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Helios Scholars at TGen Brings Biomedical Experiences to Over 400 Students

Author: Helios Education Foundation

Every summer, hundreds of Arizona high school, undergraduate and graduate level students submit their applications in hopes of being one of the 49 students selected to be part of the Helios Scholars at TGen internship program. These students from diverse backgrounds come together through their interest in the biomedical field to be part of cutting-edge research projects that aim to identify new scientific discoveries that will benefit patients. 

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Helios Scholars at TGen program recently hosted a luncheon to provide this year’s class of scholars the opportunity to meet their peers and hear from TGen President and Research Director Dr. Jeffrey Trent about the ever changing field of biomedical science and how different and advanced the research and methodologies have become since he first began his career. 

Vince Roig, Founding Chairman of Helios Education Foundation, had words of encouragement and high hopes for the students. “The work and research you will conduct this summer will advance medical and scientific research for the better…One of you in this room, might just be a Nobel Peace prize winner,” Roig shared. 

When asked why she chose to apply for the program, Valerie DeLuca (pictured to the right), a rising senior from Arizona State University and one of the 2016 participating students said, “I think that chemistry and biology have so much to offer society and I think that medicine is the best way to improve society.” 

These bright students are on track to become the next generation of researchers and physicians in Arizona’s fast-growing field of biomedicine.

Just as the biomedical field is diverse, so are the students that comprise the summer internship. Incoming freshman at ASU and program participant Yesenia Espinoza (pictured below) said, “The main reason I am interested in the field is because there are not many minority women represented. I want to represent those women,” she added.  

Bringing opportunities such as this one to traditionally underserved and underrepresented students is vital for the field and for the community. Students like Yesenia represent the majority of the student population in Arizona and it is important that they are represented in such an important field of work.   

One of Helios’ fundamental beliefs is that every student, regardless of zip-code, deserves a high-quality education. The Helios Scholars at TGen program is an embodiment of that belief. Students are receiving guidance, mentorship, and gaining high-quality skills that will help guide them toward success in college and career. Helios is proud of this continued partnership with TGen, and the Foundation looks forward to the next 10 years and the next 400 students whose lives will be positively impacted by this program. 

To learn more about the Helios Scholars at TGen program, click here

Category: College and Career Readiness, Postsecondary Success, STEM

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