(Aug. 11, 2010)--Damon Cardenas, a San Antonio native who entered the Ph.D. program in biomedical engineering this fall, is the recipient of the 2010-2011 Louise and Michael Beldon Doctoral Scholarship. UTSA offers the Ph.D. program in biomedical engineering jointly with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. For donors Louise Beldon and Mike Beldon, Cardenas' qualifications and his appreciation for the excellent faculty and laboratory facilities at both institutions strengthens their commitment to support UTSA's vision to become a premier research university.
"We have been so impressed with the previous three Beldon scholars and the successful progress they are making toward obtaining their doctorate degrees that we decided it was a sound philanthropic investment to make a multi-year commitment to sustain this annual scholarship award," said Mike Beldon.
Cardenas discovered a strong interest in the neurological basis for human paralysis while obtaining his electrical engineering degree from a local private university. "One of the most prominent issues on my mind is the occurrence of paralysis," he said. "I cannot imagine what it would be like to live life unable to move my arms or legs, or worse, nothing below my neck."
According to Cardenas, pursuing his graduate work at UTSA is appealing because of the university's commitment to research excellence.
"Through engineering, there is the potential to change the world with the development of new technology and physical techniques," he said. "The changes you make are typically specific to the field of engineering, and I would like to focus my research in the field of micro-imaging. The scholarship allows me the freedom to concentrate on my work and gives me a significant boost in my motivation and inspiration to become a successful researcher."
Attracted by the scholarship support he was awarded, Cardenas also had personal reasons for continuing his graduate studies at UTSA.
"San Antonio has always been my home, and despite anticipating future travels through the course of my professional and educational careers, it will always be my home," he said. "I come from a family who claim UTSA as their alma mater, including my parents, and I would love to contribute to our family's Roadrunner legacy of achievements."
The UTSA community welcomes students to their on-campus home! Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall are home for 2,300 students during the academic year, and Move-In event kicks off the start of Roadrunner Days.
Laurel Village, Chaparral Village, Alvarez Hall, Main Campus
The College of Engineering hosts this seminar featuring Jeff Adams, Southwest Zone Quality Manager, Siemens Building Technologies Division. The event is free and open to the public.
Engineering Building (EB 3.04.30), Main Campus
This is a terrific opportunity for incoming transfer students to network with staff that serve our veteran, non-traditional, and transferring students, as well as meet transfer peer mentors who can help answer questions about UTSA.
Main Building ground floor lobby, Main Campus
After a day full of moving and getting settled into their new UTSA home, students and their families can have some refreshments and snacks at the Welcome Back Reception. The event tops off with the premiere performance of the Spirit of San Antonio, UTSA's Marching Band.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
Can you survive the library wilderness? As a part of Roadrunner Days, UTSA Libraries is hosting a mobile adventure for you to play and find out more about the library!
John Peace Library, 2nd floor, Main Campus
Come meet your UTSA Volleyball Team as they gear up for the 2017 season! The game begins at 5 p.m. then the team will hold an autograph and photo session after the game.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
This engaging discussion pulls back the covers on hooking up, clarifying when it’s actually sexual violence and how bystanders can protect potential victims from predators.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
Late Night at the Rec is an awesome UTSA tradition that transforms a standard information session into an exciting night of fun. At this annual event, you’ll be able to learn about our facilities, recreation programs, and wellness services offered at Main and Downtown Campuses.
Recreation and Wellness Center, Main Campus
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