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Justin Suarez with Juan Gallardo and Esmeralda Cruz

Santa Maria High School students Justin Suarez, left, and Esmeralda Cruz, right, flank Juan Gallardo, a staff adviser with UCSB's Early Academic Outreach Program based on their campus. The students credit Gallardo with encouraging them to apply to the Research Mentorship Program; they were admitted and awarded full scholarships to attend.

Photo Credit: 

George Foulsham