10 SAISD students named UT Health Science Center Voelcker Scholars

10 SAISD students named UT Health Science Center Scholars
By SAISD Communications

An intense summer learning experience designed to pave a path toward a career in biomedical research awaits 10 SAISD students who were named 2013 Voelcker Scholars. The students were among only 25 rising sophomores citywide selected to participate in the University of Texas Health Science Center’s Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy.

Those selected are: Christopher Corona, Burbank HS; Clover Moten, Joaquin Ramirez and Isabella Torres, Edison HS; Liliana Capistran and Iman Wallace, Fox Tech; Devyn Williamson, Highlands HS; Darley Guzman, Sam Houston; and Adriana Avendano and Meg Garcia, Young Women’s Leadership Academy.

These freshmen, selected after a rigorous application process that began last fall, will work with research faculty at the UTHSC for the next three summers using state-of-the-art technology and experimental design while learning about professional health careers in science and medicine. 


Year 1 of the program will include immersive, hands-on summer research activities, while Years 2 and 3 will include continued research activities and a faculty-mentored research experience.The program, which is aims to create a pipeline for the next generation of biomedical scientists, will run weekdays from June 13-July 27, with students working between five and eight hours per day.

The students will receive a financial award each summer, ranging from $500 in the first summer to $1,000 in the third summer.