Graduate Physics Student Uses Scholarship to Perform Research
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 14, 2013 – Carlos Gonzalez of Matamoros, Mexico credits the scholarship he is receiving for having the opportunity to do research on how proteins and DNA interact.
Gonzalez, 25, a graduate student in physics scheduled to graduate in December from The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, receives the Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy Scholarship. The scholarship pays his tuition and a small stipend as he takes classes and works on his thesis.
This semester Gonzalez is also teaching a University Physics II lab class and tutoring three hours a week.
“He is one of our best tutors,” said Adrienne Rodriguez Zermeno, Lecturer and Student Coordinator in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. “He is the physics tutor all the undergraduate students seek out. They want to know when Carlos will be there. He has a good way of explaining things. He takes time to make sure they understand and they get it.”
Gonzalez said he has found it possible to maintain balance in his daily life.
“If you focus to set your goals ahead of time and take it step by step, there is nothing you cannot do,” he said.
This is not the first time Gonzalez has received an endowed scholarship.
When he was an undergraduate, Gonzalez learned about the Texas Medical Alliance: Cameron and Willacy County Greater Texas Foundation Endowment while tutoring students taking the Medical College Admission Test. He applied for the scholarship as a senior and received it during the 2011-12 academic year. The need-based scholarship was established in 2009 for undergraduate students registered for the Medical College Acceptance Test Preparatory Training Program overseen by the Office of Health Professions Careers in the College of Science, Mathematics and Technology.
Gonzalez said both scholarships have helped him worry less and save money.
“Sometimes you think there is a scholarship and a lot of people apply for it but you just might get it,” he said.
Gonzalez attended primary and secondary school in Matamoros and went on to graduate in May 2012 from the university with a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics – bioengineering.
“I always liked science in general,” said Gonzalez. “Once I was here at UTB my mind opened.”
After graduation Gonzalez wants to work for a couple of years to save money and go back to school to earn a doctoral degree.
The university has more than 100 endowed scholarships encompassing all colleges and the general student population. The deadline for students to apply for endowed scholarships for summer sessions is Monday, April 1 and for fall and spring semester is Saturday, June 1.
To learn more about scholarships, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 956-882-8277 or email@example.com.