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Jose Bucio

  • Gender: Male
  • Major: Agricultural & Biological Engineering
  • University: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

The first in his family to attend college, Mr. Bucio says that his college counselor made a crucial difference in his pursuit of a higher education, by assisting him with his transition into college and supporting him, every step of the way, since.

Despite the stress of leaving home, which he says included the challenge of stepping out of his “comfort zone,” and having to overcome the academic limitations of his education prior to college, his counselor’s aid was “an inspiration” and helped him “stay focused,” despite his challenges.

Now a senior at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, he is majoring in Agricultural & Biological Engineering and is also involved in several extracurricular activities, such as the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Illini Union Board (the student union’s governing body), and Latinos in Computer Science.

Last year, he was one of 114 Scholars invited to attend HSF’s annual STEM Summit. The event is an annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math conference that gives the best and brightest HSF STEM Scholars an inside track to career success in STEM fields, through a combination of mentoring, professional insights, and career guidance. He also attended both HSF’s National Leadership Conference and its Career Symposium.

“HSF has played a major role in my life,” he said, “by empowering me with opportunities, resources, and services…to continue pursuing higher education and reach my full potential.” He also notes that being an HSF Scholar gives him the opportunity to be “a role model” and to “help make a difference to the Hispanic community through service and support.”

In recognition of his dedication to his education and community, he has received the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE|UIUC) Community Service Award, and Illini Leadership Center Petullo Insight Award.

Mr. Bucio plans to pursue a doctorate degree in computer science and engineering and applying it to computer science. And, then he wants to use his knowledge and expertise to “invent and design new technology that helps many people.”

He advises students interested in pursuing a higher education to “research…colleges, visit campuses, and make the extracurricular activities count.” He adds that “colleges are looking for students who are well rounded and give back to the community. Get involved and explore your interests!”