2018 Goldwater Scholars by Institution State

(Listed by Institution State)

Alabama

University of Alabama

Donna Xia
Institution: University of Alabama
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct computational-based clinical research utilizing big data to develop predictive medical technologies.
Mentor(s): Dr. David A. Dixon, Dr. Clare McCabe, Dr. Margaret X. Liu, Dr. Lakiesha Williams
Campus Representative: Gary Sloan

Elizabeth Rowe
Institution: University of Alabama
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Become a professor at a research university and conduct research in polymer chemistry with an emphasis on sustainable polymers.
Mentor(s): Paul A. Rupar, Hayden Sawyer
Campus Representative: Gary Sloan

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Gunnar Eastep
Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biophysics. Conduct research in structural biology and teach future researchers at the university level.
Mentor(s): Jamil Saad, Jiri Vlach
Campus Representative: Joe March

Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Olga Brazhkina
Institution: University of Arkansas
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. My goal is to conduct research in cardiovascular biomechanics and device design, while also teaching advanced courses in biomedical engineering.
Mentor(s): Dr. Morten O. Jensen
Campus Representative: Suzanne McCray

Arizona

Arizona State University

Meilin Zhu
Institution: Arizona State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biological Engineering. Conduct research in global health engineering with an emphasis on point of care technologies and teach at a university.
Mentor(s): Karen Anderson, Gonzalo Domingo, Yung Chang, Douglas Granger, Jennifer Blain Christen, Benjamin Katchman, Maria Kahn, Mei Chen, Olga Kornienko, Uwadiae Obahiagbon
Campus Representative: Kyle Mox

Humza Zubair
Institution: Arizona State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in biochemistry and biological sciences. Teach and conduct research to advance scientific knowledge.
Mentor(s): Evan Feinberg, Irina N. Beloozerova, Alison Kim, Hai Sun, Natalia Dounskaia
Campus Representative: Kyle Mox

Northern Arizona University

Shelby Hutton
Institution: Northern Arizona University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I intend to pursue a Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology, focusing on research in vector-borne and zoonotic diseases. After graduate school, I hope to conduct this research in a governmental position.
Mentor(s): Dr. David Wagner, Dr. Joseph Busch, Nathan Stone
Campus Representative: Melissa Riggs

Dan Rivera
Institution: Northern Arizona University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Bioengineering. Research biomimetic robotic control systems and their potential to treat human disabilities; teach bioengineering with a focus on biomimetic design at the university level.
Mentor(s): Dr. Katherine Strausser, Richard Casler, Dr. Zachary F. Lerner, Dr. Kiisa C. Nishikawa
Campus Representative: Melissa Riggs

Austin Dikeman
Institution: Northern Arizona University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics. Conduct collaborative research on epigenetics and human genetic diseases.
Mentor(s): Dr. Faith Walker, Dr. Carol Chambers, Daniel Sanchez
Campus Representative: Melissa Riggs

University of Arizona

Adriana Mitchell
Institution: University of Arizona
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences. Conduct research on the Martian frontier and manage NASA research missions to worlds with astrobiological implications.
Mentor(s): Vishnu Reddy, Padma Yanamandra-Fisher, Matthew Penn, Walter Harris, Lucille Le Corre, David Elmore
Campus Representative: Karna Walter

California

California Institute of Technology

Amanda Dilmore
Institution: California Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to earn a Ph.D. in Immunology then conduct translational research on host-pathogen interactions while teaching at the university level.
Mentor(s): Dianne Newman, Kathleen Richardson, William DePas, Charmayne Smith
Campus Representative: Barbara Green

Harvey Mudd College

Leah Stevenson
Institution: Harvey Mudd College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry. Conduct research in materials chemistry and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): John Cort, Gerald Van Hecke, Kerry Karukstis
Campus Representative: Holly Hauck

Pomona College

Wanying Fu
Institution: Pomona College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: PhD in astrophysics. Conduct astronomy research, with the ultimate goal of driving the science of future generations through large-scale astrophysics collaborations and projects.
Mentor(s): Joshua Simon, Philip Choi, Gwen Rudie
Campus Representative: Dan O’Leary

Andrew Pelos
Institution: Pomona College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Biology or Neurobiology. Pursue research on the pathogenesis and treatment of neurodegeneration, in industry or academia.
Mentor(s): Sharmila Bhattacharya, Karen Parfitt, Ved Chirayath, Ravikumar Hosamani
Campus Representative: Dan O’Leary

Stanford University

Mika Jain
Institution: Stanford University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biophysics or Applied Physics. Develop new single-cell and single-molecule tools for functional genetics to advance both fundamental biology and medicine. Teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Stephen Quake, James Hone, Tarik Massoud, Marco Mignardi, Nate Cira, Amit Ron
Campus Representative: Kristin Black

Nitya Mani
Institution: Stanford University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a PhD in mathematics and have a research-focused career in academia studying algebraic number theory and using algebraic methods to tackle problems across disciplines as a professor.
Mentor(s): Ken Ono, Simon Rubinstein-Salzedo, John Duchi, Michael Mertens, Dima Drusvyatskiy
Campus Representative: Kristin Black

Nina Zubrilina
Institution: Stanford University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph. D in Mathematics. Conduct Mathematical research and be a professor at a top University or Institute
Mentor(s): Joe Gallian
Campus Representative: Kristin Black

University of California: Berkeley

Brighton Skeel
Institution: University of California: Berkeley
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry. Teach chemistry at the university level and conduct research in the field of inorganic chemistry.
Mentor(s): Jeffrey Reimer, John Arnold, David Sedlak, Hasan Celik, Michael Boreen, Jean Van Buren, Nanette Jarenwattananon, Carsten Prasse,
Campus Representative: Alicia Hayes

University of California: Davis

Joleen Cheah
Institution: University of California: Davis
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biology. I plan to pursue a research career in academia and make breakthroughs in basic biology to expand our understanding of biological processes.
Mentor(s): Soichiro Yamada,
Campus Representative: Scott Palmer

Osamu Yasui
Institution: University of California: Davis
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Combine computational and experimental methods to conduct research focused on the translation of stem cell and tissue engineering therapies to clinical use.
Mentor(s): J. Kent Leach, Debika Mitra
Campus Representative: Scott Palmer

University of California: Riverside

Nicholas Pham
Institution: University of California: Riverside
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: PhD in Chemical Engineering or Applied Physics. Computational and experimental research on physical properties of nanoscale structures. Teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): George Becker, Phillip Christopher, John DeSain, Brandi Rhodes
Campus Representative: Gladis Herrera-Berkowitz

Renata Koontz
Institution: University of California: Riverside
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computational Cosmology. Conduct research in dark matter cosmology with a cross-section in particle physics and teach at a university level.
Mentor(s): Dr. Hai-Bo Yu, Dr. Peter Eisenhardt, Dr. Peter Creasey
Campus Representative: Gladis Herrera-Berkowitz

University of California: Santa Barbara

Michael Aling
Institution: University of California: Santa Barbara
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics, or related field. Leading role in development of scientific apparatuses, with aim of applications in multiple fields.
Mentor(s): Stephen D. Wilson, Julian L. Schmehr, Ryan Need, Dave Bothman
Campus Representative: Nick Alward-Saxon

Jasen Liu
Institution: University of California: Santa Barbara
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology. Lead a research group investigating evolutionary ecology and phylogenetics of flowering plants, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Susan Mazer, Scott Hodges, Hillary Young, Wolf Frommer, Dawn O’Neal, Kristen Peach, Evangeline Ballerini, Devyn Orr, Matthew Prior
Campus Representative: Nick Alward-Saxon

University of California: Santa Cruz

Aviv Elor
Institution: University of California: Santa Cruz
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Computer Engineering PhD. Conduct research on assistive technologies to improve the health for people and communities. Teach at university level. Mentor students. Active on industry advisory boards.
Mentor(s): Sri Kurniawan, Mircea Teodorescu, Mircea Teodorescu, Steven Lessard
Campus Representative: Paul Koch

University of Southern California

Nina Singh
Institution: University of Southern California
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct translational research to create longer-lasting and more effective drug regimens for cancer patients as a professor at an academic hospital.
Mentor(s): Mitul Luhar, Pamela Yeh, Veronica Eliasson, Pamela Yeh, Van Savage, Stelios Koumlis, Elif Tekin
Campus Representative: Erica Lovano McCann

Connecticut

Eastern Connecticut State University

Jacob Dayton
Institution: Eastern Connecticut State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. Conduct research in molecular and evolutionary genomics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Dr. Patricia Szczys
Campus Representative: Julia Delapp

District of Columbia

George Washington University

Sarah Schrup
Institution: George Washington University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to attain a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering and to pursue an academic career combining teaching and research in the emerging field of cardio-oncology.
Mentor(s): Emilia Entcheva, Alejandro Villagra
Campus Representative: Rachelle Heller

Georgetown University

Patrick Mulcahey
Institution: Georgetown University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Medical Engineering. Conduct research at the intersection of nanotechnology and medicine and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Jong-in Hahm, Michael Selzer, Edward Van Keuren, Li-qing Jin
Campus Representative: Lauren Tuckley

Florida

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Courtney Thurston
Institution: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Conduct research on constraint programming applications in control theory; theoretical & applied data structures and algorithms; cloud computing.
Mentor(s): Dr. Richard Stansbury, Ann Camp
Campus Representative: Michelle Howell

University of Central Florida

George Walters-Marrah
Institution: University of Central Florida
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph. D. in Microbiology. Conduct research in academia and/or industry as a principal investigator. Start up a company that uses computational and experimental methods for antibiotic drug discovery.
Mentor(s): Kyle H Rohde, Jean Greenberg, Mollie Jewett, Joanna Jelenska, Philip Adams
Campus Representative: Morgan Bauer

University of Florida

Aaron Gabriel Sandoval
Institution: University of Florida
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology. Conduct research on wound healing and complex tissue regeneration and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Jessica Whited, Malcolm Maden, Donald Bryant, Jason Brant
Campus Representative: Mark Law

University of South Florida

Misha Fini
Institution: University of South Florida
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Obtain a Ph.D. in cancer immunotherapy and become a principal investigator teaching at the university level while mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.
Mentor(s): Dr. Kenneth Wright, Dr. James Garey
Campus Representative: Sayandeb Basu

Georgia

Berry College

Sarah Cooper
Institution: Berry College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: My career goal is to lead a biochemical research and development laboratory to utilize the deep understanding of one or more major human diseases in order to develop better therapies.
Mentor(s): Dominic Qualley, Debbie Knapp, Robert Geahlen, Christian Krupke, Deepika Dhawan, Mariya Krisenko, Carol Bator
Campus Representative: Mark Turlington

Emory University

Ashley Diaz
Institution: Emory University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry with a future in researching biosynthetic processes that affect antibiotic resistance and teaching at the university level.
Mentor(s): Bill Wuest, Mousumi Ghosh, Nicholas Boulis, Damien Pearse, Orion Keifer, Mazen Assi
Campus Representative: Megan Friddle

University of Georgia

Trisha Dalapati
Institution: University of Georgia
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Infectious Diseases. Conduct research on pathogeneses of infectious diseases with the aim of identifying potential therapeutic targets and developing diagnostic tests.
Mentor(s): Julie M. Moore, Markus Winterberg, Moses Batwala, Jonathan Meuser, Partha S. Ray, Catherine D. Smith
Campus Representative: Jessica Hunt

Stephan George
Institution: University of Georgia
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct research on mechanisms of disease progression underlying hereditary neural disorders and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Brian Kvitko, Lance Wells, Christopher Doering, Nithya Selvan, Harrison Brown
Campus Representative: Jessica Hunt

Guy Eroh
Institution: University of Georgia
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to integrate the latest genetic understandings and technologies into fisheries management through an independent, PhD-level primary investigator position at a federal agency or academic center.
Mentor(s): Cecil Jennings, Jon Seger, Paul Thompson, Byron Freeman, Dr. Pamela Cassidy, Robert Bringolf, Victoria Rowntree, Chance Broderius, Jean Williams-Woodward
Campus Representative: Jessica Hunt

Iowa

Coe College

Mareena Franke
Institution: Coe College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Conduct research on the synthesis of sustainable materials and teach at a university.
Mentor(s): Scott Stoudt, Firdevs Duru
Campus Representative: Amber Shaw

Drake University

Shannon Herzog
Institution: Drake University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. Study polymer based drug delivery systems as a physician-scientist at an academic medical center.
Mentor(s): Marc Hillmyer, Debora Christensen, Lee Penn, Michael B Larsen, Cassandra Knutson
Campus Representative: Gholam Mirafzal

University of Iowa

Ojas Pradhan
Institution: University of Iowa
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Conduct research in drug delivery in industry or academia.
Mentor(s): Jennifer Fiegel, Kristine Milburn
Campus Representative: Kelly Thornburg

Idaho

Boise State University

Daniele Moro
Institution: Boise State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Machine Learning. Research machine learning, robotics, and natural language processing to create artificial intelligence systems that interact with humans in natural and empowering ways.
Mentor(s): Casey Kennington, Stelian Coros, Pam Aishlin Cedillo, Nancy Pollard, James Bern
Campus Representative: Kate Huebschmann

Illinois

Illinois State University

Torrey Saxton
Institution: Illinois State University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: PhD in Physics. Conduct research in theoretical high-energy particle physics and study super-symmetry extensions of the standard model.
Mentor(s): Dr. Matthew J. Comstock, Dr. Allison Harris
Campus Representative: Christie Martin

Jonathan Unger
Institution: Illinois State University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Pursue a Ph.D. in atomic, molecular, and optical physics. Pursue research career and teach at a university.
Mentor(s): Neil Christensen, Rainer Grobe, Qichang Su
Campus Representative: Christie Martin

Lake Forest College

Jeanne McDonald
Institution: Lake Forest College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My goal is to further scientific understanding by completing a Ph.D. in an integrative evolutionary biology program, and then by conducting research and mentoring future researchers in academia.
Mentor(s): Alexander W. Shingleton, B. Menke
Campus Representative: Davis Schneiderman

University of Chicago

Adel Rahman
Institution: University of Chicago
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics. Conduct research in geometric and topological aspects of gravitational, high energy, and condensed matter physics. Teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Robert Wald, Paul Wiegmann, Araminta Gwynne, Heinrich Jaeger, Alexander Bogatskiy, J. Peter May, Leah Roth
Campus Representative: Nichole Fazio

Naomi Sweeting
Institution: University of Chicago
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in theoretical math. Conduct research and teach at a university.
Mentor(s): Andre Neves, Matthew Emerton, Wilhelm Schlag, Jinfeng Du, Marco Mendez
Campus Representative: Nichole Fazio

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Michael Toriyama
Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Field of Study: Materials Research
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering. Employ computational methods to develop theories of semiconductors for energy harvesting, and teach as a Professor of Materials Science.
Mentor(s): Jean-Paul Allain, Ivan Contreras, Maria Chan, Ivan Contreras, Michael Aaron Lively, Sarah Loeb, Fatih Sen
Campus Representative: David Schug

Rebecca Wipfler
Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I will obtain a Ph.D. in Microbiology within the field of extremophiles. I plan to conduct research in an academic setting at the university level, combining field studies and laboratory research.
Mentor(s): Changyi Zhang, David R. Linden, Patrick Degnan, Martha Vaughan, Rachel J. Whitaker, Aarushi Sharma, Jennifer Teresi
Campus Representative: David Schug

Alayna Johnson
Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Field of Study: Materials Research
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry. Conduct interdisciplinary research in the converging areas of material science, chemistry, physics, and computer science and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): David W. Flaherty, Christopher Cramer, Geoffrey Challen, Daniel T. Bregante, Manuel Ortuño
Campus Representative: David Schug

Wheaton College

Benjamin Hess
Institution: Wheaton College
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in igneous or metamorphic geochemistry. Research the evolution of hydrothermal igneous and metamorphic systems in tectonically active environments.
Mentor(s): Jeffrey Greenberg, Sam Smidt, Adrian Fiege, Stephen Moshier, Nicholas Tailby, Stephen Moshier
Campus Representative: Aj Poelarends

Indiana

Butler University

Robert Glickfield
Institution: Butler University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I would like to obtain a Ph.D. in mathematical physics and then conduct theoretical physics research while teaching at a university.
Mentor(s): John Herr, Gonzalo Ordonez, Prem Sharma, Gonzalo Ordonez, Manuel Gadella
Campus Representative: Dacia Charlesworth

DePauw University

Gabrielle Coffing
Institution: DePauw University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D in Computational Biology or Bioinformatics. I intend to conduct research and teach at the university level, showing students how computer science enriches biological research.
Mentor(s): Pascal Lafontant
Campus Representative: Gloria Townsend

Indiana University South Bend

Phillip Marmorino
Institution: Indiana University South Bend
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in theoretical mathematics. Conduct research in theoretical mathematics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Peter Connor, Matthew Marmorino
Campus Representative: Gretchen Anderson

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Casey Garner
Institution: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D in Applied Mathematics. Conduct research in the mathematical sciences and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Allen Holder
Campus Representative: William Weiner

Anna Braun
Institution: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a PhD in Materials Science and focus my research on improving materials for solar energy collection. I want to make solar panels a more cost effective option for energy production.
Mentor(s): Rebecca DeVasher, Aaron Ptak, Corinne Packard, Hemali Rathnayake, John Simon, Kevin Schulte
Campus Representative: William Weiner

University of Notre Dame

Katherine Gallagher
Institution: University of Notre Dame
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research in Algebraic Topology and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): David Schmitz, László Babai, Frank Connolly, Peter May, Nir Gadish and Ben O’Connor
Campus Representative: Malgorzata Dobrowolska-Furdyna

Matthew Schoenbauer
Institution: University of Notre Dame
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I want to earn a Ph.D. in Mathematics so that I may conduct research in algebraic and differential topology and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Frank Connolly, Carmen Rovi, Sonja Mapes
Campus Representative: Malgorzata Dobrowolska-Furdyna

Kansas

University of Kansas

Emily Boyd
Institution: University of Kansas
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry in order to conduct research in environmental catalysis as a university professor.
Mentor(s): James Blakemore, Davide Lionetti
Campus Representative: Anne Wallen

Cara Davis
Institution: University of Kansas
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I aspire to earn a Ph.D. in biophysics and research protein structure and dynamics at a university.
Mentor(s): Jeffrey S. McFarlane, Emily Scott, Audrey L. Lamb, Aaron Bart, Agnes Walsh
Campus Representative: Anne Wallen

Joseph Loomis
Institution: University of Kansas
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I aspire to earn a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and research the molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease.
Mentor(s): Michael A. Johnson, Thomas M. Field, Todd D. Williams, Michael A. Johnson
Campus Representative: Anne Wallen

Kentucky

Western Kentucky University

Lauren Pedersen
Institution: Western Kentucky University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Lauren Pedersen
Institution: Western Kentucky University
Majors: Biology, Chemistry
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Neuroscience. Research aging, perception, and psychophysics in a university setting.
Mentor(s): Farley Norman
Campus Representative: Kevin Williams

Louisiana

Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical C

Corey Matyas
Institution: Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical C
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: PhD in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics. Conduct academic research in quantum optics and quantum information and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Georgios Veronis, Jonathan P. Dowling, Chenglong You
Campus Representative: Drew Lamonica Arms

Xavier University of Louisiana

Lauren Thornton
Institution: Xavier University of Louisiana
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: PhD in neuroscience, neurobiology, or molecular biology. I would like to go into academia and obtain a faculty position which would allow me to teach and conduct independent research.
Mentor(s): Thomas Huckaba, Joseph Ross, Joel Goodman, Qiang Gao, Hayaa Hashemi
Campus Representative: Ja’Wanda Shavon Grant

Massachusetts

Boston University

Katherine Tiemeyer
Institution: Boston University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Following my undergraduate education, I aim to attend graduate school and medical school through an M.D./Ph.D. program. Ultimately, I intend to conduct research at an academic medical institution.
Mentor(s): Kim McCall, Michael Tiemeyer, Sarah Robinson, Michael Pierce, Johnny Elguero, Nickita Mehta
Campus Representative: Jeffrey Berg

Harvard College

Meena Jagadeesan
Institution: Harvard College
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Theoretical Computer Science. Conduct research in algorithms and related areas.
Mentor(s): Jelani Nelson, Scott Kominers, Ken Ono, Alexander Postnikov, Susan Durst, Madhu Sudan, Olivia Beckwith, Miriam Farber
Campus Representative: Gregory Llacer

Vaibhav Mohanty
Institution: Harvard College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in theoretical physics. Conduct research in condensed matter physics and soft matter/biophysics; teach and mentor at university level.
Mentor(s): Eric J. Heller, Jens H. Jensen, Edward L. Krug, Joseph A. Helpern
Campus Representative: Gregory Llacer

Ezekiel Benshirim
Institution: Harvard College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Develop biomimetic experimental systems to replace animal use in the life sciences.
Mentor(s): Amy Wen, N. Michele Holbrook, Aishwarya Prakash, Weston Testo, Oren Levy, Alexandre Ponomarenko
Campus Representative: Gregory Llacer

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Meenakshi Chakraborty
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I hope to pursue a Ph.D., followed by a research career, that combines computation and biological experiments to address fundamental problems pertinent to human health.
Mentor(s): Phillip A. Sharp, Darrell Irvine, Bruce Walker, Salil Garg, Kelly Moynihan, Jeremy Wilusz, Naveen Mehta
Campus Representative: Eileen Ng

Anna Sappington
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in oncology or immunology. Conduct computational genomics research at a research hospital and work to progress personalized medicine initiatives.
Mentor(s): Aviv Regev, Wataru Fujibuchi, Adam Phillippy, Gary Gibbons, Sangeeta Bhatia, Karthik Shekhar, Steve Bond, Shurjo Sen, Vyas, Kasper Lage, Brian Ondov
Campus Representative: Eileen Ng

Northeastern University

Isaac Kresse
Institution: Northeastern University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry. I plan on becoming the principle investigator of a research group studying protein chemistry at a leading university or research institution.
Mentor(s): John R. Engen, Ganesh S. Anand, Hanne Haslene-Hox, Matthew J. Nee, Thomas Wales, Lisa Tucker-Kellogg, Anna Nordborg, Yan Cao, Gian-Son Nguyen
Campus Representative: Jonna Iacono

Elizabeth Wig
Institution: Northeastern University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Earn a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. Conduct research in the area of electromagnetics (radio, microwave, or optics) and teach at a research university.
Mentor(s): Carey Rappaport, Steven Spector, Farhad Zarinetchi
Campus Representative: Jonna Iacono

Minhal Ahmed
Institution: Northeastern University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I will pursue an M.D./Ph.D. in Bioengineering with a focus on neuroscience. As a physician-scientist, I hope to engineer new treatments for neurological diseases and teach at the university level
Mentor(s): Allan Goldstein, Abigail Koppes, Ari Friedland, Court Hull, Ryo Hotta, Marissa Puzan, Jake Heffley
Campus Representative: Jonna Iacono

Kritika Singh
Institution: Northeastern University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: MD-PhD in Chemical Biology. Conduct research at the nexus of chemical biology and engineering in order to provide new and innovative therapies for patients.
Mentor(s): Ralph Mazitschek, Carole Long, Dyann Wirth, John van Duzer, Aubrie Holman, Oyinda Oyelaran, Mike Pollastri
Campus Representative: Jonna Iacono

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Edridge D’Souza
Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My goal is to become a research scientist in the field of genomics. I aim to become a principal investigator heading a molecular biology lab and will pursue a PhD degree to help attain this end.
Mentor(s): Michele Markstein, Craig Mello, Nicholas Rhind, Wen Tang, Ahmet Ozturk
Campus Representative: Madalina Akli

Eric Wuesthoff
Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Ecology/Conservation Biology. Conduct field research on the ecology of endangered mammals and teach at the university level. Help promote biodiversity conservation.
Mentor(s): Dr. Ute Radespiel, Dr. Michael Krezmien, Dr. Justin Fermann, Dr. Todd Fuller, Dr. Rindrahatsarana Ramanankirahina, Dr. Scott Auerbach, Dr. Jason Kamilar
Campus Representative: Madalina Akli

Wellesley College

Catherine Nicoloff
Institution: Wellesley College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Research in experimental nuclear or particle physics and work at a national laboratory.
Mentor(s): James Battat, Gabriella Sciolla, Maxime Brodeur, Gerrit van Nieuwenhuizen, Michael Wiescher, Ed Stech
Campus Representative: Katherine Dailinger

Maryland

Johns Hopkins University

Wenzer Qin
Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Obtain a position at an academic institution in order to teach physics and conduct physical cosmology research.
Mentor(s): Marc Kamionkowski, David Nataf, Andrei Gritsan, Tzyh-Chang Hwang, Nadia Zakamska, Candice You, Heshy Roskes
Campus Representative: Kelly Barry

Alaleh Azhir
Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Bioinformatics. I would like to continue building visualization and analysis platforms that assist in driving biomedical discovery and personalized medicine.
Mentor(s): David Nauen, Bhaskar Dutta, Nils Gehlenborg, Jacopo Biasetti, Getaw Worku Hassen, Iain Fraser, Peter Kerpedjiev, Joseph Katz
Campus Representative: Kelly Barry

Aditya Mohan
Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Pursue an MD/PhD in the field of tumor immunology and oncolytic virology. Conduct research and leverage synthetic biology principles to create and innovate new cancer immunotherapies.
Mentor(s): Elizabeth Jaffee, Scott McComb, Aaron James, Robert Korneluk, Angela Crawley, Todd Armstong, Shawn Beug, Mark Yarchoan
Campus Representative: Kelly Barry

University of Maryland: Baltimore County

Linda Wiratan
Institution: University of Maryland: Baltimore County
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. in Cell or Molecular Biology and conduct protein dynamics research. As a representative of science, I hope to improve its public perception by advancing its approachability.
Mentor(s): Hua Lu, Marcin Ptaszek, Chong Zhang, Nopondo Esemoto
Campus Representative: April Householder

University of Maryland: College Park

Paul Neves
Institution: University of Maryland: College Park
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Obtain a Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics and teach at the university level. Investigate magnetically ordered materials, focusing on experimental techniques such as neutron scattering.
Mentor(s): Nicholas P Butch, Erik Blaufuss, Daniel Parshall, Juscelino Leao
Campus Representative: Robert Infantino

Lillian Sun
Institution: University of Maryland: College Park
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to apply for M.D. /Ph.D. programs with a strong focus in cancer immunology. I hope to investigate antigen-escape resistance mechanisms informed by the practice of medicine.
Mentor(s): Clint Allen, Carter Van Waes, Jay Friedman, Zhong Chen
Campus Representative: Robert Infantino

Tanay Wakhare
Institution: University of Maryland: College Park
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Earn a PhD in combinatorial number theory, and explore problems at the interface of combinatorics and number theory.
Mentor(s): Christophe Vignat, Nina Fefferman, Howard Cohl, Various, Sinai Robins, Kellen Myers, Mark Stiles, Oyita Udiani, Roberto Costas-Santos
Campus Representative: Robert Infantino

Eric Wang
Institution: University of Maryland: College Park
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I plan to become a professor or research scientist who develops molecular dynamics simulation methods in order to enhance conformational sampling and free energy calculation in biochemical systems.
Mentor(s): Jeffery Klauda, Richard Pastor, Richard Venable
Campus Representative: Robert Infantino

Michigan

Andrews University

Mykhaylo Malakhov
Institution: Andrews University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research that bridges the gap between pure and applied mathematics, and engage underrepresented groups in the mathematical sciences at the university level.
Mentor(s): Anthony Bosman, Shandelle M. Henson, J. M. Cushing
Campus Representative: Ryan Hayes

Michigan State University

Gabriel Moreau
Institution: Michigan State University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I aim to obtain a Ph.D. in Nuclear or Plasma physics. Conduct research in either nuclear fusion energy or nuclear medicine and teach in higher education.
Mentor(s): Dr. Oscar Naviliat-Cuncic, Dr. Gary Westfall, Eric Mathieu
Campus Representative: Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore

University of Michigan

Tali Khain
Institution: University of Michigan
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research in theoretical astrophysics, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Konstantin Batygin, David Gerdes, Juliette Becker, Michael Brown, Fred Adams, Juliette Becker
Campus Representative: Henry Dyson

Noah McNeal
Institution: University of Michigan
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Research high-energy particle physics at a U.S. National Laboratory or at the university level as a professor.
Mentor(s): Myron Campbell, David Jaffe, Brian Beckford
Campus Representative: Henry Dyson

Eric Winsor
Institution: University of Michigan
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in mathematics. Conduct research in random matrix theory and formal verification and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Steven J Miller, Anton Lukyanenko, Stephen Debacker, Caleb Ashley, Feng Zhu
Campus Representative: Henry Dyson

Carolyn Suh
Institution: University of Michigan
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Conduct research in organic synthesis with relevance to biocatalysis and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Summer Baker Dockrey, Darrell Cockburn, Alison Narayan, Nicole Koropatkin
Campus Representative: Henry Dyson

Minnesota

Augsburg University

Holly Kundel
Institution: Augsburg University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Freshwater Ecology. Develop a research program centered on understanding human impacts on freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity as a university professor.
Mentor(s): Dr.Emily Schilling, Ron Lawrenz
Campus Representative: Dixie Shafer

Carleton College

Sacha Greenfield
Institution: Carleton College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Quantum Thermodynamics or Quantum Information, conduct research, and teach as a professor in a university.
Mentor(s): André R. R. Carvalho, Arjendu K. Pattanayak, Andrew Mugler, Julien Varennes
Campus Representative: Marynel Ryan Van Zee

University of Minnesota: Twin Cities

James Cox
Institution: University of Minnesota: Twin Cities
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in organic chemistry. Lead a research laboratory and teach chemistry to undergraduate and graduate students at a research university.
Mentor(s): Joseph J. Topczewski, Mary H. Packard
Campus Representative: Timothy Jones

Anna Nagel
Institution: University of Minnesota: Twin Cities
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in evolutionary biology. Conduct research in evolutionary theory at a research institution.
Mentor(s): Emma Goldberg, Loretta Johnson, Yaniv Brandvain
Campus Representative: Timothy Jones

Missouri

University of Missouri: Columbia

Luke Guerdan
Institution: University of Missouri: Columbia
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science. I plan to conduct research in machine learning and affective computing while also teaching at the university level.
Mentor(s): Yi Shang, Jay Carry, Prasad Calyam, Peng Sun, Shankar Chandrasekaran, Sal Ahmad, Tim Trull
Campus Representative: Timothy Parshall

Evan Teters
Institution: University of Missouri: Columbia
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science. Pursue applications and further research of computer vision and machine learning in industry.
Mentor(s): Kannappan Palanniappan, Dale Musser, Hadi Aliakbarpour
Campus Representative: Timothy Parshall

Mississippi

Mississippi State University

Nicholas Ezzell
Institution: Mississippi State University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biophysics. Conduct research in computational models of biological systems and teach physics at the university level.
Mentor(s): Miguel Fuentes-Cabrera, Nicholas Fitzkee, Peter Doak, Yue Zhang
Campus Representative: Thomas Anderson

Montana

Montana State University

Ryan Mason
Institution: Montana State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering to acquire the skills necessary to engage in research that will accelerate clean energy adoption.
Mentor(s): Paul Gannon, Emily Remington, Greg Tatar, Joshua Aller
Campus Representative: Ilse-Mari Lee

Cara Robertus
Institution: Montana State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research to develop affordable and innovative prosthetics, implants, and other medical technologies.
Mentor(s): Stephanie McCalla, Randy Wytcherley, Mary Cloninger, Jonathan Cousin
Campus Representative: Ilse-Mari Lee

Montana Tech of the University of Montana

Brent Sordo
Institution: Montana Tech of the University of Montana
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. in Civil Geotechnical Engineering to hopefully become a professor with research focus primarily in rock and soil mechanics specifically related to slope stability.
Mentor(s): Mary MacLaughlin, Steve Berry
Campus Representative: Scott Risser

North Carolina

Duke University

Samantha Bouchal
Institution: Duke University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neurobiology. Conduct molecular and cellular neurobiology research, teach at the university level, and mentor the next generation of neuroscientists.
Mentor(s): Gayathri Devi, Isobel Scarisbrick, Melanie Maya Kaelberer, Roslyn Holly Fitch, Michael McKelvy, Whitney Lane, Hye-Sook Yoon, Diego Bohorquez, Dan Lunn, Xuhui Bao, Haneui Kim, Maeng-Hee Park, Alan Taylor
Campus Representative: Barbara Wise

Pranav Warman
Institution: Duke University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: PhD in Computational Neuroscience. Conduct research in computational and mathematical techniques to better understand neurological diseases and teach students at the university level.
Mentor(s): Razvan Teodorescu, David Basanta, Chay Kuo, Katherine Heller, Manoug Manougian, Gopalkumar Rakesh
Campus Representative: Barbara Wise

Shomik Verma
Institution: Duke University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with a focus in energy. Develop novel renewable energy technologies as a postdoc, then conduct research in energy and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Nico Hotz, Josiah Knight, H.S. Lee, Philip Papadeas, Hector Ayala, Michael Carney
Campus Representative: Barbara Wise

High Point University

Thomas Boudreaux
Institution: High Point University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Conduct research in computational astrophysics/cosmology and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Brad N. Barlow, Scott W. Fleming
Campus Representative: Meredith Malburne-Wade

North Carolina State University

Madison Maloney
Institution: North Carolina State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics. Conduct research on human space exploration systems at NASA or a national lab. Teach at the university level later in career.
Mentor(s): Dr. Scott Ferguson, Dr. Tyler Hudson, Samantha White
Campus Representative: Tiffany Kershner

University of North Carolina at Asheville

Blanton Gillespie
Institution: University of North Carolina at Asheville
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Conduct research at a liberal arts university while teaching at the undergraduate level to promote undergraduate chemical research.
Mentor(s): Bert Holmes, George Heard, Donald Setser
Campus Representative: Douglas Miller

Wake Forest University

Dylan King
Institution: Wake Forest University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in mathematics (with a focus in analysis). Conducting research in analysis and applied mathematics at a university where I can also teach.
Mentor(s): Robert Strichartz, John Gemmer
Campus Representative: Thomas Phillips

Nebraska

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Carter Lyons
Institution: Nebraska Wesleyan University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. and postdoctoral research in Mathematics. Conduct research in algebraic graph theory or mathematical physics while teaching undergraduate or graduate students at a university.
Mentor(s): Brian Kronenthal, Austin Mohr
Campus Representative: Gary Gerald

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Aaron Halvorsen
Institution: University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience. Conduct brain research in a private or academic setting, investigating the treatment and prevention of brain diseases and injuries.
Mentor(s): Matthew Johnson, Dennis Molfese, Mike Dodd, Cheng Lim
Campus Representative: Laura Damuth

University of Nebraska – Omaha

Samantha Sack
Institution: University of Nebraska – Omaha
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Immunology, with an emphasis in the molecular biology of parasitic infections. Conduct research on vaccine development against parasites and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Paul H. Davis, Brian A. Knarr, Claudia M. Rauter
Campus Representative: Lucy Morrison

New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire

Madison Wood
Institution: University of New Hampshire
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: I aspire to earn a Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences and pursue a career as a geochemical research scientist at a private research institution or as a professor at a university.
Mentor(s): Julie Bryce, Matt Kirley, Nan Yi, Stephen Sitch, Angela Gallego-Sala
Campus Representative: Jeanne Sokolowski

New Jersey

Princeton University

Ryan Chen
Institution: Princeton University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics. I would conduct research in number theory as a math professor, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Christopher Skinner, Ezra Waxman, Steven J. Miller, Florian Frick
Campus Representative: Deirdre Moloney

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: New Brunswick

Maine Christos
Institution: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: New Brunswick
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: My academic goal is to earn a Ph.D. in computational or theoretical Physics. My career goal is to conduct research and teach at a University level.
Mentor(s): Sunil Somalwar, Manuel Calderon De La Barca, Daniel Cebra
Campus Representative: Arthur Casciato

Nicholas Page
Institution: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: New Brunswick
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: As a scientist, I hope to develop early intervention drug-based treatments to prevent autism. My first step towards this goal will be to finish my scientific training and earn my PhD in neuroscience.
Mentor(s): Mladen-Roko Rasin, Yoseph Barash, Iva Salamon, Matthew Gazzara, Tatiana Popovitchchenko, Matthew Kraushar
Campus Representative: Arthur Casciato

The College of New Jersey

Kate O’Connor
Institution: The College of New Jersey
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics. Conduct research in number theory and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Cynthia Curtis, Thomas Hagedorn, Katherine Thompson
Campus Representative: Michelle Bunagan

New Mexico

University of New Mexico

Lauren Zundel
Institution: University of New Mexico
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Conduct research in the area of theoretical nanophotonics and lead my own research group. Teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Alejandro Manjavacas, Rosario Martinez-Herrero
Campus Representative: Kiyoko Simmons

Esteban Abeyta
Institution: University of New Mexico
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Research pathogenic mechanisms that lead to diagnostic tools, vaccine development, and the study of novel targets for drugs. Become a leader in a collaborative research center.
Mentor(s): Samuel Lee (MD/Ph.D.), Pavan Muttil (Ph.D.), Alina Deshpande (Ph.D.), Stella Bernardo (Ph.D.), Nitesh Kunda (Ph.D.), Nicholas Generous, Hallie Rane (B.S.), Ashlynn Daughton
Campus Representative: Kiyoko Simmons

Nevada

University of Nevada: Las Vegas

Sophia Quinton
Institution: University of Nevada: Las Vegas
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My goal is to receive an M.D./Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology to conduct genomics research for clinical application on people with cancer. I want to combine research with clinical application.
Mentor(s): Mira Han
Campus Representative: Andrew Hanson

New York

Clarkson University

David Russell
Institution: Clarkson University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: PhD in Computer Science. Conduct research in robotics, with a focus on machine perception, while teaching at a large university.
Mentor(s): Keith Fieldhouse, Dr. Natasha Banerjee, Dr. Stelian Coros, Dr. Sean Banerjee, Dr. Anthony Hoogs, Dr. Sean Banerjee, James Bern
Campus Representative: Jon Goss

Andres Garcia Jimenez
Institution: Clarkson University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering. Conduct research in aerospace materials and structures such as nanosatellites and space systems. Work in an aerospace company or laboratory.
Mentor(s): Dr. Ioannis Mastorakos, Dr. Michael Ramsdell
Campus Representative: Jon Goss

Sarah Duclos
Institution: Clarkson University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research in tissue biomechanics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Dr. Arthur Michalek, Daniel Michaud, Kayla Dodds
Campus Representative: Jon Goss

Columbia University

Rachel Mintz
Institution: Columbia University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in oncology/biomedical engineering. My aspirations include leading my own lab that is focused on engineering precise cancer therapeutics, treating patients, and teaching at a university.
Mentor(s): Professor Kam Leong (Ph.D.), Professor Harris Wang (Ph.D.), Professor Xiaofan (Fred) Jiang (Ph.D.), Professor John Loike (Ph.D.), Dr. Christine Metz (Ph.D.), , Professor Tal Danino (Ph.D.), Professor Ruth Fischbach (Ph.D., MPE), Professor Virginia Cornish (Ph.D.)
Campus Representative: Scott Carpenter

Justin Bui
Institution: Columbia University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering, focusing on electrochemical energy conversion and storage techniques, eventually culminating in a career as a university professor.
Mentor(s): Daniel Esposito, Adam Weber, Jonathan Davis, Meron Tesfaye, Douglas Kushner
Campus Representative: Scott Carpenter

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Matthew Romanowicz
Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Robotics. Perform research in robotic object recognition and motion planning and contract for industrial applications.
Mentor(s): Bassem Fahs, Mona Hella
Campus Representative: Michael Hanna

Rochester Institute of Technology

Nicole Pannullo
Institution: Rochester Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I will obtain a Ph.D. in regenerative medicine and pursue a research career developing therapies for genetic disorders, preferably retinal diseases that have limited treatment options.
Mentor(s): Lea Vacca Michel, Eugenia Poliakov, Morgan Bida, Thomas Michael Redmond, Todd Pagano
Campus Representative: Irene Evans

SUNY College at Geneseo

Luke Holtzman
Institution: SUNY College at Geneseo
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I would like to obtain a Ph. D in Physical Chemistry or Materials Science. After, I would like to work at either a university or national lab, such as Argonne or Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Mentor(s): Esther Takeuchi, Rabeka Alam, Kenneth Takeuchi
Campus Representative: Olympia Nicodemi

SUNY University at Binghamton

Rebecca Mancusi
Institution: SUNY University at Binghamton
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I plan to attend graduate school for a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology. After this, I hope to lead a government research lab or teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Miriam Merad M.D./Ph.D., John Rossi, PhD, Brian Callahan, PhD, Marisa Carbonaro, PhD, Camille Bigenwald, M.D., Lisa Scherer, PhD, Si-ping Han, PhD
Campus Representative: Ashley Serbonich

SUNY University at Stony Brook

Ryan Kawalerski
Institution: SUNY University at Stony Brook
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. that integrates both bioinformatic and experimental skills in discovering novel disease biomarkers and therapeutic targets as a professor and principal investigator.
Mentor(s): Richard A. Moffitt, PhD, Kenneth R. Shroyer, MD/PhD, Adan Aguirre, PhD, Eckard Wimmer, PhD, Peter Gergen, Luisa F. Escobar-Hoyos, PhD, Michael Klingener, Emmanuel Asare, PhD, Gabor Balaszi, Cindy V. Leiton, PhD, Jarrod French
Campus Representative: Jennifer Green

United States Military Academy

Madeline Ryu
Institution: United States Military Academy
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD: Trauma surgeon and medical center research faculty – to assist those with life-altering injuries by pursuing research in nerve redevelopment and nanofibril biological/chemical applications.
Mentor(s): F. John Burpo, Sc.D., Melissa Eslinger, Ph.D., Yunpyo Kim, Enoch Nagelli, Ph.D., David Peatey, Ph.D., Kwanwoo Shin, Ohsun Kwon
Campus Representative: James Bluman

Jesse Palmer
Institution: United States Military Academy
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Conduct nano-structured materials research for catalytic applications at a university or government research center.
Mentor(s): Jessica Terrell, Ph.D., F. John Burpo, Sc.D., Enoch Nagelli, Ph.D., Stephen Winter
Campus Representative: James Bluman

University of Rochester

Allen Chen
Institution: University of Rochester
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct research as a principal investigator to develop invasive brain-computer interface technology for medical and research applications.
Mentor(s): Eric Nicholas, Sarah Dougherty, John O’Donnell, John J. Foxe, Robert Cudmore, Maiken Nedergaard, Edward G. Freedman, David Linden
Campus Representative: Belinda Redden

Audrey Goldfarb
Institution: University of Rochester
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics; to ultimately be a Principal Investigator at a research university where I could conduct research as well as teach.
Mentor(s): Vera Gorbunova, Richard Festenstein, Andrei Seluanov, Gregory Tombline
Campus Representative: Belinda Redden

Ohio

Case Western Reserve University

Matthew Thompson
Institution: Case Western Reserve University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Chemical Biology. Lead translational research on neurodegenerative disease by elucidating disease mechanisms and discovering novel remedies through drug screening and optimization.
Mentor(s): Drew Adams, Peter Scacheri, Ahmad Khalil, Cheryl Thompson, Xin Qi
Campus Representative: Amanda McCarthy

Kenyon College

Jeremy Moore
Institution: Kenyon College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I will complete a PhD in systems biology, then research how genetic networks evolve in response to stressors.
Mentor(s): Petra Levin, Joan Slonczewski, Corey Westfall
Campus Representative: Wade Powell

Sarah Manz
Institution: Kenyon College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Immunology. Conduct research in cancer immunology and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Wenjuan Dong, Mo Hunsen, Jianhua Yu
Campus Representative: Wade Powell

Miami University: Oxford

Audrey Short
Institution: Miami University: Oxford
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I intend to pursue a PhD in biophysics after graduating from Miami University with a BS in biochemistry and a BA in physics. I plan to teach and conduct research at the university level.
Mentor(s): Michael Kennedy
Campus Representative: Paul Urayama

Robert Krueger
Institution: Miami University: Oxford
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Teach at the university level and conduct research in pure mathematics, specifically graph theory and its applications in adjacent fields.
Mentor(s): Louis DeBiasio, Louis DeBiasio, Dan Pritikin
Campus Representative: Paul Urayama

Ohio State University: Columbus Campus

Kyle DeBry
Institution: Ohio State University: Columbus Campus
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research in quantum information science either in academia or in industry.
Mentor(s): Daniel Gauthier, Gregory Lafyatis
Campus Representative: Corey Efron

Ohio University

Quinn Mitchell
Institution: Ohio University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I plan to earn a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and perform research related to plasma kinetics modeling. Additionally, I hope to teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Monica Burdick, Keerti Kappagantula, David Burnette
Campus Representative: Elizabeth Clodfelter”

University of Cincinnati

Andrew Emmert
Institution: University of Cincinnati
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Neuroscience. Lead a basic research lab to study the genetic basis of pediatric hydrocephalus and to develop new applications of gene therapy and neuroimaging in hydrocephalus treatment.
Mentor(s): June Goto, Francesco Mangano
Campus Representative: Cara Pickett

University of Dayton

Joseph Saurine
Institution: University of Dayton
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Perform research in neuropsychopharmacology and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Pothitos Pitychoutis, Amit Singh
Campus Representative: Laura Cotten

University of Toledo

Nathan Szymanski
Institution: University of Toledo
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: PhD. in Solid State Physics. Conduct research in computational condensed matter physics, make meaningful contributions to development of the theory, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Sanjay Khare
Campus Representative: Jonathan Bossenbroek

Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University

Sage Becker
Institution: Oklahoma State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in animal immunology and genetics. I want to conduct research in the areas of immunology and genetics with a focus on improving animal health.
Mentor(s): Guolong Zhang, Dan Harmsen
Campus Representative: Jessica Sullins

University of Oklahoma

Matthew Peters
Institution: University of Oklahoma
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in astrophysics or propulsion. Become a research scientist at NASA or a NASA contractor.
Mentor(s): John Wisniewski, Robert Witteck, Braden Abbott, Henning Schulte-Huxel
Campus Representative: Melanie Wright

University of Tulsa

Sarah Sullivan
Institution: University of Tulsa
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a career in biochemical research, exploring the structural dynamics of protein glycosylation in cancer cells
Mentor(s): Robert Sheaff, PhD, Dania Rose-Spurling, Ute Hellmich, PhD
Campus Representative: Nona Charleston

Oregon

Oregon State University

Delaney Smith
Institution: Oregon State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I aspire to earn an M.D./Ph.D. in molecular biology, research the neurobiology of addiction, practice as a physician, and teach at an academic medical center.
Mentor(s): Dr. Angela Ozburn, Dr. Jeff Chang, Dr. John Crabbe, Dr. Chih-Feng Wu, Dr. Pamela Metten
Campus Representative: LeAnn Joy Adam

Pennsylvania

Bryn Mawr College

Haley Varnum
Institution: Bryn Mawr College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Conduct biomedical research with relevant applications to women’s health, either in academia or industry.
Mentor(s): Sharon J. N. Burgmayer, Chris Engel, Douglas Call, Douglas Gisewhite, Robert Clark
Campus Representative: Eleanor Stanford

Bucknell University

Ian Vogel
Institution: Bucknell University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I intend to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience with an interdisciplinary foundation in neurobiological and computational techniques that will prepare me to conduct research on neurodegenerative diseases.
Mentor(s): Dr. Jennie Stevenson, Dr. Jennie Stevenson, Dr. Bonnie Firestein, Dr. Judith Grisel
Campus Representative: Margaret Marr

Carnegie Mellon University

Alexander Baikovitz
Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Robotics, focus on autonomous systems and aeronautics and astronautics. Teach at a university level and lead research in robotic exploration of space and remediation of nuclear facilities.
Mentor(s): William “”Red”” Whittaker, Ph.D., Ph.D., David Kosbie, Chris Prue, Laurie Stach, Oleg Sapunkov, Heather Jones, Ph.D., Steve Panoushek, John Vermes, Heather Jones, Ph.D., Warren “”Chuck”” Whittaker
Campus Representative: Richelle Bernazzoli

Andrew Kwon
Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in mathematics. Conduct research in number theory and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Joe Gallian, Steven Miller
Campus Representative: Richelle Bernazzoli

Drexel University

Philip Weigel
Institution: Drexel University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Research the fundamental interactions of elementary particles through experimental techniques and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Michelle Dolinski, Janet Conrad, Denise Garcia, Fred Allen, Daniel Winklehner
Campus Representative: Meredith Wooten

Robert Ross
Institution: Drexel University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Earn a PhD in Machine Learning and Algorithms. Research new algorithms and mathematical models to automate medical diagnosis and treatment.
Mentor(s): Bill Mongan, Ryan Kalisewski, Marcello Balduccini, Seth Goldstein, Kapil Dandekar, Brandon Terranova
Campus Representative: Meredith Wooten

Gettysburg College

Leah Gulyas
Institution: Gettysburg College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Plans to obtain Ph.D. in molecular genetics focusing on epigenetics, with a later career in research and possibly academia.
Mentor(s): Jennifer Powell
Campus Representative: Maureen Forrestal

Haverford College

Samuel Epstein
Institution: Haverford College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct science research at a federal agency to contribute to advancing public good.
Mentor(s): Dr. Louise Charkoudian, Dr. Theodore Brummel, Dr. Casey Londergan, Dr. Marnix Medema
Campus Representative: Philip Bean

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Aaron Seidel
Institution: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: PhD in Irrigation/Agriculture Engineering for the purpose of researching variable rate irrigation technology. My research will be used to optimize water efficiency and improve crop yield.
Mentor(s): Dr. Greg Mount, Dr. John Benhart
Campus Representative: Deanne Snavely

Juniata College

Rebekah Ford
Institution: Juniata College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Genetics or Microbial Ecology. Conduct research on environmental microbial communities for the government.
Mentor(s): Regina Lamendella, Justin Wright, Maura Donohue, Maura Donohue
Campus Representative: Ursula Williams

Lafayette College

Jessica Ackendorf
Institution: Lafayette College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: PhD in Neuroscience/Neuropharmacology. Conduct research within the pharmaceutical industry on a drug discovery team pursuing treatments for Parkinson’s disease.
Mentor(s): Melissa Galloway
Campus Representative: Julia Goldberg

Chenyu Zhang
Institution: Lafayette College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. Cellular/Molecular Biology. Conduct research in immunology and stem cell-related fields and also to become a professor and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Robert A. Kurt, Nihal Altan-Bonnet, Xiaodong Fan, Qingfeng Chen, Ying-han Chen, Eric Ho, Sue Yee Tan, Kylie Yong
Campus Representative: Julia Goldberg

Penn State University Park

Taylor Baum
Institution: Penn State University Park
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct research on the intersection between neuroscience and electrical engineering with a focus on improving brain signal acquisition platforms. Teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Emery Brown, Sean Brennan, Andrew Geronimo, Patrick Purdon, Kelilah Wolkowicz, Devika Kishnan
Campus Representative: Caitlin Ting

Rosalie Sowers
Institution: Penn State University Park
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in computational biology. Conduct research in genomics and teach at a research university.
Mentor(s): Song Tan, John Lloyd, Anjel Helms, Shin-Han Shiu, John Tooker
Campus Representative: Caitlin Ting

Saint Joseph’s University

Elise Brutschea
Institution: Saint Joseph’s University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Conduct research to develop simpler and greener synthetic methodology in organic chemistry and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Mark Forman
Campus Representative: Mark Reynolds

Swarthmore College

Mackinsey Smith
Institution: Swarthmore College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry. Conduct environmentally relevant chemistry research at a National Laboratory and in the NASA astronaut program.
Mentor(s): Christopher Graves, Jennifer Brodbelt, Tristan Smith, Timothy Cleland
Campus Representative: Melissa Mandos

Temple University

Marcus Forst
Institution: Temple University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. in physics in order to conduct experimental condensed matter research and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Maria Iavarone, Harsh Chopra
Campus Representative: Barbara Gorka

University of Pennsylvania

Marcello Chang
Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: PhD in Computational Biology to conduct research in life sciences through the application of computer science and engineering technology, and become a faculty member at a research university
Mentor(s): Arjun Raj, James Petersson, Fuzheng Guo, Lauren Beck, Orsolya Symmons, Conor Haney
Campus Representative: Wallace Genser

Angus Beane
Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Conduct research in theoretical cosmology and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Adam Lidz, Carol Parish, Bill Miller, III.
Campus Representative: Wallace Genser

Villanova University

Alexander Vetter
Institution: Villanova University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I will pursue a PhD in Math, focusing on algebra and combinatorics with applications in computer science. As research, teaching, and mentoring are all central to my path, I want to be a professor.
Mentor(s): Felice Manganiello, Michael Brown
Campus Representative: Catherine Stecyk

Claire Teahan
Institution: Villanova University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: As a NSF Graduate Research Fellow I will pursue a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry, and as a professor, encourage female STEM students and lead a synthetic research team focused on catalytic chemistry.
Mentor(s): Jared Paul, Pau Farras
Campus Representative: Catherine Stecyk

Kali Carrasco
Institution: Villanova University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I will research the molecular biology and genetics of cancer, aimed at understanding carcinogenesis to generate novel cancer therapies. I also will teach and mentor students at the university level.
Mentor(s): Matthew J. Youngman, PhD, Troy Shirangi
Campus Representative: Catherine Stecyk

South Carolina

College of Charleston

Blaine Billings
Institution: College of Charleston
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Number Theory. Return to academia to teach Mathematics and conduct research in Theoretical Computer Science in a university setting.
Mentor(s): Dinesh Sarvate, Xenia Mountrouidou
Campus Representative: Anton Vander Zee

Katherine Duchinski
Institution: College of Charleston
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Bioinformatics. Utilize -omic technologies to conduct medically relevant research.
Mentor(s): Stephen Ethier, Stephen Guest, Paul Anderson, Dennis Watson, Robert Wilson
Campus Representative: Anton Vander Zee

University of South Carolina: Columbia

Victor Madormo
Institution: University of South Carolina: Columbia
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. Conduct research in biomedical engineering, with a focus in Neuroscience, and teach at the University level.
Mentor(s): Guiren Wang, Matthew McCullough, Rosemarie Booze, Guiren Wang, Scott Jewett, Michael Cranston, Peyton Anderson
Campus Representative: Novella Beskid

Casey Brayton
Institution: University of South Carolina: Columbia
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography. Utilize general circulations models and regional ocean models to study large-scale mixing, energy transfer, and high-latitude circulation in a national laboratory.
Mentor(s): Robert Hallberg, Matthew Mazloff, Lynne Talley, Alexander Yankovsky, Ryan Rykaczewski, Sonya Legg, Ethan Campbell, Sarah Gille, Matthew Mazloff
Campus Representative: Novella Beskid

South Dakota

Dakota State University

Vaille Swenson
Institution: Dakota State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to complete a PhD in microbiology, focusing on the development of antibiotic resistance by human pathogens, and aspire to conduct research for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Mentor(s): Patrick Videau, Michael Gaylor
Campus Representative: Michael Gaylor

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

William Trevillyan
Institution: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D in Materials Science. Conduct research on an interdisciplinary project involving materials science and nanoscale science at either a national laboratory or university.
Mentor(s): Jie Li, David Salem, Ning Wu, Zhiguang Guo, Justin Lovrien, Xiaojie (Alina) Yan, Chunhui Chen, Kelley Woehl, Abdulmenan Hussein,
Campus Representative: Scott Kenner

South Dakota State University

Jace Waybright
Institution: South Dakota State University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D in Condensed Matter Physics. Conduct research on magnetic materials with applications in spintronic devices and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Parashu Kharel, Xiaoshan Xu, David Sellmyer
Campus Representative: Rebecca Bott-Knutson

Tennessee

Rhodes College

Caroline Bush
Institution: Rhodes College
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I intend to obtain a Ph.D. in field that includes the study of plants (botany, plant biology, or agriculture) for a career involving research and teaching at the collegiate level.
Mentor(s): Erin Bodine, Rachel Jabaily, Joseph Chappell, Sheba Goklany, Zuodong Jiang
Campus Representative: Larryn Peterson

Texas

Austin College

Anna Thomas
Institution: Austin College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Conduct research in environmental chemistry with ultimate implications in sustainable development and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Andrew J Carr, Bradley Smucker, Kyoung-Shin Choi, Bradley Smucker, Garrett Wheeler
Campus Representative: Steven Goldsmith

Baylor University

Christina Gaw
Institution: Baylor University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I aim to earn an M.D. in Oncology/Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences. I plan to work at an academic research hospital conducting biochemical techniques research with opportunities for patient interaction.
Mentor(s): Touradj Solouki, Tamarah Adair, Alyssa Carlson Johnson
Campus Representative: Jeffrey Olafsen

Rice University

Alexander Hwang
Institution: Rice University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics or Electrical Engineering, with a focus in nanophotonics. Conduct applied physics research on two-dimensional (2D) material nanophotonics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Gururaj Naik, Kazunari Matsuda, Nima Aghaeepour, David Stevenson, Yuhei Miyauchi, Brice Gaudilliere, Valerie Chock, Wenjin Zhang, Martin Angst, Debra Linfield
Campus Representative: Caroline Quenemoen

Rice University

Jakob Grzesik
Institution: Rice University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D in applied physics, with a focus on solid state physics for an academic career in research aimed at quantum computing and teaching at the university level.
Mentor(s): Riichiro Saito, Palash Bharadwaj, Muhammad Shoufie Uhktary, James Kerwin
Campus Representative: Caroline Quenemoen

Savannah Cofer
Institution: Rice University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and develop application-oriented solutions based on innovative materials. I would like to lead applied research in academia.
Mentor(s): James M. Tour, Shigeo Maruyama, John Clay, Ramadevi Vallabhaneni, Luong Xuan Duy, An Hua, Ethan Yilun Li, Rong Xiang
Campus Representative: Caroline Quenemoen

Texas A&M University

Ashley Holt
Institution: Texas A&M University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I aim to pursue a MD/PhD in biomedical engineering in order to develop new antibiotic therapies in a clinical research setting.
Mentor(s): Dr. Ry Young
Campus Representative: Ben Simington

Texas Tech University

Madeline Lockhart
Institution: Texas Tech University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics. In my career, I want to conduct research involving nuclear safeguards and peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
Mentor(s): Daniela Henzlova, Nural Akchurin, Daniela Henzlova, Garrett McMath, Micheal Fensin, Greg McKinney, Garrett McMath, Greg McKinney
Campus Representative: Wendoli Flores

Trinity University

Zoheb Hirani
Institution: Trinity University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Conduct research in enzyme design for the production of fuels and work in industrial chemistry in energy.
Mentor(s): Adam R. Urbach
Campus Representative: David Pooley

Daisy Horr
Institution: Trinity University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Receive a PhD. in ecology/evolutionary biology. I hope to conduct field research on evolutionary or ecological mechanisms in vertebrates and pursue scientific work in a museum setting.
Mentor(s): Michele Johnson
Campus Representative: David Pooley

University of Texas at Austin

Griffin Glenn
Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: After obtaining a Ph.D. in physics, I hope to go on to a research career studying high energy density science at a tenure-track position in a university or at one of the national laboratories.
Mentor(s): Gilliss Dyer, Todd Ditmire
Campus Representative: Lydia Cornell

University of Texas at Austin

Jenna McGuffey
Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics or Biochemistry. Conduct research in synthetic biology or biochemistry, innovating and teaching at a research university or academic medical center.
Mentor(s): Dr. Jeffrey E. Barrick, Dr. Jeffrey E. Barrick, Dr. Dennis M. Mishler, , , Dacia Leon, Dr. Dennis M. Mishler, Dr. Jeffrey E. Barrick, , , , Dacia Leon, , ,
Campus Representative: Lydia Cornell”

Logan Pearce
Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astronomy. Conduct research in observational astronomy concentrating in extrasolar planetary systems and planetary system formation.
Mentor(s): Adam Kraus, Jennifer Hanley
Campus Representative: Lydia Cornell

University of Texas at Dallas

Sydney Sherman
Institution: University of Texas at Dallas
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Lead research in neural engineering for technical advancement and clinical application at the university level.
Mentor(s): Dr. Joseph Pancrazio, Dr. Walter Voit, Dr. Jason Carmel, Dr. Swarna Mohan, Dr. Bryan Black, Dr. Alexandra Joshi-Imre, Dr. Asht Mishra, Aldo Garcia-Sandoval, Dr. Ajay Pal
Campus Representative: Douglas Dow

Rachel Meade
Institution: University of Texas at Dallas
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. Conduct research in human genetics and teach at an academic institution.
Mentor(s): Dr. Nikki Delk, Dr. Mark Little, Dr. Jörg Hänze, Dr. Alan Kennedy
Campus Representative: Douglas Dow

Utah

Brigham Young University

Eric Olsen
Institution: Brigham Young University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Cancer Biology. I plan to work in translational research at an academic institution, seeking to enhance the immune system’s ability to fight cancer.
Mentor(s): Kim O’Neill, Corey Speers, Ben Chandler, Kim O’Neill, Michelle Townsend, Alyssa Santola
Campus Representative: Barry Bickmore

University of Utah

Philippe David
Institution: University of Utah
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a PhD in theoretical chemistry and develop new models and simulation methods to study nanomaterials. Ultimately, it is my goal to become a professor at a research university.
Mentor(s): Michael Gruenwald, Paulette Clancy, Nathan Fox, Joel S. Miller, Henry Herbol
Campus Representative: Lisa Batchelder

Cameron Owen
Institution: University of Utah
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a Ph.D. in Chemistry with emphases in Analytical and Physical Chemistry. In academia, I hope to study the chemical properties of materials in the search of new catalytic devices.
Mentor(s): Peter B. Armentrout, Joost M. Bakker, Albert Viggiano, Jos Oomens
Campus Representative: Lisa Batchelder

Virgina

College of William and Mary

Christopher Travis
Institution: College of William and Mary
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Biology. Conduct research to develop novel chemical techniques to improve the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, including cancer.
Mentor(s): Douglas Young
Campus Representative: Lindsey Love

George Mason University

Rebecca Beuschel
Institution: George Mason University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My goal is to obtain my Ph.D. in either human genetics or molecular biology. After which, I will conduct research in cellular biology while teaching at the university level.
Mentor(s): Geraldine Grant, Luis Rodriguez, Sarah Bui
Campus Representative: Lanitra Berger

Hampden-Sydney College

David Bushhouse
Institution: Hampden-Sydney College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics. Conduct research in epigenetic gene regulation and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Kristian M. Hargadon, Michael J. Wolyniak
Campus Representative: Varholy Cristine

Roanoke College

William Lambert
Institution: Roanoke College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering to pursue my interest in conducting research on the microscopic flows of fluids over surfaces.
Mentor(s): Karin Saoub, Rama Balasubramanian
Campus Representative: Rama Balasubramanian

University of Richmond

Lillian Hughes
Institution: University of Richmond
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Materials Science. Conduct interdisciplinary chemistry and physics research and teach and mentor students at the university level.
Mentor(s): Michael Leopold, Christopher Deppmann, Austin Keele
Campus Representative: Dana Kuchem

University of Virginia

Boyang Li
Institution: University of Virginia
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Theoretical High Energy Physics. Conduct research in string theory and search for a more fundamental theory that helps us understand why the universe is the way it is.
Mentor(s): Diana Vaman, Mark Whittle, Peter Arnold, Ricky Patterson
Campus Representative: Michael Timko

Ryuichi Haney
Institution: University of Virginia
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct mathematical research and teach at a university.
Mentor(s): Thomas Mark, Tomohiro Hoshi
Campus Representative: Michael Timko

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Arianna Krinos
Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in biological limnology with a focus on exploring how advanced computational techniques can be used in ecosystem simulation and data analysis; goal to become research scientist.
Mentor(s): Cayelan Carey, Lisa Belden, Gregory Ahearn, Venkat Sridhar, Renato Figueiredo, Jenifer Walke, Kaitlin Farrell, Daniel Medina
Campus Representative: Christina McIntyre

Washington

University of Washington

Nelson Liu
Institution: University of Washington
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: I hope to get a Ph.D. in computer science in order to teach at the university level and conduct research in natural language processing and machine learning.
Mentor(s): Roy Schwartz, Noah A. Smith, Kevin Knight, Matt Gardner, Omer Levy, Jonathan May, Yanchuan Sim, Chenhao Tan
Campus Representative: Robin Chang

Kimberly Ruth
Institution: University of Washington
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: I intend to obtain a Ph.D. in Computer Science and pursue a research-based career in computer security and privacy.
Mentor(s): Franziska Roesner, Tadayoshi Kohno
Campus Representative: Robin Chang

Tyler Valentine
Institution: University of Washington
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: I will pursue a PhD in space science and engineering focused on utilizing the resources of near-Earth space. My PhD will allow me to pursue a tenure-track professorship and further my research.
Mentor(s): Dale Winebrenner, Elizabeth Frank, Robert Winglee, Adam Bruckner, Akbar Whizin, Michael McCarthy
Campus Representative: Robin Chang

Washington State University

Zachary Howard
Institution: Washington State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I aim to earn a Ph.D. in Immunology and conduct research on human immune responses to bacterial pathogens. I aspire to become a Principle Investigator at an academic or government institution.
Mentor(s): Alan Goodman, Anders Omsland, Perry Hargrave, Kristi Martinez, Evan Rhead
Campus Representative: Mary Sanchez-Lanier

Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Roger Waleffe
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: After receiving my PhD in plasma physics, I plan to join a leading fusion energy company and work with a team of researchers to develop new technologies for plasma reactors.
Mentor(s): Matthew Brookhart, Cary Forest, Aaron Stemo, Ethan Peterson, Mike Clark
Campus Representative: Julie Stubbs

Nathan Wang
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical & Biological Engineering. Conduct research in biological engineering and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Sean P. Palecek, Lih-Sheng Turng, Gilbert Nathanson, Myung-Ryul Lee, Lin Jiang, Yiyan Peng, Michael Shaloski
Campus Representative: Julie Stubbs

University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Nicholas Bielski
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. Conduct research in biopharmaceutical treatment development.
Mentor(s): Dr. Jessica Orlofske, Dr. Robert Barber, Dr. Greg Richards, Dr. Natalia Taft
Campus Representative: Heather McGee

West Virginia

West Virginia University

Rodney Elliott
Institution: West Virginia University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: My goal is to earn a Ph.D. in Astrophysics. I hope to one day conduct research in cosmology and to teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Sarah Burke-Spolaor
Campus Representative: Kenneth Blemings