Born and raised in Arizona, Amanda is a sophomore majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Business Administration at the University of Arizona. Gaining inspiration from her experiences researching in biochemistry and neurochemistry, she currently investigates the effects of in utero and neonatal nicotine exposure on the development of brainstem respiratory neurons with Dr. Ralph Fregosi at the College of Medicine - Tucson. On the main campus and in the larger Tucson community, Amanda is actively involved with Alpha Epsilon Delta, an academic pre-health honorary; Honors College Ambassadors, a community of students that aid in recruitment and inquiries; EPIC, an on-campus ministry; and Wildcat Wishes Foundation, a student-led initiative that funds the needs of teachers in their classrooms. Upon graduating, Amanda hopes to matriculate into medical school. Outside of her extracurricular and academic endeavors, Amanda enjoys baking, singing, writing, spending time with family, and exploring local restaurants and coffee shops.