Valeria was born in the lush Yakima Valley of Washington state and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. A nontraditional student, Valeria earned an AS in Mathematics from Salt Lake Community College in 2017 before completing a BS in Physics and Mathematics from Westminster College in 2019.
Her previous research experience includes determining the metallicity of ab-type RR Lyrae stars, creating a scale-free artificial network to model the growth of the early universe, and searching for binary star systems in the Praesepe open cluster.
When not daydreaming about the fundamental nature of reality, Valeria enjoys eating, cooking, reading, creating and discovering new music, as well as enjoying art in all its forms.
This fall Valeria will begin a post-baccalaureate program in physics at Washington University in St. Louis before applying to graduate programs in fundamental/mathematical physics.