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Marissa Balagtas

Biochemistry

Faculty Mentor: Tom Huxford

Marissa Balagtas was appointed to the MARC Program in September 2021. Her major is biochemistry. She recently began conducting research under Dr. Tom Huxford in his structural biochemistry laboratory. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree, she plans to seek a Ph.D. but as a new research scholar she is still researching areas of interest.
 
 
 
 
 

Kaylin Borders

Aerospace Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ping Lu

Kaylin was appointed to the MARC program in September 2021. Her major is Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. This fall Kaylin will conduct research in developing the method and algorithms for integrated optimal entry, descent, and landing (EDL) guidance for human Mars missions under Dr. Ping Lu. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and become a research engineer at a government or industry laboratory. 


 

Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Christopher Harrison

Karen Campos was appointed to the MARC Program in June 2021. Her major is Chemistry. She recently began conducting research in Dr. Harrison’s Bioanalytical Chemistry Laboratory. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, Karen plans to pursue a Ph.D. focusing on toxicology. 

Project Title: Exploring novel solvent mixtures for capillary electrophoresis separation buffers


Avi Martin

Astronomy
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Daniel Sousa

Avi was appointed to the MARC program in June 2021. His major is Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIS) with minors in Astronomy and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. He is currently conducting geospatial and remote sensing research with Dr. Daniel Sousa in the Department of Geography.

After graduating with his Bachelor’s degree, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in GIS. His career goals include conducting exoplanetology research with NASA and becoming a tenured professor at a university.

 

 

Rebecca Mendoza

 

Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Aaron Blashill

Rebecca was appointed to the MARC program in August 2021. Her major is Psychology with minors in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies and Dance Studies. This fall, Rebecca will conduct research in the Body Image, Sexuality, and Health Lab under Dr. Aaron Blashill and graduate student Lexie Convertino. Their research focuses on body image and the role it plays in health behaviors across multiple populations, including sexual minorities and adolescents. Once completing her bachelor’s degree, she plans to pursue a Ph. D. in Adolescent Clinical Psychology. Her career goals are to further research adolescent eating disorders and provide treatment for adolescent mental illnesses.


Sama Mikhail

Microbiology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mark Sussman

Sama was appointed to the MARC program in August 2022. She is majoring in Microbiology and minoring in Chemistry. As an undergraduate researcher, she has studied host-microbe interaction, bioinformatics, and genetic modification of bacteria for about a year in the Shikuma Lab. Sama is now working in the Sussman Lab studying cardiopulmonary effects of vaping. 

After graduation, she plans to pursue an MD/Ph.D. program and continue her career in science by working as a physician-scientist. Her professional goal is to run her research lab as a PI in a research-focused medical school.

 


Poly Popova*

Environmental Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mladenov

Poly was appointed to the MARC program in September of 2022. Her major is Environmental Engineering with a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. Poly will be conducting research in
the Water Innovation and Reuse Lab under Dr. Mladenov.

After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in environmental analytical chemistry. Poly’s career goals revolve
around researching and combating water quality issues surrounding emerging agricultural and industrial contaminants.

*non-funded


Sara Rodrigue

Public Health

Faculty Mentor: Jerel Calzo

Sara was appointed to the MARC program in September of 2021. Her major is Public Health. She is currently conducting research in the Action Research on Community Health Equity and Stigma Lab under Dr. Jerel Calzo. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree, she plans to seek a Ph.D. in a Public Health field. Her career goals are to conduct public health research, train young researchers, and become a professor at a university.