Alyssa Paparella graduated from Sarah Lawrence College where her desire to pursue science was cultivated. Since graduating, Alyssa was selected as an NIH-PREP Scholar at University of California, Davis where she works in a lab.
During her undergraduate career, Alyssa sought to make an impact on the disability community. She was a volunteer at GiGi’s Playhouse of Westchester. GiGi’s Playhouse is a non-profit organization that supports those with Down Syndrome. Alyssa became the Program Coordinator for Sarah Lawrence College to encourage other students to volunteer at GiGi’s Playhouse. During her time volunteering at GiGi’s, Alyssa used her previous background as a dancer to teach dance classes.
As Alyssa continues her scientific journey, she wishes to make STEM more accessible for those with disabilities at both the local and national levels.