UFRI Fellow, Chianelli 2015

ChianelliXiomara Carolina Chianelli, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
El Paso Community College
El Paso, Texas
Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) Fellow
Award year: 2015


Xiomara Chianelli is a faculty member at El Paso Community College (EPCC). Prior to joining EPCC, she served as CTO of a biofuels startup company.

She works each summer on introducing community college students and/or early college high school students to research. She teaches one of EPCC's first Research Driven Courses, made possible by an NIH-funded grant aimed at increasing the number of underrepresented students entering biomedical fields. Traditional labs are substituted with inquiry-driven labs with the aim of publishing student research. She also serves as a research mentor for early college high school students and students in EPCC’s Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) to the Challenge Program.

She believes exposing students to undergraduate research effectively increases student interest in STEM fields. Community Colleges may not give their students an opportunity to perform research and she believes that we lose many promising students because of this lack of exposure. 

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