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Amanda Anqueira-Gonzalez

Undergraduate Researcher & Biology Student, University of Puerto Rico

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The key is to never (ever) give up and believe in your capability as a scientist!

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I spend time asking and answering complicated questions to understand the brain and the nervous system by doing experiments and a lot of reading.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

I chose the Neuroscience field because it is complex, interdisciplinary, and rather fascinating. I knew I wanted to pursue research in neuroscience after reading a book on the neuroscience of music which made me feel excited to know more about the mysteries of this system.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"

I got into a Neuroscience program and became the director of a Neuroscience student organization. I got into various internships out of my country. I’m a scientist, smart and empowered! Younger me would have never guessed this.

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

I love working in STEM because it continuously fuels my curiosity and allows me to exercise my creativity everyday. I wake up looking forward to learning something new.

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

Being a girl in STEM can feel uncomfortable at times and that’s ok. The key is to never (ever) give up and believe in your capability as a scientist!

INSPO / FUN FACT

“This may be tough but so are you”