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Vanessa Ramirez Biography


Name: Vanessa Ramirez

Hometown: Yakima, WA

Current Standing: Senior

Major: Cell and Molecular Biology

Research or Scholarly Interests: My research focus is on the neurodegenerative effect of phthalate-free plasticizers. I am interested in becoming an English-Spanish medical translator and ultimately pursuing a medical degree. My goal is to practice as a family physician in the Yakima Valley.

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 are passionate about their studies. Everyone in the SOLVER program is very supportive and encouraging. Being part of the SOLVER 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 a freshman, I did not know what I wanted to major in.  I enrolled in a chemistry class to fulfill a general education requirement. I was scared that I wouldn't do well in the class because many students had told me STEM classes were hard. Little did I know, this course would make me fall in love with science. The material did not come easily to me, but I enjoyed the challenge. The fulfillment I get when I understood the material and the amazement the material itself gave me keeps me wanting to learn more. I continued to take chemistry and biology classes 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 may tell you that STEM majors are challenging, as long as you are determined and passionate about your particular interest you will succeed as a STEM major.

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