Sofía Meléndez Cartagena (She/Her/Ella), is a Biology Master’s student at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. She believes that computational thinking is not just for computer scientists, and that many biological problems have computational solutions. Currently, she’s studying how sociality (levels of social organization) affect an organism's circadian rhythm. She's tackling this problem by applying machine learning to locomotion data gathered from local halictid bees.
At a more personal level, she fights for many causes. Those range from creating inclusive environments for students with disabilities, better treatment for international students and proper compensation for Graduate Students. Scientists are not removed from social issues and it’s her firm belief that it’s the responsibility of every academic to use the tools at their disposal to do good.