Colorado School of Mines
Major: Chemistry (Environmental Chemistry Track)
Career Goal: Researcher/Professor
Kianna is the daughter of Paul Raffaeli, Manager of Product Management at TD SYNNEX in Fremont, California. Kianna attended Prospect High School in Saratoga, California with a 4.25 GPA, and will be attending Colorado School of Mines in fall 2021. Kianna excelled at her high school, earning the Academic Top Scholar Award, and becoming an Advanced Placement (AP) Ambassador after being nominated by three teachers for the position. Kianna also earned the female student departmental awards for both the science and the math departments at her school. In addition to academics, Kianna earned several all-league awards during her four years playing Varsity Soccer, as well as the Prospect High School Panther Paws Scholar-Athlete Award, given to only two students for their excellence on the field and in the classroom.
Outside of school and sports, Kianna was an avid volunteer. At her high school, she dedicated her time to being a Link Crew leader, Advanced Placement (AP) Ambassador, College and Career Center (CCC) Ambassador, and peer tutor for math and chemistry students. As a CCC ambassador she improved college and career resources for students while also creating a new website and mentorship system. She also spent her time volunteering at local events and organizations such as Second Harvest Food Bank and MedShare, her local humanitarian aid warehouse. Additionally, Kianna started a new club, Art Reach, which combined community service and art through several projects, one being bracelets for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital patients. Based on her dedication to community service, Kianna received a California Scholarship Federation Life Membership, and several service awards.
Additionally, her volunteer experience has allowed her to give back to her local and global community. Building management skills at MedShare, she delegated other volunteer members in an effort to distribute supplies going to at-risk countries with weakened healthcare systems. Through her Next Generation Nations project, Kianna created a system to mitigate water pollution. “Eventually, I designed a system that targeted nonpoint source pollution flowing through storm drains using the chemical properties of the pollutants.” She states, “If I put in the time and effort, I can make a change.” Her goal is to obtain a PhD in environmental chemistry to target water pollution. And in becoming a researcher and professor, she hopes to improve her community’s environment and empower women to take leadership roles in STEM.