Maria Silvaz

Student Intern

Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy

Biographical Sketch

Maria participates in research around mechanism to enhance outcomes of alcohol treatment for adults with driving while intoxicated (DWI) offenses.  Specifically, she is investigating factors described in the Theory of Planned Behavior as potential mediators of reductions in alcohol use by adults with DWIs.

Maria serves as Vice President of French Club and National French Honor Society, and as president of Health Occupation Students of America at Macarthur High School. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and regularly volunteers and runs food drives for the San Antonio Food Bank. She also participated in the National Student Leadership Conference at Harvard University in Boston. Her dream is to become a pediatric cardiovascular surgeon.

Maria works in the NRLC to gain experience in science through the UTHSCSA Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy (VBRA).  The vision of the Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Fund Biomedical Research Academy is to provide an immersive biomedical research educational and college preparatory program for San Antonio high school students. Through a collaborative partnership with the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, the goal of the Academy is to create a pipeline for the next generation of outstanding biomedical scientists for our community and the world.  The VBRA engages San Antonio's bright high school students in an intensive 3-year program that includes both classroom didactics and research rotations in laboratories at UTHSCSA.



2016 HS diploma STEM Macarther High School, San Antonio, TX

Period of Service

June 2015 - August 2015

Research Project Title

Motivational Alcohol Treatment to Enhance Roadway Safety (MATTERS)


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