Jose Rios-Monterrosa will graduate Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree, with majors in Biochemistry and Molecular/Cellular Biology. Born in Los Angeles, California, Jose moved to Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 6. During his four years at the University of Arizona, Jose has shown an incredible commitment to his education, his research, and his community.
Jose’s strong desire to make a difference in his community stems from his early years in California. Growing up, many of his family members had no health insurance and relied on free medical clinics for their care. Seeing firsthand the impact these programs can make on people’s lives inspired Jose to volunteer with organizations that provided healthcare for underserved populations and to pursue a career in medicine.
In 2014, Jose began volunteering with the Mobile Health Clinic which provides free medical care to uninsured patients. In addition, he joined the Flying Samaritans; a student club that runs a free medical clinic every month in Agua Prieta, Mexico. After serving for two years as the Director of Translation and Interpretation for the club, he was elected as a Co-President for the 2017-2018 school year. Over the summer of 2016, Jose volunteered in rural hospitals in Peru with the non-profit organization Vive Peru. He has continued his work with the organization and is currently serving as the Head Campus Coordinator for Vive Peru at the University of Arizona.
Through his work with Dr. Victor J. Hruby, Jose developed a strong passion for science. He was accepted into the Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) for the summer of 2017, providing him the opportunity to work full-time on his research projects. Later that year, he obtained funding from the Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO), an extension of the National Science Foundation, to continue his research during the school year. Jose presented his work at the 2018 UBRP Conference, the 2018 WAESO Conference, and was a guest speaker at 2018 Biological, Engineering, and Chemical Undergraduate Conference.
After graduation, Jose will further his education by attending medical school at the University of Iowa.
Congratulations, Jose!Robie Gold Medal AwardMonday, May 7, 2018