeley-Lawrence National Laboratory. Today, it pushes me to work in the improvement of cancer treatment with Proton Radiotherapy at the Department of Radiation Oncology of the University of California, San Francisco.


What is your future goal?

Contribute towards the treatment of cancer, and to share my passion for science with the people around me.


What does this scholarship mean to you?

It means that I can volunteer as a tutor at Saint Quentin Prison, be a tutor again for a group of incredibly smart and curious 7th graders, help my family relieve some of the financial burden, and continue to do things that I love, such as improving my dancing, guitar, and cooking skills. It means that I can completely focus on helping and empowering people around me without the burden of having to think about money.


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