Jasmine Camero is a Mexican-American first-generation Ph.D. student from Santa Ana, California. She is currently a student in the Emory University Department of Mathematics studying classical algebraic geometry, advised by Brooke Ullery. Before pursuing a Ph.D., she attended California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), where she received her B.A. in mathematics in 2020.
Jasmine has always credited her parents as those who encouraged her to pursue her academic aspirations, whatever they might have turned out to be. Her father, from Ometepec, Guerrero, and her mother, who grew up in Tijuana, Mexico, taught her the importance of life in the United States with resources available that they never had access to in Mexico.
As an undergraduate, overwhelmed by the male domination in her calculus classes, Jasmine had a hard time finding community. Luckily, her Calculus I professor saw her potential and invited her, along with other students, to conduct research for the very first time, just after finishing the calculus sequence. This vulnerable and encouraging environment, along with other first-generation students of color, inspired Jasmine to continue research in mathematics.
She graduated from CSUF and moved across the country to obtain a doctoral degree at Emory. In 2021, Jasmine was named the editor-in-chief of the MAA Math Grad Student Blog (previously hosted by the AMS). This blog gives a platform to students at universities all throughout the country that are bonded by their mutual conquest of Ph.D. programs.
Her goal is to become a professor at a teaching university, to have the opportunity to work with underrepresented students like herself, and to have the means to create opportunities to build an equitable and inclusive community and cultivate environments that amplify the voices of people of color in STEM After all, it was the community that Jasmine built at many stages of her career that got her to where she is.
“As a Latina currently in a predominately white institution, it is imperative to me to participate in the celebration that Hispanic folks contribute to many areas that influence the world, but specifically that of the mathematical sciences. Growing up in a low-income neighborhood, I hardly ever had any instructors or role models in academia that looked like me. I never saw myself as someone who could ever be successful in any form that this could take. I believe it is important to highlight the stories of Latinx folks because so few ever get the spotlight. Young brown folks need to see the cultural contributions that the achievements of people of color are making to society so that they too can believe that it is possible for them.”