Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi |
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Suzzette Chopin is a professor of biomedical sciences, director of the Office of Special Programs and the Office of Research Development and a Texas A&M System Regents Professor at her university. Dr. Chopin's leadership was instrumental in transitioning university emphasis toward faculty research and changing the culture to one that embraces and promotes undergraduate research, mentoring, and increasing diversity in science. Dr. Chopin has personally mentored 45 undergraduates in research (69 percent minority), 89 percent of whom have matriculated into graduate or professional schools or are currently employed in science careers. Her leadership in the university’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) and Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs has led to a majority of student participants graduating and entering graduate or professional school or continuing into employment in science.