Two Hartnell College students recently presented results of their science projects to the national conference of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The students - Asia De La Torre and Denise Gutierrez - both reside in Salinas and are majoring in biology at Hartnell. They are members of Hartnell's ACCESS Program, a 10-year-old program that assists underrepresented community college students who are interested in the biomedical sciences make the transition from Hartnell to a four-year college or university.
At the Albuquerque conference, De La Torre's presentation was titled "Investigating Proteins Involved in Furrow Formation"; Gutierrez's paper was titled "Searching for the Genes of Sponge-Derived Chemicals."
De La Torre and Gutierrez plan to transfer to UC Irvine and UC Santa Cruz, respectively, this coming fall to study biology.
Hartnell science instructors Susan Hovde (chemistry), Ann Wright (biology) and Lawrence Yee (chemistry) assist students in Hartnell's ACCESS Program.
Commenting on the national honor, Yee said, "We are very proud of Asia and Denise for their solid research projects, and their ability to present the results of their research to the national conference."
For more information, contact Yee at (831) 755-6887.