STEM Role Models

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My name is Fudhah Alkhafaji, and I go by Silver. My name in Arabic means Silver when translated to English. I grew up in Iraq, lived in Jordan for seven years, and moved to the United States in 2013. I am majoring in Chemical Biology in the College of Chemistry, and I am interested in the pharmaceutical industry, drug development, and chemoproteomics. Outside of class and lab, I enjoy being a part of the ISP Hydrogen Chapter National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry, where I participate in outreach activists to invite students from all backgrounds to our discussions on issues relating to women in science. In addition, I have the privilege to mentor newly-admitted transfer students through the Major Insights mentorship program, directed by the Transfer Student Center. Being a part of this program allows me to provide one-on-one support and introduce campus resources to students who come from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. Outside of Berkeley, I am an active volunteer at Girls Inc. of the Island City that inspires girls and young women to be strong, smart, and bold through innovative STEM programs, after-school activities, and advocacy. In my free time, I enjoy writing reflections on my blog, reading novels and poetry, watching soccer games, playing tennis, and practicing yoga. Feel free to follow my writing blog 😊

Being a part of NERDS (Bergeron Scholars Program, specifically) impacted my academic and professional journey vastly. I am inspired by fellow NERDS who are passionate about their studies and making breakthroughs in their fields of interest. I appreciate having a study space that is very warm and welcoming. With access to free Python workshops, I was able to learn more about this programming language and interact with a diverse group of intelligent students. NERDS introduced me to resources and grants on and off-campus that helped me navigate the system more comfortably and confidently. In addition, I have had the privilege to meet with and get to know professional women in STEM who are willing to give advice and guidance to young women in STEM. Through NERDS, I was introduced to my industry mentor; and for that, I am enormously grateful.

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