Congratulations Christian Mendiondo who won first place at the 2017 Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair!!!

Roma Kaul

Congratulations Christian Mendiondo, mentored by Dr. David Maguire, who won first place, in the Behavioral and Social Science Division, at the 2017 61st Alamo Regional Science and Engineering Fair held February 23rd and 24th, 2017 at St. Mary's University. His project is titled: 'Impulsivity in Rats Responding Under a Stop Signal Reaction Time Task'.

Christian will advance to the state science fair to be held March 31st and April 1st, 2017 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. He is a senior at Northside Health Careers High School working in the France Research Group as part of the Scientific Research and Design Program.

The Scientific Research and Design Program is a collaboration with UT Health San Antonio and Health Careers HS where students work with professionals on a research project for one year and report findings to a panel of scientists as well as other students. These high school students have access to a wealth of basic research and clinical science information through hands-on experiences in the laboratory with cutting-edge scientific techniques. Students are mentored by Dr. Charles France, as well as junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows in his lab. The students conduct experiments, participate in lab meetings and some are even fortunate enough to be listed as authors on published papers. Dr. France has been participating in the program since 2005 and has mentored/co-mentored over a dozen high school students. 'Some of these students use the projects they worked on from here to participate in science fairs', he stated, 'they all go on to terrific places and recent HCHS student that worked with us is now a sophmore at Harvard!', Dr. France noted.

Congratulations and Good Luck Christian!!!