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DC3 Sophomores to Attend New England Science Symposium

Four sophomores from DC3 will attend the New England Science Symposium as a part of their involvement in Kansas Bridges to the Future. Director Elizabeth Wallace, Professor of Chemistry at Dodge City Community College directs the grant program which is funded by the National Institutes of Health and administered by Kansas State University.

Kansas Bridges to the Future offers educational and networking opportunities to students who belong to ethnic/racial minority groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical field. Qualifying students begin their involvement in Kansas Bridges to the Future at the community college level and then transfer to Kansas State University, receiving tuition scholarships at both institutions.

The DC3 sophomores and Kansas Bridges to the Future members who will be attending the New England Science Symposium are Manuel Armando Jimenez, Abel Garcia Cabello, Melitza Ramirez, and Michelle Coca Mora. Other members of the Kansas Bridges to the Future program are DC3 freshmen Bryant Avila, Yesenia Herrera, Laura Soto, Elena Carlos, Ivan Chavez, and Vanessa Hernandez.

The New England Science Symposium will be held on March 25th, 2017 at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. The event will give the students, as well as postdocs; medical, dental, and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; and other university and community college students a platform to present, orally or with posters, their research activities and findings. They will also be able to network with professionals within their field of study as well as participate in discussions and exchange ideas regarding career development in the sciences. If you would like more information on the Kansas Bridges to the Future, please contact DC3 Kansas Bridges to the Future Director Elizabeth Wallace, DCCC Bridges Director at 580-471-3887 or by email, at ewallace@dc3.edu or Daniela Guereca, DC3 Kansas Bridges to the Future Coordinator.


Pictured in Dodge City Community College chemistry lab: Front row-Michelle Coca Mora, Melitza Ramirez, Yesenia Herrera, Elena Carlos, and Laura Soto

Back row-Ivan Chavez, Able Garcia Cabello, Bryant Avila, and Professor Elizabeth Wallace  (not pictured: Vanessa Hernandez and Manuel Armando Jimenez)

Bridges Spotlights


Obdulia Covarrubias (Seward County Community College): May 2015 graduate in Biochemistry.  Obdulia pursued her research in the Plant Pathology department, ranked number one in the nation.  She received a National Science Foundation Fellowship to pay for graduate school and is currently in her second year in the lab of Dr. Stefan Bossmann as she works toward her Ph.D. in Chemistry.


Jenny Barriga (Dodge City, KS): May 2014 graduate in Chemistry, Jenny completed a year-long post-baccalaureate placement at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) before joining Teach for AmericaJenny is a graduate of the Bridges to the Future community college transfer program also sponsored by the NIH.  Jenny was also the first Developing Scholar to receive the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Its goal is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. Jenny also received a Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship as recognition for her exemplary scholarly work. Jenny is currently teaching high school math at Paul Public Charter School.