Isaryhia Rodriguez received an Honorable Mention for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Isaryhia is a first-generation student and graduating senior in Microbiology and Immunology. She was named a Maximizing Access to Research Careers Scholar by UCI’s Minority Science Programs. In the Dr. Ali Mortazavi lab, alongside her mentors Dr. Lorrayne Serra Clague and Liz Rebboah, she performed research on multiple genomic and transcriptomic centric projects, including the study of models such as free-living and insect parasitic nematodes as well as mouse skeletal muscle cells. She completed Excellence in Research, served as co-first author on two publications, and mentors high school students for the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science. This Fall, she will begin her Ph.D. in Biology at the California Institute of Technology.