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Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo - December 2013 Fellow of the Month

Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo
API STEM Graduate Fellow
Hometown: Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Schools/Degrees: Georgia Institute of Technology, M.S., Applied Biology. University of Tennessee, Ph.D. Candidate, Microbiology
Placement: House Committee on Science, Space and Technology 

Elizabeth has a double degree in industrial biotechnology and microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, an M.S. in applied biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. As an undergraduate student, she performed research at top research centers: Harvard Medical School, the US Department of Energy, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Georgia Institute of Technology. 

The recipient of a competitive NSF Gradate Research Fellowship, Elizabeth is the primary author and coauthor of more than 30 conference proceedings and peer-reviewed publications. Her efforts have been recognized by organizations such as the Federation of European Microbiological Societies, the Goizueta Foundation, the American Society of Microbiology, the University of Tennessee and Hispanic Business, Inc.

Elizabeth is committed to education and outreach; she has served as a mentor in the Minority Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in Earth System Science Professional Development Program (MS PHD'S) and the NASA Student Ambassadors Program. She has also volunteered in outreach activities from the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicano/Latino and Native Americans in Science), and ASLO-MP (American Society of Limnology and Oceanography Multicultural Program).  Her ultimate goal is to be in a position where she can advocate for funding of basic/applied research and broadening participation initiatives.  She wants to share her knowledge with the community in order to give smart solutions to enhance bioremediation and detoxification of contaminated sites and inspire students, especially woman and minorities, into pursuing careers in science.

As a CHCI Graduate Fellow, Elizabeth will be exposed to the day-to-day policy making process, which will provide her the tools to continue her plight of advocating for more funding in the areas of basic and applied research.

Past Fellow of the Month

Israel Nery - May 2015 Fellow of the Month
Sarah Diaz - April 2015 Fellow of the Month
Rafael Hurtado Jr. - March 2015 Fellow of the Month
Claudia Flores and Emily Noriega - February 2015 Fellows of the Month
Braulio Salas - January 2015 Fellow of the Month
Araceli Gutiérrez - December 2014 Fellow of the Month
Margarita Chavez - November 2014 Fellow of the Month
Cheye-Ann Corona - October 2014 Fellow of the Month
Eric Hernandez - May 2014 Fellow of the Month
Scott Astrada March 2014 Fellow of the Month
Daphne Delgado - February 2014 Fellow of the Month
Carolina Rizzo - January 2014 Fellow of the Month
Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo - December 2013 Fellow of the Month
Yesenia Lopez - November 2013 Fellow of the Month
Norma Salazar-Ibarra and Pedro Suarez: October 2013 Fellows of the Month
Reuben Kapp - May 2013 Fellow of the Month
Michael Bueno - Fellow of the Month - April 2013
Jennifer Castillo - Fellow of the Month March 2013
Morgan Brand - Fellow of the Month February 2013
Aurelia De La Rosa Aceves & Daniel Lind - January 2013
Aurelia de la Rosa Aceves - January 2013
Pamela Diaz - December 2012
Jose Plaza - November 2012
Elizabeth Salinas - April 2012
Mario Flores - March 2012
Tomas Robles, Jr. - February 2012
Cristal Ruiz - December 2011
Monica Bautista - November 2011
Alyssa Padilla - May 2011
Josefina Villanueva - April 2011
Alexis Ruiz - March 2011
Judith Perez -- February 2011
Romie Barriere -- December 2010
Miguel Lopez -- November 2010
Evelia Castillo -- May 2010
Julio Costa - April 2010
Ulises A. Gonzalez - March 2010
Andrea Serra - February 2010
Bertha Guerrero - January 2010
Rebecca Medina - December 2009
Rita Rico - November 2009
Craig Martinez-May 2009
Daniel Montes-April 2009
Stephen Perez-March 2009
Veronica Duron-February 2009
Esther Valle-April 2008
Robert Fuentes-March 2008
M. Lucero Ortiz-February 2008
Daniel Herrera-January 2008
Frinny R. Polanco-November 2007
Betsaida Alcantara-April 2007
Jose A. Medina-March 2007
Angelica M. Reza-February 2007