Success Stories

Sophie Mannaerts, Exploring Careers in the Sciences
At the end of each fall semester, our Peer Instructors develop final projects that showcase their experiences with the FIGS program. Sophie Mannaerts taught “Exploring Careers in the Sciences” and decided to create a short film explaining what FIGS meant to her. Sophie’s students were involved in one of RU’s living-learning communities and hoped to pursue STEM-related careers. In the FIGS classroom, she taught them to develop self-confidence, make short- and long-term goals, and think about big-picture... Continued
Kayla Broyles, FIGS Program Intern
An essential part of the FIGS team is our undergraduate student intern team, which takes on many large-scale projects while also addressing the day-to-day needs of the program. We are thrilled to recognize our own Kayla Broyles, whose work as a New Student Programs intern in 2015-2016 was acknowledged with a Chancellor’s Student Staff Excellence Award in April. The Rutgers Chancellor’s Student Leadership Awards recognize exceptional leadership, commitment, and Rutgers pride. The Student Staff Excellence Award, in particular, recognizes student staff members who exceed job expectations and demonstrate exemplary initiative, commitment, and service in their roles as student employees. In her... Continued
Luis Leyva, FIGS Peer Instructor
One of the goals of the FIGS program is develop strong leaders that will go on to contribute to the academic community at Rutgers and beyond. We are delighted to recognize one of our distinguished alumni, Luis Leyva, who graduated from Rutgers in May 2016 with a PhD in Mathematics Education and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. Luis was a 2015 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow whose doctoral dissertation project documents the gendered and racialized forms of success among undergraduate African American and Latin@ students pursuing mathematics-intensive STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors at a large, public... Continued
Dr. Loredana Quadro, FIGS Faculty Mentor
At the close of each fall semester the FIGS Program hosts a Recognition Breakfast to celebrate all of the people whose hard work and dedication make this program possible. This year’s FIGS Recognition Breakfast, on December 11th, 2015, marked the first year that the FIGS Program awarded the Faculty Mentor Award to recognize a Rutgers faculty member who went above and beyond to help a Peer Instructor teach a FIGS class. Peer Instructors are required to find Faculty Mentors when planning their FIGs classes to gain insight on how to teach a first-year class in their field and to receive advice on serving as an educator. The first recipient of this honor is Dr. Loredana Quadro, Associate... Continued
Maggie Morash, FIGS Peer Instructor
One of the main reasons for the continued success of the FIGS program is our talented, skilled Peer Instructors. We are delighted to recognize Maggie Morash, a past Peer Instructor of an “Exploring Health & Medicine” FIGS, for winning a highly competitive Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. This award—granted to a select group of high-achieving students in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering—celebrates Maggie's tremendous success at Rutgers University. In 2014, Maggie conducted genetics research, served as Captain of the Women's Soccer team, and mentored first year students through the FIGS program. “I realized that being a FIGS Peer Instructor would be a really unique... Continued