Meet the Fellows

University Fellows represent a variety of programs across campus. Click on the University Fellows' names below to learn more about which departments they come from and each University Fellow's interests.

2019-2020 University Fellows

2018-2019 University Fellows

2017-2018 University Fellows

2016-2017 University Fellows

2015-2016 University Fellows

2014-2015 University Fellows

2019-2020 University Fellows (biographies coming soon)

Kathleen Barvick

Anthropology, PhD Student

 

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Nicholas Bielski

Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program, PhD Student

 

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Alicia Brown

Spanish - Hispanic Linguistics, PhD Student

 

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Romi Castillo

Biomedical Engineering, PhD Student

 

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Noah DeFino

Entomology Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, PhD Student

 

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Emmanouil Drimalas

Physics, PhD Student

 

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Robert Ferrando

Applied Mathematics GIDP, PhD Student

 

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Caroline Jäger

Transcultural German Studies, PhD Student

 

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Rebecca Jarnutowski

Mathematics, PhD Student

 

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Sana Khan

Epidemiology, PhD Student

 

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Marta Kozlowska

Plant Science, PhD Student

 

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Sierra Lauman

Natural Resources - Ecology and Management of Rangelands, PhD Student

 

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Annalysa Lovos

Psychology, PhD Student

 

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Iggy Matheson

Aerospace Engineering, PhD Student

 

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India Raven Moffett

Art, MFA Student

 

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Lucy Mugambi

Art History and Education - Art and Visual Culture Education, PhD Student

 

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Kyle Norland

Systems and Industrial Engineering, PhD Student

 

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Tianzhe Shen

Philosophy, PhD Student

 

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Sy Simms

Higher Education, PhD Student

 

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Marie Tanaka

School Psychology, PhD Student

 

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Wunetu Tarrant

Linguistics, PhD Student

 

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Tina Workman

Nursing, PhD Student

 

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2018-2019 University Fellows

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Jared Baker

Dance, MFA Student

Jared Baker is a Master of Fine Arts student in the School of Dance. He grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and is an alumnus of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He is interested in the role of dance as a form of therapy and as cross-training for athletes; he plans to research the development of programs or curricula that respond to individual athletes’ needs, depending on their form of discipline, their strengthening requirements, or their focus on injury prevention and recovery. Prior to returning to the University of Arizona, Jared lived in Sacramento, California, with his six-year old Siberian Husky Kyla, where he taught dance and performed. An accomplished performer and choreographer, he was the recipient of the School of Dance’s Creative Achievement Award during his undergraduate career. He also won the International Choreography Competition at the Jazz Dance World Congress in 2012 and was a finalist for the Capezio A.C.E. Awards in 2014.

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Ian Briggs

Optical Sciences, PhD Student

Ian Briggs, a native of San Francisco, is a doctoral student in the College of Optical Sciences. He attended Cornell University where he graduated with his Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering, as well as two Bachelor of Science degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Applied Engineering Physics. An avid researcher and optical science enthusiast, his interests include optoelectronics, optical fiber technologies, signal processing, and advanced techniques of physical optics and optical design. Outside of the lab, Ian is proficient juggler, runner, and enjoys video games and movies.

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Nina Conrad

Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, PhD Student

Nina Conrad is a doctoral student in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. She is an alumna of the University of Arizona, where she held the National Merit Scholarship and earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Journalism and Art History. Prior to entering her doctoral program, she earned a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Nina’s research examines student writing as a social practice in higher education. She is interested in literacy brokering (the involvement of others besides named authors) in the production of student texts and its implications for students and their institutions. Based on findings from her master’s research, she is challenging assumptions about international students and non-native English speakers by arguing that these labels are not equivalent, nor do they properly represent students' linguistic repertoires. Nina grew up in Seattle, and enjoys hiking, yoga, and vegetable gardening.

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Jonathan Credo

Clinical Translational Sciences, PhD Student

Jonathan Credo is a doctoral student in Clinical Translational Sciences. A native Arizonan, he is from Flagstaff, where he attended Northern Arizona University and graduated with Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Biology. In addition to his doctoral studies, he is a third year medical student at the University of Arizona and plans to complete his medical training after the completion of his doctoral degree. His research Interests are ecotoxicity, environmental medicine, and toxicology. He is excited to explore how, under the guise of progress, we poison and damage both the environment and ourselves, and to develop solutions through academic research and clinical approaches. Outside of his studies, Jonathan has many interests, ranging from cooking, baking, and video games, to backpacking, weight lifting, jogging, running, fishing, archery, and blacksmithing.

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Sonia Delphin Pérez

Natural Resource Studies, PhD Student

Sonia Delphin Pérez is a doctoral student in the Natural Resources program. She attended the National University of Asuncion in San Lorenzo, Paraguay, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Engineering in 2005. After working in the field for a few years, she attended the University of Florida, where she graduated with a Master of Science in Forest Resources and Conservation in 2012. Her research interests are land use planning, conservation of natural resources, and sustainable development, all with an emphasis on finding ways to balance growth and conservation. In particular, her research will focus on the feasibility of developing, implementing, and monitoring a municipal level land use planning strategy that integrates environmental, social, and economic factors, using the Chaco Ecoregion of Paraguay as an example. An avid traveler, she has worked in her native Paraguay, Florida, and Washington, D.C. on projects for the National University of Asuncion, the University of Florida, consultancy firms, and, most recently, the World Wildlife Fund. She enjoys learning about other cultures and being outdoors.

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Richmond Embeywa

Translational German Studies, PhD Student

Richmond Embeywa is a doctoral student in the Transcultural German Studies program. Originally from Kenya, Richmond attended Kenyatta University in Nairobi, where he graduated with degrees in German and History in 2016. He then earned a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) at West Virginia University in May 2018. His research interests are in the teaching of German and English as foreign languages, and in second language acquisition, with a focus on immigrants arriving in Germany during the refugee crisis. He is excited to contribute to research on how refugee populations navigate challenges to acquire a second language. An avid language learner and teacher himself, Richmond speaks German, English, Swahili, and Luhya. He has taught language classes for West Virginia University and at colleges in Nairobi; he also interned for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and provided pedagogical support to the German School Nairobi. Richmond has a passion for languages, second language acquisition, international affairs, and travel. He lived in Germany on multiple occasions, funded by scholarships from Kenyatta University, the Free University of Berlin, the Hamburg University of Technology, and the Fulda University of Applied Sciences.

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Erin Jennings

Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program, PhD Student

Erin Jennings is a doctoral student in the Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences program. She grew up in Smyrna, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville, with her parents and younger sister. She attended King University in Bristol, Tennessee, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology: Cell and Molecular Tract with a minor in Mathematics. Her research interests are inspired by her undergraduate work in an environmental toxicology lab, researching the effects of neurodegeneration due to pesticides in nematodes, and in a kinesiology lab, studying how different compositions of gastrointestinal microbiota affect aging in mice. Erin plans to combine these research areas by exploring the effects of external substances on the gastrointestinal tract and how the gastrointestinal tract affects other body systems. Outside of the lab, she enjoys learning new things that are beyond her comfort zone, spending time with friends and family, and encouraging young girls and women to follow their passions.

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Elizabeth Johnson

Nursing, PhD Student

Elizabeth Johnson is a doctoral student in the College of Nursing. She has a degree in Nursing from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Clinical Research Management from Arizona State University. Her interests include human research subject protections as they pertain to Electronic Health Record utilization and subject retention. As a research nurse, she encountered participant withdrawals due to communication problems and documentation errors within Electronic Health Record platforms. Her goal is to lessen this occurrence and maintain opportunities for patients to continue access to novel therapies. Elizabeth is from Chicago and is an avid runner and outdoorsperson. She enjoys challenge climbs, half-marathons, and recently completed the Torres del Paine Moreno hike in Chile.

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Ashok Kaliyamurthy

Marketing, PhD Student

Ashok Kaliyamurthy is a doctoral student in the Marketing program. Born and raised in Bangalore, India, he graduated as an engineer from Bangalore University in 2001 and worked in the telecom industry, analyzing how people use their mobile phones. He then earned a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University and worked for Johnson & Johnson in sales and marketing roles. His corporate experiences interested him in sustainability, so he became the CEO of a social enterprise that creates innovative products using bamboo. Most recently, he has worked as a marketing consultant, researching and designing solutions that aim to promote sustainable consumption and empowerment of micro-entrepreneurs. These experiences have shaped his interest in pursuing doctoral research on the ways in which culture and consumption shape each other and the economic, social, and political implications of this interaction. When not working, Ashok is an avid long-distance cyclist, and he has a keen interest in documentaries and story-telling. He has lived and worked in over a dozen countries and loves to learn about different cultures.

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Julie Kasper

Educational Leadership, EdD Student

Julie Kasper is pursuing an Educational Leadership Doctorate in Education (EdD). As an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, she earned degrees in Sociology and Women’s Studies. She attended Columbia University’s Teacher College and graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in 2002, and is a National Board Certified Teacher in English as a New Language. Julie taught English as a Second Language in K-12 schools in Japan, New York City, and Tucson for 16 years before focusing on research related to immigrant and refugee education with nonprofits, colleges, and school districts. Her research interests include equitable access to high-quality, culturally responsive educational opportunities, especially for migrant and refugee populations. She plans to investigate how educational policy - both as written by policymakers and as implemented by administrators and teachers - includes and excludes particular communities of learners and what this means within larger systems of oppression or inequity and within fields of empowerment and agency. She looks forward to analyzing how education in the US and around the world can be more accessible and responsive to the needs and interests of all students.

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Victoria Luizzi

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, PhD Student

Victoria Luizzi is a doctoral student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program. She grew up in Seekonk, Massachusetts, attended Amherst College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, and conducted research with Dr. Magne Friberg at Lund University in Sweden as a Fulbright Research Grant recipient in 2017 and 2018. Victoria’s research interests focus on how species interactions and natural selection on traits important to these interactions vary across time and space. She is especially interested in how plant-pollinator or plant-pollinator-antagonist relationships may be affected by changes in their surrounding community or environment. In addition to her fascination with science, Victoria enjoys writing, poetry, playing French horn, and hiking. As an undergraduate, she co-founded a club that involved building and playing alphorns made of PVC pipe and duct tape.

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Joshua Mack

Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD Student

Joshua Mack is a doctoral student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering program. Born in Iowa, he grew up in Peoria, Arizona, and attended the University of Arizona, where he earned dual degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mathematics. After graduation, he worked as a software engineer in Phoenix. His research interests include the intersection of high performance computing and reconfigurable systems; emerging architectures; and intelligent and/or autonomous workload partitioning across heterogeneous systems. Joshua aims not only to enable better and more efficient computation through designing or choosing the right kind of processor for every job, but also to create environments and structures that allow end users to make these decisions without needing to be experts. Outside of his scholarly pursuits, Joshua is an avid moviegoer and enjoys traveling to new places.

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Lauren Meeks

Nutritional Sciences, PhD Student

Lauren Meeks is a doctoral student in the Nutritional Sciences program. She grew up in Ontario, California, and graduated from University of La Verne in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology; in 2016, she earned a Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Food Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Lauren stayed on as a lecturer in the Human Nutrition and Food Science Department from 2016 to 2018, confirming her desire to pursue a doctorate and a career in academia. Her research interests include the impact of nutrition on the prevention and treatment of cancer and natural methods of cancer treatment that circumvent the side effects associated with traditional chemotherapy. Beyond the classroom, Lauren enjoys hiking and exploring nature with her dog.

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Tristan Phillips

Mathematics, PhD Student

Tristan Phillips is a doctoral student in Mathematics. He grew up in Walpole, New Hampshire, and attended Shippenburg University of Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. Tristan is enamored with the way mathematics can influence our lives as well as beautifully describe the natural world. He is especially interested in number theory and the way it influences other mathematic theories and practice. In addition to exploring long standing and historically interesting number theory problems, he has experience showing dairy cows and owns several Jersey dairy cattle. He also enjoys running, hiking, juggling, and painting with watercolors. 

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John Powell

Linguistics, PhD Student

John Powell is a doctoral student in the Department of Linguistics. He has a Master of Arts in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and a Bachelor of Arts in English (Literature), both from Arizona State University. His research interests include language documentation and revitalization of indigenous languages. He is especially concerned with the syntax and semantics of Yuman languages, a family of languages spoken in the American Southwest and Baja California. John’s work often overlaps with tribal revitalization efforts, and he collaborates with the Piipaash (Maricopa) on their continuing documentation and revitalization program. Although he was born in Pocatello, Idaho, he is most recently from Arlington, Arizona.

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Joe Schlosser

Chemical Engineering

Joe Schlosser is a doctoral student in the Chemical Engineering program. An alumnus of the University of Arizona, he earned his Bachelor degrees in Chemical and Environmental Engineering. Joe is looking forward to researching the impacts of aerosols on climate change, especially in respect to sustainable practices in nutrient and water recovery, farming, manufacturing, and transportation. A Tucson native and licensed paramedic, Joseph’s favorite past times are slacklining, aerial silks, and salsa dancing.

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Carmella Scorcia Pacheco

Spanish, PhD Student

Carmella Scorcia Pacheco is a doctoral student in the Spanish program. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with Bachelor degrees in Spanish and Marketing and International Management in 2006 and with a Master of Arts in Spanish with a concentration in Hispanic Southwest Studies in 2013. She has also studied at the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey in Chihuahua, Mexico, and the Universidad de Granada in Spain. The multicultural character and history of her hometown, Los Alamos, New Mexico, influences Carmella’s research on cultural hybridity, in all the manifestations and genres of expressive culture. Her work will explore border issues, cultural resistance, social justice, and the affirmation of multicultural and transnational identities. She plans to raise awareness of histories that influence border communities and to create tools to facilitate broader discussions about the politics of difference; one objective of her work is to enable more inclusive and expressive cultures, particularly as manifested in music, language, literature, and the arts. Her own engagement with the arts is evident in her enjoyment of music, flamenco dancing, great food, and wine. She is a certified accordion apprentice in the New Mexico Folk Arts program, and she enjoys tuning, rebuilding, and refurbishing accordions in addition to playing accordion and offering lessons.

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Victoria Sisk

Sociology, PhD Student

Victoria Sisk is a doctoral student in the School of Sociology. She grew up in Denver, Colorado, and attended Case Western Reserve University where she earned dual degrees in Philosophy and Psychology. After graduation, she worked in Washington, D.C. as a research assistant for the American Institutes for Research. Victoria plans to focus on understanding social inequality at the neighborhood level, particularly the ways in which gentrification can disrupt or perpetuate inequality for long-time residents of gentrifying neighborhoods. She plans to investigate how homeownership, age, and race shape the consequences of gentrification for long-time residents in terms of their displacement, socioeconomic mobility, and health post-gentrification. Outside of her scholarly pursuits, she enjoys gardening and is looking forward to learning about Tucson's native plants and heirloom vegetables.

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A. Grace Steig

Anthropology, PhD Student

Grace Steig is a doctoral student in the School of Anthropology, studying food in the midst of the climate crisis. She is interested in the ecology of changing food systems and the biopolitics of agricultural work and migration. In 2015, she graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. Her thesis at Yale was on Andean potato conservation. From 2015 to 2018, Grace worked on mutual aid organizing in the Pacific Northwest; she helped found Greater Seattle Neighborhood Action Coalition and coordinated Food Not Bombs Seattle. She enjoys foraging edible plants and watching international films.

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Yuhui Tang

Planetary Sciences, PhD Student

Yuhui Tang is a doctoral student in the Planetary Sciences program. Although originally from Shanghai, Yuhui has called New York home since his family moved there while he was in elementary school. He attended Cornell University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics. He is excited to contribute to the UA Lunar and Planetary Laboratory’s exploration of the processes that shape planet development and to be a part of the search for life on other planets. Outside of the classroom, Yuhui enjoys exploring the world and is an amateur sommelier, having taken Cornell University’s Introduction to Wine class.

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Rebecca Thompson

Art and Visual Culture Education, PhD Student

Rebecca Thompson is a doctoral student in the Art and Visual Culture Education program in the School of Art. An alumna of the University of Arizona, she has a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Education, a Master of Science in Art Education from Elmira College, and a Master of Fine Arts in Fine Arts from Cornell University. Rebecca has produced art for over 15 years, using sustainable materials and developing her curiosity about the history of sites and land use. This curiosity is integral to her research, in which she explores how to develop sustainable mindsets and embodied experience in art education. Through the development of interdisciplinary gardens and outdoor learning spaces, Rebecca believes educators can counteract the "throw away" habit and instead instill a sense of respect and value for the planet and humanity. Rebecca has lived all over the United States, holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and is an avid gardener in Japanese and traditional English styles as well as those proposed by landscape designer Frank Law Olmsted.

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Amanda Wilson

Environmental Health Sciences, PhD Student

Amanda Wilson is a doctoral student in the Environmental Health Sciences program in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences and a Master of Science in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Arizona. Her research interests include quantitative microbial risk assessment, exposure modeling, and exposure science. She enjoys the intersection of microbiology, mathematics, statistics, and behavioral sciences in risk assessment, because it drives her to be constantly learning new concepts and to think creatively about how to capture the larger systems that affect our health and well-being. A native of Gilbert, Arizona, Amanda seeks opportunities to incorporate creativity into her writing and research. She enjoys singing, songwriting, poetry writing, painting, pottery making, and jewelry making. Exploring a new art form and being a "beginner" again is one of her great pleasures.

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Jessica Zanetell

Applied Mathematics Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, PhD Student

Jessica Zanetell is a doctoral student in the Applied Mathematics Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. Originally from Colorado, she graduated in 2015 from Regis University in Denver with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. She then headed east to Wake Forest University, where she graduated with a Master of Arts in Mathematics. Her research interests lie in mathematical modelling, particularly applications in atmospheric and environmental sciences. She wants to explore ways to account for the effect of noise associated with tipping points in climate models, such as the Eiseman Wettlaufer model, in order to improve the efficacy and reliability of such models. Doing so will allow scientists, policy makers, and people impacted by climate change to make more informed decisions. In addition to her love of mathematics, Jessica enjoys hiking, yoga, and running.

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2017-2018 University Fellows

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Annie Beguhl

History, PhD Student

Annie Beguhl is a doctoral student from Rolesville, North Carolina. She has a BA in History from Gardner-Webb University. She is interested in researching the history of gender deviance in the late nineteenth-century United States and how it relates to medicine, sexuality, urbanization, local communities, and crime. A fun fact: Annie worked at a Dairy Queen for six years and still loves ice cream.

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Victoria Bland

Nutritional Sciences, PhD Student

Victoria Bland is a doctoral student in Nutritional Sciences. She received her B.S. in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise from Virginia Tech and an M.S. in Foods and Nutrition from the University of Georgia. She has worked as a clinical dietitian as well as adjunct faculty at Kennesaw State University. At the University of Arizona, she plans to research the impacts of diet and physical activity on body composition and disease risk. In her free time, Victoria enjoys running, hiking, rock climbing, or anything else that will get her outside.  

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Matiss Castorena Salaks

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, PhD Student

Matiss Castorena is a Mexican doctoral student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He earned with honors his bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology in Mexico City from the Autonomous National University of Mexico. Matiss studies how plant trait diversity is driven by natural selection and how this may affect ecosystem processes. He plans to examine how the capacity of plants to cope with the environment is related to their respiratory rates. When not doing research, Matiss is an avid tree climber, mountaineer, and explorer the world around him.

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Matthew Crosby

Conducting, DMA Student

Matthew Crosby is a doctoral student in Choral Conducting. He earned a Master’s of Music from Westminster Choir College, and has been teaching music at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, his alma mater, since 2003. Choirs under his direction have toured Japan, Spain, Portugal, Canada, Austria, and across the United States. He is interested in cultivating artistry in undergraduates and passing along the mentorship which has been vital in his own development.

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Harman Dhatt

Pharmaceutical Sciences - Pharmaceutical Economics, Policy & Outcomes, PhD Student

Harman Dhatt is a doctoral student in the Pharmaceutical Economics Policy & Outcomes program in the College of Pharmacy. She received her Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management at Arizona State University and Master of Public Health at Brown University, where her thesis focused on dual-use of healthcare systems among veterans and their quality of care. She has conducted research in a wide range of therapeutic areas in pharmaceutical consulting, lab, government, and clinical settings over the past ten years. Most recently, she worked as a Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) Manager and Business Development Manager at a global HEOR consulting company for five years; she has also worked as an independent principal HEOR consultant. Her interests include pharmacoeconomics, health outcomes, quantitative methods, strategic market access and value assessment. Outside of her academic and professional life, she also enjoys traveling, music, poetry, and astronomy.

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Thomas Benjamin Fuhr

Transcultural German Studies, PhD Student

Thomas Benjamin Fuhr was born in a French car, to an American mother and a German father. He has explored different cultures and languages around the world, before and during his Magister studies of ethnology, pedagogy and Spanish philology at the Johannes-Gutenberg-University in Mainz, Germany.  As a PhD student in the Transcultural German Studies program, Thomas is eager to learn about multilingualism, language acquisition, and cultural German studies from a transatlantic perspective. A classically trained guitar-player, Benjamin is passionate about music, and he enjoys a good hike.

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Jessica Gjerde

Higher Education, PhD Student

Jessica Gjerde is a doctoral student studying Higher Education. She grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and Spirit Lake, Iowa. She received a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College in Music and an M.A. from the University of St. Thomas in Leadership in Student Affairs.  Her research interests are multiracial identity development for a growing biracial/multiracial population and its implications for higher education. Jessica enjoys traveling, dog-sitting, and playing board games when she’s not binge-watching Netflix.

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Gitanjali Gnanadesikan

Anthropology, PhD Student

Gitanjali Gnanadesikan is a doctoral student in the School of Anthropology. Her research focuses on cognitive evolution and social behavior, especially in domesticated species such as dogs. She is particularly interested in developing experimental paradigms that enable meaningful comparisons of cognitive abilities across species. Gita graduated from Princeton in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, after which she spent a year teaching English and music in an elementary school in rural China. When not working, teaching, or playing with animals, she enjoys reading, singing, photography, spending time outdoors, and especially combinations of the above.

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Michael Grace

Optical Sciences, PhD Student

Michael Grace is a PhD student in Optical Sciences. He and his wife Sarah have moved to Arizona from Connecticut, where Michael graduated with a BS in Physics from Yale while focusing in biophysics. After college, Michael was a researcher at the Yale School of Medicine, working on characterizing and optimizing state-of-the-art optical super-resolution microscopy techniques. He is excited by methods development and interdisciplinary collaboration and hopes to apply his training in optics to areas such as biological imaging and quantum information. He enjoys balancing his research with running, making music, and engaging with others about big life questions.

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Sara Hu

Entomology and Insect Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, PhD Student

Sara Hu is a doctoral student in the Entomology and Insect Science GIDP. She received a B.A. in Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley and both a B.S. and an M.S. in Biology from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Her primary research interest is in ants’ collective behavior. Her doctoral research will focus on how competitive and defense behavior of individuals influences colony-level behavior and organization.

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Sue Youn Kim

Marketing, PhD Student

Sue Youn Kim is a doctoral student in the Department of Marketing with a background in economics. Her research interests include using quantitative methods to model brand loyalty and customer satisfaction in experience goods. Sue Youn's past research investigates the relationships between American film return on investments (ROIs) and movie genre classifications.

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Li-Chuan Ku

Psychology, PhD Student

Li-chuan Ku is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology. Before coming to the UA, he earned a B.Eng. in computer science and information engineering and M.A. in English (Linguistics program) at National Taiwan Normal University. His master thesis explored how personality could affect emotion word processing in the brain. He is interested in exploring individual differences in emotion processing in linguistic contexts. As a member in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Laboratory led by Dr. Vicky Lai, he will research emotion processing in language across the life span by using EEG/fMRI techniques.

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Jingyi Li

East Asian Studies – Japanese Studies, PhD student

Jingyi Li is a doctoral student in Pre-Modern Japanese Literature. She earned her B.A. in Japanese Language and Literature from East China Normal University and M.A. in Pre-Modern Japanese Literature from Kyushu University. Her research focuses on Edo period literature, particularly novels and traditional Japanese poems. Her M.A. research project discusses the reception history of the Chinese novelist and playwright Li Yu in Edo period Japan. At the UA, she will examine the exchange of knowledge between Japan and China during the 1600-1900s. Her hobby is transcribing cursive writings of traditional Japanese materials.

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Siennah Miller

Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program

Pharmacology and Toxicology, PhD Student

Siennah Miller is an Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program alumnus and is pursuing her doctoral degree in the College of Pharmacy's Pharmacology and Toxicology Program. She was born and raised in Michigan and earned her BS in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Her research interests include studying the mechanisms of pharmacological agents and their interactions with the body at the molecular level. While earning her PhD, Siennah hopes to volunteer at local schools to educate and encourage girls to get involved with science at an early age. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and traveling.

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Dylan Moriarty

Statistics Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, PhD Student

Dylan Moriarty is a doctoral student in the Statistics Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. He grew up on the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona and earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the UA. His M.S. is from Stanford’s Energy Resources Engineering Program. Upon graduation, he worked on special statistics as an R&D engineer with Sandia National Laboratories. Dylan will be researching methods of processing big data in the earth sciences.

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María del Mar Navarro

Spanish, PhD Student

María del Mar Navarro is a PhD student in Department of Spanish and Portuguese, specializing in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures. Her research explores the visual and material culture of Spanish literatures. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design, a Master of Business Administration from the Eller College of Management, and an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Arizona; while earning both graduate degrees, she studied advertising effects on young populations. María has held faculty positions internationally and in the United States. A native of Spain, she enjoys literature, theater, music, films, nature walks, and the company of her pets, friends, and family.

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James Romine

Epidemiology, PhD Student

James Romine is interested in the application of epidemiology and medical anthropology to Global Health projects. His current research compares Dengue fever prevention practices among several cities in Mexico and the United States. When earning his MPH, he helped develop a system that enables community health workers to deploy smartphones in the prevention of Dengue fever in northern Mexico. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua from 2010-2013, James worked extensively with community-based public health programs. He grew up in California and misses the beach but enjoys Mt. Lemmon and the Sonoran desert.

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Travis Sawyer

Optical Sciences, PhD Student

Travis Sawyer is a doctoral student in Optical Sciences. An alumnus of the University of Arizona, he received his BS in Optical Sciences before being awarded a Churchill Scholarship to pursue an MPhil in Physics at the University of Cambridge. The novel medical imaging technologies he helped develop at Cambridge will inform his doctoral research on new methods for early detection of ovarian cancer. Travis is an avid hiker and painter. He also enjoys traveling and has lived in Germany, England and the Netherlands.

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Andrew Sevrinsky

Astronomy, PhD Student

Andrew Sevrinsky earned a BS in Physics from Georgia State University, where he researched the fundamental properties of nearby stars.  As a doctoral student in the Department of Astronomy, he will build on that work, using high resolution imaging tools on UA telescopes to search for and characterize companions and exoplanets around young stars.  In his free time, he enjoys cooking, hiking, and any situation that puts him in the same room as dogs.

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David Welsh

Plant Sciences, PhD Student

David Welsh is a doctoral student in the School of Plant Sciences. He is especially interested in the interaction of plants and fungi. His doctoral research will focus on Aspergillus and how to prevent it from making aflatoxin in maize. David grew up in Michigan and received a BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Lawrence Technological University. He is excited by the opportunity to explore Arizona. Outside of class, David practices and coaches competitive winter guard with his husband.

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Julia Yang

Geography, PhD Student

Julia Yang earned her bachelor's degrees in Environmental Studies and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Kansas. She developed her research in biogeochemistry with the support of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) – a federal program and community dedicated to increasing diversity in STEM. Now in the UA Geography department, she will investigate how ecosystems interact with a changing global environment across large spatial scales—in particular, changes related to land use and climate. In her free time, Julia is a dedicated rock climber and outdoor adventurer.

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2016-2017 University Fellows

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Junmo Ahn

Mining and Geological Engineering, PhD Student

Junmo Ahn is a South Korean doctoral student in the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Konkuk University and a master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Seoul National University. He is interested in improving the environmental sustainability of mining waste materials reclamation through the use of biotechnology, and improving the environmental sustainability of the mining industry through regional organizations.

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Dylan Barton

School Psychology, PhD Student

Dylan Barton earned an Honors BS in Psychology and a Criminology Certificate from the University of Utah. Born and raised in Utah, he spent much of his young adulthood supporting LGBTQ rights and visibility - particularly for LGBTQ youth and people of color - in a state where they are routinely under-served. He worked for the Utah Pride Center's Advocacy and Education department and supported Utah's Gay-Straight Alliance network. His interest in serving vulnerable youth populations eventually led him to work for Utah's Juvenile Justice System. There he learned that early detection and intervention in our school systems can prevent a myriad of negative outcomes for youth, prevent delinquency, and promote the resilience our students need in order to thrive. Dylan will earn his PhD in School Psychology. Outside Academe, he enjoys the gym, journaling, visual arts, and attending rock and mineral fairs.

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Katie Chenard

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, PhD Student

Katie Chenard is a doctoral student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She earned her BS in Wildlife Ecology from University of Maine, where she wrote an honors thesis on nesting captive Zebra finches; the project included extensive research in New Zealand. Since graduating, Katie has worked with field research teams in a variety of locations. She has also conducted  independent research on the feeding and boldness behavior of guppy populations in the rainforests of northern Trinidad. Her doctoral work in Dr. Duckworth’s lab will focus on animal behavior, integrating aspects of endocrinology and genetics in order to improve our understanding of how persistent individual behaviors are created and disrupted.

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Kayla Chronister

English Literature, PhD Student

Kayla Chronister is a doctoral student in English Literature. She is originally from Seattle and holds a BA in Literature from Seattle Pacific University. Her research interests include Gothic literature, interactions between folklore and written literature, and the politics of genre. Prior to starting her graduate studies, she spent a year teaching and mentoring sixteen children at a group home in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In her spare time, she writes horror and fantasy short fiction. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Strange Horizons, and Shimmer. 

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Kevin Doubleday

Biostatics, PhD Student

Kevin Doubleday is a Biostatistics doctoral student in the College of Public Health. He received a bachelor's degree in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Mary Washington in 2009, then taught high school math for 4 years before attending the University of Arizona to earn an MS in Biostatistics. His current research interests include developing individualized rules for treating chronic diseases, focusing on value based recursive partitioning methods. His objective is to provide optimal treatment for patients as indicated by their baseline characteristics.  

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Ryan Endsley

Astronomy, PhD Student

Ryan Endsley graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in physics and mathematics. He then spent a year working at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics near Munich, Germany. Now a PhD student in the Department of Astronomy, Ryan researches properties of stars and gas in galaxies when the universe was only 5-10% of its current age. By using various UA directed telescopes and resources, Ryan seeks to gain a deeper insight into how galaxies formed and evolved in the early universe and how they built the universe we live in today.

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Caroline Geisler (Foy)

Animal Sciences, PhD Student

Caroline Geisler is a doctoral student in the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences. She grew up outside Dayton and attended Miami University in Oxford, OH, where she earned a B.S. in zoology. She then attended the University of Arizona for her Master’s Degree in Animal Sciences. Her primary research interest is how metabolism and endocrinology impact systemic health and liver physiology. Caroline's master's thesis investigated how signaling by ketone bodies affects the hepatic adaptation to fasting. Her PhD project focuses on how lipid accumulation in the liver drives pathophysiologies common to obesity and diabetes, such as insulin resistance and hypertension.

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Kristy Gilman

Nutritional Sciences, PhD Student

Kristy Gilman graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Nutrition and Health Sciences and a minor in Chemistry. Now a doctoral student in the UA Nutritional Sciences Program, she is interested in bioactive compounds and nutrients and their impact on cancer development. She enjoys jogging, hiking, and watching The Big Bang Theory in her free time.

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Khaled Jarrar

Art, MFA Student

Khaled Jarrar is a Palestinian student in the School of Art's MFA program. He is an internationally known artist with a strong professional portfolio that spans more than ten years. His art often focuses on the sociocultural impact of modern-day power struggles on ordinary citizens. In addition to expanding his artistic experience in the US, he is interested in teaching and in making community connections throughout Tucson.

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Tanya Jeffries

Computer Science, PhD Student

Tanya Jeffries, a doctoral student in the Department of Computer Science, researches high performance computing data visualization with her advisor, Dr. Kate Isaacs. She is particularly interested in graph drawing. Prior to coming to the UA, she studied at the University of New Mexico, where she earned both her B.A. in Economics and an M.S. in Computer Science. Her Master's thesis explored problems related to crossing minimization in bipartite graphs.

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Juli Kim

Hispanic Linguistics, PhD Student

Juli Kim is a doctoral student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, specializing in Hispanic Linguistics. She is from South Korea, where she earned a Master of Hispanic language from Seoul National University and was awarded the prestigious Brain Korea 21 Program Fellowship in Academic Research. Her doctoral work will include address form, politeness, pragmatics, null subject, and object in Spanish and Portuguese.

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Matthew Klass

Physiological Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (GIDP), PhD Student

Matthew Klass is a doctoral student in Physiological Sciences. A veteran of the UA, he earned his bachelor’s degrees in Physiological Sciences, French, and Italian in May 2016. His research focuses on the mechanisms of cardiovascular disease. Outside of the lab and classroom, Matthew is committed to volunteering; he has served in the Dominican Republic with the International Student Volunteers Project and in Tucson with the SBATA Youth Mentorship Program, supporting Nepali-Bhutanese youth refugees.

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Juan Mejia

Musical Arts – Cello Performance, DMA Student

Juan Mejia is a doctoral student who wants to create meaningful impact through music education. A cellist, he has studied at the renowned San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is known for his superb musicality as well as his community outreach. As in Brazil's El Sistema program, Juan is committed to addressing poverty through music education.

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Rachel Murray

Arid Lands Resource Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (GIDP), PhD Student

Rachel Murray is a doctoral student in the Arid Lands Resource Sciences Program. She investigates current stressors on the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty between Pakistan and India.  As a Borlaug Global Food Security Fellow at the University of Wisconsin's Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Rachel received her MS for research on the resiliencies and vulnerabilities of small Farmer-Managed Irrigation Systems in Nepal; her was on women farmers. Rachel also holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Law School and a BS in Wildlife Ecology and Botany from UW-Madison.  Her research interests include interstate water conflict, climate change adaptation in agro-ecosystems, women and irrigation, and the global water-food-energy-ecosystem nexus. Rachel has worked as a Tribal Attorney, Director at a domestic violence council, ornithologist, water regulations specialist, and of course, cheesemonger.   

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Edna Osuna

Finance, PhD Student

Edna Osuna is a doctoral student in the Department of Finance at the Eller College of Management. She received an Associated Degree in Business Administration at Pima Community College and both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Finance at the UA. Edna’s research interest is in financial markets, especially the role and development of venture capital markets in Mexico. Combining her financial research and education with community engagement in the Tucson area, she has volunteered with Fundación de México and served as an intern for the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Edna has also provided loan analysis and small business education services for Chicanos Por La Causa.

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Patrick Ploschnitzki

Transcultural German Studies, PhD Student

Patrick Ploschnitzki grew up in Germany and served his Zivildienst at a hostel on Norderney, followed by a job at the front desk there. Fascinated by languages and the USA, he completed the programs of "Linguistics and Phonetics" and "English Studies" at the University of Cologne in 2013. As an undergraduate, he interned for the University of Rhode Island's German Section and served as an assistant and phonetics teacher at Middlebury College’s German School. Patrick recently earned his Master's degree in German Studies (Translation Emphasis) at the University of Arizona. He will continue his studies as a PhD student with a minor in Translation Studies in the Department's "Transcultural German Studies" program. He is passionate about travel and language, music, movies, and literature. Patrick plans to become a professional literary translator.

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Sarah Price

Psychology (Clinical Psychology Focus), PhD Student

Sarah Price is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program. A longtime resident of Philadelphia, she holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in the Biological Basis of Behavior. While contributing to various clinical trials at the Perelman School of Medicine, Sarah became interested in developing interventions to help individuals cope with serious medical diagnoses and to facilitate health behavior change in clinical populations. Her research focuses on improving quality of life for cancer patients and survivors. In her free time, Sarah enjoys rock climbing, yoga, hiking, and cycling.

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José Luis Ruiz Duarte

Systems and Industrial Engineering, PhD Student

José Luis Ruiz Duarte is a doctoral student in the Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering. He attended the Universidad de Sonora in Hermosillo where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering, and served as an assistant professor instructing courses in the areas of systems engineering, data analytics, simulation, and operations research. He is interested in solar energy research and its application for sustainable development through the use of systems and industrial engineering approaches. Outside of the lab and classroom, José Luis is an avid musician.

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Paula Ugalde

Anthropology, PhD Student

Paula Ugalde is a doctoral student in the Anthropology program. She earned her BA in Archaeology from the Universidad de Chile. Her research focuses on the early peopling of the Atacama Desert. Broadly, Paula is interested in the history of humans settling harsh and unknown territories. She wants to develop a geoarchaeology research approach line to site formation processes in the Atacama. Throughout her career, she has been devoted to outreach activities. Her more recent work includes a story for children based on the Inca civilization. Aside from archaeology, she enjoys singing, writing, and swimming.

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Josh Uhlorn

Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program

Physiological Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, PhD Student

Josh Uhlorn is an Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program alumnus and is pursuing his doctorate in the Physiological Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. Although originally born in Idaho, Josh has lived in Chandler, Arizona, for most of his life, and he received his bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Arizona in May of 2016. During his graduate career, Josh plans to focus on how the human body functions, with a particular interest in both cardiovascular and immune systems. He hopes to use this knowledge to develop biomedical devices that better mimic natural mechanisms and elicit less of an immune response when implanted.

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Ernest Vallorz III

Pharmaceutical Sciences – Pharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics, PhD Student

Ernest Vallorz is a doctoral student in the Pharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics Program. While earning his BS in Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he held multiple research positions. For the past three years, he has been a project lead at Cirrus Pharmaceuticals in RTP, developing novel pMDI and DPI formulations for industry clients. Ernest's research interests are in parenteral, aerosol and topical drug delivery, specifically understanding and modeling pharmaceutical aerosol delivery to the lungs. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, is an avid reader, and looks forward to exploring many of the hiking trails Arizona has to offer.

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Karolina Wisniewska

Philosophy, PhD Student

Karolina Wisniewska is a doctoral student in the Philosophy Department. She holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Art History from York University, a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School, and an MA in Philosophy from York University. After completing her law degree, Karolina clerked at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. She has been called to the Ontario Bar and is a licensee of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Her research focuses on transnational institutional structure and function in the context of the philosophical debate on global justice, and the implications of these normative questions for substantive issues of international law. Her broader research interests include political, moral and legal philosophy. Karolina enjoys travelling and has studied in England and Italy.

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Christina Wyles

Nursing, PhD Student

Christina Wyles is a doctoral student in the College of Nursing. She has served as a nurse for over a decade and has focused on related healthcare research and outreach. Christina earned a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Arts in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Arizona. Her combined interests in nursing and information science have led to her focus on health informatics and its role in improving access to health care. To this end, she works with Dr. Sheila Gephart on the nationally-funded NEC-Zero intervention project, helping to prevent and improve early recognition of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants.

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Pam Yabeny

American Indian Studies Graduate Interdisciplinary Program (GIDP), PhD Student

Pam Yabeny is a doctoral student in the American Indian Studies program. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Counseling degree and a Master of Science degree from Arizona State University.  A member of the Navajo Nation, she has worked with American Indian students for nearly ten years in the Maricopa Community College District. Pam is interested in researching the differences among American Indian student experiences in tribal colleges and community colleges. She enjoys travelling to exciting destinations with her husband.

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2015-2016 University Fellows

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Misha Burstein

Art and Visual Culture Education, PhD Student

Misha Burstein is a PhD student in Art and Visual Culture Education.  He holds a BA in Film and Video Production from Montana State University and an MA in Intermedia Art and Video Performance from University of Iowa. He recently earned a M.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education from Western Washington University while teaching art history, film production, and art education courses at the Art Institute of Seattle. Misha is currently on the steering committee for the International Transformative Learning Conference at Teachers College, Columbia University— researching the relationship between transformative learning theory and art and social activism. Additional interests include contemplative pedagogy, critical reflection practice, weather art, and generative systems theory.

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Joseph Dupris

Anthropology and Linguistics, PhD Student

Joseph Dupris is a doctoral student in the Anthropology and Linguistics dual degree program. He focuses on language revitalization and documentation, situated within his tribal community’s contemporary systems of knowledge transmission. He earned an MA in Native American Linguistics from the University of Arizona, where he combined community experience and archival research in order to examine the descriptive and theoretical aspects of maqlaqsyals (Klamath-Modoc) grammar in the Klamath Tribes region of the Upper Klamath Basin. Joseph intends to expand upon this research by exploring the sociolinguistic and ideological factors that come to bear on the Upper Klamath Basin, including the influence of political conflict, historical violence, and assimilationist government policies on language shift.

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Gregg Erickson

Management Information Systems, PhD Student

Gregg Erickson is a doctoral student in the Management Information Systems program. He earned an MBA and an MS in Industrial and Technical Studies from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and he earned a BS in Chemistry from the University of Washington. Gregg is an established entrepreneur, having co-founded three companies in the automotive industry, online support forums, and pharmokinetics. He also has consulting experience with Siemens Medical Systems and the Audubon Society His research is concerned with the impact of overdependence on assistive technology, with how to design assistive technology that avoids groupthink, and with the use of deception detection to screen patients and deliver higher-quality diagnoses. In his free time, Gregg travels the West, photographing the night sky, and posts his photos at www.DarkSkyWest.com.

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Mel Ferrara

Gender & Women’s Studies, PhD Student

Mel Ferrara is a doctoral student in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, having graduated from Muhlenberg College with a BA in Philosophy/Political Thought and in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Their research interests include transgender and intersex studies, medical ethics, and politics of the body. They have worked as an advocate with the Diversity Strategy Planning Committee and the Muhlenberg Trans Advocacy Coalition, which Mel helped co-found. Mel enjoys traveling and has studied in Morocco and the Netherlands.

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Ana Florea

Epidemiology, PhD Student

Ana Florea is an Epidemiology doctoral student in the College of Public Health. She holds an MPH from Boston University and a BS in Physiological Science from UCLA. Ana has worked at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, on various cardiology clinical trials, where she provided statistical support by creating original statistical coding; by monitoring enrollment, event rates and safety; and by creating monthly deliverables for executive committee meetings. She intends to study pharmaceutical clinical trials and vaccines, with interests in infectious diseases and healthcare in developing countries. Ana’s research interests developed from service abroad opportunities in Romania, where she was born and raised, and in Mexico. She wants to pursue a career with pharmaceutical companies or the Centers for Disease Control, overseeing a variety of epidemiological and clinical trial studies.

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Brooke Finley

Nursing, PhD Student

Brooke Finley is a doctoral student in Nursing. She earned her BS in Nursing at The University of Arizona in May 2015. In the course of holding four research positions as an undergraduate, Brooke found her scholarly niche in nursing informatics. Her doctoral research will focus on integrating healthcare informatics, biomedical technology, cognitive science, and psychology in order to meet the needs of 21st century healthcare; those needs include reducing compassion fatigue and streamlining care delivery while mutually reducing financial costs and improving patient outcomes. She enjoys cooking, practicing yoga, and reading classical literature, philosophy, and contributions from public intellectuals.

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Brittany Forte

Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program

Cancer Biology Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, PhD

Brittany Forte is an Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program alumnus and is a doctoral student in the Cancer Biology Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. A Pennsylvanian-turned-Texan, Brittany graduated from the University of Arizona in May 2015 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology and with a minor in Mathematics. Her undergraduate thesis, based in pharmacology, focused on the novel use of a peptide, Angiotensin-(1-7), as a therapeutic in cancer-induced bone pain. Brittany plans to join the Cancer Biology program to focus on mechanisms of breast cancer memory, invasion, and metastasis.

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Nathania García

Language, Reading & Culture, PhD Student

Nathania Garcia is a doctoral student in the College of Education’s Language, Reading, and Culture program. She earned a Master’s degree from the University of Arizona in Mexican American Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Northern Arizona University. Nathania’s research focuses on identity, queer borderlands, feminist pedagogies, and bilingualism, especially as they relate to social justice and the Mexicana/Chicana experience.

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Jeffrey Gillan

Natural Resource Studies, PhD Student

Jeffrey Gillan is a doctoral student in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. He earned a BS in Park Management and Conservation from Kansas State University and an MS in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho. In addition to being a scholar, Jeffrey is a USDA Agricultural Research Service employee in New Mexico at the Jornada Experimental Range; there, he has developed expertise with GIS datasets, and he has had extensive experience with using digital tools to communicate both science and policy. His research will focus on improving the use of GIS in land management policy and on communicating science to the public.

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Joshua Gosney

Chemical Engineering, PhD Student

Joshua Gosney is a doctoral student in the Chemical Engineering program. He is a member of the Black Feet tribe and is a first generation college student. The recipient of both the McNair and INBRE scholarships, he earned a BS in Chemical Engineering at Montana State University. His research focuses on the environmental and health applications of computational and statistical modeling of fluid dynamics. More specifically, Joshua intends to work on the atmospheric science applications of chemical engineering in order to predict future climate on Earth. He is also interested in biomedical engineering and sustainability initiatives; at Montana State University, he led a project to reduce fume hood energy use, which led to $10,000 in savings per month. Joshua is an avid cyclist and has enjoyed traveling to Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

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William Gurley

Plant Sciences, PhD Student

William Gurley is a doctoral student in the School of Plant Sciences. He attended Auburn University, where he researched the metabolic adjustment of cotton under high temperatures. He has a wide background in the life sciences, ranging from organic chemistry to genetics and physiology.

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Byron Hempel

Environmental Engineering, PhD Student

Byron Hempel is enrolled in the PhD program in Environmental Engineering. He earned a BS in Chemistry at the University of Kentucky, and he has worked in both the laboratory and the field, including a project in Argentina.  Byron’s doctoral work will focus on water remediation and developing advanced water filtration techniques. In addition to his work in environmental engineering, he has experience in traditional chemistry labs and in the medical field. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing on Mt. Lemmon and working out at Rocks and Ropes.

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Stephanie Hoeckley

Musical Arts – Performance, DMA Student

Stephanie Hoeckley is earning a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Flute Performance.  A Florida native, she earned a BA in Music at the University of Central Florida and a Master’s of Music at Arizona State University, where she expanded her performance repertoire and teaching credentials. She has been a finalist in the Florida Flute Association’s College Young Artist Competition and in ASU and UCF’s Concerto Competitions; in addition, she was principal flutist in many of the schools’ ensembles, and she maintains an active private flute studio. Stephanie’s interests include Alexander Technique, acoustics, entrepreneurship, and autism awareness. She aspires to become a “musician with a cause,” one who champions social justice. She hopes to improve the accessibility of classical music and destigmatize the genre as elitist. She is also interested in leveraging her role as a musician to promote feminism and broader equality. Outside the studio, she enjoys everything sci-fi and fantasy-related, and she belongs to the fictional Ravenclaw House.

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Adolfo Béjar Lara

Spanish, PhD Student

Adolfo Béjar Lara is a PhD student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, where he will specialize in in Spanish American Cultural Studies and Border Studies. He has BAs in Spanish and Creative Writing from the University of California Riverside and an MA in Spanish from the University of Kansas. Adolfo’s research interests include ways in which food intersects with cultural representations of identity and hybridity; his doctoral work will focus on the dynamics of cultural exchange between border towns in the U.S. southwest and the north of Mexico.

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Megan McKendry

Sociology, PhD Student

Megan McKendry is pursuing a PhD in Sociology. She holds a BA in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University. She served with AmeriCorps VISTA and spent four years working for a volunteer-run national non-profit organization focused on campus sexual assault policy and student activism. Before beginning her doctoral studies, Megan worked for the UA Campus Health’s Oasis Program as a Violence Prevention Counselor and for the Center for Disease Control in the Harlem Health Promotion Center. Broadly, her research interests include law and policy, sexual and reproductive health, social movements, political participation, and social inequality.

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Jeffrey Melzer

Optical Sciences, PhD Student

Jeffrey Melzer is a doctoral student in Optical Sciences. He earned his BA in Materials Science and Engineering from Rutgers University, where he researched optical fibers, with an emphasis on hollow waveguides for infrared applications. His doctoral work will focus on the intersection of telecommunications and electronics, as well as the role of photonics in their enhancement. In his free time, Jeffrey enjoys photography and looks forward to capturing the new landscape around him.

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Mohammad Abdolhosseini Moghaddam

Hydrology and Water Resources, PhD Student

Mohammad Moghaddam is earning his PhD in Hydrology and Water Resources. An international student from Iran, he holds an MA in Civil Engineering and Water Resources from the University of California, Irvine, and a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic. His main interests are in hydrogeology, hydrology, optimization and inverse modeling. Mohammad’s current research uses hydrologic tomography to improve subsurface imaging at basin scales. He plans to investigate system responses of naturally recurrent stimuli (i.e., storms, earthquakes, and river stages) in order to map the subsurface characteristics and improve both water resource management and flood prediction.

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Rhoda Muse

Statistics Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, PhD Student

Rhoda Muse is a doctoral student in the Statistics Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. Originally from Kenya, she earned a BA in Actuarial Science from the University of Nairobi in 2012 and an MA in Statistics from the UA. Rhoda is interested in the intersections of statistics, agriculture, and climate change in sub-Saharan Africa. Her research is on the modeling of food production as the developing world faces climate change. An aspiring farmer, she hopes to improve food production throughout Africa. In her free time, Rhoda enjoys singing, cultural dancing, travelling, and watching movies.

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Kevin Scott

Drug Discovery and Development, PhD Student

Kevin Scott is a first generation college student enrolled in the College of Pharmacy’s Drug Discovery and Development PhD program. Born in Germany, he moved to San Diego as a child. While working on a BS in chemistry at the University of California Irvine (UCI), he interned at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla and at an organic synthesis lab at UCI; he also worked at an aerospace startup in Los Angeles. Kevin is interested in applying medicinal chemistry to the discovery and design of new drugs. Among his notable achievements are the development of a method to genetically incorporate a non-canonical fluorescent amino acid into a bacterial cell-wall protein, the development of a therapeutic molecule that circumvents drug-resistance in pathogenic fungi, and the development of a chemical etching process for a key component of NASA/JPL’s InSight Mars Lander, which is due to launch in 2016.

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Amanda Snell

Second Language Acquisition & Teaching Graduate Interdisciplinary Program, PhD Student

Amanda Snell is a doctoral student in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching program. She earned undergraduate degrees in Spanish and English from Purdue University and an M.A. in English from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She enjoys volunteering and has developed English and family literacy classes for adult immigrants and refugees in central Indiana, where she grew up. In 2014, she received a Fulbright grant to teach English to German secondary school students and German to adult refugee women. This year, the Graduate Center is helping facilitate her community engagement project at Robison Elementary, a TUSD International Baccalaureate World School, where she leads a weekly girls’ mentoring club and teaches English to parents in the evening. Amanda’s research interests include family literacy, adult immigrants’ access to quality language instruction, discourse about immigration, and the connections between mental health and language acquisition. In her free time, she enjoys running, writing letters, and traveling.

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Sarah Sutton

Planetary Sciences, PhD Student

Sarah Sutton is a doctoral student in the Planetary Sciences Program. She is an active member of the HiRISE Team at the UA, which uses advanced imaging and processing techniques to study Mars. She is also associated with NASA’s Planetary Geology and Geophysics cartography panel. Sarah intends to advance the role of innovative imaging techniques and modeling in order to explore more fully not only Mars but other bodies in the solar system.

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Kirsten Verster

Entomology & Insect Science Graduate Intersdisciplinary Program, PhD Student

Kirsten Verster is a PhD student in the Entomology and Insect Science Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. She has a strong interest in evolutionary biology and entomology, having researched the cognition and facial recognition of wasps, phylogenetics, and bat-moth acoustic coevolution. As an undergraduate, she earned degrees in in Biology and Spanish at the University of Florida. This past year, she worked as the curator of flies for the UA. Studying genetics in order to understand behavior and evolutionary processes, she plans to examine the origins of herbivorous behaviors using the Scaptomyza flava model system. Kerstin’s fascination with biology began during her childhood in Florida when she snorkeled with manatees and collected bugs in the Everglades. She is an avid reader, enjoys cooking, and plays the ukulele, guitar, and piano.

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Lu Zhang

East Asian Studies – Chinese Religion and Thought, PhD Student

Lu Zhang is a PhD student in the Department of East Asian Studies, where she is focusing on the relationship between Buddhism and politics in medieval China. An international student from Beijing, she earned her BA and MA from Minzu University. Lu’s research focuses on the ways in which secularization and other cultural factors influenced Buddhism during the Song Dynasty. She is especially interested in the impact of evolving Buddhist beliefs on the literature of the period and on people of different socio-economic backgrounds. Richly interdisciplinary, her work includes Chinese history, philosophy, literature, and religion.

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2014-2015 University Fellows

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Kyle Curham

Psychology, PhD Student

Kyle Curham received bachelor degrees in Mechanical Engineering (2012) and Psychology (2013).  Currently, he is working in the Psychophysiological Laboratory with Dr. John Allen at the University of Arizona. Curham is interested in the organizational principles guiding large-scale brain activity and in the mechanisms underlying a constellation of theta-band fronto-central event-related potentials. He uses ideas from dynamical systems theory to make predictions about oscillatory processes in the brain and tries to verify them using EEG.

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Kelly Dew-Budd

Plant Sciences, PhD Student

Kelly Dew-Budd is a PhD student in the School of Plant Sciences. She earned a B.S. in Zoology from North Carolina State University. At the University of Alabama, she earned a M.S. in Biology, under the guidance of Dr. Laura Reed, studying the effect of diet on fruit fly metabolism. Currently, Kelly is working with Dr. Mark Beilstein on identifying the functions of non-coding RNAs in Brassicaceae genome stability. 

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Shyla Dogan

Educational Leadership, PhD Student

Shyla Dogan is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy. She has an M.Ed. in Anthropology and Education from Columbia University and she has an M.A. from the University of Arizona’s School of Middle East and North African Studies. She worked as a teacher in the Teach for America program and was the administrator of Al-Huda Islamic School in Tucson. She is interested in the education of minorities and refugees in the Middle East and how minority and refugee status pertains to language and identity formation. 

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Matthew Godfrey

Marketing, PhD Student

Matt Godfrey's research interests focus on the social and environmental impact of human consumption and marketing communications. His past research has included studies in environmental communication, social marketing, and consumer psychology. Matt received an MA in communication and culture with an Energy and Environmental Systems Specialization from the University of Calgary. He received his BA in communication with an emphasis on advertising from Brigham Young University. Matt has also worked in business innovation consulting and residential energy efficiency, in addition to completing several internships for business and non-profit organizations.

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Michael Kerins

Pharmacology and Toxicology, PhD Student

Following graduation from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in biochemistry, Michael Kerins worked as a product developer for Kimberly-Clark Corporation.  Because K-C manufactures FDA-regulated medical devices, Michael interacted with PhD-level toxicologists to navigate the intersection of technology, consumers, business, and regulation. Interested in the profession, Michael found the University of Arizona’s Pharmacology and Toxicology graduate program matched his intellectual and career interests perfectly.  He eagerly anticipates the opportunities at the UA and University Fellows Program and hopes to research toxicological mechanisms, quantitative biology, signal transduction, or metabolism.

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Andrew Kunihiro

Nutritional Sciences, PhD Student

Andrew Kunihiro has a BS in Bioengineering and a MS in Nutritional Science. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Nutritional Sciences, where his research will focus on the relationship between bioactive compounds in food and cancer. Specifically, he will examine whether certain compounds in food increase or decrease the risk of developing cancer or if they affect tumor progression and outcomes for those who already have cancer. His undergraduate focus was on microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip diagnostics, which he hopes to leverage during his doctoral studies.

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Elliott Kwan

Optical Sciences, PhD Student

A PhD student in Optical Sciences, Elliott Kwan’s specific interest is in translational research, where science is implemented for improvement of human health. Kwan finds it astonishing how light can probe human tissue and be analyzed to obtain useful information. By developing quantitative imaging systems with advanced hardware, accurate models, and efficient processing, Kwan hopes to provide doctors with structural and metabolic information that can aid in patient treatment. Currently, he is working on a multi-resolution foveated laparoscope to aid in minimally invasive surgery. Treating illness and alleviating pain motivate him to succeed.

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Stephanie Lashway

Epidemiology and Biostatistics, PhD Student

Stephanie Lashway is a PhD student in Epidemiology at the Mel & Enid Zimmerman College of Public Health. Her research interests are in methodology and systems epidemiology, She is currently assisting Dr. Leslie Dennis with a meta-analysis of melanoma. Lashway received bachelor degrees in Biology and International Studies at Knox College, and she earned a Master of Public Health from the UA prior to starting her PhD program Fall 2014.

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Tomas Martinez

Management and Organizations, PhD Student

Tomas Martinez is a PhD student in the Management & Organizations program at the Eller College of Management. He completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Arizona in Spring 2014. Born and raised in Arizona, his main area of interest is in employee citizenship behaviors, with an emphasis on employee voice.

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Paul Neff

Materials Science and Engineering, Master Degree Student

Paul Neff is a Tucson native, who graduated from the University of Arizona in May 2014 with degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. Expanding on the materials background, his research interests are in Ultra-High Temperature Ceramics for hypersonic flight applications. He intends to continue working with Dr. Erica Corral in the MSE department, investigating how to develop ceramics for more extensive use. His aim is to shape the next generation of aerospace transportation by combining his knowledge of materials science and aerospace engineering.

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Christine O’Donnell

Astronomy, PhD Student

Christine O’Donnell received her bachelor’s degree in astronomy and physics from the University of Virginia (UVA), and she earned a Master of Public Policy (MPP) in May 2014 from the Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy at UVA. Christine has worked on research projects that investigate exoplanets, star formation, and galactic dynamics. In addition, she is interested in science education and policy. For her MPP thesis, Christine worked with the American Association of Physics Teachers and wrote a policy analysis addressing the gender gap in physics. She looks forward to both her astronomy research and science communication interests at UA.

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Saffo Papantonopoulou

Anthropology and Middle Eastern and North African Studies, PhD Student

Saffo Papantonopoulou is pursuing a Dual PhD in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies. She holds a BA in History and Teacher Education from Brown University and an MA in Anthropology from The New School. She is interested in Ottoman history and the politics of historical memory in contemporary Greece and Turkey. In particular, she is interested in the ways in which the 1923 population exchange between both states is remembered, and the ways in which that memory is deployed by various political actors and activists.

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Terrance Pitt-Brooke

Music – Choral Conducting, DMA Student

Terrance Pitt-Brooke is a DMA student in Choral Conducting in the Fred Fox School of Music. He studied composition at the University of Toronto under Oskar Morawetz and Talivaldis Kenins, and conducting with Jon Washburn in Vancouver and Robert Fountain at the University of Wicsonsin. He has worked as a conductor and educator in a wide range of environments: church, community choir, high school, college, and professional ensembles. As a musician,
Pitt-Brooke’s interests range from Medieval to contemporary and from jazz to symphonic; his skill sets include scholar, critic, composer, performer and teacher. Additional interests include physics, natural history, food security, and sustainability issues.

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Susan Renz

Nursing, PhD Student

Dr. Susan Renz is a PhD student in Nursing. She received her BSN and MSN from the University of Pennsylvania and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from New York University. She has devoted her career to promoting evidence-based and resident-centered practice in nursing homes. Her dissertation will examine communication patterns among advanced practice nurses in long-term care and the effect on patient decision-making and unplanned hospital transfers. In addition to her studies, Dr. Renz serves as an associate program director and educator for the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program and the clinical site coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Danielle Sheather

Dance – Performance and Choreography, Master of Fine Arts Student

Danielle Sheather, from Ontario, Canada, graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Buffalo with a BFA (Dance) and a BA (Psychology). Her national and international credits include BalaSole Dance Company, Holland America, and The International Dance Festival. Her choreography has been showcased at Baryshnikov Arts Center. She is an ABT® Certified Teacher, having completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Danielle is pursuing an MFA in Performance and Choreography, teaching jazz and theater dance, and is rehearsal assistant to Michael Williams. She is interested in studying the economics of single-choreographer dance companies.

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Christopher Shepard

Soil, Water, and Environmental Science, PhD Student

Chris Shepard grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of Southwestern Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia, where he received a BS in Environmental Science. In 2012, he came to the University of Arizona to work with Dr. Craig Rasmussen in the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science, where he received a Master’s degree in the spring of 2014. Shepard is interested in understanding the relationships between soil and the surrounding environment. Specifically, he wants to investigate the effect of environmental factors such as vegetation and topography on soil formation, in order to develop better digital soil mapping techniques. 

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Brigette Walters

Spanish and Portuguese, PhD Student

Brigette Walters is a PhD student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She has bachelor degrees in Spanish and Geography from the UA, and she earned an M.A. in Spanish and Latin American Linguistic, Literary, and Cultural Studies at New York University. Her research interests include contemporary Latin American literary and cultural representations of urban space, specifically with regard to sociospatial reorganization produced under neoliberalism and the subsequent effects on aesthetic developments and conceptions of personhood.

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Melodie Yen

Linguistics, PhD Student

Melodie Yen is a PhD student in Linguistics. She received her undergraduate degrees from the University of California, San Diego, in Psychology and Linguistics with a minor in Cognitive Science. Her interests lie primarily in language neuroscience and artificial languages. She will be conducting research in areas such as language disorders resulting from stroke or trauma, using fMRI and other neuroimaging techniques. Multilingual, she speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Spanish, and she has studied Korean and Latin. She enjoys linguistics because it is intrinsically interdisciplinary—no language system is independent from social, cognitive, psychological, and biological factors.

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Last updated 30 Jul 2019