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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Montano graduates from Rockhurst University

  • Monica A. Montano from Topeka earned a bachelor of science in biology and a minor in theology from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo.


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  • Monica A. Montano from Topeka earned a bachelor of science in biology and a minor in theology from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo.

    Monica is the daughter of Richard and Marlene Montano; Monica’s grandparents Ramiro and Margaret Montano reside in Newton.

    Rockhurst University awarded more than 800 degrees at its 91st annual commencement ceremony Saturday, May 14, at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.

    Rockhurst University is one of 28 Catholic, Jesuit universities in the United States. It seeks to challenge students while providing a supportive environment for intellectual and personal growth. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Rockhurst among the top Midwest Master’s Universities and Forbes ranks it 131 on its America’s Best Colleges List. Rockhurst is the only institution in the Kansas City area to have earned the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

    Throughout Monica’s undergraduate career, she had summer internships at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and then later at Cornell University conducting various biology research. She was recently accepted into the Cellular and Molecular Pathology Doctorate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in which she was awarded the Regenerative Biology Scholar Award and the Advanced Opportunity Fellowship. Monica’s current research involves looking at mesenchymal stem cells for possible cellular therapies for various diseases.

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