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Cinthya
Plazas

Cohort 6

Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC

Major: Biology, with minors in Chemistry and Neuroscience

Research Interest: Environmental toxicology



Thanks to my connections in CSS, I got in contact with my current lab as a first-year student, which paved the way toward starting undergraduate research within the Gillings School of Global Public Health.




WHAT DREW YOU TO THE CSS PROGRAM?

The cohort aspect and support system CSS offers drew me to become a part of the program; because a STEM career can be difficult I found it important to establish a strong network.


WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE CSS EXPERIENCE SO FAR?

Attending ABRCMS (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students) in November 2019 with other CSS scholars has been my favorite experience, because we all supported each other and helped each other prepare our presentations. I enjoyed interacting with other members of CSS.


HOW HAS CSS SHAPED YOUR CAREER GOALS?

Thanks to my connections in CSS, I got in contact with my current lab as a first-year student, which paved the way toward starting undergraduate research within the School of Public Health. Being involved in research has strengthened my interest in public health.


WHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY RESEARCH INTEREST?

I have been conducting research in the fields of Environmental Toxicology/Environmental Science and Engineering with Dr. Rebecca Fry in the Fry Lab.


AWARDS AND HONORS

  • CSS Distinguished Scholar Award
  • 2019 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) Poster Presentation Award



Research Publications