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Mission

AMBR's mission can be summarized as "Access. Support. Outreach." which addresses our primary objectives. "Access" exemplifies our goal to ensure that minorities or individuals that traditionally lack access to resources have access to higher education and are actively recruited to GSBS. "Support" exemplifies our goal to ensure that these students at GSBS have a supportive community and access to resources that cater to their needs and assist them in their educational, academic, and career endeavors. "Outreach" exemplifies our goal to work with other GSBS organizations in serving our local community.
We emphasize that our definition of "minority" is any individual who identifies as one in the aforementioned social categories of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national origin, socioeconomic status, disability or handicap etc or are statistically underrepresented in the field of biomedical research.

Vision

To support minorities in the field of biomedical sciences by enhancing the professional development of minority biomedical students in the GSBS.

Our Goals

  1. Promote the scholarship of minority students during their training period through professional growth experiences that will stimulate they success in graduate school and transition into future careers.
  2. Provide a supportive environment through scholarly and social activities that enable AMBR participants to achieve the best possible outcomes during their graduate education.

Officers 2017-2018:

President: Gloria Galvan
Treasurer: Rosa Santana Carrero
Media Relations Coordinator: Ayesha Khan
Secretary: Ashabari Mukherjee
Event Coordinator: Luisa Coronel
 
Contact the officers: GSBS_AMBR@uth.tmc.edu
 
Post-doc positions available at UTHealth. Click here for more information. 
Faculty Resources
Dr. Elizabeth Travis is Associate Vice President of Women Faculty Programs and Women & Minority Faculty Inclusion, at MD Anderson
 
Please congratulate your fellow AMBR members on their recent accomplishments!
  • Albert Hunt won 1st place in the category of Post-candidacy Poster presentation at GSBS Student Research Day 2016.
  • Angie Torres Adorno was recognized with the R.W. Butcher Achievement Award for her research as well as contributions to society as a whole.
  • Arianexys Aquino Lopez was selected as recipient for the American Legion Auxiliary Fellowship in Cancer Research 2016.
  • Ayesha Khan was one of 40 attendees selected internationally to attend the Advanced Course on Antibiotics sponsored by Intitut Pasteur and Fondation Merieux in Annecy, France for which she received a GSBS travel award. Ayesha was also a finalist at the GSBS Elevator Speech competition.
  • Carrie Graham was awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research from the National Institutes of Health (F31-Diversity). Read her story here. Carrie was also awarded the Investing in Student Futures Scholarship.
  • Kimiya Memarzadeh was awarded the Roberta M. and Jean M. Worsham Endowed Fellowship for her research in neuroscience. Kimiya also won 2nd place at the GSBS Elevator Speech competition.
  • Marimar de la Cruz Bonilla won 2nd place in the category of Pre-candidacy & MS Poster presentation at GSBS Student Research Day 2016. Marimar was also selected as recipient for the American Legion Auxiliary Fellowship in Cancer Research 2016.
  • Sahily Reyes was named Albert Schweitzer Fellow, this fellowship offers graduate students the opportunity to design and implement a health-related, 200-hour, year-long community project. Read her story here. Sahily was also selected as a recipient of The Russel and Diana Hawkins Family Foundation Discovery Fellowship for her research in neurodegenerative disease.
  • Vincent Bernard was awarded the Sylvan Rodriguez Foundation Scholarship Honoring George M. Stancel, Ph.D. for an outstanding MS or pre-candidacy student. Vincent was also selected as recipient for the American Legion Auxiliary Fellowship in Cancer Research 2016.

If you'd like us to feature your academic successes, email us at gsbs_ambr@uth.tmc.edu