Meet Tiffany Duong, NSF Graduate Research Fellow

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Name: Tiffany Duong

Hometown: San Diego, California

Undergraduate Institution: San Diego State University

Undergraduate Degree: Biology 

Year in graduate school: 3rd year 

Research Advisor: Dr. Justin Ragains 

Research Topic: Carbohydrate synthesis; method development of 1,2-cis selective glycosylation

Honors & Awards: 
NSF-LSU Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship (LSU-BD Fellow), NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP Fellow), Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science of LSU (SACNAS of LSU) Founding and Current President, Student Research Award (San Diego State University Student Research Symposium), & NSF-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LAMP) Scholar (San Diego State University)

Plans after doctorate: Obtain a position in the pharmaceutical industry working in drug development/discovery

Quote: "Science has taught me the value of community and mentorship. The support and guidance of my mentors has motivated me to push beyond what I thought I was capable of."

Advice for future STEM students: Do not let failures, whether in course work or in the lab, discourage you from pursuing a path towards science. The most rewarding outcomes are a result of struggle and perseverance. Fight for your dreams and always stay true to yourself.