The nationally recognized organizations of UTEP have produced many accomplished alumni. UTEP students Sofia Delgado and Kaleigh Love were elected to the board of directors of the Peer-Led Team International Society. Established in Atlanta, Georgia in 2011, PLTLIS is an organization that strives to foster student learning through peer-led teams by supporting practitioners and institutions. The group is intended for academics majoring in chemistry, computer science, biology, physics, psychology, mathematics, and other STEM subjects.
PLTLIS focuses on building the educational and leadership skills of students. This is done through workshops and participation in group trainings. The workshops are held weekly for two hours with groups of six to eight students. Students also participate in group projects and learn about the latest advancements in STEM education. PLTLIS professional educators and peer leaders represent 24 institutions in 11 US states and four countries.
Sofia Delgado specializes in biochemistry and Kaleigh Love specializes in biology with a biomedical focus. They were elected by their peers across the organization to join the board of directors. As board members, they will voice the concerns of their fellow leaders and represent hundreds of them, thus enriching a program that empowers students.
“Sofia and I were elected by the other peer leaders based on our resumes and statements provided at the end of the PLTLIS 2021 conference,” Love said. “I look forward to helping PLTLIS promote its mission to positively impact more students and institutions around the world through peer team learning. “
Delgado joined the organization last year and says being elected to the Board of Directors has been a rewarding experience: “It is really great to see my dedication pay off and very rewarding to see some of the fruits of our work. I am motivated to make my colleagues proud and to deliver my best work! Said Delgado.
Being part of PLTLIS will help him in his future projects.
“I am currently a junior in biochemistry. After I graduate, I hope to enroll in medical school and study to become a neurologist. I also hope to contribute to research on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, ”said Delgado.
Delgado says she is excited to begin her journey as a board member and has many plans to improve the organization. She is ready to begin this new chapter in her academic career and to learn from her new position and from her colleagues.
To find out more about the PLTLIS organization or to join their group, visit its website .
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