TExAs Fast Scholars Program Participants
Dr. Briana Hauff Salas
Dr. Salas is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Sustainability at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Salas is the Project Director of the TExAS FAST program and serves as the program head of Biology and the Environmental Science and Sustainability programs. Her professional interests include climate change, coral biology, and human-environment interactions. Personal interests include reading, gardening, being outdoors, exercising, and spending time with her husband and two sons.
Professor Adam Bynum
Professor Bynum is an Instructor of Biology at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Professor Bynum is the co-Project Director of the TExAS FAST program. His professional interests include computational biology, evolution, and population genetics. Personal interests include breeding aquarium fish, hiking, gardening, creating scripts for data analysis, and taking care of his pet birds.
Victoria Muniz is a sophomore at Our Lady of the Lake University with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Environmental Science. She was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She works for the OLLU Athletics department and is a scholar in the Texas Fast program. Her personal interests include hyper-realistic painting, collecting funko pops, attending the gym and going on long walks with her dog. Victoria joined the Texas Fast Scholarship program because of her participation in volunteer work and personal stories that have helped her strive to learn more about her community in a more educated manner. She is most excited to build out-of-the-classroom opportunities of exploration to successfully make a difference for the entire community.
Ruby Rangel is a freshman at Our Lady of the Lake University at San Antonio majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Environmental Science. She was born and raised in Edinburg, Texas, in Rio Grande Valley. Her personal interests include reading fiction books, listening to music, cats, and dance. Ruby joined the TExAS FAST program as a scholar because of her interest in the way environmental science and chemistry interconnect with each other and wanted to be a part of something that encourages exploration. She is most looking forward to the vast opportunities, challenges, and experiences to which the program will lead her.
Lauren Daniels is a junior at OLLU from San Antonio and is majoring in Environmental Science and Sustainability and minoring in Biology. She is a peer mentor for the TExAS FAST program and is looking forward to connecting with her peers and guiding them in their academic journey. Her personal interests include traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.
Rudy Morales is a freshman at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, where he’s diving deep into Biology and Environmental Science. A recent San Antonio transplant from South Carolina due to his military family background, Rudy has diverse interests that range from nature and traveling to swimming and cars. Besides hitting the books, he’s also making strides on the OLLU track team. His participation as a scholar in the TExAS Fast program reflects his ambition to combine healthcare with environmental insights, aiming to become a nurse nutritionist. Through the program, he looks forward to new experiences and forming valuable connections throughout the community!