2017 STEM Scholarship Winners!
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We are pleased to recognize our 2017 STEM Scholarship winners! All five of these outstanding women have received a free membership to our local chapter for the upcoming year, and our undergraduate and graduate student winners also received $150 for their fall semester student bills! Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all who donated to our organization this past year–we would not be able to offer our scholarships without you!
STEM Undergraduate Scholarship Winner: Andrea Shugar
A little bit about Andrea: I grew up in Bright, Indiana, and graduated from East Central High School in 2016. I decided to study Medical Sciences at the University of Cincinnati after I realized my passion for medicine in high school. After I graduate with my bachelor’s degree, I plan on attending medical school to achieve an MD. This summer, I am participating in Dr. Nina Gross’s Neurology lab at Children’s Hospital, and working under a PhD candidate studying Autism Spectrum Disorder. I am the Vice President of Communications for Caducea Pre-Medical Society at the University of Cincinnati, as well as the President of AmeriCats, which is an organization that supports the military. Aside from academics, I am a black belt in karate, and am able to teach and compete in the sport globally. When I am not either studying, working, or training, you can usually find me napping with my dogs and/or listening to music.
STEM Graduate Scholarship Winner: Elizabeth Nguyen
Elizabeth was born in south Vietnam, but grew up on the beaches of Los Angeles, California. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from Reed College in 2012, and prior to graduate school, she completed a 2-year post-baccalaureate research program in a lab manager position at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her scientific questions eventually led her to the Midwest, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. Under the mentorship of Dr. Matia B. Solomon, Elizabeth’s research focuses on sex differences in the neurobiology of stress-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. She hopes that her dissertation research will lay the foundation for the development of sex-specific treatments for these diseases. When she is not in the lab, Elizabeth enjoys art, nature, social dancing, traveling, and cooking, among many other things.
STEM Graduate Scholarship Honorable Mention: Megan Schmale
Megan is in the chemistry Ph.D. program at the University of Cincinnati. In her research, she is investigating the accumulation and speciation of toxic metals in Aquaponics systems. As a graduate student, she aims to influence, inspire, and share her experiences and advocate for diversity and inclusion in chemistry and STEM. Her research adviser says that Megan “has demonstrated the potential to inspire her peers through her work towards making a difference for students.”
STEM Graduate Scholarship Honorable Mention: Molly Smith
Molly grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked in two labs, studying HPV-associated head and neck cancer and retinal degenerative diseases. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Cancer and Cell Biology at the University of Cincinnati in Dr. Daniel Starczynowski’s lab studying alternative splicing in Myelodysplastic Syndromes and Acute Myeloid Leukemia. She has been an active member of the program’s admissions committee and serves as her program’s student representative for the Health Sciences Graduate Association.
STEM Graduate Scholarship Honorable Mention: Kara Wolfe
Kara grew up in a small town in central Illinois, moved to Ohio in middle school, and graduated from Ohio University in 2015 with a B.S. degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. During her time as an undergraduate she took part in three separate research projects involving molecular biology, microbiology, and mathematical biology, which fueled her interest in laboratory research and graduate school. She decided to pursue a Ph.D. in UC’s Cancer and Cell Biology Ph.D. program, which she joined Fall of 2015. Since then, she has been researching brain tumor cell metabolism and mechanisms of metastasis to the brain in Atsuo Sasaki’s lab. Brain tumor research is near to her heart following the death of a family member from brain cancer. Since joining the program, she has tutored first year students and taken part in the program’s admissions committee. She looks forward to contributing a larger role within the program and within the community in the coming years.