Weekend Adventure!

Hello UIC!

Another week has passed! This weekend was very eventful and very rewarding.

My weekend started off with the Illinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (ILS-AMP) Conference on Friday. It is a conference like no other. It is empowering and informational. From the moment we arrive, we were learning. Dinner was followed by an insightful presentation on nanoparticles. I was very pleased with the topic and very relevant to me. We had actually discussed nanoparticles in class only a couple of weeks ago.

The best dessert, carrot cake with cream cheese spread

During the Nanoparticle presentation

Aside from gaining a lot from the conference itself, it was held in a very upscale hotel. It was held in the Blackstone Hotel, we were told that it was the meeting place of Alcapone. We even scoured the hotel to find the infamous Barbershop, which we were disappointed to see had turned into a regular conference room. We did find a painting of Alcapone on our way to the Barbershop.

           The infamous Barbershop

The painting we found.

After dinner there was also the Poster Session Set-Up. I was glad to see so many UIC posters. The night ended with a very well organized social that was brought together by my two kids (Dori and Roberto).  The DJ was very good, he had a good amount of the attendees dancing until he left.

The Poster Session

After a fun night, came the dreaded early morning. I was part of the Regional Science Bowl (RSB) Committee, so it meant that we had to wake up very early on Saturday to finish last minute details for the competition.  I also, had the important task of scorekeeping. Getting acquainted with the rules and point system took a while, but it was very fun at the same time.

                          Tensions were high before the competition.

It was AWESOME to see the kids compete and to get really excited about the subject areas. It was also great to see old friends who graduated also volunteering. It was a great way to catch up and spend some time doing something great. The High School RSB will be on February 25th, I can’t wait!

This week was also my Birthday Week. I was pleasantly surprised when my workplace gave me and my co-worker a cake. It was nice gesture.

Although we haven’t found any time to go eat some Chilean food with my close friends (Carlos, Lauren, and Mauricio), next week we will surely give each other sometime.

Thanks for reading this week!


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About Leticia Diaz, Chemistry

Hello UIC-Familia! I am a 5th Year Senior Majoring in Chemistry. I am graduating in May 2012, and plan to come back to UIC to receive a Master’s Degree in Energy Engineering. I grew up in “La Villita” in South Lawndale. I have two AMAZING parents, three exemplary siblings, and three precious nephews. I am a CHANCE Ambassador; I mentor and assist students that are in majors similar to mine and ultimately help them go through some of the same struggles that I have gone through. I am a proud board member of SHPE-UIC, a national organization that promotes the advancement of Latinos through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Awareness. Our UIC chapter is recognized as being the Most Valuable Large Chapter in the Nation.

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