American Heart Association Announces 2022-2023 HSI Scholars
UHD Student Jose Guzman Named
By Sheryl E. Taylor
Once again the University of Houston-Downtown joins the ranks of Hispanic-Serving Institutions that are among universities committed to addressing the lack of diversity and Hispanic inclusion in healthcare careers.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recently announced that 30 students from across the United States and Puerto Rico have been selected to participate in the 2022-2023 Hispanic-Serving Institution Scholars Program, sponsored by Quest Diagnostics. Per AHA, collectively, these students are enrolled in public health- and healthcare-focused programs at 18 universities in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and Texas.
Gator student Jose Guzman, a junior majoring in Biological and Physical Sciences, was among the second cohort of this prestigious program.
Guzman along with the selected students of this innovative program will be paired with a volunteer mentor who is either a healthcare professional or is currently performing their own relevant scientific research. Scholars and mentors will develop and present a research project addressing basic, clinical, and education science. Each scholar will receive a stipend, and they will participate in professional development workshops that will benefit them as they continue their education and enter the workforce.
“We are proud to collaborate with the American Heart Association to expand research and mentorship opportunities for HSI Scholars,” said Ruth Clements, president of the Quest Diagnostics Foundation. “This program is helping to shape the future healthcare leaders who will diversify the industry, address inequities, and help improve patient outcomes in meaningful ways.”
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.
U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.