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Riverton’s Philip Gard Receives Wyoming INBRE Transition Fellowship

December 16, 2015
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Philip Gard is one of nine Wyoming community college students who received Wyoming INBRE Transition Fellowships to continue their studies at the University of Wyoming. (Philip Gard Photo)

Philip Gard hopes to gain a more in-depth understanding of how to conduct and apply research to advance science with help from a Wyoming INBRE Transition Fellowship at the University of Wyoming.

Gard earned associate of science degrees in physical science and pre-health professional from Central Wyoming College. He is one of nine students from Wyoming’s community colleges who received Wyoming INBRE Transition Fellowships to study and conduct research at UW.

“This amazing opportunity has allowed me to expand my knowledge and gain an understanding of how research is conducted,” says Gard, from Riverton. “To be an INBRE Fellow has helped to shape not only my college years, but has given me direction into the field that I have chosen to pursue.”

Gard plans to complete his bachelor’s degree in physiology and then apply to the medical program at the University of Washington through the WWAMI program.

Through a competitive selection process, the Wyoming IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program awards transition fellowships to Wyoming community college students who transfer to UW to pursue bachelor’s degrees in biomedical-related disciplines.

For two years, students receive $2,500 each semester to study and receive training in UW research laboratories. There also is the possibility of support through the Wyoming INBRE Undergraduate Summer Fellowship Program that provides $3,500 for the summer, says Scott Seville, Wyoming INBRE principal investigator and program director.

Students must maintain full-time enrollment and at least a 3.0 GPA while being supported. They must commit to working about 10 hours per week in a laboratory on a mentored independent research project. They also are required to attend INBRE seminars and events as their course schedules allow, and present results of their research at Wyoming Undergraduate Research Day.

“To facilitate the transition from their colleges to the university, junior and senior transition fellows meet regularly with the INBRE personnel to discuss and address transition challenges, share experiences and engage in a supportive community of student scholars,” Seville says.

Gard has rotated through a variety of research labs this semester to learn about research options. Next semester, he will join a UW faculty member’s lab, where he will conduct research for the remainder of his fellowship.

Wyoming, with UW as the lead institution, is one of 23 states and Puerto Rico funded by the National Institutes of Health INBRE program. INBRE funding is intended to enhance biomedical research capacity; expand and strengthen the research capabilities of biomedical faculty; and provide access to biomedical resources for promising undergraduate students throughout the eligible states.

Other transition fellows, listed by hometowns and community colleges, are:

Cheyenne -- Samantha Haller and Kelsea Zukauckas, Laramie County Community College; and Hannah Jernigan, Sheridan College.

Laramie -- Jessica Marsh, Laramie County Community College.

Rawlins -- Rebecca Iacovetto, Central Wyoming College.

Reliance -- Denise De Loera, Western Wyoming Community College.

Riverton -- Sara Cisneros, Central Wyoming College.

Rock Springs -- Andrea Sanchez Walk, Western Wyoming Community College.


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