About SEPAL Staff

SEPAL Program Coordinator

Lucy Luong

About Me

I was born in Vietnam and raised in San Diego. I became the first in my family to go to college, receiving my B.A. at Dartmouth and Ph.D. at UC Davis in chemistry! Although I am a chemist by training, I am devoted to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all the sciences. At UC Davis, in addition to doing research, I founded and managed the Chemistry Peer Mentoring Program, which helps students who are first-generation college attending and underrepresented groups in science transition into the college/chemistry community academically and socially. After graduating, I worked in a research lab at UCSF but realized my true passions lie in working to make science more accessible and welcoming to students from all different backgrounds. Now at SEPAL, I found a community that shares these values and allows me to develop professionally in my major career transition as well! During my free time, I like to experiment with cooking new food and go on walks with my dog.

SEPAL Resource Center Assistant

Jennifer Louie

About Me

My name is Jennifer Louie, and I was born and raised in San Francisco, California. I am currently majoring in Biology with a concentration in Microbiology at San Francisco State University as an undergraduate student. Growing up, I would have never expected myself to become a science major. However, as I got older, I became more curious about how everything worked and why it worked a certain way. As I started questioning many aspects of life, science was often able to provide an answer, and that’s where my interest in science increased. Within my time at SFSU, I hope to expand my knowledge by learning how different organisms interact with their environment and how this impacts us as humans. After graduation, my plan is to attend graduate school for biology. Aside from work and school, I often enjoy reading, hanging out with friends and family, exploring new restaurants, and spending time on the internet. While I still have much to learn, being surrounded by others who continue to strive for more pushes me to do my best as well. And, working at the SEPAL Resource Center allows me to meet new people from different backgrounds and share insights on various topics in the science field.