Brother Robin Lopez, Mu Zeta '12, was recently awarded with a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF), which is a government-funded research program to develop the elite talents of America's future scientists and researchers. Part of the application includes a discussion on societal impacts and contributions. He highlighted previous experience and involvement as a volunteer for various efforts made possible by Mu Zeta Chapter service projects. He believes that his time in APO inspired him to become more involved than he was previously.
"I've always been involved with inner-city outreach, as I'm a product of the inner-city," says Brother Lopez. "APO helped me further develop my framework and be more analytical in how I approach service and outreach. This in turn, helped me better articulate my potential for societal impacts, not just limited to science."
Currently, he tutors for Richmond Literacy for Every Adult (LEAP), an adult education program to help adults obtain their GED. He also mentors for a nonprofit, working with 4th and 5th grader students on projects related to science and technology.
"I work hard to ensure they're afforded opportunities I never had while growing up," he says.
To learn more about Brother Lopez's NSF GRF, click here to read his blog entry on the NSF website.