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Milken Scholar 2023
Scholar Profile

Karen Garcia


Karen Garcia, a graduate of The Archer School for Girls, is a rising sophomore at Columbia University studying Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Mechanical Engineering. She is a National Security Language Initiative for Youth Scholarship Finalist and Chinese Language Association of Secondary Schools National Essay Contest Silver Award winner. In high school, she was a member of the Honor Education Council, Executive Board Member for Hermanas Unidas, and Administrative Lead of the InvenTeam, overseeing a $10,000 school grant from Lemelson-MIT to promote invention. At Columbia, she is Vice President of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, volunteers at Columbia’s food pantry and food kitchen at Community Impact, and is an undergraduate lab member at the McFaline-Figueroa Lab.

High school:  The Archer School for Girls


College Year Degree
Columbia University
New York, NY
2027 B.S. Biomedical Engineering