Lourdes Maria Rodriguez

High School: Mountain Brook High School
College: The University of Chicago
Major: Molecular Engineering (Bioengineering Track) and Pre-Health
Professional Plans:MD/PhD Pediatrician with Specialization in Genetics

Honors: National Honor Society, Beta Club, Mu Alpha Theta Key Club Service Award, Mountain Brook High School, May 2020., , National Spanish Honor Society, 2018 – 2020., , Most Outstanding Project in the areas of Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, or Chemistry by the Yale Science and Engineering Association at the Alabama Science and Engineering Fair, April 2019., , Honorable mention in the Senior Division in Biomedical & Health Sciences / Translational Medical Science at the Alabama Science and Engineering Fair, April 2019., , Second place in the Division of Medicine and Health Science at the UAB CORD Central Alabama Regional Science and Engineering Fair, March 2019., , National Seal of Biliteracy, Spanish: Advanced AAPPL Reading, Listening, Writing, and Speaking, 2018.

Activities: 2 Year Research Internships at the University of Alabama at Birmingham: Pozzo-Miller Neurobiology Laboratory and the Civitan International Research Center, I was chosen to lead an interdepartmental Rett syndrome research project in the Pozzo-Miller Neurobiology Laboratory in order to pursue a grant for the Neurobiology Department, 2019-2020. Rett Syndrome Clinic at the Civitan International Research Center, I have been leading a two-year independent clinical observational study for Rett Syndrome with the mentorship of Dr. Alan Percy at the Civitan International Research Center and of Dr. Gary Cutter at the Biostatistics Department of the UAB School of Public Health, 2018-2020., , Junior Civitan: Alabama Central District Junior Civitan Public Relations Coordinator, Board Member, and Dance-A-Thon Fundraising Team Leader, 2019-2020. Mountain Brook High School Junior Civitan Club, Co-Director (2019-2020) and Vice President (2018-2019)., , I co-authored the book, ‘Silent Angels: Rett Syndrome, The Genetic Case of the Autism Spectrum Disorder,’ to serve as a reference for families affected by Rett Syndrome in Spanish-speaking and English-speaking communities., , Co-Organizer and Speaker of the International Congress of Internal Medicine and Specialties in Trujillo, Peru, July 2019., , Co-Organizer and Speaker of Educational Training/Conference for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger Syndrome, Down Syndrome, and Therapeutic and Educational Alternatives for the State Department of Education La Libertad in Peru, July 2019., , Mountain Brook High School Justice Club, 2017-2020. The mission of the Mountain Brook High School Justice Club is to combat human trafficking through education, awareness, and engagement in our community., , Mountain Brook Junior High TED-Ed Club: TEDxYouth@MBJH Event Volunteer (2018-2020), Peer Reviewer/Editor (2018), and Former Speaker (2017)., , Mountain Brook High School Women’s Concert Choir, 2018-2019.

Interests: Music, ReadingImprovement of Spanish proficiency and engagement with Latin American cultures., , Electric guitar practice and composition., , Non-fiction writing., , Research., , Individual learning and self-studying.