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Miles Valencia '21

Miles Valencia


Full Name

Miles Valencia

Graduation Year

2021

Major

Biology

Research Focus

Biomechanics

Biography

My name is Miles Valencia, and I’m a first-generation college student. I studied salamander locomotion comparing the kinematics of primarily terrestrial and semi-aquatic salamanders and applied my findings to tetrapod locomotion during the water-to-land transition. I am researching the influence of aging and exercise on tendon remodeling using histology and mechanical testing.

I aspire to be a teacher-scholar at a 4-year university where I can lead and mentor a research lab of my own. I found my passion for research late in my undergraduate career, but my experience has been highly transformative, and I want to provide the same experience for my future students and lab. After completing my master’s, I plan to pursue a Ph.D.

Clubs and Organizations

Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)

Activities

N/A

Awards and Distinctions

OSR Research Supplies Grant; SICB Broadening Participation Travel Award (2019, 2020)

Experience with:

Presenting at a Conference, Summer Research Internships, Academic Year Research, Poster Presentations, Oral Presentations, Laboratory Research

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