Cammi Valdez, PhD ’14, medical sciences, is the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research at Harvard College. In her role at the College, she serves as the Program Manager for the Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program, a summer research program in biotechnology that brings diverse students from across the country, who are interested in pursuing a PhD in the STEM fields, to Harvard’s campus to conduct research. As Program Co-Director for the Harvard Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellowship, a two-year fellowship program designed to counter the underrepresentation of minority faculty in the academy, Dr. Valdez works closely with diverse students to prepare them for graduate school applications and the pursuit of the PhD. Her distinctions include an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, NASPA Richard F. Stevens Outstanding Graduate Student Award, 60th Nobel Laureate meeting–Harvard Representative, and American Chemical Society Scholar. During her two-terms as President of the Graduate Student Council at GSAS, Valdez discovered that she was passionate about mentoring students, increasing diversity, and student advocacy. This has led her to a career in higher education administration, where she hopes to inspire and mentor young scholars from diverse backgrounds.