Help is on the way. Kat is a 5th year PhD student in the Segura Lab whose research focuses on engineering hyluronic acid based-hydrogels to promote tissue repair after stroke. In addition to being a graduate student, Kat also works as a graduate resident at Duke mentoring and advising RA’s. While challenging, it allows her to cultivate stronger ties between undergraduates and the STEM field. She hopes that her presence in the campus community will allow others to view the PhD path as a tangible option. Kat is passionate about transparencies in science communication and bringing STEM opportunities to BIPOCs. She has mentored several high school students and undergraduates who later won presentation awards for their work, as well as obtained fellowships at Duke. She is specifically honored to be selceted as a BME graduate student comittee member for the Pratt’s School of Engineering Diversity Inclusion and Equity Comittee and hopes to create a safer and more welcoming enviornment for the underrepresented minorites in STEM. Before joining the Segura lab she received her M.S. from UCLA in Organic Chemistry, specilizing in synthesizing heparin-mimicking polymers, and was the outreach corrdinator for WiSE, as well as the treasurer of SWE. Prior to graduate school she recieved a B.S. in Chemistry, B.S. in Molecular Biology, and a B.S. in Art at the University of Redlands, CA.