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February 27, 2002
During a formal ceremony at the February 2002 meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, biology professor Leticia Marquez-Magana received the esteemed organization's Mentor of the Year Award. The award honors individuals who demonstrate extraordinary leadership to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

Marquez-Magana's interest in reaching out to minority students in the sciences was shaped by her undergraduate experience at Stanford where she felt disconnected from the community of science learners. During graduate study at UC Berkeley and a subsequent postdoctoral appointment at Stanford, she helped welcome others into the sciences by establishing minority science support groups and a summer internship program for underrepresented students.

Since arriving at SFSU in 1994, she has continued her efforts, mentoring a new generation of ethnically diverse scientists. She consistently garners major federal research and education grants targeting underserved students. Her role as a mentor has been the subject of magazine and newspaper articles, with Hispanic Magazine naming her one of America's "Top 100 Most Influential Hispanics" to watch for. In 2000, she graced the cover of the Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native American Scientists "Mentoring to Change the Face of Science" conference program.

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