Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, Elle grew up in a loving family. After coming out at the age of twelve, Elle experienced abusive behaviors from their biological family, spent some time homeless, and was eventually removed from their biological parents’ house and placed with a foster-family. Because of Elle’s adverse experiences regarding coming out and the loss of their biological family, they are very passionate about the LGBTQ community. They helped begin and held a leadership position in their high school’s Pride Club, and have worked to institute two teacher-trainings regarding bullying and the atmosphere for queer students at her high school. Elle is also deeply passionate about science and is characterized by unwavering curiosity and a thirst for knowledge. They have done research in Spokane partnering with the Lands Council in which they and their partner used gas chromatography to analyze changes in hydrocarbons fostered through bioremediation. Their work is featured in an article entitled “A toxic past and present on the Spokane River.” They are attending the University of Washington on the Presidential Scholarship, where they have been placed direct to their major in biochemistry, with a minor in comparative religion. Elle’s long-term goal is to become a pediatric research oncologist and find specialized, individual therapies for patients with cancer. They hope that in being an openly gay woman in STEM, they are able to serve as a role model for other young queer girls who have also found the science world lacking in representation.

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