Osvaldo Amilcar Rodriguez recently graduated from Wake Technical Community College with an Associates of Science in Biology and will be attending UNC-Greensboro to continue studies in Human Biology, Fall 2019. Interested in a variety of subject, Osvaldo’s began research studies in alcohol addiction under his mentors Erin Doughney and Dr. Laura Leverton. Later, Osvaldo was awarded the START Internship position at Wake Tech, and along with his partner, Arlena Rodriguez, conductive research on the effects on cognitive behavior on fruit flies exposed to blue-light spectrum. During this journey, Osvaldo has been serving as the CANCAS Historian since 2018 and Wake Tech North Campus’ Microbiology Assistant Lab Technician to the Microbiology department professors. In the summer of 2019, Osvaldo was chosen to represent Wake Tech Community College and the START Internship program at Capitol Hill, along with Associate Dean of the Department of Natural Sciences, Dr. Jackie Swanik, and Dean of Government Relations and Strategic Partnerships at Wake Technical Community College, Richard Sullins. There, he met with several North Carolina Congressmen to advocate for new funding for START Internship and to promote the importance of the Community College System in North Carolina. A Wendell, NC native, Osvaldo is proud to have been a part of the community college system and will continue to work to bring greater awareness to communities about the educational opportunities that community colleges can provide.