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Daisy Rosas Vargas

PhD. Candidate
Indiana University
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Daisy Rosas Vargas is a PhD. Candidate at Indiana University.

Outside of work I

I like to run and go hiking with my dog. I also spend most of my weekends doing STEM outreach. I enjoy communicating the importance of all sciences.

Outside of work I
My career path is

I tried to do well in high school. This helped my admission into a good college, where I took hard classes. After I graduated I took a internship in the pharmaceutical industry. I soon came to realize I did not want to do that as a living and applied to graduate school. I wanted to learn and make an contribution to the scientific community.

My career path is
My advice to others

There is no straight path to a career. Explore and enjoy. Last but not least, do not be afraid to try new and hard things in STEM.

My advice to others

About me

I was born/grew up in: California, United States

I now live in: Indiana, United States

I completed my training/education at: University of California, San Diego - Chemistry, B.S.

About me

I am motivated by

I get excited to test my new ideas everyday. One of the interesting things about chemical reactions is that they can make different colors. I never know what color they will turn!

I am motivated by
How I affect people's livesMy research provides new methods to create difficult bonds found in important molecules, such as medicines for human or pet cancer.
How I affect people's lives
What I do at work

I am a graduate researcher. In my specialty, I try to make carbon-carbon bonds in new and effective ways that nature cannot do. Each day, I test out new ideas through chemical reactions. I use the scientific method and simple math everyday. To analyze my chemical reactions, I use a giant magnet that interacts with the reaction products and creates a unique signal that is then processed through a computer program and can give me visual depiction of my product. A background in STEM will prepare me to solve challenging problems, in science and outside of science, using the Scientific Method.

What I do at work
When I was a student, I enjoyed:
  • Art
  • History
  • Literature and Language Arts
  • Science
  • Music
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
  • Enjoyed working with my hands
  • Liked being given free range to explore my ideas
  • Engaged in volunteer activities
  • Liked reading
  • Was really creative
  • Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
  • Liked to design or build things

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