Biography: Stephanie Valenzuela was born and raised in Sonoma, California. She attended the Santa Rosa Junior College before transferring to the California State University, Sacramento. While at Sacramento State, Stephanie worked under Dr. John D. Spence investigating the synthesis, thermal and photochemical reactivity of quinoxaline based enediynes. Furthermore, she was fortunate to participate in the McNair Scholars Program at Sacramento State. In 2017 she graduated with her B.S. in Chemistry and moved from California to Texas to begin her graduate studies. Now in Austin, Stephanie enjoys going on walks with her dogs along Shoal Creek, eating good BBQ and most importantly, learning about chemistry!