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On June 14, 2022

Maria Alvarado embraces life outside of the classroom. Photo by Michael Pierce, Missouri S&T.

As a high school student, Maria Alvarado says she never made time for clubs or extracurricular activities because she focused so much on academics. But when she joined Missouri S&T, she quickly realized she was around like-minded people who wanted to “solve problems and improve the world.”

“I think being a part of the student organizations has been one of the best parts of my experience here,” says Alvarado, who earned bachelor’s degrees in architectural and civil engineering this past May from S&T. “I think that I have learned new things and gained valuable experiences that have helped me to grow into a better person.”

Maria Alvarado. Photo by Michael Pierce, Missouri S&T.

Alvarado, a St. Joseph, Missouri native, was a part of the archery club for her first few semesters on campus, but says she really found a place when she joined the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at S&T – where she currently serves as society secretary.

“I love the people that I have met and learned from here, as well as the constant state of thinking and learning new things,” says Alvarado. “You can be super smart and excel in all your classes, but you really need people to share your experiences with and to help support each other.”

Learn about ways to get involved at S&T.

About Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,600 students and part of the four-campus University of Missouri System. Located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 99 different degree programs in 40 areas of study and is ranked by CollegeFactual as the best public university to study engineering. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit

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