Heather Romero Mercieca is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Heather is a graduating senior in biomedical engineering. Her doctoral research will focus on renewable energy. During her undergraduate studies, Romero Mercieca spent more than two years researching electrochemical sensors in the lab of Professor Michelle Khine. Her most recent academic pursuit was working with a team to develop an electrochemical aptamer-based biosensor for the detection of SARS-CoV-2. After earning her doctorate, Heather hopes to help communities of black people, indigenous people and people of color attain energy sovereignty. She would like to thank the Minority Science Program for guiding her research and application process.