Dr. Maria Alvarez, EPCC Biology Professor from El Paso Community College (EPCC), was honored during the 2019 McDonald’s Hispanos Triunfadores Award Ceremony and Luncheon.
“Our faculty provide the foundation of success for our students,” Steve Smith, EPCC Vice President of Instruction and Workforce Education said.
“Dr. Maria Alvarez is an example of an outstanding professor, mentor and role model who has transformed STEM education, secured more than $13.2 million dollars of grant funding and has created extraordinary experiences for our students.”
Her students say she helps them understand that they can aspire to be anything because and thank her for mentoring them on a pathway to achieving their dreams.
“I became not only the first in my immediate family to finish college, but also the first in my extended family to obtain a doctoral degree,” said Salvador Muñoz, who earned his Ph.D. and was post-doctoral fellow at the University of Rochester after studying with Dr. Alvarez. “She makes the improbable possible for many young minds.”
The award recognizes individuals who serve as outstanding role models and are an inspiration to area youth in the fields of Government, Arts & Entertainment, Business, Lifetime Achievement Business, Science, Community Service and Education. Alvarez, the STEM honoree, was nominated for her impact on higher education and science.