Two CWC graduates from Riverton advancing in UW Bio-medical programs

Two Central Wyoming College graduates from Riverton have received fellowships to continue their studies and conduct research at the University of Wyoming. Philip Gard said he 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. Sara Cisneros plans to continue her passion to conduct research as she follows a path to a career in the field of biomedical sciences. Both Gard and Cisneros earned their Associate of Science Degrees locally at Central Wyoming before moving on to the Laramie Campus of UW. Gard in Physical Science and Pre Health Professional and Cisneros in biological sciences/pre-health. [image: Inline image 1] *Phillip Gard 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. (h/t Philip Gard / Pitchengine Communities* “This amazing opportunity has allowed me to expand my knowledge and gain an understanding of how research is conducted,” says Gard. “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 said he 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. “I feel very honored and privileged to participate in the INBRE Transition Fellowship program,” Cisneros said. “Acceptance into this program was a major turning point for me in my education, and it has led me to a more promising and exciting career path than I had ever imagined.” 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. 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. Cisneros, a molecular biology major, guided by her faculty mentor Baskaran Thyagarajan, an assistant professor in the UW School of Pharmacy, is investigating the viability of capsaicin -- the compound that makes chili peppers spicy -- as a pharmacotherapy for fatty liver disease. “Being a transition fellow has been an amazing experience,” Cisneros says. “On top of the time I get to work and learn in the lab, the connections I’ve made with other investigators and the exposure to other emerging research in and out of my field have been invaluable to me.” 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. Rock Springs -- Andrea Sanchez Walk, Western Wyoming Community College. *Feature Photo: Sara Cisneros of Riverton is one of nine Wyoming community college students who received Wyoming INBRE Transition Fellowships to continue their studies at the University of Wyoming. (h/t Sara Cisneros /