Applied Math Grad Student Committed to Central Valley Roots

April 23, 2018

When Mario Banuelos was 12, his mother took him into the fields to tie grape vines.

The labor was tough and the wages were meager. After just one day on the job, Banuelos knew that his path in life would be different. He worked even harder in school and earned nearly straight As. His efforts paid off when he was selected for the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholars program.

This spring, Banuelos will complete his doctoral studies in Applied Mathematics at UC Merced and participate in the university’s 13th spring commencement. He’s already secured a tenure-track position at Fresno State, where he will teach and work with undergraduates on research.

Banuelos’ education and career path reflect his work ethic and commitment to the region.

“Students in the Central Valley are really important to me,” said Banuelos, a first-generation college student and Delano native. “I know the struggle that these students have.”

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