When Kimberly Argueta ’17, ’19 M.S. discovered her interest in pathology as an undergraduate at the University of New Haven, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in the field.
As a graduate student in the University’s cellular and molecular biology program, Argueta became interested in conducting research. For the last two years, she was a member of the University’s Lyme Disease Research Group, focusing on testing alternative methods for treating the disease.
"In addition to my research, I was able to mentor my fellow undergraduate and graduate students in the Lyme Disease Research Lab in cell culturing," said Argueta. "Mentoring has taught me how to teach students and how to provide support throughout their educational experience."
Argueta has shared her passion for research with students in other ways. She has demonstrated how to differentiate between living and dead cells at the University’s Accepted Student Days for prospective students, and she has served as a teaching assistant for cell culture lab courses.
"I’m genuinely passionate about cell culturing," said Argueta. "Having the ability to assist professors and serve as a teaching assistant motivated me to continue improving and strengthening my skills."
"While at the University, I have continuously evolved as a person. I’m grateful for all of the extraordinary experiences that I have had as a student."Kimberly Argueta ’17, ’19 M.S.
An active member of the campus community, Argueta has been involved with several organizations, including Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, the Latin American Student Association, and Students Making an Impact on their Living Environment (SMILE). Some of her favorite memories from her time as a Charger were the result of her involvement on campus – as well as meeting Dr. Henry C. Lee, someone she looks up to.
A volunteer, and, later, an intern with Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Geriatric Elder Horizon program, Argueta plans to go to medical school. As one of approximately 40 participants in the University of New Haven’s 2019 Graduate Student Showcase, she has already had opportunities to present her research.
"I was one of the six winners, and I consider that to be one of my favorite and most rewarding experiences," said Argueta. "While at the University, I have continuously evolved as a person. I’m grateful for all of the extraordinary experiences that I have had as a student."