Amanda Kowalczyk is a 23-year-old student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Westminster College in 2016 with bachelor’s degrees in biology and mathematics and is currently pursuing her PhD in computational biology through Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Outside of academia, Amanda plays musical instruments, raises many animals, and spends time with Sox, her equine partner of fourteen years. She also loves to read, a passion that inspired her platform, Chaps for Paperbacks, to encourage literacy for all ages. In the future, Amanda hopes to be a published author and science educator.