HABS Profiles in Excellence


April 14, 2020
Jo-Ann Galindo

Name: Jo-Ann Galindo
Age: 22
Major: Clinical Laboratory Science
Hometown: Rio Grande City, TX

Before graduating high school, my plan was to move away for college. However, as graduation got closer, I realized being close to home and my family was very important to me. It was then when I decided to stay in the Valley and attend UTRGV. Being close to the people I most love while still being able to attend college and obtain my desired degree was perfect. 

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October 22, 2019

Luis Salinas

Name: Luis Enrique Salinas
Age: 20
Major: Clinical Laboratory Science
Hometown: McAllen, TX 


Contrary to other younglings, I do quite love the Valley and would find it hard to ever leave! UTRGV offers the unique experience of obtaining a higher education while being able to stay close to friends and family.

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July 30, 2019

Roberto De La Garza

Name: Roberto De La Garza
Age: 21
Major: Biomedical Sciences
Hometown: Brownsville, Texas 

I decided to attend UTRGV for the Rio Grande Valley's rich culture and its proximity to my home. As a Biomedical science student, UTRGV offers a wide spectrum of research fields and topics to choose and learn from. Additionally, UTRGV offers a quality education comparable with many of the state's leading public universities.

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May 7, 2019

Mariana Cerda

Name: Mariana Cerda
Age: 21
Major: Biomedical Sciences
Hometown: Weslaco, TX 

My parents attended the university when it was UTPA, so I was always interested in the school and knew I would apply. I was admitted into the BMED program and was excited for the opportunity. I love that UTRGV has so much to offer and it is so close to home.

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April 10, 2018

Roman Sanchez-Martinez

Name: Roman Sanchez-Martinez
Age: 20
Major: Biomedical Sciences
Minor: Biology
Hometown: Monterrey, Nuevo Leon 


When I enrolled at UTRGV, I was under the CAP program that allowed me to stay at the institution for a year and eventually transfer to UT Austin to continue my studies. Upon my stay, I realized that UTRGV offered so many opportunities that, to this day, have helped me grow academically as well as personally. 

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November 14, 2017

Victor Bazaldua

Victor Manuel Bazaldua
Age: 21
Major: Biomedical Sciences
Hometown: San Benito, Texas


I strongly believe that excellence can only be achieved through relentless pursuit of perfection. With the right attitude, no barriers can deter a person from realizing their set goals. Through those principles, I knew that I would one day secure a spot...

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October 24, 2017

Argentina Olivarez

Argentina Marie Olivarez
Age: 20

Major: Pre-Clinical Laboratory Science
HometownPharr, Texas


I choose to attend UTRGV because it’s close to home and it offers the Clinical Laboratory Science program I am interested in. I have younger family members who look up to me and I want to show them that they can also continue their education...

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July 4, 2017

Hector Filozola

Hector Filizola
Age: 21

Major: Biomedical Sciences
Hometown: Brownsville 


With my acceptance into the unique biomedical sciences program and its innovative curriculum, I could not pass up attending UTRGV. I knew that this program offered me the best education for my career goals. Above all, only at UTRGV was I able to stay in the community...

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April 4, 2017

Florintino Saenz

Florentino Saenz
Age: 20

Major: Biomedical Sciences
Hometown: Brownsville 

Why UTRGV?  

I chose UTRGV because of the opportunities it provided me. I was able to become part of both the University Scholars, which provides a full ride to UTRGV, and the A-Prime Time early acceptance program which allows me to graduate in three years...   

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