Molina Palacios named 21st Century Leader
International student Daniela Molina Palacios has been named a 21st Century Leader by the university for exemplary achievement, initiative, and leadership.
Palacios, a Commonwealth Honors College student and member of Phi Beta Kappa, is graduating with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. A native of Venezuela, Palacios has participated in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) COVID-19 Challenge in April, assisting with UbiquiTest, a virtual platform that can advise healthcare professionals and companies on which populations can benefit from group testing.
She’s also worked as a summer research intern at MIT and in the lab of Professor John Stoffolano, with whom she did her honors thesis. She also worked as a teaching assistant in biochemistry, a resident assistant and an academic peer advisor in biochemistry and molecular biology.
Palacios’s leadership extended to projects off campus as well, where she served as a tutor for Eureka! Girls Inc. in Holyoke. She also was a member of the Workplace Climate Committee in biochemistry and molecular biology. Her future plans include working as a research associate at MIT and eventually pursuing a Ph.D.