ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT CAMILA GARCIA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Florida Gulf Coast University | Florida, United States | Advancing SDG 16 & UNAI 8

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" Knowledge and curiosity, fueled by the unknown, excites me to follow my passion for scientific research. I am thrilled to be part of the Millennium Fellowship because it will help elevate the impact I can make towards law enforcement with my current forensic biochemistry research. I am also very happy to collaborate and learn from everyone involved in this program, since this fellowship gives me the opportunity to diversify my knowledge in areas I have not had the chance to explore. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Detection and Analysis of DNA From Various Substrates

My project is about collecting, analyzing and
optimizing a specific type of DNA (Low-Copy
Number) found on fingerprints. A big problem
our justice system is facing right now is that if
a fingerprint is collected then it is processed
and put in the system; however, many times
the print might not be in the system so then
investigators hit a dead end. The objective of
the project is to find techniques tailored
towards Low-Copy Number DNA that can be
extracted from fingerprints, so that the
amplification and analysis of this DNA can be
done with a high yield and as an optimal
process. Once these techniques are studied
and proven then a pilot manual will be written
to Law Enforcement agencies across the
country so they can start collecting DNA off of
fingerprints they find in crime scenes.

About the Millennium Fellow

Camila Garcia is a senior Biochemistry major at Florida Gulf Coast University. She was born in Florida, completed the great majority of her grade school education in Colombia, and came back to the U.S. to attend college. Since Camila was a child, she was always passionate about science and the impact it could make in the world. Living in an underdeveloped country, she understood the importance of making science available for the community and putting it to work towards the greater good. This drive and ardor translated itself into the career path she chose to follow as a college student: Biochemistry.