Erica Gonzalez- College of Sciences

Dear Friends,

I am an aspiring dental student in the College of Sciences at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and I want to transform lives, so that a healthy smile is a right, not a privilege for Rio Grande Valley residents. I chose to major in biology and focus in pre-dentistry because I want to help people who can’t afford care. I am from the Rio Grande Valley and there are pockets of poverty all along my border community. My goal is to run a mobile dental unit and make dental care accessible to everyone.

Donors to UTRGV are helping me and so many others accomplish our goals. By providing funding for scholarships, faculty recruitment and every day priorities such as equipment for labs, clinics and classrooms, donors are helping UTRGV to teach and train the dentists, marine biologists and chemists who will transform the Rio Grande Valley.

From an early age, I was inspired to help underprivileged communities as a dentist and create better options for Rio Grande Valley communities. Better health care is a goal that is shared by my fellow students, not just in my program, but in classrooms throughout the College of Sciences.

Every day, I am inspired by my biology professors.  They are passionate and knowledgeable.  They give students a solid base for the future and guidance on our educational journeys. Most importantly, they know my career goals and encourage me to fulfill my dreams.

You can transform the lives of Valley communities and students like me with a gift to the UTRGV College of Sciences. Visit us at to make a gift that will have an immediate impact.

Together, we will change lives and bring more smiles to the Rio Grande Valley. 


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Erica Gonzalez
UTRGV Class of 2018