As a graduating chemical engineering student in the University of Cincinnati Honors program and recipient of a 2019 UC Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence award, Terrell says he is grateful for being raised in a family with strong academic values and especially for the passion he developed to support other students of color.
Terrell became increasingly aware of the educational opportunities provided to him at an early age.
“The example of academic excellence set by my parents, combined with a strong educational foundation, allowed me to find my passion for science," says Terrell. "But it is not the case for most students of color.”
As a result, his desire to help create opportunities for those students became an obsession.
“For many students of color, it’s difficult to envision graduating high school and attending college to pursue a STEM career, let alone pursuing advanced degrees in these fields,” says Terrell. “It is important to expose these students to educational opportunities and STEM professions to show them that they can succeed in these spaces.”
Enter Cincinnati's Hughes STEM High School — comprised of more than 90-percent black, non-Hispanic students with a large majority coming from economically disadvantaged households.