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DMACC Student Selected for Prestigious Research Position

Posted 4/14/2014

Solena Mendez to spend summer at Tuskegee University in Alabama 

Solena MendezDes Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Boone Campus sophomore Solena Mendez has been selected to conduct Bioscience research at Tuskegee University in Alabama. This summer Mendez will spend 10 weeks in the hands-on research program.

"I see the experience as a great learning opportunity as well as a chance to grow personally," said Mendez.

To be considered students must have at a 3.0 GPA or higher in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) major. Mendez has taken several STEM courses at DMACC while working on a Liberal Arts degree. She hopes to transfer to Iowa State University. She submitted an application, essay and two letters of recommendation to be considered for the position.

"We are so proud to have Solena chosen for this prestigious research program, applications were submitted from all over the country" said DMACC Mathematics and Physics Instructor Dr. Nancy Woods. "She is a very bright and talented student, who is willing to try new things and excited to conduct research. She is a great choice for this valuable learning experience."

Mendez will conduct research in the area of Integrative Bioscience, which includes plant genomics, animal sciences, cell biology and more. Grant money will fund travel, housing and meals.

"I'm interested in learning more about conducting  research projects," said Mendez. "I also hope to experience the culture, history and customs of the area."

Mendez grew up in Boone and first enrolled in DMACC classes while attending Boone High School.

DMACC offers 153 programs and short-term certificates. Many are in STEM-related career and technical fields such as nursing, water environmental technology or wind energy. DMACC also offers many professional transfer programs that lead to advanced careers in engineering or medicine. For more on the DMACC STEM program click here.

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