A Note from the Honors Program: Walter Flores is on the cusp of being recognized as a member of the class of 2014 to receive Honors Distinction. This accolade is given to students in the Honors Program who complete three Honors research projects while maintaining a 3.3 GPA. Walter launched his honors work in fall 2012 when he discussed the value of Bioinformatics to examine hypoglycemia for his Biology I course with Prof. Kimberly Steiglitz. His second project exposed him to the field of environmental studies where he researched Brazil’s use of the ethanol cooking stove to promote a sustainable environment. This project was a component for the spring 2013 Honors Colloquium facilitated by Prof. Eric Entemann. With a current GPA of 3.6, Walter’s final honors project at RCC, to be shared during Honors Presentations Day on May 5, 2014, revisits his passion for Biological studies where he will impart how his scientific research can improve the quality of our lives (see full description below).
The Honors Program applauds Walter’s academic endeavors which have always been executed with high standards, professionalism, and grace. We thank him for his contributions to scholarship at RCC and know that he will be successful in fulfilling his goals upon graduating in May!
Project Title: The Pathogenicity of MRSA and its Impact on Humans
Menthicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium that causes infections in different parts of the body that is difficult to treat because of its ability to mutate. This honors research exposes a new approach to targeting and destroying the bacteria associated with MRSA.
Faculty Sponsor: Prof. Sibaji Sarkar for Microbiology (SCI 204)
Walter Flores’ Biography
Walter Flores is a Biological Science student aspiring to pursue a career in the pharmaceutical field. At RCC, Walter has been involved in the Science Club, Tutoring for Success, and was a student representative in the Honors Committee. Walter is currently an intern at MassBiologics where he assists in the implementation of protein chromatography to produce vaccines. Walter hopes to pursue a Master’s degree in Bioinformatics or Biochemistry at Boston University, Tufts University or UMass Boston. He is graduating from RCC in May with Honors Distinction.