Profile: Laura Barrera-Martinez

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Laura Barrera-Martinez: Pre STEM Major
I am Washington State Achiever Scholar. My long-term goal is to attain a MD/PhD. In my future, I see my-self working in the Emergency Room, finding a cure against Malaria, and helping underserved communities. I was born and raised in Colombia, and seeing the disadvantages that people faced there compared to other countries, motivated to help others in need. I have gained research experience by participating in the BioQuest Academy at Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Infectious Diseases (2008), UW GenOM Program, Microbiology (2009), Yale University S.T.A.R.S program, Genetics (2010), and UW Friday Harbor Laboratories, Ecology, (2011). I have presented my research at ERN conference in Washington DC (2011). I have also attended the Students National Medical Association Conference (March 2010), and the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans Conference (October 2010). My ecology research paper will publish in the UW Friday Harbor Laboratories Library.

My personal goal is to help and empower underserve communities. I participated in the UW Dream Project helping high school students with the process of applying for college. I also participated in the Summer Medical and Dental Program at the University of Washington, School of Medicine; I had the opportunity to learn about the different fields in medicine, shadow doctors, volunteer in health fairs at migrant camps, and develop a call to action project. I am currently volunteering with the American Red Cross serving as a Language Back interpreter/ translator, Mass Care Shelter Associate and First Aid Station Team member.

I enjoyed traveling, interacting with people from different backgrounds, learning, and dancing. I studied abroad in Brazil last spring quarter of 2011, writing a research paper in anthropology on the Brazil's Health Care system; which I later presented my finding in the University of San Antonio de Jesus and the University of Washington.

I am a member of University of Washington Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, Society of Advancement for Native Americans and Chicanos in Science, Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society, Associated Students of the University of Washington, and Latino Medical Student Association.

I have received the Academic Excellence award from the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity, University of Washington (February 2010), the UW Dean's Letter Award (June 2011), and Husky Promise Student Award (2009). I have also been highlighted in full page article in the UW magazine - Columns (March 2010), and was accepted as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Biology Fellow.

I have worked on several of research project at UW Chemical Engineering Department's Lidstrom Laboratories during my first two years of my undergraduate career.