I grew up enjoying the outdoors in my Utah rodeo hometown, which led to pursuing a BSc in Environmental Science at Antioch College in Ohio. Through research experience in water and soil quality across the U.S.A. and in Ghana, I became interested in the intersection between policy and science internationally. As a result, I obtained an emphasis with my BSc in the Spanish language and worked for the U.S. Department of State in Bolivia, Washington D.C., and Sri Lanka. During my PhD in Public Health, I seek to better understand the environmental determination of arsenic and heavy metals in cardiovascular disease risk. In a team of international collaborators, I will characterize toxic element exposure in Bangladesh and Malaysia as well as investigate the association between these exposures and cardiovascular disease. I am honored to participate in the Gates Cambridge Program and be among peers with a similar passion for utilizing academic research to protect Earth’s health and the well-being of all.