Student Profiles of the Week

Student Profiles of the Week

Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing

Name: Melanie LopezMelanie Lopez

Age: 25

Program & Concentration: BSN

Expected Graduation Year: 2017

Hometown: San Francisco, California

Why are you interested in nursing?
I’ve always been interested in medicine and after my trip to Africa I learned that I like nursing better than being a doctor.

Where do you see yourself five years after graduation?
Getting my master’s degree as a nurse practitioner.

Favorite thing to do in El Paso:
Lay out by the pool with my husband.

What do you do in your downtime?
CrossFit, relax, and study.

Three words that describe you:
Smart, athletic, and fun.

Something about you that not many people may know:
I spent three months in Africa doing medical work.

 

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Name: Diego Alfonso Escobar GarcíaDiego Garcia

Program & Concentration: M.S. in Biomedical Sciences (1st Year)

Expected Graduation Year: Class of 2017

Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Why are you interested in biomedical research?
I have always had a curiosity for experimentation. As I went through school, I found that my strengths were in the biological sciences. I realized that research is what keeps many aspects of our lives going; medical advances allow us to live longer and better. My interest is not only what happens at the bench, but also the aspects surrounding science education and science policy.

Where do you see yourself five years after graduation?
I see myself in a Ph.D. program that focuses on education and policy. These aspects are just as important as bench work so that funds are always available for the preparation of future scientists.

Favorite thing to do in El Paso:
Observe the lights of Juárez and El Paso from Scenic Drive at night.

What do you do in your downtime?
I am an avid reader of Latin American history and politics. I also like learning foreign languages, gardening, viniculture and enology.

Three words that describe you:
Inquisitive, observant, and introverted.

Something about you that not many people may know:
Although not a major goal, in the near future I would like to obtain a Diploma of Master Sommelier.

 

Paul L. Foster School of Medicine

Name: Mark GirtonSP -Mark Girton

Age: 32

Class Graduation Year: 2016

Hometown: Bellefontaine, Ohio

What made you decide that medicine is the career for you?
My engineering major didn’t work out very well; three years of biomedical research and four years teaching high school science were soul-killers in their own respective ways, and I decided that if I was going to get burnt out, I might as well make decent money doing it. Also, medicine is a great way to capitalize on my research and teaching experience.

Where do you see yourself five years after completing your residency graduation?
I see myself as an academic pathologist with an active role in medical education in the Midwest. I hope to be active in primary and secondary education science outreach with local school systems by that time. Also, I see myself purchasing a 14+ inch Dobsonian telescope to do some planetary astrophotography with my kids.

Favorite thing to do in El Paso:
I like to get my telescope out on a moonless night and do some astrophotography.

What do you do in your downtime?
I enjoy spending time with my two boys; helping them discover the world.

Three words that describe you:
Passionate about education. 

Something about you that not many people may know:
I’m a pretty decent forklift driver.