and Janie Sauceda
It doesn’t seem so long ago that Rolando Garza stood at the podium in the Honey Bowl, delivering the valedictory address at his high school graduation.
That was in 2013. In the past few weeks, he was on another stage, this time in Boston – presenting a scientific paper at a national conference on the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). He was listed as second author of the article, which has been published in a national medical journal.
Garza is one of Uvalde High School’s success stories. He is the son of Laura and Rolando Garza of Uvalde. The younger Garza received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and immunology from the University of Texas at San Antonio in December of 2016. He is currently a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the prestigious medical school at the University of Pennsylvania.
Garza is working to gain acceptance into a medical scientist training program – to emerge as an M.D./Ph.D. (medical doctor with a doctorate in philosophy, leading to continuing involvement in research).
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