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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

Ariel Bowman

University of Texas, Arlington LSAMP-BD Fellow
University of Texas, Arlington
I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I graduated from Plano East Senior High in 2010. Attended Texas Southern University from 2010-2014 where I received my B.S. in Mathematics as an Honors College and Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (L... » Read More

Joseph Anthony Buchanan-Vega

University of Texas, Arlington LSAMP-BD Fellow
University of Texas, Arlington
I grew up in southern California, in the city of West Covina. I earned my undergraduate degree in Physics from Grambling State University in 2007. While at Grambling I was on the debate team, in the Society of Physics students, and I was the president of ... » Read More

Evann Alexis Comeaux

University of Texas, Arlington LSAMP-BD Fellow
University of Texas, Arlington
BD student at The University of Texas at Arlington.... » Read More

Lindsay Alizabeth Davis

University of Texas, Arlington LSAMP-BD Fellow
University of Texas, Arlington
I am Lindsay Davis. I am a native of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I earned my Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from Langston University in Langston, Oklahoma in May 2015. I became interested in science at a very early age from taking advanced classes in scie... » 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

Edidiong Inyang

University of Texas, Arlington LSAMP - BD Fellow
University of Texas, Arlington
My name is Edidiong Inyang, I am originally from Nigeria. I am a first year PhD student in the field of Biongineering at University of Texas Arlington. One of the proudest accomplishments of my life was earning my BS degree, despite the fact that my early... » 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

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

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

Omomayowa Olawoyin

University of Texas, Arlington LSAMP-BD Fellow
University of Texas, Arlington
I was born in Lagos, Nigeria and came to the United States at the age of seven. In May 2015, I received a B.A. in Mathematics at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) with secondary teacher certification and a Spanish minor. As an undergraduate, I wa... » Read More

Denzel LaMar Pugh

University of Texas, Arlington LSAMP-BD Fellow
University of Texas, Arlington
I am originally from Spencer, OK, and graduated high school from Northeast Academy of Health Science and Engineering in Oklahoma City. My interest in STEM occurred in high school. I was fortunate that my school had a partnership program with the OU Healt... » Read More

Contessa Ricci

University of Texas, Arlington LSAMP-BD Fellow
University of Texas, Arlington
I am originally from Hawai`i, growing up on the island of Kaua`i. When I graduated high school, I moved to Northern California to begin the next chapter of my life at Humboldt State University and graduated with a B.S. in both zoology and marine biology. ... » Read More

Marialis Rosario-Franco

University of Texas, Arlington LSAMP-BD Fellow
University of Texas, Arlington
Born and raised in Puerto Rico where I obtained my Applied Physics (Electronics) bachelor's degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Humacao. Currently I am a second year Physics PhD student at the University of Texas Arlington where i research exoplane... » Read More

Celina Salcido

University of Texas, Arlington LSAMP-BD Fellow
University of Texas, Arlington
I was born and grew up in Dallas, Texas. Due to the unwillingness to leave the great state of Texas, I gladly attended The University of Texas at Arlington to pursue an Honors degree in Biology with an emphasis of Pre-Medicine and a minor in Psychology. S... » 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

Vivian P Ta

University of Texas, Arlington LSAMP-BD Fellow
University of Texas, Arlington
I was raised in Keller, Texas. I was was selected to participate in the LSAMP Summer Research Academy in 2012 and then earned my bachelor's degree in psychology from UT Arlington in the same year. I became a LSAMP BD Fellow at UT Arlington in 2015 and ear... » Read More

LaTasha Taylor Starr

Doctoral Student and Business Development Analyst
Lockheed Martin, Huntsville
University of Texas, Arlington

Recent Work
As a space systems engineer for Lockheed Martin, LaTasha has worked on a variety of projects aimed at making technologies for space exploration more user friendly. She recently worked on a Houston-based team that helped to desig... » 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


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This material is based upon work partially supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 0646359, 1444498, 1139269, 0853147, 0827110, 0749544, 0703763, 0701472, 0549302, 0503536, 0456706, 0429048, 0954286, 0728588, 0834096, 1444382, 1037641, 1038809, 1315956, 1506040.

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