Through the STEP-UP Program, Albert is an intern at Charles R. Drew University. Albert joined STEP-UP because he was engaged in field research at Pt. Freeman tide pools in San Pedro, and wanted to know the difference between field and biomedical research. The STEP-UP Program has offered Albert an opportunity to explore different areas of research that has taught him how different types of research are interrelated. Albert aspires to become a cardiothoracic surgeon and through the STEP-UP program, he believes that his mentors will guide him to success. In the future, Albert believes that he will continue to be involved is research, either field or biomedical. Albert believes that his involvement in research can bring him more opportunities in college and even beyond that. Albert’s overall experience is the STEP-Up program has unlocked his mind to the endless possibilities that accompany science and research.