Guadalupe Duran's experience with cancer involves the loss of a loved one. Their battle with cancer was very difficult, which has strengthened her resolve to become a doctor so she can join in the fight against cancer. She will be the first in her family to attend college. Through multiple volunteer opportunities she is already involved in increasing access to healthcare, especially for under-served populations.
Preparing to enter her senior year at Hillsboro High School, Guadalupe has a high GPA, maintaining an exceptional academic record. She will earn an International Baccalaureate diploma, which is a rigorous college readiness program. Guadalupe has participated in choir, tennis, and cheerleading, as well as being a student mentor for incoming students to help ease their transition to school.
She is also involved in health-related volunteer service. She is a participant in "Youth Advocates for Health" which is part of the 4-H TechWizards, a program that works on science-related projects with high school students. Youth Advocates for Health engages teens in health-related learning and actions, with a goal of preparing the youth to lead health-related changein their communities. Guadalupe also volunteers weekly at a local hospital in the birth center.
Guadalupe is a second year participant in CURE, returning to the lab of Summer Gibbs, Ph.D. Her research topic in 2017 is "NTopical Dual Stain Difference Imaging in Fresh Excised Tissue for Intraoperative Margin Assessment of Breast Cancer".