Scholar Profile

Rebecca Baerga

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Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Class of 2003
University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ & Rutgers University, Ph.D.

Currently Working As:
Project Manager, Merck

What do you love about your job?
I manage the Women's Health Program for Merck. It is extremely satisfying to know that what I do is making a difference in the lives of women across the globe and improving their options and quality of life.

What has been the most exciting part of your career so far?
Before joining Merck, I held a very exciting role at the non-profit Educational Testing Service (ETS). I joined ETS to have an impact on minority access to HED and STEM careers. During my tenure there, I helped launch 3 products which do their part in helping ETS achieve this goal.

What would you tell yourself at age 18?
Hard work really does pay off! Stay at it because it is extremely gratifying to provide your children the opportunities and experiences you never had. Your contributions will have an impact in people's lives.

How has ACS Scholars impacted your life and career?
Yes! Being a first generation college student from a low socioeconomic background, the ACS scholars program granted me the tools (books, supplies, mentorship) I needed to continue my undergraduate education. I specifically recall the scholarship helping me afford the scientific calculator I needed for Calculus. I would have never been able to afford it otherwise. That may seem small but when you are poor and eager to succeed, it makes you cry tears of joy and relief.