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BUILD GMs of the Month: April 2019

Published April 17, 2019

Each month we'll highlight a couple of the BUILD Graduate Mentors so that you can get to know them better.

Alissa Vandenbelt

Alissa Vandenbelt, BUILD Graduate Mentor

Graduate Mentor for
Year One Scholars

College Assignment: College of Liberal Arts

Master's Program: M.A. Option in Psychological Research

Hometown: San Clemente, Calif.

Research Interests: Stress, Close Relationships, Social Support

Personal Interests: Higher Education, Teaching, Mentoring, Traveling, Music, Pop Culture

Quotes to Live By: “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” ~ Annonymous

Clarissa Gonzalez

Clarissa Gonzalez, BUILD Graduate Mentor

Graduate Mentor for
Year One Scholars

College Assignment: College of Liberal Arts

Master's Program: M.A. Psychological Research

Hometown: Oceanside, Calif.

Research Interests: Neuroscience, stress & anxiety, eating disorders, and autism

Personal Interests: Listening to kpop and learning Korean, dancing (hip hop)

Quotes to Live By: “One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” ~ Sigmund Freud

André Colacio

André Colacio, BUILD Graduate Mentor

Graduate Mentor for
Year One Scholars

College Assignment: College of Engineering

Master's Program: Mechanical Engineering – Emphasis in Dynamics, Vibration, Control, and Robotics

Hometown: Long Beach, Calif.

Research Interests: Automation, Controls, Robotics, Haptics

Personal Interests: Robotics, 3D Printing, Reading (Favorite Genre: Fantasy)

Quotes to Live By: “Today will NOT be an all-nighter.” ~ Me every day