Rita is a first-year Master’s of Biological Sciences student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. As an undergraduate, she studied philosophy with an emphasis in applied ethics. Rita has actively been exploring, analyzing, and writing about her genome since 2016 and sees this work as a lifelong endeavor. Rita is particularly interested in investigating what answers the human genome can provide about personal identity, evolution, and ancestry, both in terms of learning what connects us as a human species but also with respect to what distinguishes us as unique individuals. As a member of the Student Genetics Leadership Team, Rita hopes to inspire individuals to take their curiosity and interests in genomics beyond the classroom to foster conversation and engage with broader communities to increase science literacy.