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Medical and Pre-Health Student Society (MAPSS)

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Congratulations to our Medical and Pre-Health Student Society for receiving the Excellence in Programming award from the Office of Student Leadership & Engagement!

 

Why Join MAPSS?

Joining MAPSS can be an invaluable experience that helps you gain knowledge and skills to make a difference in your community through a career in healthcare.

MAPSS provides students with information, resources, and opportunities to gain knowledge and demonstrate their commitment to becoming healthcare professionals within their community. MAPSS also provides an annual conference to all interested students that strives to create an environment where students are inspired to graduate from a university in order to pursue careers that help those in their community locally and internationally. 

 

If you are interested in joining MAPSS, please fill out this Google Form application: CSUSB MAPSS Club 23-24 Application
If you have any questions about MAPSS, please reach out to MAPSS Johnathan Garcia at johnathan.garcia@csusb.edu

Meet the Executive Board 2024-2025

johnny President: Jonathan Garcia, Biochemistry

Jonathan is a First-Gen Chicano Biochemistry major. As a Pre-Med student, he is building a solid foundation by taking Pre-Med courses, volunteering, caring for his brothers and father, and working two jobs simultaneously. He hopes to attend medical school to serve his community and add diversity to the field of medicine.

 

 

ayanna Vice President: Ayanna McAlister, Biology 

As a third-year Biology Pre-med student striving for a career in the medical field, Ayanna McAlister is passionate and dedicated to helping students on the path to health professional careers. Her motivation and agility alone have kept her spearheading her goals, and this is due to her culture/ethnic background and identity. As a Black Woman, Ayanna has many talents that shape who she is. But knowing that she can make a difference in the progression of Black Women in healthcare has always been a priority. Ayanna aspires to attend Medical school and study to become an OB/GYN. This has been her career goal since childhood, especially after noticing the bias within the healthcare industry towards non-Black women and Black birth rates.

alyssaTreasurer: Alyssa Avellaneda, Kinesiology, Health Promotion

As a second-year Biology major, Alyssa Avellaneda is dedicated and committed to leading students in exploring and uncovering their career paths in health professions. Her inspiration comes from her personal quest to achieve her aspirations of being an aesthetic nurse. This journey is shaped by her cultural heritage and identity along with her drive, flexibility, and commitment propelling her toward accomplishing objectives. Noticing a scarcity of women, specifically Hispanic women, opting for a biology major and overall STEM majors on university campuses.

 


Director of Recruitment: Vacant

Secretary: Matthew Chang, Liberal Studies, Pre-Optometry track

Historian: Vacant

Advisor: Dr. Crystal Otubuah


2023-2024 MAPSS Executive Board

Meet our Executive Board

Haley P.President: Haley Potter, Psychology, Concentration: Biopsychology

Haley is a biopsychology major and transferred to CSUSB from RCC in the Fall of 2021. She is also an outstanding Pre-health Student Advisor for HPAC, with a wealth of information regarding the needs of CSUSB students, especially those from economically challenged, disenfranchised backgrounds. Haley hopes to attend dental school and center her work around the experiences of underserved communities.

 

 

Mark AdamsVice President: Mark Adams, Biology

Mark is a Marine Veteran currently working on his degree in Biology. Originally from Northern California, then moved to the Inland Empire, where he lives with his wife and three dogs. Mark is dedicated and passionate about community service. He is currently a volunteer at Loma Linda University Health in Murrieta and a mentor for the University of California Riverside Future Physician Leaders Program.

 

 

CodyVP of Public Relations: Manuel Madrigal, Biology

Manuel Madrigal is a biology major and transferred to CSUSB from Chaffey College in the Fall of 2020. He was a Peer Lab Leader for Anatomy and Physiology I (BIOL 4630) during the Fall 2022 semester and is currently a Peer Lab Leader for both  Anatomy and Physiology II (BIOL 4640) and Comparative Animal Physiology II (BIOL 3640). Manuel is entering the master’s program here at CSUSB, starting in the Fall of 2023, under the mentorship of Dr. Owerkowicz to continue his research in comparative cardiovascular physiology. Once completing the master’s program, Manuel is interested in pursuing the MD/PhD pathway. As heart disease remains the leading cause of death, Manuel hopes to not only help treat patients but also be involved in basic or clinical research that can help potentially lead to new therapies. 

 

Director of Recruitment: Ayanna McAlister, Biology 

As a third-year Biology Pre-med student striving for a career in the medical field, Ayanna McAlister is passionate and dedicated to helping students on the path to health professional careers. Her motivation and agility alone have kept her spearheading her goals, and this is due to her culture/ethnic background and identity. As a Black Woman, Ayanna has many talents that shape who she is. But knowing that she can make a difference in the progression of Black Women in healthcare has always been a priority. Ayanna aspires to attend Medical school and study to become an OB/GYN. This has been her career goal since childhood, especially after noticing the bias within the healthcare industry towards non-Black women and Black birth rates.

 

Jahdai H.Historian: Jahdai Hernandez, Kinesiology, Concentration: Allied Health

She has been an academic peer advisor since the fall of 2021 and has a lot of information on the resources offered here at CSUSB. Her ultimate career goal is to become a sports dietician and help college athletes maximize their athletic performance through nutrition.

 

 

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Treasurer: Jonathan Garcia, Biochemistry

Jonathan is a First-Gen Chicano Biochemistry major. As a Pre-Med student, he is building a solid foundation by taking Pre-Med courses, volunteering, caring for his brothers and father, and working two jobs simultaneously. He hopes to attend medical school to serve his community and add diversity to the field of medicine.

 

 

 

Robert B.Secretary: Robert Bravo, Biology

Robert is a Biology major in his third year at CSUSB. He is also a former CSUSB Orientation Leader and current Student Mentor, where he learned valuable skills to help guide his peers to success along with himself on their journey to graduation. Robert strives to attend Medical School and eventually become a pediatrician.

 

 

 

LuvinaSecretary: Luvina Ron, Chemistry

Luvina Ron is a Chemistry major and has been conducting undergraduate research in Dr. Zhang’s laboratory for over a year. She is a part of the Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program. This program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Luvina won the College of Natural Sciences’ “Best Poster Presentation” for CSUSB’s 11th Annual “Meeting of the Minds.” She hopes her passion for science will one day contribute to helping others. Luvina is a first-generation college student and a mother of two amazing boys. Her belief in life-long learning will guide her to where she is meant to be. Luvina plans on pursuing medical school in hopes of being of service to less privileged patients.

 

Advisor: Dr. Crystal Otubuah