Lupita Valencia graduated from La Quinta High School in June 2017, where she graduated among the top ten in her class. Throughout high school she was was involved in International Baccalaureate (IB) and AP classes as well as serving as a Youth Group Leader for middle school students at her local church. These past two summers she has had the opportunity of interning in the Coachella Valley with Regional Access Project (RAP), working in the nonprofit sector and Health Career Connection (HCC), a summer health care internship where she designed a post-survey gauging mental health services.
She currently attends UCLA, where she is majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Chicano and Chicana Studies. Additionally, she is a member of Program for Excellence in Education and Research in the Science (PEERS), a program aimed to serve underrepresented and underserved student populations pursuing careers in the sciences. Additionally, she is also an active member of InterAxon, a student run organization that aims to foster curiosity for the brain to elementary school students attending Title I schools. This summer, Lupita is preparing to study abroad in Ireland to complete a 10-week intensive physics series course as an International Gilman Scholarship Recipient.
In the future, Lupita plans to pursue a career in Neuroscience research where she aims to integrate the Hispanic and science communities. By utilizing her knowledge in the field of neuroscience and its applications research, she plans to return to the Coachella Valley to share this valuable information.
Most importantly, Lupita hopes to become resilient scientist. In other words, developing into a scientist that embraces adversity and is not easily discouraged by failure. She hopes to serve as an influential model for Hispanic students like herself that are also pursuing careers in the sciences.