Gamez Molina is performing groundbreaking research at Northern Arizona
University. Thanks to scholarships, Gamez Molina, a senior environmental
engineering major, is excelling in her research of sustainability that explores
ways to minimize environmental impact.
Molina, like more than 40 percent of students at Northern Arizona University,
is the first in her family to attend a university. As someone who has always been conscious of
sustainability and environmental impact, Gamez Molina wanted to make a difference
in the field by exploring more sustainable ways to build and innovate—however,
because her family could not provide financial backing at the levels needed, she
knew that support from others would be critical to making her goals a reality,
and she dedicated herself to earning it.
work paid off. Scholarships from the E. Eugene Carter Foundation, the Science
Foundation Arizona, the NAU Student Philanthropy Council, and the NAU College
of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences have enabled Gamez Molina to
follow her passion.
“I know the
positive impact scholarships have on my studies,” Gamez Molina says. “A lot of financial pressure is off
of my shoulders. I can
focus more on my classes, finishing my degree, and finding a great job doing what I
time at the university, Gamez Molina has taken every opportunity to pursue her
passion and become involved in the community. She was accepted into the NASA
Space Grant program, which enabled her to conduct important studies with the
goal of adding to NASA’s growing research database. Gamez Molina shared her
findings at the 2013 Undergraduate Symposium, an event that gathers students from
across the university to present their work in science, art, and other
Currently, she serves as the president of Tau
Beta Pi, an engineering honor society that works on volunteer projects and
promotes engineering awareness at local high schools.
Gamez Molina is
currently working with a group on a project that involves returning minerals,
nutrients, and other beneficial materials back into water that has undergone
reverse-osmosis. Gamez Molina and her team plan to submit their findings at a
national conference in Las Cruces, New Mexico on April 6, 2014.
“I’m really passionate about this project because it's amazing how many
people don't know that reverse osmosis water can actually be damaging to your
body,” Gamez Molina says. “What we’re doing is restoration and optimization. We
are finding the optimal mineral concentration that we can add back into the
water to stabilize it."
Eyes on the future
Gamez Molina has
worked hard to epitomize the excellence of Northern Arizona University
students, and says she is thankful for the financial support she received that has
made all of this possible.
“At the end
of all this hard work, I will not only have improved my own life, but life for
my family as well,” Gamez Molina says. “In the future, I will give to others as
donors have done for me, because I know I can make an impact. I’m so grateful for all the
support I have received.”