Research Assistant Peer Leader Directory

Current Research Team Members

Nicole VargasResearch Assistant | nvarg019@fiu.edu

Nicole is a Florida International University graduate. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2016 and finished her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Biology in 2017. She has been involved with the PLTL Program since her sophomore year in college. She is currently a research assistant for the PLTL program at FIU where she has been conducting research on the critical thinking skills associated with PLTL leaders. Nicole is also the Outreach Chairperson for the PLTL program and an adjunct instructor for the Biology Department at FIU. She will be starting a Master’s degree in Adult Education and Human Resource Development in the fall of 2018.

Daniel Flores | Research Assistant | dflor021@fiu.edu

Daniel received his associates in Education from Miami Dade College in the spring of 2011. He went on to receive his bachelors in Biological Sciences from Florida International University in the Spring semester of 2015. He first became a peer leader in the fall of 2011. He was assigned as Chair of Supervising for the PLTL program at FIU in 2013. He later joined the RAPL program in 2015 to help incorporate research into the reformed supervising program. Currently he works as a lab instructor at FIU for Biology as well as a Group Discussion Peer Leader for Biology 1 while applying to the Masters of Public Health program with a focus in Epidemiology.

Amanda CanellasResearch Assistant | acane014@fiu.edu

Amanda is an alumnus from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. She was a respected student athlete who began her journey in PLTL as a freshman in college. Within the last four years of her academic career, she has advanced from being a student to becoming a group discussion leader of multiple disciplines. Through this progression, her active participation as a Peer Leader, supervisor and group discussion leader has sparked a curiosity in pedagogical style and its influence on education within STEM. This interest has led Ms. Canellas to become a research assistant in the summer of 2016, committing to her role in further analyzing metacognitive enhancement of Peer Leaders. As her aspirations of attending medical school and becoming an immunopathologist remain, she plans on utilizing the knowledge gained from PLTL experiences to enrich the physician-to-patient interaction in her future practice.

Richard Suarez | Research Assistant | rsuar099@fiu.edu

Richard is a Florida International University (FIU) undergraduate. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences with an expected graduation of Spring 2019. He has been involved with the PLTL Program since his freshman year in college. He is currently a research assistant for the PLTL program at FIU where he has been conducting research on the critical thinking skills associated with PLTL leaders and students. Richard is currently also conducting bioinformatics research in the Integrative Marine Genomics and Symbiosis lab at FIU. Moreover, he has presented at the 9th Annual SEA-Phages conference hosted by the HHMI on his bacteriophage research. He plans on attending medical school with the hopes of earning a Medical Doctorate in the Fall of 2020.

Renee Suarez | Research Assistant | rsuar092@fiu.edu

Renee is a junior majoring in Nursing with a minor in psychology at Florida International University. She started as a Peer Leader for Introduction to Microbiology in 2016. Since then, she has been a Peer Leader and Supervising Mentor for Introduction to Microbiology and Foundations of Human Physiology. She is also a Group Discussion Leader for Foundations of Human Physiology and a Research Assistant Peer Leader for the PLTL program’s study on metacognition.

Rosangela Garcia | Research Assistant | rgarc364@fiu.edu

Rosangela is currently a junior majoring in biology at Florida International University. Rosangela was a Peer Leader in 2016 through 2017 and then later became a supervisor in Fall semester of 2017.  Since then, she became a Research Assistant Peer Leader in the PLTL program.

 

Former Research Team Members

Surname First Name Position Email
Gil Shannon Administrative Assistnant sgil015@fiu.edu
Trujillo Vanessa Quantitative Research Coordinator nessa.trujillo@gmail.com
Sardinas Stephanie Qualitative Research Coordinator ssard002@fiu.edu
Enriquez Kristianne Research Assistant rmata005@fiu.edu
Ledea Margaret Research Assistant mlede007@fiu.edu
Martinez Ana Research Assistant amart211@fiu.edu
Miguez Gabriella Research Assistant gmigu003@fiu.edu
Monroig Vanessa Research Assistant vmonr004@fiu.edu
Singer Gino Research Assistant gsing008@fiu.edu
Suarez Abel Research Assistant asuar059@fiu.edu
Alonso Nina Research Assistant nalon006@fiu.edu
Francis Katherine Research Assistant kfran017@fiu.edu
Garcia Juan Research Assistant jgarc235@fiu.edu
Martinez Stephanie Research Assistant smart064@fiu.edu
Vidaillet Jean Paul Research Assistant jvida046@fiu.edu
Riguero Claudia Research Assistant crigu001@fiu.edu
Leesang Tiffany Research Assistant tlees001@fiu.edu
Camarena-Ubiera Isamar Research Assistant icama012@fiu.edu