2018 Goldwater Scholars by State of Legal Residence

(Listed by State of Legal Residence)

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

Akansas

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

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

Arizona

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

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

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, 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, Alison Kim, Hai Sun, Natalia Dounskaia
Campus Representative: Kyle Mox

California

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

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

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

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, Steven Lessard
Campus Representative: Paul Koch

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, Philip Choi
Campus Representative: Dan O’Leary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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., Enoch Nagelli, Ph.D., David Peatey, Ph.D., Kwanwoo Shin, Ohsun Kwon,
Campus Representative: James Bluman

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, Van Savage, Stelios Koumlis, Elif Tekin
Campus Representative: Erica Lovano McCann

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

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

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

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

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

Colorado

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

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

Connecticut

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

Florida

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., David Kosbie, Chris Prue, Laurie Stach, Oleg Sapunkov, Heather Jones, Ph.D., , Steve Panoushek, John Vermes, Warren “”Chuck”” Whittaker
Campus Representative: Richelle Bernazzoli

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Georgia

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

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

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

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

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, Michael Tiemeyer
Campus Representative: Jeffrey Berg

Iowa

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

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

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

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

Idaho

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

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

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

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, Sean B. Menke
Campus Representative: Davis Schneiderman

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

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

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

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

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

Indiana

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

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

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

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, Manuel Gadella
Campus Representative: Dacia Charlesworth

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

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

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
Campus Representative: Anne Wallen

Kentucky

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

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

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

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

Gabrielle Price
Institution: Spelman College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I hope to obtain an M.D./Ph.D. with a focus in neuroscience. My ultimate goal is to conduct research on the brain and brain tumor development as a physician-scientist and teach in an academic setting.
Mentor(s): Anna Kenney, Khalid Shah, Rosalind Segal, Yonas Tekle, Deborah Rohner, Abhi Dey, Sung Hugh Choi, Xuesong Zhou
Campus Representative: DeKimberlen Neely

Louisianna

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

Massachusetts

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

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

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

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

Maryland

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

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

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, Clint Allen, 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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

Minnesota

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Missouri

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

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

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

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

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

North Carolina

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

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

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

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

Nebraska

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
Campus Representative: Laura Damuth

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

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

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

New Hampshire

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, James Bern
Campus Representative: Jon Goss

New Jersey

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

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

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

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

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. Bonnie Firestein, Dr. Judith Grisel
Campus Representative: Margaret Marr

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

New Mexico

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

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
Campus Representative: Wendoli Flores

Nevada

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

Nevada

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ohio

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

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

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

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, Dan Pritikin
Campus Representative: Paul Urayama

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

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

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

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

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, Parashu Kharel, David Sellmyer
Campus Representative: Rebecca Bott-Knutson

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

Oregon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Campus Representative: Ursula Williams

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

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

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
Campus Representative: Aj Poelarends

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

South Carolina

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

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

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

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

South Dakota

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

Texas

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

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
Campus Representative: Lydia Cornell

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

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

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

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. Dennis M. Mishler, Dacia Leon
Campus Representative: Lydia Cornell

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

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

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

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

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

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, Garrett Wheeler
Campus Representative: Steven Goldsmith

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

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

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

Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

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 Keeler
Campus Representative: Dana Kuchem

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

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

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

Vermont

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

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

Washington

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, Alan Goodman, Perry Hargrave, Kristi Martinez, Evan Rhead
Campus Representative: Mary Sanchez-Lanier

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

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

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

Wisconsin

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

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, Troy Shirangi
Campus Representative: Catherine Stecyk

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

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

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

West Virginia

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