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Michael Bueno

An Outstanding Islander

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A Capital Experience

As a 2011 summer intern for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, Michael Bueno voiced his opinions related to science and innovation at seminars, symposiums, conferences, and meetings in Washington, D.C.

During the internship, the environmental science major researched funding and international collaboration components of the NSF.  He says the opportunity to take what he learned in textbooks and apply it to real world situations was a life-changing experience.

“I went to functions most people don’t usually get to attend,” said Bueno, who was awarded the internship through the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. “It was amazing to see what goes on behind the scenes in Congress and how national science programs are funded.  Working in the nation’s capital, allowed me to really immerse myself in government.”

As a member of the Honors Program, Bueno, who is minoring in political science, has worked as a research assistant and student grader for Dr. Ashley Ross. His honors project of excellence titled “What is Science to Democracy?” built on the issues he learned about during his internship.

Bueno also presented on “Comparisons of Electronic Waste Policies of the United States and the European Union” at the 2010 National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Kansas City, Mo. He has participated in Power Shift conferences centered on green and renewable energy. 

His interests in these subjects started as a kid in his hometown of Mission, Texas, when he received a laboratory set for Christmas. He signed up for an AP environmental science class, participated in academic science competitions, and competed in persuasive and public speaking for UIL on current events and political topics. Bueno, a volunteer of the Sierra Club and member of the Student Environmental Action League who graduated on Dec. 17, is applying to graduate school.


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