First Name

Alexa

Last Name

A.

Bio

Alexa is an alumnus of a special four-year program at her high school that prepares students for careers in forensics or biotechnology. She participated in Preparing Women for Mathematical Modeling-Robotics at California State University, Stanislaus, and an OpenCourse programming class provided by MIT. She served as head programmer on her high school’s robotics team, which attended VEX Robotics World Championships in Dallas, Texas in 2009, where they placed 13th out of 276 teams in the Programming Skills Challenge. They also attended VEX World Championships in Orlando, Florida in 2011. Alexa was also an active member of her high school's Science Olympiad team. Alexa accepted an Aspirations Award scholarship and applied it to her education at the University of California at Davis, where she is currently seeking an undergraduate degree in Biotechnology. A member of the Community Outreach and C-STEM club on campus, Alexa continues to emphasize the importance of STEM. Her passion for service is evident in her involvement with the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life at UC Davis. Alexa's own experiences with cancer and her love for science fuel her goals to apply her tech background to medical research. She recently graduated with a bachelor's in biotechnology (emphasis: bioinformatics) and a minor in computer science. She now works full time as a junior specialist doing research for the School of Medicine. Alexa prototyped an app for Google Glass to allow the deaf to use Glass as an accessibility device. For more information, you can go here: http://www.davisenterprise.com/local-news/through-the-eyes-of-another-has-new-meaning-with-locals-app/.