2020 Research Scholars

Mary Asante
Biochemistry and Premedical Preparation, 2022
Ms. Asante was selected as an IN LSAMP Peer Mentor in 2019. Currently, she is seeking a BS in Biochemistry and Premedical Preparation. As a LSAMP scholar, she has worked with Dr. M. Konkle in the biochemistry lab and Dr. Shi in the organic chemistry lab (remotely). She is currently involved in the Pride of Mid-America Marching Band, the leader of the hospitality team at the Christian Campus House, and the treasurer for 2020 SAACS Ball State team. When she graduates, she hopes to get into medical school and further her dream of becoming a doctor.
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Biology and Pre-Medicine, 2021
Ms. Edionwe was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2020. Currently, she is seeking a BS in Biology and pre-medical Preparation with a minor in chemistry. As an LSAMP scholar, Ms. Edionwe is working with Dr. J. McKillip on the recovering of Salmonella enterica from artificially contaminated milk treated with Salmonella bacteriophage. Ms. Edionwe is involved in the Pre-Health Professions Clube, Ball State Dance marathon, and the Vice-president of the Ball State National Society of Leadership & Success chapter. When Ms. Edionwe graduates, she plans to get her master in biology, and hopes to go to Medical school and become a Surgeon.
Ava Gradberry
Biology, 2021
Ms. Grandberry was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2020. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in biology and a minor in Spanish. As an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2020, she has worked with Matt Simpson on microplastics. Ms. Grandberry is a member Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity and is the current vice president of the NACWC. When she graduates, she hopes to go to a master’s program and eventually go to dental school.
Gisselle Rodriguez
Biology, 2021
Ms. Rodriguez was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2020. Currently, she is seeking a BS in Biology with a focus in Zoology. As an LSAMP Scholar, Ms. Rodriguez is working with Dr. J. Ward to study the effects of microplastics on the reproductive behavior of fish. When Ms. Rodriguez graduates, she plans to go to graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in Veterinary Medicine.
Lilyana Salazar
Biology, 2021
Ms. Salazar was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2020. Currently, she is seeking a BS in biology with a focus in the pre-veterinary medicine program and a minor in entrepreneurial management. As an LSAMP scholar, Ms. Salazar is working with the protein mitoNEET in the chemistry lab with Dr. M. Konkle. She is currently the executive director of Cardinal Kitchen and the president of the Pre-Vet and Animal Welfare Society. She is part of the Western Equestrian Team and enjoys playing soccer at Ball State’s Recreation Center. When Ms. Salazar graduates, she hopes to achieve her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and open her own Emergency Veterinary Hospital.
Aaliyah Winters
Biology, 2022
Ms. Winters was selected as an IN LSAMP scholar in 2020. She is currently seeking a BS degree in Biology with a minor of Chemistry and Spanish. While in LSAMP she works in Dr. Albiniaks’ lab and as a pharmacy technician. After graduation she hopes to continue her studies in a medical school to become a doctor and volunteer her services to impoverished areas in the United States and developing countries recovering from natural disasters.
Isabelle Wright
Premedical Preparation and Biology, 2021
Ms. Wright was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2019. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in premedical preparation and biology with minors in Spanish and chemistry. As an LSAMP scholar, she is working with Dr. B. Pederson in the Center for Medical Education to study the significance of brain glycogen levels on associative memory via olfactory recognition in mice. She has also worked with Dr. S. Rosokha to study anion-pi complexes. She currently scribes at the Ball Memorial Emergency Department. Ms. Wright anticipates entering in medical school after graduating.
Julia Ysidron
Chemistry and Natural Resources & Environmental Management, 2020
Ms. Ysidron was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2020. Currently, she is seeking dual BS degrees in Chemistry and Natural Resources & Environmental Management. As an LSAMP scholar, Ms. Ysidron is working in the chemistry lab with Dr. Wei Shi on developing analogues of Impomoeassin F, a natural plant extract, which has been known to show anti-tumor properties. She has also worked with Dr. Zahran on synthesizing copper nanoparticles to degrade environmental pollutants. She is also a member of the Ball State Campus Band and the NREM club. When she graduates, Ms. Ysidron plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Environmental Toxicology.