I grew up here in Tucson, Arizona and am in my 2nd year at the U of A. After taking a few semesters to explore my interests, I recently chose a major in chemistry with a minor in math. Outside of classes, I conduct research in the Polt lab, where we use techniques such as carbohydrate chemistry, peptide NMR, and GPCR modeling to design CNS-active drugs and study their interactions with proteins and biological membranes. This summer, I am joining the Undergraduate Biology Research Program to support my continuation in research and learn additional skills such as science communication. After graduation, I hope to pursue a PhD in chemistry and continue doing research as a career.