2018 Goldwater Honorable Mentions

(Listed by State of Legal Residence)

Alabama

Sidhanth Chandra
Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in molecular neuroscience and M.D. fellowship in movement disorders. Conduct translational research on underlying mechanisms and develop therapeutic strategies for Parkinson’s disease.
Mentor(s): Andrew West
Campus Representative: Joe March

Jihyuk Kim
Institution: Auburn University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Conduct research in synthetic polymer chemistry and renewable energy. Teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Bryan Beckingham, Bree Dobbyns
Campus Representative: Paul Harris

Mina Narayanan
Institution: Auburn University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science. Conduct research in the application of machine learning to Internet anonymity and online political activity.
Mentor(s): Gerry Dozier, Katie Siek, Ben Jelen
Campus Representative: Paul Harris

Shirley Zhang
Institution: University of South Alabama
Field of Study: Medicine
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. Conduct molecular biology research with respect to medicine and teach at the graduate level.
Mentor(s): Scott Glaberman
Campus Representative: Wesley Terwey

Arkansas

Ashley Barto
Institution: University of Central Arkansas
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I intend to earn a Ph.D. in plant ecology and conservation. I aspire to become a research plant ecologist, so I may inform land managers and urban planners of sustainable development strategies.
Mentor(s): Matt Connolly, Stuart Wagenius, Jon Ruehle, Katherine Larson, Rick Noyes, Robert Mauldin
Campus Representative: Stephen Addison

Emily Tran
Institution: University of Central Arkansas
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology. Conduct research on parasite and drug mechanisms to synthesize and optimize novel treatments for neglected tropical diseases.
Mentor(s): Gregory R. Naumiec
Campus Representative: Stephen Addison

Arizona

Abijith Krishnan
Institution: Harvard College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I intend to become a professor of physics after completing graduate school so I can pursue my passions in research and teaching.
Mentor(s): Ashvin Vishwanath, Nicole Herbots, Shan-Yuan Ho, Clarizza Watson
Campus Representative: Gregory Llacer

Katelyn Miyasaki
Institution: Washington University in St. Louis
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research on methods of targeted drug delivery to increase treatment effectiveness and reduce the side effects of medication and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Kareem Azab, Ryosuke Oketani, Kathryn Hart, Joe Hull, Colin Brent, Cinzia Federico, Katsumasa Fujita, Gregory Bowman, Toshiki Kubo
Campus Representative: Grizelda McClelland

Curtis Peterson
Institution: Arizona State University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I aim to pursue an academic career exploring the application and optimization of computational methods as they apply to the field of high energy physics.
Mentor(s): Wenbo Tang, Carl Gardner, Andrew Mugler, Richard Lebed, Eric Kostelich, Tommy Byrd, Amir Erez
Campus Representative: Kyle Mox

California

Vidal Arroyo
Institution: Chapman University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Bioinformatics. Conduct research focused on adolescent/young adult cancer genetics and survivorship. Teach at a medical school and mentor students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Mentor(s): Philip J. Lupo, Gennady Verkhivker, Jake Liang, Anthony Chang, Austin L. Brown, Sharief K. Taraman, Yu-An Chang, Michael Scheurer, Spyro Mousses
Campus Representative: Julye Bidmead

Braeden Benedict
Institution: University of Notre Dam
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Bioengineering. Perform research on brain-computer interface and lead research at a university or research institute.
Mentor(s): Dr. Daniel Keller, Dr. Paul Bohn, Dr. Patricia Dickson, Peter Starodub, Dr. Martin Wolk, Jiayun Hu, Steven Le, Dr. Shih-hsin Kan
Campus Representative: Malgorzata Dobrowolska-Furdyna

Kattia Chang-Kam
Institution:
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Engineering. Conduct research in machine learning and computer vision and teach at university level.
Mentor(s): Xiarong Zhang, Amelito Enriquez
Campus Representative: Cathy Lipe

Aaron Chau
Institution: University of California: Irvine
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D. / Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct research on the neuronal pathways in the brain to enable a brain-computer connection for more rapid and direct communication.
Mentor(s): James Bullock, Patricia Samuelson, Tyler Kelley
Campus Representative: Courtney Santos

Gunvant Chaudhari
Institution: University of California: Los Angeles
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I aim to pursue a career in academic medicine, a career that involves primarily leading a research team but also teaching students and practicing medicine in a clinic.
Mentor(s): Anubhuti Goel, Sidney Starkman, Sri Kosuri, Magdalene Seiler, Carlos Portera-Cailliau, Bryce McLelland, Anu Mathur
Campus Representative: Rebecca Blustein

Joyce Chew
Institution: Calvin College
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research at the intersection of mathematics and computer science, with a focus on applications in chemistry, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): James Turner
Campus Representative: Carolyn Anderson

Janice Chung
Institution: Columbia University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Develop and implement medical devices that meet clinical needs at the patient-care level as a medical university research professor.
Mentor(s): Nicki Blumenfeld, Ninna Rossen, Steve Woolson, Samuel Sia
Campus Representative: Scott Carpenter

Katrina Conen
Institution: California State University: Monterey Bay
Field of Study: Psychology
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology to conduct research on the validation and use of psychological tests in personnel selection and to teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Danielle Burchett, Christine Valdez
Campus Representative: John Banks

Noel Csomay-Shanklin
Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I hope to conduct advanced robotics research in industry, and work on a team that is pushing the forefront of robotic capabilities.
Mentor(s): Aaron Ames, Aaron Young, Cedric Pradalier
Campus Representative: Kathryn Meehan Quinto

Janielle Cuala
Institution: California State University: Los Angeles
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My career goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Then, I plan to conduct biomedical research, teach at the university level, and ultimately create a program to diversify STEM research on Guam.
Mentor(s): Dr. Cecilia Zurita Lopez, David Tirrell, Immaculeta Osuji, Joshua Baccile
Campus Representative: Scott Wells

Delaney Gray
Institution: Santa Clara University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I plan to attain my Bioengineering degree and then pursue industry experience to determine my subject of interest for a Ph.D. I aspire to conduct research in gene therapy or personalized medicine.
Mentor(s): Leilani Miller
Campus Representative: Leilani Miller

Wesley Kwong
Institution: Berkeley City College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My goal is to gain valuable stem cell research experience at the undergrad level and pursue a Ph.D. in bioengineering. My ambition is to conduct research on using stem cells to treat heart disease.
Mentor(s): Deepak Srivastava, David Killilea, Katherine Huang, Bonnie Cole, Janet King Allie Noon, Kathleen Schultz
Campus Representative: Jason Cifra

Owen Leddy
Institution: University of Chicago
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biophysics. Conduct research on the statistical physics of biological systems and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Aaron Dinner, Olaf Schneewind, Robert Baloh, Brad Foley, Tatiana Segura, Zhiyue Lu, Dominique Missiakas, Jacqueline O’Rourke, Victor Oshita
Campus Representative: Nichole Fazio

Shay Nguyen
Institution: University of California: Santa Barbara
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Conduct chemistry research as a research faculty at a university.
Mentor(s): Javier Read de Alaniz, Craig Hawker, Emre Discekici, Andre St. Amant
Campus Representative: Nick Alward-Saxon

Yuanhao Qu
Institution: University of California: San Diego
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My dream is to pursue a career as a physician-scientist, help find a cure for cancer, and translate new research findings into treatments that can save lives devastated by this unforgiving disease.
Mentor(s): Weg M. Ongkeko
Campus Representative: David Artis

Andrew Torgesen
Institution: Brigham Young University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I plan on obtaining a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering. I desire to conduct research in unmanned air vehicles for the aerospace and robotics industries.
Mentor(s): Tim McLain
Campus Representative: Barry Bickmore

Christian Totoiu
Institution: University of California: Irvine
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Subsequently, I will pursue research and teaching in engineering biomimetic and biologically-inspired materials.
Mentor(s): Gregory A. Weiss, Sanjana R. Sen, Joshua Britton, Sudipta Majumdar
Campus Representative: Courtney Santos

Cristian Woroch
Institution: Pomona College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry and then pursue a career in energy research to develop clean and renewable ways to generate and store energy using organic, inorganic and materials chemistry.
Mentor(s): Nicholas Ball, Danica Fujimori, Marton Siklos, Shohini Sen
Campus Representative: Dan O’Leary

Gregory Zaborski
Institution: University of California: Berkeley
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Conduct research on renewable and sustainable materials, teach at the university level and fund/mentor programs for student veterans and first-generation students.
Mentor(s): Ian Sharp, Ron Hanson, Yasamin Mostifi, Francesca Toma, David Davidson, Chitra Karanam Ravindranath, Gideon Segev, Thomas Parise, Saandeep Depatla
Campus Representative: Alicia Hayes

Peter Zhu
Institution: United States Military Academy
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Microbiology. Conduct research on multi-drug resistant organisms and preventative strategies to limit antibiotic resistance. Teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Melissa Eslinger, Ph.D., Jason Barnhill, Ph.D., Patrick McGann, Ph.D., George Zhou, Ph.D., Paul Chang, Ph.D., Jeremy Hershfield, Ph.D.
Campus Representative: James Bluman

Colorado

Kyla Foster
Institution: University of Colorado Boulder
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Cancer Biology or Cellular and Molecular Pathology. Conduct biomedical research with the goal of improving patient quality of life through the development of new disease treatments.
Mentor(s): Dr. Thomas Cech, Dr. Seth Coffelt, Dr. Jill Slansky, Dr. Nancy Guild, Dr. Josh Stern, Dr. Christy Fillman
Campus Representative: Anne Dougherty

Christopher Petty
Institution: Boston University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Obtain a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and conduct biomedical research focussing on developing therapeutic avenues to treat complex diseases such as cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, or aging.
Mentor(s): Francisco Naya, Paola Divieti-Pajevic, Shere Byrd
Campus Representative: Jeffrey Berg

Emma Simmerman
Institution: University of Colorado Boulder
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I will earn a Ph.D. in chemical, atomic, or biological physics, conduct innovative research on interdisciplinary problems, teach, and work to make scientific advances more accessible to all.
Mentor(s): Ralph Jimenez, Christopher Lowry, Pia Friis, Mathew Arnold
Campus Representative: Anne Dougherty

Tara Srinivas
Institution: Brown University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D.-Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct clinical research on the genetic mutations and molecular mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorders at a university or governmental research institute.
Mentor(s): Eric Morrow, Luigi Ferrucci, Louis Lapierre, Tamara Terzian, Rajeev Vibhakar, Li Ma, Arsun Bektas, Karine Blais, Sujatha Venkataraman
Campus Representative: Linda Dunleavy

Connecticut

Thomas George
Institution: Tufts University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in chemical engineering. Conduct research in sustainable electrochemical energy storage, such as batteries and fuel cells, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Iryna Zenyuk, Dinesh Sabarirajan
Campus Representative: Anne Moore

Haydn Kennedy
Institution: Boston University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science. Conduct research in network security and cryptography in industry or academia.
Mentor(s): Sharon Goldberg
Campus Representative: Jeffrey Berg

Emmely Rogers
Institution: Smith College
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Obtain a Ph.D. in Computer Science or Mathematics, or a topic which incorporates both disciplines, and conduct research at the university level.
Mentor(s): Joseph O’Rourke, Ph.D., Gwen Spencer, Ph.D., Christophe Golé, Ph.D., Denise Lello
Campus Representative: Margaret Lamb

Jacob Zavatone-Veth
Institution: Yale University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I aspire to attain a Ph.D. in Physics, conduct research in computational neuroscience and machine learning, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Damon Clark, Brian DeAngelis
Campus Representative: Rebekah Westphal

Delaware

Erin Jones
Institution: Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science. Conduct research in numerical weather prediction modeling and data assimilation at a federal research laboratory.
Mentor(s): Alex DeCaria, Christopher Nowotarski, Neil Laird
Campus Representative: Michael Jackson

Bailey Weatherbee
Institution: University of Delaware
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: After a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (focus: cellular and molecular biology and genetics), I will pursue a Ph.D. and post-doctoral training in developmental genetics to become a professor.
Mentor(s): Salil A. Lachke, Jung-Youn Lee, Anja Nohe, Archana D. Siddam, Hemanth Akkiraju
Campus Representative: Lauren Barsky

Florida

Vignesh Bhethanabotla
Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Earn a Ph.D. in chemical engineering or physics. My goal is to use science and research-oriented expertise to innovate in the area of energy through work at an academic or research-based institution.
Mentor(s): Andrew Rappe, John Kuhn
Campus Representative: Wallace Genser

Alejandra Brewer
Institution: Florida Southern College
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Research and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Roxanne Back
Campus Representative: Erika Vause

Christina Fuleihan
Institution: Rollins College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences. Conduct research on network and translational medicine to improve access to timely diagnosis and treatment on a global health platform, while serving as a physician.
Mentor(s): Christiane Ferran, Samia Khoury, Revuelta Cervantes, Lina Abdul Latif-Malaeb
Campus Representative: Jayashree Shivamoggi

Reeti Gulati
Institution: California Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to earn my M.D./Ph.D. in Biochemistry and to conduct research in structural biology. I also plan to teach at the university level and conduct clinical work at a hospital or medical center.
Mentor(s): William Clemons, Andre Hoelz, Michelle Fry, Leslie Collins
Campus Representative: Barbara Green

Nia Harmon
Institution: Florida State University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I will obtain a Ph.D. in chemistry and complete a post-doctoral appointment before becoming a research professor, as a researcher I plan to focus on developing clean energy resources.
Mentor(s): Yuri Corilo, Lei Zhu, Salvatore Profeta Jr.
Campus Representative: Craig Filar

Minh-Chau Le
Institution: University of Central Florida
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering. Conduct biomaterials research to develop advanced 3D tumor models for cancer research and drug screening, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Stephen Florczyk, Joanna Aizenberg, Jennifer Lewis, Aaron Remenschneider, Ida Pavlichenko, Nicole Black
Campus Representative: Morgan Bauer

Anibal Morales
Institution: Florida International University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering with focus in Robotics. Conduct research in robotic decommissioning technology at the IAEA to help fulfill the promise of clean, safe nuclear energy.
Mentor(s): Anthony Abrahao, Douglas Densmore, Aaron T. Mattfeld, Dwayne McDaniel, Ali Lashkaripour, Leonel Lagos
Campus Representative: Rebekah Schulze

Sabrina Romero
Institution: Miami Dade College
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science. Conduct research in the Artificial Intelligence field in order to improve the treatment of diseases or a child’s learning process.
Mentor(s): Jyrko Correa-Morris, Reinaldo Sanchez-Arias, Belarmino Gonzalez
Campus Representative: Pascal Charlot

Andrew Sack
Institution: University of Florida
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: My goal is to earn a Ph.D. in Mathematics and become a professor at a prestigious university. I aim to both conduct research in mathematics and teach.
Mentor(s): Peter Johnson
Campus Representative: Mark Law

Emma Timmel
Institution: Saint Michael’s College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I aspire to obtain a Ph.D. in chemistry in order to have a research-based career focused on improving the state of the environment and preventing further damage to it.
Mentor(s): Dr. David Heroux
Campus Representative: Shane Lamos

Sydney Yu
Institution: Florida Atlantic University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I intend to pursue a Ph.D. in Biomedical or Electrical Engineering, as well as conduct research on micro and nano biotechnology and its practical applications in the fields of medicine and healthcare.
Mentor(s): Waseem Asghar, Sandhya Sharma
Campus Representative: Donna Chamely-Wiik

Georgia

Caroline Brown
Institution: University of North Georgia
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to earn a Ph.D. in Biochemistry to continue my work in enzymology and apply it to protein engineering. Ultimately, I aspire to join the world of academia as a professor at a research institute.
Mentor(s): Yu Wang, Ryan Shanks
Campus Representative: Anastasia Lin

Nikole Fendler
Institution: Davidson College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in chemistry or biochemistry. Conduct high-impact chemical biology and/or medicinal chemistry research.
Mentor(s): Dr. Nicole Snyder, Dr. Laura Hartmann
Campus Representative: Erland Stevens

DeVon Ingram
Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I would like to pursue a Ph.D. in pure mathematics. I plan to conduct research in the intersection of Algebraic Geometry, Number Theory, and related subfields while teaching at the university level.
Mentor(s): Lance Fortnow, Ken Brown
Campus Representative: Kathryn Meehan Quinto

Estera Maxim
Institution: Georgia State University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: My goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics. This degree will allow me to study the genetic factors that contribute to the development of cleft lip and palate.
Mentor(s): Timothy Denning
Campus Representative: Chris Goode

Shwetha Mudalegundi
Institution: University of Miami
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience and M.D. Conduct translational research in neurodegenerative diseases and teach in a medical school at a major research university.
Mentor(s): Dr. Roberta Brambilla, Dr. Raghuveer Halkar, Dr. Tara DeSilva, Dr. Placido Iliano, Dr. Tuba Kendi, Haritha Desu
Campus Representative: April Dobbins

Elise Young
Institution: Mercer University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: To pursue a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and work at a national laboratory where I can continue my work applying control theory to traffic control systems.
Mentor(s): Makhin Thitsa
Campus Representative: Adam Kiefer

Hawaii

Courtney Nelson
Institution: Occidental College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct experimental physics research at a Department of Energy National Lab.
Mentor(s): Peter Seidl, Jaideep Singh, Justin Brown, Qing Ji, Rob Kelso
Campus Representative: Gary Martin

Iowa

Hannah Gulick
Institution: University of Iowa
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Conduct research in astrophysics for NASA and teach at the university level, all while normalizing scientific understanding through independent fiction and poetry writing.
Mentor(s): Philip Kaaret, Robert Mutel, Cornelia Lang
Campus Representative: Kelly Thornburg

Zoe Pritchard
Institution: Iowa State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Conservation Biology. Conduct research on landscape modification effects on pollinator diversity in alpine regions and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Dr. Amy Toth, Dr. Laurent Keller, Dr. Christopher Frissell, Dr. Matthew O’Neal, Dr. Harmen Hendriksma, Dr. Tom Richardson, Ashley St. Clair
Campus Representative: Laura Good

Colton Sleister
Institution: Drake University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct research in biochemistry and lead a biotechnology or pharmaceutical research team.
Mentor(s): Gholam Mirafzal, Paul Meyer
Campus Representative: Gholam Mirafzal

John Sunderland
Institution: Creighton University
Field of Study: Materials Research
Career Goal: I hope to obtain a Ph.D. in materials science. My goal is to conduct research on sustainable energy materials in an industrial setting, at a government-sponsored lab, or in academia.
Mentor(s): Andrew Baruth
Campus Representative: Erin Gross

Alvin Tan
Institution: Northwestern University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: I will earn a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering. Afterwards, I plan to work with high-performance computing and develop the next generation of computer processors.
Mentor(s): Hooman Mohseni, Carl Chang, Xiaoli Tan, Hui Hu, Song Zhang, Chee Leong Tan
Campus Representative: LaTanya Williams

Joseph Tibbs
Institution: University of Northern Iowa
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research in new medical technologies, working with physical methods such as microfluidics and functionalized nanomaterials.
Mentor(s): Maria Spies, Timothy Kidd, Ali Tabei, Todd Washington
Campus Representative: William Harwood

Idaho

Joseph Carey
Institution: Montana State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct translational medical research in neurology and teach at a university level.
Mentor(s): Renee Reijo Pera, Fang Fang, Benjamin Angulo, Ninuo Xia, Jun Cui
Campus Representative: Ilse-Mari Lee

Illinois

Avi Dravid
Institution: Northwestern University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I hope to earn an M.D./Ph.D. in genetics/genomics and conduct research focusing on diagnostics and therapeutics. I am particularly interested in how genetic information can be used to treat cancer.
Mentor(s): Marco Gallio, Alessia Para
Campus Representative: LaTanya Williams

William Fryrear
Institution: DePauw University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science. Specialist in Cyber Security. Become a professor and instruct at the University Level.
Mentor(s): Khadija Stewart
Campus Representative: Gloria Townsend

Yoan Ganev
Institution: Lake Forest College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I would like to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. degree. I am interested in neurology and more specifically, in neurodegenerative diseases.
Mentor(s): Shubhik DebBurman
Campus Representative: Davis Schneiderman

Hunter Jones
Institution: Wabash College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My goal is to obtain an M.D.-Ph.D. in Neuroscience/Neurobiology. I would like to both practice medicine and conduct research specializing in neural pathway development at a university research hospital.
Mentor(s): Dr. Erika Sorensen-Kamakian, Dr. Karen Gunther
Campus Representative: Susan Albrecht

Madison McMinn
Institution: Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry and work as an analytical chemist. My goal is to advance the field of mass spectrometry.
Mentor(s): Dr. Gary Kinsel, Dr. Mary Kinsel, Mr. Lee Elliott
Campus Representative: Laurie Bell

Taylor Miller-Ensminger
Institution: Loyola University Chicago
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a Ph.D. in Viral Pathology or Epidemiology. I would like to conduct research on zoonotic disease while working for the CDC or WHO.
Mentor(s): Catherine Putonti
Campus Representative: Lisa Knepshield

Nikola Mizgier
Institution: Trinity College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in surgical oncology. Conduct interdisciplinary translational research in oncology, aiming for discovery and development of cancer treatment and prevention.
Mentor(s): Cheyenne Brindle, Maria Parr, William H. Church, Vindya Thilakarathne
Campus Representative: Alison Draper

Kathryn Neilson
Institution: Iowa State University
Field of Study: Materials Research
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering or Physics. Conduct research on the material science of quantum computing and expand it to mass-production in industry.
Mentor(s): Dr. Paul Canfield, Dr. Sergey Budko
Campus Representative: Laura Good

Brandi Pessman
Institution: North Central College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Zoology. Conduct research in animal behavior and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Chandreyee Mitra
Campus Representative: Pearce Durst

Michael Rariden
Institution: Miami University: Oxford
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Bioengineering. Conduct research in cardiovascular disease and phenomena and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Christopher Yengo, Justin Saul
Campus Representative: Paul Urayama

Cynthia Saucedo
Institution: Lewis University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Conduct research in chemical mechanical planarization and work in an industrial research laboratory.
Mentor(s): Dr. Jason J. Keleher
Campus Representative: Joseph Kozminski

Mitchell Sun
Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D. / Ph.D. in oncology and immunology. Conduct interdisciplinary research on tumor immunology and immunotherapy and teach at the university level while working with patients.
Mentor(s): Yulia Komarova, Zhengping Zhuang, Susan Lis, Kevin Kruse, Qi Zhang, David Ronin, Herui Wang
Campus Representative: Kim Germain

Wesley Tung
Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Cancer Biology. Conduct translational research at a major research university or research hospital and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Wenyan Mei, Jürgen Wess, Sai Pydi
Campus Representative: David Schug

Nicole Walker
Institution: Western Illinois University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I aim to earn my Ph.D. in chemistry in order to be a professor at a university. I would also like to conduct research in a group that takes on both undergraduate and graduate students.
Mentor(s): Brian Bellott, Mike Johnson, Tom Field, Chase Stucky
Campus Representative: William Knox

Indiana

Katherine Fisher
Institution: Indiana University Bloomington
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetics. Conduct research on the development of neural circuits, teach at the university level, and mentor students.
Mentor(s): Marko Horb, Dan Tracey, Marcin Wlizla, Stephanie Mauthner
Campus Representative: Jo Anne Tracy

Michelle Kent
Institution: Lehigh University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I intend to attain a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, specifically in Metallurgy. With this educational foundation, I will conduct research for a national laboratory or military laboratory.
Mentor(s): John N. DuPont, Zheng Zhijun, Sean Orzolek, Erin Barrack
Campus Representative: Bill Hunter

Charles Kocher
Institution: Brown University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I plan on obtaining a Ph.D. in theoretical physics. I hope to conduct research in high energy theory and mathematical physics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Richard Gaitskell, Samuel Chan
Campus Representative: Linda Dunleavy

Purva Patel
Institution: DePauw University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct clinical and laboratory-based research on cardiovascular diseases at a university hospital and serve as a mentor to students.
Mentor(s): Pascal Lafontant
Campus Representative: Gloria Townsend

Christopher Pyles
Institution: Bowling Green State University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. Conduct multidisciplinary research on aging, aiming to slow and eventually curing the disease.
Mentor(s): Zhaohui Xu, Marco Nardone, Alexey Zayak
Campus Representative: Simon Morgan-Russell

Brian Schnoor
Institution: George Mason University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I would like to achieve a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and conduct research in medical applications with a focus on drug delivery applications.
Mentor(s): Carolina Salvador-Morales, Jonas Chodorski
Campus Representative: Lanitra Berger

Kansas

Reid Erdwien
Institution: Kansas State University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Become a research professor at a top university in the field of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics.
Mentor(s): Itzik Ben-Itzhak, Kevin Carnes, Bethany Jochim, Travis Severt
Campus Representative: Jim Hohenbary

Mark Nail
Institution: University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: My goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and conduct research in robotics at either a corporate or university research laboratory.
Mentor(s): Dr. Sebastian Elbaum, Dr. Carrick Detweiler, Yue Sun
Campus Representative: Laura Damuth

Gabrielle Phillips
Institution: Kansas State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: M.D. Ph.D. in Bioengineering. Conduct translational research and clinical trials at an academic research hospital.
Mentor(s): Ruth Welti, Alexander Mehring, Nils Hakansson, Kathrin Schrick
Campus Representative: Jim Hohenbary

Caleb Renner
Institution: Idaho State University
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Volconology. Conduct research on volcanoes to better predict and mitigate eruption hazards and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Kathleen Lohse, Shannon Kobs-Nawotniak, Nick Patton
Campus Representative: Joshua Pak

Spencer Thompson
Institution: Creighton University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan on obtaining a Ph.D. in biochemistry and teaching at the university level where I can continue to conduct research with real world applications.
Mentor(s): Juliane Soukup, Laura Panko
Campus Representative: Erin Gross

Alexa Wilden
Institution: Kansas State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I aspire to perform translational research, developing new therapeutic treatments for children affected by rare developmental disorders and testing these therapies in a clinical setting.
Mentor(s): Stella Lee, Kenneth Burton, Joe Fund, Adrian Self
Campus Representative: Jim Hohenbary

Kentucky

Praneeth Goli
Institution: University of Louisville
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in integrative physiology. Conduct research on the systems regulation of physiological states in the context of disease, and therapeutic intervention. Lead innovative translational initiatives.
Mentor(s): Dr. Balamurugan N. Appakalai, Dr. Stuart K. Williams, Dr. James W. Snyder
Campus Representative: Charles Leonard

Garrett McGrady
Institution: University of Louisville
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. Conduct research in nonlinear MEMS applications for bistability and physical unclonable functions while teaching at an R1 university.
Mentor(s): Kevin Walsh, Timothy Dowling, Jian Du-Caines, Maureen McCall, Douglas Jackson, Gobinda Pangeni, Jennifer Noel
Campus Representative: Charles Leonard

Angela Wei
Institution: University of Kentucky
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D., Ph.D. in Biostatistics. Specialize in an Internal Medicine residency then an Oncology fellowship. Conduct research in genomics and translational medicine.
Mentor(s): Peter Nelson, Brock Christensen, David Fardo, Alexey Kuznetsov, Ela Patel, Sara Lundgren, Wangxia Wang, Youdinghuan Chen
Campus Representative: Pat Whitlow

Massachusetts

Dominic Bosco
Institution: Oberlin College
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Operations Research. Conduct research in discrete optimization and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, Christopher Weber, Orit Peleg
Campus Representative: Nick Petzak

Sarah DuBois-Coyne
Institution: University of Massachusetts Boston
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. Conduct research on cell signaling pathways that play critical roles in cancer and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Dr. Alexey Veraksa, Sayantanee Paul, Melissa Brown
Campus Representative: Rahul Kulkarni

Kayla Freeman
Institution: Colby College
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Data Science. Research in an area of interest and teach at a small college.
Mentor(s): Katie Clonan-Roy, Bruce Maxwell, Mark Tappan, Philip Schatz
Campus Representative: Bruce Maxwell

Saurabh Kumar
Institution: University of Connecticut
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in neurobiology. I aspire to conduct research on novel therapies to treat damage in the central nervous system and teach at the medical/graduate school level.
Mentor(s): Joanne Conover, Krysti Todd, Ling Cao
Campus Representative: Rowena Grainger

Nathaniel MacFadden
Institution: Reed College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Applied Physics. Conduct research in condensed matter physics to assist in development of renewable energy technology.
Mentor(s): Colwyn Gulliford, Ara Knaian, Seth Newburg
Campus Representative: Erik Zornik

Marissa Maroni
Institution: Bridgewater State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My immediate goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, and later become a professor researching the molecular mechanisms behind neurodegenerative disorders.
Mentor(s): Brock Grill, Joseph Seggio, Muriel Desbois
Campus Representative: Saritha Nellutla

Emily Rivard
Institution: College of the Holy Cross
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Genetics or Cellular Biology. Conduct biomedical research and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Geoffrey Findlay
Campus Representative: Anthony Cashman

Ruth Schade
Institution: University of Georgia
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in immunology. Conduct research related to inflammatory aspects of disease and teach at a university.
Mentor(s): Claire de La Serre, Tobias Ölschläger, Sonia Altizer, Jiyoung Kim, Manonmani Soundarajan, Daniel Becker
Campus Representative: Jessica Hunt

Sarah Simon
Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I intend to obtain a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. I would like to conduct research in Chemistry with biomedical applications and teach at a university.
Mentor(s): Bruce Armitage Ph.D., David Friedman M.D., Zoltan Arany M.D. Ph.D., April Berlyoung James Rhee M.D., Ph.D.
Campus Representative: Richelle Bernazzoli

Kyle Vaccaro
Institution: University of Hartford
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: To complete a Doctorate of Philosophy in Musculoskeletal Biology and go on to conduct basic rheumatic research.
Mentor(s): Dr. Yingcui Li, Dr. Edward Gray, Jr.
Campus Representative: Michael Nowak

Katya Van Anderlecht
Institution: Boston College
Field of Study: Medicine
Career Goal: Obtain an M.D./Ph.D. in Cancer Biology, with a focus on utilizing neural crest cells to better understand cell movement in application to cancer metastasis.
Mentor(s): Laura Anne Lowery, Marianne Bronner, Pavlos Pissios, Felipe Vieceli
Campus Representative: Tiim Van Opijnen

Kyle Vedder
Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Computer Science with a focus on Robotics to support my long term goal of building autonomous human-assistive robots that can robustly perform tasks in human environments.
Mentor(s): Joydeep Biswas, Spencer Lane
Campus Representative: Madalina Akli

Eve Xu
Institution: Smith College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in chemistry. Conduct research at the interface of chemistry and physics to more deeply understand fundamental scientific principles and teach at a major research university.
Mentor(s): Kevin Shea, Kerry Barnett
Campus Representative: Margaret Lamb

Maryland

Mari-Therese Burton
Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Field of Study: Materials Research
Career Goal: I plan to earn a Ph.D. in Materials Science to conduct research on metals in extreme environments for defense and aerospace applications and become a professor to pass on my knowledge.
Mentor(s): David Laughlin, Ph.D., James Zaykoski, Ph.D., Nicholas Jones, Ph.D., Michael McHenry, Ph.D., Mark Opeka, Ph.D., Marilyn Wun-Fogle, Ph.D., Alice Perrin, James Restorff
Campus Representative: Richelle Bernazzoli

Lauren DeLong
Institution: Salisbury University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, focusing on immunology and toxicology, then become a professor, studying immune responses in vasculature to environmental toxicants, leading to cardiovascular diseases.
Mentor(s): Jennifer Nyland, Edward Lakatta, Les Erickson, Kirill Tarasov, Khalid Chakir
Campus Representative: Matthew Bailey

Jane Donnelly
Institution: Georgetown University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Bioinorganic Chemistry. Conduct research in bioinorganic neurochemistry and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Timothy Warren
Campus Representative: Lauren Tuckley

Anna Fitzmaurice
Institution: Catholic University of America
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Conduct research and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Bob Robinson, Vadim Uritsky, Duila Demello, Ja Soon Shim, Amy Soto
Campus Representative: Cynthia Brewer

Yasmin Graham
Institution: University of Maryland: Baltimore County
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in biomedical or mechanical engineering, focused on biomechanics and prosthetics, then a career in academia, conducting interdisciplinary research, teaching, and student mentoring.
Mentor(s): Helena Mentis, Polina Anikeeva, Sharon Weiss, Adegboyega Akinsiku, Dekel Rosenfeld, Yiliang Zhao
Campus Representative: April Householder

Jiajing Guan
Institution: George Mason University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and conduct research in numerical analysis.
Mentor(s): Tim Sauer, John R. Cressman, Tyrus Berry
Campus Representative: Lanitra Berger

Andrew Lee
Institution: Villanova University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. in materials science or nano-engineering and conduct research in a national lab. I will also pursue a faculty position and mentor young engineers and scientists.
Mentor(s): Gang Feng, Cosima Boswell-Koller, David Riassetto, Amy Fleischer, Anna Safigan, Daeyeon Lee, Victor Rodriguez
Campus Representative: Catherine Stecyk

Zachary Metzler
Institution: Loyola University Maryland
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct theoretical physics research and either do research at a national lab or at a university.
Mentor(s): Andrea Erdas
Campus Representative: Andrea Giampetro-Meyer

Amanda Rocker
Institution: Salisbury University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I intend to earn a Ph.D. in Neuroscience to prepare for a career at a research organization, such as NIH, studying traumatic brain and spinal injury and the regeneration of these injured tissues.
Mentor(s): Dr. Jessica Clark
Campus Representative: Matthew Bailey

Maine

Sarah Ashey
Institution: Occidental College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I aim to pursue a career in marine science. Specifically, I seek a Ph.D. in marine ecology which will lead to my own research in marine conservation at an independent laboratory or university.
Mentor(s): Daniel Pondella, Jonathan Williams, Elizabeth Halliday, Matthew Robart, Chelsea Williams
Campus Representative: Gary Martin

Havi Ellers
Institution: Harvey Mudd College
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in pure mathematics. Conduct research in pure mathematics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Katherine Thompson
Campus Representative: Holly Hauck

Kai Ellers
Institution: Amherst College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in theoretical physics. Conduct research on symmetries and fundamental laws in physics at a university or research institute.
Mentor(s): Jonathan Friedman, Charles Collett
Campus Representative: Christine Overstreet

Jeremy Fuqua
Institution: College of the Atlantic
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to attain an M.D./Ph.D. in Systems Neuroscience and pursue transdisciplinary research aimed at understanding the biology of aging, from the molecular scale to the organismal.
Mentor(s): Dustin Updike
Campus Representative: Sean Todd

Michigan

Nahid Baghdadi
Institution: Michigan State University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences or Bioengineering. Conduct research in liver and cancer pharmacology, and provide better diagnostics and therapeutics. Teach and mentor students at a research institution.
Mentor(s): Dr. Magnus Ingelman-Sundberg, Dr. Monica Santisteban, Dr. Dana Spence, Dr. Andres Contreras, Dr. Ute Hochgeschwender, Delilah Hendriks, Dr. Costantino Iadecola
Campus Representative: Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore

Brendyn Smith
Institution: Michigan State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to receive a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry and teach at the university level. My research focus would include investigating the origin and chemistry of biologically active natural products.
Mentor(s): Dr. Kevin Walker, Dr. Phil Baran, Tyler Walter, Prakash Shee
Campus Representative: Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore

Hunter Stanke
Institution: Michigan State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Landscape Ecology. Conduct interdisciplinary ecological research that promotes the conservation of natural resources.
Mentor(s): Dr. David Williams, Dr. Michael Walters, Ken Kesson, Carolyn Grace, Dr. Sonja Christensen, Catherine Henry, Nate DeVries, Jonathan Cook
Campus Representative: Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore

Sarah Toner
Institution: Cornell University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Ecology. Conduct research on avian ecology and natural resources management and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): David Bonter, Frank La Sorte, Michael Webster, Andrew Farnsworth, Brian Sullivan, John Swaddle, Jordan Karubian
Campus Representative: Beth Fiori

Minnesota

Audrey Goodnight
Institution: Agnes Scott College
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research in mathematical sciences, especially topology or algebra, at a university or government position.
Mentor(s): Alan Koch, Steve Butler, Rachel Rossetti
Campus Representative: Timothy Finco

Tayler Hebner
Institution: University of Minnesota: Duluth
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical or Materials Engineering. Conduct research in polymer engineering and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Brian Hinderliter, Melissa Maurer-Jones, Lena F. Kourkoutis, Gustavo Merten, Robert Duckworth, Robert Sterner, Elizabeth Hill
Campus Representative: Marc Seigar

Neerja Thakkar
Institution: Dartmouth College
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Research scientist with a Ph.D. in Computer Science. Conduct computer science research in academia or in industry.
Mentor(s): Christopher Bailey-Kellogg, Yina Huang, Samantha Dunmire
Campus Representative: Jessica Smolin

Alexandra Ward
Institution: Concordia College: Moorhead
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct research in neurodegenerative diseases and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Graeme Wyllie, McKenzie Lewis, James D. Foster, Cassandra M. Knutson, Francesco Cini, R. Lee Penn
Campus Representative: Cori Anderson

Jenna Wegscheid
Institution: Minnesota State University Moorhead
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Molecular biology and biological chemistry, particularly plant and fungi interactions, enthrall me. I aspire to increase our current understanding of biological happenings and applications.
Mentor(s):
Campus Representative: Jeffrey Bodwin

Allison Welter
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. Lead a research team to generate new knowledge on genetic disorders and begin developing gene therapies for treatment.
Mentor(s): Derek Gingerich, Alan Beggs
Campus Representative: Karen Havholm

Missouri

Susanna Barrett
Institution: Scripps College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Biology. Conduct research in biochemical science and teach at a university level.
Mentor(s): Aaron Leconte, Drew Lichtenstein
Campus Representative: Ulysses Sofia

Amanda Blythe
Institution: University of Missouri: Columbia
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Pharmacology. Conduct research as a senior scientist in the pharmaceutical industry, studying novel therapeutics for cardiovascular research.
Mentor(s): Robert Kutlik, Paula McSteen, Steven Mumm, Qin Zou
Campus Representative: Timothy Parshall

Maya Samuels-Fair
Institution: Washington University in St. Louis
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Ecology. Conduct field research in wildlife ecology, teach at the university level, and write about conservation for popular audiences.
Mentor(s): Jonathan Myers, Henry Hughes, Joseph LaManna
Campus Representative: Grizelda McClelland

Zachary Wood
Institution: University of Kansas
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. degree in Inorganic/Materials Chemistry to ultimately lead a research team to address environmental grand challenges through the design of functional materials.
Mentor(s): Mikhail Barybin, Mason Hart
Campus Representative: Anne Wallen

Mississippi

Erin Crater
Institution: University of Southern Mississippi
Field of Study: Materials Research
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry and Engineering. Conduct research in conjugated polymer engineering and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Dr. Jason Azoulay, Dr. Joseph Lott, Abagail Williams, Joshua Tropp
Campus Representative: Robyn Curtis

Michael Sandoz
Institution: University of Southern Mississippi
Field of Study: Materials Research
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Material Science. Pursue a career in industry synthesizing a new generation of sustainable materials to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and limit environmental changes.
Mentor(s): Derek L. Patton, Douglas Amato, Dahlia Amato
Campus Representative: Robyn Curtis

Montana

Peter Crawford-Kahrl
Institution: Montana State University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: M.S and Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research in pure math and mathematical physics, and teach at a university level.
Mentor(s): Tomas Gedeon, Bree Cummins
Campus Representative: Ilse-Mari Lee

Levin Mullaney
Institution: Montana Tech of the University of Montana
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I plan to obtain my Ph.D. in aerospace engineering and mechanics, focused on flight controls. I aspire to conduct research at either a university or government research facility, such as NASA.
Mentor(s): Lucas Moxey, Doug Brugger, Dr. Bryce Hill
Campus Representative: Scott Risser

Benjamin Wollant
Institution: St. Olaf College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Medical Physics, with a focus on optical and other imaging techniques. Conduct research and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): David L. Dickensheets, James Demas, Prabal Adhikari, Tianbo Liu, Ryan Downey
Campus Representative: Mary Walczak

North Carolina

Gillian Horn
Institution: Converse College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Immunology. Conduct research in biomedical sciences focusing on cancer treatments and vaccination development.
Mentor(s): William Case
Campus Representative: Edna Steele

Megan Masterson
Institution: Case Western Reserve University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astronomy. Conduct research in observational astronomy and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Steven Hauck, Joseph Rosenblatt, Glenn Starkman, Vikas Prakash
Campus Representative: Amanda McCarthy

Benjamen O’Hallaron
Institution: North Carolina State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to complete a Ph.D. in Ecology and conduct field research at a university or botanical research institution with an emphasis on conservation of threatened ecosystems.
Mentor(s): Dr. Qiuyun (Jenny) Xiang, Dr. Bob Magill, Dr. Alexander Krings, John Atwood
Campus Representative: Tiffany Kershner

John Watters
Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry. Lead a biochemistry research group focused on harnessing the power of biological systems for the betterment of human life.
Mentor(s): Eric Brustad, Steven A. Soper, Myra Halpin, Tim Schwochert, Mateusz Hupert
Campus Representative: Inger Brodey

Nebraska

Lauren Lesiak
Institution: University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. degree and postdoctoral studies in chemistry, with aspirations to teach and conduct research in the field of chemical biology at a research university.
Mentor(s): Cliff Stains, Xinqi Zhou
Campus Representative: Laura Damuth

New Hampshire

Emma Clarke
Institution: University of New Hampshire
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research in theoretical and computational cosmology and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Subinoy Das, James Ryan, Mark McConnell
Campus Representative: Jeanne Sokolowski

New Jersey

Mahaa Ahmed
Institution: Rowan University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in microbiology. Conduct research on waterborne pathogens that cause infectious diseases and contribute solutions to global disease outbreaks.
Mentor(s): Kara L. Nelson, Christopher Jones, Hydar Ali, C.S. Slater, Jennifer Lynch, Erica Fuhrmeister, Valerie Braz
Campus Representative: Eve Sledjeski

Sara Camilli
Institution: University of Richmond
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, or Genetics & Genomics. Conduct research in bioinformatics in industry, such as biotechnology, software, or pharmaceutical companies.
Mentor(s): April Hill, Michael Ruggerio, William Ward, Julie Nowicki, Malcolm Hill
Campus Representative: Dana Kuchem

Savanna Dautle
Institution: Rowan University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Earn a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Carry out research in sustainable polymers and teach at a research university.
Mentor(s): Joseph Stanzione III, Abdulkadir Hassen, Uwe Kortshagen, Silvio Curia, Zachary Robinson, Alex
Campus Representative: Eve Sledjeski

Nicole Eskow
Institution: Yale University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Cellular Biology, conduct research on the development and treatment of hematologic malignancies, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Diane Krause, Burton Appel, Donna Leonardi, Vanessa Scanlon
Campus Representative: Rebekah Westphal

Uma Kantheti
Institution: Drew University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I want to be a professor in the department of immunology at a medical school and run a laboratory that focuses on cancer immunology.
Mentor(s): Brianne Barker, Obiri Addo
Campus Representative: Stephen Dunaway

Grant Knappe
Institution: University of Delaware
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Conduct research in polymer science and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Christopher Kloxin, Christin Monroe, Melissa Gordon, John T. Groves, Abhishek Shete
Campus Representative: Lauren Barsky

Veronica LaMastro
Institution: Rowan University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: M.D.-Ph.D. Conduct orthopedic engineering research to be used at a clinical level and teach at a university level.
Mentor(s): Erik Brewer, Vincent Beachley, Peter Galie, Anthony Lowman, Jonathan Gabriel, Paul Partyka
Campus Representative: Eve Sledjeski

Nicole Sivetz
Institution: Monmouth University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Science with a translational research focus. Improve therapeutics for genetic diseases with highly unmet medical needs for a pharmaceutical company or research institute.
Mentor(s): Dr. Massimiliano Lamberto, Dr. Joshua T. Gamse, Dr. Martin J. Hicks
Campus Representative: Catherine Duckett

Robert Tesoriero Jr.
Institution: Lebanon Valley College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biotechnology. Will use synthetic biology to design novel living biological systems that solve the major environmental issues of today.
Mentor(s): Walter A. Patton, Michelle Rasmussen
Campus Representative: Philip Benesch

Nicholas Trainor
Institution: Drexel University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in materials science and engineering. Research the properties of and fabrication techniques of 2-dimensional materials to enable large-scale production.
Mentor(s): Goran Karapetrov, Ph.D., Babak Anasori, Ph.D., Mengqiang Zhao, Ph.D., Yury Gogotsi, Ph.D.
Campus Representative: Meredith Wooten

Kristen Vogt
Institution: The College of New Jersey
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Obtain a Ph.D. in Biochemistry with a focus on environmental chemistry. Conduct research in sustainable energy resources and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Dr. Joseph Baker
Campus Representative: Michelle Bunagan

Rose Yin
Institution: Cornell University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Conduct research in integrating chemical engineering principles with cellular biology applications.
Mentor(s): Dr. Matthew Paszek, Dr. Valerie Bradford, Dr. Jeffrey Zahn, Monet Roberts, Michael Moloney
Campus Representative: Beth Fiori

Nevada

Elizabeth Everest
Institution: University of Nevada: Reno
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Marine Science and Conservation. Conduct research on how marine meiobenthic fauna contribute to the global carbon cycle and can be used as indicators of environmental pollution.
Mentor(s): Jeffery Baguely, Cody Byrne
Campus Representative: Tamara Valentine

Lana Sheta
Institution: University of Nevada: Reno
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D./M.D. in cancer genomics and oncology. I will use advanced genomic technology to develop and implement mutation-specific, patient-centered therapies.
Mentor(s): Michael Kos, Thomas Parchman, Joe Grzymski, Elizabeth Leger, Joshua Hallas
Campus Representative: Tamara Valentine

New York

Adina Bechhofer
Institution: City University of New York: Queens College
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Signal Processing and/ or Machine Learning. Conduct research relating to image and sound processing, machine learning, and AI. Teach at a university level.
Mentor(s): Dr. Larry Liebovitch
Campus Representative: Ross Wheeler

Matthew Best
Institution: James Madison University
Field of Study: Psychology
Career Goal: Earn a Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology and become a research professor of quantitative psychology. Develop quantitative tools to measure the relationship between psychology and elite performance.
Mentor(s): Kenneth Barron, Jeffrey Kuhn, Philip Frana, Monica Reis-Bergan, Chris Hulleman, John Egresits, Jared Diener, Tom Mitch, Hunter Greer, Yoi Tibbetts
Campus Representative: Kurt Davies

Parth Bhide
Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: My career goal is to complete a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering. My hope is to use that background to pursue a career in academic teaching and research.
Mentor(s): Chaitanya Ullal, Michael Hagerman, Apostolos Karanastasis, Joanne Kehlbeck
Campus Representative: Michael Hanna

Jian Wen Choong
Institution: City University of New York: LaGuardia Community College
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. Conduct research in nanoelectronics devices.
Mentor(s): Midas (I-Hsien) Tsai
Campus Representative: Howard Motoike

Kiara Cruickshank
Institution: Clarkson University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Practice clinically and conduct medical biochemistry research with focus on innovative drug delivery systems.
Mentor(s): Richard Partch, Stephanie Schuckers, Cintia Hongay, David Yambay, Kangning Li, Antonio Rockwell
Campus Representative: Jon Goss

Nicholas Falcone
Institution: Hamilton College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, conduct research on natural products isolation and synthesis related to drug leads, and teach chemistry at the college level.
Mentor(s): Robin Kinnel
Campus Representative: Virginia Dosch

Matthew Fitzsimmons
Institution: St. John’s University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Attain a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Conduct original research in the field of synthetic chemistry.
Mentor(s): Victor Cesare
Campus Representative: Konrad Tuchscherer

Lawrence Gardner
Institution: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: New Brunswick
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Conduct research in advancing interplanetary spacecraft.
Mentor(s): Jennifer Marshall, Cristiano Galbiati
Campus Representative: Arthur Casciato

Andrea Killian
Institution: Lafayette College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Biology or Biochemistry studying aspects of organic synthesis of biomolecules. Conduct industrial research in pharmaceutical drug discovery and consult for scientific public policy.
Mentor(s): Justin K Hines, Rebecca Brown
Campus Representative: Julia Goldberg

Allison King
Institution: Union College
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Conduct research on the aerodynamics of cars in order to improve fuel efficiency and performance.
Mentor(s): Bradford Bruno, Anthony Santamaria, Ann Anderson, Mary Carroll
Campus Representative: Lynn Evans

Juliana Larson
Institution: Hamilton College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Research the use of synthetic chemistry to combat human disease and the growing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics.
Mentor(s): Angela P. Blum
Campus Representative: Virginia Dosch

Michelle Li
Institution: Stanford University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics. Conduct research at a University regarding humans’ susceptibility to diseases, and design accurate, precise, and cost-effective diagnostic tools.
Mentor(s): Ami Bhatt, Samuel Yang, Tadashi Fukami, Konstantinos Krampis, Matthew Durrant, Steven B. Cogill, Po-Ju Ke
Campus Representative: Kristin Black

Elena Musteata
Institution: SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biotechnology. Conduct research in nanobioengineering to develop novel, higher efficacy targeted drug delivery systems with fewer side effects for medical applications.
Mentor(s): Nathaniel Cady, Dr. Yamil Simon-Manso, Dr. Nancy Lin, Dr. Sandra Da Silva
Campus Representative: Daniel White

Kaleigh Ryan
Institution: Pace University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I aspire to receive a Ph.D. in chemical research in an area where I can make a positive impact on individuals suffering from physical, mental, or emotional disorders.
Mentor(s): Joseph Krumpfer
Campus Representative: Jenny Irwin

Nicole Schneider
Institution: Loyola University Maryland
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a Ph.D. in applied math, pursue a career in research, and ultimately work for an institution where I can develop imaging techniques to solve real-world problems.
Mentor(s): Roger Eastman, Jeffrey Witt
Campus Representative: Andrea Giampetro-Meyer

Nicole Soder
Institution: SUNY University at Stony Brook
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to earn a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics and pursue a career as both a professor and research scientist in scientific computing.
Mentor(s): Dr. Robert Harrison, David Biersach
Campus Representative: Jennifer Green

Nadia Suguitan
Institution: SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Nanotechnology. Conduct research in the semiconductor industry and integrate novel devices and processing techniques in high-throughput manufacturing.
Mentor(s): Nathaniel Cady, Jeffrey Bokor, Janet Paluh, Karsten Beckmann, Shuang Wu, Sara Evke
Campus Representative: Daniel White

Xiaofang Yu
Institution: City University of New York: Queensborough Community College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: My dream is to pursue a Ph.D.degree in Material Chemistry and continue further with a research career. I plan to conduct research in Solar energy and Materials Science.
Mentor(s): Sujun Wei, Bohdana M. Discher, P. Leslie Dutton, Chris Moser
Campus Representative: Paris Svoronos

Ohio

Zachary Bogorad
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in experimental particle physics. Teach and do experimental fundamental physics research at a university.
Mentor(s): Lindley Winslow, Joseph Formaggio, Martin Zwierlein, Xuan Gao
Campus Representative: Eileen Ng

Brittany Chamberlain
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Connect psychiatric research with the clinical application of treating patients, and teach at a university level to encourage development of aspiring scientists.
Mentor(s): Susanne E. Ahmari, M.D. Ph.D., Sean C. Piantadosi
Campus Representative: Judith Zang

Christopher Heldman
Institution: University of Akron
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I aspire to obtain a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. My career goal is to lead a team conducting research on spacecraft power systems and robotics.
Mentor(s): Bryan Schoenholz, Yilmaz Sozer, David Avanesian, Nam T. Nguyen, Sarah A. Tedder, Awab Ali, Michael J Garrett, Brent G. Gardner, Matthew G. Granger, Maryjo W. Shalkhauser
Campus Representative: Donald Visco

Autumn Mohler
Institution: Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: I aspire to be a geology professor with emphasis in pedology and hydrogeology. I plan to be active in research throughout my education and continue with research projects as a professor.
Mentor(s): Michael Stapleton, Jack Livingston, Michael Zeig, Xianfeng Chen
Campus Representative: John Rindy

Evan Nichols
Institution: University of Notre Dam
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct neuroscience research as well as train a new generation of scientists at the university level.
Mentor(s): Cody Smith, Tatiana Byzova, Teja Dudiki
Campus Representative: Malgorzata Dobrowolska-Furdyna

Isaac Stamper
Institution: University of Cincinnati
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct translational research to make low-cost lab-on-chip medical diagnostic tools that allow for more accessible and affordable healthcare.
Mentor(s): Jason Heikenfeld, Eliot Gomez, Michael Brothers, Andrew Jajack
Campus Representative: Cara Pickett

Ryan Tumbleson
Institution: Ohio University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: It is my goal to earn a Ph.D. in physics and conduct nanotechnology research while teaching at the collegiate level.
Mentor(s): Saw-Wai Hla, Volker Rose
Campus Representative: Elizabeth Clodfelter

Isaac Vock
Institution: Centre College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Obtain a Ph.D. in Biophysics and conduct research at a university or research institute into the role proteins play in transcriptional regulation.
Mentor(s): Anna Mapp, Bruce Rodenborn, Stephen Joy, Philip Lockett, Omari Baruti
Campus Representative: Philip Lockett

Oklahoma

Katherine Avery
Institution: University of Oklahoma
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science. Conduct research in machine learning and artificial intelligence and teach at a university.
Mentor(s): Amy McGovern, Daniel Boley, Dee Wu, Amy Larson
Campus Representative: Melanie Wright

Jennifer Burleson
Institution: University of Tulsa
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in mathematics. Conduct research in applied mathematics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Parameswar Harikumar, Sandip Sen
Campus Representative: Nona Charleston

Gavin Jergensen
Institution: University of Oklahoma
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science with a M.S. in Mathematics. Conduct research in theoretical computer science, investigating artificial intelligence and/or alternative computation methods.
Mentor(s): Amy McGovern, Michael Strauss
Campus Representative: Melanie Wright

Oregon

Rachel Bass
Institution: Grinnell College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Pd.D. in Experimental Particle Physics. Conduct research in particle physics or accelerator science for a research or academic institution with leadership and mentoring opportunities.
Mentor(s): Paul Tjossem, James Arthur Crittenden, William Case
Campus Representative: Ann Landstrom

Gino Carrillo
Institution: University of Oregon
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics studying gravitational physics. Eventually, I am determined to become a professor so that I can share my passion for physics with others.
Mentor(s): Benjamin J. McMorran, Fehmi S. Yasin, Nima Dinyari
Campus Representative: Josh Snodgrass

Hattie Greydanus
Institution: Calvin College
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biological Engineering. Research questions focused on water resources, rural water systems and conservation biology, specifically in developing nations.
Mentor(s): Mary Santelmann, Robert Tanguay, Michelle Talal, Leah Wehmas
Campus Representative: Carolyn Anderson

Kendra Jackson
Institution: Oregon State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. in molecular biology or genetics. I aim to conduct research in biochemical/epigenetic pathways that lead cancer, and develop new therapies.
Mentor(s): Michael Freitag
Campus Representative: LeAnn Joy Adam

Alison McGarigal
Institution: Colorado College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Forest Ecology. Conduct research on the effects of climate change on ecological resiliency of forest systems and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Miroslav Kummel, Charles Cannon
Campus Representative: Rebecca Barnes

Eamonn Needham
Institution: University of Oregon
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: After my Ph.D., I will obtain a position at an experimental research institution. I will explore volcanological questions such as how the behavior of gas in magma changes during magma ascent.
Mentor(s): Jim Watkins, Thomas Giachetti, Paul Wallace, James Gardner
Campus Representative: Josh Snodgrass

Pennsylvania

Taylor Bednar
Institution: Dickinson College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I intend to attain a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and apply it to medicinal chemistry research. My ultimate goal is to conduct novel research for drug targeting treatment of pertinent diseases.
Mentor(s): Jason Gavenonis
Campus Representative: Amity Fox

Eben Blaisdell
Institution: Bucknell University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I seek to contribute to human knowledge to the largest extent possible. Personally, this is most effectively accomplished through the advancement of formal mathematical theory.
Mentor(s): Van Cyr, Adam Piggott, Emily Dryden, Nikolaus Hruska
Campus Representative: Margaret Marr

Rory Bowens
Institution: Penn State University Park
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: As an aspiring astrophysicist, I seek to push the boundaries of our knowledge and discover new information about the universe that may be beneficial to mankind.
Mentor(s): Rebekah Dawson, Andrew Shannon
Campus Representative: Caitlin Ting

Madison Chlebowski
Institution: Ithaca College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Obtain Ph.D. in Developmental Biology. Conduct research in the genetics of neurological development to better understand the brain’s structural integration and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Ian Woods, Maki Inada
Campus Representative: Stacia Zabusky

Morgan Cyron
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering or Chemistry. Conduct research in the national defense sector developing new materials to defend against chemical and biological weapons.
Mentor(s): Jennifer Laaser, Carter Abney
Campus Representative: Judith Zang

Patrick Gilkey
Institution: College of Wooster
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in macrobiology-related field. Conduct research and teach at an undergraduate institution. Areas of research interest include ecology, evolution, entomology, and mosquito vector control.
Mentor(s): Laura Sirot
Campus Representative: Sarah Sobeck

Christopher Good
Institution: College of Wooster
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry specializing in analytical and instrumental analysis. Conduct environmental research in an industrial setting examining contaminants of emerging concern.
Mentor(s): Paul Edmiston
Campus Representative: Sarah Sobeck

Sarah Harris
Institution: Westminster College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct research in pharmacology at the governmental research level with an organization like the CDC.
Mentor(s): Patrick Lackey, Mihaela-Rita Mihailescu
Campus Representative: Craig Caylor

Jesse Hsu
Institution: Ithaca College
Field of Study: Materials Research
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Materials Science. Conduct research in materials science that will explore nanotechnology and fuel new advancements in medicine.
Mentor(s): Michael Haaf, Edward Van Keuren, Xinran Zhang
Campus Representative: Stacia Zabusky

Deondre Jordan
Institution: Swarthmore College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I am pursuing a M.D./Ph.D. with the hopes of becoming a physician scientist specializing in structural biology. I hope to lead a team with a joint focus on medical research and clinical work.
Mentor(s): Liliya A. Yatsunyk, Eric J. Brown, Jonathan B. Chaires
Campus Representative: Melissa Mandos

Daniel Longenecker
Institution: Cornell University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics or Theoretical High Energy Physics. Conduct research in theoretical physics and physics pedagogy and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Erich Mueller
Campus Representative: Beth Fiori

Victor Mao
Institution: University of California: Berkeley
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry with an emphasis on materials science. Conduct research designing functional materials for chemical catalysis and energy applications at the academic or industrial level.
Mentor(s): Jeffrey Long, Phillip Milner
Campus Representative: Alicia Hayes

MacKenzie Mauger
Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. Conduct research on genetic conflict and teach at a Research I university.
Mentor(s): Mia Levine
Campus Representative: Wallace Genser

Kalon Overholt
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research engineering artificial organs, communicate science to the public, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Dr. Rocky Tuan, Ph.D., Dr. Riccardo Gottardi, Ph.D., Aaron Sun, Riccardo Gottardi, Ph.D.
Campus Representative: Judith Zang

Owen Pearl
Institution: Temple University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Explore the application of nanomaterials to advanced macroscale systems – specifically those related to the field of acoustical engineering – and teach at a university.
Mentor(s): Dmitry Dikin, Ana Isabel, Haijun Liu, Bin Ren
Campus Representative: Barbara Gorka

Brittney Racioppo
Institution: Seton Hill University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I aspire to obtain either a Ph.D. in Chemistry or an M.D./Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology to either lead my own research group at an R1 institution or to pursue an industry position.
Mentor(s): Jamie Fornsaglio, Squire Booker, Anthony Blaszczyk
Campus Representative: Jonathan Moerdyk

Patrick Shaw
Institution: Kenyon College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I will earn a Ph.D. in theoretical physics and do research as a computational cosmologist and particle physicist.
Mentor(s): John T. Giblin, Madeline Wade, Leslie Wade, Paula Turner
Campus Representative: Wade Powell

Taylor Sheehy
Institution: Duquesne University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: My goal is to achieve a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry or a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in order to pursue a research career in pharmaceutical development.
Mentor(s): David W. Seybert
Campus Representative: Kathleen Roberts

Dalton Stewart
Institution: Bucknell University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I intend to obtain a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering focusing my research on biofuels as a renewable fuel source.
Mentor(s): Deborah Sills, L. Donald Duke
Campus Representative: Margaret Marr

Elizabeth Whidden
Institution: Vassar College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Cell Biology or Microbiology with a focus on Infectious Disease. Conduct research on mechanisms of disease spread as a government employee or university researcher.
Mentor(s): Kathleen Susman, Mary Ann McDowell, Mark Schlessman, Jane Huffman, Abdalla Aldras, Douglas Shoue, Nicole Chinnici
Campus Representative: Lisa Kooperman

Eric Wolf
Institution: Lehigh University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: My primary career goal is to learn the answers to as many interesting questions as I can. Tangibly, I plan to finish my B.S. at Lehigh, earn a Ph.D. in physics, and ultimately enter academia.
Mentor(s): Ivan Biaggio
Campus Representative: Bill Hunter

Puerto Rico

Gabriel Colón-Reyes
Institution: University of Puerto Rico: Mayaguez
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in electrical engineering. Pursue research in control systems with applications to renewable energy integration into the electric grid and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Jesús del Alamo, Steven Low, Eduardo Ortiz, Jon McGowan, Alon Vardy
Campus Representative: Mauricio Cabrera

Rhode Island

Aaron Charous
Institution: Brown University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. I wish to pursue a career in research in academia or in the engineering and/or technology industry.
Mentor(s): Daniel Mittleman, Wei Zhang, Rajind Mendis
Campus Representative: Linda Dunleavy

Ryan Geib
Institution: University of Rhode Island
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in mathematical biology or applied mathematics. Conduct research in stochastic models of enzyme kinetics and apply them to therapeutic design.
Mentor(s): Lenore Martin, Yogesh Joglekar, Farrah Sadre-Marandi
Campus Representative: David Heskett

Dean Kareemo
Institution: University of Rhode Island
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Pharmacology. Conduct research as a primary investigator on mechanisms of antipsychotic drug action and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Abraham Kovoor, Joseph Schrader, Craig Irving
Campus Representative: David Heskett

South Carolina

Aspasia Amiridis
Institution: University of South Carolina: Columbia
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a Ph.D. in biochemistry and to conduct research, specifically in bioengineering and drug delivery/design, that can eventually be used to inform clinical trials.
Mentor(s): Parastoo Hashemi, Mary Jo LaDu, Lucia Pirisi-Creek, Jordan Holmes, Jason York
Campus Representative: Novella Beskid

Katelyn Kraichely
Institution: College of Charleston
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to earn an M.D./Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biophysics, conduct translational research on intracellular signaling, and practice medicine as an endocrinologist at a research hospital.
Mentor(s): Michael Giuliano, Michael Smith
Campus Representative: Anton Vander Zee

Hansen Mou
Institution: Clemson University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I intend to obtain a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. I plan to conduct research in energy and energy storage technologies to help us reach our ultimate goal of 100% renewable energy.
Mentor(s): Mark Roberts, Matthias Wessling, Christopher Kitchens, John Regalbuto, Robert Emmett, Korcan Percin, Roque Góchez, Jason Keels
Campus Representative: Ricki Shine

South Dakota

Trey Waldrop
Institution: Augustana University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Physics or Medical Physics. With this, I hope to conduct research in particle or nuclear physics and its applications to industry, health, or medicine.
Mentor(s): Drew Alton
Campus Representative: Andrew Klose

Tennessee

Brandon Barker
Institution: University of Tennessee: Knoxville
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. in theoretical astrophysics, followed by postdoctoral fellowships until I obtain a research and teaching position at a university.
Mentor(s): Dr. Eirik Endeve, Dr. Barbara Patricelli, Dr. Norman Mannella, Dr. Anthony Mezzacappa, Dr. Massimiliano Razzano, Dr. Paolo Vilmercati, Dr. Eric Lentz
Campus Representative: Andrew Seidler

Erin Mihealsick
Institution: Clemson University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry or Pharmacology. Conduct research in drug development most prominently in cancer treatment.
Mentor(s): Kerry Smith, Mark Blenner, Rachel Getman, Francisco Barrera
Campus Representative: Ricki Shine

Samuel Remedios
Institution: Middle Tennessee State University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science. Conduct research in applications of computer vision, machine learning, and artificial intelligence techniques to improve medical image analysis and patient outcomes.
Mentor(s): Bennett Landman, Snehashis Roy, Sal Barbosa, Dzung Pham, John Butman
Campus Representative: Laura Clippard

Texas

Meredith Burke
Institution: Southern Methodist University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I plan to earn my Masters in Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. in Computational Fluid Dynamics. After earning my Ph.D., I hope to work in aerodynamics and rocket propulsion for NASA.
Mentor(s): Mickey Saloma, Ricky Crum, Dona Mukarkey, Zhongxu An , ohannes H. Bauer, Ph.D., Andrew Scott, Changho Choi, Nithya Joseph
Campus Representative: Rachel Ball-Phillips

Nora Chapman
Institution: Texas Tech University
Field of Study: Psychology
Career Goal: I want to earn a Ph.D. in Behavioral Economics so that I can conduct research in Behavioral Economics with a Cognitive Neuroscience, Social Psychology, and Human Factors angle as well as to teach.
Mentor(s): Dr. Jessica Alquist, Dr. Tyler Davis, Dr. Martina Klein
Campus Representative: Wendoli Flores

Mark Esposito
Institution: West Texas A&M University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physical Inorganic Chemistry. Conduct research in inorganic chemistry and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Jason Yarbrough, Qingquan Wu, Cathy Clewett
Campus Representative: Laura Seals

Oscar Gonzalez
Institution: Texas A&M University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Conduct research in energy storage and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Nathan Fleer, Rachel Davidson
Campus Representative: Ben Simington

Nikolas Liebster
Institution: Rice University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Get Ph.D. in applied Atomic Molecular and Optical physics, then teach and lead a research group at a university.
Mentor(s): Henry De Luo, Sergio Carbajo, Jane Grande-Allen, Randy Hulet, Michael Sapp, Dragoslava Vekilov
Campus Representative: Caroline Quenemoen

Samantha Nadel
Institution: Cornell College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Archaeological Sciences. Conduct research in the chemical analysis of archaeological remains, particularly those of pre-Columbian Latin America.
Mentor(s): Cynthia Strong, Lynn M. Alex
Campus Representative: Ross Sowell

Rohan Panaparambil
Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: “M.D./Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Research into metabolism and metabolic engineering at a medical institution.”
Mentor(s): Michael Brown, David Hackam, Joseph Goldstein, Mitchell Ladd, Donald Anderson, Adam Werts
Campus Representative: Kelly Barry

David Quispe
Institution: Lamar University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. Conduct research on the characterization and optimization of materials for different types of solar cells and ultimately create my own solar energy related company.
Mentor(s): Cristian Bahrim, Ashling Leilaeioun, Zachary C. Holman
Campus Representative: Harley Myler

Jackson Ross
Institution: Calvin College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in physics or material science. Conduct research in quantum materials, focusing on magnetism and optics, and potentially teach at the college level.
Mentor(s): David E. Benson
Campus Representative: Carolyn Anderson

Margaret Steiner
Institution: George Washington University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: My career goal is to complete a Ph.D. in Biostatistics to conduct research and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Keith Crandall, Michael Swartz, Carly Jordan, Keylie Gibson
Campus Representative: Rachelle Heller

Kiran Tomlinson
Institution: Carleton College
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Scientific Computing. Apply computational methods to astrophysical and aerospace research and development. Contribute to future space exploration missions.
Mentor(s): David Liben-Nowell, Calvin Lin. Akanksha Jain
Campus Representative: Marynel Ryan Van Zee

Stephen Wang
Institution: Yale University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I will obtain a Ph.D. in Chemical Biology, using sub-microscopic compounds to understand the macroscopic mechanisms of cancer. I will pursue an academic research career and mentor future scientists.
Mentor(s): Blake Smith, George Burslem, Kristen Fousek, Haiquan Zhou, Saul Jaime-Figueroa, Craig Crews, Sujith Joseph, Zhen Fan, Nabil Ahmed
Campus Representative: Rebekah Westphal

Elysa Wolf
Institution: Calvin College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Biology or Biochemistry. Conduct research in either an academic or industrial setting.
Mentor(s): David Benson
Campus Representative: Carolyn Anderson

Sarah Zou
Institution: University of North Texas
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Research and develop energy-efficient consumer devices to raise global standards of living while I teach.
Mentor(s): Dr. Sheldon Shi, Dr. David Wetter, Dr. Wonbong Choi, Kimberly Claiborne
Campus Representative: James Duban

Utah

Jens Ammon
Institution: University of Utah
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Sedimentary Geology. Conduct multi-departmental research between geology, biology and oceanography to understand marine paleoenvironments.
Mentor(s): Lauren Birgenheier, John McLennan, Aubry DeReuil
Campus Representative: Lisa Batchelder

David Maughan
Institution: Utah State University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research in gravitational physics.
Mentor(s): Charles Torre
Campus Representative: Kristine Miller

Brady Moon
Institution: Brigham Young University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. I intend to conduct research in autonomy, estimation, and tracking while teaching at the university level.
Mentor(s): Cameron K. Peterson, Geoff Wright
Campus Representative: Barry Bickmore

Virginia

Robin Bai
Institution: University of Virginia
Field of Study: Medicine
Career Goal: M.D. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Utilize computational techniques to conduct research in neuroscience and discover possible treatment methods for neurological disorders.
Mentor(s): Chris Overall, Feng Li, Michael Scott, Tony Filiano, Tony Filliano
Campus Representative: Michael Timko

Rachel Barborek
Institution: James Madison University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct research to better understand the neurological basis of memory.
Mentor(s): Dr. Susan Halsell, Dr. Michelle Hesse
Campus Representative: Kurt Davies

Ruth Beaver
Institution: College of William and Mary
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in aerospace engineering. Design spacecraft and then transfer to teaching at the university or high school level.
Mentor(s): Tyler Meldrum
Campus Representative: Lindsey Love

Timothy Burnette
Institution: Grinnell College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Conduct research on drought tolerance in plants and its importance in community structure, teach at the university level, and mentor future plant ecologists.
Mentor(s): Vincent Eckhart, Cheryl Lindeman, Jami Key
Campus Representative: Ann Landstrom

Lance De Koninck
Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in biomaterials. Conduct research in nature inspired advanced materials and later move to industry to continue this work.
Mentor(s): Jonathan Boreyko
Campus Representative: Christina McIntyre

Noemi Glaeser
Institution: University of South Carolina: Columbia
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics or Computer Science. Pursue an academic career involving teaching and research in number theory, algebra, and cryptography.
Mentor(s): Anduo Wang, Gabriel Terejanu, Andrea Cobb
Campus Representative: Novella Beskid

Ashley Greenlee
Institution: irginia Commonwealth University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in reproductive biology. Conduct research to discover possible genetic markers that cause miscarriages in African-American women as well as ways to decrease the number of miscarriages.
Mentor(s): Dr. Mary Lilly, Ph.D., Dr. Gamaliel Cherry, Ph.D., Mr. Kuikwon Kim
Campus Representative: Meredith Sisson

Doreen Joseph
Institution: George Mason University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Cyber Security. Conduct security research and develop a non-profit organization to mentor and empower underrepresented students in marginalized communities to attain higher education.
Mentor(s): Scott Ledgerwood, John Woolsey
Campus Representative: Lanitra Berger

Najwa Labban
Institution: University of Richmond
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct clinical research before shifting to an academic institution to teach and run my own laboratory.
Mentor(s): Michael Leopold, Julie Pollock
Campus Representative: Dana Kuchem

Yongna Lei
Institution: Syracuse University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in cell biology and molecular genetics. Conduct research on human genetics and the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders at an academic institution or research hospital.
Mentor(s): Carlos Castañeda, Eleanor Maine, Thuy Dao
Campus Representative: Jolynn Parker

Annie Lin
Institution: James Madison University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research on materials and biocompatibility in cardiovascular medicine at an academic research hospital.
Mentor(s): Debbie Mohler
Campus Representative: Kurt Davies

Anya Michaelsen
Institution: Williams College
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in pure mathematics. Conduct research in algebra and/or number theory and teach at a college or university.
Mentor(s): Ken Ono, Brent Heeringa, Corey Cleland, Susan Loepp
Campus Representative: Katerina King

Janice Ong
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct research in application of protein engineering to the design and characterization of targeted drugs and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Conor McMahon, Eric Miller, Sriram Subramaniam, Andrew Kruse, Hadley Sikes
Campus Representative: Eileen Ng

Matthew Park
Institution: Georgetown University
Field of Study: Medicine
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in medical oncology. Conduct basic science and translational research in immuno-oncology at a research hospital.
Mentor(s): Anton Wellstein, M.D., Ph.D., Ronit I. Yarden, Ph.D., Michael Otto, Ph.D., Tomasz Leski, Ph.D., Marcel Oliver Schmidt, Ph.D., Sarah Martinez Roth, M.S., Thuan Nguyen, M.S.
Campus Representative: Lauren Tuckley

Vignesh Rajasekaran
Institution: University of Virginia
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D.-Ph.D. Conduct translational research as a physician-scientist.
Mentor(s): Jonathan Kipnis, Nihal Altan-Bonnet, Jadranka Loncarek, Jasmin Herz, Sourish Ghosh, Anil Shukla, Marianita Santiana
Campus Representative: Michael Timko

Bijal Rajput
Institution: irginia Commonwealth University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences. Conduct clinical research and lead clinical trials for novel drugs and innovative technologies to treat metabolic syndrome, and teach at a medical school.
Mentor(s): Roxann Roberson-Nay, Ph.D., Azza Karrar, Ph.D., Martin J. Mangino, Rohit Modak, M.D., Faye Prichard, M.A., Meridith Eastman, Ph. D., Jennifer Cecilione
Campus Representative: Meredith Sisson

Lillian Xu
Institution: Princeton University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Systems Biology. Conduct research on molecular mechanisms of end-stage renal disease using computational models and high throughput methods like genomics; teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Yibin Kang, Peter G. Czarnecki, Zhuo Li, Jagesh V. Shah
Campus Representative: Deirdre Moloney

Vermont

Abigail Keim
Institution: Endicott College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in the field of neuropathology. Conduct translational research on the cellular responses to concussion and develop therapeutic approaches to promote neural plasticity.
Mentor(s): Alefiya Albers, Mark Albers, Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, Scott Herrick, David Chapman, Karolyn Lahue
Campus Representative: Marcia Toomey

Fiona Nichols-Fleming
Institution: University of Rochester
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astrophysics or Planetary Science. Conduct research in planetary science and work on NASA solar system missions.
Mentor(s): Eric Blackman, Alexander Hayes, Alice Quillen
Campus Representative: Belinda Redden

Washington

Avery Brock
Institution: University of Idaho
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Doctorate in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in systems engineering. Government or private sector research and development in the fields of aerospace and robotics.
Mentor(s): Marcus Murbach, Joseph Law, Robert Stephens, Ali Guarneros Luna
Campus Representative: Holly LaHann

Anna Farrell-Sherman
Institution: Wellesley College
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computational or Molecular Biology. Teach and conduct research combining computer science techniques with biological questions in a university setting.
Mentor(s): Vanja Klepac-Ceraj, Peter Greenberg
Campus Representative: Katherine Dailinger

Benjamin Fixman
Institution: Colorado State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D.-Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct biomedical research and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): James Bamburg, Laurie Minamide, Alisa Shaw
Campus Representative: Mary Swanson

Andrew Luo
Institution: University of Washington
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: My goal is to conduct research on accessible health sensing using novel analysis and sensing. I hope to work in an industrial research lab where my work can translate into impact.
Mentor(s): Jake Garrison, Eric Whitmire, David Gibbs, Christian Mandrycky, Shwetak Patel, Ilya Shmulevich, Ying Zheng, James Stout
Campus Representative: Robin Chang

Samuel Myers
Institution: University of Idaho
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in physics. Work as an experimental research physicist, focused on either astrophysics or particle/nuclear physics, while teaching at a research-oriented university.
Mentor(s): Jason Barnes, John Ahlers
Campus Representative: Holly LaHann

Emily Ness
Institution: Pacific Lutheran University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry. Conduct and lead research in polymer and nanomaterials chemistry.
Mentor(s): Dr. Justin Lytle, Dr. Neal Yakelis
Campus Representative: Janel Lewis

Dillon Rinauro
Institution: Loyola Marymount University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I aspire to complete a Ph.D. in biochemistry so that I may conduct research on neurodegenerative diseases which are thought to be linked to various amyloidogenic proteins.
Mentor(s): David A. Moffet, Luisa Nogaj
Campus Representative: Cassidy Alvarado

Kaylene Stocking
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Bioengineering. Investigate how engineered devices can interface with and help us understand the human brain.
Mentor(s): Takashi Kozai, Ken-Ichiro Kamei, Omar El-Gharbawie, Herbert Sauro, Riazul Islam, Nicolas Minier
Campus Representative: Judith Zang

Afton Widdershins
Institution: College of Wooster
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D. Ph.D. in Systems or Computational Biology. Conduct research into cancer or other diseases using math modeling and computer simulations.
Mentor(s): Erszebet Regan, Wayne Chandler, James West
Campus Representative: Sarah Sobeck

Wisconsin

Pontian Adogamhe
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D/Ph.D. in tropical medicine. To conduct research on malaria immunology and the biochemistry of Plasmodium falciparum in order to develop alternative drug therapies.
Mentor(s): Dr. Christopher Veldkamp, Dr. Angela Frey
Campus Representative: Steven Anderson

Eva Cornwell
Institution: St. Olaf College
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct mathematical biology research and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Alex Capaldi
Campus Representative: Mary Walczak

Abraham Dickenson
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. Conduct research in Differential Equations and their applications to various diseases while teaching at the University level.
Mentor(s): Jennifer Dahl, Abra Brisbin
Campus Representative: Karen Havholm

Alex Hamilton
Institution: University of Oklahoma
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research in biomedical science and biomaterials and teach at the university level
Mentor(s): Michael Detamore, Manuela Gomes, Jakob Townsend, Omar Wyman, Manuel Gomez-Florit, Rui Domingues
Campus Representative: Melanie Wright

Alexander Harman
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan on getting my Ph.D. in entomology, so I can teach and conduct research at the university level. I would particularly like to study the ecological needs of beetles, especially tiger beetles.
Mentor(s): Rebecca Doyle-Morin, Joseph Palmer, Jeffrey Huether
Campus Representative: William Hoyer

Abigail Lewis
Institution: Pomona College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Ecology. Teach at the university level and conduct research to understand, mitigate, and prevent global environmental concerns.
Mentor(s): David Richardson, Wallace Meyer III, Susan Lewis, Denise Bruesewitz, Kathleen Weathers
Campus Representative: Dan O’Leary

Samantha Meyer
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Pharmacology or Medicinal Chemistry. Conduct research in biomedical science in order to participate in drug discovery and the creation of new treatment methods for various diseases.
Mentor(s): Dr. Bart Dahl, Dr. Jamie Lyman-Gingerich
Campus Representative: Karen Havholm

Jason Mohoney
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Plasma Physics. Conduct research in nuclear fusion and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Santhosh Kumar, Robert Benjamin, David Anderson, Konstantin Likin
Campus Representative: Julie Stubbs

Soren Rozema
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Conduct research in medicinal or synthetic chemistry and teach at a major research university.
Mentor(s): Jennifer Golden, Douglas Weibel, Aaron Almeida, Muhammad Khalifa, John Crooks, Lori Higgs
Campus Representative: Julie Stubbs

Ryan Schroeder
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to earn my Ph.D. in Mathematics with a focus on algebra and attain a research faculty position at a university.
Mentor(s): Dr. Leon Arriola, Dr. Aditi Ghosh
Campus Representative: Steven Anderson

West Virginia

Mikal Dufor
Institution: West Virginia University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics. Conduct Research in General Relativity and space propulsion and continue doing research at a space propulsion company.
Mentor(s): Earl E. Scime, Derek S. Thompson
Campus Representative: Kenneth Blemings