Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity

March 5, 2012

“UW Chicas” Win 2011 Fall Quarter S.M.A.R.T. Challenge

“UW Chicas” team members Alexis Brendible, Veronica Rodriguez, Yesenia Rosales, and Erica Chavez Santos are the fall quarter “Scholarly, Meritorious Achievement Requires Teamwork” (S.M.A.R.T.) Challenge champions.  As winners of the challenge, the “UW Chicas” claimed the top prize over five other teams and will split a $1,000 scholarship.

Members of team “UW Chicas” are all science majors with ties to Eastern Washington.  Santos, team captain, is a neurobiology major from Brewster, Wash.  Brendible is a physiology major from Sumner, Wash., and Rodriguez and Rosales, both neurobiology majors, are from Royal City, Wash. and Cashmere, Wash., respectively.

The S.M.A.R.T. Challenge is not a “contest,” but a new way of thinking about how to achieve long-term educational and career goals.  Consequently, members of the OMA&D freshman and sophomore Challenge teams receive points by engaging in activities that will help each member attain academic success including group study; participating in professor office hours; meeting with advisors on a regular basis; participating in workshops and social events; and participating in research and volunteer experiences.

The next S.M.A.R.T. Challenge will occur spring quarter, 2012.