Grace Hsieh

2007 Director

Grace Hsieh, a sophomore at the University of Arizona, is the director of the university's new chapter of InnoWorks. She graduated from University High School where she competed in Odyssey of the Mind, Academic Decathlon, and was a member of the school's Science Olympiad state champion team for three years. A Discover Card Tribute Award winner and AP Scholar with Distinction, she served as President of the Math Club and Bag Hunger Service Club. She also served as Student Body President on University High's Student Advisory Board and student liaison to the Parent Teacher Association. She played violin in the school's Chamber Orchestra and won several state-level competitions in piano performance. She was also the winner of Arizona's Public Schools Masonic Essay Contest, and her artwork has medaled in competition. Since her sophomore year, Grace has volunteered with the Tzu Chi Buddhist Relief Foundation and Chicanos Por Los Causas, from which she has been recognized as Volunteer of the Year for her work in overseeing childcare classes for abused youth. While in high school, Grace also worked as a student research assistant in the University of Arizona's Biochemistry Department and co-authored a paper published in Endocrinology Journal.

As a Baird scholar and Flinn scholar designate at the University of Arizona, Grace is majoring in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics (BMB), Molecular & Cellular Biology, and East Asian Studies. Recently named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, Grace has conducted research on 1,25 vitamin D3 hormone action, characterizing the roles of the vitamin D receptor and its related nuclear receptors as transcription factors. At the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, she also developed a surrogate marker protein reporter system to analyze tristetraprolin's regulatory effects of mRNA degradation. Grace serves as both a BMB Ambassador and BMB Peer Mentor and volunteers in the ambulatory surgery department at the university's hospital and at a local hospice clinic while continuing her volunteerism with both Tzu Chi and Chicanos Por Los Causas. She also sits on the university's Student Health Advisory Committee (a division of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona), chairing and co-chairing the Great American Smokeout, Global AIDS Day, and National Eating Disorder Awareness Week events on campus. Grace is a submission staff and the assistant copy editor of Persona Magazine, the university's undergraduate literary journal, and trains in Taekwondo, currently holding a recommended black belt. Moreover, Grace was elected into Phi Beta Kappa (Fall 2005) and founded the Students for Safe Teens organization to promote medical accuracy and comprehensive health education in the local public school system and community. She is currently developing ACME, the University of Arizona's Undergraduate Journal of Science and Technology, and in her free time, Grace enjoys dabbling in painting, attending jazz concerts, and catching up with old friends.


Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics / Molecular & Cellular Biology / East Asian Studies

InnoWorks is a Winner of the 2007 BRICK Awards