2015 Honorable Mentions

(Listed by State of Legal Residence)

Alabama

Daniel T Gilliam
Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Major(s): Neuroscience, Biochemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biophysics. Conduct research at the intersection of neuroscience and molecular biophysics and teach at the university level.

Natasha K Narayanan
Institution: Auburn University
Major(s): Biochemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Conduct research in medicinal chemistry, with a focus on the synthesis and testing of potential drug candidates, and teach at the university level.

Arizona

Eugene P Chung
Institution: Arizona State University
Major(s): Microbiology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct translational research to improve treatments for neurological disorders.

Nicholas A DePorzio
Institution: Northeastern University
Major(s): B.S. Physics, B.S. Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics to perform research into elementary particle physics with emphasis on rare particle searches. WIMPs, Dark Matter, and Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay are specific areas of interest.

Grace A Kennedy
Institution: Arizona State University
Major(s): Actuarial Science
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. Conduct research in atmospheric science and complex systems and teach at the university level.

Alison E Ochs
Institution: Mount Holyoke College
Major(s): Biological Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D in Ecology or similar field. Conduct research in ecology and environmental science to better understand and search for solutions to environmental problems we face now and in the future.

Levi K Sledd
Institution: Centre College
Major(s): Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics, go on to do research in graph theory and teach at the university level.

Chanud N Yasanayake
Institution: Pomona College
Major(s): Physics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. Conduct research and teach at the university level.

Arkansas

Ailon A Haileyesus
Institution: University of Arkansas
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research that is specifically geared toward advancing biomedical healthcare in underdeveloped countries.

Stephanie M Long
Institution: University of Arkansas
Major(s): Biology, Psychology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct research in vision, perception, and cognition in the human brain and teach at the university level as well as mentor research students.

Lauren E Reed
Institution: University of Arkansas
Major(s): Chemical Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Conduct research in the biomedical separations field as a professor at a research university.

Jessa H Thurman
Institution: Hendrix College
Major(s): Biology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Entomology. Conduct international field research on parasitoid wasps and employ that research in agricultural practices.

California

Elizabeth I Alger
Institution: California State University: Monterey Bay
Major(s): Biology
Career Goal: Ph.D. degree in Genetics. Conduct research on plant pathogen resistance genes in crop plants and teach at the university level.

Jason Altschuler
Institution: Princeton University
Major(s): Computer science
1. Applied and Computational Mathematics Career Goal: Ph.D. in Statistics. Conduct research in applied mathematics and teach at the university level.

Spenser L Anderson
Institution: Harvey Mudd College
Major(s): Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Civil Engineering. Conduct research in structural dynamics.

Alisha Dua
Institution: Georgetown University
Major(s): Neurobiology, Government
Career Goal: M.D/Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct clinical and translational research on neurodegenerative diseases and lead clinical trials resulting in new treatments and therapies for patients.

Claire-Alice C Hebert
Institution: University of California: Santa Barbara
Major(s): Physics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Lead research on condensed matter systems and incorporate science outreach and education in my career.

Benjamin T Jackson
Institution: University of California: Berkeley
Major(s): Molecular and Cell Biology, English
Career Goal: I will obtain an M.D./Ph.D. in Immunology. I will teach and conduct research at a university in the field of cancer immunology, working to contribute to the development of novel cancer therapies.

Mary C Johnson
Institution: Seattle University
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Conduct research on catalysis for discovering alternative, sustainable carbon sources.

Eunice M Jun
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Major(s): Cognitive studies, Computer science
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science. Research human-computer interaction and data visualization using virtual reality and teach as a university professor.

Emily E King
Institution: California State University: Monterey Bay
Major(s): Marine Science
Career Goal: Ph.D. degree in Marine Biology. Conduct research in environmental physiology and teach at the university level.

Selin Kutlu
Institution: Wesleyan University
Major(s): Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Neuroscience and Behavior
Career Goal: My goal is to obtain a M.A. and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. I want to teach at a university and conduct biomedical research.

Nicole Michelson
Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Major(s): Neuroscience
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Cancer Biology. Conduct research on gene expression, gene regulation and molecular genetics at a research hospital.

Andrew T Nguyen
Institution: University of California: Los Angeles
Major(s): Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, Biomedical Research
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. Become a principal investigator in academic medicine to conduct basic science research focused on questions derived from patients in the clinic.

Ravi Shankar
Institution: California State University: Chico
Major(s): Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research in applied mathematics and mathematical physics and teach at the university level.

Nimit S Sohoni
Institution: Cornell University
Major(s): Computer Science, Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computational Science and Engineering. Conduct research at a biotechnology firm.

Ashvin A Swaminathan
Institution: Harvard College
Major(s): Mathematics, Physics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research in various areas of Mathematics, including Analytic and Algebraic Number Theory as well as Mathematical Physics, and teach at the university level.

Jessica D West
Institution: University of California: Davis
Major(s): Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct research in biochemistry and teach at the university level.

Colorado

Mitchell M Bordelon
Institution: Colorado State University
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry. Carry out research regarding the relationship of macroscopic phenomena derived from microscopic design.

Rileigh E Darby-McClure
Institution: Oklahoma City University
Major(s): Cell and Molecular Biology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neurobiology. Conduct research investigating the molecular basis of addiction and teach at the university level.

Connecticut

Gregory J Convertito
Institution: Trinity College
Major(s): Mathematics, Philosophy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research in analysis and teach at the college level.

Jeffrey T DeVince
Institution: Stevens Institute of Technology
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research on neural engineering to develop treatments for brain related conditions.

Nicholas Dorian
Institution: Tufts University
Major(s): Biology, Environmental Studies
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Ecology. Conduct research in conservation ecology, protect threatened pollinator species, and teach at the university level.

Felicity J Emerson
Institution: Mount Holyoke College
Major(s): Neuroscience and Behavior
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and to conduct biomedical research in the field of molecular neuroscience.

Brendan M Smalec
Institution: University of Connecticut
Major(s): Molecular and Cell Biology, Art History
Career Goal: I plan to earn a Ph.D. in Genetics and Genomics and conduct research as a professor in an academic setting focusing on how genome dynamics can drive both evolution and disease.

Aaron W Young
Institution: Wesleyan University
Major(s): Physics, Applied Physics (through the 3-2 Combined)
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Applied Physics. Conduct research on high-energy plasma systems and teach at the university level.

Delaware

Rebekah L Houser
Institution: University of Delaware
Major(s): Electrical Engineering
Career Goal: My goal is to earn a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, lead a research group working on transportation systems, and start at least one company based on my work.

Nikifar D Lazouski
Institution: University of Delaware
Major(s): Chemical Engineering, Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. Conduct research in computational chemistry and catalysis and teach at the university level.

Florida

Kevin J Anderton
Institution: University of Florida
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Conduct research in inorganic chemistry and teach at the university level.

Tessa E Bartges
Institution: Florida State University
Major(s): Chemistry, Anthropology
Career Goal: I am striving towards a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry. I want to develop innovative techniques for the analysis, providing a new source of information about the past.

Ann M Brasacchio
Institution: Wheaton College
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: My goals are to obtain a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, conduct research in nanomaterials and sustainable chemistry, and someday teach at the university level.

David Builes
Institution: Duke University
Major(s): Mathematics, Philosophy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research in mathematical logic and teach at the university level.

Samantha R Collin
Institution: Rollins College
Major(s): Physics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research in acoustic robotics and teach at a major university.

Jennifer R Crawford
Institution: University of Florida
Major(s): Physics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct condensed matter physics research and teach at a university level.

Amelia Estry
Institution: Florida State University
Major(s): Physics, Applied and Computational Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics. Conduct research in condensed matter phenomena at a National Laboratory.

Stephanie C Radu
Institution: University of South Florida
Major(s): Biology
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct research on prevention of neurodegenerative diseases using molecular therapeutics in-utero and teach at a graduate school level.

Georgia

Sitan Chen
Institution: Harvard College
Major(s): Mathematics, Computer Science
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science. Conduct research in computational complexity and teach at the university level.

Kip D Lacy
Institution: University of Georgia
Major(s): Ecology, Biology
Career Goal: I intend to earn a Ph.D. in Evolution and Ecology and spend my career conducting research as a principle investigator while teaching at a university.

Tyler Perini
Institution: College of Charleston
Major(s): Mathematics (Applied)
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Operations Research, apply techniques of ranking, clustering, and optimization across disciplines, and teach mathematics as a university professor.

Hawaii

Adrienne W Lee
Institution: Boston University
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research in biomaterials to develop better surgical equipment, medical devices, and point-of-care systems.

Idaho

Savannah R Tjaden
Institution: Northern Arizona University
Major(s): Hydrogeology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Hydrological Sciences. Completing research in global water security and assisting policy makers and water managers in implementing informed, sustainable management practices.

Illinois

Joshua A Cain
Institution: Drake University
Major(s): Neuroscience, Psychology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology. Conduct research in human cognition and teach at the university level.

Joseph C Chapman
Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics minor
Career Goal: I plan to contribute to our fundamental knowledge of quantum physics by conducting research in quantum optics.

Nathan Colley
Institution: Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: I intend to pursue a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. With this degree, I will conduct Organic Chemistry research and teach at the university level.

William T Darrow
Institution: Illinois State University
Major(s): Chemistry, Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Carry out studies on the total synthesis of natural products and other bioactive molecules.

Elise A DeBruyn
Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago
Major(s): Bioengineering
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Cell and Tissue Bioengineering. Conduct research in bioengineering and teach at the university level.

Hannah F Drake
Institution: Western Illinois University
Major(s): Forensic Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to achieve a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. In my future I will conduct research in cancer medicines and teach at the collegiate level.

Michael Fitzpatrick
Institution: Grinnell College
Major(s): Biological Chemistry, Neuroscience Concentration (planned)
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct research into the role of glial cells in synaptic transmission and apply this knowledge to clinical practice.

Susan Hromada
Institution: Calvin College
Major(s): Biochemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct research in biomedical science in a research or industrial setting.

Nhan C Huynh
Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Major(s): Molecular and Cellular Biology – Honors, Electrical and Computer Engineering (Minor)
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct research developing neuroprostheses and practice physiatry at a rehabilitation institute.

Thomas R Insley
Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago
Major(s): BS Chemistry, BS Mathematics
Career Goal: A Ph.D. in either Chemistry or Pure Mathematics, with a research and teaching position at a university.

Robin Lawler
Institution: University of Notre Dame
Major(s): Chemical/Biomolecular Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Conduct research on nanoassembly of biologically compatible sensing devices for diagnostic purposes.

Lauren F Miller
Institution: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Bioengineering and Regenerative Medicine. My end goal is to work at a university where I could both do research and teach undergraduate and graduate courses.

Jessie A Moravek
Institution: Northwestern University
Major(s): Biology, Environmental Science
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Ecology and Conservation. With a university research position, study chemical and biological interactions between ecosystems.

Erin G Roth
Institution: Carleton College
Major(s): Physics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research in medical physics and engage in STEM outreach programs.

Jack Ryan
Institution: North Central College
Major(s): Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Teach at the university level; conduct research in pure mathematics with undergraduate students and independently.

Zachary J Schiffer
Institution: Princeton University
Major(s): Chemical and Biological Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with focuses on energy research and computer science. Conduct applied research in energy storage at a university level.

Navika D Shukla
Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Oncology Research. Conduct research on cancer mechanisms and therapeutics and teach at the university level.

Jered A Stratton
Institution: Iowa State University
Major(s): Genetics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Genetics. Conduct research in evolutionary genetics and teach at the university level.

Kori M Sye
Institution: North Central College
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry. Conduct research in physical chemistry at a national laboratory.

Zach J Weiner
Institution: Kenyon College
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Cosmology/Astrophysics and conduct research in those fields. Contribute to making science more widely accessible.

Stephanie R Zack
Institution: Carthage College
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Conduct research in the area of developing new medicines and bringing them to market.

Indiana

Evans K Lodge
Institution: Calvin College
Major(s): Biochemistry, Geography
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Immunology or Epidemiology. Conduct research on emerging diseases to combat large-scale outbreaks and epidemics and teach at the university level.

Johnathon R Lowery
Institution: Indiana University Bloomington
Major(s): Physics
Career Goal: I would like to get a Ph.D. in Physics. I would then like to work as a professor and teach and do research at the university level.

Christopher L Warkentin
Institution: Indiana University South Bend
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Materials and Nanoscience. Conduct research in sustainable energy.

Gavin West
Institution: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Major(s): Physics, Optical Engineering
Career Goal: I intend to pursue Ph.D. in Electro-optics or Elementary Particle Physics and conduct research focused on quantum optics.

Iowa

Alexandra M Bartlett
Institution: University of Iowa
Major(s): Chemical Engineering, Finance
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Nanomaterials. Conduct nanoscale research at a biomaterials startup company.

Ian H Calaway
Institution: Macalester College
Major(s): Pure Mathematics, Economics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research in Applied Discrete Mathematics.

Shenstone C Huang
Institution: Swarthmore College
Major(s): Chemistry, Economics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry/Biophysical Chemistry and a law degree specializing in chemistry related industries. Conduct research on membrane bound proteins in the context of drug development.

Emily K Roberts
Institution: Coe College
Major(s): Mathematics, Psychology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biostatistics. Conduct research in public health at a research hospital or research center.

Samuel J Schulte
Institution: Iowa State University
Major(s): Biochemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Apply biochemistry and computational methods to improve smallholder farm crop systems.

Kansas

Aaron W Messerla
Institution: Kansas State University
Major(s): Mathematics, Music
Career Goal: I hope to become a professor of Mathematics in order to research and teach at the university level.

Daniel M Rhodes
Institution: University of Kansas
Major(s): Physics
Career Goal: I aim to earn a Ph.D. in Physics and then to conduct research in the field of high-energy nuclear physics.

Kentucky

Audrey C Brown
Institution: Western Kentucky University
Major(s): Biology, Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroendocrinology. Research the mechanisms of endocrine response to external stimuli and teach at the university level.

Robert A Cass
Institution: University of Kentucky
Major(s): Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research in number theory and teach at the university level.

Evan S Castle
Institution: University of Kentucky
Major(s): Electrical Engineering, Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics. Develop new analytical tools to solve problems in theoretical and applied physics.

Corrine F Elliott
Institution: University of Kentucky
Major(s): Mathematics, Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. at the intersection of Chemistry and Mathematics. Conduct research in computational chemistry in collaboration with other chemical researchers at my institution.

Benjamin M Guthrie
Institution: Western Kentucky University
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Research particle physics and teach at the university level.

Zachary Lee
Institution: John Brown University
Major(s): Electrical/Computer Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. Conduct research in smart power systems, especially smart microgrids, at a national laboratory or university.

Conrad L Smart
Institution: University of Louisville
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Theoretical Particle Physics. Conduct research in Particle Physics while teaching at the University level with regular high school outreach programs to foster involvement in the sciences.

Louisiana

Nina E Baumgartner
Institution: Tulane University
Major(s): Neuroscience, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience with a specialization in neuroendocrinology. I plan to conduct research on the cognitive effects of gonadal hormones and teach at the university level.

Katie J Hogan
Institution: Louisiana State University and Agricultural and
Major(s): Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research concerning respiratory diseases at research university or hospital.

Blake D Schouest
Institution: Northwestern State University
Major(s): Liberal Arts
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Immunology. I plan to conduct research in molecular virology.

Luke A White
Institution: Centenary College of Louisiana
Major(s): Biophysics, Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computational Physics. Conduct research in physics and teach at the university level

Maryland

Leah E Henry
Institution: Catholic University of America
Major(s): Biology
Career Goal: M.D. in Oncology and Ph.D. in Cancer Biology with a focus in Cancer Genetics. Clinical research in Cancer Genetics in addition to direct patient care in a hospital setting.

Tener F Jenkins
Institution: Salisbury University
Major(s): Chemistry-ACS Track
Career Goal: Obtain a Ph.D in Analytical Chemistry. Conduct research in analytical chemistry and teach at the university level.

Emily M King
Institution: Bowdoin College
Major(s): Biochemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, conduct research in biomedical science and mentor students.

Natalie M Konerth
Institution: American University
Major(s): Applied Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research in cryptology and number theory.

Justine Lottermoser
Institution: University of Maryland: Baltimore County
Major(s): Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Career Goal: My career goal is to get a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and develop personalized drugs from natural compounds.

Gaurav D Luthria
Institution: University of Maryland: Baltimore County
Major(s): Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Computer Science (Minor)
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. with a focus on Biomedical Informatics research. Conduct translational research at a medical research institution.

Sarah C Reitzes
Institution: Tufts University
Major(s): Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research in algebra at a university or government organization.

Clarissa J Rous
Institution: St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Major(s): Biochemistry, Biology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct biomedical research and teach at the university level.

Massachusetts

Cam Buzard
Institution: Barnard College
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: I intend to complete a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry. I plan to conduct research in physical chemistry with astronomical applications and teach at the university level.

Taher Dahleh
Institution: New York University
Major(s): Mathematics, Philosophy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research in algebraic topology, algebraic geometry, their applications to combinatorics, and teach at the university level.

Liam Gaziano
Institution: Washington and Lee University
Major(s): Biochemistry
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Epidemiology. Direct population-based research at a university-affiliated hospital.

Andrew T Goulet
Institution: Middlebury College
Major(s): Molecular Biology & Biochemistry
Career Goal: Complete a Ph.D. in Biology, with the goal of becoming a professor conducting research using synthetic biology to investigate the evolution and genetics of multicellularity and development.

Vincent T Luczkow
Institution: University of Massachusetts Boston
Major(s): Mathematics, Computer Science
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Applied Probability. Use stochastic methods to investigate biomedical problems.

Emma I O’Leary
Institution: Mount Holyoke College
Major(s): Biochemistry
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct treatment-based research on neurodegenerative diseases in a biomedical lab and treat patients in a hospital setting.

Amanda L Paskavitz
Institution: Skidmore College
Major(s): Biology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Environmental Biology. Conduct research in toxicology.

Suhaily Penix
Institution: Massachusetts Bay Community College
Major(s): Marine Biotechnology, Biotechnology: Forensic DNA Science
Career Goal: My career goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Marine Biology and conduct research in gene regulation in response to membrane receptor-mediated extracellular signaling using fish models.

John A Roberts
Institution: University of Chicago
Major(s): Physics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct experimental research in an applied area of physics such as optics and photonics in an academic or industrial setting.

Michael B Sheets
Institution: Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Major(s): Engineering: Bioengineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Bioengineering. Conduct research in applied microbiology and teach at the university level.

Nina Shevzov-Zebrun
Institution: Harvard College
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Conduct research on new, more efficient approaches to natural products chemistry.

Sukin (Hannah) Sim
Institution: Wellesley College
Major(s): Chemistry (to be changed to Chemical), Mathematics (to be changed to a minor)
Career Goal: My career goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry. I would like to conduct research in computational chemistry as well as teach physical chemistry at the university level.

Jane B Weinstock
Institution: Smith College
Major(s): Geoscience, Biological Science
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography. Conduct research in deep sea evolution and teach at a university level.

Michigan

Anne-lise Emig
Institution: New College of Florida
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: After earning a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, I plan to conduct research at a national lab using synthesis and photochemistry to develop new strategies for heavy metal decontamination.

Christine N Isaguirre
Institution: Michigan State University
Major(s): Biosystems Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biosystems Engineering. Conduct research to design an optimized process for biofuel production to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

Aaron L Oom
Institution: Michigan State University
Major(s): Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Cellular Biology. Conduct research in communicable diseases with a national health organization.

Jake M Tholen
Institution: Western Michigan University
Major(s): Hydrogeology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Hydrology. Conduct research in surface water hydrology and teach at the university level.

Kelsey R Winchell
Institution: Grand Valley State University
Major(s): Biochemistry
Career Goal: My aim is to obtain Ph.D. in Pharmacology. Using that degree, I will conduct research in pharmacology for a pharmaceutical company or research institution.

Minnesota

Andris J Bibelnieks
Institution: Augsburg College
Major(s): B.S. Mathematics, B.S. Physics, B.S. Computer Science
Career Goal: My career goals are to obtain a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, and to apply my knowledge and passion for mathematics and physics to the research and development of composite materials.

Dillon C Gronseth
Institution: Michigan Technological University
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Conduct the research and development of innovative biomedical solutions.

Tiffany J Huwe
Institution: University of North Dakota
Major(s): Molecular and Integrative Biology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Human Genetics. Conduct research in biomedical sciences and disease biology.

Joshua A Kaste
Institution: Cornell University
Major(s): Plant Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics or Plant Pathology/Plant-Microbe Interactions.Conduct research in plant genetics and/or plant-fungal interactions.

Ryan R Slechta
Institution: University of St. Thomas
Major(s): Computer Science, Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science. Research the intersection between the foundations of mathematics and theoretical computer science while teaching at a university level.

Joel A Venzke
Institution: Drake University
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computational Science. Conduct research in Computational Science, develop scientific software, and teach at a university level.

Mississippi

Jacob K Files
Institution: Spring Hill College
Major(s): Biochemistry
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. Conduct translational research at the molecular level and apply it to the field of medicine.

John K Madsen
Institution: Mississippi State University
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Physics then conduct research in particle physics and teach at the university level.

Mikayla G Wheeler
Institution: University of South Alabama
Major(s): Chemical Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research in detecting and monitoring diseases using bioinstrumentation and molecular analysis.

Missouri

Kevin A Bird
Institution: University of Missouri: Columbia
Major(s): Biology, Philosophy
Career Goal: I plan on receiving a Ph.D. in Plant Genetics to conduct research in plant evolution and genomics and teach at a research-extensive university

Daniel Sumner Magruder
Institution: Rhodes College
Major(s): Neuroscience, Biomathematics
Career Goal: Dual Ph.D. in Mathematics and Neuroscience. Conduct research in the molecular mechanisms of memory and synaptic plasticity, and teach at the university level.

Thomas J O’Connor
Institution: Vassar College
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Conduct research in the fields of catalysis and sustainable energy in either the private sector or academic setting.

Ethan T Zars
Institution: University of Missouri: Columbia
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: Earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Conduct research on catalysis and teach at the university level.

Montana

Macy K Ricketts
Institution: Montana Tech of the University of Montana
Major(s): Cellular and Molecular Biology
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Plant Ecology and a career as a research scientist investigating the integrated fields of biochemistry and resource management in alpine ecosystems.

Laura S Vonessen
Institution: University of Arizona
Major(s): Computer Science, Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science. Conduct research in algorithmic graph theory and teach at the university level.

Nebraska

Adam S Braegelman
Institution: Nebraska Wesleyan University
Major(s): Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry or Biomedical Engineering. Lead research in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering at a research-focused university.

Christopher D Davidson
Institution: University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Major(s): Biological Systems Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research in cell and tissue engineering and work in industry.

Sesha Pavan K Myneni
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Major(s): Molecular and Cellular Biology
Career Goal: My career goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology as well as an M.D. I will then use these degrees to conduct research into new imaging techniques for biological systems

Jordan D Roth
Institution: Creighton University
Major(s): B.S. in Physics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research in particle physics and teach at the university level.

Nevada

Manuel Retana
Institution: University of Nevada: Reno
Major(s): Mechanical Engineering
Career Goal: Work in the aerospace industry as a researcher in nuclear applications for space exploration with the goal of earning Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, and eventually teach at the university level.

Anita S Savell
Institution: University of Nevada: Reno
Major(s): Electrical Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Advance the use of nanotechnology in targeted drug delivery and in biomedical devices with the overarching goal of reducing the impact of chronic diseases.

Casey A Steward
Institution: University of Nevada: Las Vegas
Major(s): Biology with a Concentration in Cell and Minor in Mathematics
Career Goal: I plan to earn a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and conduct research in this field as a university professor.

New Hampshire

Cody E FitzGerald
Institution: University of New Hampshire
Major(s): Mathematics, Genetics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomathematics. Conduct research on terminal disease, epidemiological modeling from mathematical perspective, and teaching at the university level

Meagan I Hamblin
Institution: University of Rhode Island
Major(s): Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biotechnology. Conduct research in biological medical products for a research institution.

Stewart Q Laroche
Institution: University of New Hampshire
Major(s): Physics
Career Goal: Receive Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics. Develop and test theories that broaden our understanding of the universe.

Gwyneth M Welch
Institution: University of New Hampshire
Major(s): Neuroscience and Behavior
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Neurobiology. Conduct research in neurobiology centered on neurologic disorders and instruct at a medical school.

New Jersey

Noah Bloch
Institution: Haverford College
Major(s): Biology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Pharmacology or Biochemistry. Conduct research in biomedical science in an academic or industrial setting.

Claire Burns-Lynch
Institution: Temple University
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Conduct research in organic chemistry and biology.

Alice Chen-Liaw
Institution: University of Scranton
Major(s): Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology
Career Goal: M.D. and Ph.D. in Cell Biology. Conduct research at an academic research center, train postdocs/grad students, and practice medicine at a teaching hospital.

Michael T Connelly
Institution: University of Miami
Major(s): Marine Science, Biology, Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Marine Biology. Conduct research on coral reef ecology and teach at the university level.

Susan L Knox
Institution: The College of New Jersey
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Biology. Conduct research in the pharmaceutical industry and mentor students to pursue careers in science.

Jenna M Krizan
Institution: The College of New Jersey
Major(s): Psychology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Systems Neuroscience. Conduct research on neural circuitry underlying cognitive behaviors and become a professor of Neuroscience.

Alex Mitko
Institution: Hamilton College
Major(s): Neuroscience, Sociology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience. I intend to conduct research on the neural correlates underlying social interactions and teach neuroscience at the college level.

Claudia I Monteiro
Institution: Stevens Institute of Technology
Major(s): Chemical Biology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience. I want to conduct both medicinal chemistry and biomedical research in order to develop personalized treatments for individuals with Alzheimers disease.

Claire Rhee
Institution: Brown University
Major(s): Biochemistry
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct research in innovative pharmaceuticals and therapies targeted at rare diseases while teaching and continuing patient care on the periphery.

Andrew J Ruff
Institution: The College of New Jersey
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Bioengineering & Tissue Development. Conduct research in organ synthesis and teach at a medical school.

Anthony E Yakely
Institution: College of the Holy Cross
Major(s): Chemistry, Biochemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry or Biomedical Sciences. Conduct biomedical research for a government agency.

Saif Yasin
Institution: Drew University
Major(s): Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Career Goal: My goal is an M.D./Ph.D. in Biochemistry and to conduct research on biological processes using chemical and computational techniques so as to facilitate clinical research.

New Mexico

Kaitlyn A Lovato
Institution: Loyola University Chicago
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: My ultimate goal is to manage a government or industry laboratory and conduct organic chemistry research that will impact the health field and contribute new knowledge to the field of chemistry.

Hattie Schunk
Institution: Texas Tech University
Major(s): Chemical Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Conduct research in biomedical engineering for industry and teach at the university level.

New York

Katherine A Amato
Institution: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major(s): Biochemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Virology. Conduct research on infectious diseases and teach at the university level.

Stephanie A Azzopardi
Institution: City University of New York: Hunter College
Major(s): Biology
Career Goal: I aspire to become the principal investigator of a cancer research laboratory at a research institution and teach at the graduate level.

Alec A Beaton
Institution: Syracuse University
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Conduct research in organometallic chemistry and teach at the university level.

Naxhije Berisha
Institution: City University of New York: Hunter College
Major(s): Biochemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Teach organic chemistry at a university or college and conduct research on photo-active nano- structures.

Sarah A Berlinger
Institution: Columbia University
Major(s): Chemical Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Conduct research in electrochemical-sustainable energy fields and teach at the university level.

Quenton R Bubb
Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Major(s): Biophysics
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biophysics. Conduct research dedicated to investigating protein folding as it applies to human disease and teach at the university level.

Jonathan Curtis
Institution: University of Rochester
Major(s): Physics, Applied Mathematics
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics. After obtaining my degree, I plan to pursue research in this field as well as teach physics at the university level.

Alex De Palma
Institution: SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome
Major(s): Nanoscale Science, Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Materials Science. Conduct research in the area of condensed matter physics for the development of novel materials with clean energy applications while teaching at the university level.

Caleb Donovick
Institution: SUNY University at Binghamton
Major(s): Compute Science
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science, conduct research in machine learning and security

Kaitlin J Dunn
Institution: Clarkson University
Major(s): Electrical Engineering, Physics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Optical Engineering. Conduct research in medical optics and teach at the university level.

Marcus S Elia
Institution: SUNY College at Geneseo
Major(s): Mathematics
Career Goal: My goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics and to perform research in Number Theory while teaching at a university.

Kelly A Gordon
Institution: SUNY University at Albany
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: Postdoctoral work in Organic Chemistry. Conduct research in organic chemistry and teach at the university level.

Tyler D Hitchman
Institution: Clarkson University
Major(s): Biomolecular Science
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Science. Conduct cancer research and teach at the university level.

Dante A Iozzo
Institution: SUNY University at Buffalo
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics
Career Goal: Pursue a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics. Perform research in particle physics, teach at the collegiate level, and provide outreach for the general public.

Jack A Jenkins
Institution: SUNY College at Geneseo
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics. Conduct research in gravitational theory and teach at the university level.

Thomas P Keane
Institution: University of Delaware
Major(s): B.S. Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry. Conduct renewable energy research and teach at the university level

Madeleine Laitz
Institution: University of Rochester
Major(s): Chemical Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Conduct research in Chemical Engineering and teach at the university level.

Tamar Lichter
Institution: City University of New York: Queens College
Major(s): Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research in mathematics and teach at the university level.

Edward Miller
Institution: SUNY University at Stony Brook
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: To obtain a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Conduct research in an academic setting within the scope of Organic Chemistry and to teach at the university level.

Christina M Moawad
Institution: City University of New York: City College
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research in biomechanics/orthopedic bioengineering for clinical applications and teach at a research university.

Eric S Parigoris
Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Major(s): Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research in musculoskeletal biomechanics and teach at the university level.

Brittany L Snyder
Institution: Clarkson University
Major(s): Biomolecular Science
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Conduct research in biomedical science and teach at the university level.

Nikea J Ulrich
Institution: Juniata College
Major(s): Biology, German
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Microbiology. Conduct research in microbial ecology and possibly teach at the university level.

Joshua B Wadler
Institution: University of Oklahoma
Major(s): Meteorology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography. Conduct research in air-sea interaction during high wind events and teach at the university level.

Shannon P Wetzler
Institution: Harvey Mudd College
Major(s): Joint Major in Biology and Chemistry
Career Goal: I want to get a Ph.D. in Chemistry. I then hope to become a Bioanalytical Chemist at a major research institution.

North Carolina

Miles T Bengtson
Institution: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Major(s): Engineering Physics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Space Physics. Conduct research in Space Physics and develop space-based instruments at a national laboratory or research institution.

Matthew W Boudreau
Institution: North Carolina State University
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: My career goal is to teach and conduct research at the interface of organic chemistry and chemical biology at the university level.

William Fetzner
Institution: University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Major(s): Biology, Psychology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Animal Behavior. Conduct research in endangered species conservation and teach at the university level.

Michael D Turlington
Institution: Furman University
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry. Conduct research in molecular energy storage and teach at the university level.

Ohio

Stephanie L Alden
Institution: Dartmouth College
Major(s): Biological Chemistry
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine/Pharmacology. Conduct research related to drug development while treating patients at a research hospital.

Lucas Beaufore
Institution: Ohio State University: Columbus Campus
Major(s): Engineering Physics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics or Applied Physics. Design instrumentation to be used in the exploration of space and develop technology enabling humans and probes to travel more efficiently in space.

Peter E Huston
Institution: Otterbein University
Major(s): Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics or a related field. Conduct research in the fields of algebra or cryptography and teach at the university level.

Charlotte M Klimovich
Institution: Ohio University
Major(s): Biological Sciences
Career Goal: D.V.M./Ph.D. Work for a government agency conducting public health related research with direct clinical applications, focusing on diseases transmitted from animals to humans and the use of animal models.

Kimberly L Kraus
Institution: Ohio University
Major(s): Neuroscience, Psychology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct research on neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease.

Benjamin M Moran
Institution: Northeastern University
Major(s): Marine Biology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography. Conduct research in marine evolutionary biology and teach at the university level.

Michael V Potter
Institution: Ohio Northern University
Major(s): Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering. Conduct research in aircraft and spacecraft propulsion.

Blake J Rasor
Institution: Miami University: Oxford
Major(s): Biology, Microbiology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Cellular/Molecular Biology. Conduct research in synthetic biology and teach at the university level.

Sarah K Winnicki
Institution: Denison University
Major(s): Biology, History
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution. Conduct research in avian population ecology and teach at the university level.

Oklahoma

Cole E Townsend
Institution: University of Oklahoma
Major(s): Biochemistry
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct research at the interface between analytical chemistry and gene therapy and teach at the university level.

Oregon

Tangereen Claringbold
Institution: University of Portland
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics and Masters in Mathematics. Research theoretical high energy physics at a university.

Jordan B Gegenhuber
Institution: Pacific University
Major(s): Biology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. Pursue research in biomolecular science either in academia or at a research institution.

Julian A Harris
Institution: Lewis & Clark College
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. Conduct research in natural product synthesis and teach at the university level.

Miranda A Raper
Institution: Oregon State University
Major(s): Bioengineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and PE certification. Conduct research investigating drug delivery techniques and design of medical devices.

Riley Thornton
Institution: Reed College Major(s): Mathematics Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics or Logic. Conduct research in mathematics and logic and teach at the university level.

Pennsylvania

Jacob Barlow
Institution: Northeastern University
Major(s): Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry
Career Goal: I plan to complete my Ph.D. in Bioengineering and then pursue an academic career in the area of biomedical science/engineering.

Andrea S Biscoveanu
Institution: Penn State University Park
Major(s): Physics, Applied Spanish
Career Goal: I would like to pursue a Ph.D. in Physics and conduct research in high energy particle physics and cosmology with a focus on the early universe in an academic setting.

Reggie J Caginalp
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Major(s): Physics & Astronomy, Math
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Research in galaxy formation/cosmology.

Taylor Cannon
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Major(s): Biomedical engineering
Career Goal: I intend to pursue a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and conduct research on biomedical optics at an academic research institution.

Danielle N Confair
Institution: University of Richmond
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry to pursue a research career in chemical industry.

Michael J Counihan
Institution: Gettysburg College
Major(s): Chemistry, Music
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. in Materials Science in order to conduct research synthesizing and characterizing new materials while teaching at the university level.

Ryan P Creedon
Institution: Penn State University Park
Major(s): Meteorology, Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. Conduct research in geophysical fluid dynamics and teach at the university level.

Zachary A Eddinger
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Major(s): Chemistry, History and Philosophy of Science
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry to conduct research in nanomaterials with applications in efficient energy production and consumption. Teach at the university level.

Michael D Koerner
Institution: Drexel University
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering
Career Goal: I will pursue my Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering while conducting research in biomedical science. My goal is to bring new biomedical devices to the clinic and teach at the university level.

Jacob A Lashner
Institution: Wesleyan University
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics
Career Goal: I wish to obtain a Ph.D. in Physics, to ultimately conduct research at a national lab or university.

Bonnie A Pierson
Institution: Rollins College
Major(s): Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Career Goal: I plan to receive a doctorate in nursing practice and to focus my work on clinical research specializing in pediatric thyroid disease.

Valerie E Rennoll
Institution: American University
Major(s): Physics, Audio technology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Acoustics. Conduct research on underwater acoustics at a national research facility or university.

Kevin S Silmore
Institution: Princeton University
Major(s): Chemical and Biological Engineering, Minor in Materials Science
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Materials Science or Chemical Engineering. Conduct research in computational materials science and teach at the university level.

Joseph Slote
Institution: Carleton College
Major(s): Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics (Quantum Computing). Conduct research in Quantum Information and Control and teach at the university level.

Samantha A Usman
Institution: Syracuse University
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Theoretical Astrophysics. Conduct gravitational-wave research and teach at a research university.

Michael P Vennettilli
Institution: Ursinus College
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics
Career Goal: I will study the emergence of bulk properties and classicality from fundamentally quantum mechanical systems. I will pursue a Ph.D. and research in condensed matter physics and teach at a university.

Puerto Rico

Diana A Aponte-Colon
Institution: University of Puerto Rico: Rio Piedras
Major(s): Cellular Molecular Biology
Career Goal: I am pursuing an M.D./Ph.D. with the research component focused in Cell-Molecular Biology. My goal is to become a professor of molecular sciences and to conduct research on cardiovascular biology.

Rhode Island

Jamie L Schicho
Institution: University of Rhode Island
Major(s): Ocean Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering and conduct research in hydrodynamics at a research institution.

South Carolina

Runjing Liu
Institution: Duke University
Major(s): Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics; I hope to conduct research in Mathematical Biology and teach at the university level

David E Moore
Institution: College of Charleston
Major(s): Data Science
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Continue research in the medical genomics field at a University seeking innovative methods for feature selection and optimization.

Elizabeth E Moore
Institution: University of South Carolina: Columbia
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct research on novel therapeutics in the development and progression of Alzheimers disease.

South Dakota

Alex P Rickel
Institution: Augustana College
Major(s): Physics, Biomedical Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research in tissue engineering to develop a 3D tumor model of cancer to assist in cancer research.

Xiaoxiang Yang
Institution: Washington and Lee University
Major(s): Physics, Mathematics and Economics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Applied Physics. Conduct research in renewable energy and teach at the university level.

Tennessee

Dalton W Chaffee
Institution: Purdue University
Major(s): Electrical Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering or Applied Physics. Conduct research in the development of high efficiency and economically feasible solar cells at a national laboratory.

Scott H Freeburg
Institution: Kenyon College
Major(s): Biology
Career Goal: I intend to pursue a Ph.D. in Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology and conduct developmental biology research as a primary investigator in a biomedical research facility.

Chelsea R Harmon
Institution: Middle Tennessee State University
Major(s): Profession Chemistry- Biomolecular Track
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Conduct research in synthetic and analytical organic chemistry and teach at the university level.

Sahba Seddighi
Institution: University of Tennessee: Knoxville
Major(s): College Scholars Program-Neuroplasticty
Career Goal: With a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, I will teach and conduct research on the molecular and behavioral correlates of neurodegenerative disorders and the exploitation of neuroplasticity in recovery.

Texas

Anushree Agrawal
Institution: University of North Texas
Major(s): Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Cancer Biology. Conduct research in cancer genetics and teach at the university level.

John A Albright
Institution: Pomona College
Major(s): Geology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Geology. Assess, research, and model volcanic hazards while teaching at the university level.

Celia C Beron
Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Major(s): Biology Honors
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct research in neuroethology and related subdisciplines.

Caitlyn B Brashears
Institution: Baylor University
Major(s): University Scholar
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. specializing in Oncology and Molecular Genetics. Conduct research in the genetic mutations that lead to cancer and/or research immunotherapy or gene therapy for the treatment of cancer.

Rachel L Dziuk
Institution: Texas Tech University
Major(s): Cell & Molecular Biology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. Conduct research in immunology while teaching and mentoring students at the university level.

Michael J Hashe
Institution: University of North Texas
Major(s): Chemical Engineering, Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry. Conduct research in electrochemistry and teach at the university level.

Tiffany E Jiang
Institution: University of North Texas
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research in nanomedicine and teach at the university level.

William B Linz
Institution: Texas A&M University
Major(s): Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research in algebra and discrete mathematics.

Andrew Chun Lu
Institution: University of California: Berkeley
Major(s): Molecular and Cellular Biology, Cognitive Science
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Study mechanisms underlying neuronal injury and teach at the university level.

Krishna S Paranandi
Institution: Washington University in St. Louis
Major(s): Biology: Molecular Biology
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct research on novel biomedical technologies that lead to improvements inclinical diagnostics and therapeutics and teach at the university level.

Robert M Polski
Institution: Andrews University
Major(s): Mechanical Engineering, Physics and Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Applied Physics. Conduct research at the junction between emerging physics of materials and applications and teach at the university level.

Divya Ramamoorthy
Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Major(s): B. S. Biomedical Engineering, B. A. Plan II Honors
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Teach at the university level and conduct research in tissue engineering.

Jackson D Rebrovich
Institution: Angelo State University
Major(s): Mathematics
Career Goal: I wish to pursue a Ph.D. in Mathematics in preparation to teach at the university level and conduct research in commutative algebra or knot theory.

Natasha L Topolski
Institution: Tulane University
Major(s): Neuroscience, Cell and Molecular Biology Minor
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct research at the intersection neuroscience, genetics and public health to develop enhanced evidence based interventions to biologically protect youth.

William R Zimmerman
Institution: University of Dallas
Major(s): Physics, Philosophy
Career Goal: I have a Ph.D. in Physics. I conduct research in the mechanics and manipulation of quantum information systems, and I teach at the university level.

Grant Zurcher
Institution: Hendrix College
Major(s): Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Classics
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. Conduct research in pharmacological/biomedical science.

Utah

David Griffin
Institution: Utah State University
Major(s): Physics, Computer Science
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computational Physics. Conduct physics research using high power computing and developing new types of computers.

Ariel Herbert-Voss
Institution: University of Utah
Major(s): Applied Mathematics, Computer Science
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience. Conduct research on neurologically-inspired machine learning algorithms and teach at the university level.

Ethan A Lake
Institution: University of Utah
Major(s): Physics, Math
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics, performing research in cosmology and studying its applications to high energy physics and pure mathematics, along with teaching and mentoring students at a large research university. Vermont

Vermont

Jamie A Cyr
Institution: Smith College
Major(s): Mathematics
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D in Biological and Biomedical Sciences. Conduct research in biomaterials and their applications in the field of global medicine.

Takoda P Edlund
Institution: Eckerd College
Major(s): Marine Biology
Career Goal: With a Ph.D. in Marine Biology, I want to conduct research and provide credible information to policy makers for better decision making regarding the world’s oceans.

Jessica L Kane
Institution: University of New England
Major(s): Animal Behavior
Career Goal: To obtain a Ph.D. in Animal Behavior, conduct research in animal behavior and contribute to wildlife conservation efforts.

Julia M Proft
Institution: Connecticut College
Major(s): Computer Science
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science. Conduct research in artificial intelligence at a national laboratory.

Virginia

Collette A Marchesseault
Institution: Southern Methodist University
Major(s): Biological Sciences, Mathematics (undeclared)
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular or Cell Biology. Conduct research in biomedical science in disease treatment or gene therapy and teach at the university level.

John C Moran
Institution: George Mason University
Major(s): Biology
Career Goal: I would like to get a Ph.D. in Cancer Cell Biology and conduct research on targeted therapies for personalized medicine.

Joy E Putney
Institution: Washington and Lee University
Major(s): Physics-Engineering, Biology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Develop medical devices for bio-electrical signal acquisition in a government or industrial setting.

Washington

Kristina M Dill
Institution: Lewis & Clark College
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: M.D. /Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry. Conduct biomedical research to develop more effective drugs, treat patients in a pediatric hospital setting, and teach at the graduate level.

Thomas J Kolibaba
Institution: Pacific Lutheran University
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry. Conduct polymer research in an industrial or academic setting and later teach Chemistry at the university level.

Jessica A Martin
Institution: Heritage University
Major(s): Chemistry
Career Goal: I will obtain my Ph.D. in Neuroscience and pursue research in neurochemistry and food security.

Angela R Rocchi
Institution: Washington State University
Major(s): Neuroscience
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience. I hope to identify unrecognized aspects of neurodegeneration to develop treatments for neurologically compromised patients.

Mitchell Tang
Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Major(s): Biology, Economics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Bioinformatics or Computational Biology. Conduct genetics research and teach at the university level.

Madeleine A Weinstein
Institution: Harvey Mudd College
Major(s): Mathematics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research in number theory and teach at the university level.

Wisconsin

Sophia D Ewens
Institution: University of Houston
Major(s): BS in Biochemistry
Career Goal: I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Bioengineering and/or Microbiology so that I may conduct research in bioremediation, bioenergy, environmental biotechnology, and/or biogeochemical cycling.

Bailey G Flanigan
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering, Creative Writing
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Bioengineering. Conduct research on heart failure while practicing as a cardiologist at an academic hospital.

Anna M Grim
Institution: University of St. Thomas
Major(s): Mathematics
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. Conduct research in computational biology and teach at the university level.

Russell W Krueger
Institution: Gustavus Adolphus College
Major(s): Geology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry. Conduct research in biogeochemical cycling within watersheds.

Kelsey A Steinke
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Major(s): Materials Science comprehensive major
Career Goal: I will obtain my Ph.D. in Materials Science and be leading a team of highly skilled R&D scientists for a cutting edge company that is focused on the use of nano-materials.

Jonathan P Vandermause
Institution: Dartmouth College
Major(s): Physics
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research in quantum information and teach at the university level.