Six NMC students to participate in a scientific research program  

Six Northern Marianas College student scholars have been selected to be part of the 2017 Build Exito Program that helps students to become scientific researchers. Standing from left: Chenoa Bunts-Anderson; Maria Vida Echaluse; Ann Jeline Manabat; Michael Tizon Santos; Austin Delos Santos; and Christopher Manglona. Seated from left: Roland Merar, assistant professor for NMC School of Education in Elementary Education; Charlotte Cepeda, NMC School of Education director; Dr. Carmen Fernandez, NMC president; and Dr. Beylul Solomon, associate professor for NMC School of Education in Rehabilitation & Human Services. (NMC)

Northern Marianas College, in collaboration with Portland State University, has announced the selection of the 2017 NMC scholars who will be participating in the third round of the BUILD EXITO program.

This is an undergraduate research training program funded by the National Institute of Health that is geared toward training students/scholars who are interested in conducting scientific research in biomedical, bioengineering, behavioral, clinical, health, and social topics. 

“We are proud of the students who have undergone a rigorous selection process and who will now be part of an exciting program that allows them to build their scientific research capacity as they work alongside scientists and highly knowledgeable mentors,” said NMC president Dr. Carmen Fernandez.

The program aims to help scholars find solutions to today’s major health problems and to give them an opportunity to have hands-on, paid research experience. Participating scholars will have the opportunity to receive over $1,000 per month stipend, receive faculty and peer mentoring, and attend Portland State University to earn their Bachelor of Science degree.

NMC was initially granted five slots for scholars that could apply for BUILD EXITO. However, this year had a multitude of scholars who applied to take part in the program, and due to the high caliber of students who applied, NMC was awarded a sixth slot. The six scholars who have been selected are Ann Jeline Manabat, Austin Delos Santos, Christopher Manglona, Chenoa Bunts-Anderson, Maria Vida Echaluse, and Michael Tizon Santos.

To be eligible to participate in the program, applicants had to meet the following requirements: 1) are either U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or non-citizen nationals, 2) are full-time undergraduate students at NMC, 3) have at least three years remaining in their degree program, and 4) have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. 

The faculty mentors at NMC include Charlotte Cepeda, NMC School of Education director; Dr. Beylul Solomon, associate professor for NMC School of Education in Rehabilitation & Human Services; and Roland Merar, assistant professor for NMC School of Education in Elementary Education. (PR)

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