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Current Scholars

Kyle Vallone

Class of: 2025
Hometown: Coto de Caza, California
School: College of Arts and Science
Major(s): Molecular and Cellular Biology and Communication of Science and Technology
Minors(s): Environmental and Sustainability Studies

As a future-oriented, scientific thinker, Kyle has long seen the value of “paying it forward” and seeks to embody this principle through service. Growing up in California, he was fortunate to have a variety of educational enrichment opportunities that ignited his passion for science and research. Much of Kyle’s service now centers around creating and teaching STEM curricula, ranging from elementary science to high school robotics. Kyle’s ultimate goal in service is to build knowledge power in communities while inspiring and empowering youth to work towards effective, evidence-based change and innovation.

In Nashville, Kyle teaches science lessons with Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science at local middle schools and volunteers with Turnip Green Creative Reuse’s education team. For Turnip Green, he develops project-based STEM workshops and activity kits for elementary students that align with Tennessee state standards. Volunteering with the Ingram Scholars Program motivated Kyle to add Communication of Science and Technology as a second major to improve and enhance his skills as a science communicator. Following graduation, Kyle plans to pursue a doctorate and become a professor, with the dual purpose of inspiring and mentoring students while adding to the ever-growing library of human knowledge through his future research endeavors.