Home Institution: Rider University, Lawrence Township, NJ
Major: Chemistry Mentor: Stanley Stevens, Ph. D.
Research Project: Molecular Insights into Pharmacological Inhibition of Microglial Pro-Inflammatory Response Using Mass Spectrometry-Based Proteomics
I have a passion for chemistry, mathematics, and helping others. As I grew up in Jamaica, I dreamed of helping a large quantity of people which is why my ultimate goal is to aid in developing various medicines. I will be heading into my fourth year of my undergraduate career where I face a heavy load of maintaining my scholarly requirements while applying for PhD programs and aiming to take the Chemistry Honor Society (GSE) to new heights as their new President. Aside from the busy schedule I take on, I try to find time to enjoy my hobbies such as playing tennis and spending time with my family and friends. When I feel overwhelmed I remember my personal motto by Arthur Ashe, “success is a journey, not a destination”. It constantly reminds me that being successful is not going to happen after one class but that it takes real commitment and true passion; everyone’s view of success is different.
KARINA GARCIA VAZQUEZ
Home Institution: University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Major: Art History Mentor: Lisa M. Piazza
Research Project: Why “Do Not Touch”?
Began her studies in art at the School of Fine Arts in Bayamón. She has a high school diploma with specialization in Visual Arts from the Paul Casals Fine Arts School in Bayamón. Currently she performs a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Art History and emphasis on Western Art. Her works have been exhibited in various areas of Puerto Rico. As an art historian figure as president of the Association of Students of Art History and as a partner of the student magazine of art critic Punto de Fuga of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. She was selected as a volunteer to the registration area and collection management of the Institute of Culture of Puerto Rico.
QIU CHANG WU
Home Institution: Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Major: Natural Sciences Mentor: Jason Rohr, Ph. D.
Research Project: Acquired Resistance for Helminth Infections in the Cuban Tree Frog O. septentrionalis
I’m a rising sophomore at Colorado College currently studying molecular biology. I find viruses fascinating and will talk someone’s ear off about amazing measures viruses use to avoid the immune system. Unsurprisingly, my dream is to become a practicing virologist at a research hospital. I remember my freshman year biology course in high school and seeing my first picture of the structure of HIV, and my Ms. Frizzle-esque teacher lecturing about amazingly terrifying things a particle so infinitesimally small could do to its host. I was hooked. I knew I loved science at a young age, but that moment was the first source of clarity I had about what I wanted to do when I grew up. Aside from my love of science, I enjoy the great outdoors. I love hiking up mountains and biking scenic trails