Kayla Carter, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences ’20, chemical engineering, from Lake Oswego, Oregon, is a prior STEM Scholar Awardee (2017-2018). Further, she won the D. Mickelson Engineering Scholarship and the 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Grant. She describes a devastating amount of adversity that she has overcome with resilience, strength and hope. She is committed to pursuing the area of synthetic biology and nanobiotechnological engineering research in graduate school. She also plans to advocate for women and minorities in STEM.