Member Spotlight

Daniela Galvez-Cepeda

Student, Williams College
AWIS member since 2022


“The best professional advice I have received so far is to not be afraid to reach out. I have learned that a cold email can go a long way… There’s nothing to lose!”

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What’s the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned?

Clear communication is important. As a leader, one must explicitly convey the common goals so that the team can work collaboratively and efficiently to plan the course of action and get results. Failing to express expectations and assuming that things are “obvious” will not result in the most productive of outcomes. Being a clear communicator also requires active listening to ensure that no one person from your team feels lost or overlooked. How well your team is doing and feeling is indicative of how much team members identify with the team and the common goal.

How was AWIS helped you professionally and/or personally?

On May 2022, I was awarded the inaugural Dr. Vicki L. Schechtman Scholarship by AWIS and the Educational Awards Committee. Thanks to this award, I got the learning opportunity to work in Dr. Andrei Cimpian’s Cognitive Development Lab at New York University (NYU) during the summer of 2022. As a member of the research team studying the origins of gender stereotypes in children, I conducted interviews with children and adults, created study materials, and learn how to use platforms that are often used in psychology research such as RStudio, Excel, and Qualtrics. Without AWIS, this wouldn’t have been possible. I am extremely grateful to have had this hands-on experience to complement my training in developmental psychology, define my honors thesis topic, and make connections in a potential environment for my graduate studies.

What are you currently listening to?

I am currently reading Cien Años de Soledad by Gabriel García Márquez

What do you consider the best professional or personal advice you’ve ever received?

The best professional advice I have received so far is to not be afraid to reach out. I have learned that a cold email can go a long way, and that the worst thing that can happen if you send one is just not getting an answer back, which puts you in the same place you were before. There’s nothing to lose! I actually engaged in an amazing research experience off of a cold email, that turned into me sending an application and interviewing for the role. If I hadn’t reached out at all, I would have missed this incredible opportunity that was extremely beneficial for my learning and my personal growth.

Daniela Galvez-Cepeda (she/her) is part of the Class of 2024 at Williams College, where she is majoring in Psychology and Mathematics. Within the field of Psychology, Daniela is interested in the cognitive development of children with a focus on gender identity, stereotypes, and biases. Her undergraduate research aims to understand why children with different gender identities seem to hold different beliefs about themselves and others. Daniela is planning on pursuing a PhD degree in Developmental Psychology. She envisions her research influencing adjustments in school curricula and parenting advice to reduce the perpetuation of gender stereotypes. Currently, Daniela works in Dr. Eliza Congdon’s lab at Williams College and Dr. Andrei Cimpian’s lab at New York University. Along with her research activities, Daniela is also the Vice President of the Williams College chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics, as well as the Editor in Chief of the Williams Undergraduate Research Journal. Daniela was born in Lima, Peru , and grew up on Long Island, NY.

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