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Meet our Scholars


Selamawit Ainalem (Selam)

Selam Ainalem is a sophomore majoring in Material Science & Engineering (MSE) with a minor in mathematics. She is interested in specializing in composites, polymers, and nanotechnology. Her first research project at the UW was entitled “Peptide Mediated Formation and Assembly of SiO2 Photonic Crystals.” She interned on this project for 10 months and through her diligence and hard work was listed as a third author on a manuscript pending publishing. She continued her interest in peptide mediated research by working on a short project that focused on their application in the medical field entitled “Peptide Mediated Formation of Calcium Phosphate Minerals on Titanium Implants.”

This summer, she interned at Boeing where she was exposed to the industry side of the MSE field and began her interest in material engineering research as it applies to electronics. She will begin a new research project this year under the mentorship of Dr. Tamerler-Behar and Dr. Gungurmous to allow her to pursue this interest. In her free time, Selam loves to be involved in on-campus activities, play the piano, learn new languages/cultures, and cook. She is excited to be a McNair scholar and is thankful for all the amazing UW McNair staff.



Misghana Andemichael

Misghana is pursuing a joint MD/PhD Program with a focus in medical anthropology, medical sociology or public health with a focus on community health. Currently, she is a member of the Professor Deepa Rao laboratory where her focus is on the qualitative analysis of data concerning HIV stigma among African-born immigrants. Her interest in science stems from the epistemology of scientific discoveries. To know that no experiment can prove a given hypothesis and that our science textbooks are filled with theories instead of facts made her realize that science is about constant discovery. 

Her passion in science has been focused on the metabolizing pathways of our body. To be able to bring that aspect together with the social-economic aspect of nutrition adds a holistic perspective to the foods that we eat and how they affect our bodies. According to the Unnatural Causes….is inequality making us sick? Documentary, immigrants from Hispanic communities who were healthier than the typical Caucasian in America prior to immigration are at a more disadvantaged health status than that typical Caucasian once they have assimilated. She wants to study this paradox in the African born national population and successive generations. Being a second generation Eritrean American, she sees real life examples of specific behavioral patterns in my community here in Seattle. Misghana is planning to conduct her own research project next year that will study a particular measure of nutrition (such as prevalence of hypertension) in the African born population while taking into account their assimilation process. Misghana has conversational, reading and writing skills in the language that most Eritreans speak, Tigrinya. Eventually, Misghana aspires to be a practicing health provider that conducts research concerning nutrition and socioeconomic inequality with a focus on the African born community in the United States as well as a diplomat for universal national healthcare.




Zoraida Arias

Zoraida Arias is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Law, Societies and Justice, Italian, and minoring in Human Rights and Political Science.  She is the first female in her family to be attending college. Throughout her life, Zoraida has been part of the migrant community moving over thirteen times.  Zoraida has been involved with volunteer work and mentoring since she was in middle school. Throughout high school she was involved in ten extra-curricular activities, sports, and held two jobs.  

During her first year of college, Zoraida became a member of the College Assistance Migrant Program. After her first year at the University of Washington, Zoraida was one of four students chosen nationwide to intern for Congress in Washington, DC through the National HEP/CAMP Association. With this experience, Zoraida had the opportunity to learn many valuable life lessons, meet President Barack Obama, and represent not only her community but the entire state of Washington. During her internship, Zoraida would also volunteer at national conferences such as the National Council of La Raza national conference. Being an intern for Congressman Ruben Hinojosa and volunteering changed Zoraida’s views and shaped her decision for studying LSJ and Political Science.  

After Zoraida came back from her internship, she was elected to be a CAMP student mentor for the 2011-2012 academic year. She was able to provide an easy transition from high school to college for incoming freshmen throughout their first year in college.  Thanks to the CAMP program, Zoraida was able to participate and present in national conferences such as the National Association of State Directors of Migrant Education, the HEP/CAMP National Conference, and the Latino’s Educational Achievement Project. Zoraida decided to also become a student mentor for DREAM Project.  

This year, Zoraida has been a volunteer for the University of Washington Youth Center, a mentor for Education Without Borders, and a translator for the University of Washington Law School Clinics and Immigrant Families Advocacy Project. Zoraida is also an Early Identifications Program Scholar and has been working on undergraduate research with five other University of Washington students.  

This past spring quarter, Zoraida had the amazing opportunity of studying abroad in Italy through her Italian department where she was able to live in Rome for a month and in the small town of Rogliano for the second part of her stay.  Zoraida was able to experience yet another life changing opportunity. She was able to stay with a host family and improve her Italian as well as learn to live with and embrace a new culture. Before leaving to study abroad, she was able to finish off applying for many scholarships and was selected for most of them. Thanks to these scholarships, Zoraida has the majority of her education paid for this upcoming academic year.  Zoraida was also selected to participate in an Exploration Seminar to study abroad again this upcoming August in Rome.  She is hoping to go continue on to graduate school and pursue a PhD in Social Work.  


Serena Correia

Serena Correia is a junior at the University of Washington pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a minor in Education, Learning and Society. Her passion lies in education and would like to research on the most effective educational system.  She grew up in Korea and Tacoma area.  Being educated in these different cultures has shaped who she is now. She has enthusiastic and energetic personality, seeing life as full of potential and possibilities.  

This summer, she is interning at SDC international school in Korea as an ESL teacher. She is excited for the new experience this summer and very much looking forward to it.  She has previously worked as a kindergarten teacher and a TOEFL teacher and found out that education is where she wants to make change.  

On campus, she is involved in a Christian organization called Cru and she is a community service chair for Korean Students Association.  She plays viola in her free time and loves playing tennis.



AmandaCortezAmanda Cortez

Amanda Cortez is a senior in the Anthropology Department at the University of Washington. Daughter of former migrant farm worker from Mexico, she was born and raised in Eastern Washington. She studied at San Diego State University her freshman year and transferred to the UW shortly after. During her undergraduate career, she has volunteered for various organizations including the International Rescue Committee, ProWorld Service Corps, and Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest.

She spent sixth months studying and volunteering in Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia, where she discovered her passion for primate studies. Since returning, she has turned her focus to the human-other primate interface and the dominance hierarchy that governs the relationships between humans and other primates. Her honors thesis focuses on understanding the human perceptions of other primates in order to deconstruct the human-imposed hierarchy. The goal of this research is to understand how humans are able to reduce other primates, including humans, to a lower status, which results in an exploitation of these groups. Amanda is a Mary Gates Scholar and a Presidential Scholar and has been able to carry out her research thanks to these programs.

Amanda plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Anthropology and study New World Monkeys in South America. She hopes to continue her work in ethnoprimatology to better understand the relationships between humans and other primates in various settings.


Prysilla De La Torre

Prysilla De La Torre is a Mexican-American student pursuing a B.S. in Psychology, B.A. in Biochemistry, and minoring in Diversity. After graduating she hopes to attain a Ph.D. in the psychology field; her ultimate goal is to become either a child clinical or developmental researcher. So far she has done research in the adult clinical and developmental areas for quantitative and qualitative studies. 

Prysilla is the first in her family to attend a four year university. As the oldest child in her family, she hopes to set an example for her four younger siblings, as well as other minorities in her community. Prysilla's hobbies include drawing, painting, running, and being around her pets. 






Elizabeth Emau

Elizabeth Emau is a junior at the University of Washington pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Cell, Molecular, and Development Biology. She is interested in researching topics involving physiological and neurological aspects of biology. Currently Elizabeth researches in the Raible Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences studying neural crest cell differentiation and migration. Through research and her studies, she has been inspired to reach out to the student community. Elizabeth participates in several associations involved directly in the research community and with underrepresented minority members of the community. Elizabeth is very interested in learning about different cultures and her own heritage. Over the past several years she has been travelling to the northern province of Uganda, working with the people of a small village to support and uplift the community’s health and education. She hopes that the knowledge and experience she gains in research will not only help her to answer her scientific questions, but also to improve the lives of the Ugandan community. Elizabeth aspires to attain a graduate degree in a program that combines biological science research with outreach and education.





Jorge Fernandez

Jorge is a junior currently double majoring in Bioengineering and Computer Science. He is a first generation college student and immigrant from Spain that transferred to the University of Washington in 2012 with hopes to improve the treatment of autoimmune diseases. Jorge strongly believes that only the collaboration between Bioengineering and Computer Science can unlock the future of medicine and medical technologies. He is specifically interested in the treatment of autoimmune diseases through knock out gene therapies and “sharp shooter” drugs. Jorge is also really interested in the research being done in the department of Computer Science. He is fascinated by the possible medical applications of brain computer interfaces that could for example allow a paraplegic person to walk again.  






Jennifer Gile

Jennifer Gile is a junior majoring in biology.  She transferred from the Johns Hopkins University after her freshman year and is currently attending UW majoring in biology.  She works in the de la Iglesia laboratory, which focuses on the pathways by which the central nervous system controls the timing of behavior and physiology.  Her area of research is in circadian biology, with a current research focus on the circadian modulation of neuromotor control.  Jennifer is also a Gates Millennium Scholar who makes several trips back to her old high school in Idaho to educate diverse populations of students about the scholarship and inspire them to realize the value of a college education.






JessicaGonzalezJessica Gonzalez

Seeking to challenge and disrupt standard narratives that often deny many populations their voice and power, Jessica Gonzalez has just begun her senior year at UW double-majoring in Latin American & Caribbean Studies and History (with an emphasis on Latin America). She is ethnically Puerto Rican, Polish, and Ukrainian and is very proud of both her heritage and multi-ethnic culture. Born and raised in New York City, she has moved around the country with her parents and three brothers and has lived in Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, Las Vegas, Nevada, Oxnard, California, and in numerous locations in and around the greater Seattle area. Through her encounters in these locations, she has become: a voracious reader, an avid consumer of culture, a family-focused global-minded citizen, passionate about learning and living, engaged in a life-long pursuit to try to understand and experience our world in whatever capacity she can.  In her little free time, she mentors undocumented latino youth and volunteers to help with the social organizing, advocacy, and education efforts of organizations such as MECHA de UW, CISPES, El Centro de la Raza, and El Comité.

During the Summer Quarter 2012, she received funding from the Mary Gates Endowment and had the great pleasure of conducting research in concert with the UW Summer Institute in the Arts and Humanities. Her research efforts focused on exploring the impacts of popular representation on Dominican Immigrants and their journey to and establishment in Puerto Rico.   This year she hopes to continue her research in the Caribbean, examining the connection between the popular portrayals of Puerto Rico as the “new border” for US enforcement/protection and the increase of criminal activity on the Island.

Research Interests: Colonial and ‘Post Colonial’ Latin America, Spanish & Portuguese Colonial Borderland Spaces (especially Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Cuba, the Canary Islands, Madeira, São Tomé, and Principe), Borderlands Theory, Dominican & Puerto Rican Diaspora, Racial/Ethnic Identity Formation, Historical Memory/Amnesia, and the Impacts of Popular Culture, Media, and Censorship.

PhilmonHailePhilmon Haile

Philmon Haile is a global leader. His background, formative events in his early years, participation in OneWorld Now!, and his pursuit of higher education have fueled his passion to address issues of equal access to education and ensuring educational opportunities for under-represented people. Philmon, now a sophomore in college, was born in Sudan. His parents were both soldiers in the Eritrean War of Independence and like many before them, they sought refuge in the United States. Philmon arrived in Seattle at age three. His Eritrean identity remains important to him and he remains fluent in Tigrinya. He is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English, and learning Arabic.    

OneWorld Now! (OWN), a global leadership program for underserved high school students, caught Philmon’s attention his sophomore year at Garfield High School. Through the program, he began to study Mandarin Chinese and develop his leadership skills. He proved adept at Chinese and emerged as a promising young leader.

Following high school graduation, Philmon was accepted to Swarthmore College on a generous scholarship. After his freshman year at Swarthmore, earned an full year scholarship to study Chinese Literature in Harbin, China. Upon his return from China, Philmon transferred to the University of Washington where he’ll be focusing on China studies and Middle East Studies.

Since returning to Seattle he has been involved with OneWorld Now! to improve access to international education, the Seattle Strong Initiative, the Seattle branch of the President Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiative, and the City of Seattle. He has been invited to speak nationally in Washington, D.C. and Hawaii on behalf of expanding education opportunities to low-income youth.

Philmon’s vision is to be of service through serving as a diplomat in the US Foreign Service. Most recently, he received the UW Class of 1954 scholarship to support his internship with the Economic Section of the US Embassy in Beijing this summer. He is looking into doctoral programs in political science and social anthropology. Philmon is currently in Amman, Jordan completing an intensive Arabic language program.


Anthony Hall

Anthony Hall is a senior pursuing a B.S. in comprehensive physics and a B.A. in mathematics. He is currently conducting research at the Ginger Lab in the Department of Chemistry on the built-in electric potential present in organic semiconductors. By using the technique of electroabsorption spectroscopy, he is investigating how the presence of different organic molecules can affect this built-in potential, which may enhance present understanding of affordable solar technology. 

Anthony plans to pursue a Ph.D. in physics and wishes to help increase the role of renewable energy being used in the United States. In addition to his current research, he is also interested in quantum field theory, philosophy, and music. Some of Anthony’s hobbies include hiking, playing guitar and saxophone, and reading good books.




Dorathy-Ann Harris

Dorathy-Ann Harris is a junior at the University of Washington studying Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology and minoring in both Quantitative Science and Microbiology. She moved all through her life while growing up, making UW her 11th school. This has helped her understand the importance of communicating with others, and not being afraid to take initiative. 

Her research interests include neurobiology and pharmacology. Her past research includes studying Antibiotic Resistance in Bacteria and G-Protein Coupled Receptors. Currently, she is working in the Department of Pharmacology under Dr. Hague. This summer she is working with Dr. Hague and the IMSD program. She makes trips back to her high school, Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy, to educate others of the importance and opportunities involved in pursuing science and continuing education.

AmirHassenAmir Hassen

Amir Hassen is a junior in the department of biochemistry. He does research on phosphorus NMR analysis of muscle and brain. He uses magnetic resonance spectroscopy to analyze the dynamics of metabolism. Part of his research is focused on mitochondrial Pi and trying to explain why there is a decline in mitochondrial Pi in elderly humans. Through his research he hopes to develop a short protocol that can be used by hospitals to acquire a phosphorous spectrum that gives them useful information about the health of their patients. Amir plans to pursue a doctoral degree in biochemistry using methods of spectroscopy. He is involved with the UW Muslim Student Association and is a Costco scholar. In the future he hopes to start a program in this community to help students pursue a field in science.







Anh Huynh 

Anh Huynh is a rising senior at the University of Washington – Seattle. She’s pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Journalism. Her research interest lies in social psychology and anything culture-related. She enjoys observing the world around her and thinking about the ways in which our thoughts, feelings, and behavior are shaped by and shape others. Her past research experience includes examining the effects that different amounts of instruction and academic goals have on undergraduates’ conceptual learning of new material and investigating the foraging behavioral patterns and food intake of the Eastern grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). She’s currently working on an honors project under the guidance of Dr. Anthony Greenwald and other members of the Greenwald lab.

Outside of classes and research, Anh has been actively involved in tutoring and mentoring, having served in various positions such as undergraduate TA, Chemistry and Social Studies tutor, science fair mentor for elementary-school children, tutor/mentor for UW Academic Support Programs, and Seattle Public Library volunteer tutor. She has written for The Daily and is involved in Psi Chi, Golden Key Honour Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), Tau Sigma Directorate Board, and Pipeline Alternative Spring Break (ASB). In the coming fall, Anh will be leading a Freshman Interest Group (FIG) seminar that aims to introduce freshmen to university resources and opportunities while enabling them to acquire valuable college survival skills.

Anh plans to attend graduate school and obtain a Ph.D. in social psychology. She hopes to become a research professor one day studying decision-making across different cultural contexts while inspiring the next generation of psychology students.

In her free time, Anh likes reading, watching movies, discussing world events, hanging out with family and friends, and daydreaming of traveling around the world.


Saleh Jaber 

I am currently a junior in the Bioengineering department. I am the first person in my family to attend college. I started at Columbia Basin community college in the Tri Cities and ended up transferring to the University of Washington in the fall of 2012. During the course of my college career, I had the chance to get involved in different clubs and participate in different organizations. I developed many interests and gained a passion for research. I worked on several research projects and had the chance to work with extraordinary individuals. After experiencing many different fields in research, I found that my main interest lies in biomaterials and tissue engineering. This summer I will be working in the Elaine Faustman toxicology lab. I will be assisting in the characterization of proteins resulting from the differentiation of neural cells. In the fall of 2013 I will start working in a different lab in order expand my research experience and gain insight on other fields.          






Azeb Madebo 

Azeb Madebo is a senior majoring in Communication and Culture with a minor in Diversity. Her current research interests focus on exploring topics within Black Cultural Studies – specifically subjects concerning under-researched communities. She’s interested in using her Ethiopian/African American standpoint as an “outsider-within” to explore blackness and its representations within East African immigrant communities living in the United States. Azeb’s future plans involve completing a PhD in order to become a professor within a field that allows her to explore her interests, stay engaged inside the community, and mentor students. In conjunction with the McNair Scholars Program, she is also in the Department of Communication’s honors program.




Mayra Mendoza (pictured in the middle)

I am a Junior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in History and minoring in French. I am the first person in my family to have the opportunity to attend a 4 year University. My first year at the University of Washington I was a part of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) and during Summer Quarter 2012 I was able to be a part of a French Polynesia Exploration Seminar in Tahiti. I hope to be able to study abroad in Germany during my undergraduate years. I also hope to obtain my Ph.D. in History.

I am primarily interested in the pre-World War II and World War II political and social atmosphere of Germany. I am also hoping to focus my research on German Politics from 1920-1945 starting with the rise of the Nazi Party to its fall with Adolf Hitler. I am also very interested in researching Nazi methods to gain popularity in Germany.






Kendall Morgan

Kendall is a senior studying Informatics with a Human Computer Interaction and Information Security concentration. He came to Seattle by way of New Orleans, La. On campus he is heavily involved with the Lois Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity. This past summer he was a part of OMA&D's Interdisciplinary STEM in Australia – Autonomous Underwater Vehicles & Ecological Systems. He is also currently a Web Development Officer for the National Society of Black Engineers and has recently been acknowledged as the 2012-2013 Samuel E. Kelly Scholar.   

For Kendall, technology has been his main motivation for getting an education. There was nothing else that sparked his interest in school besides technology, nothing else seemed fun. With his experiences working in middle schools he noticed that there is a huge lack in the focus on technology in primary schooling. He see's kids being afraid of it, or thinking it is hard and a big part of that is exposure at an early age. Kendall's research interests include the digital divide and the teaching technology and computer science in early education.   





Sandy Nguyen 

Sandy Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American student with aspirations of becoming an oral health researcher. Currently, she is majoring in Microbiology with a minor in Bioethics and Humanities. In conjunction with her academics, she has conducted research under the guidance of Dr. Norma Martinez-Gomez and Dr. Mary Lidstrom. Her project concentrates on the regulation and circuitry of Methylobacterium extorquens AM1’s metabolic network in response to substrate availability. The relevancy of this research lies in better understanding how single carbon metabolism, a process essential to all living organisms, functions and response to changes. Due to the encouragement and support of her mentors, Sandy is a Mary Gates Research Scholar, has presented at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium twice, and has published work in the last year.

Another highlight of Sandy’s undergraduate career has been her involvement with the Vietnam Health Clinic, a student-led health organization advised by Scott Fung. Her experience as a general member and dental leader solidified her interest in developing and refining techniques in oral health care for people living in low-resource areas. Her participation in the Summer Medical Dental Education Program and volunteer work at the Union Gospel Mission have continued to fuel her passion in combating these socioeconomic disparities.

She is incredibly thankful to be a member of the Ronald E. McNair Program and hopes to make the McNair team very proud.


Chinonso Opara

Chinonso Opara is a junior in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Washington. During the summer after graduating from high school, Chinonso gained his first lab experience under Dr. David Lindsey in the Department of Biology in Walla Walla University. There he aided their work in elucidating the signaling pathway of the ubiquitin protease ubpA. Since then, Chinonso has been blessed with the opportunity to continue his research activities. In the lab of Dr. Patrick Stayton in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington, Chinonso worked on a project aimed at enhancing antitumor immune response, where he focused on characterizing the level of gene knockdown using smart polymers as delivery vehicles for siRNA.  Also, Chinonso had the opportunity to participate in the University of Washington Summer 2012 Amgen Scholars Program. As an Amgen Scholar under Dr. William Atkins in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Chinonso played a major role in creating a new method for measuring the concentration of quantum dots in solution using surface plasmon resonance and analytical ultracentrifugation. Being an aspiring physician, Chinonso plans to be a conduit between patients and science as he combines clinical work with research. Outside of academics and research, Chinonso enjoys exercising and spending time with family and friends. Also, Chinonso takes great pleasure in playing trombone and piano, and is an avid composer of music. He started writing music at the age of 11, and since then has written several musical numbers for a wide array of instrumentation.


Megan Rue

I am a sophomore pursuing a double-degree in Anthropology and Biology. My main research interests are Garbology, energetics, trauma patterns on bones, and stigmas associated with PTSD – especially in soldiers. I previously have done research in Garbology and I am currently working on developing a new project that evaluates the actual waste behaviors of those living in the dorms vs. their perceived behaviors. The main goal of the Garbology research is to help increase the University of Washington’s waste diversion rate, educate the public about waste, and to reduce the carbon footprint of UW.  

After completion of both of my degrees, I aspire to pursue a Masters and then a PhD in Forensic Anthropology. With this degree I hope to become a professor and develop more Forensic Anthropology programs in the United States. I plan to work on research that focuses on developing methods to better understand trauma patterns in bones. I also hope to work with local, Federal, and International Agencies to help identify victims of crimes.  Most importantly, I hope to invest in the futures of those individuals who so badly desire to obtain an education.


Cynthia Irene Simekha (Princess)

Cynthia Simekha is a senior in the Public Health and Global health Departments. Currently, her intended area of research is health disparities in Africa; mainly her focus is on the social determinants of health and inequality among youth (especially males). This is because most of the people and programs launched in Africa focus on women and girls thus forgetting about men and boys. Cynthia, who likes to be addresses as “African Princess” or “Princess Adanma” (which means the first beautiful, intelligent, and kind daughter), was born and raised in Kenya. Additionally, she speaks more than 8 languages and has visited many countries in Africa. She is also active in academic and non-academic organizations such as LSAMP, USPHA, MAPS, Trio-SSS, Global Health Group, and ASA (African Student Association). She plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Public Health with a specialty in community health and health policy and management. In the future, she hopes to start an organization that will empower and guide children from low-income households who have passion in Social Sciences and Arts to expand their understanding of these fields and guide them to achieve their dreams both academically and socially. Her hobbies include sculpting, drawing, painting, graphic design, photography, travelling, cooking, nature walks, and dancing. Lastly, Princess would like to pass her regards to Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Simekha, Ismael, Tracy, Luda, Mama Josephine A., Sambula M., Andrea Griggs, Trio at Bellevue College and UW, McNair scholar advisors, family and friends for the endless support.




Lisa Stuart

Lisa Stuart is a senior at the University of Washington pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and an Honors student in the Department of Biology.  Her current research is focused on genomic DNA replication timing with the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

After earning her Bachelor’s degree, she plans to attend graduate school pursuing a PhD in Genetic Research where she hopes to contribute to cutting edge discoveries in Genome Sciences for the better health of humanity.







Sarra Tekola 

Sarra Tekola is a senior studying Environmental Science and Resource Management and minoring in Marine Biology. Her research interests include wetland ecology, food webs, sustainability, climate change, and ocean acidification.  Some of the research she has worked on is how ocean acidification affects pteropods, Hypoxia in Hood Canal, using rain gardens to reduce stormwater runoff, and expanding climate change discourse in rural communities. Sarra wants to get her Ph.D. in policy and environmental science. She plans to stop climate change, the largest threat to mankind. Her plan is to get educated about the solutions that will include adaptation, regulation and mitigation and get into politics to implement these solutions.








Riabelle Vivas

Riabelle Vivas is a senior at the University of Washington pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social welfare and a minor in diversity. Her experience as a Filipina immigrant largely influences her interests, which includes but is not limited to social determinants of health (especially for those of migrant backgrounds), education disparities, and public policy. Outside of her academic pursuits, Riabelle is engaged with the community through her work as a Carlson Civic fellow at ROOTS Young Adult Shelter and as the Organization of Student Social Worker’s community service chair. This summer she will be studying abroad in Cambodia and collaborating with fellow UW students, students from the Royal University of Phnom Penh, and Mo Po Tsyo to raise awareness about issues impacting people with diabetes. In autumn, she will begin her practicum at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Riabelle aspires to earn a master’s degree in social work and public health, and subsequently complete doctorate studies in social work.





KazimirWallKazimir Wall

Kazimir Wall is a junior at the University of Washington working towards a bachelor’s degree in Comprehensive Physics and a minor in Mathematics. He has been involved in research with the Precision Muon Physics Group for over a year. Currently he is working on analyzing gain characteristics of Silicon Photomultipliers using laser pulsing in order to investigate pileup parameters. The results of his studies will be used towards the development of calorimeters for the Muon g-2 experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Kazimir plans to present his research at the 2013 Fall Meeting of the Division of Nuclear Physics. After achieving a BS, he hopes to go on to pursue a PhD in Physics and continue work in the field of particle physics. Kazimir is also Treasurer for the Society of Physics Students (SPS) UW Chapter. He will be returning as an officer for the club next year as well. Outside of physics, Kazimir has a strong interest in computer science. On his free time Kazimir enjoys hiking, reading, and snowboarding.