Full Name: David Cruz Hernandez
Hometown: Tlacolula de Matamoros, Oaxaca. Mexico.
School: San Francisco State
Program: M.S. Stem Cell Biology
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.
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.