Xochitl Longstaff
Winter 2016
Community and Social Team
Community and Social Team Member

Member since: Winter 2016

Whether in the machine shop with my FIRST robotics team trying to figure out how to design a robot out of only laser cut plywood or searching for an exit deep inside the labyrinth of an underground cave I enjoy challenging problems.

During the summer of my freshman year of high school I was offered an opportunity to volunteer at a health clinic associated with the Pascua Yaqui tribe outside of Tucson. It was there that I was introduced to the unique challenges of the medical field and became particularly interested in understanding the complex and multifaceted nature of the obesity epidemic in America.

With my background in engineering through robotics I was driven to look at this problem from an engineering perspective and during my senior year of high school I joined an interdisciplinary biomedical engineering lab—the interdisciplinary Consortium on Advanced Motion Performance (iCAMP) to complete my senior research project on devices designed to help diabetics. Through this position I learned a lot about research and I also had the opportunity to shadow physicians in the clinic and the OR of the hospital where the lab was located. I found that I loved the patient interaction that the clinic allowed and the high intensity atmosphere of the OR and became interested in becoming a physician myself.

My goal with SCOPE is to learn more about how I will fit into this fascinating field as well as to build a strong community within SCOPE itself.