Junior, chemical and life science engineering major, chemistry and math minors
Alison Yaguchi considered several universities before deciding on VCU. Only VCU guaranteed her the opportunity to get involved immediately in undergraduate research.
“I could come here and get started right away,” she said, “so I knew this was the next step for me.”
Yaguchi joined her professor’s lab after freshman year studying natural and synthetic biological systems. One of 10 students to earn a CH2M Hill Engineers Without Borders-USA scholarship in 2012, she traveled to Bolivia to work on a five-year project: building a water distribution and sanitation system for 3,000 people.
“The experience gave me a very humanitarian outlook to engineering,” she said. “It was no longer textbooks and theoretical questions, but solving real problems for a population in need.”
Yaguchi has now decided to continue her studies and pursue a Ph.D.
“I just love learning about anything and everything,” she said, “and at VCU, I’ve had so many opportunities to do just that.”