Bioscience Boasts Three Gates Millennium Scholars

Posted by Community Relations Department on 5/8/2013

Bioscience High School has three Gates Millennium Scholars this year- Jennifer Price-Smith, Gerardo Calderon and Elizabeth Palos.  The goal of the Gates Millennium Scholar program is to provide opportunities for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential and increase representation of minorities in disciplines such as science, education, engineering, mathematics, public health and sciences.    

Price-Smith’s path to success began soon after her birth in China, when she was adopted by American parents.  She has stayed connected with her birthplace…attending Chinese School,  involved in Chinese dance, and as President of the National Chinese Honors Society.  She is in Student Government, National Honors Society, and ETECH, the engineering club.  Price-Smith has taken anatomy/physiology, bio-ethics, epidemiology and wild life ecology, and statistics.  She has volunteered for Dignity Health, a hospital organization, at a gymnastics facility for youth, and has had internships with a naturopath and an acupuncturist, and worked with a medical student from the U of A, and with St Joe’s Hospital.  She has been accepted to the three state universities, as well as California-Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz.  She plans to attend UC San Diego and eventually go into medicine.


Calderon comes from a family of academic brilliance.  His two older brothers were valedictorians at Metro Tech, and Jorge was a Gates Millennium two years ago.  Gerardo will also be a valedictorian.  He is the president of UNICEF Club, and a member of the Fitness Club, the National Honor Society, the captain of an adult soccer team, and is in a community leadership program called TILT--Tomorrow’s Involved Leaders Today.  He participated in the Maricopa Community College ACE (Achieving a College Education) program where he has earned 33 undergraduate credits.     Last year, he was a member of the  I- GEM, International Genetically Engineered Machine competition with ASU students.  He has logged over 1000 hours at the Arizona State Veterans Home.  Calderon has done an internship at Banner Thunderbird, under a heart surgeon, and wants to be a neurosurgeon.  He will be attending ASU.


Palos is the third Gates Millennium Scholar from Bioscience.   She is a member of Student Government, Green Shovel Club, Engineering Club, UNICEF and the National Honors Society historian. She participated in the ACE program, and is a Generation KNOW Ambassador, promoting girls for a change.  Besides working five or six nights a week, she still finds time to intern for a non-profit organization, served an unpaid internship at ASU researching the evolutionary theory on beetle and grasshoppers, and volunteers at the Maricopa Integrated Health System Hospital, working in the emergency room.  She had already won a full tuition Leadership Scholarship at ASU, and is going to the Barrett Honors College in the nursing program.      She volunteered at a daycare center working with infants, and now wants to be a neonatal nurse practitioner.