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Vanessa Ramirez Biography


Name: Vanessa Ramirez

Hometown: Yakima

Current Standing: Junior

Major: Biology


Research or Scholarly Interests: Medical biochemistry research related to vision.

What do you like the most about being in SOLVER?

Although majors vary among SOLVER scholars, I feel that I am part of a community of students that is passionate about their studies and have the support of amazing faculty. Being part of this community has allowed me to take advantage of opportunities that I wouldn’t have known about, had I not joined SOLVER.


What drew you to majoring in "STEM" (the sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics)?


As an incoming freshman, I never considered being a STEM major. I took a chemistry class to fulfill a general education requirement and fell in love. When I started taking chemistry the material did not come easily to me, but the clarity and amazement I felt when I understood science blew my mind. It filled me with the desire to learn more, so I continued to take chemistry classes simply because I enjoyed them, and before I even realized it, I was a STEM major.


What advice would you give to high school or college students who think they might be interested in STEM subjects?

Although people will try to scare you by saying that STEM majors are very hard, as long as you are determined and passionate about your particular interest you will succeed in STEM.

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