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Cristian Mercado


Bio: Cristian graduated from PSJA North High School in 2012. He attended the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and graduated with a B.S. in Biology - Pre-Med in fall 2019. In 2013, Cristian served as one of the original CSLAP founding members. Since then, he’s maintained an active community leadership role by establishing United For College Success (UFCS), a college enrichment program at South Texas College. Cristian also has a strong passion for research: At UTRGV, he’s taken a leadership role in a biomedical laboratory with UTRGV’s School of Medicine where he mentors medical, graduate, and undergraduate students. Currently, Cristian is finalizing his medical school applications and hopes to attend UTRGV’s School of Medicine in fall 2021. He serves as the CSLAP vice-president and on the CSLAP board of directors.

Mentoring interests: Research, medical school preparation, leadership development, college transition