2018 Summer Research Scholars

William Carey
Mr.Carey was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar for 2018. Currently, he is pursuing a BS degree in Chemistry with an ACS certification and a minor in Physics. He works as a Teacher Assistant for the Chemistry and Physics Department. After graduation, he plans to attend Medical School to be a Emergency Medical Physician and Trauma Surgeon. 
Donnai Casillas
Ms. Casillas was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2018. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. As a LSAMP scholar, she is working with Dr. Ming Gao to determine what mRNAs bind to me31B protein in Drosophila melanogaster. She is also involved with Harbor Light Hospice, an organization that brings companionship to those in hospice facilities. When she graduates, she hopes to go to Medical School.
Eva Elmalh
Ms. Elmalh was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2018. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She is working with Dr. Jenny Fisher to test and analyze the prevalence of antibiotic resistance in the Northwest Indiana region. She is also Biology and Chemistry tutor at Indiana University Northwest and is a co-founder of the Coptic Orthodox Christian Fellowship club on campus. After graduation, she plans on pursuing a career in medicine. 
Alero Jackson
Ms. Jackson was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2018. Currently, she is seeking a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and a concentration in Pre-Medicine. She is working with Dr. Jenny Fisher to engineer a CRISPR/Cas-9 plasmid specific for antibiotic resistance, with the goal of treating antibiotic resistant bacteria present in sewage. In addition, she works to improve campus recruitment efforts as the Treasurer of the IU Northwest Student Ambassadors. She is also involved with the IU Northwest Student Government Association as the Head of Communications, where she strives to improve student life.  After graduation, she plans to pursue a Doctor in Medicine, with the hopes of practicing anesthesiology.
Nicholas Olchawa
Mr. Olchawa was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2018. Currently, he is seeking a BS degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. As a LSAMP scholar, he works with Dr. Ming Gao on examining the expression of me31B present in ovarian tissues of drosophila. He also serves as a Biology tutor in the STEM lab. After graduation, he hopes to continue his research and apply to graduate school to continue his education.