National Awards for EPCC Science students

December 1, 2015


Two El Paso Community College students won 1st place awards at national Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) events. 


Both students are part of the EPCC Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program.



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Itzel Tejeda placed first at STEM.



Student presenter at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) meeting, Itzel Tejeda was awarded First place for The Biosynthesis of Silver Nanoparticles using Lactobacillus, in Biophysics/Biochemistry. 


Nanoparticles are minute clusters of atoms from 1-100nm in size, which have a variety of applications including cancer treatment, water disinfection, cosmetics, etc. 


The relevance of her project is to develop an environmentally friendly, inexpensive method to synthesize nanoparticles using harmless bacteria such as Lactobacillus.



Student presenter at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) meeting, Diana Gonzalez Garcia was awarded 1st Place for Characterization of Two New in Vivo Models of Positive Her-2 Breast Cancer in Cancer Biology. Her study is characterizing two new variant cell lines of Her-2, which can be more aggressive than the parental cell lines because they have become more resistant. 



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Diana Gonzalez also placed first.




Her project characterized the genetic changes associated with resistance, which has potential applications for the development of cancer treatment in the future. 


EPCC’s RISE is a Challenge Program that is funded by a grant from the MBRS-RISE Program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it consists of Student, Faculty and Community Development Activities. 


All activities are aimed at providing underrepresented students with   the   tools   to succeed in college and pursue a biomedical research career as well as obtain a Ph.D.


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