DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Irán Román, an undergraduate student from Uriangato, Mexico, in the UNT-Howard Hughes Medical Center Undergraduate Researchers Program, has earned a placement in the Stanford Summer Research Program at Stanford University in California.
"The grant represents a unique opportunity that will define and solidify my future career decisions,” said Román. “By working with Professor Tim Stearns at Stanford University, I will get to meet people and experience the working environment of a lab with a world-class researcher.”
Stearns created the pre-grad program, which will train 20 undergraduates each year to be the next generation of leaders in biological research. Information about his own research can be found online.
Román and Stearns will be working together in the genetics and cellular biology fields using yeast as a model organism. Through molecular techniques, they will study human genes to try and figure out what specific features of the human genome make individuals different.
EXROP students will attend meetings at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute headquarters where they will present their research in a poster session, network and hear from scientists from various backgrounds.
Initiated in 2003, EXROP seeks to cultivate the next generation of advance research scientists, including those from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds, and encourage them to pursue careers in academic science.