Who I Am
I am graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2020 studying Applied Mathematics (Statistics) and Data Science (Cognition). I am a technologist, coffee enthusiast, marathon runner, and photographer. After I graduate, I plan to work in the tech industry as a Data Scientist and find solutions that society faces using artificial intelligence, machine learning, and analytics. I am an advocate for underrepresented minorities in STEM and support efforts towards diversity, equity, and inclusion. I am the founder of Next Generation Coders bringing computer science and ethics exposure to underrepresented minority high school college-bound students.
One day, I hope to acquire a Masters in Data Science and my Ph.D in Computer Science - Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, researching the connections between cognitive processes and algorithms. My dream is to travel abroad to learn more about languages, cultures, and the meaning of happiness across the world. I want to construct my own encyclopedia of people's stories akin to Humans of New York to help uplift their voices, making sure their stories are not lost. I aim to write a book in the future about my mother's experience and journey immigrating as a refugee to the United States.
"Data scientists: we should not be the arbiters of truth. We should be translators of ethical discussions that happen in larger society...the blind faith in Big Data must end." - Cathy O'Neil
Honors + Awards
This section includes descriptions of the various honors, awards, and distinctions received during my college career that exemplify passion, leadership, and academic excellence.
SCET Certificate of Entrepreneurship and Technology (2020)
This Certificate of Entrepreneurship & Technology was granted by the UC Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. This offers students the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and technology through the Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship, and award-winning teaching method that was developed at SCET. Students learn from experts in their fields and address real-world problems through hands-on group projects. Students have the chance to build networks, learn how to start and grown their own start up, and strengthen transferrable skills in areas such as leadership, teamwork, and communication. The mindsets and skills prepare students to become innovative leaders in their industry, jobs or ventures regardless of their field.
Completed the Start-Up track. This included participating in a startup over the Summer at Berkeley SkyDeck and taking the following courses: Product Management Course (Industrial Engineering 190C), Data Science and Venture Applications (Industrial Engineering 135), and the Richard Newton Lecture Series (Industrial Engineering 95).
More Information about the Certificate can be found here.
Cal Alumni Association UC Berkeley Leadership Scholar (2020)
Established in 1934, The Leadership Award is a one-year, merit-based scholarship that recognizes undergraduate students at UC Berkeley who demonstrate innovative, initiative-driven leadership impacting their academic, work, or community environments. Students compete for the scholarship every year, ensuring a diverse and dynamic annual cohort of leaders whose work is relevant and newly inspiring.
Being a recipient of the Leadership Award means that you not only receive recognition for your achievements as a leader of your communities and future leader of the Cal community, but it also means you will receive a $2000 award for the 2020-2021 academic year.
More Information can be found here.
Code2040 Fellow (2020)
The Fellows Program is an intensive career accelerator for Black and Latinx college and graduate-level computer science students. For 9 weeks between June and August, students intern at a top tech company and engage in racial equity advocacy work. Students participate in a series of learning experiences designed to give them the tools and resources they need to navigate the tech industry, build a lasting career, and advocate for themselves and their community.
On Summer 2020, I was offered a Data Science Fellow position at Alluma, a social-tech non-profit organization.
More information about Code2040 can be found Here.
More information about Alluma can be found Here.
1st Place Startup Pitch Deck (2020)
Received 1st Place out of 6 teams in a startup pitch deck for a Product Management Course (Industrial Engineering 190C) while addressing the Product Development Lifecycle. This course is part of the Berkeley Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.
Our team, OurKitchen, tackled the problem: How Might We Help College Students Each Healthier. To solve this problem, we utilized the Product Development Lifecycle: Defining Requirements, Design, Developing, Testing, Deploying, and Managing. Our team followed the Agile Methodology as well as Human Centered Design techniques.
To View the Full Presentation Click Here.
Generation Google Scholarship (2019)
On July 2019, I was selected as a Google Generation Scholar. As a scholarship recipient, I aim to continue to empower historically underrepresented groups in the tech industry and in academia.
Google brought together scholars from across the nation who represented the following programs: Women TechMakers, Google Lime students with disabilities, Google Student Veterans of America, and Google Generation Scholars. This retreat allowed me to meet scholars from diverse backgrounds and experience and collaborate on solutions to empower others. I also had the privilege of visiting Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA, network with Google employees, and learn about opportunities with Google.
The Official Announcement can be found Here.
Information on the Google Generation Scholarship can be found Here.
NSF LSAMP Research Scholar (2019)
This NSF grant-funded program was created to provide a buffet of opportunities for underrepresented STEM students. This includes but is not limited to GRE prep, research conferences, and grad school mentorship.
UC Berkeley’s NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in the Sciences (LSAMP) program is nicknamed NSF CAMP (California Alliance Minority Participation) and it is part of a UC systemwide alliance. This program focuses on increased the number of baccalaureate degrees granted to underrepresented students in STEM, and supporting continuation to graduate studies (i.e. Ph.D).
More Information can be found Here.
Dean of Students Outstanding Student Organization Award (2019)
During the 2018-2019 Academic Year at the University of California, Berkeley, I served as Academic Vice President of the Hispanic Engineers and Scientists, a UC Berkeley Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Chapter. In this position, I organized a Winter Academic Training (WAT) Camp, created a Spring Graduate Series, constructed an academic database, and communicated resources (i.e. scholarships, internships, research).
Our organization was recognized by the Dean of Students and received the Outstanding Student Organization Award from all student organizations on campus for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. This award celebrate student organizations who have contributed to the growth, development, and vitality of the University of California, Berkeley and the broader community.
More Information about our organization can be found Here.
HSF Leader in Education Award - Semi-Finalist (2019)
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) Leader in Education Award (LEA) is an honor bestowed upon the top male and female students in the 2019 year’s class of HSF Scholars, according to level of achievement, both academic and extracurricular.
HSF LEA Scholar of the Year semifinalists embody what HSF represents (mission and values) and are required to participate in a filmed interview that revolves around their accomplishments, to date, along with future aspirations.
More information about LEA Scholars can be found Here.
The full interview can be found Here.
PUC-Rio Brazilian Seminar Certificate (2018)
The Central Coordination for International Cooperation(CCCI) at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) granted me a Certificate of Completion for the Brazilian Seminars Program in conjunction with a Portuguese Language course. A grade of A+ was acquired.
The Brazilian Seminars consisted of guest speakers in that are experts in their field. This included but is was not limited to The History of Brazil, Favelas: Areas of Integration or Segregation?, Social Inclusion Policies in Brazil, Human Rights, Media and Democracy, Economics, Education Policies, and Race Relations. Was also granted a $2000 scholarship from the UCEAP program to participate in this study abroad program.
This certificate can be viewed here.
HSF STEM Summit Scholar (2018)
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) STEM Summit is an annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math conference that gives the best and brightest HSF STEM Scholars an inside track to career success in STEM fields, through a combination of mentoring, professional insights, and career guidance.
Each summer, a select group of rising junior and senior students are chosen as delegates from a highly competitive pool of current HSF STEM Scholars. Attendees are given the opportunity to interact with some of the leading Hispanic STEM professionals in our country and gain insights on how to achieve excellence, both academically and professionally.
More Information can be found Here.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar (2018, 2017)
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund empowers Latino families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional Hispanic American students as possible. HSF seeks to give its Scholars all the tools they need to do well in their course work, graduate, enter a profession, excel, help lead our nation going forward, and mentor the generations to come. As the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic American higher education, HSF has awarded over $500 million in scholarships and provides a range of impactful programs for students, HSF Scholars, Alumni, and parents.
More Information about the Hispanic Scholarship Fund can be found Here.
Check out my Story Here.
- Weapons of Math Destruction - Cathy O'Neil
- Algorithms of Oppression - Safiya Noble
- Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code - Ruha Benjamin
- Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor - Virginia Eubanks