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Full Name: David  Cruz Hernandez

E-mail: dcruz5h@gmail.com

Hometown: Tlacolula de Matamoros, Oaxaca. Mexico.

School: San Francisco State

Program: M.S. Stem Cell Biology

Biography:

I was born and raised in Mexico. I arrived to this country when I was 17 years old. Pursuing an education as an undocumented student was obviously a daunting task to say the least. Consequently I chose a career that could potentially reward all my efforts. What a of a better way to reward my efforts than to pursue biomedical research with a direct inpact on human health.

Fun Fact:

I speak Zapoteco, Español and sometimes Inglish. I was baptized when I was 13 years old. I was designed, manufactured and processed in Mexico, later exported to the U.S.A.

What advice would you give to future undocumented students applying to graduate programs?

Do not let your migratory status define you. The way we choose to respond to what happens to us makes us who we are. If you want to be a scientist, present yourself as a scientist or a doctor, engineer, or physicist not otherwise.