13:45 PM

Gator Grit Series Salutes Stephen Hawking March 20

This month’s speaker series, "Gator Grit in STEM: Salute to Stephen Hawking," will commemorate one year since the passing of the influential thinker, renowned professor and author, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20 in the Welcome Center, Milam/Travis Rooms at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD).

The series, presented by CITGO®, will feature a discussion about overcoming challenges on the path to successful careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and applying lessons from Dr. Hawking’s life and teachings in the face of adversity. The event also will include:

  • Luncheon
  • Information about scholarships and opportunities for students interested in STEM
  • Poster presentations of undergraduate research projects and opportunities by UHD students

The panel will be comprised of UHD alumni who are STEM graduates:

  • Dr. Karina Vázquez-Arreguin (‘01, Chemistry)
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Kalluri Laboratory
  • Isaac Valdez (‘14, Mathematics)
    Clinical Program Manager, Radiation Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Dr. Valerie K. Jordan (‘11, Biology)
    Senior Sponsored Programs Analyst, Baylor Licensing Group
  • Karla Alvarez (‘07, Microbiology)
    Technical Specialist, Molecular Oncology, Texas Children's Hospital

To attend this event, RSVP to UHDMarchGatorGrit.eventbrite.com.

UHD’s Gator Grit Speaker Series highlights leaders and topics that showcase models of determination and grit inspire courage, resolve and tenacity for both UHD and the Greater Houston community.


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – 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 more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.