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 minorities 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 a diversity of students. 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

Laura Galvan

About Me

My name is Laura Galvan. I was born and raised in Hollister, California. I am currently an undergraduate transfer student at San Francisco State University, majoring in Biology with a concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology. I am also currently a research assistant in the Riggs lab studying the Jagnal gene in drosophila. Upon graduating with my bachelor’s degree, my hope is to apply to attend medical school or pursue a Ph.D. and work in Biotechnology. Outside of school, I like to spend my time exploring the great outdoors: backpacking, hiking, fishing, surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, and swimming. I want to utilize my background in science and research to engage with transfer students, non-traditional students, and students of color in the STEM field. I hope that I may be able to help guide them in a way that I wish I had growing up navigating the STEM environment. Being a part of the SEPAL Resource Center means so much to me because I am a part of a team whose mission is to aid in resourcefulness in teaching and learning in STEM education.