The Latinx community is growing at an alarming rate in the country. First-generation Latinx Students are uninformed about navigating the educational system, which can place them at a higher risk of dropping out of college. The present work explores the relationship between high school guidance counselors and Latinx first-generation students by producing a podcast that features seven interviews with Barrett The Honors College's first-generation Latinx students. Student participants answered questions about their families, high school experience, and college transition. The student responses were shared with two high school counselors, who reflected on the student participants' answers and shared their perspectives on working with Latinx first-generation students. The findings suggest that the student-to-counselor ratio affects the role of counselors in assisting students, along with the determination of Barrett Honors Latinx First Generation students to push through obstacles to receive higher education.
Education is known for being powerful in reducing poverty, improving health, promoting healthier economies, and providing peaceful and productive opportunities for young people worldwide. It’s a key to success that has been threatened in the state of Arizona through low funding, teacher shortages, and a lack of resources. Inadequate learning environments further educational inequalities and hinder academic achievement among students. In finding a solution, the objectives of education policy in Arizona are analyzed from an economic and equity standpoint.
Currently in the United States, Arizona high school students are testing at a standardized testing level barely being ranked in the top 50%. As far as education goes, Arizona's education system is not successful in demonstrating neither teacher nor student success. As past high school students from different forms of education being private, public, or charter, we three have seen what successful and unsuccessful schools are. We also have seen what successful teachers look like. It is our goal to help understand what makes an education system successful and what Arizona can do to help the success of their teachers and their students. The students in high schools today are the future of our world and it is the duty of the education system to help prepare for their future and to be successful. What we currently don’t know and hope to learn from this thesis are the factors that go into making a high school successful and their students also successful. As of right now Arizona is currently ranked 46th in education out of all states and territories belonging to the United States. This means that there are states with schools producing a higher success rate with their students. Not only is the Arizona Education ranking low but its teacher rankings are also low in work environment, student performance, salary compensation, and student success as well as countless others ranking as the 50th state in teacher success. It is clear that the Arizona education system needs to find reform and our goal is to search for what changes need to be made in our classrooms and work environment to create not only more successful teachers and students but also to create a successful education system.
An effort to experiment on the novel Usutu virus in pure in silico methods was made to determine conformational changes with non polar point mutations in the amino acid sequence. The first method consisted of creating a Python program to exhaustively identify codons, amino acids, and dinucleotide bridges & nonbridges, including viral characteristics defined by Mollentze in 2021. The second method consisted of creating point mutations to non polar amino acids in deemed key sites of the Usutu virus envelope protein and finding the RMSD from the original structure. This resulted in one of two outcomes - either the experiment showed that the Usutu virus envelope protein is highly resistant to point mutations or in silico methods are inconsistent and biased, leading to inaccuracy.
Skulls house sensory systems that perceive communicative signals and may be shaped by behavior over evolutionary time. Here, I used an indicator trait (presence of a blue patch used as a sexual signal and linked to differences in sensory behavior) to test whether Sceloporus lizard species that rely more on olfactory behavior differ in skull morphology and sensory structures from those that rely more on visual behavior. We marked specific morphological points on Sceloporus skulls to compare the distances between significant sensory structures, such as eye orbit and snout length. Adjusting for body length, I found that white-bellied lizards have a wider snout tip, suggesting more evolutionary investment in chemosensory structures. White-bellied lizards also had a pattern of larger olfactory and visual skull morphology. Finally, I found a strong robust positive correlation between visual and olfactory structures. Together, our results support a hypothesis of strong integration between sensory structures, suggesting that vision and olfaction are evolving in concert rather than independently in Sceloporus lizards.
This paper encompasses a reflection of my experience engaging Algebra 1 students in a math classroom. 5 main strategies were focused on: incorporating games in the classroom, asking students to create (projects, word problems, etc), using technology in the classroom, fostering student collaboration, and allowing student choice. Each strategy was implemented three times in the classroom, student feedback collected, and the level of student engagement was assessed.