Wright College Students Selected for Competitive, Health-Focused Research Program


Last month, four Wright College students took an exciting step towards their futures in the healthcare field. Alexis Aguayo, Michele Holt, Sara Velasco, and Yahaira Echeverria, all second-year students enrolled in public health- and healthcare-focused programs at the college, were selected to participate in the American Heart Association’s 2022-2023 Hispanic Serving Institution Scholars Program.

The program is a selective opportunity to perform real-world research alongside professionals in the healthcare field. The four Wright students are part of a cohort of 30 scholars from across the United States and Puerto Rico who were selected to participate.

According to the American Heart Association, the 30 students are each paired with a volunteer mentor who is either a healthcare professional or is currently performing their own relevant scientific research. The students and mentors work together to develop and present a research project that addresses basic, clinical, and education science. In addition to the one-of-a-kind experience, students receive stipends and are able to participate in professional development workshops.

As a Hispanic Serving Institution, Wright College is proud to help prepare our diverse study body for the diverse careers of today and tomorrow. We’re looking forward to learning more about Alexis, Michele, Sara, and Yahaira’s research projects—and we can’t wait to see what they do next.

To learn more about the AHA’s 2022-2023 Hispanic Serving Institution Scholars Program, visit https://newsroom.heart.org/news/hispanic-scholars-receive-financial-support-for-stem-studies-and-research.