Kyndra H., 26 – FUNDED

“I am honored to be chosen and excited to see how this funding will improve my studies in breast cancer metastasis,” says New Face of Tech winner Kyndra H.

Indeed, her dream is to be a cancer researcher — and she’s on her way! She has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Georgia.

What does being the New Face of Tech mean to you?

It shows that tech is not only an increasingly diverse field, but that recent technological advancements can be used in an array of interdisciplinary ways.

Women are underrepresented in STEAM. How can we change this?

While there are many changes that are necessary to increase representation in STEAM, I feel that one of the most important shifts is within the culture and environment. Additional efforts should be made in creating an explicitly inclusive environment where biases are openly discussed and purposefully challenged.

What are some of the challenges you have faced along the way?

As a first-generation college student, it can be difficult to navigate the academic system and to feel deserving of such an opportunity. Finding a community of students in similar situations has helped me find my place and feel capable of pursuing higher education.

How do you stay motivated and focused on your goals?

To stay focused on my goals, I use a Gantt chart. This allows me to visualize my project progress and appreciate the scope of my Ph.D. project. Acknowledging the progress that I’ve made helps keep me motivated to continue.

How will funding from the 1,000 Dreams Fund and HARMAN help you reach your goals?

This funding will help me continue my research in breast cancer metastasis modeling and finish my Ph.D.