Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mara is a second year M.S. candidate in Viticulture and Enology. She graduated from UC Davis in 2013 with a major in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and minor in French. During her senior year at UCD, Mara grappled with how to apply her passion for science in the professional world. Fortunately, her honors project with the Department of Viticulture and Enology revealed the possibility of working harvest in California and beyond. For Mara, wine production turned out to be a gratifying combination of science, creativity, and physicality; since 2013, she has worked vintage in Napa, Australia, and France. Now, she is thrilled to be back at UCD studying V&E at the graduate level. This year, Mara looks forward to contributing to the Pinot Project, working at the the UCD research winery, and serving as a DEVO officer.