2021 Goldwater Scholars by Legal State of Residence

Listed by legal state of residence

Alabama

Keri Burge
Institution Name: The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Bioarchaeology. Conduct research in stable isotope analysis and archaeogenetics with the goal of better understanding past human-environment interactions.
Mentor(s): Anneke Janzen, Mary Davis, David Anderson
Campus Representative: Laura De Furio

Aaditya Rau
Institution Name: Johns Hopkins University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Conduct research in modeling of the synthesis and processing of advanced materials at an academic institution.
Mentor(s): Kevin Hemker, Igor Kaganovich, Aaron Catledge
Campus Representative: Kathleen Barry

Karthik Reddy
Institution Name: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Field of Study: Psychology
Career Goal: My goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience. I hope to investigate the neural mechanisms involved in memory and learning impairments experienced by children with complex medical conditions.
Mentor(s): Donna Murdaugh, Anil Challa, Victoria Seghatol-Eslami
Campus Representative: Cristin Gavin

Shelby Wales
Institution Name: Auburn University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering. Conduct research on rare earth element extraction techniques.
Mentor(s): Lauren Beckingham, Nick Irvin, Lauren Lathem
Campus Representative: R. Alex Sauer

Alaska

Feyne Elmore
Institution Name: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography. Conduct research in climate-impacted ocean acidification and nutrient transport in Arctic environments and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Trent Sutton, Alexander Hirsch, Carolyn Hamman
Campus Representative: Diane Wagner

Cora Lyon
Institution Name: University of Alaska Anchorage
Field of Study: Medicine
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and an M.D. in Pathology. Conduct biomedical research on the transmission and treatment of human pathogens.
Mentor(s): Eric Bortz, Brandon Briggs, Jason Burkhead
Campus Representative: Kenrick Mock

Arizona

Joseph Galasso
Institution Name: University of Dallas
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in computational biology. Conduct research on applications of artificial intelligence in medicine.
Mentor(s): Inimary Toby, Jason Ernst, Drew Stenesen
Campus Representative: Ellen Steinmiller

Abigail Kahler
Institution Name: University of Arizona
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: Achieve a Master’s degree in Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences. Develop hydrogeologic model ensembles to support critical water resources decision-making in the Southwestern United States.
Mentor(s): P.A. Ty Ferré, Katrina Miranda, Martha Whitaker
Campus Representative: Danielle Barefoot

Arkansas

Declan Brick
Institution Name: University of Alabama in Huntsville
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: My goal is to achieve a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, specifically to conduct computational fluid dynamics research on spacecraft propulsion or other astronautical engineering applications.
Mentor(s): Gabe Xu
Campus Representative: Jennifer Staton

Claire Bunn
Institution Name: University of Georgia
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Genetics and Bioinformatics. Conduct computational research to uncover mechanisms and mutations in clinical oncology as a physician-scientist and educator at an academic research hospital.
Mentor(s): Natarajan Kannan, Wayland Yeung, Jennifer Sucre
Campus Representative: Jessica Hunt

Nathan May
Institution Name: Arkansas State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics. I plan to conduct research on healthcare data analytics and bioinformatics. I am considering pursuing this as a career path in the uniformed services.
Mentor(s): Sudeepa Bhattacharyya
Campus Representative: Jennifer Salo

California

Sophia Barber
Institution Name: Pasadena City College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. with a Ph.D. in neuroscience; conducting research on preventative measures and treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.
Mentor(s): Jared Ashcroft, Yu-Chung Chang-Hou, Tanya Faltens
Campus Representative: Kris McPeak

Maggie Chen
Institution Name: Harvard University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I will pursue an MD/PhD in the biomedical sciences. I will run a research laboratory focused on understanding the basic mechanisms of heart diseases for therapeutic development.
Mentor(s): Richard T. Lee
Campus Representative: Gregory Llacer

Jovian Cheung
Institution Name: University of California-Los Angeles
Field of Study: Psychology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct brain research and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Scott A. Wilke, Laura A. DeNardo, Christopher J. Gabriel
Campus Representative: Rebecca Blustein

Anna Everett
Institution Name: Brigham Young University-Provo
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Use traditional laboratory tools and mathematical modeling to investigate the cellular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases as a research professor.
Mentor(s): Jeffrey Edwards, Jordan Yorgason,
Campus Representative: Barry Bickmore

Michelle Garcia
Institution Name: Pomona College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry. Design computational models and develop software for predicting protein low-energy conformations.
Mentor(s): Chun-Wei David Chen, Matthew Sazinsky, Steve L. Mayo
Campus Representative: Mal Riggio

Ryan Gates
Institution Name: University of California-Riverside
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to earn a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and conduct cancer research for either a university or government research institute.
Mentor(s): Ernest Martinez, Thomas Girke, Daniela Cassol
Campus Representative: Gladis Herrera-Berkowitz

Isaias Ghezae
Institution Name: University of California-Santa Barbara
Field of Study: Psychology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience. Conduct research in computational psychology and cognitive neuroscience and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Daniel Conroy-Beam, Hongbo Yu, Vanessa Woods
Campus Representative: Nick Alward-Saxon

Aditi Gnanasekar
Institution Name: University of California-San Diego
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Computational Medicine. I hope to treat patients and lead my own research group to develop more effective and affordable cancer diagnostic and treatment technologies.
Mentor(s): Weg Ongkeko
Campus Representative: David Artis

Paul Timothy Gomez
Institution Name: Davidson College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology. I aim to start my own lab and teach, investigating regenerative therapies for neurological disorders.
Mentor(s): Barbara Lom, Malcolm Campbell, Julio Ramirez
Campus Representative: Gaylena Merritt

Katherine Gross
Institution Name: Clark University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I will acquire a Ph.D. specializing in human genetics. Conduct research in genetics and molecular biology in order to understand the mechanism of inherited epigenetic elements within the germline.
Mentor(s): Craig C. Mello, Donald Spratt, Eric Verdin
Campus Representative: Jessica Bane Robert

Keely Ji
Institution Name: University of California-Davis
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Conduct research to progress the understanding of cancer biology and develop improved cancer therapies in an academic institution.
Mentor(s): Chang-il Hwang, Connie Champagne, Gregg Recanzone
Campus Representative: Scott Palmer

Ethan Klein
Institution Name: Miami University-Oxford
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Geochemistry. Conduct funded research related to the genesis, exploration, extraction, and health implications of mineral resources working on a government level (e.g., Geological Survey).
Mentor(s): Mark Krekeler, Claire McLeod,
Campus Representative: Paul Urayama

Emma Kocik
Institution Name: Chapman University
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography. Lead an academic laboratory investigating the impacts of climate change on biogeochemical cycling in the Arctic Ocean.
Mentor(s): Warren de Bruyn, Martha Sutula, Aaron Harrison
Campus Representative: Julye Bidmead

Patryk Kozlowski
Institution Name: California Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry. Conduct research in theoretical chemistry and materials science, while teaching at the university level.
Mentor(s): Garnet Chan, Yang Gao, Ryan Hadt
Campus Representative: Kristin Weyman

Andrea Liu
Institution Name: Davidson College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry and MD in Pediatric Oncology. Physician-scientist that conducts biomedical research, teaches at the university/graduate level, and provides patient care in the clinic.
Mentor(s): Nicole Snyder, Peter Zage,
Campus Representative: Gaylena Merritt

Elena Martinez
Institution Name: Loyola Marymount University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I will pursue a PhD in computational mathematics. I plan to apply scientific computing and numerical analysis to researching the cardiovascular system and I aspire to teach at an R1 university.
Mentor(s): Edward Mosteig, Anna Bargagliotti, Alison Marsden
Campus Representative: Cassidy Alvarado

Alexandra Masegian
Institution Name: University of Chicago
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Conduct research in stellar astrophysics and engage in science communication as a museum or planetarium curator.
Mentor(s): Michael Shara, Wendy Freedman, Raja GuhaThakurta
Campus Representative: Nichole Fazio

Kaelyn McFarlane-Connelly
Institution Name: University of Rochester
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry with a focus in nanoscience. Conduct research in the applications of nanomaterials and teach at a research university.
Mentor(s): Todd Krauss, Mahilet Meidenbaur,
Campus Representative: Belinda Redden

Pratyush Muthukumar
Institution Name: University of California-Irvine
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Machine Learning. I plan to research and develop ethical and effective machine learning models that increase interconnectivity and altruism among people, especially in the healthcare setting.
Mentor(s): Pramod Khargonekar, Mohammad Pourhomayoun, Jie Zhong
Campus Representative: Rose Jones

Maya Mysore
Institution Name: University of California-Davis
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. degree, with a Ph.D. in bioengineering. Practice medicine and run a medical research lab with a focus on developing technologies to treat chronic illnesses.
Mentor(s): Briana Rocha-Gregg, Sean Collins, Marc Faciotti
Campus Representative: Scott Palmer

Abby Roat
Institution Name: Colorado College
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a PhD in glaciology or glacial geology. Conduct research on past and future ice sheet response to climate change and mentor future geoscientists.
Mentor(s): Christine Siddoway, Trevor Hillebrand,
Campus Representative: Murphy Brasuel

Shayan Saeed
Institution Name: University of California-Riverside
Field of Study: Medicine
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Immunology and Genetics. Conduct research on the genetic basis of the immune response as a principal investigator in an academic medical center.
Mentor(s): Manuela Martins-Green, Muhamad Ali, Proma Basu
Campus Representative: Gladis Herrera-Berkowitz

Olivia Siu
Institution Name: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Human Factors and Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE). Conduct space medicine and psychology research at a university and with a federal/international space agency.
Mentor(s): Karen Gaines, Virginia Wotring, Alesha Fleming
Campus Representative: Brittany Davis

Bliss Tafolla-Aguirre
Institution Name: California State University-Los Angeles
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My main goal is to complete a Ph.D. in Chemistry or Biochemistry. I plan to conduct drug discovery research, become a clinical pharmaceutical researcher, and eventually teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Matthias Selke, Inessa Bychinskaya, Petr Vozka
Campus Representative: Jessica Rodriguez

Jerry Tang
Institution Name: Emory University
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: My career goal is to earn a PhD in Environmental Science and to become a leading researcher at a university, conducting groundbreaking studies in renewable energy production and waste treatment.
Mentor(s): Zhiyong Jason Ren, Eri Saikawa, Michael Martin
Campus Representative: Megan Friddle

Patrick Tran
Institution Name: University of California-Santa Barbara
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics. Conduct research in soft-matter, mathematical, or high energy physics and teach at university level.
Mentor(s): Paul Atzberger, Sathya Guruswamy,
Campus Representative: Nick Alward-Saxon

Lucy Yang
Institution Name: University of California-Irvine
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: After earning a Ph.D. in Chemical Biology, I aspire to become a professor and lead my own research group studying RNA therapeutics and drug delivery while teaching at the university level.
Mentor(s): Andrej Luptak, Alexandra Kent, Sergey Nizkorodov
Campus Representative: Rose Jones

Wenxi Yao
Institution Name: University of Chicago
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in mathematics. Conduct research in geometric topology and algebraic topology and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Vincenzo Vitelli, Peter May, Benson Farb
Campus Representative: Nichole Fazio

Hyery Yoo
Institution Name: Amherst College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry or Computational Biology. Apply computation to molecular biology research.
Mentor(s): Nidanie Henderson-Stull, XingJie Pan, Tanja Kortemme
Campus Representative: Christine Overstreet

Claire Zhang
Institution Name: University of California-San Diego
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Bioengineering. Direct a multidisciplinary research group developing computational precision medicine framework unifying molecular, cellular, and physiological data as a physician-scientist.
Mentor(s): Kevin King
Campus Representative: David Artis

Felita Zhang
Institution Name: United States Military Academy
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Bioengineering. Army orthopedic surgeon and research faculty who develops nerve-controlled prosthetic devices through research on biointegrated metal porous nanomaterials.
Mentor(s): F. John Burpo, Chi K. Nguyen, K. Kit Parker
Campus Representative: James Bluman

Colorado

Kaydee Barker
Institution Name: Colorado State University-Fort Collins
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Ecology. Conduct research in soil ecology related to climate mitigation, food security, and management of natural resources.
Mentor(s): M. Francesca Cotrufo, Bethany Avera, Katherine Rocci
Campus Representative: Mary Swanson

Spencer Hurt
Institution Name: University of Colorado Boulder
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in astrophysics. Afterward, I would like to enter academia, researching the detection and characterization of exoplanets, along with their implications for life beyond Earth.
Mentor(s): Sam Quinn, Meredith MacGregor, Benjamin Fulton
Campus Representative: Anne Dougherty

Anna McTigue
Institution Name: University of Colorado Boulder
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a Ph.D. in Molecular Neuroscience in order to conduct translational research on the molecular mechanisms of neurological disorders.
Mentor(s): Zoe Donaldson, Kathleen Murphy,
Campus Representative: Anne Dougherty

Hunter Ogg
Institution Name: Colorado State University-Fort Collins
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I aim to become a research and teaching professor with an emphasis on computational methods in biochemistry. I intend to focus upon applications of machine learning and statistical modeling.
Mentor(s): Tim Stasevich, Ning Zhao,
Campus Representative: Mary Swanson

Ethan Perry
Institution Name: Colorado School of Mines
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: My goal is to earn a PhD in computer science. I hope to investigate systems used to make modern infrastructure more efficient and correspondingly help target the crux of environmental degradation.
Mentor(s): Qi Han, Thomas Williams, Qin Zhu
Campus Representative: K. Godel Gengenbach

Rebecca Powers
Institution Name: Creighton University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Nuclear Chemistry. Conduct research on ultraperipheral collisions of relativistic ions using supercolliders.
Mentor(s): Kayode Oshin, Ph.D, Janet Seger, Ph.D, David Tlusty, Ph.D
Campus Representative: Erin Gross

Connecticut

John Featherstone
Institution Name: North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Work towards a PhD in Physics while developing techniques for understanding machine learning using statistical physics. Collaborate with others in academia to apply these findings across the sciences.
Mentor(s): Karen Daniels
Campus Representative: Courtney Hughes

Spencer Jacobs-Skolik
Institution Name: Northeastern University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I plan to earn an M.D./Ph.D and conduct research in machine learning and signal processing for neuroengineering as well as teach at a postgraduate level.
Mentor(s): Eugene Tunik, Deniz Erdoğmus, Dana Brooks
Campus Representative: Jonna Iacono

Katherine Lee
Institution Name: University of Connecticut
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I intend to pursue a Ph.D. in computational biology. I aspire to use molecular dynamics simulations and biophysical analyses to design therapeutics at an academic institution.
Mentor(s): Eric May, Adam Zweifach, Yongku Cho
Campus Representative: Rowena Grainger

Seema Patel
Institution Name: University of Connecticut
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in pharmacology. I will conduct basic and translational research in oncology, specifically developing novel anti-cancer drugs, and teach at the medical/graduate school level.
Mentor(s): Kyle Hadden, Ashis Basu,
Campus Representative: Rowena Grainger

Sarah Zhao
Institution Name: Yale University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Statistics and Data Science. Conduct research in statistics and data science and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Zhou Fan, Liang Jiang, Peter Jones
Campus Representative: Emma-Jane Rose

Delaware

Veronica Lucian
Institution Name: United States Military Academy
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biomaterials Science. Serve as an Army surgeon while conducting research to improve medical instrumentation and devices at a research hospital.
Mentor(s): F. John Burpo, Kevin Kit Parker,
Campus Representative: James Bluman

Haoda Wang
Institution Name: University of Southern California
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering. Conduct research in operating systems or networks at a national lab or in academia.
Mentor(s): Jelena Mirkovic, Steven Myint, Craig Ulmer
Campus Representative: Katie Capra

Florida

Muhammad Abdulla
Institution Name: University of Florida
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. Utilize principles of math and engineering to solve open research problems in neuroscience.
Mentor(s): Jonathan Rubin, Tracy Stepien, Ryan Phillips
Campus Representative: Kelly Medley

Amalia Abraham Martin
Institution Name: Miami Dade College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Lead and conduct research projects focused on finding better cancer treatments while working as an oncologist in a teaching hospital.
Mentor(s): Dahis Manzanares, Jyrko Correa,
Campus Representative: Eric Hoffman

Oluwagbotemi Akinsoji
Institution Name: University of Central Florida
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Conduct research in organic synthesis and material science, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Fernando Uribe-Romo, Karelle Aiken, Martens-Habbena Willm
Campus Representative: Morgan Bauer

Sidhika Balachandar
Institution Name: Stanford University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Obtain a Ph.D. in Computer Science. Become a professor to teach and conduct research in the use of artificial intelligence for computational biology.
Mentor(s): Ron Dror, Alex Powers,
Campus Representative: Kristin Black

Shovan Bhatia
Institution Name: Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Neuroengineering, combining novel engineering-based strategies to improve the functional independence and quality of life of people living with neurological impairments.
Mentor(s): Jaydev P. Desai, Phillip Tran, Seokhwan Jeong
Campus Representative: Karen Mura

Sabrina Bond
Institution Name: Northeastern University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: After my bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Neuroscience and Physics, I aim for a MD-PhD in Neuroscience to conduct research at NASA or university to study the effects of microgravity on neurophysiology.
Mentor(s): Dagmar Sternad, Christiane Wrann, Se-Woong Park
Campus Representative: Jonna Iacono

Sydney Bottcher
Institution Name: Samford University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemistry with a focus in organic chemistry. I aim to conduct research in natural product synthesis and medicinal chemistry while teaching at a major research university.
Mentor(s): Dale Wilger
Campus Representative: Emily Hynds

Devin Burris
Institution Name: University of Central Florida
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology or Neuroscience. Conduct research on neuro-genetic therapies within the industry.
Mentor(s): Harrison Gabel, Charissa de Bekker, Alicia Hawthorne
Campus Representative: Morgan Bauer

Joseph Cavanagh
Institution Name: Brown University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: PhD in Physical Chemistry. Conduct research in Physical Chemistry and teach at a university level after multiple postdoctoral positions.
Mentor(s): Lai-Sheng Wang, Ling Fung Cheung, Brenda Rubenstein
Campus Representative: Linda Dunleavy

Spencer Compton
Institution Name: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science. Conduct research in algorithms and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Ronitt Rubinfeld, Murat Kocaoglu, Erik Demaine
Campus Representative: Catherine Kim

Wenjie Gong
Institution Name: Harvard University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in physics. Conduct theoretical research in high-energy physics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Jennifer Hoffman, Raju Venugopalan, Mihir Bhaskar
Campus Representative: Gregory Llacer

Riley Havel
Institution Name: University of Central Florida
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Planetary Science. Contribute to the field as a research scientist at a NASA facility or the Lunar and Planetary Institute.
Mentor(s): Christopher Bennett, José Aponte, Adrienne Dove
Campus Representative: Morgan Bauer

Kylee Hillman
Institution Name: Florida State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: PhD in Molecular Biology conducting research in genetic engineering of plants with CRISPR-Cas9 technologies.
Mentor(s): Emily Lemmon, Thomas Miller, Mysia Dye
Campus Representative: Craig Filar

Charles Jolly
Institution Name: Berry College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I intend to attain a Ph. D. in Medicinal or Organic Chemistry and conduct drug discovery research in the pharmaceutical industry.
Mentor(s): Mark Turlington
Campus Representative: Mark Turlington

Tara Leininger
Institution Name: Lafayette College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: PhD in High Energy Theoretical or Nuclear Physics. Conduct postdoctoral research with the goal of becoming a university faculty member.
Mentor(s): Brooks Thomas, Keith Dienes, Doojin Kim
Campus Representative: Julia Goldberg

Trystan Loustau
Institution Name: Florida State University
Field of Study: Psychology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Media Psychology. Conduct research in media psychology and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Paul Conway, Sharon Chu, Arianne Quinn
Campus Representative: Craig Filar

Kelli Lynch
Institution Name: University of South Florida-Main Campus
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Pursue a PhD in computational soft-and condensed matter-physics. Teach, research, and mentor undergraduates, and improve access to research for students from groups underrepresented in STEM.
Mentor(s): Inna Ponomareva, Sergey Lisenkov, Dimitrios Vavylonis
Campus Representative: Sayandeb Basu

Alexander Mercier
Institution Name: University of South Florida-Main Campus
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: My career goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in applied mathematics, teach, and conduct research at the intersection of network theory and information science.
Mentor(s): Cristopher Moore, Andrew Kramer, Sayandeb Basu
Campus Representative: Sayandeb Basu

Jessica Moser
Institution Name: Florida State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I hope to obtain a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and conduct research on hydrocephalus to find a cure for the condition.
Mentor(s): Douglas Storace
Campus Representative: Craig Filar

Elizabeth Recker
Institution Name: Florida Gulf Coast University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I want to pursue a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering. I will start a research company that focuses on the collaboration of different STEM fields to solve global problems.
Mentor(s): Arsalan Mirjafari, Daniel Lambrecht,
Campus Representative: Terumi Rafferty-Osaki

Spencer Tamagni
Institution Name: University of Central Florida
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I would like to attend graduate school to pursue a PhD with the long-term goal of becoming a mathematical physicist employed by a university to do research and teach.
Mentor(s): Costas Efthimiou
Campus Representative: Morgan Bauer

Georgia

Rose Albert
Institution Name: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I will pursue a PhD in Atmospheric and Analytical Chemistry. I plan to conduct air quality research and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Alexa Mattheyses, Denise Monti, Maryam Karimi
Campus Representative: Cristin Gavin

Tejas Athni
Institution Name: Stanford University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD-PhD. I hope to conduct research on the molecular mechanisms and eco-epidemiological drivers of disease, lead an interdisciplinary research group, and mentor the next generation of scientists.
Mentor(s): Erin Mordecai, Rajat Rohatgi, Nirmal Joshee
Campus Representative: Kristin Black

Chetna Batra
Institution Name: Georgia State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Microbiology. Conduct research on the intersection between microbiology and public health. Applying medical knowledge to study lipid-related diseases at the cellular level.
Mentor(s): Taras Nazarko, Ankit Shroff,
Campus Representative: Chris Goode

Sara Binet
Institution Name: Mercer University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering. Develop sustainable technologies to improve access to potable groundwater in developing nations while teaching at a research-intensive university.
Mentor(s): Michael MacCarthy, John Cherry,
Campus Representative: Adam Kiefer

Lauren Jones
Institution Name: Furman
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience. Conduct research in computational modeling of neurobiological systems.
Mentor(s): George Shields
Campus Representative: Scott Henderson

Greg Kimmerer
Institution Name: Emory University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Obtain a Ph.D. in Cell Biology. Work as a researcher in academia or biotech industry to make discoveries in life sciences that benefit society.
Mentor(s): Leila Rieder, Yvonne Fondufe-Mittendorf, Matthew Rea
Campus Representative: Megan Friddle

Brenna Outten
Institution Name: Furman
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D in Neuroscience.I plan to conduct research in neurological disorders in order to be at the forefront of technology and treatment options for communities that have personally influenced my life.
Mentor(s): George Shields, Togo Odbadrakh, Amy Deveau
Campus Representative: Scott Henderson

Yoong Phang
Institution Name: University of Georgia
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research at a national laboratory on magnetism and novel quantum materials at the interface of theory and experiment to potentiate applications in clean energy technology.
Mentor(s): Tho Nguyen, Yiping Zhao, Phillip Stancil
Campus Representative: Jessica Hunt

Katherine Rojales
Institution Name: Baylor University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Conduct research in chemistry while teaching and mentoring students at the university level.
Mentor(s): Caleb D. Martin, Jeffrey Urbauer, Thomas McGrath
Campus Representative: Jeffrey Olafsen

Joseph Sexton
Institution Name: Vanderbilt University
Field of Study: Psychology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Academic career teaching at a university while researching cognitive and quantitative variation in the development of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Mentor(s): Judy Garber, David Isaacs, Steven Hollon
Campus Representative: Elizabeth Harrington Lambert

Ebonye Smith
Institution Name: Mercer University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in aerospace engineering. Conduct research in aeronautics, controls, and robotics at a national laboratory.
Mentor(s): Makhin Thitsa, Samuel Coogan, Moe Win
Campus Representative: Adam Kiefer

Sarah Spalding
Institution Name: Mercer University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, work at a research university developing novel drug-delivery technologies for pulmonary diseases.
Mentor(s): Sinjae Hyun, Joanna Thomas,
Campus Representative: Adam Kiefer

Anna Voss
Institution Name: Emory University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to earn a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and study the genetic basis and neural pathways underlying neuropsychiatric disorders as a principal investigator at a university.
Mentor(s): Steven Sloan, Michael Epstein, Kristen Frenzel
Campus Representative: Megan Friddle

Hawaii

Bryson Choy
Institution Name: University of Southern California
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Earn a Ph.D. in Computational Biology and conduct computational drug discovery research as an independent investigator in academia with collaborations from industry
Mentor(s): Vsevolod Katritch, Dana-Lynn Ko’omoa-Lange, Remo Rohs
Campus Representative: Katie Capra

Kaiku Kaholoaa
Institution Name: California State University-Monterey Bay
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Marine Science/Molecular Biology. Conduct coral research in Marine Science, be a Professor at the university level, and inspire native Hawaiian students interested in STEM careers.
Mentor(s): Cheryl Logan, Caroline Rodriquez, Thomas Oliver
Campus Representative: John Banks

Geetika Patwardhan
Institution Name: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Obtain an M.D./Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Conduct research as a physician-scientist in Hawai’i.
Mentor(s): Benjamin Fogelgren, Michael Ortega,
Campus Representative: David Haymer

Idaho

Nolan Cole
Institution Name: Brigham Young University-Provo
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in biostatistics and improve statistical methods at the crux of clinical research and genomics.
Mentor(s): Brinley Zabriskie, Steven Johnson, Ruslan Soldatov
Campus Representative: Barry Bickmore

Peik Lund-Andersen
Institution Name: University of Idaho
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I aspire to obtain a Ph.D. in biomolecular engineering and conduct research in protein design for applications in industrial chemical synthesis and bioremediation.
Mentor(s): Jagdish Suresh Patel, F. Marty Ytreberg,
Campus Representative: Dilshani Sarathchandra

Nicholas Pancheri
Institution Name: University of Idaho
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I aspire to earn a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, followed by postdoctoral training in tissue engineering. Ultimately, I aim to direct my own research laboratory as an university professor.
Mentor(s): Nathan Schiele, Sophia Theodossiou, Carolyn Bohach
Campus Representative: Dilshani Sarathchandra

Illinois

Emmarie Alexander
Institution Name: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Ecology to conduct research and teach at the university level. I plan to investigate how the ecology of carnivores is influenced by humans to better foster coexistence in an urbanizing world.
Mentor(s): Maximilian L. Allen, Anna V. Kukekova, Halie M. Rando
Campus Representative: David Schug

Eli Blaney
Institution Name: Creighton University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I intend to earn a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics with a focus on computational protein design, ultimately working in an academic career.
Mentor(s): Soochin Cho
Campus Representative: Erin Gross

Alicia Camuy
Institution Name: Trinity College
Field of Study: Psychology
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a major area of study and board certification in Neuropsychology. I hope to conduct memory research in a hospital or private practice setting.
Mentor(s): Alison J. Draper, Ph.D., Sarah A Raskin, Ph.D., Susan A. Masino, Ph.D.
Campus Representative: Alison Draper

Marta Cortinovis
Institution Name: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I aspire to obtain a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and conduct research in space exploration systems, enabling missions that may result in groundbreaking scientific discoveries of the universe.
Mentor(s): Zachary R. Putnam, Giusy Falcone, Joshua L. Rovey
Campus Representative: David Schug

Amil Dravid
Institution Name: Northwestern University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a PhD in computer science and conduct machine learning research with societal impact in mind. I also aspire to teach and mentor at the university level as a tenure-track professor.
Mentor(s): Aggelos Katsaggelos, Oliver (Ollie) Cossairt,
Campus Representative: LaTanya Williams

Evan Dray
Institution Name: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Pharmacology. I intend to teach and conduct translational research in oncology/pharmacology at a research-based medical university.
Mentor(s): Daniel McKim
Campus Representative: David Schug

Aikaterini Gorou
Institution Name: California Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Conduct research in physical chemistry and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Mitchio Okumura, Danica Adams, Gregory Jones
Campus Representative: Kristin Weyman

Miette Hennessy
Institution Name: Earlham College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Microbiology. Conduct research in environmental microbiology and microbial genetics, and mentor younger students in the field.
Mentor(s): Sean Crosson, Aretha Fiebig, Lindsey McGee
Campus Representative: Meg Streepy Smith

Jacob Kelber
Institution Name: Harvey Mudd College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry. Conduct research in chemical science that uses inorganic catalysis to capture carbon dioxide and decompose plastic pollutants and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Nathan C. Gianneschi, Katherine Van Heuvelen, Hal Van Ryswyk
Campus Representative: Carissa Saugstad

Gregor Leech
Institution Name: University of San Diego
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I hope to earn a Ph.D in Biophysics, conduct research in neuroscience and biomaterials, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Rae Robertson-Anderson, Gloria Lee, Ryan McGorty
Campus Representative: Curtis Loer

Ariel Lerman
Institution Name: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I wish to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics and perform research in mathematical physics, specifically on dynamical systems and PDEs and their applications, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Vadim Zharnitsky, Jorge Noronha,
Campus Representative: David Schug

Qianyun (Lexi) Luo
Institution Name: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Cancer Biology. Conduct translational research in the field of oncology studying how metabolism shapes the tumor immune microenvironment to improve cancer treatment.
Mentor(s): Randall Kimple, Alexandre Reuben, Zafer Gurel
Campus Representative: Julie Stubbs

Madelyn Moy
Institution Name: Northwestern University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Microbial Biology. Conduct research on the human microbiome and its role in chronic and infectious diseases. Teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Katherine Amato, Sui Huang, Vinzenz Unger
Campus Representative: LaTanya Williams

Ashma Pandya
Institution Name: University of Illinois at Chicago
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biophysics. I am interested in studying the transition from physiochemical to biological systems, first at a national lab and then at a university.
Mentor(s): Andy I. Nguyen, Sherrie Heinz-Kunert,
Campus Representative: Kim Germain

Molly Roe
Institution Name: Butler University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in microbiology and cancer biology; to conduct research on oncogenic viruses and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Christopher Stobart, Christina Rostad,
Campus Representative: Rusty Jones

Taylor Vroman
Institution Name: Drake University
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering. Conduct research in aquatic sciences focusing on biogeochemical relationships affecting water quality.
Mentor(s): Peter Levi, David Courard-Hauri,
Campus Representative: Gholam Mirafzal

Indiana

Jordyn Blakey
Institution Name: DePauw University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: P.h.D in computer science. I hope to mentor undergraduate students at the university level and conduct research that can improve processes used in other fields.
Mentor(s): Khadija Stewart, Gloria Townsend,
Campus Representative: Gloria Townsend

Justin Copenhaver
Institution Name: Purdue University-Main Campus
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research in the fields of condensed matter physics and quantum information, with an emphasis on applying condensed matter theory to quantum computing.
Mentor(s): Birgit Wehefritz-Kaufmann, Adam Wasserman, Jukka Vayrynen
Campus Representative: Veronica Schirm

Eduardo Duro
Institution Name: Indiana University-Bloomington
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology. Conduct research in evolutionary biology and taxonomy.
Mentor(s): Lydia Hoffstaetter, W. Dan Tracey,
Campus Representative: Jo Anne Tracy

Alyssa Koch
Institution Name: DePauw University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: PhD in Immunology. Conduct research in a university setting where I can mentor undergraduate students.
Mentor(s): Pascal Lafontant, Daniel Gurnon, David Harvey
Campus Representative: Gloria Townsend

Andrew Langford
Institution Name: University of Notre Dame
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in multi-body dynamics. Research spacecraft trajectory design and exoplanet detection techniques for NASA or in academia.
Mentor(s): Colin Littlefield, Peter Garnavich, Mary Knapp
Campus Representative: Jenny Smith

Anne Larsen
Institution Name: Harvard University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in mathematics. Conduct research in some area of mathematics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Alexander Wright, Chaya Norton, Lauren Williams
Campus Representative: Gregory Llacer

Grace McIntyre
Institution Name: Marian University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Science. I plan to investigate the underlying molecular, cell, and integrative biology associated with how tissues communicate with each other in a university or industry setting.
Mentor(s): Dr. Jason Chan, Dr. Trisha Staab, Dr. Colleen Doci
Campus Representative: Monique Ware

Cade Orchard
Institution Name: Earlham College
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in paleontology with a focus on early tetrapod and amphibian evolution. Conduct paleontological research and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Eric (VJ) Rubenstein, Andrew Moore, Chris Smith
Campus Representative: Meg Streepy Smith

Dalton Stanley
Institution Name: Purdue University-Main Campus
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry. Conduct research in lanthanide and actinide synthesis and separations in academia.
Mentor(s): Suzanne Bart, Caleb Tatebe, Shane Galley
Campus Representative: Veronica Schirm

Lincoln Weber
Institution Name: Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I will complete a Ph.D. in experimental condensed matter physics. Afterwards, I am considering a career as a research scientist at a national laboratory.
Mentor(s): Saikat Talapatra, Bumsu Lee, Prasanna Patil
Campus Representative: Elizabeth Donoghue

Iowa

Cameron Coles
Institution Name: Central College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Ecology. Conduct research is mathematical ecology or evolutionary biology and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Paulina Mena, Russ Benedict,
Campus Representative: Katelin Valster

Nyah Davis
Institution Name: University of Iowa
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics. Obtain a joint math research and teaching position at the university level.
Mentor(s): Ryan Kinser, Colleen Mitchell, Philip Kutzko
Campus Representative: Kelly Thornburg

David Jin
Institution Name: California Institute of Technology
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: I plan to conduct research in computational imaging by pursuing a Ph.D. in optics with my interests in computer science and mathematics and ultimately teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Barbara Breen, Keisuke Hasegawa, Rajarshi Roy
Campus Representative: Kristin Weyman

Caleb Lines
Institution Name: Wartburg College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D in Biochemistry. Lead a cancer research team focused on developing clinical trials by conducting translational research at an academic medical center and pursue a teaching position.
Mentor(s): Shawn Ellerbroek, Suzan Turner, Derek Barchenger
Campus Representative: Kathleen Sihler

Benjamin Litterer
Institution Name: Iowa State University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a PhD in statistics with an emphasis in bioinformatics. I intend to become a faculty member at a research university and answer important questions in proteomics and genetics.
Mentor(s): Robert Jernigan, Kejue Jia, Lynna Chu
Campus Representative: Gene Newgaard

Jack Lynn
Institution Name: University of Iowa
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in biomedical engineering or electrical engineering, with the long-term goals of (1) leading a research group focused on RNA biomolecular simulation and (2) teaching at the university level
Mentor(s): Michael Schnieders
Campus Representative: Kelly Thornburg

Paiton McDonald
Institution Name: Iowa State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Conduct immunology research and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Jodi McGill
Campus Representative: Gene Newgaard

Madeleine Urbanek
Institution Name: Creighton University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My aim is to complete a Ph.D. in Molecular Neuroscience and to later pursue research in the pathologies and novel treatments of neurological diseases while instructing university students.
Mentor(s): Jian Zuo, Pezhman Salehi, Gwendalyn King
Campus Representative: Erin Gross

Kansas

Anton Barybin
Institution Name: University of Kansas
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. studying the chemical basis of neurodegenerative diseases. Subsequently, I aim to continue bioanalytical research and teach in a multidisciplinary academic environment.
Mentor(s): Susan Lunte, Galina Bulgakova, Shamal Gunawardhana
Campus Representative: Anne Wallen

Jackson Butler
Institution Name: Washington University in St Louis
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics. Conduct research in condensed matter physics in the private sector.
Mentor(s): Erik Henriksen
Campus Representative: Grizelda McClelland

Emma Cosner
Institution Name: University of Kansas
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a Ph.D. in Chemistry in order to conduct chemical and particle physics research at a national lab and then pursue a career as an astronaut.
Mentor(s): James Blakemore, Julie Leseberg,
Campus Representative: Anne Wallen

Chiu Fan Bowen Lo
Institution Name: Columbia University in the City of New York
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a PhD in Condensed Matter and conduct research in topological and geometric aspects of condensed matter physics. I will also teach and mentor students as a university professor.
Mentor(s): Hoi Chun Po, Alex McLeod, Dmitri Basov
Campus Representative: Ariella Lang

Jonah Stiel
Institution Name: University of Kansas
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I will earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry and conduct research on environmentally beneficial catalysis at a research intensive university or a national laboratory.
Mentor(s): James Blakemore, Wade Henke,
Campus Representative: Anne Wallen

Brynn Wooten
Institution Name: Fort Hays State University
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: Earn a PhD specializing in paleobiology. Conduct research studying paleoecology and niche evolution, while teaching at a university with a natural history museum.
Mentor(s): Ian Miller, Tyler Lyson, Lorelei Patrick
Campus Representative: Lexey Bartlett

Kentucky

Kayli Bolton
Institution Name: University of Kentucky
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I want to pursue a Ph.D. in biochemistry. My goal is to conduct research in the biomedical sciences by investigating diseases such as cancer in an industry or academic setting.
Mentor(s): Matthew Gentry, Jessica Macedo, Zoe Simmons
Campus Representative: Pat Whitlow

Jackson Burns
Institution Name: University of Delaware
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Science should be accessible and sustainable – I want to forward this idea by becoming a professor and creating open-source projects which replace resource-intensive experimentation with simulation.
Mentor(s): Katerina Korch, Feiyang Xu, Donald Watson
Campus Representative: Lauren Barsky

Jack Dorman
Institution Name: Purdue University-Main Campus
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: PhD in Microbiology. Research the molecular ecology and evolution of emerging Hantavirus pathogens.
Mentor(s): Giovanna Carpi
Campus Representative: Veronica Schirm

Andrew Elliott
Institution Name: Eastern Kentucky University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: MD/Ph.D. with a focus in Oncology and a Ph.D in toxicology. I seek to specifically research peptide targeting of cytotoxic chemotherapies, and to investigate metabolic anti- tumor therapies.
Mentor(s): Margaret Ndinguri, Stephanie McSpirit,
Campus Representative: Randi Polk

Zoe Hert
Institution Name: University of Kentucky
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Research disease ecology of wild non-human primates and contribute to conservation and public health initiatives in primate-range countries.
Mentor(s): David Weisrock, Mariah Donohue,
Campus Representative: Pat Whitlow

Carly Karrick
Institution Name: University of Kentucky
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Marine Sciences. Research coral microbiomes and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): David Weisrock, Mariah Donohue,
Campus Representative: Pat Whitlow

Louisiana

Kaitlyn Birkhoff
Institution Name: University of Southern Mississippi
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry with an emphasis in Medicinal Chemistry. Conduct research in pharmaceutical drug synthesis
Mentor(s): Matthew G. Donahue
Campus Representative: Carlee Causey

Rohin Gilman
Institution Name: Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I want to get a Ph. D. in Mathematics and to conduct research and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Frank Neubrander
Campus Representative: Drew Lamonica Arms

Ethan Naquin
Institution Name: Nicholls State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Genomics. Conduct research on novel genetic therapies and diagnostics and see patients in the clinical setting.
Mentor(s): Ramaraj Boopathy, John Doucet,
Campus Representative: Glenn Lo

Maine

Jacob Cote
Institution Name: University of Maine
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Microbiology. Conduct research in the application and development of phage therapy as a viable medical treatment to combat antibiotic resistance.
Mentor(s): Sally Molloy, Melissa Maginnnis, Edward Bernard
Campus Representative: Robert Wheeler

Samuel Mercer
Institution Name: University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Obtain a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Conduct research in nanotechnology for applications in energy production processes while teaching at the university level.
Mentor(s): Nan Yi, Timothy Carlin,
Campus Representative: Jeanne Sokolowski

Anthony Yanez
Institution Name: Bowdoin College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My goal is to earn an MD-PhD with a graduate degree in neuroscience. I hope to use this degree to pursue a career as a physician-scientist.
Mentor(s): Dr. Patsy S. Dickinson, Dr. Hadley Horch, Dr. Thomas Pietraho
Campus Representative: Corey Colwill

Maryland

Sanketh Andhavarapu
Institution Name: University of Maryland-College Park
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD in neuroscience. Conduct laboratory and translational research to formulate therapies for neurological diseases using insights from my clinical practice at an academic medical institution.
Mentor(s): Tapas Makar, Volodymr Gerzanich, Quincy Tran
Campus Representative: Robert Infantino

Rita Anoh
Institution Name: Mount St. Mary’s University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to attain a PhD in Biochemistry and conduct biochemical research as a lead scientist in a laboratory, while mentoring young aspiring research students like myself.
Mentor(s): Patrick Lombardi, Garth Patterson, Christine McCauslin
Campus Representative: Jamie Gianoutsous

Zoe Behrman
Institution Name: Salisbury University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I aspire to attain my MD-PhD in molecular microbiology and immunology. I hope to lead a translational research laboratory producing therapeutics for patients experiencing autoimmune diseases.
Mentor(s): Jessica Clark, Lindley Bark, Bethany Shivers
Campus Representative: Matthew Bailey

Christian Ciattei
Institution Name: Salisbury University
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: Obtain a Ph.D. in Geography. Conduct research on spatial patterns of human-mammal interactions and teach as a research professor at a university.
Mentor(s): Andrea Presotto, Arthur Lembo, Mara Chen
Campus Representative: Matthew Bailey

Naveen Durvasula
Institution Name: University of California-Berkeley
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in computer science, specializing in theory and artificial intelligence. Develop tools with the potential to impact many as a professor of computer science.
Mentor(s): Aravind Srinivasan, John Dickerson,
Campus Representative: Alicia Hayes

Jazmine Grant
Institution Name: Howard University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. specializing in Anesthesiology and Pharmacology. Conduct translational research in neuropharmacology with a focus on drug addiction and pain management.
Mentor(s): Kimberlei Richardson
Campus Representative: Theon Gruber Ford

Kevin Jiang
Institution Name: University of California-Los Angeles
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Bioinformatics. I hope to lead a lab researching innovative patient-based therapies for cancer using multiomics data.
Mentor(s): Jonathan Braun, David Frank, Alexander Hoffmann
Campus Representative: Rebecca Blustein

Gerson Kroiz
Institution Name: University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in applied mathematics and use my technical skills in high-performance computing, big data, and mathematics to develop models and simulations for biomedical applications.
Mentor(s): Matthias Gobbert, Timothy Blattner, Dan Shiber
Campus Representative: April Householder

Kaitlynn Lilly
Institution Name: University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I aspire to a PhD in applied mathematics. I aim to conduct research at the forefront of the applied dynamical systems field, while also inspiring the next generation of female scientists.
Mentor(s): Jason Howell, Justin Webster, David Sanders
Campus Representative: April Householder

Karan Luthria
Institution Name: University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. in computational biology and aspire to lead a research team in developing computational tools to improve our understanding, diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.
Mentor(s): Maricel Kann, Nils Gehlenborg, Olivier Bodenreider
Campus Representative: April Householder

Jocelyn Mathew
Institution Name: University of Rochester
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Earn an M.D./Ph.D. in Cancer Immunology, develop and improve upon cancer-specific immunotherapies, and mentor future researchers.
Mentor(s): Todd Armstrong, Bradley Mills, Matthew Gubin
Campus Representative: Belinda Redden

Joseph McCalmon
Institution Name: Wake Forest University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: I want to develop new deep learning methods at a university with the platform and resources to promote my work and its applications with the world, while teaching eager young students about the field.
Mentor(s): Sarra Alqahtani, Victor Paúl Pauca,
Campus Representative: Jackie Sheridan

Hanna Porter
Institution Name: Harvey Mudd College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry or Materials Science. Conduct materials science research investigating new solutions to energy storage and novel renewable energy sources to combat climate change.
Mentor(s): Hal Van Ryswyk, Tom Donnelly, Ann Esin
Campus Representative: Carissa Saugstad

Naveen Raman
Institution Name: University of Maryland-College Park
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in computer science. I plan to become a professor and research the fairness of artificial intelligence algorithms in critical fields such as criminal justice, job markets, and health care.
Mentor(s): John Dickerson, Aravind Srinivasan, Bogdan Vasilescu
Campus Representative: Robert Infantino

Ella Rockafellow
Institution Name: University of Maryland-College Park
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in physics, specializing in experimental intense laser/matter interactions. My primary interest is in experimenting with new laser technology to identify applications and discoveries.
Mentor(s): Howard Milchberg, Daniel Woodbury, Robert Schwartz
Campus Representative: Robert Infantino

Kirsten Snyder
Institution Name: College of Charleston
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D in neuroscience. I plan to conduct research in molecular and behavioral neuroscience with clinical applications, studying neuronal plasticity underlying psychological disorders.
Mentor(s): Brando Hughes, Jennifer Chua, Elizabeth Meyer-Bernstein
Campus Representative: Jesslyn Collins-Frohlich

Anna Stevenson
Institution Name: The University of Alabama
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Conduct research in sustainable alternative energy sources for low-emission vehicles and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Joshua Bittle, Ajay Agrawal, Shane Sharpe
Campus Representative: C. Heath Turner

John Talbott
Institution Name: Elizabethtown College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I will earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry, conducting research synthesizing biologically active compounds, increasing understanding of RNA and work as a Principal Investigator developing therapeutic drugs.
Mentor(s): James MacKay
Campus Representative: Jean-Paul Benowitz

Massachusetts

Colby Agostino
Institution Name: Providence College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to earn a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and conduct interdisciplinary research at the crossroads of chemistry, biology, and computer science as a faculty member of a Research I university.
Mentor(s): Kathleen Cornely, Seann Mulcahy, Darra Mulderry
Campus Representative: Kathleen Cornely

Yasa Baig
Institution Name: Duke University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in biological physics. I aim to develop mathematical theory and computational methods describing emergent phenomena in biological systems, ultimately teaching at the university level.
Mentor(s): William Gilpin, Lingchong You, John Mercer
Campus Representative: Barbara Wise

Daniel Caballero
Institution Name: Boston University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics. Conduct research in Cosmology and nonlinear dynamics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Clarence Eugene Wayne
Campus Representative: Jeffrey Berg

Mara Casebeer
Institution Name: University of California-San Diego
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biological Physics. Conduct research in experimental and computational biophysics, publish results, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Dimitri Deheyn, Kyle Thackson, Bennett Ibey
Campus Representative: David Artis

Louis Golowich
Institution Name: Harvard University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in computer science or related field. Perform research and teach at the university level in theoretical computer science or applied math to solve interdisciplinary problems with a broad impact.
Mentor(s): Scott Kominers, Shengwu Li, Ravi Jagadeesan
Campus Representative: Gregory Llacer

Emma Keeler
Institution Name: University of Pennsylvania
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Microbiology. Conduct interdisciplinary research to elucidate the molecular mechanisms that underlie viral infection.
Mentor(s): Frederic Bushman, Virginia Edgcomb, Jeffrey Gerber
Campus Representative: Wallace Genser

Ashlyn Grace Kelly
Institution Name: Bridgewater State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct basic and translational research on neurodegenerative diseases at a major academic hospital.
Mentor(s): Kenneth W. Adams, Bradley T. Hyman, Saritha Nellutla
Campus Representative: Saritha Nellutla

Rachel McGinn
Institution Name: Tufts University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. I plan to continue conducting research on hard-to-treat diseases such as cancer, with a focus on developing novel therapeutics for their treatment.
Mentor(s): Madeleine Oudin, Jackson Fatherree, David Kaplan
Campus Representative: Anne Moore

Benjamin Morris
Institution Name: Middlebury College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology or Biomedical Sciences and eventually conduct research in biomedical sciences at a university, medical school, or hospital.
Mentor(s): Jeff Lichtman, Nagaraju Dhanyasi, Greg Pask
Campus Representative: Lisa Gates

Philip Onffroy
Institution Name: Bucknell University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. I plan to pursue a career researching sustainable materials in a national laboratory or a research and development arm of an innovative materials organization.
Mentor(s): Katsuyuki Wakabayashi
Campus Representative: Margaret Marr

Sayde Perry
Institution Name: Pomona College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Translational Biomedical Science. Conduct research in biomedical science and pursue a career in academia.
Mentor(s): Jane Liu
Campus Representative: Mal Riggio

Parker Rule
Institution Name: Tufts University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in computer science. Conduct research in algorithms and data science and teach at the university level or pursue industrial research.
Mentor(s): Moon Duchin, Diane Souvaine,
Campus Representative: Anne Moore

Nicholas Sbalbi
Institution Name: University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Materials Science or Chemical Engineering. Conduct research involving the manipulation of microscale structure to tune macroscale material properties.
Mentor(s): Laura Bradley, Peter Beltramo, Sarah Perry
Campus Representative: Madalina Akli

Julius Tabin
Institution Name: University of Chicago
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D in Evolutionary Biology. Conduct biological research, particularly in the field of animal behavior, and teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Mentor(s): Nicolas Rohner, Neil Shubin, Katelyn Mika
Campus Representative: Nichole Fazio

Sarah True
Institution Name: University of Massachusetts-Boston
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Computational Physics. My goal is to develop and utilize advanced computational methods for conducting research on topics surrounding quantum physics.
Mentor(s): Alioscia Hamma, Rahul Kulkarni,
Campus Representative: Alioscia Hamma

Myles Wagner
Institution Name: University of Rhode Island
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Obtain a Ph.D. in Marine Biology with a focus in Genomics. Conduct meaningful, applicable research to inform conservation and create a positive impact for coral reefs and the ocean.
Mentor(s): Carlos Prada, Matias Gomez-Corrales,
Campus Representative: David Heskett

Cameron Young
Institution Name: Northeastern University
Field of Study: Medicine
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. I aspire to develop the next generation of personalized cancer therapeutics.
Mentor(s): Adrienne Randolph, Giovanni Traverso, Ambika G. Bajpayee
Campus Representative: Jonna Iacono

Renos Zabounidis
Institution Name: University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Cognitive Machine Learning. Conduct research in the intersections between Statistics, Machine Learning, and Cognitive Science.
Mentor(s): Ina Fiterau, Katia Sycara, Hava Siegelmann
Campus Representative: Madalina Akli

Michigan

Yasmeen Berry
Institution Name: Henry Ford College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience; I aspire to become a principal investigator that is at the forefront of neurodegenerative disease treatment within a leading clinical research hospital.
Mentor(s): Matthias Truttmann, Gregory Karapetian,
Campus Representative: Laura Yeakel

Anjini Chandra
Institution Name: California Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and later conduct research in fluid mechanics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Lydia Bourouiba, Sergio Pellegrino, Evangelyn C. Alocilja
Campus Representative: Kristin Weyman

Micah Fernando
Institution Name: Grand Valley State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry or Virology. Lead internationally collaborative translational research to develop novel therapies to fight diseases developing countries face.
Mentor(s): Brad Wallar, Rachel Powers,
Campus Representative: Susan Mendoza

Henry Fleischmann
Institution Name: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research at the frontier of mathematics and computer science as a university professor or industry researcher.
Mentor(s): Brendan Rooney, Sarah Koch, Stephen DeBacker
Campus Representative: Henry Dyson

John Haviland
Institution Name: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I intend to pursue a PhD in mathematics, specifically in the field of algebraic topology, and obtain an academic research position at a university.
Mentor(s): Steven J Miller, Sarah Koch,
Campus Representative: Henry Dyson

Megan He
Institution Name: Yale University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering. Conduct research on atmospheric chemistry and air quality, inform environmental policy, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Drew Gentner, Jenna Ditto, John Liggio
Campus Representative: Emma-Jane Rose

Willem Hoogendam
Institution Name: Calvin University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astronomy or Astrophysics. Conduct theoretical astronomy research and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Jason Smolinski
Campus Representative: Christopher Hartemink

Charles Hultquist
Institution Name: Michigan State University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in experimental physics. I hope to conduct research in physics using a variety of emerging computational techniques in an academic setting.
Mentor(s): Remco Zegers, Jeanne Wald,
Campus Representative: Matt Zierler

Sophie Kriz
Institution Name: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I intend to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics. I hope to eventually teach and do research as a faculty member at a research university.
Mentor(s): Andrew Snowden
Campus Representative: Henry Dyson

Fenton Lawler
Institution Name: Calvin University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neural Engineering. Work as a professor conducting research at the interface of neurology and engineering while mentoring university students.
Mentor(s): Douglas Vander Griend, Christopher Hartemink, Carolyn Anderson
Campus Representative: Christopher Hartemink

Andrew McDonald
Institution Name: Michigan State University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Advance frontiers of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) by pursuing a PhD and career in academic research. Apply ML & AI in the fight against climate change.
Mentor(s): Vaibhav Srivastava, Laura Dillon, Sebnem Onsay
Campus Representative: Matt Zierler

Chloe Pestrue
Institution Name: Central Michigan University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Earn a Ph.D. in Human Genetics and conduct research in biomedical science at an academic medical center.
Mentor(s): Jennifer Schisa, Elizabeth Breton,
Campus Representative: Maureen Harke

Karthik Ravi
Institution Name: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I intend to pursue an MD/PhD and work as a research scientist in the field of pediatric neuro-oncology at an academic research institution.
Mentor(s): Carl Koschmann, Allen Flynn, Arumugam Jayakumar
Campus Representative: Henry Dyson

Minnesota

Maxwell Bannister
Institution Name: Augsburg University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD-PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology with a medical specialty that augments my research. Lead an interdisciplinary research team contributes to basic and translational science.
Mentor(s): Hai Dang Nguyen, Leon van Eck,
Campus Representative: Dixie Shafer

Hannah Bodmer
Institution Name: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Master’s and PhD degrees in Entomology to become a research scientist and professor at a university.
Mentor(s): Leonard C. Ferrington Jr.
Campus Representative: Timothy Jones

Brian Carrick
Institution Name: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Lead a polymer research group to produce functionalized polymeric materials from renewable feedstocks and explore eco-friendly, catalytic decomposition of plastics.
Mentor(s): Timothy P. Lodge, Claire L. Seitzinger,
Campus Representative: Timothy Jones

Eleanor Casement
Institution Name: Tulane University of Louisiana
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Conduct research on coral reef ecosystems and conservation, work as a scientific diver and field biologist, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Jordan Karubian, Katie Ferris, Dorothy Cheruiyot
Campus Representative: Jennifer Beers

Lauren Davis
Institution Name: Clemson University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Obtain a PhD in Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis on biomaterials and their mechanics. Improve biomaterial properties of medical devices with the goal of creating implants that last a lifetime.
Mentor(s): Melinda Harman
Campus Representative: Robyn Curtis

Caden Gunnarson
Institution Name: Gustavus Adolphus College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: PhD in Chemistry. I intend to apply computer and data science techniques to chemistry research in industrial or government settings.
Mentor(s): Dwight Stoll, Tom Lauer,
Campus Representative: Pamela Kittelson

Lily Hall
Institution Name: University of Minnesota-Duluth
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My career goals are to attain a Ph.D. in Ecology, conduct research in mammal spatial ecology, and work with the next generation of scientists as a university professor.
Mentor(s): Allen F. Mensinger, Monte Stewart,
Campus Representative: Brian Hinderliter

Olivia Kannas
Institution Name: Drake University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in pharmacology or biochemistry. Conduct research in an industry setting and become a leader in pharmaceutical research and drug development.
Mentor(s): Brian Gentry, Mark Vitha,
Campus Representative: Gholam Mirafzal

Elizabeth Kiffmeyer
Institution Name: Augustana University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct research on neurological disorders and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Alexander Kloth, Patrick Ronan, Lisa Baye
Campus Representative: Andrew Klose

Jenny Wan
Institution Name: California Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D in Astrophysics. Uncover the fundamental workings of the Universe through research in observational cosmology and high energy phenomena, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Steven Allen, Adam Mantz, Jack Sayers
Campus Representative: Kristin Weyman

Sarah Weinshel
Institution Name: Swarthmore College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. with a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology. Become a physician scientist leading a research laboratory studying molecular mechanisms related to human health.
Mentor(s): Nick Kaplinsky, Sharon Xiangwen Xie,
Campus Representative: Melissa Mandos

Jahmaine Renzo Yambing
Institution Name: Carleton College
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: PhD in Earth Sciences. Conduct research on multiproxy reconstructions of Cenozoic paleoclimates and carbon sequestration technologies, and mentor future Earth scientists at the university level.
Mentor(s): Daniel Maxbauer, Nathalie Gookin, Wei-Hsin Fu
Campus Representative: Marynel Ryan Van Zee

Mississippi

Zachary Ahmad
Institution Name: University of Southern Mississippi
Field of Study: Materials Research
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Polymer Science. I intend to pursue an academic career at a research-driven university so that I can lead research efforts that contribute to the electrical performance of flexible materials.
Mentor(s): Xiaodan Gu, Luke Galuska, Song Zhang
Campus Representative: Carlee Causey

Reese Dunne
Institution Name: Mississippi State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Conduct interdisciplinary research on biomedical-based projects and ultimately teach at a major research university.
Mentor(s): Muyinatu Lediju Bell, Dipangkar Dutta, Matthew Priddy
Campus Representative: Thomas Anderson

Qing Li
Institution Name: University of Mississippi
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D in Chemistry. Lead a research group in electron transfer materials at a National Laboratory.
Mentor(s): Jared Delcamp, Nathan Hammer, Jacqueline Gayton
Campus Representative: Vivian Ibrahim

Alyssa Necaise
Institution Name: University of Southern Mississippi
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering. Work as a lead research and development engineer developing polymeric aerospace composites.
Mentor(s): Jeffrey Wiggins, Glenn Dale, Heather Broadhead
Campus Representative: Carlee Causey

Hails Tanaka
Institution Name: College of Charleston
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Marine Sciences with a focus on the interactions between organisms and the environment. I will conduct research in the marine sciences and work as faculty at a research university.
Mentor(s): Robert Poldolsky
Campus Representative: Jesslyn Collins-Frohlich

Austin Wallace
Institution Name: University of Mississippi
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry. I aim to develop computational tools and methods to guide experiments and facilitate data processing at a national research institute.
Mentor(s): Ryan Fortenberry
Campus Representative: Vivian Ibrahim

Missouri

Ilakkia Anabayan
Institution Name: Emory University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Join an academic center to conduct neurotrauma research, participate in neurocritical care, and mentor junior investigators and clinicians.
Mentor(s): Stuart Friess, Susan Margulies, Tracy McGill
Campus Representative: Megan Friddle

Christian Cepeda
Institution Name: Stanford University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience with an 80/20 split in the lab and clinic. Conduct neuroimmunology research at an academic institution. Work and volunteer at a free clinic to help underserved populations.
Mentor(s): Lawrence Steinman, Sarah Osmundson, Paul Helquist
Campus Representative: Kristin Black

Jack Fletcher
Institution Name: Missouri University of Science and Technology
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering. Conduct research in nuclear science and engineering at a national laboratory.
Mentor(s): Joseph Graham, Stephen Eckel, Monica Gehrig
Campus Representative: Phillip Bode

Brandon Lee
Institution Name: University of Missouri-Columbia
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Plasma Physics. Work as a research scientist at a national laboratory or in industry to help make nuclear fusion a viable method of commercial power generation.
Mentor(s): Karl Hammond, Paul Chan, Sergei Kopeikin
Campus Representative: Rachel Newman

Rebecca Shyu
Institution Name: University of Missouri-Columbia
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics. Conduct research to improve health outcomes and inform policymaking and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Iris Zachary, Mirna Becevic, Ateev Mehrotra
Campus Representative: Rachel Newman

Montana

Laina Hall
Institution Name: Montana State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Microbiology. Conduct research in virology and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Blake Wiedenheft, Andrew Santiago-Frangos, Ilse-Mari Lee
Campus Representative: Ilse-Mari Lee

Frankie Johnston
Institution Name: Montana Tech of the University of Montana
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I will pursue a PhD in Applied Geophysics, and conduct research on how geomechanical properties of rock influence and react to seismicity, with the goal of creating an earthquake early warning system.
Mentor(s): Mary MacLaughlin, Brenda Canine, Paul Thale
Campus Representative: Marisa Pedulla

Pushya Krishna
Institution Name: Montana State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience. My goal is to conduct research on neurodegenerative disorders and to develop new clinical therapies to improve patient outcomes.
Mentor(s): Blake Wiedenheft, Andrew Santiago-Frangos, Ed Schmidt
Campus Representative: Ilse-Mari Lee

Elliott Pryor
Institution Name: Montana State University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a PhD in Computer Science, specifically focusing on machine learning algorithms inspired by nature. I then plan to conduct research and teach as a university professor.
Mentor(s): Sean Yaw, Brendan Mumey, John Sheppard
Campus Representative: Ilse-Mari Lee

James Unzaga
Institution Name: Montana State University-Billings
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I will earn a Ph.D. in Biomaterials Science. I will lead a research team with a focus on the development and application of bio-inspired materials as a professor at a research university.
Mentor(s): Dr. Matt Queen, Dr. Rhonda Dillman, Dr. David Butler
Campus Representative: David Craig

Nebraska

Sarah Alsuleiman
Institution Name: University of Nebraska at Omaha
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Immunology. Conduct biomedical research focusing on therapy development for infectious diseases.
Mentor(s): Paul Davis, Dana Richter-Egger, Mike Rolf
Campus Representative: Lucy Morrison

Grace Volk
Institution Name: University of North Carolina at Asheville
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I plan to obtain an M.D./Ph.D. in order to research an approach to antibiotic resistance by combining antibiotic discovery with biological solutions on the cellular level.
Mentor(s): Amanda Wolfe, Bert Holmes, Sally Wasileski
Campus Representative: Douglas Miller

Nevada

Ethan Lu
Institution Name: Carnegie Mellon University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a PhD in mathematics, conducting research in analysis, partial differential equations, and their applications, while also teaching at the university level.
Mentor(s): Keenan Crane, Ian Tice, Clinton Conley
Campus Representative: Brittany Allison

Jacob Molina
Institution Name: University of Nevada-Reno
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. in Physics. I aim to continue my research in experimental plasma physics and teach at a university level.
Mentor(s): Thomas G. White
Campus Representative: Erin Edgington

New Hampshire

Heather Ricker
Institution Name: Skidmore College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry with a focus on environmental chemistry and sustainability. Conduct and apply research on chemical solutions to anthropogenic climate change with a team of environmental engineers.
Mentor(s): Juan G. Navea, Angelina Leonardi,
Campus Representative: Marla Melito

Thomas Usherwood
Institution Name: Brown University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research and development to build biomedical devices for clinical use.
Mentor(s): Anubhav Tripathi, Vikas Srivastava, Jonathan Elliott
Campus Representative: Linda Dunleavy

New Jersey

Abdul-Rahman Azizogli
Institution Name: New Jersey Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computational Biology. Conduct computational research on drug interactions and teach computational biology courses at the university level.
Mentor(s): Vivek Kumar, Amanda Acevedo-Jake,
Campus Representative: John Carpinelli

Andrew Burke
Institution Name: University of Notre Dame
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I aspire to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics, to conduct research in geometric topology or algebraic geometry, and to teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Frank Connolly, Sam Evens,
Campus Representative: Jenny Smith

Joheen Chakraborty
Institution Name: Columbia University in the City of New York
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I will pursue research at the intersection of computing and astrophysics, using computational tools to assist with analysis of massive datasets and numerical simulations of complex physical systems.
Mentor(s): Frits Paerels, David Kipping, Glenn Orton
Campus Representative: Ariella Lang

Tai Wai Hu
Institution Name: Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I intend to earn a Ph.D. in Theoretical High Energy Physics. I hope to work on fundamental questions in particle physics as a PI at an academic or research institution.
Mentor(s): Eva Halkiadakis
Campus Representative: Arthur Casciato

Brian Jiang
Institution Name: Columbia University in the City of New York
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in astrophysics. Conduct research in cosmology and stellar evolution at the university level.
Mentor(s): Jeremiah Ostriker, John Hughes, Suntao Wang
Campus Representative: Ariella Lang

Soo Hyun Kim
Institution Name: Stanford University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I plan on pursuing a M.D./Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering to develop novel technologies for treatment of brain disorders and ultimately to conduct research and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Karl Deisseroth, Ritchie Chen, Aaron Gitler
Campus Representative: Kristin Black

Jacqueline Mehr
Institution Name: Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Neuroscience. Conduct translational research on the biochemical basis of psychiatric disorders to develop targeted and effective therapies.
Mentor(s): Morgan James, Hannah Bowrey, Gary Aston-Jones
Campus Representative: Arthur Casciato

Alexander Metcalf
Institution Name: Syracuse University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Conduct research in combustion, propulsion, and aeronautics within research and development branch of aerospace company or Department of Defense.
Mentor(s): Jeongmin Ahn, John Dannenhoffer, Dean Bryson
Campus Representative: Jolynn Parker

Michael O’Connor
Institution Name: Lafayette College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: PhD in Biochemistry. Conduct industrial pharmaceutical research on novel therapeutics.
Mentor(s): Heidi P. Hendrickson, James R. Dearworth,
Campus Representative: Julia Goldberg

Catherine Petretti
Institution Name: Villanova University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: My career goal is to become a theoretical astrophysicist. I plan to obtain a Ph.D. in Astrophysics, conduct research on cosmology and particle astrophysics, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Joey Neilsen, Vincent Fish, Kazunori Akiyama
Campus Representative: Catherine Stecyk

Charlotte Pollack
Institution Name: University of South Carolina-Columbia
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: MD and PhD in Medicinal Chemistry. Conduct research in drug discovery and biomedical science at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.
Mentor(s): Michael Shtutman, Melissa Moss, Zhengqing Fu
Campus Representative: Jennifer Bess

Harshini Raman
Institution Name: Wellesley College
Field of Study: Medicine
Career Goal: PhD in Neuroscience; MD, specialization in Psychiatry. Conduct research in Neuroscience and teach at a university hospital.
Mentor(s): Marc Tetel, Kalpana Acharya, Srikanth Gottipati
Campus Representative: Katherine Dailinger

Sreya Sanyal
Institution Name: New Jersey Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Cancer Biology. I plan to conduct translational research that optimizes and delivers novel cancer therapeutics and to teach at the graduate level.
Mentor(s): Vivek A. Kumar, Victoria Harbour, Zain Siddiqui
Campus Representative: John Carpinelli

Kevan Shah
Institution Name: Muhlenberg College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct research on the underpinnings of memory and their implications for Alzheimer’s dementia and related diseases.
Mentor(s): Donna Leonardi, Dr. Gretchen Gotthard, Dr. Sarah Canetta
Campus Representative: Joseph Keane

New Mexico

Ryla Cantergiani
Institution Name: University of New Mexico-Main Campus
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I intend to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Sciences, then conduct research in biomedical sciences at an R1 university. Along with research, I would like to teach at the university.
Mentor(s): Mark McCormick
Campus Representative: Kiyoko Simmons

Isabel Gallegos
Institution Name: Stanford University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science specializing in artificial intelligence. Use biomedical data science to build machine learning models to improve healthcare decision-making and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Edward S. Jimenez, Daniel Rubin, Juan Manuel Zambrano Chaves
Campus Representative: Kristin Black

Anna Janicek
Institution Name: University of New Mexico-Main Campus
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I aim to pursue an electrical engineering Ph.D. By researching plasma physics, I am working towards a career in directed energy as a chief scientist to help develop and support scientific novelties.
Mentor(s): Jennifer Elle, Andreas Schmitt-Sody, Edl Schamiloglu
Campus Representative: Kiyoko Simmons

Abigail Pribisova
Institution Name: University of New Mexico-Main Campus
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computer Science. Conduct research utilizing virtual modelling and machine learning to better understand biological processes and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Melanie Moses, Matthew Fricke, Emily Donahue
Campus Representative: Kiyoko Simmons

Sophia Salbato
Institution Name: University of New Mexico-Main Campus
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Earn a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences, with a concentration in cardiovascular physiology. Become the PI of my own research lab and mentor students at all levels of their science or medical careers.
Mentor(s): Jay Naik, Nancy Kanagy, Emily Morin
Campus Representative: Kiyoko Simmons

New York

Ahlenne Abreu
Institution Name: Smith College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology. Conduct biomedical science research for a biotechnology company and eventually open my own biotech company.
Mentor(s): Stylianos P. Scordilis, Kevin Shea, Leslie Nickerson
Campus Representative: Margaret Lamb

Brendan Barrow
Institution Name: Clarkson University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research in charge and energy dynamics at nanoscale interfaces.
Mentor(s): Dhara Trivedi, George Schatz, Jessica Nash
Campus Representative: Karyn Crispo

Nikita Borisov
Institution Name: Cornell University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Conduct research and teach as a professor of theoretical mathematics.
Mentor(s): Martin Kassabov, Mikhail Chebotar,
Campus Representative: Beth Fiori

Zora Che
Institution Name: Boston University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D. in computer science. Conduct research in machine learning and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Indara Suarez, Sang Chin, Daniel Sussman
Campus Representative: Jeffrey Berg

Marcy Forti
Institution Name: Union College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in developmental biology. Conduct biomedical research to advance veterinary medicine.
Mentor(s): Nicole Theodosiou
Campus Representative: Lynn Evans

Patrick Ihejirika
Institution Name: CUNY Brooklyn College
Field of Study: Psychology
Career Goal: Ph.D in Cognitive Neuroscience. Conduct research in Cognitive Neuroscience related to failures in memory encoding or retrieval and teach at the university level
Mentor(s): Matthew Crump, Louise Hainline, Alejandra Myerston Castillo
Campus Representative: Stephen Gracia

Alexa Jakob
Institution Name: Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. Develop climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions and advise policymakers on comprehensive climate programs.
Mentor(s): Mili Shah, Christopher Nicholls, Lisa Shay
Campus Representative: Christopher Chamberlin

Abiha Kazmi
Institution Name: CUNY Brooklyn College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Cancer Biology. I hope to elucidate therapeutically targetable mechanisms of cancer, as informed by clinical practice at an academic medical center, and to mentor aspiring scientists.
Mentor(s): Neil Vasan, Louis Levinger,
Campus Representative: Stephen Gracia

Anoop Kiran
Institution Name: University at Buffalo
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I aspire to earn a PhD. in Aerospace Engineering, focused on Aerodynamics and Fluids. My focus is to improve existing flight dynamics capabilities by serving at a national lab following my Ph.D.
Mentor(s): John Crassidis, Amin Karami, Aaron Estes
Campus Representative: Elizabeth Colucci

Quinn Kolt
Institution Name: Rochester Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. Perform research in operator algebras and inverse problems, give lectures, and provide academic support to students as a professor at the university level.
Mentor(s): Akhtar Khan, James Marengo, Olalekan Babaniyi
Campus Representative: Suzanne O’Handley

Ishaan Madan
Institution Name: Wheaton College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Conduct research in Astrobiology and collaborate in space exploration missions for ocean world environments – aiming to understand the emergence of precursors of life.
Mentor(s): Geoffrey Collins, Steven Viveiros, Janina Benoit
Campus Representative: Steven Viveiros

Arvind Mahankali
Institution Name: Carnegie Mellon University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: I plan to complete a Ph.D. in computer science, focusing on algorithms and machine learning. Afterwards, I plan to teach and conduct research in these topics at the university level.
Mentor(s): David P. Woodruff, Christopher R.H. Hanusa,
Campus Representative: Brittany Allison

Alexander Manduca
Institution Name: Saint Joseph’s University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astronautical Engineering. Conduct research and innovate in the field of astronautics and spacecraft navigation.
Mentor(s): Mark Devlin, Paul Angiolillo,
Campus Representative: Mark Reynolds

Veronica Martinez Castro
Institution Name: CUNY LaGuardia Community College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Conservation Biology. I would like to conduct research in behavioral ecology and the effects of habitat fragmentation in animal adaptations.
Mentor(s): Ingrid Veras, Joby jacob, Olga Calderón
Campus Representative: Howard Motoike

Julia Parsley
Institution Name: Columbia University in the City of New York
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: PhD. in molecular genetics. Become a professor at an R1 research institution and run my own lab investigating gene expression dysregulation in disease.
Mentor(s): James Manley, Laura Kaufman, Fay Ng
Campus Representative: Ariella Lang

Aliaksandra Reutovich
Institution Name: SUNY College at Potsdam
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in biomolecular science. Teach and conduct research in biomolecular science at the university level, and treat patients in a clinical setting.
Mentor(s): Fadi Bou-Abdallah
Campus Representative: Fadi Bou-Abdallah

Nicholas Richardson
Institution Name: Fairfield University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I aspire to earn a PhD in physics and conduct computational condensed matter physics research either at a national lab or in academia.
Mentor(s): Sokrates T. Pantelides, Andrew O’Hara,
Campus Representative: Kim Baer

Jillian Riveros
Institution Name: Wheaton College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I would like to be a physician in Pediatric Cardiology while conducting research around cardiovascular medicine.
Mentor(s): Yaa Kumah-Crystal, Christopher Kalberg, Janina Benoit
Campus Representative: Steven Viveiros

Karen San Agustin
Institution Name: New York University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I intend to obtain a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and pursue research on the molecular and neural pathways involved in the consolidation and retrieval of memories.
Mentor(s): Prerana Shrestha, Chiye Aoki, Anthony Movshon
Campus Representative: Kurt Davies

Andrew Sullivan
Institution Name: Columbia University in the City of New York
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. I hope to become a university faculty member and perform computational and theoretical research in the field of gravitational physics.
Mentor(s): Szabolcs Márka, Vesna Gasperov, Robert A. DiStasio
Campus Representative: Ariella Lang

Helena Treiber
Institution Name: Amherst College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Research and teach at the university level after completing a postdoctoral fellowship.
Mentor(s): Katherine Follette, Georgios Vasilopoulos, Kimberly Ward-Duong
Campus Representative: Christine Overstreet

Tara Venkatadri
Institution Name: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: PhD in Aerospace Engineering. Conduct research that advances the field of space exploration and helps humanity travel to and learn more about the planets around us.
Mentor(s): Tal Cohen, Richard Linares, Peter James
Campus Representative: Catherine Kim

North Carolina

Hollis Akins
Institution Name: Grinnell College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Conduct research in galaxy evolution in a cosmological context using computational methods, and teach at the college level.
Mentor(s): Charlotte R. Christensen, Desika Narayanan, Don Smith
Campus Representative: Ann Landstrom

Anna Altmann
Institution Name: Elon University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I hope to obtain a PhD in environmental chemistry and work in a lab researching environmental remediation and water quality.
Mentor(s): Justin Clar
Campus Representative: Ann Cahill

Daniel Chabeda
Institution Name: Yale University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry. Conduct computational research in inorganic chemistry and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Ray Kelly, Victor S. Batista,
Campus Representative: Emma-Jane Rose

Grace Dessert
Institution Name: Duke University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct research at the intersection of industry and medicine in neural engineering and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Warren Grill, Brandon Thio, Gene Yeo
Campus Representative: Barbara Wise

Matthew Duggan
Institution Name: University of South Carolina-Columbia
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I aspire to earn a Ph.D. in Computational Biology. My research will develop the bond between ecological and computational biology, focusing on the link between fauna behavior and human pressures.
Mentor(s): Timothy Mousseau, Nathan Senner, Michael Hodgson
Campus Representative: Jennifer Bess

Katelyn Groenhout
Institution Name: Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Conduct research in electrochemistry and renewable energy storage technology.
Mentor(s): Paul Kohl, Jared Delcamp, Garrett Huang
Campus Representative: Karen Mura

Alexandra Martinez Lopez
Institution Name: Wellesley College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I aspire to become a Physician-Scientist studying Neuroscience or Neuroimmunology at a research hospital investigating novel therapeutic targets for neuroimmunological and autoimmune diseases.
Mentor(s): Gregory F. Wu MD PhD, Barbara Beltz PhD, Jack Taylor MD PhD
Campus Representative: Katherine Dailinger

Andrew Mistele
Institution Name: North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: M.S/Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering. Conduct research in applied aerodynamics and flight vehicle design in an industry research and development setting.
Mentor(s): Arun Vishnu Suresh Babu, Ashok Gopalarathnam, Morgan Funderburk
Campus Representative: Courtney Hughes

Karna Morey
Institution Name: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. I aim to use science to help make the world a better place and to teach and do research at the university level.
Mentor(s): Anna-Christina Eilers, Bryan Fichera, Zachary Nasipak
Campus Representative: Catherine Kim

Elliot Paul
Institution Name: East Carolina University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Pursue a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering focusing on biomechanics and use this expertise to design and develop orthopedic medical devices.
Mentor(s): Ali Vahdati, Todd Fraley, Stacey Meardon
Campus Representative: Todd Fraley

Ashley Peake
Institution Name: Wake Forest University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics. I intend to conduct mathematics research for a non-profit or government agency with an emphasis on social impact applications addressing systemic inequality.
Mentor(s): Sarra Alqahtani, Paul Pauca, Corey O’Hern
Campus Representative: Jackie Sheridan

Rachel Richards
Institution Name: North Carolina A & T State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Microbiology & Immunology. Conduct research on infectious diseases and implement preventative measures against future outbreaks & provide community resources for underserved communities.
Mentor(s): Liesl Jeffers-Francis, Marta M. Gaglia, Sunny Shin
Campus Representative: Alsace-Lorraine Gallop

Paloma Ruiz
Institution Name: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My goal is to earn a Ph.D. in genetics with a focus on computational genomics. I would like to conduct research and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Brian Strahl, Christopher Petell, Richard Watkins
Campus Representative: Inger Brodey

Beth Ryan
Institution Name: Ithaca College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Biology or Medicinal Chemistry. Conduct pharmaceutical research within the US Army Medical Service Corps and eventually teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Scott Ulrich, Te-Wen Lo,
Campus Representative: Stacia Zabusky

Anja Sheppard
Institution Name: The University of Texas at Dallas
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Robotics. Research autonomous robotic sensing and perception in a government institution order to support United States space exploration.
Mentor(s): Mark Spong, Severin Lemaignan, Brandon Lloyd
Campus Representative: Douglas Dow

Ohio

Colin Beach
Institution Name: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Obtaining a PhD in Chemical Biology to focus on advancing public health through awareness, education, and development of innovative genetic disease treatments.
Mentor(s): Dr. Robert Lober, Dr. Mark Brandt, Dr. Alfred Tuley
Campus Representative: William Weiner

Emma Becker
Institution Name: Kenyon College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct research in medical science and drug discovery, and teach at a university level.
Mentor(s): Mo Hunsen, Yutan Getzler, Yan Zhang
Campus Representative: Madeline Wade

Joseph Beckett
Institution Name: University of Dayton
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Conduct research in experimental mechanics at a national lab or federal research center.
Mentor(s): Robert Lowe
Campus Representative: Laura Cotten

Esther Bedoyan
Institution Name: Carnegie Mellon University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I intend to attain a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering. I aspire to conduct innovative research into medical devices, direct my own lab, mentor students, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Maysam Chamanzar, Dustin Tyler, Shawn Kelly
Campus Representative: Brittany Allison

Jacob Connolly
Institution Name: University of Toledo
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: After completing my undergraduate degree I plan to continue my education to attain both an M.D. and a Ph.D. I plan to use these degrees to advance research in the field of neurodegenerative disorders.
Mentor(s): David Kennedy, Steven Haller,
Campus Representative: Jonathan Bossenbroek

Nicole Hess
Institution Name: Ohio University-Main Campus
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Science. I will lead a research group as a principal investigator in a university medical research center specializing in auditory mechanisms to prevent and address hearing loss.
Mentor(s): Soichi Tanda, Erin Murphy,
Campus Representative: Christopher Lewis

Bret Lane
Institution Name: Ohio Northern University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering. Conduct research in propulsion technologies and perhaps teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Hui Shen, Jed Marquart, Sami Labban
Campus Representative: Christopher Bowers

Alice Lo
Institution Name: Case Western Reserve University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Cancer Biology. Conduct research to understand the tumor microenvironment and find possible immunotherapies to treat cancer. Mentor the next generation of scientists at an R1 university.
Mentor(s): Justin Lathia, Defne Bayik, Susan Burden-Gulley
Campus Representative: Amanda McCarthy

Emily Marino
Institution Name: Ohio University-Main Campus
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My goal is to earn a Ph.D. in microbiology, run my own lab as a university professor to solve problems such as antibiotic resistance, and have the opportunity to mentor and teach young scientists.
Mentor(s): Rebecca Keogh, Ronan Carroll, Rachel Zapf
Campus Representative: Christopher Lewis

Sanjeeth Rajaram
Institution Name: University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
Field of Study: Medicine
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Immunology. Conduct basic/translational research on autoimmunity at a collaborative academic medical center to create therapies for immunological disease.
Mentor(s): Ayad Ali, Stephen Waggoner,
Campus Representative: Jenny Hyest

Emma Rice
Institution Name: Ohio University-Main Campus
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: The overarching goal in my professional life is to earn a PhD in Physics and investigate nuclear structure as a staff scientist at a national laboratory.
Mentor(s): Heather L. Crawford, Augusto O. Macchiavelli,
Campus Representative: Christopher Lewis

Samuel Schwartz
Institution Name: Wake Forest University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: My career goal is to obtain a Ph.D in Molecular Biology and conduct research to elucidate mechanisms of biological communication between microbes.
Mentor(s): Sheri Floge
Campus Representative: Jackie Sheridan

Mitchell Ticoras
Institution Name: Ohio State University-Main Campus
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics. Conduct research on plant metabolism and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Patrice Hamel, Nitya Subrahmanian, Anita Hopper
Campus Representative: Corey Efron

Eduardo Williams-Medina
Institution Name: Case Western Reserve University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Cancer Biology. Conduct research that investigates the relationship between nutrition and cancer to treat cancer effectively. Develop initiatives that diversify the research field.
Mentor(s): Ruth Keri, Bryan Webb,
Campus Representative: Amanda McCarthy

Oklahoma

Minna Apostolova
Institution Name: Vanderbilt University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in immunology. Develop cancer T cell-based immunotherapies at a medical research center. Ethically and affordably commercialize such therapies and engage in scientific communication and policy.
Mentor(s): Mary Philip, Jessica Roetman, Carlos R. Detres-Roman
Campus Representative: Elizabeth Harrington Lambert

Aanahita Ervin
Institution Name: University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Pursue a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Conduct environmentally focused research to contribute to environmental policy change while teaching at a university and mentoring under-represented students.
Mentor(s): Sepideh Razavi, Elton Lima Correia,
Campus Representative: Brian Johnson

Ann Marie Flusche
Institution Name: University of Tulsa
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./ Ph.D. in Cancer Biology. Conduct research on brain tumors and work in the neuro-oncology department at an academic medical center.
Mentor(s): Robert Sheaff, Estelle Levetin, Sahib Khalsa
Campus Representative: Denise Dutton

Ashley Gin
Institution Name: Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in immunology and infectious disease and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.). Conduct research on zoonotic diseases at a national laboratory to bridge and advance animal and human medicine.
Mentor(s): Glenn Zhang, Susannah Rankin, Melanie Whitmore
Campus Representative: Jessica Sullins

Collin Thornton
Institution Name: Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Controls Engineering. Conduct research in the automation and control of unmanned vehicles in government or industry research labs.
Mentor(s): He Bai, Jamey Jacob, Jemin George
Campus Representative: Jessica Sullins

Alexis Vance
Institution Name: Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, conduct research in spacecraft design and planetary science, supporting future deep space exploration vehicle development.
Mentor(s): Jamey Jacob, Brian Elbing, Daniel Bowman
Campus Representative: Jessica Sullins

Oregon

Mikala Capage
Institution Name: University of Oregon
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to obtain a Ph. D in molecular biology and run a lab at a research university, conducting basic research to understand how epigenetic traits, genetic mutations, and the environment interact.
Mentor(s): David Garcia
Campus Representative: Kevin Hatfield

Sarah Emsley
Institution Name: Southern Oregon University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I seek to obtain a PhD in Immunology to support a career in translational medical research. I hope to improve treatment and vaccine options to combat infectious diseases.
Mentor(s): Patrick Videau, Brie Paddock, Mark Koyack
Campus Representative: Patrick Videau

Emily Gemmill
Institution Name: Oregon State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biophysics or Computational Biology to continue biomedical research and teach in an academic setting.
Mentor(s): Weihong Qiu, Kevin Brown, Melody Wilson
Campus Representative: LeAnn Joy Adam

Jonathan Meinhardt
Institution Name: Cornell University
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry researching synthetic methodology development. I plan to have an industrial career addressing issues of sustainability and efficiency in chemical synthesis.
Mentor(s): Song Lin, Jeffery Banning,
Campus Representative: Beth Fiori

Patrick Park
Institution Name: Reed College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics. Engage in research and education that supports U.S. nuclear science capabilities and is inclusive of younger students.
Mentor(s): Alison Crocker, Toria Ellis, Danyal Turkoglu
Campus Representative: Shania Siron

Alyssa Pratt
Institution Name: Oregon State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Computational Biology. Conduct research to predict molecular structures and lead a research group as principal investigator.
Mentor(s): David Hendrix
Campus Representative: LeAnn Joy Adam

Tegan Thurston
Institution Name: Oregon State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Earn an MD-PhD in biomedical engineering and lead a lab to develop engineering solutions for clinical settings.
Mentor(s): John V. Mathews, Xinhui Zhu, Michael Blouin
Campus Representative: LeAnn Joy Adam

Cindy Wong
Institution Name: Oregon State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Conduct research in energy storage, mentor students, and promote STEM outreach.
Mentor(s): Kelsey A. Stoerzinger, Willie E. ‘Skip’ Rochefort, Konstantinos A. Goulas
Campus Representative: LeAnn Joy Adam

Pennsylvania

Susan Adams
Institution Name: Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: My professional aspiration is to obtain a PhD in marine geophysics and conduct research at a federal geophysical marine laboratory.
Mentor(s): Jonathan C. Lewis
Campus Representative: Deanne Snavely

Jordan Ando
Institution Name: Swarthmore College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences or related field. Conduct research and work on a space mission, as well as teach at a university level.
Mentor(s): Peter Collings, Marisa Palucis, David Cohen
Campus Representative: Melissa Mandos

Leo Battalora
Institution Name: Temple University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Robotics. Conduct research in humanoid robotics utilizing machine learning to optimize movement while teaching at the university level and mentoring a high school robotics team.
Mentor(s): Joseph Picone, Li Bai, Yu-Feng Tseng
Campus Representative: Barbara Gorka

Lily Day
Institution Name: Villanova University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. in Molecular Ecology. I aim to investigate genes involved in climate change-driven evolution in order to advance understanding of the implications of a changing earth.
Mentor(s): Robert Curry, Dovid Kozlovsky, Dennis Wykoff
Campus Representative: Catherine Stecyk

Eilene Deng
Institution Name: Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Immunology or Molecular Biology. Research mechanisms of immunological diseases in order to improve therapeutics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): David Gilmour, Roberta Dollinger, Seung-Hee (Sally) Yoo
Campus Representative: Caitlin Ting

Mark Farino
Institution Name: University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in particle physics. Conduct research and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Vladimir Savinov
Campus Representative: David Fraser

Peter Forstmeier
Institution Name: Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Lead a nucleic acids laboratory to investigate molecular mechanisms of disease and their impact on physiology at a research hospital .
Mentor(s): Philip Bevilacqua, McCauley Meyer,
Campus Representative: Caitlin Ting

Asher Hancock
Institution Name: University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in aerospace engineering. Conduct research in developing efficient optimization methods for autonomous aerospace systems in either a university or government lab setting.
Mentor(s): Matthew Barry, Albert To, Paul Leu
Campus Representative: David Fraser

Marrissa Izykowicz
Institution Name: Salisbury University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: After obtaining a Ph.D. in chemical biology I will become the Principal Investigator of a research lab investigating the use of novel ligands to target and repair function of mutated oncogenes.
Mentor(s): Anthony J. Rojas, Matthew Bailey, Kristen Walten
Campus Representative: Matthew Bailey

Bryce Katch
Institution Name: Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in bioengineering. Use experimental and computational approaches to investigate biochemical phenomena relevant to human health at a biomedical research institution.
Mentor(s): Amie Boal, Pedro Rivera Pomales, Antonios Armaou
Campus Representative: Caitlin Ting

Ryan Kreiser
Institution Name: United States Military Academy
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I aspire to earn a Ph.D. in protein chemistry and become a principal investigator at a top-tier research university to teach and conduct research on protein misfolding diseases.
Mentor(s): Ryan Limbocker, H. Daniel Bahaghighat, Chi Nguyen
Campus Representative: James Bluman

Troy Larsen
Institution Name: Washington and Lee University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Mathematics. I hope to one day teach at the university level, conducting research in dynamical systems and serving as a mentor for undergraduate students in their academic endeavors.
Mentor(s): Cory Colbert, Elizabeth Denne,
Campus Representative: Matthew Loar

Talha Lone
Institution Name: Duquesne University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Genetics. Conduct research on lysosomal dysfunction with an emphasis on developing potential interventions relevant to rare genetic disorders, as well as teach and lead a research laboratory.
Mentor(s): Rana Zakerzadeh, Mona Eskandari, Stephen Montgomery
Campus Representative: Christine Pollock

Michele Meline
Institution Name: University of Pennsylvania
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I strive to obtain a M.D/Ph.D in Biochemistry. With this degree I would like to study the molecular mechanisms of disease and use this knowledge to develop therapies that are safe and effective.
Mentor(s): Jeremy Wilusz, Nebibe Mutlu,
Campus Representative: Wallace Genser

Shiker Nair
Institution Name: Johns Hopkins University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Lead a research team specializing in applying bioinformatics and computational biology to precision medicine.
Mentor(s): Nathanael Kuo, Andrew Gearhart, John Imredy
Campus Representative: Kathleen Barry

Natalia Orlovsky
Institution Name: Princeton University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Cell or Molecular Biology. Conduct research and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Amy Strom, Clifford Brangwynne, Steve Buratowski
Campus Representative: Deirdre Moloney

Jinhyung Park
Institution Name: Carnegie Mellon University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Machine Learning, conducting research in developing machine vision algorithms for constructing and developing stronger representations about the world.
Mentor(s): Kris Kitani, Bhiksha Raj Ramakrishnan, Andreas Zufle
Campus Representative: Brittany Allison

Vanessa Shehu
Institution Name: Bryn Mawr College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I will pursue a PhD in immunology and cancer biology. Given my family history and undergraduate research path, I aspire to investigate cancer therapeutics, with particular interest in immunotherapy.
Mentor(s): Adam Williamson, Monica Chander, Sanjeev Chawla
Campus Representative: Eleanor Stanford

Aaron Shoemaker
Institution Name: Lafayette College
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry. Conduct medicinal chemistry research at a university or in industry at a leading research and development pharmaceutical lab.
Mentor(s): Daniel Griffith, Roxy Swails,
Campus Representative: Julia Goldberg

Pradyot Yadav
Institution Name: Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in microwave engineering. Working as a technical fellow at a semiconductor company conducting research on advanced III-V compound semiconductors and novel RF topologies.
Mentor(s): Bhupendra Yadav, James S. Kenney, Kevin Kobayashi
Campus Representative: Karen Mura

Lily Zhang
Institution Name: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: Climate Science Professor. Teach and mentor future geoscientists and contribute to climate change research and policy.
Mentor(s): Susan Solomon, Kerry Emanuel, Ryan Woosley
Campus Representative: Catherine Kim

Puerto Rico

Gabriela Diaz-Figueroa
Institution Name: University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Structural biology or Biophysics. Conduct research focused on x-ray crystallography.
Mentor(s): Steve J. Millers, Julio Ramirez, Bruce Jackson
Campus Representative: Mauricio Cabrera

Tyrone Nieves
Institution Name: University of Rochester
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Physiology. Teach at a major research university and lead a pharmacological research laboratory to invent patient-data-based treatment options and tools for diagnosis.
Mentor(s): Andrew P. Wojtovich, Brandon J. Berry,
Campus Representative: Belinda Redden

Rhode Island

Meredith Stone
Institution Name: University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Teach, be involved in outreach, and conduct astronomy research at the university level.
Mentor(s): Alexandra Pope, Jed McKinney,
Campus Representative: Madalina Akli

Raymond Turrisi
Institution Name: University of Rhode Island
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D in Robotics Engineering. Conduct robotics research to improve outcomes of scientific expeditions in challenging environments, including unmanned exploration of unstructured environments.
Mentor(s): Mingxi Zhou, Musa Jouaneh, Carl-Ernst Rousseau
Campus Representative: David Heskett

Hossam Zaki
Institution Name: Brown University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD in Computational Biology. Conduct research in the realm of medical diagnostics and gene regulation at a university or research institute.
Mentor(s): Nathalie Oulhen, Gary Wessel, Simona Dalin
Campus Representative: Linda Dunleavy

South Carolina

Gabriel Cutter
Institution Name: Clemson University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Attain a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering. Conduct research on the effects of radio frequencies on humans to develop life-saving sensors.
Mentor(s): Duye Ye, Pingshan Wang, Sarah Harcum
Campus Representative: Robyn Curtis

Sophia Gierszal
Institution Name: College of Charleston
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry with a concentration in Chemical Biology. I plan to conduct research on the total synthesis of antibiotics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Timothy Barker, Amy Rogers, Michael Giuliano
Campus Representative: Jesslyn Collins-Frohlich

Luke Kurfman
Institution Name: Furman
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: I want to pursue a Ph.D. in computational chemistry. My goal is to conduct research in a government agency or in a national laboratory, and work towards leading a team of researchers.
Mentor(s): George Shields, Sandy Wheeler, Paul Wagenknecht
Campus Representative: Scott Henderson

Felicia McGill
Institution Name: University of South Carolina-Columbia
Field of Study: Psychology
Career Goal: I will obtain a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. I plan to research the effects of bilingualism on children with autism spectrum disorder.
Mentor(s): Jane Roberts, Lauren Emberson, Casey Lew-Williams
Campus Representative: Jennifer Bess

Tennessee

Caroline Crain
Institution Name: Elon University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. in Wetland Ecology at Duke University’s Marine lab, leading to a career in research with the US Fish and Wildlife Service before a faculty position at a Research I institution.
Mentor(s): David Vandermast
Campus Representative: Ann Cahill

Elijah Hix
Institution Name: The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: After obtaining my degree in Quantum Chemical Biology, I plan to earn a Ph.D. in Biophysics in order to continue my research and teach on the molecular dynamics of enzymes.
Mentor(s): Constance Bailey, Konstantinos Vogiatzis, Omar Demerdash
Campus Representative: Laura De Furio

Denise Ortega
Institution Name: Middle Tennessee State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Ecology. Conduct research in herpetology, more specifically reptile behavior systems, and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Lindsey Swierk, Jason Jessen, Scott Walter
Campus Representative: Laura Clippard

Owen Queen
Institution Name: The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in computer science with a focus in machine learning and data science. Run a lab in a research hospital that uses biomedical informatics and machine learning to improve patient care.
Mentor(s): Christopher Strickland, Vasileios Maroulas, Scott Emrich
Campus Representative: Laura De Furio

William Smith
Institution Name: Indiana University-Bloomington
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Following a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, I plan to pursue an academic career conducting research in organic synthesis and methodology development, as well as teaching and mentoring future scientists.
Mentor(s): Michael Kevin Brown, Michael O. Frederick, David R. Williams
Campus Representative: Jo Anne Tracy

Jacob Wall
Institution Name: The University of Alabama
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: My goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in materials science and conduct state-of-the-art research at a national laboratory.
Mentor(s): Feng Yan
Campus Representative: C. Heath Turner

Texas

Mariah Antopia
Institution Name: The University of Texas at San Antonio
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Conduct neurogenetic research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to understand the cause of brain and nerve disorders.
Mentor(s): Jenny Hsieh, Parul Varma,
Campus Representative: Andrew Chapman

Brianna Bishop
Institution Name: Texas A & M University-College Station
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: My goal is to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry. I want to conduct exciting, cutting-edge research in theoretical and computational chemistry either in industry or at a university level.
Mentor(s): Daniel Tabor
Campus Representative: Sumana Datta

John Boom
Institution Name: Duke University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: PhD in biological engineering or biochemistry. Ultimately, I want to be a professor and lead interdisciplinary teams of researchers, engineers, and physicians to tackle challenges in biochemistry.
Mentor(s): Hashim Al-Hashimi, Ann Saterbak, Jia Wu
Campus Representative: Barbara Wise

Joshua Chaj Ulloa
Institution Name: The University of Texas at San Antonio
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I will pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and a career as a professor and focus on cardiovascular diseases through research, public service, and educating the general public.
Mentor(s): JingYong Ye, Nicole Levi-Polyachenko, Gail Taylor
Campus Representative: Andrew Chapman

Shrika Eddula
Institution Name: University of North Texas
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in physical chemistry. Conduct research in cheminformatics and develop safer, cost-effective solutions for greenhouse gases, environmental degradation, and carcinogenic solvents.
Mentor(s): William Acree, Jr.
Campus Representative: James Duban

Gabrielle Gard
Institution Name: Southern Methodist University
Field of Study: Medicine
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. As a physician-scientist, I will research treatments for multi-drug resistant cancers while practicing medicine at an academic medical institution.
Mentor(s): Pia Vogel, Lauren Ammerman, Jesiska Lowe
Campus Representative: Rachel Ball-Phillips

Tonatiuh Gonzalez
Institution Name: Harvey Mudd College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Computational Biology. Conduct research in disease genomics while practicing medicine.
Mentor(s): Eliot Bush, Peter Robinson, Erica Xu
Campus Representative: Carissa Saugstad

Carolina Guerrero
Institution Name: Dartmouth College
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology or Biological Chemistry. Lead a drug development research group in an academic or industrial setting, especially focusing on innovations in targeted cancer therapy.
Mentor(s): Katharina Schlacher, Jimmy Wu, Leah Lowder
Campus Representative: Christie Harner

Katie Holland
Institution Name: Angelo State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Molecular Biology. Conduct and direct biomedical research at a national research laboratory.
Mentor(s): Loren Ammerman, Shirley Eoff,
Campus Representative: Shirley Eoff

Ronald Hood
Institution Name: Yale University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biophysics. Conduct research in protein-to-protein electron transfer and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Nikhil Malvankar, Aldo Salazar Morales, Yangqi Gu
Campus Representative: Emma-Jane Rose

Adam Hooker
Institution Name: The University of Texas at San Antonio
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: After obtaining my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering my goal is to perform research for a national laboratory using artificial intelligence to help expand the field of nuclear physics.
Mentor(s): Dr.Miltos Alamaniotis, Dr.Yufang Jin, Kevin Marafioto
Campus Representative: Andrew Chapman

Teddy Hsieh
Institution Name: The University of Texas at Austin
Field of Study: Materials Research
Career Goal: My goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in the field of material chemistry. My professional aspiration is to teach and conduct research in 3D nanoscale fabrication as a professor at an academic institution.
Mentor(s): Seth R. Bank
Campus Representative: Kathy Uitvlugt

Jordan Kramer
Institution Name: Georgetown University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in immunology. Design and develop novel immunotherapy techniques to treat rare pediatric cancers.
Mentor(s): Dr. Richard Schlegel, Dr. Nabil Ahmed, Dr. Roza Nurieva
Campus Representative: Lauren Tuckley

Grace Moore
Institution Name: The University of Texas at Dallas
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Investigate chronic pain or neurodegenerative diseases in a research lab and teach at a university level.
Mentor(s): Theodore Price, Eva LaDow, Stephanie Shiers
Campus Representative: Douglas Dow

Gabrielle Olinger
Institution Name: University of Houston
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research in heavy ion physics and teach at university level, promoting computer science as a tool for the education of physics
Mentor(s): Rene Bellwied, Eric Bittner, Anthony Timmins
Campus Representative: Ben Rayder

Tristan Pepper
Institution Name: The University of Texas at San Antonio
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Conduct biomedical research with a focus on tissue engineering in the biomedical industry.
Mentor(s): Teja Guda, Sergio Montelongo, Hector Aguilar
Campus Representative: Andrew Chapman

Ryan Rahman
Institution Name: Texas A & M University-College Station
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct research using clinical tools to inform basic science and implement a molecular approach to developing long-term treatment and understanding of disease.
Mentor(s): Richard Gomer, Sumana Datta, Duncan MacKenzie
Campus Representative: Sumana Datta

Sai Sarnala
Institution Name: University of North Texas
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Plant Genetics. Develop transgenic plant lines to provide novel methods for pharmaceutical development and disease prevention.
Mentor(s): Richard Dixon, Ji Hyung Jun,
Campus Representative: James Duban

Syed Shams
Institution Name: Rice University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biotechnology or Molecular Biology, with a focus on cellular engineering, synthetic biology, and therapeutics; substantive research position while teaching at the university level.
Mentor(s): Michael R. Diehl, Jason Hafner, Collin Thomas
Campus Representative: Jessica Khalaf

Alexis Simmons
Institution Name: Baylor University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Earn a Ph.D. in Medical Physics. Improve the lives of patients by conducting research in imaging physics.
Mentor(s): Jeffrey Olafsen, Kristy Brock, Anne-Cecile Lesage
Campus Representative: Jeffrey Olafsen

Jose Solano
Institution Name: University of Houston
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: PhD., aerospace engineering. Work as instructional and research professor with a focus on advanced computational modeling of materials and the promotion of engineering education for Hispanic students.
Mentor(s): Michael Sangid, Jerrod Henderson, Dan Burleson
Campus Representative: Ben Rayder

Briana Syed
Institution Name: The University of Texas at Austin
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan to earn a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and an M.D. with a specialty in the genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders and to conduct research at an academic medical center.
Mentor(s): Jonathan Pierce, Kate Baker, Farjana Fattah
Campus Representative: Kathy Uitvlugt

Japheth Varlack
Institution Name: Lee University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Pure Mathematics, specifically Algebraic Number Theory. I plan to conduct research in topics related to Algebra or Number Theory while teaching at a university level.
Mentor(s): Richard Moy, Jason Schmurr, Kevin Ung
Campus Representative: Kevin Ung

Liane Vásquez-Weber
Institution Name: Texas Tech University
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Research as service via creating computational models of the effects of neurodegenerative diseases. Lay the foundation to improve lives of dementia patients, specifically their use of language.
Mentor(s): Amanda M.V. Brown, Yan Yan, Jason Tham
Campus Representative: Wendoli Flores

Jim Zhang
Institution Name: Rice University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Conduct research in structural and molecular biology and teach as a tenure-track faculty member.
Mentor(s): Yizhi Jane Tao, Ying Zhou, Miao Jin
Campus Representative: Jessica Khalaf

Utah

Ethan Ancell
Institution Name: Utah State University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Statistics. Conduct machine learning and data mining research in industry.
Mentor(s): Adele Cutler, Brennan Bean, Kevin Moon
Campus Representative: Kristine Miller

Tyler Ball
Institution Name: University of Utah
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Chemistry; I plan to conduct research in green chemistry to discover more efficient reaction frameworks while working to communicate chemistry more effectively.
Mentor(s): Matthew Sigman, Shelley Minteer, Christopher Sandford
Campus Representative: Lisa Batchelder

Jason Manning
Institution Name: University of Utah
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I aspire to make an impact in the medical field, specifically in cardiology, through a career in research. I plan to earn a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and focus on cardiac research.
Mentor(s): Jeffrey Weiss, Adam Rauff,
Campus Representative: Lisa Batchelder

MANUEL SANTANA
Institution Name: Utah State University
Field of Study: Mathematical Sciences
Career Goal: Obtain a PhD in Computational and Applied Math. Conduct research in Numerical Analysis and Convex Optimization and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): David Brown, Jun Kitagawa, Leroy Beasley
Campus Representative: Kristine Miller

Virginia

Saket Bikmal
Institution Name: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/Ph.D. specializing in Neural Engineering and Computational Neuroscience. Conduct medical device research, particularly focusing on neuro-assistive technologies for special needs children.
Mentor(s): Rhonda Dzakpasu, Sujith Vijayan, Gary Long
Campus Representative: Christina McIntyre

Titouan Duston
Institution Name: College of William and Mary
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: My goals are to conduct research in physical and computational chemistry and to teach chemistry at a university level.
Mentor(s): Robert Pike, Nathan Kidwell,
Campus Representative: Lindsey Love

Bruce Enzmann
Institution Name: Johns Hopkins University
Field of Study: Materials Research
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Bioengineering. Conduct research in tissue engineering, mechanobiology, or drug delivery at a top university.
Mentor(s): Hai-Quan Mao, Claudia Loebel, Jason Burdick
Campus Representative: Kathleen Barry

Nicolas Ferree
Institution Name: University of Richmond
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I am going to pursue a Ph.D. in astrophysics. I plan to do research in cosmology and astrophysics at a NASA research facility, and I hope to become a NASA astronaut.
Mentor(s): Ted Bunn, Jim Davis,
Campus Representative: Dana Kuchem

Isabela Huckabee
Institution Name: Arizona State University-Tempe
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astrophysics specializing in low-mass stars. I hope to then study these stars and their planetary systems at the university level where I can both teach and mentor students.
Mentor(s): Michael Line, Rogier Windhorst, Hong Zhao
Campus Representative: Kyle Mox

Anish Karpurapu
Institution Name: Duke University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD in stem cell biology. I hope to conduct research utilizing computational techniques to innovate in vitro modeling and drug discovery.
Mentor(s): Ravi Karra, Diana Carlone, Ronald Germain
Campus Representative: Barbara Wise

Min Jae Kim
Institution Name: Johns Hopkins University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: M.D / Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering and subsequent residency in Neurology. I aspire to advance understanding in neurophysiology and brain connectomics to develop novel neuromodulation therapies.
Mentor(s): Kelly Mills, William Stanley Anderson, Amar Sahay
Campus Representative: Kathleen Barry

Jackie Luu
Institution Name: George Mason University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Pursue graduate school in environmental science with the ultimate goal of getting a Ph.D. Conduct research and aspire towards a career in wildlife conservation and ecology.
Mentor(s): Karen Lee
Campus Representative: Lanitra Berger

Anirban Mahanty
Institution Name: Virginia Commonwealth University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: MD/PhD in molecular biology, conducting basic science research related to neurodevelopment.
Mentor(s): Indira Hewlett, PhD, Gregory Walsh, PhD, Sarah Golding, PhD
Campus Representative: Jeff Wing

William Mills
Institution Name: University of Mary Washington
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: My goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in physics so I may conduct research and teach at the university level. I also want to communicate that work to more general audiences to promote interest in the field.
Mentor(s): Varun Makhija, Maia Magrakvelidze, Paul Reilly
Campus Representative: Kelli Slunt

Luke Mrini
Institution Name: College of William and Mary
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Physics. Conduct research in high energy theoretical physics and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Joshua Erlich, Joseph Peñano,
Campus Representative: Lindsey Love

Joshua Slaughter
Institution Name: University of Maryland-Baltimore County
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I will pursue my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, focusing on biomedical image analysis, with the goal of impacting machine learning research and precision medicine fairness.
Mentor(s): Tulay Adali, Marius Cătălin Iordan, Zois Boukouvalas
Campus Representative: April Householder

Julia Vidlak
Institution Name: University of Richmond
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. with a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology. Study pediatric cancer treatments as a physician-scientist at an academic medical institution.
Mentor(s): Miles Johnson
Campus Representative: Dana Kuchem

Max Wragan
Institution Name: University of Pennsylvania
Field of Study: Medicine
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Conduct research in neuroscience at an academic medical center researching the brain’s response to injury.
Mentor(s): Amelia Eisch, Danielle Barber, Edward J Crane
Campus Representative: Wallace Genser

Kala Youngblood
Institution Name: University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Field of Study: Chemistry
Career Goal: Obtain a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Research Organic Synthesis methods either in academia or in a government agency.
Mentor(s): Kimberly Petersen, Josh Frost, Daniel Herr
Campus Representative: Heidi Bretz

Washington

Daniel Chen
Institution Name: University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I plan on earning an MD-PhD in either Bioinformatics or Bioengineering and pursuing a faculty position at a university to conduct translational research in biomedical-informatic oriented fields.
Mentor(s): James Heath, Yapeng Su, Cheng Dai
Campus Representative: Robin Chang

India Dykes
Institution Name: Washington State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I will earn a Ph.D. in Bioengineering and work as a biomedical scientist, studying tissue engineering and regenerative medicine while educating the next generation of medical scientists.
Mentor(s): Arda Gozen, Bernard Van Wie,
Campus Representative: Mary Sanchez-Lanier

Kira Fontana
Institution Name: American University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Marine Science. Conduct research and develop strategies to combat marine pollution.
Mentor(s): Jesse Meiller
Campus Representative: Paula Warrick

Judge Kearns
Institution Name: Gonzaga University
Field of Study: Psychology
Career Goal: Obtain a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology. I aspire to pursue a research career as a university professor working at the forefront of understanding human-computer interaction.
Mentor(s): Alexander Bies, Ph.D., Sarah N. Arpin, Ph.D., Vinai Norasakkunkit
Campus Representative: Bud Sheppard

Haley Morris
Institution Name: Washington State University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: I intend to earn a Ph.D. in biochemistry and pursue a career as a tenure-track professor and biomedical sciences researcher with a focus on cancer development and possible therapeutics.
Mentor(s): Michael Konkel, John Wyrick, William Davis
Campus Representative: Mary Sanchez-Lanier

Cade Quigley
Institution Name: Colorado College
Field of Study: Geosciences
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Geosciences or Geophysics. Conduct research on deformation processes in the upper crust and teach at the university level.
Mentor(s): Solomon Seyum, Christine Siddoway, Savannah Miller
Campus Representative: Murphy Brasuel

Gunnar Sly
Institution Name: Washington State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: Obtain a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and proceed to direct a research group while teaching collegiate level courses.
Mentor(s): Min-Kyu Song, Grant Norton, Younghwan Cha
Campus Representative: Mary Sanchez-Lanier

Anna Soper
Institution Name: Harvey Mudd College
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I plan to pursue my Ph.D. in Physics and conduct research and teach at the university level
Mentor(s): Lori Bassman, Nicholas Breznay, Jonas Kaufman
Campus Representative: Carissa Saugstad

Ian Stiehl
Institution Name: Dartmouth College
Field of Study: Medicine
Career Goal: M.D., Ph.D. in Space Biology. Pursue the study of human health in space, working directly with astronauts to assess physiological outcomes during and after spaceflight.
Mentor(s): Ryan Hickox, Marie Mortreux, Jedidah Isler
Campus Representative: Christie Harner

Matthew Thompson
Institution Name: Montana State University
Field of Study: Engineering
Career Goal: I intend to pursue a PhD in Materials Science & Engineering. I will develop polymeric devices to protect against nanoparticle hazards as a lead researcher at a Department of Defense or national lab.
Mentor(s): Ronald June, Salah-uddin Ahmed,
Campus Representative: Ilse-Mari Lee

Mark Yamane
Institution Name: Eckerd College
Field of Study: CISE
Career Goal: Ph.D in Computer Science. Conduct research to advance deep learning techniques and apply findings to open-source software that optimizes data-processing methods in the marine sciences.
Mentor(s): Mike Hilton, Mariona Claret, Will White
Campus Representative: William Szelistowski

West Virginia

Bethany Wager
Institution Name: West Virginia University
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: Obtain a Ph.D. in Fisheries Science. Conduct research as a research fisheries biologist for a federal natural resources agency, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Mentor(s): James Anderson, Kyle Hartman, Ross Andrew
Campus Representative: Michelle Richards-Babb

Wisconsin

Manasa Kalluri
Institution Name: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Field of Study: Life Sciences
Career Goal: M.D./Ph.D. in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. Conduct research on stem cell therapies and treatment optimization for neurological disorders, leading a research group at an academic institution.
Mentor(s): Lee Eckhardt, Louise Reilly, Alexey Glukhov
Campus Representative: Julie Stubbs

Andrew Laeuger
Institution Name: Northwestern University
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Conduct research concerning high-energy astronomical phenomena and lead a multi-university astrophysics collaboration centered around the study of dark matter and dark energy.
Mentor(s): Andrew Geraci, Evan Weisman, Chethn Galla
Campus Representative: LaTanya Williams

Gage Siebert
Institution Name: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy
Career Goal: I plan to get a Ph.D. in Physics before pursuing a career researching cosmology.
Mentor(s): Peter Timbie, Nipuni Palliyaguru, Benetge Perera
Campus Representative: Julie Stubbs