Growing up as a woman interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Patricia Garcia, a mechanical engineering major in the College of Engineering & Computing, faced the same question that all women on a similar path have to face. Is the stereotype true? Is STEM really “better suited for men?”

Recently, media company Televisa selected Garcia as the undergraduate face of their TECHNOLOchicas campaign, to empower Latina women in STEM. In this experience, Garcia shared that the stereotype made her question her future in the field of her choice. Yet, through it all, she has risen above her fears and proved that STEM is for women, too.

Garcia has left Miami to participate in prestigious internships every summer since her high school graduation, interning at places such as the University of Miami, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of California Berkeley. She was also selected as one of 20 undergraduate students chosen for the 2020 University of South Florida Frank and Ellen Daveler Entrepreneurship Program. Of the 20 fellows, up to five scholars will be chosen by the panel of judges to receive an additional $5,000.

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