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Denisse Veronica Aranda

PhD Graduate Student
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Denisse Aranda is a Contamination Control Engineer and Planetary Protection Specialist at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. The focus of her research is ensuring the performance of flight hardware in space via protection from particulate... » Read More

David Cure

NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP)
University of South Florida

David Cure, a doctoral student in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University South Florida, in Tampa, is the recipient of a prestigious fellowship from the 2010 NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP). NASA’s Graduate Student R... » Read More

Katelyn Doran

Computer Science & Educational Technologies
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
I am a third year graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte working with Dr. Tiffany Barnes in the Games + Learning Lab.  My research focuses on educational technologies and serious games with an emphasis on STEM Education.  I have... » Read More

Andrew Fiss

Midwest Crossroads AGEP
Indiana University, Bloomington
From Syracuse, New York, Andrew Fiss followed his passion for history and science to Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana (IUB). At IUB Fiss developed and enhanced his skills preparing himself for his upcoming return to New York.

Fiss completed... » Read More

Shandu Foster

Midwest Crossroads AGEP
Indiana University, Bloomington
Shandu Foster went from living his entire life in the bustling metropolis that is New York City to living alongside the cornfields of southern Indiana.

Foster began his journey at Hunter College where here completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociolog... » Read More

Aimee Hildenbrand

REU in Pediatric Injury Science at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Drexel University
I have served as a Clinical Research Assistant at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) under the mentorship of Drs. Meghan Marsac and Nancy Kassam-Adams for approximately two and a half years. Dur... » Read More

Lauren Hunkins

NASA MUST Scholar
University of South Florida
Lauren Hunkins, a sophomore and honors college student, majoring in computer science and engineering, has been awarded a NASA MUST scholarship - MUST (Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology) awards student scholarships and internships to stu... » Read More

Latisha Jefferies

Graduate Student
Indiana University, Bloomington
For Latisha Jefferies, a graduate student at Indiana University, working in Chemistry means solving problems.

“I just loved [organic chemistry]. It was like putting puzzles together. You get all these bits of information and you have to figure out ... » Read More

Kellyann Martin

REU in Pediatric Injury Science at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Bloomsburg University
I am currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where I am a member of the Psi Chi honors society.

My research experience began when I performed laboratory research with human and animal subjects f... » Read More

Christopher Edward Martinez

Undergraduate Student
University of Washington, Tacoma
The Cloud's DNA: When conducting research, life scientists rely heavily on clinically annotated specimens, and the most thorough and effective clinical annotations contain information that is found in the electronic health records (EHRs) for the human su... » Read More

Jose Lugo Martinez

Doctoral Student
Indiana University, Bloomington
Jose Lugo-Martinez is a third-year year Ph. D. student in Computer Science at Indiana University. His research focus lies on machine learning and bioinformatics, more specifically in the development and application of computational approaches to understan... » Read More

Alexander McGinley

REU in Pediatric Injury Science at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania
My passion and current research focus is traumatic brain injury treatment and prevention. My interest in this field grew out of a childhood accident that left me in critical condition with a fractured skull and epidural hematoma.

I am currently working ... » Read More

Andrew McGowan

Ph.D. Candidate in Agronomy
Kansas State University
Andrew graduated with a B.S. in Agronomy, a secondary major in Natural Resources and Environmental Science and a minor in Chinese from Kansas State University in 2010. He was selected as a Morris K. Udall Scholar in 2009. Andrew is currently a fourth year... » Read More

Nikki Rendon

Midwest Crossroads AGEP
Indiana University, Bloomington
Upon attending the annual Midwest Crossroads AGEP campus visit “Getting You into IU” (October 2009), Nikki Rendón discovered that Indiana University Bloomington was the perfect fit for her. This invaluable opportunity enabled her to have direct interactio... » Read More

Marina Samuels

Graduate Student
Brigham Young University
As an undergraduate I participated in Spinal Biomechanics research with Dr. Anton Bowden, one of the professors in the Mechanical Engineering department. For two years I studied the motion of the human lumbar spine under different loading and environmenta... » Read More

Delia Shelton

Midwest Crossroads AGEP
Indiana University, Bloomington
Though Delia Shelton calls Texas "home", she grew up in a military family and moved around a lot. Shelton even spent extended time in places as far as Germany, Spain, Ghana, and Costa Rica. After her world travels, Shelton has since found a home for herse... » Read More

Virginia Smith

Graduate Student
Indiana University, Bloomington
Virginia Smith first became interested in biochemistry while completing her B.S. in Chemistry at Bethune-Cookman University.

“Towards the end of my undergraduate [career], I really wanted to incorporate more biology into my chemistry background so t... » Read More

Jenny Smolen

REU in Pediatric Injury Science at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Johns Hopkins University
I originally thought that I wanted to major in Biology but was soon converted by the hordes of passionate Public Health majors who helped me realize that I would rather work to improve the health of communities than sit in a lab. A lecture course on “Pub... » Read More

Maria Vega-Rodriguez

Doctoral Student and NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow (NESSF)
University of South Florida
Maria Vega-Rodriguez, a doctoral student in the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida, in Tampa, has been awarded a 2012 the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF). The NESSF provides support for students pursuing Masters ... » Read More

Jean Weatherwax

NASA MUST Scholar
University of South Florida

Jean Weatherwax, a sophomore majoring in Electrical Engineering and a Honors College participant, has been awarded a 2010 NASA MUST (Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology) scholarship. The MUST Project supports high-performing undergradua... » Read More



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