Professor César Paz y Miño and students Carolina Echeverría and Fabián Oña were recognized with the Matilde Hidalgo Awards by the secretary of higher education, science, technology and innovation. The awards were created to recognize the top professors and students in research in Ecuador who are contributing to the continued development of the country.
César Paz y Miño is a researcher and dean of the Institute of Biomedical Research (IBR) and was recognized as the ‘Researcher of the Year’ for his work on genetics and cancer. Carolina Echeverría and Fabián Oña, from Universidad de las Américas (UDLA’s) biotechnology degree program, were recognized as the top researchers in the student category for their work on breast cancer.
According to René Ramírez, the secretary of higher education, science, technology and research, the idea behind the awards is to celebrate and support higher education institutions that are supporting research that is improving the lives of the people of Ecuador. The award is named in honor of Matilde Hidalgo, the first Ecuadorian woman to earn a doctoral degree in medicine and a leader of reforms to the country’s higher education system during the 20th century.
In addition to Secretary Ramírez, the award ceremony was attended by the vice president of the republic, Jorge Glas Espinel; the minister of external relations, Ricardo Patiño; and many other government and industry leaders.
This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.