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2017-2018 Events

October 17-21: The SOLVER Scholars attended the annual SACNAS conference in Salt Lake City, UT this year. Two of our Scholars, Janie Aguilera and Vanessa Ramirez, presented poster presentations at the conference.

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2016-2017 Events


April 8, 2017: The SOLVER Scholars spend a day visiting the Pacific Science Center and attend the world premiere of the visiting exhibit: Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor. 

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2015-2016 Events


May 22, 2016: The 2016 Annual SOLVER Scholarship Program Banquet. Our banquet celebrates the current scholars, new scholars and honors our graduating scholars: Brianda Cardenas-Garcia, Arlene Castro, Rachael Evans, and Fortunato Placencia, Jr.

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February 27, 2016: SOLVER Scholars host a visit from the TRiO Upward Bound Program at Big Bend Community College focused on CWU and STEM.  TRiO supports high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. Juan Flores, and Antonio Moreno (left-to-right)

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November 11-13, 2015: Trip to the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Seattle, Washington. SOLVER Scholars presented their research with the help of Dr. Holly Pinkart, biology professor at Central Washington University. Brianda Cardenas-Garcia, Arlene Castro, Juan Flores (left-to-right).

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October 29-31, 2015: Trip to the 2015 Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conferences in Washington, DC. SOLVER scholars Joshua Estalilla, Bryan Plankenhorn, Brianda Cardenas-Garcia and Kassandra Garcia accompanied by Dr. Audrey Huerta.

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2014-2015 Events


March 23-30, 2015: Research trip to Estacion de Biologia Chamela, in Jalisco, Mexico! SOLVER Scholars investigated patterns of lizard diversity, mentored by Dr. Dan Beck. Scholars also assisted immunologist Dr. Gabe Stryker, involving community members in collecting Triatominae (kissing bugs) that are hosts to a tropical parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi, that causes Chagas Disease.  Here scholar Juan Flores shares the local herpetofauna with students at the local primary school, assisted by scholars Megan Linn, Rachael Evans, Arlene Castro, Rey Pulido, Fabian Bremerman, and Brianda Cardenas-Garcia (background, left-to-right).

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February 12, 2015: SOLVER traveled to Royal High School in Royal City, WA for a special screening of "Underwater Dreams", an inspiring documentary about the lives of four Latino high school science students - sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants - who, in 2004, learn how to build an underwater robot from used car parts and other materials and then enter a robotics competition sponsored by the NASA and the Office of Naval Research. The kids go up against - and beat - the likes of MIT.

Thursday, November 6, 2014: SOLVER participated in the Native American Open House to celebrate Native American Heritage Month.

September 27, 2014: SOLVER attended a Yakama Nation Fisheries' salmon spawning event on the Cle Elum River, hosted by Emily Washines and Brian Saluskin.


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