Cindy Yanez is a second year physics student at the University of California, Riverside. She is also a second year CVEP scholarship recipient. She graduated ranking top five in Cathedral City High School’s Class of 2015. While in high school, she was involved in various extracurricular activities including ASB, the Fashion and Sewing Club, Key Club, Dance Team and hula dancing. She spent most of her weekends volunteering at the Living Desert, where she was a Zoo Teen for three years.
Once in college, Cindy wasted no time in finding new ways to remain involved in her community. She became a part of the Society of Women Engineers where she held the position of Commuter Representative for her first year. She also joined committees for planning events such as the BCED committee. This committee planned and made possible UCR’s largest annual engineering event — Bourns Engineering Day — where hundreds of K-12 students came to UCR to learn about engineering. For her second year, she was elected for the officer position of Historian with responsibilities including writing the Society of Women Engineers blog and the monthly newsletter.
Cindy not only wanted to be involved in the UCR community, but it was also especially important for her to be involved in her true home — the Coachella Valley. For a short time in the fall, she began to volunteer with the American Red Cross based in Palm Desert. She also joined the CVEP Leadership Team and dedicated some of her time to help with the Winter Networking Event, the 2016 Student Leadership Conference and anything else she could be of help with around the Indio office. This will be her second year of being a part of the CVEP Leadership Team.
In the future, Cindy hopes to become an astrophysics researcher. She also would like to be a physics teacher here in the Coachella Valley once she has explored a career in physics. Currently, her main focus is her academics at UCR where she has recently been admitted into the Honors program.
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