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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

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

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

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

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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