Student Success | Class of 2015

Ephraim Gabriel Morado - College of Natural and Social SciencesEPHRAIM GABRIEL MORADO
Bachelor of Science in chemistry
College of Natural and Social Sciences

Ephraim Gabriel Morado took advantage of the laboratory research opportunities that Cal State L.A. offers to undergaduate students.

He will graduate in June with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. He is headed to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he will pursue a Ph.D. in organic chemistry.

In 2012, Ephraim transferred to Cal State L.A. from Glendale Community College through a bridge program that prepares talented community college students for the rigors of university research. Under the program, he worked for 10 weeks in the summer with Cal State L.A. faculty members in a chemistry lab before he transferred to the University.

The program is part of the Minorities Opportunities in Research (MORE) Programs, which are funded by the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. The MORE Programs aim to prepare motivated students for success in Ph.D. studies with a focus on research in science, mathematics and engineering.

“The MORE Programs faculty have helped foster my intellectual growth to understand the world at the molecular level,” Ephraim says.

He worked in Professor Linda Tunstad’s lab on capsule molecules with controllable moving parts, which will be used as a prototype for purification or separation technology. His research earned him an Organic Chemistry Award from the American Chemical Society.

Ephraim’s ambition is to join other MORE alumni who have made science richer by joining the ranks of researchers and professors who form and answer complex questions from their diverse perspectives.


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