Providence Campus Student Receives Award from the Institute for Immunology and Informatics
Dr. Polly Matzinger is a famous immunologist at the NIH who found her career later in life after many life experiences, including waitressing, before deciding to return to school. Gloria Tejada discovered the Bio-Technology program offered though Continuing Education at URI's Providence Program as an adult student after years of being away from education. Dr. Matzinger continually breaks new scientific ground and loves science. She has an energy level that is amazing. Gloria is just finding her way into the Bio-technology field as a student, but already making her mark.
The Institute established the Matzinger award to honor women scientists who find the science career path later in life and who exemplify the tenacity of Polly Matzinger.
Gloria Tejada, this year's recipient is a GREAT choice!
Gloria came to the USA from Colombia. She is the youngest of ten children. While in Columbia, her parents became ill and she had to leave her college level schooling to care for them. In 2001 she moved to the US with her husband and began her life of spouse and mother. After several years, she entered a program to learn English and prepare to continue her higher education studies in the USA. In 2009 she completed a degree in General Studies from CCRI, graduating with honors. Gloria then obtained a pharmacy technology degree and worked the night shift in a local hospital.
She and her family were proud of her accomplishments and continuing her education was something she thought she might undertake in the future....the distant future.
But shortly after earning her pharmacy technology designation, she and her husband were commuting on route 95 when she spotted a billboard for the URI Providence Biotech Program. The billboard advertised an Open House scheduled to take place that evening from 5-7pm. It was exactly 5pm. Without hesitation they drove directly to the Providence Campus. There Gloria met Dr. Edward Bozzi, chemistry professor and champion of the URI Biotech program. Gloria entered the program and never looked back. She hopes to graduate this spring with a BS degree in Biotechnology.
Gloria was the proud recipient of the Dr. Polly Matzinger award which she received at the awards event held at the Hotel Providence on October 22. Her family and Dr. Polly Matzinger looked on with pride.