Profile: Kondy Karina Canales

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Klondy Karina Canales, Junior, Pre STEM
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Latin American by Honduran heritage. Klondy is the first to go to college in her family. She is in the UW Honors program and is a Gates Millennium Scholar. She has participated in four summer research programs: Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering, Oregon Health and Science University, Behavioral Neuroscience (2008), UW GenOM Program, Diabetes (2009), Yale University S.T.A.R.S program, Microbiology (2010), and Johns Hopkins University Summer Internship Program, Pathology (2011). Klondy has presented her research at the SACNAS Conference in Anaheim (October 2010) and was awarded The DuPont Award for Outstanding Research Presentation in microbiology, and at the ERN conference in Washington DC (February 2011). As a UW undergrad she has participated as an at-large member for ASUW, violinist for the UW Symphony, and the HHMI Biology Fellows Program. Klondy is an active member of Al-Shifa, a student run clinic for undeserved communities, the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation STEM Program, Latino Medical Student Association, Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, SSS-STEM, and University Christian Fellowship. She currently works as a student ambassador for OMAD. "Knowledge is the key that unlocks all the doors. You can be green-skinned with yellow polka dots and come from Mars, but if you have knowledge that people need instead of beating you, they'll beat a path to your door." ~ Dr. Ben Carson