Undergraduate Student

Sandra is an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University. Her interests include speech-language pathology with medical and bilingual concentrations. Sandra is a BUILD EXITO alumni and was introduced to research in partnership with BUILD EXITO. Sandra is assisting on a project focusing on the true vocal fold movements during cough. Her experience with BUILD EXITO, the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, and the Speech, Swallowing, and Respiration Lab have supported her with her plans for continuing with research.


Joseph Alonso was born and raised in the Portland Metro Area where he graduated from West Linn High School. He enjoyed his time in AP Law and participated in sports. He is currently enrolled at Portland State University and studying Speech and Hearing Sciences where he wishes to pursue a career in Speech Pathology. He wants to work with children with disabilities. He has worked with a company called Rise Inc. where he has taken care of young adults with Autism. During his work with those within the Autism spectrum, he has helped with their ability to reach goals and achieve a better sense of communication. He is currently working in a lab focusing on vocal fold immobility on coughing as well as participating in other labs and activities. In his free time he gives to the homeless and others in need, in a project with the Seventh-Day Adventist church. His hobbies include playing basketball and reading, currently he is reading the Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. He also enjoys voyages at Silver Springs and other State parks and is an avid listener of music.


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