My name is Samantha Faltermeier, and I am returning student working toward a second bachelor’s degree in chemistry before I attend graduate school. My previous bachelor's degree is in Sociology. It is my first semester as a full-time student here at Phoenix College. My areas of interests are environmental chemistry, public health/safety, and public policy. I have chosen this path for numerous reasons. I want to conduct research in a laboratory setting and monitor environmental pollutants. I would like to use this research to help advocate for better health outcomes and health policy, because public policy affects the lives of people and research supports dissemination of unbiased information Lastly, this path will allow me to give back to my community by serving as a role model for future Hispanic women scientists.