Paid Summer Research Applications Now Available

Paid Summer Research Applications Now Available

I am pleased to announce that the Precise Advanced Technologies and Health Systems for Underserved Populations (PATHS-UP), a consortium of Texas A&M University (College Station, TX), Florida International University (Miami, FL), Rice University (Houston, TX), and the University of California – Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA), is accepting applications for its paid summer research opportunities.

Please join us in this exciting research at this NSF-funded Engineering Research Center as we strive to change the paradigm for the health of underserved populations by developing revolutionary and cost-effective technologies and systems at the point-of-care. 

Website for more information and to apply:


– $4000 stipend

– Financial support for housing

– Travel support for out-of-area participants

Deadline: February 10, 2020 or until all positions are filled, but please apply early to be considered in the first rounds of funding decisions.

Students interested in conducting research in the following areas are encouraged to apply:

– Developing chemistry to detect biomarkers for heart disease or diabetes

– Developing paper fluidic or other microfluidics and hand-held devices that can read the chemistry on cartridges

– Developing wearable health devices, e.g., watch or ring, to monitor things like heart rates

– Working with underserved communities on the design and development of point-of-care medical devices


– Undergraduates, US citizens or permanent residents, 18 years or older, who have completed their first year in engineering and the physical and mathematical sciences, but are not scheduled to graduate before December 2020.

Students from diverse groups traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering are encourage to apply.

Please let me know if you apply so I can follow up on your materials.

Jovita Carranza is New Administrator of Small Business Development

Jovita Carranza is New Administrator of Small Business Development

Jovita Carranza was recently appointed the 36th head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Carranza’s own life reflects that of many Latino individuals who have achieved success despite seemingly insurmountable odds. She was the youngest of three children born to Mexican immigrant parents in a working-class family in Chicago. Her father held a factory job while her mother cared for the children and household. Carranza herself held two jobs even as she raised her child alone, while also attending college.

Carranza’s career includes having served as United States Treasurer and as the principal advisor to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, where she was responsible for overseeing the federal department’s Office of Consumer Policy. She also worked as Deputy Administrator of SBA under President George W. Bush from 2006-2009, overseeing more than 80 field offices and a portfolio of loans of $80 billion.

Carranza is a committed and passionate champion of women entrepreneurs, including Latinas who represent the fastest growing sector of small business owners in the United States.