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Our College of Science Ambassadors are a group of University of Utah students who are passionate about science and their education. Ambassadors are leaders in our college and help with a wide variety of events, the recruitment of new students, and keeping current students engaged and excited about science.

Meet Our Current Ambassadors


Click on the photos below to learn more about each of our Science Ambassadors!

You can reach out to them via email to ask questions or to schedule a one-on-one meeting with them.

They can talk to you about:

  • Choosing a major or minor
  • Getting into research
  • Gaining leadership experiences
  • Succeeding in classes
  • Finding your community on campus
  • and much more!

Please don't hesitate to reach out to one of our Student Ambassadors. They are here for you!

Aasutosh

Physics │ he/him

Aasutosh

Physics │ he/him
My name is Aasutosh Acharya. I am a second-year Physics major with Biomedical Physics as my emphasis. I am also on a pre-med track at the moment. After my undergraduate degree, I hope to attend medical school. I am not sure what my future will look like exactly, but let's just say I am fascinated by surgery. Outside school, I love to go on a hike, play hide and seek with my dog (I haven't won once), and just enjoy nature. If you see me walking around campus, or running I should say, because I am always late for class, come and say hi.
 u1236253@utah.edu

Alexa

Biology │ she/her

Alexa

Biology │ she/her
Hello! My name is Alexa and I'm pursuing my HBS in Biology with an emphasis in Genetics and Genomics and a minor in Chemistry. I'm also a TA in the biology department. After graduation, I hope to work towards my MS or Ph.D. to contribute to inheritable disease research or the pharmacogenomics field. I am originally from Southern California, but I moved to Utah, where snowboarding stole my heart. Besides studying and hitting the slopes, I love weightlifting, archery, kickboxing, and rooting for the Dodgers. If you ever see me around, say hi!
 u1305440@utah.edu

Amaya

Biology │ she/her

Amaya

Biology │ she/her
Hello, my name is Amaya and I am from Provo, UT but my parents are from the Navajo Reservation. I am a fourth-year student pursuing a Biology major with an emphasis in Human Anatomy and Physiology with a minor in Chemistry. I enjoy meeting new people with different diverse cultures and learning about how their culture has shaped their personalities. Also, I plan on enrolling in a MD/PhD program after graduating from the U and helping the Navajo people live a better and healthier life.
 u1097513@utah.edu

Arnel

Chemistry │ he/him

Arnel

Chemistry │ he/him
Hi people! My name is Arnel and I am from Salt Lake City. I am a first generation college student and American. My major is chemistry with an emphasis in biology and I am in the Honors College. It is currently my second year at the University of Utah, where I am a UROP Scholar Researcher at the Bischak Lab in the Department of Chemistry. I am currently investigating ion cooperativity in organic mixed conductors. I am also a Co-Founder and the Administrative Director of the "InfectED" club, where we aim to educate and inform underrepresented communities about infectious diseases. I plan on pursuing an MD-PhD program and my interests lie in cardiothoracic surgery.
 u0924471@utah.edu

Brian C.

Biology │ he/him

Brian C.

Biology │ he/him
Hello! My name is Brian and I'm from southern California. I'm currently majoring in Biology with an Anatomy emphasis and a Chemistry minor with dreams of going to medical school and becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon. Currently, I work as a restaurant server a couple days a week while focusing on school and my social life. I love be out in social settings, being active, and bringing communities together to achieve a greater purpose.
 u1247623@umail.utah.edu

Caroline

Biology │ she/her

Caroline

Biology │ she/her
Hi there! My name is Caroline Keller, and I am from Millcreek, Utah. Here at the U, I am a sophomore pursuing a Biology degree with an emphasis in Genetics. After I earn my undergraduate degree, I plan to attend grad school to get a PhD. I am very passionate about research and my dream job is to open a lab of my own one day! I am very fortunate to do research at the Phadnis lab, where I study the hybrid incompatibility system of Drosophila pseudoobscura with the goal of locating and characterizing more genes that cause hybrid male sterility. I also love teaching and work as a TA for the introductory biology labs. Outside of the College of Science, you can find me on the mountain skiing, at a workout class, or participating in greek life events with my sorority sisters.
 Caroline.keller@path.utah.edu

Chloe

Biology │ she/her

Chloe

Biology │ she/her
Hi, I'm Chloe! I'm from Colorado Springs, CO, and I'm a current junior majoring in Biology, emphasizing in Biochemistry, and Minoring in Biomedical Engineering. I am currently an undergraduate research assistant in the Bruce Edgar Lab, working with my post-doctoral mentor on the role of sphingolipid metabolism in regulating intestinal stem cell homeostasis. I also had the opportunity to work in the Maria Bettini lab to investigate insulin specific TCR functionality following tetramer stimulation in transduced T cells. I hope to continue on to grad school to obtain my PhD in molecular biology, and an MS in clinical investigation. In my free time I enjoy hiking, soccer, piano, and volleyball 🙂
 u1251515@utah.edu

Emma

Math │ she/her

Emma

Math │ she/her
Hello! My name is Emma Kerr and I am from Fruit Heights, Utah. I am pursuing a Math and Physics major here at the U seeking an emphasis on computation. I have loved my college experience thus far, and have especially loved my research in the Physics department studying spin dependent electronic processes. After obtaining my undergraduate degree, I hope to work towards a math Ph.D and become a professor and researcher. I love meeting new faces around campus, and when I'm not in school, I enjoy being in the outdoors.
 u1151003@utah.edu

Hephzibah

Biochemistry │ she/her

Hephzibah

Biochemistry │ she/her
Hi! I'm Hephzibah, and I am pursuing a Biochemistry major with a possible double major in Sociology, and an honors integrated health minor. After graduating, I hope to attend medical school and become a neonatal surgeon. I was born and raised in Pakistan, so I hope to give back to communities in South Asia that lack adequate medical care and resources. Currently, I am working as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Werner's Lab, studying phenotypic plasticity as a result of environmental factors experienced during development in nematodes. I also serve as the secretary of the Pakistani Student Association here at the U. In my free time, I enjoy watching crime documentaries, going on long drives, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
 u1335448@umail.utah.edu

Maggie

Biology │ she/her

Maggie

Biology │ she/her
Hello! My name is Maggie, I am double majoring in Biology and Spanish Language. I am a second year student from California and I plan to pursue an M.D. after undergraduate and eventually have a surgical practice. I recently returned from studying at the Utah Asia Campus and plan to return for research before medical school, as well as study abroad in other countries. I like to spend my free time hanging out with friends in some type of outdoor activity (snow sports, hiking, football games, etc.). If not outside, I am working out, listening to music, or doing homework, or some combination of it all. Don't forget to say hi when you see me around campus!
 u1312645@utah.edu

Mary M.

Mathematics │ she/her

Mary M.

Mathematics │ she/her
My name is Mary and I am originally from Denver, Colorado. I am a fourth-year majoring in Math with a minor in Computer Science. With my degree, I hope to go into Data Science, specifically something related to the health fields such as epidemiology. I am also in the Honors College and a Resident Advisor in the STEM Initiatives Tower. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, working out, and hanging out with friends. If you see me around campus, come say hi!
 u1196723@utah.edu

Nash

Mathematics, Physics │ he/him

Nash

Mathematics, Physics │ he/him
Howdy! My name is Nash Ward, I'm an nth year math and physics double major here at the U! You can always find me doing something winter related whether it's sea ice research or sending down the slopes! I'm hoping to get a PhD after I graduate and maybe one day looking down at earth through a small window in space. If you see me on campus make sure to say hi!
 u1313735@utah.edu

Ritu

Biology │ she/her

Ritu

Biology │ she/her
Hello Everyone!! My name is Ritu Shah and I’m a senior originally from San Diego, California studying Biology with an emphasis in Anatomy and Physiology with a minor in Strategic Communications on Pre-Physical Therapy track. I love being involved in all aspects of campus ranging from research, Greek life, university ambassadors and of course science ambassadors! I can’t wait to share my love of science with all of you!
 u1153305@utah.edu

Sam

Biology │ she/her

Sam

Biology │ she/her
Hi! My name is Sam Nestel and I am from Ogden, Utah. Here at the U, I am pursuing a Biology major with a possible minor in disability studies, math, or political science. After getting my degree, I want to go on to medical school to become a physician specializing in women’s health. I have loved many of my experiences here at the COS but my favorite has been participating as an undergraduate biology researcher studying metabolic phenotypic plasticity in nematodes. Outside of school I enjoy doing musical theatre, playing with cats, being outdoors, and meeting new people.
 u1249590@utah.edu

Shaya

Biology │ he/him

Shaya

Biology │ he/him
Hi! My name is Shaya and I'm a junior pursuing a B.S in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. I hope to get into Dental school after my undergrad and pursue a career in OMFS. I am a Chemistry LA here at the U. Off campus, I work as a dental assistant and volunteer as a Farsi translator at Maliheh Free Clinic. In my free time, I love hiking, weightlifting, and trading stocks!
 u1229927@utah.edu

Sydney L.

Chemistry │ she/her

Sydney L.

Chemistry │ she/her
Hi! I'm Sydney and I am going into my third year at the University of Utah in the Fall of 2021. My major is chemistry with a biological emphasis and I hope to go to medical school after completing my undergraduate degree. I've been so lucky to be a part of the Velayutham Lab in the Department of Nutrition, studying the dietary effect of blueberries on the cardiovascular health of mice and the gut microbiome. Outside of College of Science Ambassadors, I work with the Union Programming Council and I am a teaching assistant for the Biology 1615 lab. In my free time I love to go snowboarding, climb at the summit, and paint.
 u1194073@utah.edu

Tori

Biology │ she/her

Tori

Biology │ she/her
Hi there! I'm Tori Earl and I'm from Midvale, Utah. I'm pursuing a Biology major and Health minor. I also assist in a research lab at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. This is my fourth year of school but my first at the University of Utah since I transferred here in Fall 2021. I’ve learned so much at the U, I’ve grown professionally and personally, and I’ve had a lot of fun too! My interests involve food (cooking, baking, or making charcuterie boards), music (going to concerts, making playlists), learning (reading, writing), and nature (hiking, birdwatching, visiting the ocean).
 u0911998@umail.utah.edu

Ainsley

Chemistry │ she/her

Ainsley

Chemistry │ she/her
Hello! My name is Ainsley Nystrom and I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona. I am studying towards a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with an emphasis in Biology and a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Sciences with hopes to pursue a Ph.D. I am currently involved with a lab that studies forest resilience and factors that impact tree physiological responses to drought. If you ever want someone to ski, hike, climb, or do anything outdoors with, just reach out - I am your girl!
 ainsley.nystrom@utah.edu

Alley

Biochemistry │ she/her

Alley

Biochemistry │ she/her
Hi friends!! My name is Alex Lockrey, but most people just call me Alley. I am an out-of-state student from California. I am in my sophomore year at the University of Utah studying Biochemistry with hopes of going to Medical School someday. I am minoring in Pediatric research. I have enjoyed many activities so far at the U, but a few of my favorites include cancer research up at the Huntsman, Student-lead STEM tutoring, and intramural volleyball. In my free time, I enjoy snowboarding, fishing, camping, hiking, and spending time with friends.
 u1310345@utah.edu

Anika

Biology │ she/her

Anika

Biology │ she/her
Hi there, I'm Anika! I'm from Peoria, Illinois, and I am currently a sophomore studying Neurobiology with minors in Global Health and Applied Ethics (with an emphasis in Bioethics). I participate in RNA research at the Bass lab on upper campus, which I joined through connections made in the SRI, but when I'm not studying or in the lab, I can usually be found in the gym, skiing, or playing guitar. After undergrad, I hope to get a PhD or PhD/MD in Bioethics and work closely with medical researchers.
 u1296298@utah.edu

Ava

Biochemistry │ she/her

Ava

Biochemistry │ she/her
Hi! I'm Ava, and I'm from Boise, Idaho! I am pursuing a biochemistry major with a minor in psychology through the Honors College. I hope to continue on to an MD-PhD degree, specializing in infectious disease research and treatment. I currently serve as the Chair-Elect of the Honors Student Advisory Committee, and I conduct research as part of Dr. Ming Hammond's biological chemistry lab. I love practicing and teaching yoga, skiing, going on long drives, and getting to know new friends!
 u1305645@utah.edu

Brian H.

Physics │ he/him

Brian H.

Physics │ he/him
Hi, I'm Brian! I am a senior majoring in physics and piano performance. I'm from Syracuse - Utah, not New York - and I love books, food, and board games. I play piano and cello, and between the two of my majors, I spend far more time locked alone in a practice room or laboratory than is healthy for any sane human being, but I also love being around friends and other people. I am a part of the U's Center for Acoustic Cooling Technology, and build and test thermoacoustic engines. Whether you see me walking around with or without the bow tie, come say hello!
 u1028469@utah.edu

Carson

Biology │ he/him

Carson

Biology │ he/him
Hello! My name is Carson Sautter and I am a Sophomore working towards a B.S. in Biology with an Anatomy and Physiology emphasis along with a minor in Chemistry. I currently work at the University of Utah hospital as a CNA on the Pre-Medical track. Although I'm originally from the Bay Area, I have lived in Utah for the past 5 years and I have loved living close to the mountains, staying busy with hiking during the summer, and skiing during the winter. If you see me in the gym or on the mountain, come say hi!
 u1280823@utah.edu

Dua

Physics │ she/her

Dua

Physics │ she/her
Hi! I'm Dua and I'm a born and raised Utahn from Draper. I am majoring in Honors Physics on the biomedical emphasis, and currently conducting neuroscience research at the Caron Lab. During my undergraduate years here at the U, I intend to tie my education and research together towards an MD/PhD, in order to specialize in neurology. Along with the sciences, I love the arts, especially film and photography. So if you don't see me in the lab, you'll most likely see me making something with a camera!
 u1312151@utah.edu

Evan

Biology │ he/him

Evan

Biology │ he/him
Hey! My name is Evan and I am from Bountiful Utah. I'm a senior this year, majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Anatomy and Physiology and a minor in Chemistry. My life long goal has been to attend medical school, and hopefully specialize in non-operative orthopedics/sports medicine. Other than being a College of Science Ambassador, on campus I am also involved in Greek Life, being a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, and as a student leader with the Bennion Center. I am also a Teaching Assistant for Organic Chemistry, which has been my favorite undergraduate class by far! Recently, I was lucky enough to begin working as a research assistant at the Huntsman Cancer Institute with the Ullman Lab, which specializes in studying cell division. In my free time I love to golf, workout, binge watch Netflix, and do just about anything outdoors.
 evan.carlson@utah.edu

Josh

Biology │ he/him

Josh

Biology │ he/him
Hi! My name is Josh and I'm currently a sophomore pursuing an Honors B.S. in Neurobiology and Psychology, while minoring in Cognitive Science and Chemistry. I hope to be accepted into a medical school upon graduation and pursue a career in medicine. I currently do research with Dr. Christopher Depner investigating how insufficient sleep and circadian disruption contribute to risk of metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes, with the long-term goal of developing sleep and circadian based interventions that improve metabolic health. I also work as an Endoscopy Technician in the U of U Hospital assisting doctors in various endoscopic procedures. In my spare time, I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, weightlifting, and spending time with family and friends!
 u1020296@utah.edu

Manny

Mathematics │ he/him

Manny

Mathematics │ he/him
Hi, I'm Manny! I am a second-year student double-majoring in Mathematics with an emphasis in Statistics and Spanish and double minoring in Computer Science and Latin American Studies. I'm from Logan - Utah, but I spent most of my childhood in Mexico. Other than working with the College of Science, I also work as a University Ambassador for the Office of Admissions. I rarely have any free time, but when I do, I love spending time cooking and sculpting. If you ever see me walking around alone or giving a tour, don't be afraid to say hi!
 u1288678@utah.edu

Mary S.

Applied Mathematics │ she/her

Mary S.

Applied Mathematics │ she/her
Hello, my name is Mary Schaelling. I am pursuing an undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Nuclear Engineering where I can continue to immerse myself in my studies of all things nuclear. It is my goal to get a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, to one day work in the safety and security field for nuclear weapons and power sources. Outside of academics, I love attending concerts, meeting new people, and strolling through museums. I am thrilled to be a College of Science Ambassador, so please feel free to reach out or say hello if you see me on campus! I am here to help you find your place on campus, even if it isn't in the College of Science.
 u0973957@utah.edu

Rachel

Biochemistry, Physics │ she/her

Rachel

Biochemistry, Physics │ she/her
Hello! My name is Rachel and I am from Lehi, Utah. I am pursuing an honors double major in Biochemistry and Biomedical Physics with a minor in Math. This spring, I started as a research assistant in Dr. Minteer’s electrochemistry lab here at the U. I am currently working on a project to optimize deamination reaction cascades and I’m excited to learn more about electrochemistry and sustainability! After graduating, I plan to work towards an MD/PhD so I can continue in research while also working in the medical field. In my free time, I love to go on long runs, read, and spend time outdoors!
 rachel.muhlestein@utah.edu

Sahana

Math │ she/her

Sahana

Math │ she/her
Hi, I’m Sahana. I’m a local Utahn from Sandy and am so excited to be attending the University of Utah. I’m a third-year student double majoring in Honors Mathematics and Computer Science. I am looking forward to combining the power of computing with the intricacies of mathematics. While I love all things STEM, I hope to use my knowledge to solve real life problems and bring social reform. My recent computer science research with Dr. Suresh and in conjunction with the ACLU of Utah does just that by using web scraping and data querying to understand trends and identify potential flaws in Utah’s county jails. In my free time, I enjoy performing and teaching Indian classical dance. I also love animals and can talk your ear off with different fun facts. If you ever see me around campus, please introduce yourself! I would be happy to help anyway I can-except with directions!
 u1131034@utah.edu

Savannah

Biology, Applied Mathematics │ she/her

Savannah

Biology, Applied Mathematics │ she/her
Hello! I'm Savannah Romney, and I am from Draper, Utah! I am pursuing a Biology and Applied Mathematics double-major. In the future, I plan on applying to medical school with aspirations of becoming an OB/GYN. I am in the ACCESS Scholars program and I conduct research in Professor Sandy Parkinson's genetics and molecular biology research lab. I love to play golf, hike, and spend time on the beach! I also enjoy reading, crocheting, and spending time with my friends and family.
 u1323923@umail.utah.edu

Shaistah

Biology │ she/her

Shaistah

Biology │ she/her
Hi everyone! My name is Shaistah and I am from Sandy, Utah. I’m a third-year pursuing an honors double major in Health, Society, and Policy and Biology along with a minor in Chemistry. With my degrees, I aim to focus on both the humanities and scientific aspects of medicine and I plan to pursue medical school after graduating. In the future, I hope to volunteer my time as a physician serving the most vulnerable populations. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, bike riding, and spending time with friends and family.
 u0979861@utah.edu

Tay

Physics, Biology │ any pronouns

Tay

Physics, Biology │ any pronouns
Hi! My name is Tay and I moved to Utah from Castle Rock, Colorado about 5 years ago. I am double majoring in Physics & Biology and moving happily at my own pace while working full time in a medical manufacturing lab. I one day hope to pursue a graduate degree in neurobiology studying alternate treatment methods for mental disorders. In my free time I am almost always playing a video game - I frequent Animal Crossing and the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
 u1126824@utah.edu

Vivek

Physics │ he/him

Vivek

Physics │ he/him
Heyo! My name is Vivek, hailing from Sandy, Utah. I am a senior majoring in Physics with minors in Astronomy and Computer Science. I have had a great time at the U so far and I am thrilled to be one of your College of Science Ambassadors! I aspire to become a professional astronomer and pun master. When I am not approximating cows as spheres, I enjoy doing astronomy outreach, browsing Reddit, learning useless fun trivia, and eating really spicy food!
 u0902561@utah.edu

Alex

Biology │ she/her

Alex

Biology │ she/her
Hello! I'm Alex Acuna, a fifth-year student pursuing a BS in Biology with a Cell and Molecular emphasis and minors in Chemistry and African American Studies. I was born in Venezuela and have lived in Salt Lake most of my life. I currently do pediatric cardiology genetics research in Dr. Martin Tristani-Firouzi's lab where I use molecular biological processes to investigate the genetic basis of Familial Atrial Fibrillation. My passions include social and environmental justice, family, and exploring new places.
 u1044578@utah.edu

Alice

Chemistry │ she/her

Alice

Chemistry │ she/her
Hi! My name is Alice and I’m from Northern California. I’m a senior at the U double majoring in Biochemistry and International Studies, with a minor in Chinese. Currently I work as an undergraduate researcher in the Puri Lab where we study how bacteria interact with the environment and each other, and how bacteria produce anti-fungal and antibiotic compounds. Outside of school and research, I love hiking, skiing, rock climbing, and volunteering with the American Chemical Society.
 a.snelling@utah.edu

Anna

Physics, Chemistry │ she/they

Anna

Physics, Chemistry │ she/they
Greetings! My name is Anna and I’m from Pleasant Grove, Utah. I am currently a senior pursuing a double major in Physics and Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics. I am currently working for the amazing Telescope Array research group on campus studying the properties and origins of cosmic rays. I enjoy reading, writing, and all things space-related.
 u1086169@utah.edu

Brennon

Biology │ he/him

Brennon

Biology │ he/him
Hello! My name is Brennon. I'm a senior studying Cell and Molecular Biology with a Chemistry minor, and I'm currently doing microbiology research here on campus. I'm from Idaho Falls, Idaho, and I enjoy reading, hiking, and cooking. After I graduate, I plan to pursue a PhD in Genetics.
 u1043444@utah.edu

Brian J.

Biochemistry │ he/him

Brian J.

Biochemistry │ he/him
Hi everyone! My name is Brian and I am from Nampa, Idaho. I am a second year studying biochemistry here at the U. My hope is to go to medical school after I finish at the U. Outside of studying, I have worked as an LA for the Math department, worked for the Union Programming Council as an Associate Director, volunteered at the Feed U Pantry, and will be an orientation leader for the upcoming summer. In my free time I love weightlifting, playing basketball, and cooking.
 u1310561@utah.edu

Chelsea

Biology │ she/her

Chelsea

Biology │ she/her
Hello! My name is Chelsea and I am in my final year here at the U. I’m from Saratoga Springs, and I have lived in Utah for most of my life. I am majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Anatomy and Physiology and a minor in Chemistry. I am on the pre-med track, hoping to eventually work in pediatrics. I am also a member of the Honors College. I love watching early 2000’s cartoons, documentaries, and playing with my pets.
 u1043488@utah.edu

Ella

Chemistry │ she/her

Ella

Chemistry │ she/her
Hey there! My name is Ella and I am in my senior year at the University of Utah. I am a Chemistry major with a double emphasis in Materials Science and Engineering as well as Biology. Once I graduate with my HBS, I would like to attend graduate school, possibly out of the country if I can swing that. I tend to spend my infrequent free time training on the aerial hoop, going down Googling rabbit holes about random science facts, or trying to catch up on reading all of the classics I missed by not taking AP Lit. If you see me around campus, feel free to ask me questions about chemistry or just say hello!
 u1182164@utah.edu

Hanna

Applied Mathematics │ she/her

Hanna

Applied Mathematics │ she/her
Hi! My name is Hanna Pucheu-Okamura. I come from a Mexican-Dominican background with French and Japanese descent. I'm going to be a third-year student in Fall 2022 pursuing an Applied Mathematics major with a Cognitive Science minor. I am also a learning assistant for physics. In the future, I hope to do research and work with institutions such as health and medicine and education, in order to benefit them and the minorities who struggle in the community. In my free time I like to travel, go out bachata dancing, perform pretend concerts alone in my car, and visit friends and family back home. I am so excited to be a College of Science Ambassador!
 u1312710@utah.edu

Kay

Math, Biology │ they/them

Kay

Math, Biology │ they/them
Hello! My name is Kay and I'm in my 5th year here at the U. I love the ocean! I'm actually studying math and biology in hopes of doing the mathematical side of marine biology. I'm from the small town of Enterprise, Utah and I'm super excited to be a College of Science Ambassador!
 u0984833@utah.edu

Marcus

Physics │ he/him

Marcus

Physics │ he/him
Hey! I'm Marcus Tanner, and I'm from Draper, Utah. I'm currently a sophomore at the U majoring in Physics with an emphasis in Astronomy/Astrophysics, and am also a mentor in the Physics Department's new PANDA Network program. If I'm not hiking out in the boonies, you'll probably find me playing guitar or buried in a book of some sort. After I graduate, I want to go to grad school and work with NASA on their New Frontiers program. Don't be afraid to say hi if you spot me on campus!
 u1327510@umail.utah.edu

Michelle

Biology │ she/her

Michelle

Biology │ she/her
Hi! I'm Michelle and I'm from Denver, Colorado! As of Fall 2022 I will be going into my third year here at the U studying Biology with an Anatomy and Physiology emphasis and a Pediatric Clinical Research minor. After graduating, I hope to pursue an MD or MD-PhD. I am currently involved in research in the Yamaguchi biology lab where we study the neural basis of behavior using African clawed frogs and I am also a Resident Advisor in on-campus housing. When I have free time I enjoy dancing, painting, and going to the movie theaters.
 u1311454@utah.edu

Riley

Physics │ she/her

Riley

Physics │ she/her
My name is Riley Murray, and I'm a Computational Physics and Linguistics double-major! I like a good challenge, and I love to learn new things from the people around me. My two disciplines have allowed me to explore interesting intersections between the sciences and the humanities, which have really rounded out my education as a scientist. As an Idaho native transplanted in Utah, I love the outdoors-- hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding, you name it! I also enjoy learning languages (I've got Japanese, French, and some Scots Gaelic now) and playing guitar, ukulele, and piano. One of my biggest goals in life is to see as much of the world as possible, and to make friends all over it!
 u1195514@utah.edu

Sahar

Biology │ she/they

Sahar

Biology │ she/they
Hi everyone! My name is Sahar, and I am a junior majoring in biology and business administration. In the future, I plan on pursuing an MD/PhD degree. I was born and raised in Sugarhouse, but my family is originally from Afghanistan. I hope to one day return to Afghanistan and provide medical care and resources. In my free time, I like to hang out with family and friends, hike, and online shop. Go Utes!
 u0902561@utah.edu

Sawyer

Physics │ she/they

Sawyer

Physics │ she/they
Hi! My name is Sawyer Brown and I'm from Salt Lake City, UT. I am currently in my first year pursuing a degree in both Astrophysics and Computer Science. I hope to use my degrees to study particle physics and quantum mechanics, and maybe do some work in the educational sector. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, listening to music, being outside, reading, and watching movies.
 u1346615@umail.utah.edu

Sydney L.

Biology │ she/her

Sydney L.

Biology │ she/her
Hi, my name is Sydney, and I am originally from Twin Falls, ID. I am a second-year student pursuing an honors degree in Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology and a minor in Biomedical Engineering. I am currently studying the evolution of neural circuits in Drosophila fruit flies in an SRI stream. After completing my undergrad, I plan on pursuing an MD/PhD and eventually working in neural rehab and prosthetics. Outside of school, I enjoy rock climbing, weight-lifting, kayaking, and really anything outdoorsy.
 u1297291@utah.edu

Tayla

Biology │ she/her

Tayla

Biology │ she/her
My name is Tayla. I am in my third year pursuing a Biology degree with a Neurobiology Emphasis and minors in Chemistry and Pediatric Clinical Research. I was born and raised in Utah and am originally from Herriman, Utah. After my undergrad, I hope to be accepted into medical school or PA school. Outside the College of Science, I'm involved with the Bennion Center (community engagement and volunteer center), and currently, I am a University Ambassador where I give campus tours. During my free time, I enjoy long-distance running, hiking, weightlifting, going to sporting events, and anything outside.
 tayla.chiang@utah.edu

Warren

Biology │ he/him

Warren

Biology │ he/him
Hello! My name is Warren, and I am starting my second year at the U pursuing a Biology major with a Physiology and Anatomy emphasis and a Chemistry minor. After graduating, I plan to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. program with a research-focused surgical practice. At present, I work in Dr. Hong Mu’s immunology research laboratory as an undergraduate research assistant, exploring immunological pathways and analyzing the effects of environmental factors, specifically Mycoplasma arthritidis mitogen, on the induction and proliferation of rheumatoid arthritis. I also spend at least one day a week working in procedure rooms or the operating room in Endoscopy at the University of Utah medical center. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends, hiking, skiing, kayaking, exercising, stargazing, and baking!

Rory Weeks

Rory Weeks

Beckman Abstract

  • Mechanistic understanding of a model solid electrolyte/electrode interface for advancing electrochemical energy storage applications (R. Weeks)
    To mitigate the impacts of anthropogenic climate change as we transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, advanced storage systems are necessary to make intermittent renewable energy sources a viable option. One solution for meeting these energy storage needs involves the use of batteries. However, the lithium-ion battery technology ubiquitous in electronic devices and electric vehicles may be unsuitable for advanced grid storage systems due to concerns about lithium sourcing and safety. In particular, safety issues stem from the use of flammable liquid organic electrolytes and the formation of a poorly defined solid electrolyte interphase which can deleteriously affect battery performance. My research will investigate beyond lithium-ion battery and liquid organic electrolyte technologies in favor of all solid-state sodium batteries. My objective is to develop a multimodal approach to determine the key characteristics of solid/solid interfaces, tailored with controllable interlayers chosen to mediate ion/charge transfer between a nanowire cathode and ionically conducting polymer electrolyte. Such understanding will enable the fabrication of highly efficient and environmentally safe beyond lithium-ion energy storage technologies with tunable interfaces.

 

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Dominique Pablito

Dominique Pablito

"My interest in medicine stems from my childhood experience."

Dominque Pablito grew up in the small town of Aneth, Utah, on the Navajo Nation, and in New Mexico on the Zuni Reservation. She lived in a four-bedroom house with 13 family members, sharing a bedroom with her mother and brother, and visited relatives for extended stays.

“I spent time with my great grandmother, whose house had no running water or electricity,” said Pablito.

Because her grandparents did not speak English, Pablito learned the Zuni and Navajo languages. Pablito said her father, an alcoholic, came in and out of her life.

“I spent time with his family in the Zuni Pueblo,” said Pablito. “I love the connection that the Zuni have with the land and the spirits of the land.”

With access to math and science courses limited in reservation schools, Pablito convinced her family to move.

“We ran out of gas in Saint George, Utah, where I registered for high school even though my family was unable to find housing,” said Pablito. “During my first quarter at my new school, I slept in a 2008 Nissan Xterra with my mother, brother and grandmother while I earned straight As, took college courses at Dixie State University and competed in varsity cross country.”

Pablito met her goal of graduating from high school in three years, racking up honors and college credits.

“My mother told me I would have to excel in school to get a scholarship for college,” said Pablito. “When I graduated at 15 with an excellent GPA, having taken college courses at night and with exceptional ACT and SAT scores, I was sure I would earn the Gates Millennium Scholarship. It wasn’t enough.”

Dominique Pablito

To compensate, she applied for 15 scholarships and was awarded 12, including the Larry H. Miller Enrichment Scholarship—a full ride.

For Pablito, the transition to college life was jarring.

“It was the first time I had my own bed in my own bedroom,” said Pablito. “I missed being so close to my Zuni culture. I brought small kachina figurines with me and did my best to decorate my room like my old homes.”

Despite her hard work in high school, Pablito was not prepared for college academics and sought help from tutors, professors, and TAs.

“I spent late nights watching tutorials on YouTube,” said Pablito. “College retention rates for indigenous students are exceptionally low, so instead of going home for the summer, I sought out research internships and difficult coursework to keep busy.”

Academics were not her only challenge.

“I started college at 15 and by age 16 I had no parents,” said Pablito. “My mother was abusive and we ceased contact. At 17, I was diagnosed with an adrenal tumor, which pushed my strength to its limits. I never felt more alone in my life.”

For support, she turned to her grandparents.

“Hearing their voices speaking the languages I grew up with helped with my loneliness,” said Pablito. “My grandfather didn’t allow me to drop out of college.”

Pablito also reached out to Indigenous student groups.

“I joined AISES and the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP), which connected me with community elders,” said Pablito. “I tutored students in math and science and assisted in teaching Diné Bizaad (Navajo) to students who had never heard the language. Being a part of these communities has been crucial in my success.”

She also credits her research internships with helping her discover her strengths.

“I decided to major in chemistry when I participated in the PathMaker Research Program at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, where I used biochemistry to investigate DNA damage and repair in cancer cells,” said Pablito. “Dr. Srividya Bhaskara guided me through the world of research, helping me earn many awards and grants.”

In the lab Pablito learned the important lesson that failure is inevitable.

“I began to think that science wasn’t for me, until I understood that failure is a part of research,” said Pablito. “What matters is how you handle that failure.”

She had a different lab experience during an internship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. There she used targeted photoactivatable multi-inhibitor liposomes to induce site-specific cell damage in various cancer cells.

“That’s where my research interest in cancer and molecular biology developed,” said Pablito. “That internship taught me how to effectively present scientific data and how important community can be for the success of Native students.”

Her interest in medicine stems from her childhood experience with the Indian Health Service.

“Many of my elders distrusted going to doctors because most health care providers are white,” said Pablito. “My great-grandfathers’ illnesses could have been treated much better had they visited a doctor sooner. I will use my medical training to improve the care of elders on my reservation by integrating culture, language and medicine.”

In addition to earning an MD in family medicine, Pablito plans to earn a doctoral degree in cancer biology and eventually open a lab on the Zuni Pueblo to expose students to research.

“I want to spark an interest in STEM in future generations of Indigenous scholars,” said Pablito. “I want to give them advantages I never had.”

 

by D.J. Pollard
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).

The AISES magazine, People in Winds of Change, focuses on career and educational advancement for Native people in STEM fields. The article below first appeared in the Spring 2020 Issue.

 

 

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