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CRS Spotlight on Jose Alvarado

Jose Alvarado is the Program Coordinator for the CRS. He oversees and supports all administrative tasks and operations of CRS and the MS-RSM program, including general day-to-day processes and administration, communications, student and faculty support, recruitment, academic and curricular management, coordination of logistics for all programming and events. 

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What brought you to join the CRS community and what is your current position? 

I had been at my last institution for 4 years and I wanted a new challenge. I had worked in admissions for 10 years and felt like I wanted to do more than just help students get started at an institution. I wanted to help them throughout their entire time that they attended. I started looking into program coordinator positions and noticed the CRS was hiring a program coordinator for their MS-RSM program. I applied, interviewed, and got the job! I was not familiar with Reproductive Science and Medicine or the CRS but I was up for the challenge and I am very glad I was hired on. I’ve learned many new things and I’m learning much more in Reproductive Science and Medicine.  

What did you do before you joined CRS? 

I worked as a Senior Transfer Counselor at Illinois Tech (IIT). I had been there for 4 years and really enjoyed my time as a transfer admission counselor.  

Could you describe what your current work entails? 

I oversee and support all administrative tasks and operations of CRS and the MS-RSM program, including general day to day processes and administration, communications, student and faculty support, recruitment, academic and curricular management, coordination of logistics for all programing and events.  

What aspect(s) of CRS do you find most valuable or look forward to engaging in?  

I look forward to engaging with the students and also many of our programmatic events. I’ve learned a lot just by sitting in on RRU’s (Reproductive Research Updates) and our Career Catalyst seminar series. A lot of the information provided in these events is new to me but I’ve slowly been able to pick up pieces where I think I could have a pretty good understanding of what reproductive science and medicine and the different career paths in reproductive science. I think the best part though is watching our students during RRU’s and getting to see what exactly they are working on.  

What would you recommend to students and young professionals in order for them succeed in their careers? ​

Work hard and take advantage of the networking opportunities. Meet as many people as you can within your field, many doors can open for you just based on the people you meet and the interactions you might have with them.  

What hobbies do you have outside of the lab?   

My hobbies would be working out and playing soccer. I played soccer in college so I stay pretty active on the field. I just recently joined a CrossFit gym but I heard it’s not cool to talk about it.