UTHSCT biotechnology grad students elect first Student Senate

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Students in the Master of Science in Biotechnology Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler have elected representatives to their first Student Senate.

“The UTHSCT Student Senate is the official student government for graduate students here. It promotes an active student government; fosters educational, professional, and personal development; and establishes and maintains relationships with administrators and faculty,” said Kalyn Fletcher, Student Senate president.

The UTHSCT biotechnology master’s program began 16 years ago as a collaboration with Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. Students applied through SFA but attended classes and did their research at UTHSCT. The students currently enrolled in this fall semester will be the first to graduate with a degree from UTHSCT rather than SFA.

The Student Senate enables students’ concerns to be addressed; encourages interaction between students, faculty, and staff; sponsors university-wide events; represents UTHSCT on various committees of The University of Texas System; and serves the Tyler area through volunteer and community service, Fletcher said.

Besides Fletcher, other officers are: Zachary Hillberry, vice president; Sam McKenzie, secretary/treasurer; and Monica Jackson, historian/librarian.

In addition, Fletcher and Hillberry serve as representatives to the UT System Student Advisory Council; McKenzie is an alternate to the council.

For more than 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million for the Northeast Texas region. Since 2002, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded more than $120 million in research dollars. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond. UTHSCT is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

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