Valerie Munoz was born and raised in Northern California where she attended Modesto Junior College. She graduated in 2017 with her B.S. in Cognitive Science after transferring to U.C. Santa Cruz (Go Slugs!). During her time at UCSC, she worked in Dr. Jean E. Foxtree’s Spontaneous Communication Lab studying sarcasm in written communication. Her main research interests include language development, motivation and decision making, and creativity. In 2014, she spent 10 months as a Corps Member with AmeriCorps NCCC travelling around the Midwest with her team of volunteers in a 15-passenger van, doing various service projects. On her off time, she enjoys playing tennis, hiking, eating farmers’ market samples, and finding the best breakfast burrito in the city.