Leslie Juarez

Enjoy this Q&A with junior Leslie Juarez, a star Biology major who is also working on Chemistry and Spanish minors. For more “science selfies,” read the latest issue of Engaging Mind & Spirit, the official magazine of the University of St. Francis… due to be arriving in homes soon!

sci selfie juarezQ:  What made you choose USF’s science program?
   I chose USF’s science program for the atmosphere and welcoming community.

Q:  What’s the most innovative thing you’ve done as a science student at USF?
   I was an intern at the Brookfield Zoo over the summer.

Q:  What’s the coolest thing you’ve learned through your research?
   The microbiome is affected by the interactions between animals. Although my dogs are different breeds, they may contain a familiar bacterial community due to them living in the same household.

Q:  What is your favorite facility to work in? Why? (chem lab, spider lab, cadaver lab, etc.)
   Spider lab because it is quiet and I am able to focus. I have also like the biochemistry research lab since that’s where I started doing research and it is also nice and quiet.

Q:  Are you excited about the new science building? What do you think it will offer new science students?
   I am excited to see the science building. I think it will offer more space to our biology students and I hope that along with that it also offers resources so students can get internship and further experience.

Q:  Who is your favorite instructor and why?
  I don’t have a favorite; all of my professors are incredibly helpful and down to earth. Each professor is unique and I love the fact that they are approachable.

Q:  What do you plan to do after graduating? Do you have an internship or a job lined up yet?
   After graduation, I hope to get accepted into the Vet Med program at the University of Illinois in Champaign.

Finally, a personal message to our website readers… a favorite science quote or your own words of wisdom:
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects”–Albert Einstein