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Omar S. Garcia

Student and Undergraduate Research Assistant at USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Education

Aug 2014May 2018

Bachelor of Science in Chemical (Biochemical) Engineering 

University of Southern California 
  • 3.61 Cumulative GPA  
  • Viterbi's Dean's list Fall 2014 & Spring 2015 
  • USC Leadership Merit Scholarship Recipient (Fall 2014) 
  • Gates Millennium Scholar / Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar (April 2014) 

Work experience

Jul 2015Aug 2015

 Cardinal Gardens Customer Service Center 

USC Housing

Responsibilities  

  • Hired during the 2015 Special Summer Olympics held at USC  
  • Answered phone calls and appropriately directed callers 
  • Assisted a wide array of foreign athletes with housing needs including
    linen exchanges, laundry help, lockouts, mail deliveries, printing, and directions  
  • Provided Spanish to English Translation 
  • Performed general office duties and administrative tasks.
Aug 2013May 2014

 Tutor 

 Mesa High School AVID Program 

Responsibilities 

  • Provided both sophomore and senior students with extra help in various
    academic subjects such as Geometry, Calculus, Chemistry, and Biology  
  • Encouraged and taught good study habits and organizational skills 

Research Experience

Global Environmental Microbiology Course at University of Southern California, Microbial Community Analysis of Catalina Island, Summer 2015 

A program funded by the National Science Foundation held on both the USC campus as well as the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. Program's main focus was to introduce the basic ideas of academic research,  with microbiology as a case study. Curriculum included both lectures and biology labs such as plant transects, water sampling, filtration, microscopy, gel electrophoresis, and polymerase chain reactions. 

Lab Experience 

  • Ultraviolet Light Spectroscopy
  • Gas Chromatography 
  • Acid-Base Titrations
  • EDTA Titrations
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) 
  • Florescent Microscopy 

Relevant Coursework

  • Analytical Chemistry (CHEM 300) 
  • Introduction to Chemical Engineering (CHE 120) 
  • Fundamentals of Physics: Mechanics and Thermodynamics (PHYS 151) 
  • General Chemistry II (CHEM 105B) 
  • Calculus II & III (MATH 126 / 226) 
  • Advanced Placement Biology 

Service 

  • USC Science Outreach (General Member) (August 2014- Present) 
  • USC UNICEF (October 2014 - Present) 
  • USC Friends and Neighbors Day (April 2015)  
  • USC Dance Marathon (February 2015)  

Additional Skills 

Computer: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Matlab Experience 
Language: Fluent in Spanish 

Interests 

Volunteering, snorkeling, hiking, long-distance running