CCNY dual major Lizzette Salmeron wins National GEM Fellowship

In pursuit of a dual degree in electrical engineering and Asian studies at The City College of New York, Lizzette Salmeron, a first-generation college student from the Class of 2020, often juggled two jobs while carrying a fulltime course load. Reaping the rewards of her hard work, she’s now the recipient of a highly competitive GEM Fellowship, which includes an exclusive internship offer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. 

She’ll then return to City College in the fall to begin her PhD in the Grove School of Engineering.

GEM fellowships fund master's and PhDs in engineering for underrepresented students of exceptional quality who intend to work in industry.  Each year, GEM identifies and recruits more than 1,000 undergraduate students, graduate students, and working professionals for admission to advanced degree programs at the nation’s top universities. The National GEM Consortium’s combination of graduate study and field-related internships make GEM fellows more marketable and more competitive upon graduation.

Salmeron, who’ll pursue a PhD in electrical engineering, is the second CCNY Grove School alumna in a year to receive a GEM Fellowship. Wendy Fernandez was named a Fellow in 2019 and is at Columbia University working on a master’s degree in computer science. 

In the Grove School, Salmeron will work with mentor Ahmed Mohamed to, among other things, research the interdependence of infrastructures including power, telecommunication and transportation systems.

As an undergraduate, the Woodhaven, Queens, resident was founding president of the CCNY Women’s Robotics Club. 

As an Asian Studies double major, Salmeron studied abroad in Japan and learned Japanese and Chinese. She also initiated an eight-week international research opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students at Japan’s Toyohashi University of Technology for the Global CUNY program. 

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