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ISF Student / Lan T.

Lan T.

Hometown:  Pflugerville, TX

Attending school:  City University of New York

Major:  Doctoral Program in Biology

Lan emigrated from Vietnam with her family at the age of 5 and by the time she turned 12 she found herself in the Texas foster system.  Having experienced 5 different placements and one group home placement she finally aged out of care at age 18.

While Lan has been through incredible challenges she has always made her education the number one focus.  Lan is a graduate of the University of Hawai’i with a Bachelor of Arts in Botany.  She is currently attending Lehman College to pursue her Masters in Plant Science.  Her goal is to obtain her PhD in Ethnobotony and establish a non-profit focused on education in the plant sciences.

Her special achievements include being awarded the Fulbright-Hays Scholar Program Grant, National Science Foundation Research Fellowship, UHM Botany Department Outstanding Student Achievement Scholarship, UHM College of Natural Sciences Dean’s List, Gates Millennium Scholar, and National Society of Collegiate Scholars.  She has written 6 publications and participated as a panel speaker twice for Foster Care Alumni Orientation and the Texas REACH Conference.