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Patricia Garcia
Patricia Garcia

Mechanical Engineering Student Patricia Garcia Is On The Fast Track To Success

By the time Patricia Garcia entered FIU as a freshman, she had completed a summer research internship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She spent the following summers in Massachusetts Institute of Technology labs engineering 3D skeletal muscle for the development of bio-robots and pre-clinical drug advances.

But things haven’t always been easy for the young woman with a seemingly natural affinity for STEM. When her mother fell gravely ill, medical bills began piling up, and Garcia was unsure how her family would afford tuition. But earning a scholarship from the Miami Bayside Foundation eased their financial burden.

Since 2011, the foundation has supported scholarships in FIU’s MBA program and the general scholarship fund. “We believe we have a real partner in FIU,” said foundation Chair Nathan Kurland.

Thanks to the scholarship, Garcia was able to focus more on her studies and explore initiatives to advance women and minorities in STEM.

“I believe the research laboratory and the engineering classroom are the perfect places for a girl like me,” Garcia said. “Thank you, FIU and Miami Bayside Foundation for believing that too.”

Celebrating the opening of the South Florida Media Network Washington, D.C. Bureau at Alley

Experiential Learning: Impactful Preparation For A Career In Mass Media

Students in FIU’s School of Communication + Journalism have a unique opportunity to gain real-world reporting experience in New York City and Washington, D.C.

As members of the student-run, faculty-led South Florida Media Network (SFMN), students are stationed in bureaus in the two cities, where they are tasked with reporting and creating and editing content following major news trends.

Funded through the Alley-FIU Journalism Solutions Partnership, with Alley furnishing co-working spaces and content studios equipped with the video and audio recording and editing technology, the innovative program emphasizes lively academic discussions, investigative fieldwork and professional workshops and events.

“Alley is elevating the education landscape by bridging the gap between skilled students and moonshot startups, and between top-ranked schools, like FIU, and the largest companies in the world, like Verizon. This role will allow myself and Alley to help propel great ideas out of the classroom and into real-world applications,” said Jason Saltzman, CEO and founder of Alley and member of the FIU Foundation Board of Directors.

Alumna Jaylin Hawkins ’18, who reported for the New York Bureau as an FIU student, said SFMN helped her figure out in which medium she worked best and the types of topics she wanted to cover in her career. She is now assistant editor at the D.C. Witness.

“The New York Bureau made sure I was prepared for reporting in a bigger city. Having the experience of being in a big city gave me an advantage when I applied to jobs.”