Kimberly Cardenas

Job title: 
Nav2Cal Student

About Kimberly:

Kimberly (she/her) is a first generation, low income, latinx daughter of Mexican immigrants from Richmond, California. She is a first year undergraduate student at Stanford University, who is on a pre-med track and majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Public Health Policy. She is heavily invested in health equity, and wants to support low-income communities of color – like her own. She dreams of becoming a surgeon to further increase Latinx women representation in medicine and the STEM field. Kimberly is currently involved in various campus organizations like Stanford Synapse (who assist brain trauma/injury patients in recovery), Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, Community Health Equity, Frosh Scholar Program, and the First-Generation and Low-income Community. Additionally, she is training to become a co-lead instructor  in the Fall for the Frosh 101 course that mentors freshmen at Stanford. She is also volunteering as a lab assistant through Telepath, at Arbor Free Clinic. In the summer, she will be a full-time researcher for the Stanford Mordecai Lab conducting disease research. 



  • Full Ride to Stanford University

  • College is Real Scholarship Recipient 

  • Edwin J. Gregson Foundation Scholarship Recipient

  • Richmond Podcast Scholarship Recipient

  • Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar

  • Questbridge Scholar

  • COVID-19 Prevention Youth/ Young Adult Ambassador 

  • 2021 KP LAUNCH Internship 

  • Tobacco Prevention Program Policy Internship

  • Cardinal Free Clinics Lab Assistant 

  • Stanford Frosh 101 Course Co-lead

  • Stanford 2022 Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Program (B-SURP)

Research interests: 

Health Public Policy, Marginalized Communities, Pathology, Health Inequity, Brain Trauma