2021 Hoyas for Science Recipient
M.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Adriana Valenzuela is from San Antonio, Texas. Before coming to Georgetown’s Biomedical Graduate Education, Adriana studied at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she majored in Science with a concentration in Professional Sciences and minors in Chemistry and Biology.
Why did you choose Biomedical Graduate Education at Georgetown University?
When I graduated from my undergraduate studies, I knew that I wanted to pursue an education in biochemistry. The Biochemistry & Molecular Biology program offered the classes I was interested in taking and it offered the rigor I was searching for. The program aligned to the fields of science I was interested in studying, and it is letting me explore several options before I commit to one specific field.
What do you hope to accomplish here at Georgetown and/or what is your interest in biomedical research or graduate studies?
I hope to get involved in pediatric oncology research. But before, I wanted an intense and thorough breakdown of biochemistry so I can implement my knowledge in my research. So far, I am taking an interest in tumor and cancer biology, but it is very exciting to figure it out as I go.
What is your life motto for overcoming challenges and/or supporting diversity and cultural understanding?
My life motto is, “Al mal tiempo, buena cara.” It’s an old Spanish saying that translates to presenting a good disposition in the face of adversity. I am no stranger to failure, but knowing that I have the power to turn that failure into success with my approach/attitude is empowering.
Those who continue to learn, continue to teach, and in turn, continue to help.