Last year, introduced and spoke with a Hispanic Standout named Samantha Marquez. At just 14 years old, Marquez had six patents (international included) and was performing research at Virginia Commonwealth University and Harvard University.
Today, Samantha is one of five high school students on the US team competing at the 2012 XX International Space Olympics (ISO) in Korolev, Russia this month. In fact, on October 22, Samantha won 1st place in research, becoming the first Hispanic to win 1st place ever in the 20-year history of the ISO.
Samantha was also recently highlighted by American Scientist magazine and named one of Style Weekly’s “2012 Top 40-Under-40.”
She also became the only Hispanic inducted into the National Gallery of America’s Young Inventors in 2011. She was inducted into what is ultimately the Young Investors Hall of Fame at for her work with in bioengineering.
Samantha has developed a new process for the self-assembly of living cells in a new structure she named “Celloidosomes®.” Her work, creating 3D micro-tissues, has applications in tissue engineering, bioengineering, environmental science, genetic engineering, and cell/drug delivery as well as many other fields of science.
She has also co-authored several scientific publications, recently being published in the June 2012 journal Biomicrofluids and The Journal of Physics.
Keep in mind, Samantha Marquez is still only a 15-year-old sophomore at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, and one realizes just how impressive this young woman is.
With role models like her mother, Dr. Carolina Marun, a chemical engineer, and her father, Dr. Manuel Marquez, a chemist and researcher, Samantha is developing into a one of a kind mind, and really is a Hispanic Standout.