2019 Goldwater Scholars by Institution State

(Listed by Institution State)

Alabama

Auburn University

Drew Bonner
Institution: Auburn University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. I hope to conduct research related to genetic diseases and learn new ways to translate research efforts into clinical therapies related to genetic diseases.
Mentor(s): Douglas Martin, Richard Myers, Robert Kesterson, Eddy Yang, Allisandra Rha, Nicholas Cochran, Anil Challa, Christopher Partridge
Campus Representative: Ken Thomas

University of Alabama

Peyton Strickland
Institution: University of Alabama
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics. Conduct research in hypersonic missile defense and propulsion and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Patrick Damiani, Dr. Semih Olcmen, Jesse Griggs
Campus Representative: Gary Sloan

Ryan Tuckey
Institution: University of Alabama
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I hope to earn a Ph.D. in Genetics or Molecular Biology and eventually teach and do research at a major research university.
Mentor(s): Dr. Guy A. Caldwell, Dr. Yun-Xing Wang, Dr. Kim A. Caldwell, Dr. Jason R. Stagno, Dr. Yu Liu
Campus Representative: Gary Sloan

Thomas Richards
Institution: University of Alabama
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in experimental particle or nuclear physics. Teach at a major research university while performing research in particle or nuclear physics.
Mentor(s): Igor Ostrovskiy, Joseph Hamilton, Akunuri Ramayya
Campus Representative: Gary Sloan

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Baraa Hijaz
Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D in Neurobiology. A physician-scientist with a research arm investigating mechanisms of neurodegeneration at an academic research institution.
Mentor(s): Dr. Anil Challa, Dr. Herbert Chen, Dr. Allan Reiss, Dr. Laura Volpicelli-Daley, Ashley Turner, Samuel Jang, Danilea Carmona-Matos, Dr. Gavin Tempest, Charlie Brzozowski
Campus Representative: Cristin Gavin

Garrett Sager
Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in biophysics and conduct research in the neurophysics of learning and memory.
Mentor(s): Elizabeth Sztul, Ryoichi Kawai, Cristian Pocognoni
Campus Representative: Cristin Gavin

Holly Robinson
Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in neuroscience. Conduct research in circuitry and social behavior, teach at the university level, and work to improve scientific communication inside and outside the field.
Mentor(s): Lucas Pozzo-Miller, Bulent Turan, Mary Phillips
Campus Representative: Cristin Gavin

Alaska

University of Alaska Anchorage

Henrique Oliveira Miller
Institution: University of Alaska Anchorage
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I will earn a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics, then start a career at a national laboratory or research center developing viable nuclear fusion energy.
Mentor(s): Nathaniel Hicks, James Pantaleone
Campus Representative: Kenrick Mock

Arizona

Arizona State University

Lily Whitler
Institution: Arizona State University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in astrophysics. Conduct research in astronomy, teach at a university, and work towards making science more accessible to the general public (particularly young women).
Mentor(s): Adam Beardsley, Volker Heesen, Karen Olsen, Daniel Jacobs, Marcus Brüggen, Judd Bowman, Evan Scannapieco
Campus Representative: Kyle Mox

Madeleine Howell
Institution: Arizona State University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physical and Biological Chemistry. Develop technologies for ultrafast and non-invasive imaging to answer fundamental biological and chemical questions as research faculty at a university.
Mentor(s): Barbara Smith, Theodore Goodson III, Christopher Miranda, Ricardo Vazquez, Joel Lusk
Campus Representative: Kyle Mox

Maeve Kennedy
Institution: Arizona State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct translational research in personalized regenerative medicine.
Mentor(s): Dr. David Lott, Dr. Rizal Hariadi, Dr. Vincent Pizziconi, Dr. Michael McPhail, Rishabh Shetty, Michael Sobrado, Devika Kishnan
Campus Representative: Kyle Mox

Northern Arizona University

Christopher Keefe
Institution: Northern Arizona University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Develop computational methods to help us answer key questions in ecology and human health, apply those methods in new research, and share them as free and open software tools to multiply their impact.
Mentor(s): Matthew R Dillon, Dr. Meghan Taylor, Ruby Hammond, Evan Bolyen, Dr. Ted Schuur, Dr. James Gregory Caporaso
Campus Representative: Melissa Riggs

Kyle Ghaby
Institution: Northern Arizona University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: PhD in computational biochemistry with an emphasis in protein engineering. Principal investigator and professor designing, refining, and combining proteins for medicinal and gene-editing applications.
Mentor(s): Dr. Gerrick Lindberg, Dr. Matthew Salanga, Dr. Gery Allan, Dr. Don Diamond, Dr. Timothy Becker, Dr. Russell Benford, Dr. Felix Wussow, Dr. Nashelly Meneses
Campus Representative: Melissa Riggs

Megan Gialluca
Institution: Northern Arizona University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: PhD in Astrophysics. Continue work in categorizing and determining levels of habitability of exoplanet atmospheres; assist in missions to observe exoplanets and analyze the data.
Mentor(s): Dr. Tyler Robinson, Adam Wilcox
Campus Representative: Melissa Riggs
University of Arizona

University of Arizona

Collin Lewin
Institution: University of Arizona
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Direct theoretical astrophysics research developing neutron star theories from simulations and multimessenger observations and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Vasileios Paschalidis, Ellen Howell, Colleen Wilson-Hodge, Vishnu Reddy, Yancy Shirley, Adam Goldstein, Walter Harris
Campus Representative: David Neufeld

Steven Fried
Institution: University of Arizona
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I will pursue a PhD in chemistry with an emphasis in biophysics. I aspire to conduct biophysical research on protein dynamics as a university professor, and in so doing advance human health.
Mentor(s): Michael Marty, Michael Brown
Campus Representative: David Neufeld

Wes Johnson
Institution: University of Arizona
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Pursue an academic career in a university (e.g. Tenured Professor), engage in teaching and cutting-edge research publishable in reputed journals.
Mentor(s): Dr. Soma Mukherjee, Dr. Lon Hood, Dr. Anna Dornhaus, Daniel Charbonneau
Campus Representative: David Neufeld

Arkansas

Hendrix College

Katherine Sanders
Institution: Hendrix College
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computational Biology. Apply computer science principles to biology through molecular modeling research, create open source research software, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Adam Schneider, Jamie Marshall, Sriraam Natarajan, Katie Siek, Cassia Oliveira, Qingbo Wang, Nandini Ramanan, Ben Jelen, David Thomas
Campus Representative: Jenn Dearoff

Sarah Nicholson
Institution: Hendrix College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research in theoretical astroparticle physics.
Mentor(s): Todd Tinsley
Campus Representative: Jenn Dearoff

University of Arkansas

Austin Kreulach
Institution: University of Arkansas
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in artificial intelligence. Conduct research in computational creativity and deep learning, create mathematical art, teach at the university level, and mentor undergraduate and grad researchers.
Mentor(s): Saad Biaz, Michael Gashler, Chase Rainwater, Richard Chapman
Campus Representative: Suzanne McCray

Meagan Olsen
Institution: University of Arkansas
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in chemical engineering. Conduct research in biochemical engineering with a focus on self-assembly, development, production, and delivery of medicines as a professor at a research university.
Mentor(s): Beatriz Pérez Armendáriz, Shannon Servoss, Matthew Patitz
Campus Representative: Suzanne McCray

Tyler Bishop
Institution: University of Arkansas
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research in physics and teach as a university professor.
Mentor(s): Salvador Barraza-Lopez
Campus Representative: Suzanne McCray

California

California Institute of Technology

Alycia Lee
Institution: California Institute of Technology
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Machine Learning. Conduct research in artificial intelligence (AI) in academia or industry, focusing on applications of AI to protein-based drug and treatment discovery.
Mentor(s): Kevin Yang, Anqi Liu, Brian Larsen, Yueqiang Wang, Zachary Wu, Frances Arnold, Yisong Yue, Avinash Bhandoola, Frances Arnold
Campus Representative: Kristin Weyman

Gokul Gowri
Institution: California Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph. D. in Bioengineering. Conduct research in molecular programming and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Georg Seelig, Erik Winfree, Lulu Qian, Randolph Lopez, Kevin Cherry
Campus Representative: Kristin Weyman

Juan Gomez
Institution: California Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D in physics. Conduct fundamental research in condensed-matter physics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Thomas Rosenbaum, David Hsieh, Daniel Silevitch, Alon Ron
Campus Representative: Kristin Weyman

California State University: Fresno

Alyssa Marie Rivera
Institution: California State University: Fresno
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D in Chemical Biology. Conduct translational research to promote cancer drug therapeutics in patients.
Mentor(s): Qiao-Hong Chen
Campus Representative: Doreen De Leon

Micah Olivas
Institution: California State University: Fresno
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: After completing my undergraduate education, I plan to pursue a PhD and post-doctoral training in molecular cancer biology with the hopes of optimizing models of cancer progression and recurrence.
Mentor(s): Laurent Dejean, PhD, James Alvarez, Phd, Michael Bassik, PhD, Alam Hasson, PhD, Douglas Fox, Grace Anderson, PhD
Campus Representative: Doreen De Leon

California State University: Fullerton

Denyz Melchor
Institution: California State University: Fullerton
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Interested in a post-doctoral position to conduct research on gravitational waves and teach at the undergraduate level. Mentor minority students by way of research.
Mentor(s): Geoffrey Lovelace, Rory Smith, Colm Talbot
Campus Representative: Monique Posadas

Kimberly Lopez-Zepeda
Institution: California State University: Fullerton
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or Material Science. Advance research in the field of renewable energy narrowed on the development and optimization of catalytic materials.
Mentor(s): John Haan, Phillip Christopher, Dana Clahane, Rodrigo Noriega, Insoo Ro
Campus Representative: Monique Posadas

California State University: Los Angeles

Jacob Parres-Gold
Institution: California State University: Los Angeles
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Upon completing my Bachelor of Science, I plan to attain a Ph.D. in biochemistry. I aspire to research the organic chemistry of proteins in disease while teaching as a university faculty member.
Mentor(s): Yixian Wang
Campus Representative: Jessica Rodriguez

California State University: Monterey Bay

Victoria Assad
Institution: California State University: Monterey Bay
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a PhD in marine science that leads to a research career on the effects of climate change on the deep-sea. I will communicate my findings to environmental law makers to impact policy.
Mentor(s): Dr. Steve Moore, Dr. Ken Smith, Dr. Christine Huffard
Campus Representative: John Banks

Harvey Mudd College

Havi Ellers
Institution: Harvey Mudd College
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics. Conduct research in mathematics that will hopefully make the world a better place and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Riad Masri, Katherine Thompson
Campus Representative: Carissa Saugstad

Occidental College

Courtney Nelson
Institution: Occidental College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics. Conduct experimental physics research, teach at a university level, and assist in making opportunities in science research available for all students.
Mentor(s): Paul Tobash, Qing Ji, Jaideep Singh, Rob Kelso, Neil Harrison, Peter Seidl, Justin Brown
Campus Representative: Jeffrey Cannon

Pitzer College

Marya Ornelas
Institution: Pitzer College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My goals are to attain a Ph.D. in chemical biology, pursue teaching at the university level, and lead a research group with a focus on engineering living systems as programmable therapeutic devices.
Mentor(s): Jennifer Prescher, Aaron Leconte, Sierra Williams, Carly Brennan
Campus Representative: Ulysses Sofia

Pomona College

Christina Beck
Institution: Pomona College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular or Chemical Biology. Teach at the university level and conduct translational research in infectious or age-related diseases.
Mentor(s): Jane M. Liu, Amandine Maréchal, Andrew Hartley
Campus Representative: Mal Riggio

EliseAnne Koskelo
Institution: Pomona College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: PhD in Applied Physics. Conduct research in mechanics or solid state physics and become a university professor.
Mentor(s): Ami Radunskaya, Dr. Eric Flynn, Richard Mawhorter,  Janice Hudgings 
Campus Representative: Mal Johal

Stanford University

Katharine Woo
Institution: Stanford University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Research in number theory and its applications to cryptography, as well as teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Ken Ono, George Schaeffer, Larry Rolen
Campus Representative: Kristin Black

Maya Varma
Institution: Stanford University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: After obtaining a PhD in computer science, I hope to teach at the university level and pursue an academic research career in CS, designing algorithms that can help understand and diagnose diseases.
Mentor(s): Bhavik Patel, Dennis Wall, Ali Yousuf, Achin Bhowmik, Matthew Lungren
Campus Representative: Kristin Black

Nicolas Poux
Institution: Stanford University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D/Ph.D. in Developmental Biology. Conduct research at a university or large research hospital on the mechanisms of cell differentiation, and of organ development and regeneration.
Mentor(s): Irving Weissman, Jonathan Tsai, Rahul Sinha
Campus Representative: Kristin Black

Sahaj Garg
Institution: Stanford University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science. Pursue research in unsupervised representation learning and few-shot learning, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Stefano Ermon, Ankur Taly, Jeremy Wolfe, Kayvon Fatahalian, Ravi Bansal, Alex Beutel
Campus Representative: Kristin Black

University of California: Berkeley

Bhavish Dinakar
Institution: University of California: Berkeley
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Lead a research group to create novel renewable energy sources.
Mentor(s): Jeff Reimer, Jeff Long, Kristie Boering, Alex Forse, Phill Milner, Jeff Martell
Campus Representative: Alicia Hayes

Connor Tou
Institution: University of California: Berkeley
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in bioengineering, specifically synthetic biology. Conduct research developing genetic modification technology with applications in cancer & autoimmunity and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): John Dueber, John Tainer, Shakked Halperin, Roopa Thapar
Campus Representative: Alicia Hayes

University of California: Davis

Analisa Milkey
Institution: University of California: Davis
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in organismal biology. Conduct research in evolution and ecology and run a university lab.
Mentor(s): Jennifer Hodge, Leah Hibel, Peter Wainwright
Campus Representative: Scott Palmer

University of California: Los Angeles

Abby Thurm
Institution: University of California: Los Angeles
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Chemical Biology. Conduct translational research with clinical applications in drug delivery or pharmaceutical development and teach at the university or graduate/medical school level.
Mentor(s): William Gelbart, Daniel Tenen, Charles Knobler, Bon Trinh, Christian Beren
Campus Representative: Rebecca Blustein

Anshul Adve
Institution: University of California: Los Angeles
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I would like to get a Ph.D. in (some subfield of) mathematical analysis and pursue research in a related area as a faculty member of an academic institution.
Mentor(s): Alpár Mészáros, Alexander Yong
Campus Representative: Rebecca Blustein

Carla Pantoja
Institution: University of California: Los Angeles
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D/Ph.D in Molecular Biology. Lead a translational research laboratory in stem cell metabolism to improve disease treatment.
Mentor(s): Brigitte Gomperts, Devin Horton, Cody Aros
Campus Representative: Rebecca Blustein

University of California: Riverside

Amrik Kang
Institution: University of California: Riverside
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences. Conduct translational and basic science research on the development of novel treatments for human diseases.
Mentor(s): Dr. Jeff Perry, Dr. Ryan Julian, Dr. Dave Martin
Campus Representative: Gladis Herrera-Berkowitz

Anthony Cort
Institution: University of California: Riverside
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. Conduct research in infectious diseases and teach at the collegiate level.
Mentor(s): Andrea Cox, Karine Le Roch, Susan Wessler, Gayani Batugedara, Michael Chattergoon, Evelien M. Bunnik, Gayani Batugedara, Jim Burnette, Maggie Xueqing, Laura Cohen
Campus Representative: Gladis Herrera-Berkowitz

Catherine Seo
Institution: University of California: Riverside
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I will pursue a biomedical engineering Ph.D. to research bioresorbable and biodegradable materials for medical device applications while teaching at the university level and advising industry.
Mentor(s): Huinan Liu
Campus Representative: Gladis Herrera-Berkowitz

University of California: San Diego

Eleanor Wang
Institution: University of California: San Diego
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research in synthetic biology or bioengineering to develop technologies that enhance understanding of basic biology and translational medicine.
Mentor(s): Patrick D. Hsu, Shannon M. Lauberth, Peter Lotfy
Campus Representative: David Artis

Wei Li
Institution: University of California: San Diego
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: My career goal is to become a physician-scientist with my own laboratory and conduct research that will advance biomedical science and find cures for some of the most challenging diseases.
Mentor(s): Weg Ongkeko, Jessica Wang-Rodriguez, M. Raj Rajasekaran
Campus Representative: David Artis

University of California: Santa Barbara

Haley Bowden
Institution: University of California: Santa Barbara
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. In Physics or Astronomy. Conduct research in astrophysics and support the education of women and other minorities in physics.
Mentor(s): Andy Howell, Crystal Martin, Iair Arcavi, Curtis McCully
Campus Representative: Nick Alward-Saxon

Ryan Sadjadi
Institution: University of California: Santa Barbara
Field of Study: Medicine
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Endocrinology & Diabetes. Leading role in the development of stem cell-based therapies for type 2 diabetes and related chronic conditions. Attain professorship at the university level.
Mentor(s): James Thomson, Dennis Clegg, Huishi Toh
Campus Representative: Nick Alward-Saxon

University of California: Santa Cruz

Joey Wong
Institution: University of California: Santa Cruz
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD in molecular biology and neurobiology. Investigate mechanisms involved in disease pathogenesis informed by the practice of medicine in order to create new and innovative therapies for patients.
Mentor(s): Susan Ackerman, Jeremy Lee, E. Scott Seeley, Michael J. Molumby, Thomas Finn, Christina Adams
Campus Representative: Paula Schneider

University of San Diego

Elizabeth Bushnell
Institution: University of San Diego
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: PhD in Marine Ecology, conduct research in the impacts of climate change on marine systems, and some teaching at a university level
Mentor(s): Nathalie Reyns
Campus Representative: Ryan McGorty

University of Southern California

Zane Durante
Institution: University of Southern California
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science/Machine Learning. Conduct research to advance techniques in deep learning, computer vision, and natural language processing and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Shrikanth Narayanan, Khalil Iskarous
Campus Representative: Katie Capra

University of the Pacific

Kyle Poe
Institution: University of the Pacific
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in neural engineering or math. Research novel interfaces between computers and the nervous system, emphasizing applications of nanotechnology, and mathematical modeling of those interfaces.
Mentor(s): Brad Sutton, Carlos Villalba-Galea, Rahim Khoie
Campus Representative: Susan Weiner

Colorado

Colorado State University

Amanda Merkley
Institution: Colorado State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. Conduct research in wireless communications systems in a national lab.
Mentor(s): Sourajeet Roy, Patrick Shipman, Jixun Zhan
Campus Representative: Mary Swanson

Dillon Donaghy
Institution: Colorado State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My goal is to attain a PhD in immunology or a related field and become a research faculty member at a university, simultaneously studying disease and teaching the next generation of scientists.
Mentor(s): Jonathan Gibbins, Christine Olver, Christine Olver, Alex Bye
Campus Representative: Mary Swanson

Mikaela Elder
Institution: Colorado State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computational Biology or Computational Medicine. Conduct research in molecular components of genetic diseases to better understand mechanisms of disease and create targeted therapies.
Mentor(s): Eric Ross, Daniel Cooley, Sean Cascarina
Campus Representative: Mary Swanson

Seamus Somerstep
Institution: Colorado State University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to attain a Ph.D. in mathematics so that I can conduct research in number theory or mathematical physics at a university.
Mentor(s): Rachel Pries, Mark Bradley, Dean Bisogno
Campus Representative: Mary Swanson

University of Colorado Boulder

Ellen Considine
Institution: University of Colorado Boulder
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I aspire to advance the application of data science methods in environmental health monitoring, evaluation, and public policy implementation. My immediate goal is to attain a PhD in biostatistics.
Mentor(s): Colleen Reid, John Galetzka
Campus Representative: Anne Dougherty

Yannick Lee-yow
Institution: University of Colorado Boulder
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I aspire to obtain a PhD in biochemistry so that I can become a leading researcher in the field of molecular disease pathways and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Ding Xue, Jennifer Knight, Lauren Powell, Lingjun Zheng, Eui Seung Lee, Phil Venezia
Campus Representative: Anne Dougherty

University of Colorado Denver

Anne Lyons
Institution: University of Colorado Denver
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: PhD in Bioengineering. Conduct research in tissue engineering to contribute to regenerative medicine & organ-level disease modelling and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Jeffrey Jacot, Adam Green, Elisar Barbar, Emily Beck
Campus Representative: Tawnya Boulier

Connecticut

University of Connecticut

Ariane Garrett
Institution: University of Connecticut
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research in biomedical instrumentation and teach at the University Level.
Mentor(s): Kazunori Hoshino
Campus Representative: Rowena Grainger

Berk Alpay
Institution: University of Connecticut
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science. Conduct research in algorithms and machine learning at university and institute level.
Mentor(s): Emmanouil Anagnostou, David Wanik
Campus Representative: Rowena Grainger

Sam Markelon
Institution: University of Connecticut
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science. I would conduct cryptography and quantum information research, preferably in industry, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Maurizio Ungaro, Silvia Niccolai, Walter O. Krawec, Markus Diefenthaler, Raphael Dupree, Kyungseon Joo, Gabriel Charles
Campus Representative: Rowena Grainger

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

Wesleyan University

Nate Gillman
Institution: Wesleyan University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I intend to pursue a PhD in pure mathematics. I hope to conduct research in analytic number theory and to teach at the university level, as well as run a Research Experience for Undergraduates.
Mentor(s): Ken Ono, Ilesanmi Adeboye, Brian Stewart, Amin Gholampour, John Duncan, Jacob Fanthorpe, Rebecca Black, Larry Rolen, Cameron Hill
Campus Representative: Magdalena Zapedowska

Western Connecticut State University

Jasmine Grey
Institution: Western Connecticut State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to earn a Ph.D. in Microbiology and conduct research in human diseases to save lives. I want to decrease the suffering that microbes cause in the world.
Mentor(s): Hannah Reynolds
Campus Representative: Patrice Boily

Yale University

Catherine Lee
Institution: Yale University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. in pure mathematics. My goal is to conduct research in complex and algebraic geometry and teach at a university.
Mentor(s): Ross Berkowitz, Philsang Yoo, Dhruv Ranganathan, Patrick Devlin
Campus Representative: Lindsay Lawton

Jasmine Stone
Institution: Yale University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience. Conduct research in computational neuroscience and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): John Murray, Alexander Huk, Gal Mishne, Jeremy Freeman, Andrew Ellington, Daniel Ehrlich, Lawrence Cormack, Norman Lam, Kathryn Bonnen
Campus Representative: Lindsay Lawton

Noah Kravitz
Institution: Yale University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in pure mathematics and then teach at a research university. I anticipate focusing my research on combinatorics, number theory, and algebra.
Mentor(s): Joe Gallian, Stefan Steinerberger
Campus Representative: Lindsay Lawton

Rahul Nagvekar
Institution: Yale University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: After completing a Ph.D. in molecular biology, I envision being a faculty member at an academic institution in the U.S., leading and guiding a team at the forefront of research in cancer epigenetics.
Mentor(s): Nadya Dimitrova, Benjamin Pinsky, George Calin, Hung Ton-That, William Margolin, Ephrath Tesfaye, Megan Fitzpatrick, Fu Xiao, Chungyu Chang, Daniel Haeusser, Justen Manasa, Belkys Sanchez
Campus Representative: Lindsay Lawton

Delaware

University of Delaware

Yasmin Mann
Institution: University of Delaware
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Obtain an MD-PhD in Gene Therapy and Vaccines, conduct research on the development and testing of novel cancer treatments, and mentor future researchers.
Mentor(s): Erica Golemis, Randall Duncan, Zhengyu Ma, Anna Kiseleva, Carlton Cooper, Brittany Fay, Nick Trompeter
Campus Representative: Lauren Barsky

District of Columbia

Catholic University of America

Deanna Greco
Institution: Catholic University of America
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Conduct computational chemistry research and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Juan Perilla
Campus Representative: Cynthia Brewer

George Washington University

Christianne Chua
Institution: George Washington University
Field of Study: Engineering
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 field of cardiac tissue engineering.
Mentor(s): Emilia Entcheva, Julie Han, Weizhen Li
Campus Representative: Rachelle Heller

George Bartholomew
Institution: George Washington University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I will complete a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Engineering aspiring to teach at the university level and research novel drugs and delivery systems to combat infectious diseases.
Mentor(s): Cynthia Dowd, Kenneth Heidel
Campus Representative: Rachelle Heller

Margaret Steiner
Institution: George Washington University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I intend to pursue a PhD and research career in biomedical informatics or biostatistics. My goal is to develop novel quantitative methods for the analysis of biomedical data.
Mentor(s): Venkatraman Seshan, Keith Crandall, Michael Swartz, Keylie Gibson
Campus Representative: Rachelle Heller

Howard University

Jaquesta Adams
Institution: Howard University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry or Materials Science. Conduct research on drug delivery systems for neurodegenerative diseases and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Mark Bathe, Andre Clayborne, Dharmaraj Raghavan
Campus Representative: Theon Gruber Ford

Florida

Eckerd College

Jennifer Necker
Institution: Eckerd College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Marine Chemistry conducting research on deep sea chemosynthesis and ocean chemistry at a major research institution.
Mentor(s): Amy Siuda, George Luther, Kathryn Berchtold, David Hastings, Emily Estes, Shannon Gowans
Campus Representative: William Szelistowski

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Grant Johnson
Institution: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Plasma Physics. Conduct research in theory and simulations of plasma phenomena within magnetic fusion devices at a Department of Energy National Laboratory.
Mentor(s): Michael Campanell, Edwin Mierkiewicz, John Mathis, Maxim Umanksy
Campus Representative: Michelle Howell

Florida Southern College

Zachary Fralish
Institution: Florida Southern College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering with a specialization in drug delivery mechanisms.
Mentor(s): Philip Dawson, Shameka Shelby, Deborah Bromfield Lee, Jarrod Eubank
Campus Representative: Jennifer Leigh Moffitt

Florida State University

Shae Machlus
Institution: Florida State University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in High Energy Theoretical Physics. Conduct research in lattice quantum chromodynamics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Alexander Volya, Maxwell Terban, Hanwei Gao, Branton Campbell, Tomasz Plewa, Robert Dinnebier
Campus Representative: Craig Filar

Miami Dade College

Maria Restrepo
Institution: Miami Dade College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct research to develop new treatments for individuals with neurological injuries or disorders.
Mentor(s): Jacqueline Sagen, Stanislava Jergova
Campus Representative: Pascal Charlot

Rollins College

Lauren Neldner
Institution: Rollins College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph. D in Geophysics. Conduct research in earthquake engineering and engage in science education and outreach.
Mentor(s): Thomas Moore, Colleen Dalton
Campus Representative: Jayashree Shivamoggi

University of Central Florida

Katherine Stahlhut
Institution: University of Central Florida
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Soil and Crop Sciences. Conduct research on mycorrhizal associations and their impacts on crops.
Mentor(s): Chase Mason, Barry Rosen
Campus Representative: Morgan Bauer

University of Florida

Hannah Lyons
Institution: University of Florida
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Microbiology. Conduct research on microbial and astronaut responses to space environments and develop applications for clinical settings on Earth.
Mentor(s): Esther Beltran, Adriaan Bruijnzeel, Gioia Massa
Campus Representative: Mark Law

William Owens
Institution: University of Florida
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Advance human knowledge by teaching and researching bioengineering. Create an organization that harnesses the information processing capabilities of the cell to develop sustainable, scalable systems.
Mentor(s): Michael Kladde, Christopher Reisch, H. W. Bass, K. T. Shanmugam
Campus Representative: Mark Law

University of Miami

Danielle Goldwert
Institution: University of Miami
Field of Study: Psychology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Psychology. Conduct research on the psychology of emotion and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Debra Lieberman, Kiara Timpano, Abdiel Flores, Joseph Billingsley, Niall Bolger
Campus Representative: April Dobbins

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

University of South Florida

Keller Blackwell
Institution: University of South Florida
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Obtain a Ph.D. in math; become a professor researching coding theory and post-quantum cryptography. Create research opportunities for under-represented undergraduates and mentor graduate students.
Mentor(s): Gretchen L. Matthews, Thomas J. Bieske, Diego Ricciotti
Campus Representative: Sayandeb Basu

Willie McClinton III
Institution: University of South Florida
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Obtain a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence and research in the area of deep reinforcement learning while teaching and mentoring both graduate and undergraduate students at the University level.
Mentor(s): Dr. Marvin Andujar, Dr. Sriram Chellappan, Dr. Lawrence Hall, Jonathan Fiscus, Dr. Sameer Varma
Campus Representative: Sayandeb Basu

Georgia

Agnes Scott College

Gwen Kirschke
Institution: Agnes Scott College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Ecology. Conduct research informing insect and plant conservation.
Mentor(s): Jacobus de Roode, Shawn Krosnick, Donald Walker
Campus Representative: Timothy Finco

Lauren Neal
Institution: Agnes Scott College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Neurobiology. I would like to conduct biomedical research focusing on cell biology and eventually be a Principal Investigator.
Mentor(s): Oliver Hobert, Ph.D., Srebrenka Robic, Ph.D., Jennifer Larimore, Ph.D., Berta Vidal-Iglesias, Ph.D.
Campus Representative: Timothy Finco

Berry College

Parker Roberts
Institution: Berry College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Plasma Physics. Conduct research in the physics of plasmas focused on controlling turbulence and instabilities for applications in nuclear fusion energy and space propulsion.
Mentor(s): Charles Lane, Rory Perkins, Shawn Hilbert, Scott Carr
Campus Representative: Mark Turlington

Columbus State University

ZiJie Lin
Institution: Columbus State University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. Medicinal Chemistry. Conduct research in chemical synthesis and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Kerri Taylor, Kevin Burgess, Jonathan Meyers
Campus Representative: Cindy Ticknor

Emory University

Austin Lai
Institution: Emory University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. degree in Neurobiology. Teaching and researching Neurobiology at the university level, and clinically apply my research to treat patients.
Mentor(s): Gary Bassell, Wilfried Rossoll, Arielle Valdez, Dmytro Morderer
Campus Representative: Megan Friddle

Liz Enyenihi
Institution: Emory University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph. D. in Biochemistry. Conduct research in biomedical science and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Anita Corbett, David D. Roberts, Jonathan Brody, Milo Fasken, Elizabeth Lessey-Morillon, Fernando Blanco
Campus Representative: Megan Friddle

Michael Mu
Institution: Emory University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Immunology. Conduct research in immunotherapy, particularly through the development of novel genetic engineering and gene therapy approaches.
Mentor(s): David Pallas, Ichiro Matsumura
Campus Representative: Megan Friddle

Sarah Hunter
Institution: Emory University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience.
Conduct genetic and epigenetic research as a university professor.
Mentor(s): Brian Dias, Jordan McCall, Kieran Dilks, Hadj Aoued, Graydon Gereau
Campus Representative: Megan Friddle

Georgia Institute of Technology

Eleanor Turaski
Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Materials Research
Career Goal: After obtaining a Ph.D. in Materials Science Engineering, I plan to conduct research in electronic materials, design more efficient solar cell technology, and teach as a university professor.
Mentor(s): Jud Ready, Patricia Zingg, Christopher Tran
Campus Representative: Kathryn Meehan Quinto

Julia Woodall
Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I am captivated by the power of physics in disease. I aspire to work in academia to develop mechanical models of living systems at the cellular and systems levels to improve medical outcomes.
Mentor(s): Wilbur Lam MD, PhD, Russell Ware MD, PhD, Meredith Fay
Campus Representative: Kathryn Meehan Quinto

Lee-Kai Sun
Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: MD-PhD in Immunology or Biomedical Engineering. Pioneer strategies that leverage engineering-based approaches to rewire the immune system for the treatment of refractory diseases.
Mentor(s): Gabriel A. Kwong, Ian C. Miller
Campus Representative: Kathryn Meehan Quinto

Sherry Sarkar
Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D in the intersection of theoretical computer science and mathematics. Continue working in academia while developing my passion to teach.
Mentor(s): Eric Vigoda, Dana Randall, Simon Rubinstein Salzedo, Periklis Papakonstantinou
Campus Representative: Kathryn Meehan Quinto

Georgia Southern University

Katherine Barrs
Institution: Georgia Southern University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomathematics or Applied (Physical) Sciences. Conduct applied research at the interface of biology, chemistry, and mathematics and work in an industry or a government institution.
Mentor(s): Hua Wang, Olav Rueppell, Joshua Gibson, Jonathan Rowell
Campus Representative: Steven Engel

Georgia State University

Nitheyaa Shree Ramesh
Institution: Georgia State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Developmental or Computational Neuroscience, with long term aims of modeling the development of neural circuits for use in the development of robotic systems.
Mentor(s): David Mudd, Sarah L. Pallas, Parag Juvale
Campus Representative: Chris Goode

Kennesaw State University

Biya Haile
Institution: Kennesaw State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: To obtain a Ph.D. in Materials Science or Aerospace Engineering and work as a research scientist applying new material and nanotechnology developments to the aerospace and aeronautical fields.
Mentor(s): Dr. Oliver Brand, Jungkyu (Justin) Park, Devin Brown K.
Campus Representative: John Haseltine

Mercer University

Amanda Cimino
Institution: Mercer University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: To earn a PhD in biomedical engineering and conduct research in the field of regenerative medicine.
Mentor(s): Joanna Thomas, Srivatsan Kidambi, Adam Kiefer, Laura Lackey,
Campus Representative: Adam Kiefer

Brady Simon
Institution: Mercer University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I aspire to earn a PhD in computer engineering and conduct research at a National Lab as a computationally-oriented control researcher to develop data-driven control strategies.
Mentor(s): Jun Zhang, Mahkin Thitsa, Ei Ei Brown
Campus Representative: Adam Kiefer

Charlotte Dungan
Institution: Mercer University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with an environmental specialty. Conduct research in the area of water resources (water quality, hydrology, and hydraulics) at a national laboratory.
Mentor(s): Michael MacCarthy, William Mtch, Andre Butler, Philip McCreanor, Monica Resto, Jack King
Campus Representative: Adam Kiefer

Spelman College

Dominique Mosley
Institution: Spelman College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Genetics. Conduct research on the development and application of cutting-edge genomic methods to precision medicine, teach, and advocate on behalf of vulnerable patient populations.
Mentor(s): Dr. Alana O’Reilly, Dr. Nancy Cox, Dr. Kimberly Jackson, Dr. Martha Shrubsole, Dr. Jibril Hirbo
Campus Representative: DeKimberlen Neely

University of Georgia

Kaitlin Luedecke
Institution: University of Georgia
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Conduct research in Inorganic Chemistry, focusing on carbene chemistry, and teach at an R1 university.
Mentor(s): Dr. Gregory H. Robinson, Dr. Hunter Hickox
Campus Representative: Jessica Hunt

Mackenzie Joy
Institution: University of Georgia
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Conduct research in cosmology and particle physics to add to the current understanding of large-scale structure of the universe. Work to support young women in physics.
Mentor(s): Lloyd Knox, Loris Magnani, Erika Grundstrom
Campus Representative: Jessica Hunt

Montgomery Fischer
Institution: University of Georgia
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. Conduct research in the intersection of stochastic processes and computation and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Marcel Blais, Neil Lyall, Stephan Sturm, Georgios Petridis, Hari Krishnan
Campus Representative: Jessica Hunt

Sarah Saddoris
Institution: University of Georgia
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Plant Genetics. My goal is to research control of gene expression pathways in plants and how these pathways can be modified to improve various crops.
Mentor(s): Xiaoyu Zhang, Robert Schmitz, Susan Wessler
Campus Representative: Jessica Hunt

University of North Georgia

Haley Shea Barfield
Institution: University of North Georgia
Field of Study: Psychology
Career Goal: I will pursue a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience/Computational Psycholinguistics to conduct research on brain-computer interfaces and neurocognition of language processing.
Mentor(s): Bryan Dawson, Molly Daniel, Jim Shimkus, John Dewey, Troy Smith, Charles Rozier
Campus Representative: Anastasia Lin

Idaho

Idaho State University

Jennie Nelson
Institution: Idaho State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: It is my goal to earn my Ph.D. in neuroscience so that I can become a neuroscience researcher and discover what we do not know about the brain.
Mentor(s): Jason Q. Pilarski
Campus Representative: Joshua Pak

University of Idaho

Samuel Myers
Institution: University of Idaho
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astronomy/Astrophysics. Conduct observational or analytical research in planetary science while teaching at a research-oriented University.
Mentor(s): John Ahlers, Jason Barnes
Campus Representative: Dilshani Sarathchandra

Illinois

Greenville College

Jessie Chappel
Institution: Greenville College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science and conduct research related to clinical trials.
Mentor(s): Bwarenaba Kautu
Campus Representative: Darrell Iler

Lake Forest College

Niam Abeysiriwardena
Institution: Lake Forest College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD-PhD in Neuroscience. I wish to pursue a career in medicine focused finding therapies to treat neurological disorders and heal patients. I am interested in biomedical research and clinical work.
Mentor(s): Mitra Hartmann, Angela Anandappa, Alexander Wilcox, Shubhik DebBurman
Campus Representative: Ashley Sinclair

Samuel Gascoigne
Institution: Lake Forest College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My ultimate professional goals include becoming a full-time professor in an integrative field of biology and having my own lab to perform novel research.
Mentor(s): Flavia Barbosa, Alexander Shingleton, Angela Anandappa
Campus Representative: Ashley Sinclair

Lewis University

Carolyn Graverson
Institution: Lewis University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Conduct research in the field of materials science in an industry setting.
Mentor(s): Jason J. Keleher, Jason J Keleher
Campus Representative: Joseph Kozminski

Loyola University Chicago

Taylor Miller-Ensminger
Institution: Loyola University Chicago
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: PhD in Viral Pathology or Epidemiology. Teach at the University level and run a lab that focuses on studying zoonotic diseases. Mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
Mentor(s): Dylan Maddox, Catherine Putonti, Erica Zahnle, Alan Wolfe, Jason Shapiro, Kevin Feldheim, Adriano Zambom
Campus Representative: Lisa Knepshield

Northwestern University

Kathryn Dierksheide
Institution: Northwestern University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph. D. in Cell and Molecular Biology. Conduct research in microbiology with potential applications in disease treatment and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Christian Petersen, Mark Mandel, David Gittin
Campus Representative: LaTanya Williams

Nicholas Chen
Institution: Northwestern University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to conduct clinically translatable research on drug synthesis as an independent investigator at a research institution. My goal is to develop treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.
Mentor(s): Richard Silverman, Jason Brickner, John Kessler, Ha Do, Donna Brickner, Chian-Yu Peng, Varun Sood, Jessie Chen
Campus Representative: LaTanya Williams

University of Chicago

Keir Adams
Institution: University of Chicago
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry. Conduct research in computational materials science for applications in renewable energy and either teach at the university level or research at a government laboratory.
Mentor(s): Neil Robertson, Takeshi Oka, Donald York, Tianyue Li
Campus Representative: Nichole Fazio

Maritha Wang
Institution: University of Chicago
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Materials Science. Build and develop materials for micro- and nanoscale devices with applications in medical technology and next-generation electronics.
Mentor(s): Paul McEuen, Jiwoong Park, Paul Liu, Jacob Swett, Harman Johll, Michael Reynolds, Joonki Suh, Kathryn McGill
Campus Representative: Nichole Fazio

Nikhil Pandit
Institution: University of Chicago
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D in mathematics. Conduct research in geometry and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Kevin Corlette, Amie Wilkinson, André Neves, Wilhelm Schlag, Marco Mendez Guaraco
Campus Representative: Nichole Fazio

University of Illinois at Chicago

Anis Barmada
Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct research and treat patients as a physician-scientist.
Mentor(s): Scott Shippy, John Lesieutre
Campus Representative: Kim Germain

Wasan Kumar
Institution: University of Illinois at Chicago
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. programs in molecular pathological epidemiology (M.D. in Molecular Pathology and PhD in Epidemiology). In the long term, conduct epidemiological research and work as a clinician.
Mentor(s): Virgilia Macias, William Klein, Kenneth Tichauer, Andre Balla, Kirsten Viola, Cynthia Li
Campus Representative: Kim Germain

Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Philip Kocheril
Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I will obtain a Ph.D. in chemistry and conduct research in time-resolved infrared spectroscopy of chemical reactions while teaching at a Research I university.
Mentor(s): Steven Zimmerman, Benjamin McCall, Sarah Bonson, Charles Markus
Campus Representative: David Schug

Western Illinois University

Mariah Dicksen
Institution: Western Illinois University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I will obtain a Ph.D. in the fields related to cellular and molecular biology. My research will focus on issues related to virology. My career will involve research as a professor or lab technician.
Mentor(s): Sue Hum-Musser, Paul Ahlquist, Catherine Miller-Hunt, William Kane, Johan den Boon, Norma Duke,
Campus Representative: William Knox

Indiana

Ball State University

Alexandria Quillin
Institution: Ball State University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Biology. Conduct research in the pharmaceutical industry.
Mentor(s): Mary Konkle
Campus Representative: Barbara Stedman

DePauw University

Mahmoud Abouelkheir
Institution: DePauw University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a PhD in biophysical chemistry. I hope to teach as a university professor and explore novel research questions in biophysical chemistry as a principal investigator of a lab.
Mentor(s): Emily Guinn, Melissa Petreaca, Lakshmi Santhanam, Pascal Lafontant, Nicolas Biais, Huilei Wang, Brian Ford
Campus Representative: Gloria Townsend

Indiana University Bloomington

Julian Gass
Institution: Indiana University Bloomington
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: PhD in Physics. Conduct research in high-energy particle physics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Steven Goldfarb, Harold Evans, Gabriel Palacino, Jean Krisch, Frederick Luehring
Campus Representative: Jo Anne Tracy

Kaeli Bryant
Institution: Indiana University Bloomington
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Immunology. I aim to conduct research in an industrial setting towards characterizing viral infection and modulating host response.
Mentor(s): Irene Newton, Kyle Hetrick, Rebecca Kehler, Richard Perry
Campus Representative: Jo Anne Tracy

Maria del Valle Coello
Institution: Indiana University Bloomington
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics and Astrophysics. Conduct research in particle physics and work at a national laboratory or teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Lowell McCann, Eileen Friel, Rex Tayloe, Surujhdeo Seunarine, James Madsen
Campus Representative: Jo Anne Tracy

Purdue University

Alexander Tesmer
Institution: Purdue University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D in biomedical engineering. Academic researcher in neuroengineering developing brain-computer interfaces and neuroprosthetics.
Mentor(s): Mathew Tantama, David H. Thompson, Daniel Southworth, Max Shtein, Alexander French, Bradley Loren, Ulla Lilienthal, Olga Shalev
Campus Representative: Veronica Schirm

Natalie Kadlubowski
Institution: Purdue University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I intend to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, with a long-term goal of leading a lab group performing pharmaceuticals research in academia.
Mentor(s): Jianguo Mei, Xuyi Luo
Campus Representative: Veronica Schirm

Saint Mary’s College

Heather DiLallo
Institution: Saint Mary’s College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I want to pursue a Ph.D. in material science, with a focus in either polymers or nanomaterials, applying that knowledge to discover new ways to better impact the environment and/or public health.
Mentor(s): Toni Barstis, Dominic Babbini, Lois Forde-Kohler
Campus Representative: Calli Versagli

University of Notre Dame

Samantha Barlock
Institution: University of Notre Dame
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Conduct research designing and developing novel pharmaceutical agents.
Mentor(s): Dr. Christian Melander, Dr. Rongbiao Tong, Dr. Paul J. Hergenrother, Dr. Paul Helquist, Dr. Bruce A. Freeman, Dr. Olaf Wiest
Campus Representative: Malgorzata Dobrowolska-Furdyna

University of Southern Indiana

Meghan McCrary
Institution: University of Southern Indiana
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I would like to pursue a career researching animal physiology and potentially teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Alex Champagne
Campus Representative: Jeannie Collins

Valparaiso University

Jacob Roth
Institution: Valparaiso University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research in Combinatorics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Lara Pudwell, Paul Drube
Campus Representative: Anna Stewart

Iowa

Drake University

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

Lorien MacEnulty
Institution: Drake University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in either theoretical, computational or mathematical physics. Conduct research in a subfield of quantum theoretical physics and pursue professorship at a university.
Mentor(s): Dr. Athanasios Petridis, Dr. David Ernst, Dr. Klaus Bartschat
Campus Representative: Gholam Mirafzal

Iowa State University

Atte Kadoma
Institution: Iowa State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Materials Engineering. Devoted to developing wearable health monitoring technologies and mentoring students in scientific research at the university level.
Mentor(s): Zhenan Bao, Martin Thuo, Jinxing Li, Chuanshen Du, Jiahao Chen
Campus Representative: Laura Good

Jacqueline Blaum
Institution: Iowa State University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Conduct research in astrophysics and cosmology at a national laboratory or other research institute.
Mentor(s): Dr. Rafael Martínez-Galarza, Dr. Amanda Weinstein, Dr. Giacomo Vianello, Dr. David Vaknin, Mr. Peter Bruecken, Dr. Matthew Ashby
Campus Representative: Laura Good

Matthew Ryan
Institution: Iowa State University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in chemistry. Perform research on solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopic methods and instrumentation to be applied to molecular structure and dynamics applications.
Mentor(s): Dr. Aaron Rossini
Campus Representative: Laura Good

Nikita Kozak
Institution: Iowa State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Establish my own multidisciplinary research group focused on futuristic turbomachinery engine design and computational modeling approaches at a national lab.
Mentor(s): Dr. Ming Chen Hsu, Dr. Anindya Ghoshal, Dr. Yuri Bazilevs, Dr. Austin Herrema, Dr. Luis Bravo
Campus Representative: Laura Good

University of Iowa

Guowei Qi
Institution: University of Iowa
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct research in computational biochemistry with an emphasis on molecular modeling and genetic disease.
Mentor(s): Michael Schnieders, Mallory Tollefson, Hernan Bernabe
Campus Representative: Kelly Thornburg

Hannah Gulick
Institution: University of Iowa
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Conduct research in observational astronomy and space instrumentation for NASA and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Philip Kaaret, Robert Mutel, David Miles, Robert Mutel
Campus Representative: Kelly Thornburg

Russell Martin
Institution: University of Iowa
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Career as a professor and primary investigator, with a research focus in biomechanics and rehabilitation engineering.
Mentor(s): Laura Frey Law, Robert Cornell, Thomas Buchanan, Michael Schnieders, Alexander Bassuk, Ashutosh Khandha
Campus Representative: Kelly Thornburg

University of Northern Iowa

Joseph Tibbs
Institution: University of Northern Iowa
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research in new medical technologies, working with physical methods and computational modeling.
Mentor(s): Maria Spies, Nalin Goonesekere, Mike Murrell, Ali Tabei, Pasha Tabatabai
Campus Representative: William Harwood

Kansas

Kansas State University

Erianna Basgall
Institution: Kansas State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a career in genetic research with a focus on genetic diseases and gene editing. I aspire to work in an institute such as the CDC or National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).
Mentor(s): Gregory Finnigan
Campus Representative: Jim Hohenbary

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

Mackenzie Thornton
Institution: Kansas State University
Field of Study: Medicine
Career Goal: I plan to pursue an MD/PhD degree in Molecular Oncology and Tumor Immunology and to conduct translational research to address critical questions in Cancer Biology.
Mentor(s): Sufi Mary Thomas, Katsura Asano, Jacob New, Jonathan Enders
Campus Representative: Jim Hohenbary

University of Kansas

Eleanor Stewart-Jones
Institution: University of Kansas
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: It is my goal to receive a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry, conduct research that applies biological systems to chemical and engineering problems, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Brian Kelleher, Timothy Jackson, Dr. Rob Ward, Anthony Grey, Allyssa Massie, Melissa Denler
Campus Representative: Anne Wallen

Tyler Nguyen
Institution: University of Kansas
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I aspire to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry and conduct research in chemical modifications of materials and proteins for nanotechnology and bioengineering applications.
Mentor(s): Cindy Berrie, Navneet Dhillon, Nilan Kamathewatta, Zachery Harter
Campus Representative: Anne Wallen

Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky University

Nicholas Koenig
Institution: Eastern Kentucky University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Plant Biogeography or Botany. Become a university professor to teach, conduct research, and train undergraduates in research.
Mentor(s): Jennifer Koslow, Brad Ruhfel, Pei Gao, Bailey King
Campus Representative: A. Minh Nguyen

University of Kentucky

Angela Jones
Institution: University of Kentucky
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. Teach at the university level and conduct research in induced pluripotent stem cells.
Mentor(s): David Weisrock, D. Allan Butterfield, Sofia Ingresa Capaccioni
Campus Representative: Pat Whitlow

Eura Shin
Institution: University of Kentucky
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Conduct medical informatics research to improve clinical decision support systems and teach on the university level.
Mentor(s): Simone Silvestri, Daniela Raicu, Daniel Stouffer, Olaf Dossel, Uta Ziegler, Denise Baker, Jacob Furst, Bernat Mora, Axel Loewe, Claus Ernst, Atieh Khamesi
Campus Representative: Pat Whitlow

Thomas Shelton
Institution: University of Kentucky
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics. Research the properties of the neutron as a staff scientist or as a professor.
Mentor(s): Christopher Crawford
Campus Representative: Pat Whitlow

University of Louisville

Garrett McGrady
Institution: University of Louisville
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. Conduct research in additive manufacturing for flexible electronics and earn tenured professorship at a university.
Mentor(s): Kevin Walsh, Robert Newsome, Timothy Dowling, Maureen McCall, Dan Popa, Travis Gault
Campus Representative: Charles Leonard

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

Western Kentucky University

Alexander Stewart
Institution: Western Kentucky University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in virology. Research virus structure at a government research laboratory such as the CDC.
Mentor(s): Ila Mishra, Naomi Rowland, Noah Ashley, Claire Rinehart, Rodney King
Campus Representative: Kevin Williams

Megan Dillingham
Institution: Western Kentucky University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Systems Biology. Conduct research in a government lab on mechanisms of cancer evolution and model the development of heterogeneity, metastasis and resistance to improve treatment and outcome.
Mentor(s): Dr. Claire Rinehart, Dr. Sigrid Jacobshagen, Dr. Rodney King, Dr. Johnathan Whetstine, Ms. Naomi Rowland
Campus Representative: Kevin Williams

Sydney Wheeler
Institution: Western Kentucky University
Field of Study: Psychology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Study the effects of aging on human perceptual capabilities, specifically vision and haptics, as a faculty member at a university.
Mentor(s): J. Farley Norman
Campus Representative: Kevin Williams

Louisiana

Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

Jackson Green
Institution: Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D.-Ph.D in Behavioral Neuroscience. Conduct research in neuroendocrinology and practice translational medicine.
Mentor(s): Ryoichi Teruyama, Natalie Mills, Joomyeong Kim
Campus Representative: Drew Lamonica Arms

Kathryn Davis
Institution: Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Conservation Biology. Conduct research on endangered species and ecosystem management in conjunction with non-governmental conservation organizations.
Mentor(s): Sabrina Taylor, Amie Settlecowski, Amie Settlecowski, Stefan Woltmann
Campus Representative: Drew Lamonica Arms

Syed Zamin
Institution: Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: M.D-Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. I plan to conduct materials research for orthopedic rehabilitation and employ findings in a clinical space.
Mentor(s): Myungwoong Kim, Jangwook Jung, Alberto Gines, Jongwon Choe, Jorge Belgodere
Campus Representative: Drew Lamonica Arms

Loyola University New Orleans

Coleman Green
Institution: Loyola University New Orleans
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics with a specialization in quantum biology or mathematical physics. In addition to research, I want to write textbooks which make the difficult parts of quantum mechanics accessible
Mentor(s): Luca Celardo, Michael Kelly, Armin Kargol 
Campus Representative: Jason Ezell

Tulane University

Danielle Kulick
Institution: Tulane University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Conduct research in ecology and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Emily Farrer, Katharine Jack, Jordan Karubian, Margaret Buehler, Carolyn Schroeder
Campus Representative: Charlotte Maheu Vail

Nathalie Clarke
Institution: Tulane University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology or Chemical Ecology. Study pollutants cycling in ecosystems, run a toxicology laboratory, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Katharine Jack, Jordan Karubian, Liz Kimbrough, Dorothy Cheruiyot, John Swaddle, Peter Tellez, Michael Webster, Sunshine Van Bael
Campus Representative: Charlotte Maheu Vail

Maine

College of the Atlantic

Emma Ober
Institution: College of the Atlantic
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Marine Science. Conduct ecological research that will inform marine policy and/or fisheries management and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Lorayne Meltzer, Dr. Marissa McMahan, Tanya Lubansky, Chris Petersen, Gregory Smart, Dr. Rachel Lasley-Rasher, Dan DenDanto
Campus Representative: Daniel Gatti

University of Maine

Alan Baez
Institution: University of Maine
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My ultimate goal is to earn my bachelors, doctorate and post-doctorate degrees to become a principal investigator performing independent research in toxicology or genetics in my own laboratory.
Mentor(s): Julie Gosse, Sally Molloy, Benjamin King, Juyoung Shim, Keith Hutchison, Suraj Sangroula, Melody Neely
Campus Representative: Robert Wheeler

Grace Smith
Institution: University of Maine
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a dual MD/PhD degree to become a principal investigator in a private or academic research laboratory exploring the role of regulatory genes in cardiac regeneration and disease.
Mentor(s): Benjamin King, Jason Thomas, Sally Molloy, Eric Gallandt, Angela Myracle, Jennifer Lipps, Sonja Birthisel
Campus Representative: Robert Wheeler

Maryland

Johns Hopkins University

Julia Costacurta
Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: PhD in Electrical Engineering or Applied Mathematics. Teach and conduct research in biological applications of feedback control theory.
Mentor(s): Sridevi Sarma, Elizabeth Logsdon, Katherine Steele, Richard Brown, Nitish Thakor, Susan Harvey, Michael Rosenberg, Patrick Martin, Luke Osborn
Campus Representative: Kelly Barry

Kathy Le
Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: PhD in Biophysics. Study stem cells and their microenvironment at a research institution.
Mentor(s): Erika Matunis, Leah Greenspan, Margaret De Cuevas
Campus Representative: Kelly Barry

Vinay Ayyappan
Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Systems Biology. Conduct research in metabolomics and small-molecule imaging at a teaching hospital and biomedical research facility.
Mentor(s): Kristine Glunde, Anthony Leung, Amir Manbachi, Arkal Arjun Rao, Mark Luciano, David Haussler, Susan Harvey
Campus Representative: Kelly Barry

Loyola University Maryland

Zachary Metzler
Institution: Loyola University Maryland
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Medical Physics. Conduct research for image analysis with applications in oncology, while working at a research hospital.
Mentor(s): Andrea Erdas, Tilak Ratnanather, Gabriel Sawakuchi, Kwame Kutten
Campus Representative: Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner

Mount St. Mary’s University

Veronica Balick
Institution: Mount St. Mary’s University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I intend to attend graduate school and obtain a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology. After that, I aspire to pursue a career in cancer research with a focus in immunology.
Mentor(s): Dr. Paulina Velasquez, MD, Dr. Christine McCauslin, Ph.D., Dr. Patricia Kreke, Ph.D.
Campus Representative: Jamie Gianoutsous

Towson University

Marella Schammel
Institution: Towson University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: In my career, I hope to achieve a PhD in Environmental Chemistry and continue independent research regarding environmental issues.
Mentor(s): John Sivey, Ph.D., Sya Kedzior, Ph.D.
Campus Representative: Vonnie Shields

University of Maryland: College Park

John Martyn
Institution: University of Maryland: College Park
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in theoretical physics with a focus on the intersection of quantum information and condensed matter. Conduct research in these fields at a university or research institution.
Mentor(s): Brian Swingle, Rana Adhikari, Shabnam Jabeen, Andrew Wade, Kevin Kuns
Campus Representative: Robert Infantino

Mark Zic
Institution: University of Maryland: College Park
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I plan to conduct research in experimental condensed matter physics with a focus in unconventional superconductivity and topological materials. I also hope to teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Johnpierre Paglione, Nicholas Butch, Yun Suk Eo, Joshua Higgins, Sheng Ran, Halyna Hodovanets, Chris Eckberg
Campus Representative: Robert Infantino

Nicholas Poniatowski
Institution: University of Maryland: College Park
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: After graduating I hope to pursue a Ph.D. in experimental condensed matter physics studying the anomalous normal state properties of unconventional superconductors.
Mentor(s): Richard Greene, Johnpierre Paglione, Thomas Cohen, Tarapada Sarkar, Christopher Lobb
Campus Representative: Robert Infantino

Yaelle Goldschlag
Institution: University of Maryland: College Park
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: I plan to earn a Ph.D. in Computer Science with a focus on computer security and privacy, and then conduct research and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Dave Levin, V.S. Subrahmanian, Noseong Park
Campus Representative: Robert Infantino

Massachusetts

Amherst College

Ryan McMillan
Institution: Amherst College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: PhD in physics. Conduct research in biological physics with a focus on molecular genetics, and teach at a research university.
Mentor(s): Karin Jacobs, Ashley Carter, Johannes Mischo
Campus Representative: Christine Overstreet

Boston College

Henry Dieckhaus
Institution: Boston College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry. Perform research in an academia or national laboratory setting focusing on the applications of computational methods to pharmaceutical and environmental challenges.
Mentor(s): Marc L. Snapper, Cong Liu, Fredrik Haeffner, Shih-Yuan Liu
Campus Representative: Tiim Van Opijnen

Boston University

Andrea Cheng
Institution: Boston University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in organic chemistry. Conduct research in process chemistry.
Mentor(s): John Porco, Zachary Powers
Campus Representative: Jeffrey Berg

Arnaldo Franco
Institution: Boston University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I will obtain a Ph.D. in the field of molecular biology. I aspire to conduct research in oncology and cardiovascular diseases while teaching at the graduate level.
Mentor(s): Heverton L. C. Dutra, Yohei Kitamura, Maria Rocio Castro, Kuldeep Singh, Horacio M. Frydman, Khalid Shah, Sylvette Ayala, Chris Nicholson, Kathleen Morgan
Campus Representative: Jeffrey Berg

Linda Zuckerman
Institution: Boston University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry or Material Science. Work on inter-disciplinary research projects in innovative material synthesis and application. Train future scientists, in universities or industry.
Mentor(s): Linda Doerrer
Campus Representative: Jeffrey Berg

Salvatore Pace
Institution: Boston University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics. Conduct research in condensed matter physics with an initial focus on non-equilibrium phenomena in many-body systems. Teach and mentor at the university level.
Mentor(s): David Campbell, Christopher Grant
Campus Representative: Jeffrey Berg

Brandeis University

Even Dankowicz
Institution: Brandeis University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Entomology. Research evolution and biology of insects, along with teaching or outreach work.
Mentor(s): Naomi Pierce, Colleen Hitchcock (in part), Torsten Dikow, Sam Heads, Sarah Maunsell, Catherine Dana
Campus Representative: Meredith Monaghan

College of the Holy Cross

James Gould
Institution: College of the Holy Cross
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Materials/Physical Chemistry. Conduct research regrading alternative energy sources and nanotechnology while also teaching at a university.
Mentor(s): L. Gaby Avila Bront
Campus Representative: Anthony Cashman

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Cassandra Overney
Institution: Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Bioinformatics. Researcher specializing in the intersection of microbiology, mathematics, and computer science. Faculty member at a university, teaching bioinformatics.
Mentor(s): Jean Huang, David Barrett, Aditya Ambati, Jacob Beal, Emmanuel Mignot
Campus Representative: Aarti Chellakere

Harvard University

Abijith Krishnan
Institution: Harvard University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a Ph.D. in Physics so that I can pursue condensed matter physics research and teach as a professor.
Mentor(s): Markus Heyl, Ashvin Vishwanath, Nicole Herbots, Shan-Yuan Ho, Markus Schmitt, Clarizza Watson, Roderich Moessner,
Campus Representative: Gregory Llacer

Alexander Wei
Institution: Harvard University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Theoretical Computer Science. Conduct research in algorithms and algorithmic game theory; teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): James Mickens, Jelani Nelson, Scott Kominers, Madhu Sudan, Kevin Leyton-Brown, Hu Fu
Campus Representative: Gregory Llacer

Anna Biggs
Institution: Harvard University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph. D. in theoretical physics. Conduct research in quantum gravity and mathematics pertinent to the fundamental laws of nature. Teach and mentor at the university level.
Mentor(s): Murad Alim, Amir Yacoby, Rahul Narain, Michael Lee
Campus Representative: Gregory Llacer

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ashwin Sah
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Perform research in theoretical mathematics and teach as faculty at a university.
Mentor(s): Joe Gallian, Yufei Zhao
Campus Representative: Eileen Ng

Megan Yamoah
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics/Electrical Engineering with a research focus in the development of quantum computing system advancing relevant technologies, commercial applications, and appropriate regulation.
Mentor(s): Joel I-J Wang, Jeremy Stevens, Philip Krantz, Boris Braverman, Wenmin Yang, Simon Gustavsson, Theau Peronnin, Edwin Pedrozo, Eric Pop, William Oliver, Benjamin Huard, William Oliver, Vladan Vuletic, David Goldhaber-Gordon, Terry Orlando
Campus Representative: Eileen Ng

Steven Truong
Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Bioengineering. After obtaining physician-scientist training, I hope to investigate the pathophysiology of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and to create therapies to address the disease.
Mentor(s): Daniel Anderson, PhD, Nam Quang Tran, MD/PhD, Mark Anderson, MD/PhD, Douglas Lauffenburger, PhD, Robert Langer, ScD, Minh Do Duc, MD/PhD, Jeremy Warshauer, MD, Stephen Christopher Van Nostrand, Abel Cortinas, PhD,
Campus Representative: Eileen Ng

Northeastern University

Claire Williams
Institution: Northeastern University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Microbiology/Conservation Biology. My goal is to lead a team of scientists to investigate the intersection of endangered species conservation and microbiome research.
Mentor(s): Robert Brucker, Slava Epstein, Paul McCabe, Brittany Berdy, Joanna Kacprzyk
Campus Representative: Jonna Iacono

Erica Wagner
Institution: Northeastern University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Bioengineering. Lead a research team in industry developing biomaterials for targeted drug delivery, allowing for better treatment of patients afflicted with musculoskeletal diseases.
Mentor(s): Ambika Bajpayee, Ketan Deotale, Nadeen Chahine, Hedy Adari, Karthik Viswanathan
Campus Representative: Jonna Iacono

Gina Duronio
Institution: Northeastern University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My professional aspirations are to obtain an MD-PhD in molecular biology and conduct basic and translational oncology research as a university professor or a faculty member at a research hospital.
Mentor(s): Adam Bass, Kirk Rowley, Charles Perou, Nilay Sethi, Susana Garcia-Recio
Campus Representative: Jonna Iacono

Smith College

Eve Xu
Institution: Smith College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Conduct research to discover new reactions and investigate reaction mechanisms using experimental and computational approaches and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Heather Kulik, Eric Jacobsen, Kevin Shea, Fang Liu, Andrew Bendelsmith, Kerry Barnett, Katie Blackford
Campus Representative: Margaret Lamb

Juliette Saux
Institution: Smith College
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: My career goal is to obtain Ph.D. in Structural Geology, teach at the university level and conduct research about large scale tectonic processes to further our understanding of plate motion. 
Mentor(s): Jack Loveless
Campus Representative: Margaret Lamb

Mackenzie Litz
Institution: Smith College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I intend to pursue a PhD in biophysics followed by a career in academic research. My goal is to explore development through a physical lens and uncover hidden rules governing biological processes.
Mentor(s): Dr. Michael Barresi
Campus Representative: Margaret Lamb

Olivia Cooper
Institution: Smith College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: After earning my PhD in Astronomy, I plan to become an extragalactic astrophysicist investigating the formation and evolution of galaxies, working as a university research professor.
Mentor(s): Gail Zasowski, Adina Merenlender, James Lowenthal, Anil Seth
Campus Representative: Margaret Lamb

Tufts University

Max McCarthy
Institution: Tufts University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: PhD in biology/ecology. Conduct research at an academic/research institution on plant-insect interactions and how these relationships respond to environmental change.
Mentor(s): Dr. Elizabeth Crone, Nick Dorian
Campus Representative: Anne Moore

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Caleb Carr
Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to earn a Ph.D. in Computational Biology and become a professor at a research university. I would head my own research lab and teach concepts integrating computer science and the life sciences.
Mentor(s): Sloan Siegrist, Jutamas Shuaghnessy, Joseph B. Duffy, Amol Pohane, Sanjay Ram
Campus Representative: Madalina Akli

Kenneth Lin
Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Lead research group in experimental astrophysics to develop computational and instrumentation capabilities for astrophysical studies at a university or national laboratory.
Mentor(s): Takashi Arikawa, Alexandra Pope, Koichiro Tanaka, Satoshi Kusaba
Campus Representative: Madalina Akli

Kwan Yoon
Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomolecular Engineering. Conduct research in biochemistry and eventually become a principal investigator.
Mentor(s): Dong Wang, Vidhya Raman, Tim L. Kroft, Jedaidah Chilufya, Johanna L’Heureaux, Kiran Mysore
Campus Representative: Madalina Akli

Zoe Kearney
Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Be involved with research in cosmology and theoretical astrophysics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Larry Rudnick, Alexandra Pope
Campus Representative: Madalina Akli

University of Massachusetts Boston

Joseph Farah
Institution: University of Massachusetts Boston
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. in astrophysics. My goal is to lead research to peel back the layers of mystery surrounding astrophysical bodies, like black holes, the dark matter web, and fast radio bursts.
Mentor(s): Michael Johnson, Melissa Franklin, Christopher Fuchs, Alex Tuna, John DeBrota
Campus Representative: Rahul Kulkarni

Sarah DuBois-Coyne
Institution: University of Massachusetts Boston
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in molecular neurobiology. Conduct molecular neuroscience research and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Alexey Veraksa, Ph.D.
Campus Representative: Rahul Kulkarni

Wellesley College

Ella Mullikin
Institution: Wellesley College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Dual-title Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Astrobiology. Conduct research in a national laboratory on membrane structure with attention to abiogenic protocell formation and implications for origins of life.
Mentor(s): Roger Summons, Reggie Hudson, Chris Arumainayagam, John Kulp, Karyn L. Hyland, Tyler Mackey, John Rogowskyj
Campus Representative: Katherine Dailinger

Williams College

Michael Curran
Institution: Williams College
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a PhD in mathematics. I am particularly interested in probability and analytic number theory. I am ultimately interested in researching and teaching at a university.
Mentor(s): Mihai Stoiciu
Campus Representative: Katerina King

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Matthew Adiletta
Institution: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Conduct research in autonomous vehicles, specifically computer vision and situational analysis.
Mentor(s): Xinming Huang, Stephen McKinley, Stephen Bitar, Alexander Wyglinski, Abhishek Kulkarni
Campus Representative: Rebekah Campo

Michigan

Calvin College

Kalina Reese
Institution: Calvin College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: PhD in Biochemistry and MPH. Conduct clinical biomedical research at the interface of biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology and communicate the results to both scientific and lay audiences.
Mentor(s): Amy M. Wilstermann, Rachael Baker
Campus Representative: Carolyn Anderson

Michaela G Blain
Institution: Calvin College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astronomy or Astrophysics. Conduct research in observational astronomy or teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Lawrence A. Molnar
Campus Representative: Carolyn Anderson

Grand Valley State University

Erin Fish
Institution: Grand Valley State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in structural molecular biology or enzymology. Conduct drug design research at an academic medical institution to combat antibiotic resistant pathogens found in patient populations.
Mentor(s): Brad Wallar, Rachel Powers
Campus Representative: Susan Mendoza

Shea Siwik
Institution: Grand Valley State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Earn a Ph.D. in biochemistry and conduct research in antibiotic resistance as a professor at a major research university.
Mentor(s): Paul D. Cook
Campus Representative: Susan Mendoza

Hope College

Alicia Bostwick
Institution: Hope College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct biomedical research focusing on causes of and treatments for human diseases such as asthma, allergies, or cancer.
Mentor(s): Kristin Dittenhafer-Reed, Joseph Stukey
Campus Representative: David Van Wylen

Michigan State University

Emily Steffke
Institution: Michigan State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: PhD in Cancer Biology and Immunology. Research the immune system’s role in fighting brain cancer and its effects on neuronal function, and pioneer immunotherapies for treating brain cancer.
Mentor(s): Dr. A. J. Robison, Dr. Michelle Mazei-Robison, Dr. Micheal Wehr, and Dr. Dietmar Plenz
Campus Representative: Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore

Mohit Bansil
Institution: Michigan State University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research in mathematics, teach at the university level, and mentor students.
Mentor(s): Dr. Jun Kitagawa, Dr. Yunus Zeytuncu, Dr. Aklilu Zeleke
Campus Representative: Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore

Michigan Technological University

Tessa Steenwinkel
Institution: Michigan Technological University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I would like to obtain a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with the goal to become a professor in the field of human health, with a focus on fertility and early human development.
Mentor(s): Thomas Werner, Kara Vogel, Shuai Xia, John Jaenike, Mujeeb
Campus Representative: Will Cantrell

University of Michigan

Anna Argento
Institution: University of Michigan
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biophysics or Bioengineering. Conduct research related to the biophysics of cancer and the development of novel therapeutics.
Mentor(s): Pedro Lowenstein, Andrea Comba, Maria Castro
Campus Representative: Henry Dyson

Jenna Manske
Institution: University of Michigan
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry and work in academia as a professor with an active research lab and a commitment to improving the undergraduate and graduate experience through chemistry education.
Mentor(s): John Wolfe, Melody Ku, David Hauser, Evan Bornowski, Janelle Kirsch, Phoebe Ellsworth
Campus Representative: Henry Dyson

Noah Luntzlara
Institution: University of Michigan
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in pure mathematics, become a professor. Attain professional expertise in an area of mathematics and have a career which involves both research and teaching.
Mentor(s): Steven J. Miller, Dylan Thurston, Michael Zieve, Patrick Haggerty, Didac Martinez-Granado & Maxime Scott
Campus Representative: Henry Dyson

Minnesota

Carleton College

Sarah Finstuen-Magro
Institution: Carleton College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: PhD in Immunology. Conduct biomedical research to increase knowledge of immunological mechanisms and develop novel immunotherapy treatment options.
Mentor(s): Kylene Kehn-Hall, PhD, Stephan Zweifel, PhD, Brian Carey, PhD
Campus Representative: Marynel Ryan Van Zee

Will Schwarzer
Institution: Carleton College
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence. Conduct academic or industry research in artificial intelligence, particularly machine ethics and the AI control problem.
Mentor(s): Jed Yang, Bruce Keyt, Ramesh Baliga, Paul Hinton
Campus Representative: Marynel Ryan Van Zee

Concordia College: Moorhead

Andre Schaum
Institution: Concordia College: Moorhead
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry. Conduct research on the impact of anthropogenic pollutants in aquatic ecosystems in a governmental or academic setting.
Mentor(s): Michelle Marko, P. Stanley May, Graeme Wyllie, Aravind Baride
Campus Representative: Althea ArchMiller

Gustavus Adolphus College

Abby Trouth
Institution: Gustavus Adolphus College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry or Chemical Biology. Conduct research in biochemistry/chemical biology at a research university with some teaching of both undergraduate and graduate level classes.
Mentor(s): Wilfred van der Donk, Scott Bur, Jeella Acedo
Campus Representative: Pamela Kittelson

St. Olaf College

Henry Henson
Institution: St. Olaf College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Population Ecology. Conduct collaborative research on the biological impacts of climate change in marine-dwelling polar species; mentor future climate scientists at the university level.
Mentor(s): Anne Gothmann
Campus Representative: Mary Walczak

Jakob Hofstad
Institution: St. Olaf College
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I want to become a Ph.D. in pure mathematics, and conduct math research in an academic setting.
Mentor(s): David Walmsley
Campus Representative: Mary Walczak

University of Minnesota: Twin Cities

Matthew DeJong
Institution: University of Minnesota: Twin Cities
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Lead a research team in the biotechnology industry at the interface of protein engineering and infectious disease to develop next-generation protein-derived drugs.
Mentor(s): Dr. Benjamin Hackel, Dr. Yiannis Kaznessis, Seth Ritter, Dr. Kathryn Geldart
Campus Representative: Timothy Jones

University of St. Thomas

Jack Queenan
Institution: University of St. Thomas
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Materials Science or Polymer Chemistry. I want to conduct research in the biopharma industry with the goal of one day leading a research group as Principal Investigator.
Mentor(s): Lisa E. Prevette, Jonathan Sessler, Lisa Prevette, Eddie J. Merino, Xiaodong Chi, Francesca Ippoliti
Campus Representative: Sarah Anderson

Maria Neuzil
Institution: University of St. Thomas
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in physics, with an emphasis on math and theory. Engage in research at a university, helping provide high-quality research opportunities to the next generation of scientists.
Mentor(s): Andrey Kravtsov, William Ojala, Philip Mansfield
Campus Representative: Sarah Anderson

Mississippi

University of Mississippi

Addison Roush
Institution: University of Mississippi
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a Ph.D. in Biophysics. After graduating, I would like to develop and apply new methods to the study of protein folding and prion diseases while also teaching at the university level.
Mentor(s): Joshua Sharp, Sandeep K. Misra, Mohammad Riaz
Campus Representative: Douglass Sullivan-Gonzalez

University of Southern Mississippi

Clara Ellis
Institution: University of Southern Mississippi
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Pursue a Ph.D in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. Conduct organic synthesis research to improve pharmaceutical drug synthesis pathways.
Mentor(s): Matthew Donahue, Song Guo, Frederick McFarland
Campus Representative: Danielle Manasco

Erin Crater
Institution: University of Southern Mississippi
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Conduct research in environmental analytical chemistry and become a full-time laboratory researcher.
Mentor(s): Dr. Jason Azoulay, Dr. Joseph Lott, Abagail Williams, Joshua Tropp
Campus Representative: Danielle Manasco

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

Missouri

University of Missouri: Columbia

Julie Nguyen
Institution: University of Missouri: Columbia
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Conduct materials research and work in the National Laboratory system with the goal of contributing to U.S. science policy.
Mentor(s): Cinta Lorenzo-Martin, Bret Ulery, Aaron Wilson, Chris, Staff Scientist
Campus Representative: Timothy Parshall

Sterling Evans
Institution: University of Missouri: Columbia
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I want to earn a Ph.D. in a plant biology related field, then pioneer research in crops grown in the developing world. My goal is to empower local growers with more productive, nutritious crops.
Mentor(s): Dong Xu, Rob Martienssen, Gary Stacey, Robert VanBuren, Cristiane Alves, Minviluz Stacey, Jennifer Wai, Beverly Agtuca, Yuexu Jiang, Cuong Nguyen
Campus Representative: Timothy Parshall

Washington University in St. Louis

Lily Xu
Institution: Washington University in St. Louis
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Immunology. Conduct research in biomedical engineering, with a focus on virology, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Daved Fremont, Theodore Pierson, Misty Good, Dorota Skowyra, Haiyan Zhao, Kimberly Dowd
Campus Representative: Grizelda McClelland

Maya Samuels-Fair
Institution: Washington University in St. Louis
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Conduct research across ecosystems, teach at the university level, curate a field museum collection, and write about conservation for popular audiences.
Mentor(s): Jonathan A. Myers, Sarah Stewart Johnson, Joseph A. LaManna, Nicole Y. Wagner
Campus Representative: Grizelda McClelland

Royce Dong
Institution: Washington University in St. Louis
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: MD/PhD in biomedical engineering. Lead a research lab at an academic hospital and develop medical imaging technologies to improve diagnosis and treatment.
Mentor(s): Lan Yang, Abraham Qavi, Weijian Chen
Campus Representative: Grizelda McClelland

William Jewell College

Caeley Pittman
Institution: William Jewell College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Conduct research in astrophysics, apply for NASA’s astronaut program as a researcher, and engage in science communication and outreach.
Mentor(s): Dr. Chris Lintott, Dr. Suvi Gezari, Dr. Blane Baker, Dr. Patrick Bunton, Dr. Maggie Sherer, Dr. Becky Smethurst
Campus Representative: Maggie Brewer Sherer

Montana

Montana State University

Brenden Pelkie
Institution: Montana State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. and career to reduce and mitigate the impacts of climate change by applying scientific and mathematical problem-solving techniques to renewable energy at a research level.
Mentor(s): Joseph Seymour, Ed Adams, Ryan Anderson
Campus Representative: Ilse-Mari Lee

Carter McIver
Institution: Montana State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering. Conduct research and teach at a university as a tenured faculty member.
Mentor(s): Cecily Ryan, Amy Stix, Randal M Larimer, Berk Knighton, Stephen W. Sofie
Campus Representative: Ilse-Mari Lee

Ellen Brooks
Institution: Montana State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I aspire to obtain a PhD in the pursuit of performing biomedical research. I aim to design and implement novel technologies that are accessible to the public and to hospitals.
Mentor(s): Ronald June
Campus Representative: Ilse-Mari Lee

Garrett Peters
Institution: Montana State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Immunology, specializing in adaptive immune responses to pathogens. Manage my own research lab, develop therapies for infectious diseases, and be innovative in my field.
Mentor(s): Seth Walk, Jonathan Martinson
Campus Representative: Ilse-Mari Lee

Montana State University: Billings

Cody Walters
Institution: Montana State University: Billings
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience. I want to research neurological diseases and discover therapeutics to improve patient treatment.
Mentor(s): Dr. Lynn George, Dr. Matt Queen, Dr. David Butler, Dr. Steven Wiles
Campus Representative: David Craig

Nebraska

Creighton University

Mason Rhodes
Institution: Creighton University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research in quantum computing in industry or at a national laboratory.
Mentor(s): Michael Nichols, Tom Wong, Jack Gabel
Campus Representative: Erin Gross

Siddharth Venkatraman
Institution: Creighton University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I would like to pursue an M.D.-Ph.D. in Immunology. I hope to conduct research in immunology and biophysics while teaching at an academic research institution.
Mentor(s): Juliane K. Strauss-Soukup, Venkatesh Govindarajan, Su Sin Chen
Campus Representative: Erin Gross

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

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

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

Liam Kruse
Institution: University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I want to pursue a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering and spend my career developing intelligent, unmanned aircraft.
Mentor(s): Justin Bradley, Marilyn Wolf
Campus Representative: Laura Damuth

Mark Nail
Institution: University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I will be pursuing Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. After graduate school, I will conduct robotics research and use my experiences to teach the next generation of engineers at a research university.
Mentor(s): Sebastian Elbaum, Carrick Detweiler, Brittany Duncan, Justin Bradley
Campus Representative: Laura Damuth

Nevada

University of Nevada: Las Vegas

Dylan Wallace
Institution: University of Nevada: Las Vegas
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Robotics. Perform research in humanoid robotics. Teach robotics at the university level and become director of a robotics lab.
Mentor(s): Youngbum Jun, Daniel Lofaro, Paul Oh, Junho Oh, Don Sofge, Masayuki Inaba, David Hanson
Campus Representative: Andrew Hanson

Michael Schwob
Institution: University of Nevada: Las Vegas
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a PhD in Biostatistics, specializing in statistical genetics. This will enable me to conduct research in cancer and neurodegenerative diseases within the university setting.
Mentor(s): Justin Zhan, Sharang Chaudhry
Campus Representative: Andrew Hanson

University of Nevada: Reno

Edward Cruz
Institution: University of Nevada: Reno
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My goal is to earn a PhD in plant biochemistry and pursue an academic career in the plant sciences. I aspire to make fundamental contributions to plant signaling as an academic researcher.
Mentor(s): Ian Wallace
Campus Representative: Tamara Valentine

Guglielmo Panelli
Institution: University of Nevada: Reno
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics. I plan to conduct research on dark matter theory and standard model physics as well as teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Vernon Davis, PhD., Andrei Derevianko, Ph.D., Melodi Rodrigue, Ph.D., Joshua Williams, Ph.D., Carlos Mariscal, Ph.D.
Campus Representative: Tamara Valentine

New Hampshire

Dartmouth College

Emma Esterman
Institution: Dartmouth College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Genetics and Computational Biology. Conduct research in biomedical sciences to advance our understanding of the relationship between genotype and phenotype in human diseases.
Mentor(s): Eugene Koonin, Olga Zhaxybayeva, Yuri Wolf, Zhengshuang Hua
Campus Representative: Jessica Smolin

Jason Wei
Institution: Dartmouth College
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science. Conduct research in biomedical data science, with a focus on deep learning for medical image analysis and the application of artificial intelligence to improve healthcare.
Mentor(s): Eugene Santos Jr., Louis Vaickus, Saeed Hassanpour, Arief Suriawinata, Naofumi Tomita, Laura J. Tafe
Campus Representative: Jessica Smolin

University of New Hampshire

Alana Gudinas
Institution: University of New Hampshire
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D in either Condensed Matter or Nuclear Physics, conduct research in a physics field, and become a university professor.
Mentor(s): Elena Long, Shawna Hollen, Francois Foucart
Campus Representative: Jeanne Sokolowski

Sawyer Cawthern
Institution: University of New Hampshire
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Specifically within polymer, organic, and nanochemistry. Conduct research in polymer and organic chemistry with application in drug delivery and development.
Mentor(s): Erik Berda, Ruiwen Chen
Campus Representative: Jeanne Sokolowski

New Jersey

Drew University

Mason Scher
Institution: Drew University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a PhD in the geosciences and pursue a research career in academia, investigating how atmospheric processing of mineral dust aerosol affects climate, both in modern and paleo systems.
Mentor(s): Dr. Julio Sepulveda, Dr. Scott Wing, Dr. Ryan Hinrichs, Dr. John Eickmeyer,  Dr. Ari Meilijson, Dr. Richard Barclay, Dr. Greg de Wet
Campus Representative: Stephen Dunaway

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Samantha Lomuscio
Institution: New Jersey Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: My goal is to complete a Ph.D. in Astrophysics then conduct research in heliophysics as a research scientist, focusing on particle acceleration in the solar atmosphere.
Mentor(s): Bin Chen, John Federici, Armando Howard, Thomas Jaworski
Campus Representative: John Carpinelli

Sebastian Fine
Institution: New Jersey Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Attain a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. In my research career, I plan to translate the underlying neural mechanisms of vision to lead to targeted vision therapies for concussion patients.
Mentor(s): Tara Alvarez, Elio Santos
Campus Representative: John Carpinelli

Princeton University

Grace Sommers
Institution: Princeton University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: After earning a PhD in Physics, I aspire to a career in academia, as a professor conducting research in theoretical physics while teaching undergraduate and graduate students.
Mentor(s): Herman Verlinde, Mariangela Lisanti, Rebecca Napolitano, Lina Necib, Branko Glisic, Oren Slone
Campus Representative: Deirdre Moloney

Rowan University

Elizabeth Bealer
Institution: Rowan University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research in tissue and regenerative medicine engineering and work in a R&D laboratory.
Mentor(s): Mary Staehle, Eric Ledet, Jonathan Morris, Benjamin Liddle
Campus Representative: Kristy Shuda McGuire

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: New Brunswick

Brandon Gomes
Institution: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: New Brunswick
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics. Conduct research in fundamental particle physics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Kenneth G. Miller, John Paul Chou, German Drazer, David Curtin, Siqi Du, Gordon Watts
Campus Representative: Arthur Casciato

Mariya Galochkina
Institution: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: New Brunswick
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in marine geology/geophysics. I aim to conduct research in marine geology with an emphasis on paleoceanography and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Vadim Levin, James D. Wright, Ivonne Arroyo, Maria Makarova
Campus Representative: Arthur Casciato

Rikab Gambhir
Institution: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: New Brunswick
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I intend to earn a Ph.D. in condensed matter or high energy Physics. Then, I hope to conduct research, either in computation or theory, as a PI at a university or national lab.
Mentor(s): Stephen Schnetzer, Mitsunori Denda
Campus Representative: Arthur Casciato

Stevens Institute of Technology

Daniel Gulko
Institution: Stevens Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Medicine
Career Goal: M.D. in Oncology/ Ph.D. in Immunology. To treat patients and conduct research as a physician-scientist at the National Institutes of Health or in an academic setting.
Mentor(s): Karel Pacak, Dr. Mikhail Kashlev, Dr. Josephine Blaha, Dr. Estela Jacinto, Dr. Andrew Vershon
Campus Representative: Rosemary Dice

The College of New Jersey

Aaron Lee
Institution: The College of New Jersey
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph. D. in plant evolutionary biology. Lead and mentor as a research scientist at a non-academic research institution. Study biodiversity in agriculture.
Mentor(s): Wendy Clement, Bethany Moore, Shin-Han Shiu
Campus Representative: Michelle Bunagan

Avi Shah
Institution: The College of New Jersey
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD focused in neuroscience and bioinformatics/statistics. Researcher/Professor in neuroinformatics and neurogenomics at university level.
Mentor(s): Sudhir Nayak, Jiang-Hong Ye
Campus Representative: Michelle Bunagan

New Mexico

University of New Mexico

Eric Putney
Institution: University of New Mexico
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. in particle physics and hope to research antimatter with a global research organization like CERN. I want to answer the many questions left by the standard model of physics.
Mentor(s): Huaiyu Duan, Daniel Elliott, David Dunlap, Jason Moore, NA, Paul Schwoebel
Campus Representative: Kiyoko Simmons

New York

Binghamton University

Jasper Baur
Institution: Binghamton University
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: I plan to earn a Ph.D in Remote Sensing, and then go on to work in a federal lab conducting landmine detection research or become a professor of geological remote sensing.
Mentor(s): Timothy de Smet, Dr. Jonathan Schmitkons, Rodger Bason, Alex Nikulin, Qi Chen
Campus Representative: Lisa Theo

Mathiu Perez Rodriguez
Institution: City University of New York: City College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a PhD in Structural Biology focused on the biomedical sciences and have a career coordinating drug development and research on human health. I aspire to teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Ruth E. Stark, Keyvan Dastmalchi, Sarah Buhrlage, Regina Sullivan, Robert Magin
Campus Representative: Jennifer Lutton

City University of New York: Queens College

Debra Chait
Institution: City University of New York: Queens College
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: PhD. in pure mathematics. Conduct research in mathematics for industry or while teaching at the university level.
Mentor(s): Alex Kontorovich, Saeed Zakeri
Campus Representative: Ross Wheeler

Clarkson University

Margaret Dedloff
Institution: Clarkson University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology. Conduct research in vaccine development and microbial pathogenesis, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Dr. Monica Cartelle Gestal, Dr. Kenneth Wallace, Dr. William Reiley, Dr. Craig Woodworth, Dr. Eric T. Harvill
Campus Representative: Jon Goss

Michael Chirgwin
Institution: Clarkson University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in organic chemistry. Conduct research in a pharmaceutical company on novel drug formulations.
Mentor(s): Mario Wriedt, Torsten Hegmann, Zijie Yan, Shefa Alomari, Sasan Shadpour, Antonio Pagliaro
Campus Representative: Jon Goss

Colgate University

Leah Weisburn
Institution: Colgate University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: PhD in Chemistry. Conduct research in computational chemistry and physical chemistry, studying problems in green chemistry and catalysis, and teach at a university level.
Mentor(s): Kenneth Segall, Jason Keith, Dan Schult
Campus Representative: Stephen Wright

Marlene Lawston
Institution: Colgate University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD. Conduct research in the area of regenerative medicine, translating research findings to patient treatments.
Mentor(s): Jason Meyers
Campus Representative: Stephen Wright

Columbia University

Amar Bhardwaj
Institution: Columbia University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I aspire to solar fuels research as a university professor. I hope to catalyze a decisive shift towards renewable energy and away from fossil fuels, making strides for the well-being of our planet.
Mentor(s): Nathan Lewis, Daniel Esposito, Michael Rubbo, Ngai Yin Yip
Campus Representative: Ariella Lang

Kevin Qian
Institution: Columbia University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: My aspirations lead me to pursue a PhD in Chemistry, and eventually a career in research as a university professor. My research focus would be in inorganic materials and catalysis.
Mentor(s): Jonathan Owen, Alexander Spokoyny, Brandon McMurtry, Leslie Hamachi, Xin Mu, Jonathan Axtell
Campus Representative: Ariella Lang

Maya Talukdar
Institution: Columbia University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: MD/Ph.D. in bioinformatics. Conduct research regarding neuropsychiatric disorders using high-throughput sequencing methods as well as practice clinical psychiatry and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Jesse Gillis, Harmen Bussemaker, Satrajit Sinha, Christian Gluck
Campus Representative: Ariella Lang

Young Joon Kim
Institution: Columbia University
Field of Study: Medicine
Career Goal: As a physician scientist specializing in hematology-oncology, I aim to uncover new therapeutic targets of leukemia in patients and develop specific drugs that exploit these vulnerabilities.
Mentor(s): Scott A. Armstrong, Omar Abdel-Wahab, Brandon J. Aubrey, Stanley Chun-Wei Lee, Young Rock Chung
Campus Representative: Ariella Lang

Cornell University

Catherine Badding
Institution: Cornell University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Conduct research in fields related to inorganic catalysts and semiconductors.
Mentor(s): Héctor D. Abruña, Raymond E. Schaak, Cameron Holder, Taylor L. Soucy, Jamie Chen, Juan Callejas, Jared S. Mondschein
Campus Representative: Beth Fiori

Kabir Kapoor
Institution: Cornell University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research in mathematics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Yuri Berest, Karola Meszaros, Colin Adams
Campus Representative: Beth Fiori

Mahiro Abe
Institution: Cornell University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research in astrophysics or optics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Gordon Stacey, Mason Peck, Martin Mason, Michael Niemack, Cassandra Fallscheer
Campus Representative: Beth Fiori

Hamilton College

Catherine Ryczek
Institution: Hamilton College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in physics. Conduct research in physics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Kristen Burson, Gregory Rahn, Chip Nataro
Campus Representative: Virginia Dosch

Manhattan College

Miguel Diaz-Lopez
Institution: Manhattan College
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D in Aerospace Engineering. Conducting research in the Mechanical Engineering field and use that knowledge to push technology forward by using my expertise to enter Research and Development.
Mentor(s): Peyman Honarmandi, Heather Greenlee, Lisa Tuscano, Ann Ogden
Campus Representative: Daniel Gardner

Marist College

Richard Monsky
Institution: Marist College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: My goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Chemistry and pursue a career in higher education developing novel synthetic organic chemistry methods and teaching at the university level.
Mentor(s): Dr. Jocelyn Nadeau, Dr. Keith Woerpel, Dr. Nicolas Andrews, Zulema Peralta-Saltos, Dr. Paula Checchi, Dylan Zuckerman
Campus Representative: Pat Taylor

Stony Brook University

Alexander Kling
Institution: Stony Brook University
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: My goal is to earn a PhD in Geology, focusing on planetary geology. From there, I hope to become an astrogeologist and work as a mission scientist for NASA studying Mars and other planetary bodies.
Mentor(s): Denton Ebel, PhD, Timothy Glotch, PhD, Troy Rasbury, PhD, Deanne Rogers, PhD, Steven Jaret, PhD
Campus Representative: Jennifer Green

Claire Garfield
Institution: Stony Brook University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography. Conduct research in environmental biology and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Jackie Collier, Frank Stewart, Kiyoko Yokota, Demian Chapman, Kylie Langlois, Nastassia Patin, Gina Clementi, Julia Kubanek
Campus Representative: Jennifer Green

Ryan McHugh
Institution: Stony Brook University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I wish to pursue a Ph.D. in biochemistry or structural biology. Further, I intend to pursue an academic research career studying macromolecules and teaching students.
Mentor(s): Susan C. Flynn, Ph.D., Dale Drueckhammer, Ph.D., Takashi Morii, Ph.D., Steven E. Glynn, Ph.D., Christof Grewer, Ph.D., Eiji Nakata, Ph.D., Shun Nakano, Ph.D.
Campus Representative: Jennifer Green

SUNY College at Cortland

Jeremy Collings
Institution: SUNY College at Cortland
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I would like to pursue a Ph.D. in Plant Ecology and work as a research professor at a university.
Mentor(s): Andrea Dávalos, Leslie Eaton
Campus Representative: Vincent DeTuri

SUNY University at Buffalo

Dennis Fedorishin
Institution: SUNY University at Buffalo
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Aspiring towards a PhD in Computer Science, pushing the bounds in deep learning and computer vision for biometric applications, enhancing personal and national security.
Mentor(s): Kwang Oh, Venu Govindaraju, Srirangaraj Setlur
Campus Representative: Elizabeth Colucci

Hannah Seppala
Institution: SUNY University at Buffalo
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I aspire to earn a Ph.D. in physics and do research that will enable us to have a better understanding of the world around us.
Mentor(s): Priya Banerjee, Eduardo Mercado, Stephen Padalino
Campus Representative: Elizabeth Colucci

Union College

Cameron Bechtold
Institution: Union College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Urban Ecology. Conduct research on ecological responses in cities and teach in a collegiate setting.
Mentor(s): Justin Lesser, Anouk Verheyden-Gillikin, Dawn O’Neal, James Nelson, Linda Deegan
Campus Representative: Lynn Evans

Charlotte Mineo
Institution: Union College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I will pursue a PhD in biochemistry. I plan to teach as a college professor and research plant biochemistry to better understand host-pathogen interactions at the molecular level.
Mentor(s): Greg Vogel, Kristin Fox, Ph.D., Rosemary Cox, Christine Smart, Ph.D.,
Campus Representative: Lynn Evans

Jillian Guthrie
Institution: Union College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I plan to receive a Ph. D in Computational Physics. I plan to then become a professor and research at a university while mentoring young scientists inside the classroom and out.
Mentor(s): Scott Labrake, Jeffery Wagner, Robert Kerr, Nelia Mann, Sudha Kapali
Campus Representative: Lynn Evans

United States Military Academy

Jenny Wang
Institution: United States Military Academy
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D in neuroscience. Serve as an Army surgeon while conducting research about reducing neurological trauma in active-duty and veteran populations.
Mentor(s): Ryan Rodriguez, Kit Parker, Enoch Nagelli, Jiang Qian, John Burpo, Dennis Shanks, Michael Phillips, John Burpo, Alexander Mitropoulos, Benjamin Maoz
Campus Representative: James Bluman

Matthew Dibiase
Institution: United States Military Academy
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I plan to receive a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, conduct research in catalyst materials, and own a company which designs renewable energy grid systems coupled with battery or fuel cell systems.
Mentor(s): Deryn Chu, Enoch Nagelli, Matthew Armstrong, Lee
Campus Representative: James Bluman

Nathaniel Schlosser
Institution: United States Military Academy
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph. D. in Biomechanical Engineering. Continue investigating role of foot strike in running, causes of injury in military training, and cumulative effects of endurance events on musculoskeletal system.
Mentor(s): Gregory Freisinger, Donald Goss
Campus Representative: James Bluman

University of Rochester

Adina Ripin
Institution: University of Rochester
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I would like to pursue a Ph.D. in physics, specifically in quantum information and quantum computing. I hope to use this background to do quantum computing research in an industry setting.
Mentor(s): John Nichol, Artur Widera, Quentin Bouchard, Felix Schmidt
Campus Representative: Belinda Redden

Daniel Krajovic
Institution: University of Rochester
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Conduct research in advanced materials, CO2 reduction (or other environmental catalysis), energy storage, or biotechnology, and become a well-reputed college professor.
Mentor(s): Mitchell Anthamatten
Campus Representative: Belinda Redden

Natalie Allen
Institution: University of Rochester
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Conduct research in exoplanets at a national lab, or at a university in conjunction with teaching.
Mentor(s): Dan Watson, Joel Green
Campus Representative: Belinda Redden

Vassar College

James Bonanno
Institution: Vassar College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I aspire to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience, conduct research on the neural basis of disease and behavior, and teach and mentor at the undergraduate level.
Mentor(s): Janet Andrews, Victoria Abraira, Lori Newman, Josh de Leeuw
Campus Representative: Lisa Kooperman

North Carolina

Davidson College

Ellie Mackintosh
Institution: Davidson College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan on earning a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and completing a post-doc in biochemistry to broaden my research skills. This will prepare me for a career in teaching and cancer research academia.
Mentor(s): Tamara Terzian, Cindy Hauser, Nicole Snyder
Campus Representative: Gaylena Merritt

Hossein Bakhshandeh
Institution: Davidson College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a dual MD/PhD degree, which will allow me to work as a physician-researcher. I intend to use my training to develop more sophisticated cancer therapies for terminally ill patients.
Mentor(s): Dr. Spencer Wei, Dr. James Allison, Dr. Sophia Sarafova
Campus Representative: Gaylena Merritt

Katherine Barlis
Institution: Davidson College
Field of Study: Psychology
Career Goal: Ph.D in Human Neuropsychology. I intend to conduct research on neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases and pursue a career in human neuroscience.
Mentor(s): Dr. Julio Ramirez
Campus Representative: Gaylena Merritt

Duke University

Azim Dharani
Institution: Duke University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Develop computational tools to guide the design of novel metal-binding drugs and enzymes and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Katherine Franz, John Chodera, Michael Lynch, Diana Tomchick, Subha Bakthavatsalam, Mehtap Isik
Campus Representative: Barbara Wise

Caroline Wang
Institution: Duke University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science with a focus on machine learning. Conduct research in theoretical machine learning as a university professor or head researcher at an industry research lab.
Mentor(s): Cynthia Rudin, Jun Yang
Campus Representative: Barbara Wise

Jill Jones
Institution: Duke University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Neuroscience. Lead a thriving academic lab to elucidate why brain tumors are more common and lethal in males, and develop sex-specific targeted therapies for pediatric brain tumor patients.
Mentor(s): Wafa Hassen, John Evans, Jasmin Sponagel, Amy Clark, Elizabeth Brooks, Eric Thompson, Ray Barfield, Joshua Rubin, Mary Foster, Joseph Ippolito
Campus Representative: Barbara Wise

Kunal Shroff
Institution: Duke University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Neuroscience. Conduct research on how molecular dysfunction drives patient symptomatology, while teaching at the university level.
Mentor(s): Nicole Calakos, Lorena Beese, John Choy
Campus Representative: Barbara Wise

Gaston College

Megan Mitchem
Institution: Gaston College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Conduct research that benefits individuals in renal failure through biological manipulation and medical advancement.
Mentor(s): Melissa Armstrong
Campus Representative: Ashley Hagler

North Carolina State University

Ana Sofia Uzsoy
Institution: North Carolina State University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I would like to pursue a PhD in physics, complete at least one post-doc, and eventually become a tenured professor, teaching and doing research on potentially habitable exoplanets.
Mentor(s): Dr. Leslie Rogers, Dr. Mary Elting, Dr. Cynthia Darnell, Dr. Amy Sheck
Campus Representative: Tiffany Kershner

Neil Baugh
Institution: North Carolina State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I will pursue a PhD in engineering biomaterials. I plan to found a company focused on translating research into public use by bringing novel biomaterials to medical practice.
Mentor(s): Dr. Michael Dickey, Dr. Christopher Bowman, Egor Piskarev, Yang Jin, Dr. Mathew McBride, Dr. Sungjune Park, Marvin Alim
Campus Representative: Tiffany Kershner

Nikhil Milind
Institution: North Carolina State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My career goal is to study complex diseases using a combination of genetic and computational tools. I want to get a Ph.D. in Systems Biology.
Mentor(s): Gregory Carter, Ph.D., David Aylor, Ph.D., Onyinye Iweala, M.D., Ph.D., Robert Gotwals, M.S.Ed., Kyathanahalli Janardhan, M.V.Sc., Ph.D., Christoph Preuss, Ph.D., Sam Widmayer, Scot P. Commins, M.D., Ph.D., Gary Churchill, Ph.D., Ron A. Herbert, D.V.M., Ph.D., Susan McClatchy, M.S., Michael J. Dykstra, Ph.D.
Campus Representative: Tiffany Kershner

Rachel Chen
Institution: North Carolina State University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I will earn a Biostatistics PhD and formulate treatment regimes with genomic data. I ultimately will lead interdisciplinary research as a university PI to improve human disease treatment and analysis.
Mentor(s): Dr. Nathan Tintle, Dr. William Lindsey, Mr. Jason Westra
Campus Representative: Tiffany Kershner

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Andrew Pendergast
Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I hope to obtain a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry with a focus in Electrochemistry and subsequently lead an interdisciplinary applied analytical chemistry research group at an R1 Research University.
Mentor(s): Dr. Jeffrey E. Dick, Dr. Matthew Champion, Dr. Matthew Lockett
Campus Representative: Inger Brodey

Wake Forest University

Fernando Rigal
Institution: Wake Forest University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I aspire to obtain a Ph.D. in Biophysics and Mathematics. I wish to pursue a career in research and eventually join NASA as a biophysicist, contributing to the advancement of human entry into space.
Mentor(s): Daniel Kim-Shapiro, Martin Guthold
Campus Representative: Thomas Phillips

Noah Meyer
Institution: Wake Forest University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research in computational condensed matter physics at a major research institution or university.
Mentor(s): James Patrick, Timo Thonhauser, H. Scott Clouse, Stephanie Jensen
Campus Representative: Thomas Phillips

Robert Bradford III
Institution: Wake Forest University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D in Physics with the intent of attaining a professorship, performing experimental research, and working with undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers.
Mentor(s): Oana D. Jurchescu, Zachary Lamport
Campus Representative: Thomas Phillips

North Dakota

North Dakota State University

Alyssa Roberts
Institution: North Dakota State University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I will earn a PhD and proceed to a postdoctoral position studying immunology. I aspire to a research career studying autoimmune diseases at an institute or a research university.
Mentor(s): Kenton Rodgers, Svetlana Kilina
Campus Representative: Matthew Salafia

Ohio

Case Western Reserve University

Christine Smothers
Institution: Case Western Reserve University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Biomedical engineering-oriented Ph.D. in nursing. Lead multidisciplinary research, as a PI, emphasizing biomedical engineering techniques to investigate nursing questions.
Mentor(s): Dr. Grant O’Connell, Dr. Chenzhong Li, Dr. Vincent Hascall, Dr. Irina Pikuleva, Dr. Stephen Fesik, Maedeh Mozneb, Evan Perry
Campus Representative: Amanda McCarthy

William Nutt
Institution: Case Western Reserve University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Research structure and function of proteins involved with the life cycles of infectious diseases and discover compounds that can inhibit them for future drug discovery.
Mentor(s): Jonathan Karn, Andrzej Joachimiak, Margaret MacDonell, Focco van den Akker, Curtis Dobrowolski, Karolina Michalska, Charles Macal, Lucy Stols, Jessica Trail
Campus Representative: Amanda McCarthy

Denison University

Harper Wallace
Institution: Denison University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Neurotechnology in order to conduct research on brain-machine interfacing and apply that knowledge to treating neurodegenerative disease.
Mentor(s): Joe Reczek
Campus Representative: Joan Krone

Hayley LeBlanc
Institution: Denison University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a Ph.D. in Computer Science and pursue a research career in the field of systems.
Mentor(s): May Mei, Jason Galbraith
Campus Representative: Joan Krone

Kent State University

Gracen Gerbig
Institution: Kent State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Microbiology. Conduct research in infectious disease and teach at the University level.
Mentor(s): Tara C. Smith, PhD, Dipendra Thapaliya
Campus Representative: Frank Congin

Hayley Shasteen
Institution: Kent State University
Field of Study: Psychology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuropsychology. Conduct research regarding cognitive impairment in patients with autoimmune diseases with emphasis on systemic lupus erythematosus.
Mentor(s): Douglas Delahanty, Rachael Blasiman, Wendy Pfrenger, Rachael Blasiman, Angela Junglen, Tyre Proffer
Campus Representative: Frank Congin

Miami University: Oxford

Caleb Kozuszek
Institution: Miami University: Oxford
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry. Perform research and development of new polymer materials and protein-polymer conjugates in industry.
Mentor(s): Dominik Konkolewicz
Campus Representative: Paul Urayama

Rosamiel Ries
Institution: Miami University: Oxford
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: PhD in seismology. Become a professor and conduct research in earthquake triggering and seismicity in continental interiors.
Mentor(s): Michael Brudzinski, Brian Currie
Campus Representative: Paul Urayama

Oberlin College

Daniel Hill
Institution: Oberlin College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry. Conduct research in atmospheric chemistry and to teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Matthew Elrod
Campus Representative: Nick Petzak

Laurel Heck
Institution: Oberlin College
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in pure mathematics. Conduct research in mathematics (specifically the fields of topology, algebra, and/or number theory) and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Benjamin Linowitz, Franco Vargas-Pallete, Manish Mehta, Omer Tamuz, Jim Walsh
Campus Representative: Nick Petzak

Ohio Northern University

Samuel Powell
Institution: Ohio Northern University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Conduct research in theoretical or physical chemistry with materials applications in an industry or government laboratory.
Mentor(s): Dr. Xingchen Ye, Dr. Jeffrey Gray, Dr. Trilisa Perrine, Dr. Kristine Nolin
Campus Representative: Christopher Bowers

Ohio State University: Columbus Campus

Caroline Jipa
Institution: Ohio State University: Columbus Campus
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Biophysics. Conduct research on cellular pathways for regenerative medicine using biophysics techniques at an academic medical center.
Mentor(s): Dr. Michael G Poirier, Dr. Helge Ewers, Dr. Micheal G. Poirier, Ben Donovan
Campus Representative: Corey Efron

Meihui Zhang
Institution: Ohio State University: Columbus Campus
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering. Conduct translational and clinical research using micro/nanoscale technology for medicine and biology.
Mentor(s): Jonathan Song, Teruo Fujii, Ayush Garg, Anthony Genot, Shu Okumura
Campus Representative: Corey Efron

Thomas Porter
Institution: Ohio State University: Columbus Campus
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Conduct research in bio/nanomaterials for cancer theranostics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Jessica Winter, Kil Ho Lee, Barbara Wyslouzil, Abhilasha Dehankar
Campus Representative: Corey Efron

Vilas Winstein
Institution: Ohio State University: Columbus Campus
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research in quantum algebra and quantum topology. Teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Sergei Chmutov, Ghaith Hiary
Campus Representative: Corey Efron

Ohio University

Edward Drabold
Institution: Ohio University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I hope to pursue a Ph.D in Biotechnology from the University of Cambridge for microalgae research. Afterward, I plan to work in research and development in the U.S. industrial manufacturing sector.
Mentor(s): David Bayless, Morgan Vis, Joel Agnar, M. Toufiq Reza, Daniel Sellars
Campus Representative: Christopher Lewis

Mahmoud Ramadan
Institution: Ohio University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Pursue a PhD in chemical engineering. Conduct research on carbon reduction, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): M. Toufiq Reza, Giannis Mpourmpakis, Sumit Sharma, Madhivanan Muthuvel
Campus Representative: Christopher Lewis

The College of Wooster

Kyndal Pike
Institution: The College of Wooster
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Conduct research at the intersection of chemistry and applied mathematics utilizing data analysis to develop new techniques for trace analysis of environmental contaminants.
Mentor(s): Paul Edmiston, Karl Feierabend, Sharon Lynn, Jennifer Faust
Campus Representative: Sarah Sobeck

University of Cincinnati

Chinmay Bakshi
Institution: University of Cincinnati
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology. Investigate the molecular mechanisms of cardiotoxicity in cancer therapeutics, and serve as an investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).
Mentor(s): Jeff Molkentin, Sara Buhrlage, Punam Malik, Tanya Kalin, Nira Ben-Jonathan, Matt Brody, Anthony Varca, Raji Jayavaradhan, Logan Fulford, Sejal Fox
Campus Representative: Jenny Hyest

Nihar Rama
Institution: University of Cincinnati
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: PhD/MD in Cancer Biology. Lead a basic and translational research laboratory to study lung cancer pathogenesis and personalized medical approaches to lung cancer treatment.
Mentor(s): Jeffrey Tenney, Tanya Kalin, David Milewski, Samriddhi Shukla, David Milewski, Chinmayee Goda
Campus Representative: Jenny Hyest

Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University

Christopher Jones
Institution: Oklahoma State University
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a Ph. D. in Geology and Geochemistry and conduct research in modern marine geochemistry, apply it to early Earth systems, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Natascha Riedinger, Sabine Kasten, Justin Steinmann, Thomas Pape
Campus Representative: Jessica Sullins

Cole Replogle
Institution: Oklahoma State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering. Conduct research in aircraft propulsion with a focus on developing systems largely, or wholly, independent of hydrocarbon fuels.
Mentor(s): Kurt Rouser
Campus Representative: Jessica Sullins

Jeffrey Krall
Institution: Oklahoma State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences or Molecular Biology. I hope to conduct research in Biomedical Sciences with a focus on protein complexes.
Mentor(s): Sarah DuRant, Christopher Goodchild, Ashley Love
Campus Representative: Jessica Sullins

Alex Hamilton
Institution: University of Oklahoma
Field of Study: Materials Research
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research in biomedical engineering (particularly biomaterials/tissue engineering) and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Jamie Spangler, Michael Detamore, Manuela Gomes, Jakob Townsend, Jakub Tomala, Manuel Gomez-Florit
Campus Representative: Brian Johnson

Hannah Day
Institution: University of Oklahoma
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics. Study physics beyond the Standard Model, especially as it relates to gravity.
Mentor(s): Ralf Lehnert, Kimball Milton
Campus Representative: Brian Johnson

Nina Cassidy
Institution: University of Oklahoma
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Lead a research group focused on regenerative medicine, teach at the university level, and promote ethical considerations in biotechnology development.
Mentor(s): David Browe, Jakob Townsend, Michael Dellinger, Daniel Kelly, Michael Detamore
Campus Representative: Brian Johnson

University of Tulsa

Samuel Taylor
Institution: University of Tulsa
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: A Ph.D in Cognitive Science with an emphasis on Computer Science. Researching computational models of biological and artificial cognition and how these models could inform better adaptive AI.
Mentor(s): Roger Mailler, Sarra Alqahtani, Rose Gamble
Campus Representative: Nona Charleston

Oregon

Lewis & Clark College

Talia Lichtenberg
Institution: Lewis & Clark College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Biology specializing in Alzheimer’s disease and related neurodegenerative diseases. Lead a research team aimed at understanding Alzheimer’s pathogenesis.
Mentor(s): Tamily Weissman, Amy Schauer
Campus Representative: Louis Kuo

Oregon State University

Isabella Karabinas
Institution: Oregon State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: After college, I plan to pursue a doctoral degree in neuroscience and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Álvaro Estévez, Conor Liston, John Edwards, Puja Parekh
Campus Representative: LeAnn Joy Adam

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

Kyzer Gerez
Institution: Oregon State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering. I plan to carry out research in support of national/global security, such as nuclear nonproliferation, at a national laboratory.
Mentor(s): Dr. Steven Reese, Dr. Gregg McKinney, Dr. Todd Palmer, Dr. Camille Palmer, Mitch Mannino, Garrett McMath
Campus Representative: LeAnn Joy Adam

Ryan Tollefsen
Institution: Oregon State University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Research quantum cosmology and applications of nuclear fusion. Teach at university.
Mentor(s): Oksana Ostroverkhova, Alfredo Alexander-Katz, Steven Mayer, John Sukamto
Campus Representative: LeAnn Joy Adam

University of Oregon

Chase Craig
Institution: University of Oregon
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Machine Learning. Conduct research in artificial intelligence and robotics to help improve efficiency in many areas of the scientific and technological community.
Mentor(s): Benjamín Alemán, Bryan Boggs, Kara Zappitelli
Campus Representative: Josh Snodgrass

Emily Niebergall
Institution: University of Oregon
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I hope to attend a PhD program in Immunology to research host-microbiome interactions and immunotherapy, then complete a postdoctoral fellowship and run a strong research group at an R1 institution.
Mentor(s): William Cresko, Emily Beck
Campus Representative: Josh Snodgrass

Madelyn Scott
Institution: University of Oregon
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I intend to continue my education in a doctoral program, earn my PhD in Physical Chemistry, and embark on a research career investigating the application of quantum chemistry to optoelectronics.
Mentor(s): Cathy Wong, Kelly Wilson
Campus Representative: Josh Snodgrass

Pennsylvania

Arcadia University

Kayla Sansevere
Institution: Arcadia University
Field of Study: Psychology
Career Goal: PhD in Psychology with concentrations in neuropsychology and social psychology. Conduct research in the field of affective neuroscience while teaching at the university level.
Mentor(s): Christina Brown, Katherine Moore, Adam Levy, Steve Robbins, Joshua Wolf
Campus Representative: Helene Klein

Bucknell University

Ariana Majer
Institution: Bucknell University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in immunology. Conduct cancer immunotherapy research to discover new and improved techniques to extend the lives of cancer patients.
Mentor(s): Dr. Mark Haussmann, Dr. Ryan Paitz, Dr. Ben Dantzer, Dr. Veronica Quirici
Campus Representative: Margaret Marr

Cheyenne McKinley
Institution: Bucknell University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in genomics with a concentration in marine biology. Conduct genomic research on marine life and teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Mentor(s): Dr. Sarah Lower
Campus Representative: Margaret Marr

Grace Rhoades
Institution: Bucknell University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. materials science. To expand access to clean drinking water, my research will focus on synthesis of polymers with applications in water treatment.
Mentor(s): Dr. Brian Smith
Campus Representative: Margaret Marr

William Snyder
Institution: Bucknell University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in cognitive and computational neuroscience. As a professor of neuroscience, I intend to study how autism-related behaviors arise from the brain.
Mentor(s): Dr. Vanessa Troiani 
Campus Representative: Margaret Marr

Carnegie Mellon University

Jung Joo Suh
Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: My goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in mathematics, and pursue research in set theory and analysis.
Mentor(s): Clinton Conley
Campus Representative: Richelle Bernazzoli

William Fahy
Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to earn a Ph.D. in environmental chemistry. I would like to teach at the university level, conduct research in environmental chemistry, and advocate for incorporation of research into policy.
Mentor(s): Ryan Sullivan, Natalie McGuire, Jason Bolton, Leif Jahn, Antonio-Javier Lopez, Kendra Guiou, Jonathan Jarvik
Campus Representative: Richelle Bernazzoli

Drexel University

James Minock
Institution: Drexel University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research in experimental neutrino physics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Michelle Dolinski, Russel Neilson
Campus Representative: Emily Coyle

Johannes Wagner
Institution: Drexel University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research in computational particle physics. Apply advanced computer science techniques to large scale data analysis concerning the standard model of particle physics.
Mentor(s): Russell Neilson, Michelle Dolinski, Matthew Bressler
Campus Representative: Emily Coyle

Duquesne University

Amanda Pellegrino
Institution: Duquesne University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. Conduct biomedical engineering research at a research hospital.
Mentor(s): MIchael Cascio, Rebecca Heise, Kayce Tomcho, Bethany Young
Campus Representative: Kathleen Roberts

Elisabeth Latawiec
Institution: Duquesne University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: My Ph.D. goal is to impact the scientific community and society by making meaningful intellectual and practical contributions to the design of new materials in asymmetric organic chemistry.
Mentor(s): Dr. Jeffrey D. Evanseck, Mark Recznik
Campus Representative: Kathleen Roberts

Elizabethtown College

Sara Luckenbill
Institution: Elizabethtown College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Immunology. Conduct research investigating pathogen-host interactions to increase understanding of the immune response and facilitate the development of therapeutic drugs.
Mentor(s): Dr. Jodi Yorty, Dr. Jane Cavender
Campus Representative: Jean-Paul Benowitz

Gettysburg College

Claire Woodward
Institution: Gettysburg College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a Ph.D. in biochemistry and conduct research in an academic setting, where I will establish a laboratory dedicated to investigating autoimmune disorders at the molecular level.
Mentor(s): Steven James, Aswin Natarajan, Nikki Shariat, Michelle Krogsgaard
Campus Representative: Maureen Forrestal

Erin Schroeder
Institution: Gettysburg College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Attain a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and conduct research in bacterial pathogenesis as a primary investigator at a national lab.
Mentor(s): Nikki Shariat, Rachel Binet, Emiliano Cocco, Seun Agbaje, Alessandro Santin
Campus Representative: Maureen Forrestal

Olivia Peduzzi
Institution: Gettysburg College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I would like to obtain a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry and conduct research in bioinorganic chemistry. I hope to become a professor and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Kate Buettner
Campus Representative: Maureen Forrestal

Haverford College

Daniel Van Beveren
Institution: Haverford College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics and then conduct research and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Walter Smith, Suzanne Amador Kane
Campus Representative: Philip Bean

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Anna Manges
Institution: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Masters, Ph.D. in Environmental Biology. Conduct research utilizing molecular and conservation techniques to understand how human actions and biodiversity loss in ecosystems promote emerging diseases.
Mentor(s): Tom Simmons, Tom Simmons, Emily Welch,
Campus Representative: Deanne Snavely

Juniata College

Joshua Brycki
Institution: Juniata College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Bioengineering. Conduct research in synthetic biology with an emphasis on environmentally sustainable industry and biotechnology.
Mentor(s): Jason Chan, Steve Archer, Regina Lamendella, George Merovich, Kevin Posman, Justin Wright
Campus Representative: Ursula Williams

Lafayette College

Daisy Grace
Institution: Lafayette College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Environmental Chemical Engineering. Conduct research in environmental technology either at a university or in a cutting-edge industrial company’s research and development division.
Mentor(s): Heidi Hendrickson, Melissa Galloway
Campus Representative: Julia Goldberg

Jodi Graf
Institution: Lafayette College
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: To earn a PhD in Bioengineering, conducting research in Bioengineered Therapeutics, Drug Delivery, and Biomaterials. I plan to work in Research and Development within the pharmaceutical industry.
Mentor(s): Dr. Lauren Anderson, Dr. Melissa Gordon, Dr. Christopher Anderson, Dr. Ryan Van Horn
Campus Representative: Julia Goldberg

Sarah Blitz
Institution: Lafayette College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Neurobiology. Conduct clinical research in an academic medical center exploring the molecular basis of human disease.
Mentor(s): Lisa Gabel, Carla Shatz, Yih-Choung Yu, Ioana Marin
Campus Representative: Julia Goldberg

Lebanon Valley College

Brandon Roy
Institution: Lebanon Valley College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Biology. Conduct research in the field of Chemical Biology, with an emphasis on the biological principles behind medical conditions, in addition to teaching at a university.
Mentor(s): Dr. Eric Ryndock, Dr. Michelle Rasmussen, Dr. Walter Patton
Campus Representative: Philip Benesch

Lehigh University

Eric Wolf
Institution: Lehigh University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a Ph.D. in physics and will likely enter academia. I intend to pursue a research career, potentially focusing on applied quantum physics and quantum technologies.
Mentor(s): Ivan Biaggio
Campus Representative: Bill Hunter

Lycoming College

Mikayla Feldbauer
Institution: Lycoming College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computational Biology. Conduct research in genomics or molecular dynamics.
Mentor(s): Robert Battaglia, Andrew Brandon, Mary Morrison, Ailong Ke
Campus Representative: Charles Mahler

Penn State University Park

Ananda Rankin
Institution: Penn State University Park
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I would like to obtain a Ph.D in Microbial Pathogenesis, then conduct research in industry on essential protein interactions between human and microorganisms.
Mentor(s): Jonathan Dworkin, Squire Booker, Heather Feaga, Erin McCarthy
Campus Representative: Caitlin Ting

Anna Brogan
Institution: Penn State University Park
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to earn a Ph.D. in microbiology and conduct research in bacterial physiology at a large research university where I can teach and inspire younger researchers.
Mentor(s): John Alumasa
Campus Representative: Caitlin Ting

Guinevere Oliver
Institution: Penn State University Park
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Pursue a Master of Public Health and a PhD in epidemiology. Conduct research in disease transmission and control at a university or for an organization.
Mentor(s): Craig Cameron, Amir Makhmudov, Markus Kastner, Kathryn Vance, Jamie Arnold
Campus Representative: Caitlin Ting

Sojung Kim
Institution: Penn State University Park
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to earn a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and continue academic research in organic/organometallic chemistry at an R1 institution while teaching higher-level organic chemistry and spectroscopy.
Mentor(s): Kwan Ho Jung, Alyssa Rosas, Long Wang, Thomas E. Mallouk, Ryosuke Takise, Xin Zhang, Thomas E. Mallouk, Liye Chen, Kenneth Keiler, Masahiko Yoshimura, Brad P. Carrow, James Adair, Kenichiro Itami
Campus Representative: Caitlin Ting

Swarthmore College

Kelly Finke
Institution: Swarthmore College
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Computational Biology. My goal is to become a university professor and continue to conduct research at the intersection of Biology and Computer Science.
Mentor(s): Sara Mathieson, Maja Bucan, Rachel Kember
Campus Representative: Melissa Mandos

Lillian Fornof
Institution: Swarthmore College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to receive my Ph.D in Behavioral Ecology or a related field and conduct research on social behavior and communication in primates while teaching the subject at a university as a professor.
Mentor(s): Dr. Alex Piel, Dr. Vincent Formica, Dr. Alexander Baugh, Dr. Edmund D. Brodie III
Campus Representative: Melissa Mandos

Temple University

Mitchell Young
Institution: Temple University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. in materials science/engineering in order to conduct defense research of advanced materials at the university level or in a national laboratory.
Mentor(s): Virgil Percec, Shenqiang Ren, Michael Klein, Ketan Patel, Benjamin Partridge
Campus Representative: Barbara Gorka

University of Pennsylvania

Abigail Poteshman
Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research in condensed matter physics and teach physics courses at a research university.
Mentor(s): Danielle Bassett, David Solit, Lee Bassett
Campus Representative: Wallace Genser

Chloe Cho
Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: MD/PhD (Bioengineering)- I plan to pursue a career in medical research, studying the underlying mechanisms and genetics of retinal degenerative disorders and engineering novel treatment approaches.
Mentor(s): Jason A. Mills, Jonathan P. Singer, Thu Duong
Campus Representative: Wallace Genser

Lauren Duhamel
Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Pursue a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Conduct research on novel disease targets and drug delivery systems.
Mentor(s): Ophir Shalem, Elizabeth Bigelow, Josh Klein, Nesredin Mussa, Yuanli Song, Yan Gu
Campus Representative: Wallace Genser

Srinivas Mandyam
Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research in experimental condensed matter physics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): A. T. Charlie Johnson, Mengqiang Zhao, Elsa Materon, David Issadore, Ponzy Lu, Philip Nelson
Campus Representative: Wallace Genser

University of Pittsburgh

Julia Driscoll
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in organic chemistry. Conduct research in the total synthesis of natural products and teach at a major research institution.
Mentor(s): Kazunori Koide, Joe Hamilton, Scott Stuckman, Lyndsay Avery, Rob Bressin, Peter Senter, Jean Schmidt, Marcie Warner, Ivanna Pohorilets, P.J. Burke, Graham Hatfull
Campus Representative: Joshua Cannon

Mariya Savinov
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. Conduct research in dynamical systems with a focus in mathematical biology. Teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Bard Ermentrout, Elizabeth Cherry, Arthur Kosowsky, David Swigon
Campus Representative: Joshua Cannon

Swapna Subramanian
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology. Research in evolutionary adaptation to climate change and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Martin M. Turcotte, Walter Carson, Randy Cassell
Campus Representative: Joshua Cannon

Teja Peddada
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Neuroscience. Conduct translational research in psychopharmacology to better understand and find potential treatments for psychiatric disorders in an academic hospital.
Mentor(s): Roisin Owens, Stephen Meriney, Guohong Cui, Rozita Laghaei
Campus Representative: Joshua Cannon

Ursinus College

Madison Moses
Institution: Ursinus College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph. D. in Agroecology. Postdoctoral fellowship at land-grant university. Conduct USDA soil research that will revolutionize the unity of agriculture and environmental integrity.
Mentor(s): Denise Finney, Mark Ellison
Campus Representative: Kelly Sorensen

Shannon Kiss
Institution: Ursinus College
Field of Study: Psychology
Career Goal: Dual M.D./Ph.D. in neuroscience or gastroenterology. Conduct research in the field that I treat patients to improve patient care.
Mentor(s): Joel Bish
Campus Representative: Kelly Sorensen

Villanova University

Alison Mody
Institution: Villanova University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. and a postdoctorate in biochemistry to study disease mechanisms and diagnostic techniques. I want to be a leader in my field and mentor students through education and outreach.
Mentor(s): Dennis D. Wykoff, Richard N. Zare, Barbara Sennino, Christine Iosue, Maria T. Dulay, Quinn Walker
Campus Representative: Catherine Stecyk

Julia Ferrante
Institution: Villanova University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I will obtain a Ph.D. in pharmacology with a specialization in neuropharmacology. I will work as a principal investigator to conduct research on opioids for the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Mentor(s): Cynthia Kuhn, Benjamin Sachs, Robert Beck, Nidesh Lamichhane
Campus Representative: Catherine Stecyk

Washington & Jefferson College

Leslie Watkins
Institution: Washington & Jefferson College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics. Conduct research on and help establish ethical limits and guidelines of human gene-editing.
Mentor(s): Candy DeBerry, Anupa Shanmuganathan, Anne McGrain
Campus Representative: James March

Rhode Island

Brown University

Gabrielle Ferra
Institution: Brown University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Genetics and Genomics. Conduct research in personalized genomic medicine at a personal genomics and/or biotechnology company.
Mentor(s): Lorin Crawford, Yu-Wing Tai, Facundo Mémoli, Daniel Weinreich
Campus Representative: Linda Dunleavy

Tara Thakurta
Institution: Brown University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: PhD in Biochemistry. Conduct research to identify new therapeutic targets for the treatment of cancer.
Mentor(s): Louis Lapierre, Lynn Kamen, Edwin Chang, Camila Forsberg, Patrick Robinson, Rebekah Sousae
Campus Representative: Linda Dunleavy

Providence College

Emma McLaughlin
Institution: Providence College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I plan to earn a Ph.D. in nuclear theory, concentrating in QCD, the field theory characterizing the nuclear strong force. Post-doctorate, I hope to secure a position at a university or government lab.
Mentor(s): Jacquelyn Noronha-Hostler, Seth Ashman, Steve Mecca, Bernice Morrow, Ting Wei Guo
Campus Representative: Kathleen Cornely

South Carolina

Clemson University

Benjamin Slimmer
Institution: Clemson University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Achieve a Ph.D. in nuclear physics. Pursue a career in fundamental nuclear physics research at a Department of Energy laboratory.
Mentor(s): Raúl Briceño, Filomena Nunes, Joan Marler, Charles Schwartz
Campus Representative: Robyn Curtis

Erin Mihealsick
Institution: Clemson University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D in Pharmacology with an emphasis on cancer treatments. Work for a pharmaceutical company on the development of cancer drugs and the transport of those drugs to tumors.
Mentor(s): Kerry Smith, Mark Blenner, Rachel Getman, Francisco Barrera, Mufida Ammar
Campus Representative: Robyn Curtis

Laura McCann
Institution: Clemson University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry. Conduct research in the defense sector for industry or the government.
Mentor(s): Emanuel Carrilho, Carlos D. Garcia, Matthew Blais
Campus Representative: Robyn Curtis

College of Charleston

Dashiell Jay
Institution: College of Charleston
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Chemistry Ph.D focusing on characterizing neurotransmitters in vivo; conduct research in a university setting on the structure and function of components of addiction-related diseases.
Mentor(s): Dr. Michael W. Giuliano
Campus Representative: Anton Vander Zee

Mason Huebsch
Institution: College of Charleston
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry. Conduct biochemical research with an emphasis on protein misfolding and aggregation to contribute to the development of treatments for Alzheimer’s and similar diseases.
Mentor(s): Jennifer Fox, Amy Rogers
Campus Representative: Anton Vander Zee

Furman University

Ariel Gale
Institution: Furman University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I am pursuing a PhD in physical chemistry to be a research university professor or a national lab scientist so that I can use spectroscopy and quantum chemistry to further the understanding of matter.
Mentor(s): Dr. George Shields, Dr. Kim Gwinn
Campus Representative: Scott Henderson

University of South Carolina: Columbia

Jana Liese
Institution: University of South Carolina: Columbia
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in microbiology. Conduct research at NIH in infectious disease biology to combat antibiotic resistant infections.
Mentor(s): Maksymilian Chruszcz, Bert Ely, Jeff Cohen, Wei Bu
Campus Representative: Jennifer Bess

Jeremy LaPointe
Institution: University of South Carolina: Columbia
Field of Study: Psychology
Career Goal: I will attend graduate school and obtain my PhD in Neuroscience. I will use this knowledge to conduct research on the brain and memory formation.
Mentor(s): Rosemarie Booze, Charles Mactutus, Sara Levens, Nicole Zarrett
Campus Representative: Jennifer Bess

Sarah Pye
Institution: University of South Carolina: Columbia
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct research in biochemistry using a structure-based approach to design novel drugs for protein drug targets and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Maksymilian Chruszcz, Spyros Zographos
Campus Representative: Jennifer Bess

South Dakota

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

William Carpenter
Institution: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: My primary goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering to enable manned Mars missions. My professional goal is to research high temperature materials for nuclear thermal rockets.
Mentor(s): James Gaugler, Omar Rodriguez, Marvin Barnes, Jeevan Meruga, Farhan Javaid, Saed Mirzadeh, Fredrick Michael, Kelsa Benensky, Jon Kellar, Karsten Durst, Roy Copping, Martin Volz, Dennis Tucker, William Cross
Campus Representative: Scott Kenner

University of South Dakota

Clara Kirkvold
Institution: University of South Dakota
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a Ph.D. in Chemistry. I aspire to lead a theoretical chemistry group whose work will be used to understand, predict, and inspire the design of sustainable materials.
Mentor(s): Bess Vlaisavljevich
Campus Representative: Melissa Berninger

Rachel Rucker
Institution: University of South Dakota
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a PhD in Neuroscience. My goal is to be a professor and researcher, focusing on migraine treatments and mentoring undergraduate through post-doctoral researchers, at an R1 university.
Mentor(s): Brian Burrell, Emily Kabeiseman, Riley Paulsen
Campus Representative: Melissa Berninger

Tennessee

Fisk University

Anisha Mittal
Institution: Fisk University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Biochemistry. Conduct biomedical research focused on understanding molecular mechanisms of human diseases, with an eye towards the development of new therapeutics.
Mentor(s): Steven Damo, Steven Morgan, Natalie Arnett
Campus Representative: Saumya Ramanathan

Rhodes College

Margaret Larsen
Institution: Rhodes College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Cancer Biology. Conduct research in molecular oncology at a top institution to better understand the biology behind cancer in order to improve treatment methods and increase survival rates.
Mentor(s): Charles Roberts, Yiannis Drosos, Elaine Frawley
Campus Representative: Larryn Peterson

University of Tennessee: Knoxville

Carl Edwards
Institution: University of Tennessee: Knoxville
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: PhD in computer science. Conduct research in machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Mentor(s): Dr. Bamin Khomami, Barry Daniel, Dr. Abraham Bernstein, Dr. Brian Edwards, Matthias Baumgartner
Campus Representative: Andrew Seidler

Ian Greeley
Institution: University of Tennessee: Knoxville
Field of Study: Materials Research
Career Goal: Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering. Conduct research in functional materials for energy storage applications.
Mentor(s): Dr. Gabriel Veith, Dr. Charles Melcher, Dr. Kevin Hays, Dr. Yuntao Wu
Campus Representative: Andrew Seidler

Vanderbilt University

Aakash Basu
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to earn a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Afterward, I aspire to conduct
academic research investigating the cellular and molecular substrates of affective disorder.
Mentor(s): Akira Yoshii, Danny Winder, Dylan Shropshire, Leonardo Belluscio, Rafael Perez, Kevin Koster, Tracy Fetterly
Campus Representative: Dorrie Presson

Eric Zhang
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan on pursuing an MD/PhD specializing in oncology and immunology to perform immuno-oncological research in a university setting on the interactions between cancerous cells and the immune system.
Mentor(s): Kathy Gould, Richard Breyer, Steven Estus, Sierra Cullati
Campus Representative: Dorrie Presson

Texas

Baylor University

Benjamin Sepanski
Institution: Baylor University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I intend to obtain a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and conduct research in numerical analysis at an R1 university, specializing in problems related to finite element methods.
Mentor(s): Robert Kirby, Math Hiring Manager, Vadim Ponomarenko, Christopher O’Neill
Campus Representative: Jeffrey Olafsen

Micheal Munson
Institution: Baylor University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Statistics and Biochemistry. Conduct translational research in biomedical science and teach at a research hospital with the ability to interact with patients.
Mentor(s): Bryan F. Shaw, Larissa A. Shimoda, Tamarah Adair, Greg Hamerly, John C. Heutsch
Campus Representative: Jeffrey Olafsen

Rice University

Sahil Patel
Institution: Rice University
Field of Study: Materials Research
Career Goal: I plan to attain a Ph.D. in materials science and work as a researcher at a national laboratory developing nanomaterials for deep space and human exploration of the solar system and beyond.
Mentor(s): Matthew Shaw, Yuhei Miyauchi, Jun Lou, Kazunari Matsuda, Masafumi Shimasaki
Campus Representative: Caroline Quenemoen

Takuma Makihara
Institution: Rice University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in physics, then conduct research as a principal investigator using advanced optical techniques to characterize nanoscale physical phenomena, all while teaching at the university level.
Mentor(s): Jason Hafner, Irving P. Herman, Jiayang Hu
Campus Representative: Caroline Quenemoen

Southern Methodist University

Tyler Giallanza
Institution: Southern Methodist University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: I plan on completing a PhD in Computer Science or Neuroscience. I will conduct research in brain mapping/modeling and brain-inspired machine learning algorithms, teaching at the university level.
Mentor(s): Dr Sukumaran Nair, Dr. Michael Hahsler, Dr. Daniel Engels, Dr. Mitch Thornton, Dr. Jennifer Dworak, Dr. Eric Larson, Dr. Theodore Manikas
Campus Representative: Rachel Ball-Phillips

Texas A&M University

Alison Vicary
Institution: Texas A&M University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct research on the molecular bases of diseases in either a university or hospital laboratory.
Mentor(s): Vishal Gohil, Michael Andreeff, James Briggs
Campus Representative: Ben Simington

Oscar Gonzalez
Institution: Texas A&M University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: My professional aspirations are to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry, become a professor and teach at the university level, and conduct research with my own team of researchers.
Mentor(s): Jeremiah A. Johnson, Sarbajit Banerjee, Meigan C. Aronson, Nathan Fleer, Junpeng Wang, Rachel Davidson, Hua He
Campus Representative: Ben Simington

Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Roger Garcia
Institution: Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D. and Ph.D. in Microbiology. Conduct research in the prevention and treatment of microbial diseases in rural populations.
Mentor(s): Maria Velez-Hernandez, Richard Laughlin
Campus Representative: Tom Spencer

Texas State University

Heather Hansen
Institution: Texas State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Cancer Biology or Biomedical Engineering. Pioneer solutions that will diagnose disease quickly and affordably to detect and treat patient’s in a timely manner at their bedside.
Mentor(s): Noel Clark, Rodney Rohde, Stephen Craig, Min Shuai, William Brittain
Campus Representative: Elizabeth Bishop

Texas Tech University

Oscar Wu
Institution: Texas Tech University
Field of Study: Medicine
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Cancer Biology. I hope to become a research scientist and mentor who pursues cancer immunotherapy research at an academic institution or in industry.
Mentor(s): Filippo Giancotti, Patrick Reynolds, Claudia Lentucci, Akash Pandhare, George Calin, Boyu Zhang, Mahesh Raundhal, Michaela Jansen, Cristina Ivan, Laurie Glimcher, Enrique Fuentes
Campus Representative: Wendoli Flores

The University of Texas at Austin

Maike Morrison
Institution: The University of Texas at Austin
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: After obtaining a PhD in biology or statistics, I aspire to have a research career at a university or government research institution, exploring mathematical epidemiology and population genetics.
Mentor(s): Ephraim Hanks, Mark Kirkpatrick, Lauren Ancel Meyers, Vishy Iyer, Lauren Castro, Dia Bagchi
Campus Representative: Kathy Uitvlugt

Maryam Hussaini
Institution: The University of Texas at Austin
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I am working toward a PhD in astronomy so I can dedicate my career to understanding low-mass stars. I will one day lead a research group, build instruments and facilitate astronomical research.
Mentor(s): Dr. Gregory Mace, Dr. Caitlin Casey, Dr. Dan Reichart, Dr. David Moffett
Campus Representative: Kathy Uitvlugt

Trinity University

Eleanor Davis
Institution: Trinity University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Development, Disease Models, and Therapeutics with a translational track. As a physician-scientist, I would like to develop therapeutics through research to be used clinically.
Mentor(s): Zibgniew Gugala, Karl-Dimiter Bissig, Corinne Sonnet, Elizabeth Salisbury
Campus Representative: David Pooley

University of Dallas

Paul Devlin
Institution: University of Dallas
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Machine Learning. As a faculty member, research deep learning theory and applications. Focus on optimizing training time by developing architectures well-suited for parallelization.
Mentor(s): Ishfaq Ahmad
Campus Representative: Ellen Steinmiller

Sarah Henriquez
Institution: University of Dallas
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to earn a PhD in Immunology or Microbiology, after which I plan to teach and direct undergraduate research at a university, especially among underprivileged and minority groups in STEM.
Mentor(s): William Cody, Maurizio Fraziano, PhD, Lukasz Kozubowski, Noemi Poerio, Congyue Annie Peng
Campus Representative: Ellen Steinmiller

University of Houston

Brian-Tinh Vu
Institution: University of Houston
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. in Medical Physics. I want to specialize my physics and math background to study biological systems. Thereafter I plan to research problems in medicine.
Mentor(s): Donald Kouri, Bernard Bodmann, Cameron Williams
Campus Representative: Ben Rayder

Debora Mroczek
Institution: University of Houston
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I aspire to obtain a Ph.D. in high energy theoretical nuclear physics, become a professor, and promote a better climate for women and minorities in STEM through community outreach programs.
Mentor(s): Claudia Ratti, Eric R Bittner, Andrew Renshaw
Campus Representative: Ben Rayder

University of North Texas

David Yue
Institution: University of North Texas
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and conduct research at the intersection of materials science and chemistry, developing cost-effective methods for environmental protection and conservation.
Mentor(s): Dr. Chang Chang, Eric Kildebeck, John Ferraris, Hong Wang, William Acree, Joey Steininger
Campus Representative: James Duban

Ellen Qian
Institution: University of North Texas
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Conduct research in computational chemistry and pursue a career at a national laboratory specializing in environmental sustainability.
Mentor(s): William Acree, Jie Zheng, Erin Hart, Greg Zhang
Campus Representative: James Duban

Jonathan Lu
Institution: University of North Texas
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biophysics with a Materials Science concentration. Perform research in Biomaterials to make fundamental discoveries and develop innovations for improved human health and welfare.
Mentor(s): Alfredo Alexander-Katz, William E. Acree, Sameehan S. Joshi, Narendra B. Dahotre
Campus Representative: James Duban

Rishi Shridharan
Institution: University of North Texas
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Research epigenetic and proteomic bases of neurological disease; develop low-cost solutions to combat disease for underserved areas; and validate through medical practice.
Mentor(s): Dr. Jannon Fuchs, Dr. Faruck Morcos, Dr. Ashok Subedi
Campus Representative: James Duban

University of Texas at Dallas

Mark De Los Santos
Institution: University of Texas at Dallas
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Cell Biology or Neurobiology. Elucidate cellular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Bradley T Hyman, Eric Kildebeck, Qing Zhong, Simon Dujardin, Muqing Cao
Campus Representative: Douglas Dow

Vyom Raval
Institution: University of Texas at Dallas
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in neuroscience with a focus on bioinformatics. Conduct translational bioinformatics research towards diagnosing and treating neurological disorders. Teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Taylor H. Ware, Mandy Maguire, Aruna Vanikar, Cedric P. Ambulo, Julie Schneider, Jignesh Dave
Campus Representative: Douglas Dow

University of Texas at San Antonio

Aldo Sepulveda
Institution: University of Texas at San Antonio
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in astronomy. Conduct research on extrasolar planetary systems, mentor the next generation of scientists and communicate exciting science to the community at large.
Mentor(s): Luca Matrà, Brendan Bowler, Karin Öberg, David Wilner,
Campus Representative: Craig Jordan

Favour Obuseh
Institution: University of Texas at San Antonio
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D in Biomedical engineering.Conduct research in tissue engineering, teach at the university level. Sponsor students from underdeveloped countries to learn about science at top research institutes.
Mentor(s): Paul Braun, Eric Brey, Ashish Kulkarni, Christina Jones, Katerina Stojkova
Campus Representative: Craig Jordan

Utah

Brigham Young University

Theo Stoddard-Bennett
Institution: Brigham Young University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Neuroscience. I plan to perform translational research at an academic medical institution to study treatments for neurodegeneration using regenerative medicine.
Mentor(s): Richard Watt, Renee Reijo Pera, Lon Cook, Jefferey Barrow, Ninuo Xia, Matt Kuntz, Fang Fang
Campus Representative: Barry Bickmore

University of Utah

Joseph Lyman
Institution: University of Utah
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I aspire to transform solid-state devices, enabling futuristic quantum technologies. To facilitate this goal, I aim to pursue a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and professorship at university.
Mentor(s): Sriram Krishnamoorthy, Alagar Balaji
Campus Representative: Lisa Batchelder

Michael Xiao
Institution: University of Utah
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Conduct research in biological sciences in the context of human disease.
Mentor(s): Chintan Kikani, Anca Franzini, Anca Franzini, Kim O’Neill, Kim O’Neill, Michael Deininger, Michael Deininger, Thomas O’Hare
Campus Representative: Lisa Batchelder

Rachel Cantrell
Institution: University of Utah
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, with the overall goal of becoming a research and teaching professor.
Mentor(s): Stefan Schulz, Ryan Looper, Jon Seger, Matthew Nelli, Markus Menke, Chelsea Harmon, Cody Bender, Autumn Amici
Campus Representative: Lisa Batchelder

Utah State University

Bryce Frederickson
Institution: Utah State University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a PhD in mathematics to be a professor at the university level. I love both the research and teaching aspects of mathematics in academia.
Mentor(s): Samuel Coskey, David Brown, Brent Thomas
Campus Representative: Kristine Miller

Ethan Hammer
Institution: Utah State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to work at a University and research how human activities on public lands impact biodiversity.
Mentor(s): Kezia Manlove, Shandra Nicole Frey
Campus Representative: Kristine Miller

Vermont

Middlebury College

Raylen Witter
Institution: Middlebury College
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science. Conduct research in theoretical quantum computing and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Shelby Kimmel
Campus Representative: Lisa Gates

Stephanie Jordan
Institution: Middlebury College
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science. Research machine learning and its applications to solving environmental crises, and teach undergraduates and graduates at the university level.
Mentor(s): Mostafa Wahby, Deb Coon
Campus Representative: Lisa Gates

Virginia

College of William and Mary

Grace Solini
Institution: College of William and Mary
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I hope to obtain a Ph.D. in Systems Biology. My goal is to conduct fundamental research in developmental biology and teach as a tenure track professor.
Mentor(s): Margaret Saha
Campus Representative: Lindsey Love

Hana Warner
Institution: College of William and Mary
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research in optics and photonics while teaching at the university level.
Mentor(s): Josh Erlich, Tsuyoshi Sekitani, Irina Novikova, Mohammad Hafezi, Takefumi Uemura, Sunil Mittal, Masahiro Sugiyama
Campus Representative: Lindsey Love

George Mason University

Benjamin Concepcion
Institution: George Mason University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I plan on getting my PhD in physics directly after I get my BS. I am going to pursue research in theoretical physics. I am particularly interested in mathematical methods for physics.
Mentor(s): Matt Holzer, Tyrus Berry
Campus Representative: Lanitra Berger

Brieann Sobieski
Institution: George Mason University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I will pursue an M.D./Ph.D. I plan to be a physician-scientist at an academic medical center with a focus on genomics research and precision medicine.
Mentor(s): Geraldine Grant, Bobbe Thomas, Alexandra Masterson, Luis Rodriguez, Matthew Ledda, Benjamin Dreyfus, Sarah Bui, Molly Feltner
Campus Representative: Lanitra Berger

Karen Therrien
Institution: George Mason University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Work as a research scientist, studying neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism and Phelan-McDermid Syndrome.
Mentor(s): Sean McBride, Nathalia Peixoto, Patrick McKnight, Paul LaFosse, Zachary Baker, Lisa Alexander
Campus Representative: Lanitra Berger

Hampden-Sydney College

Charles Wolfe
Institution: Hampden-Sydney College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: My career goals are to obtain a PhD. in inorganic chemistry and enter industry as a researcher. I will focus on material science. My interests are metallurgy, salen chemistry, and crystallography.
Mentor(s): Paul Mueller, William Anderson, Herbert Sipe, Kevin Dunn,  Nicholas Deifel
Campus Representative: Cristine Varholy

James Madison University

David Weisenbeck
Institution: James Madison University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: PhD program in evolutionary biology. My goal is to become a university professor, teaching and conducting research on systematic herpetology.
Mentor(s): Allison Graves, Steven Cresawn, David McLeod, Anne Nall
Campus Representative: Kurt Davies

Erin Krist
Institution: James Madison University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry. Conduct research in inorganic chemistry metalorganic synthesis and mentor undergraduates both in a lecture and laboratory setting.
Mentor(s): Barbara Reisner, Marcia Domack, Christine Mayheux, John Butt, Heidi Pennington
Campus Representative: Kurt Davies

University of Richmond

Adrian Matthews
Institution: University of Richmond
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in organic chemistry. Conduct research in renewable energy materials science as a researcher at a national laboratory.
Mentor(s): Dr. Miles Johnson
Campus Representative: Dana Kuchem

Lindsey Paul
Institution: University of Richmond
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biological Sciences or Biochemistry. Conduct research related to pharmaceutical design and development and work within academia or a research institution to contribute to human health.
Mentor(s): Michael Norris, Liskin Swint-Kruse
Campus Representative: Dana Kuchem

Michael Wyatt
Institution: University of Richmond
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics or Astrophysics. Conduct research in astrophysics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Dr. Jack Singal
Campus Representative: Dana Kuchem

Chelsea Li
Institution: University of Virginia
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct basic and translational research in neuroscience and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): John Campbell, Jason Sheehan, Eli Zunder, Amitabh Gupta, Kristen Fread, Corey Williams, Diogo Cordeiro
Campus Representative: Andrus Ashoo

Jonathan Zheng
Institution: University of Virginia
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D in Chemical Engineering. Lead a research group in a large chemicals company to develop new materials for applications in energy, using both computational and empirical techniques.
Mentor(s): Robert J. Davis, Shane Larsen, Nic Matsumoto, Raul Radovitzky, Sharka M. Prokes
Campus Representative: Andrus Ashoo

Karl Westendorff
Institution: University of Virginia
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering. Conduct research at the intersection between theory and application in organometallic chemistry while teaching at the university level.
Mentor(s): Gaurav Giri, Walter Dean Harman, Luke Huelsenbeck, Jacob Smith
Campus Representative: Andrus Ashoo

Virginia Commonwealth University

Anastasios Karles
Institution: Virginia Commonwealth University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: My goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering and lead a research team studying Cyberphysical systems and mathematical modeling. I also plan to hold a faculty position at the university level.
Mentor(s): Carl Elks, Ph. D., Erdem Topsakal, Ph. D., Mary Boyes, Ryan Green, Arthur French
Campus Representative: Jeff Wing

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Amber Abbott
Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Infectious Disease. Conduct research in biomedical science and lead a research laboratory at a government agency.
Mentor(s): Andrea Bertke
Campus Representative: Christina McIntyre

Esther Wisdom
Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Obtain a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. Perform biological research and teach at a university level.
Mentor(s): Andrés Caicedo, Carla V. Finkielstein, Paul D. Roepe, Gordon Yee, Charles E. Frazier
Campus Representative: Christina McIntyre

James Owens
Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Materials Science. Conduct industry research, developing cost effective materials and fabrication techniques for use with energy technologies.
Mentor(s): T. Alan Hatton, Stephen Martin, Michael J. Bortner, Gene Sancehz, Kenneth Lau, Johan E. Foster, Gary Christensen, Yuriy Smolin, Art Andrews
Campus Representative: Christina McIntyre

Washington and Lee University

Laura Bruce
Institution: Washington and Lee University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Particle or Nuclear Physics. Conduct research in experimental particle physics at a large accelerator laboratory and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Jon Erickson, Dan Mazilu, Irina Mazilu
Campus Representative: Jeffrey Rahl

Washington

Eastern Washington University

Marcos Monteiro
Institution: Eastern Washington University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My career goals are to pursue a Ph.D. in microbiology or molecular biology, participate in a post-doctorate, and obtain a faculty position where I can conduct research in infectious diseases.
Mentor(s): Dr. Andrea Castillo, Dr. Javier Ochoa-Reparaz
Campus Representative: Leslie Cornick

University of Puget Sound

Anneke Fleming
Institution: University of Puget Sound
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My career will focus on translational molecular biology research to improve and develop methods of treatment, prevention, and diagnosis of disease. I aspire to be the principal investigator in a lab.
Mentor(s): Bryan Thines
Campus Representative: Kelli Delaney

University of Washington

Chris Moore
Institution: University of Washington
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Through PhD research in condensed matter I will be an active research scientist, building on nine years of service as a SEAL by affecting positive change at the intersection of science and government.
Mentor(s): Kai-Mei Fu, Roberto Myers
Campus Representative: Robin Chang

Irika Sinha
Institution: University of Washington
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I will be a neuroscience researcher in academia or at a research institute after completing a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and further research focused on neurodegenerative diseases as a postdoctoral fellow.
Mentor(s): David Ginger, Matt Kaeberlein, Syamal Raychaudhuri, Sarthak Jariwala, Dindo Reyes
Campus Representative: Robin Chang

Washington State University

Courtney Klappenbach
Institution: Washington State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: A PhD in Molecular Biology that emphasizes cellular microbiology will lead me to a career as the Principle Investigator of a lab studying how infectious agents cause disease at the molecular level.
Mentor(s): Michael Konkel, PhD, Chengtao Her, PhD
Campus Representative: Mary Sanchez-Lanier

Daniel Goto
Institution: Washington State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: My goal is to earn a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. I want to conduct research on the processes used to design and fabricate nano-scale computer chips for Quantum Computers
Mentor(s): Kevin Walsh, Lei Wei, Arda Gozen, Lei Li, Arnie Leslie, Dan Popa, Yinghui Kuang, Ana Sanchez Galino, Lixi Wang
Campus Representative: Mary Sanchez-Lanier

Kristian Gubsch
Institution: Washington State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I will use my chemical engineering Ph. D. degree to develop new technologies that enable cost-effective management of CO2 and then use entrepreneurial approaches to deploy these technologies.
Mentor(s): Von Walden, Hongfei Lin, Patrick O’Keefe, Yao Yao
Campus Representative: Mary Sanchez-Lanier

Western Washington University

Darby Finnegan
Institution: Western Washington University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to earn a Ph.D. in Marine Biology and conduct research on fish physiology and biomechanics.
Mentor(s): Sheila Patek, Adam P. Summers, Sylvia Yang, Scott Putnam, Jenifer Harris, Sarah Longo, Matthew Kolmann, Tyler Tran, Clayton Waller, Stephanie Bransford, Jarrod Crow
Campus Representative: Thomas Moore

Wisconsin

Lawrence University

Willa Dworschack
Institution: Lawrence University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: To obtain a Ph.D. in physics so as to pursue my ultimate goal of contributing to significant original research in the field of atomic, molecular, and optical physics.
Mentor(s): Harold Metcalf, John R. Brandenberger, Martin Cohen, Samet Demircan
Campus Representative: Kia Thao

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Tyler Gonzales
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Theoretical Mathematics. Teach at a university and conduct research in the areas of algebra, topology, or differential geometry.
Mentor(s): Michael R. Penkava, Sam Scholze
Campus Representative: Karen Havholm

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Claire Evensen
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematical Biology. Conduct mathematical modeling-based research on disease systems and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): M. Thomas Record, Jr., Janet Batzli, Kate Henderson, Michelle Harris, Kevin Lauterjung
Campus Representative: Julie Stubbs

Luquant Singh
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Plasma Physics. Conduct research in controlled nuclear fusion with the end goal of sustainable, clean energy and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Aaron Bader, Kam Arnold, David Anderson, Joseph Talmadge
Campus Representative: Julie Stubbs

Ryan Brown
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Field of Study: Medicine
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Cancer Biology. I plan to lead a translational research laboratory at a world class academic institution that seeks to enhance the immune system’s ability to fight cancer.
Mentor(s): Ravi Patel, Zach Morris, Ranier Hernandez
Campus Representative: Julie Stubbs

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Brianna Havens
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Field of Study: Psychology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior (Psychology). Conduct research in the social neuroscience of varying primate societies to apply their neurochemistry to human social stratification.
Mentor(s): Mark Ferguson
Campus Representative: Sarah Orlofske