Marquize Fells, class of 2020, is majoring in metallurgical and materials engineering with an honors minor in public affairs.
What keeps you busy outside of school?
"I am the president of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) at Mines and was recently elected as the treasurer for our region (encompassing 12 states and chapters in five other countries). I am extremely passionate about NSBE because I see it as a way for me to change the perception of STEM in young black communities. I am also currently the activities coordinator for the SUMMET program; I relish in the opportunity to help create programs that allow minority high school students to be exposed to Mines and STEM."
What has been your favorite Mines experience?
"Being a mentor to last year's SUMMET students was amazing. I went into the program expecting to babysit 30 high school students, but by the end of the two weeks, I was devastated by the short-lived experience. I was able to connect with those youngsters in a way that was utterly unexpected."
What are your future aspirations?
"I aspire to be a business man. A man with the influence, knowledge and capacity to directly affect less fortunate communities, and hopefully inspire others to do the same. I see my time at Mines as an avenue for developing the character necessary to reach this goal. The connections, rigorous coursework and innovative atmosphere that Mines provides all work toward making me a better student, as well as a better human."
What does your scholarship support from the Starzer Endowed Student Support fund mean for you and your family?
"My scholarship support means that I can spend less time looking for ways to fund my education and more time benefiting from it. I can create a schedule that I feel will be stimulating, engaging and beneficial to me, regardless of the cost."