High school student Chris Chovanec is learning identify specific proteins by dissecting fish retinas at
Five students from Kyle-based
Participating students from the high school include: Chris Chovanec, Alex Rasche, Brandy Dodson, Danny Palmer and Stephanie Ortega.
The university invited the students to partake in clinical research settings averaging four- to eight-week intervals.
Each student is assigned an individual faculty member and works on different projects within the college, ranging from biology, physics and chemistry.
“This is a pilot program to show students all we have at the university,” said Hector Flores, dean of the
Professor of biology Dana Garcia is overseeing the work of Chris Chovanec in dissecting fish retinas. Chovanec is learning ways to identify specific proteins to detect tissues, genes and nucleic acids.
“Each one is doing something different,” Garcia said. “They’re all getting to focus in on something more intensely than they could (at the high school level).”
“The lack of a workforce we’re cranking out is disturbing,”
“There are definitely problems,” said Garcia. “There’s a real desire for students to be instant experts instead of patiently working their way through.”
Other nations have sharply increased the sizes of their science and engineering programs in higher education, training greater numbers to compete against the U.S. Flores says a program such as the one in the
“There is nothing like good will to forge strong partnerships,”