Margot Richaud

Long Island City, NY, US
Field of Work 
Computer Science
Stony Brook University
Job Title or "Student" 
College Student
Stony Brook University
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
Hey there! My name is Margot Richaud and I am currently a rising sophomore at Stony Brook University majoring in Computer Science with two minors, Industrial Engineering (IE) and Engineering & Technology Entrepreneurship (ETE).

I was born and raised in New York City however, I sure do love hiking, canoeing, backpacking, anything to to do with nature. I know, ironic. That is what I typically do on my free time aside from binge watching shows on Netflix and hanging out with friends, typical 18 year old!

So how did I choose my major? Why major in Computer Science? I first learned, sort of self taught myself, how to code a video game using Adobe Flash CS6 in my freshman year of high school. My first video game was actually designed to teach players how to speak Spanish, players learned basic words like mom, dad, sister, brother, etc. I couldn't believe I, a 13 year old latina, was able to program a video game. Since then, I was hooked and my passion from programming kept growing. I immersed more into the STEM field and taught young girls, especially minorities, to code their own websites, apps, and video games. Along the way, I entered and won competitions such as M.I.T's Dream it. Code it. Win it., ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship, Globaloria, NCWIT, and the NextGen Leaders Pitch. I am also an alumni of CodeNow and Girls Who Code (GWC), both programs designed to empower minorities into the STEM field by teaching them how to code. I then recieved a full scholarship by GWC to take an online AP Computer Science course online through the Online School for Girls since my high school did not offer AP courses which then lead me into getting role as a YouTuber for GWC for their new show "#MyCode". Along with three other GWC alumni, we worked to inspire millions of girls to code while changing the perception of women in tech.

Through all my hard work and dedication into pursuing a career in the STEM field as a computer programmer, I was awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship funded by Bill & Melinda Gates. The Gates Millennium Scholarship enables me to attend any university, of my choosing, for free until I receive a doctoral degree. As I mentioned, I am attending my dream school Stony Brook University and plan on graduating as a latina with a degree in the STEM field as a computer scientist.

I did have my fair share of struggles though. My motivation roots from the circumstances I was raised in. I was raised by a single mother who worked hours to provide me and my brother our necessities. Without a male role model in my life, I was empowered to be the female who isn't afraid of gender stereotypes. Witnessing the harsh struggles my mother endured to provide us the best life possible, I took a vow to work my hardest to end her struggles and provide her the life she deserves. I also took a vow to always be the better version of myself to demonstrate that a girl from a low-income family in the minority field can be successful and achieve their dreams.

In the university, I am currently a member of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and will be part of the E-Board as a webmaster programming the Stony Brook SHPE website. I am also part of the Latina SciGirls mentoring program!

As a double minority I have to be strong, independent, and dedication. I can not let any stereotype of an Hispanic or female define me, for I will be in the shadows of those who are superior. We weren't born to hide in shadows but to stand out and achieve our dreams even if many say it is impossible. I am latina who is working hard to break the barriers of an Hispanic female in the STEM field.
Writing/blogging, Working outdoors, Pets, Dance, Computing, Reading, Video games, Travel, Sports, Other
Race & Ethnicity 
Hispanic or Latino
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Field trip participation, In-school visit, Online role model, Summer camp visit, Other
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model many times.
Evenings, Weekends
Hands-on activities for students
Program Affiliation 
SciGirls, Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Other Interests 
Hiking, Backpacking, Canoeing, Running, Working out
Other Level of Participation 
College shadow
Currently working to earn a B.S Degree

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