Scholars

Scholars

2019 Scholars

Sarah Abaddi
Chemistry, 2022
Ms. Abaddi was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2019. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in chemistry. As an LSAMP scholar, she has worked with Dr. Zahran on the development of new approaches for the detection and remediation of environmental contaminants by the design of nano-structured material that provide efficient catalytic activity. Ms. Abaddi is also involved in the Pre-Health Professions Club and Circle K International at Ball State. After graduation, she plans on going to PA school to become a physician assistant.
Nnamdi Anene
Biology, 2019
Nnamdi Anene was selected as an IN-LSAMP Scholar in 2019. Currently, he is seeking a BS degree in biology this summer. As an LSAMP researcher, he has worked with Dr. J. McKillip to identify new viruses that affect Salmonella in raw dairy milk. . Anene is also involved in Global brigades medical and dental chapter at Ball State. Through the organization, Mr. Anene was able to bring medical attention to rural villages in Panama. Mr. Anene has served as president for the Theta Xi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, the first intercollegiate black fraternity focused on manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind. Mr. Anene also served as the treasurer of the Black Student Association where he was responsible for budget updates, keeping balance of the organization’s funds, and programming a full week of events. After this program, Mr. Anene is looking to further pursue his career in dentistry by serving in the U.S. Army as a dental specialist.
Mary Asante
Biochemistry and Pre-Medicine, 2022
Ms. Asante was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2018. Currently, she is seeking a BS in Biochemistry and Premedical Preparation. As an LSAMP scholar, she has worked with Dr. M. Konkle in the biochemistry lab. She is currently involved in the Pride of Mid-America Marching Band. When she graduates, she hopes to get into medical school and further her dream of becoming a doctor.
Sarahi Casas-Salinas
Biology and Spanish, 2020
Ms. Casas-Salinas was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2018. Currently she is seeking a BS degree in biology with a minor in Spanish. As an LSAMP scholar, she has worked with Dr. Khubchandani on researching more information about minorities, specifically Hispanic women, and the obstacles they face when presented with breast cancer. When she graduates, she hopes to attend graduate school and ultimately work in the medical professions field.
Alex Contreras
Biochemistry, 2021
Mr. Contreras was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2019. Currently, he is seeking a BS degree in biochemistry with a minor in biology. As an LSAMP scholar, he has worked with Dr. E. Khisamutdinov on Isolation and Purification of T7 RNA Polymerase at Ball State University. Mr. Contreras is involved in the Chemistry Research Immersion Summer Program (CRISP) which helps develop students to understand and conduct the process of real scientific research. When he graduates he plans to apply for pharmacy school and work his way up to become a pharmacist.
Melissa Ibarra
Biology, 2019
Melissa Ibarra was selected as an IN LSAMP scholar in 2019. Currently, she is seeking a BA degree in Biology with a minor in Spanish. As an LSAMP scholar, she will work with Dr. Melody Bernot on researching herbicide effects on microbial activity. After graduation, she will think about graduate school options. In the meant time, she hopes to work as a medical interpreter and save up to fund any further studies.
Keith Khumalo
Biochemistry, 2019
Keith Khumalo was selected as an IN LSAMP research scholar in the summer of 2019. Currently, he is seeking a BS degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Biology. As an LSAMP scholar, he will work with Dr. Bernot on studying the pollination patterns of different insects and also the identification of certain insects based on their pollination patterns and carbon make up. He is also involved in the Huntsman Philanthropy organization for the ball state Greek life organization of sigma chi epsilon omega. The organization helps raise money for cancer research and spread awareness about the disease. When he graduates he hopes to work as a chemical analyst for different pharmaceutical companies and pursue his master’s degree in biochemistry.
Lauren Reed
Biology, 2020
Ms. Reed was selected as an LSAMP Scholar in 2019. Currently, she is seeking a BS in Biology with a focus in Zoology and a concentration in Veterinarian Medicine. As an LSAMP scholar, Ms. Reed is working with Dr. J. Ward on courtship, mate choice, and the use of the lateral line in Stickleback fish. Ms. Reed is also a Peer Mentor for LSAMP at Ball State University as of 2019 and will work with incoming freshmen on how to succeed within the STEM curriculum. Over the past year, Ms. Reed was part of the Make-A-Wish organization at Ball State where she was the Events Committee Leader. Her role included creating events for the club, creating proposals, and conducting meetings with a small team. When Ms. Reed graduates, she hopes to go to Veterinarian school and become a Wildlife Veterinarian.
Taneia Reed
Computer Science, 2019
Ms. Reed was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2019. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in Computer Science with a minor in Digital Media. As an LSAMP scholar, she has worked with Dr. Shaoen Wu on human activity recognition using ambient radar solutions, developed to recognize various human activities from the signal to improve human health and elder care quality. Ms. Reed is also involved in the Student Voluntary Services organization as a Program Coordinator. This organization helps to get students on Ball State campus to get involved in community service in order to make a difference throughout the Muncie community. When she graduates she hopes to work with Web Design and Application Development so that she can put her imagination to the test and create her own websites and apps
Kathryn Rodgers
Biology, 2019
Ms. Rodgers was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2019. Currently she is seeking a BS degree in Biology with a minor in Computer Science and a minor in Spanish. Before becoming an LSAMP Scholar, she began working with Dr. Bernstein on the pseudouridylation that occurs in C. albicans and continued this work under LSAMP in 2019. Currently, Mr. Rodgers is also involved in the Student Honors Council (SHC), which functions as the student-governing body of Honors College. Through SHC, she volunteers monthly at a local nursing home and helps plan the events put on by the Honors College. Ms. Rodgers is also the current treasurer of the Computer Tech Student Organization. When Ms. Rodgers graduates, she plans to continue her education and earn her doctorates in molecular genetics in hopes of working on cures to childhood genetic diseases.

Past Scholars

Kierra Adams
Biology, 2019
Ms. Adams was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in the Summer of 2018. Currently, she is seeking a BS in Biology. She works with Dr. Bernstein's lab. Her project is working on determining if C. Viswanathii is able to produce dicarboxylic acids to be used in plastic production. She is also involved in the Pre-Health Professions Club, Black Student Association, Collegiate Health Student Corps and Health Occupants Students of America. Ms. Adams also works outside of school as an Emergency Department Medical Scribe at the local IU Ball Memorial Hospital. PHPC, CIHSC and HOSA are all health-related organizations that are helping to further her professional and social careers. After graduation, she plans on going to PA school or accelerated nursing school, to become an NP.
Charles Barrios
Biochemistry, 2019
Mr. Barrios was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2017. Currently, he is pursuing a BS in Chemistry. Charles was accepted to a summer iREU in Grenoble, France at the University of Grenoble Alpes where he worked in the CERMAV-CNRS lab under Dr. Rachel Auzély-Velty synthesizing thermoresponsive polymers. He is back in his home lab with Dr. Cori Jenkins continuing work on this new project in the United States. After graduation, he hopes to attend a doctoral program.
Maurice Dantzler
Wildlife Biology, 2019
Mr. Dantzler was selected as an LSAMP scholar in Spring 2018. Currently, he is seeking a BS in Wildlife Biology. He is working in Dr.Kamal Islam's lab, as well as Micayla Jones, the Red Tail Land Conservancy Stewardship Director. His project is focused conducting a survey within multiple Red tail conservancy properties and creating a database of Reptilian and Amphibian species. He is involved with the greek life as a brother of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, a member of the wildlife society, and a volunteer on the Ball State Herpetology Study. After graduation, he hopes to become a Reptile/Amphibian Zookeeper.
Amber Diggs
Biology, 2019
Ms. Diggs was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2018. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in biology with a minor in criminology and criminal justice. She is working in Dr. Emil Khisamutdinov's lab where she works on isolating T7 RNA Polymerase. She is a member of the PhD Pathways Program and has participated in the DISCOVERY research program, as well as a participant in the Ball State University Police Department Citizens Policing Academy. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school in hopes of becoming a forensic scientist.
Kaylin Laws
Biology; Chemistry, 2019
Ms. Laws was selected as an IN LSAMP scholar in 2018. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in Biology with a minor in chemistry. She works in Dr. Jenkins' lab on Sulfur polymerization and inverse vulcanization. She also works on campus as a Computer Lab Assistant. She is responsible for providing assistance to students and faculty, and performs basic computer troubleshooting. After graduation, she plans to work as a Medical Technologist and fund herself through graduate school and start her own company.
Adam Lloyd
Biology, 2019
Mr. Lloyd was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2017. Currently, he is seeking a BS degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. He is working in Dr. Sammelson's lab where he researches areas of scientific methodology and the synthesis of potential applications in medicinal or bioorganic chemistry. His specific research project focuses on synthesizing new antibacterial derivatives to be tested for medicinal use. When he graduates, he hopes to attend medical school.
Jazmin Marks-Burns
Microbiology, 2019
Jazmin was selected as an IN-LSAMP scholar in 2017. Currently, she is seeking a BS in Biology with a concentration in Microbiology. She has been participating in research with Dr. Douglas Bernstein since spring 2018 investigating the role of pseudouridylation, an RNA modification mechanism, and its effect on RNA function and translation. She is currently involved in the Black Student Association, a member of the National Society for Leadership and Success, Be Thou Made Whole (a Women’s Christian organization) and has volunteered at Muncie’s Animal Shelter and Ball State University’s Cardinal Kitchen. After graduation, she plans to enroll in a graduate program to study Biology with a focus on Immunology and work in an industrial setting.
ChiChi Nnatubeugo
Biochemistry, 2020
Ms. Nnatubeugo was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2018. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry and a minor in biology. She is working in Dr. Mary Konkle's lab on the function of MitoNEET and how its role affects other biological processes in the mitochondria. She is also involved in the Pre-Health Profession Club (PHPC), serving as a chair in community service at Ball State University. Ms. Nnatubeugo has volunteered in a committee for Ball State Dance Marathon, which fundraises for Riley’s Children Hospital. She is a member of the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (SACS) at Ball State as well as PhD Pathways, which mentors undergraduate minority students considering post-undergraduate education. Lastly, she has also served as a TA in the chemistry department. After graduation, she hopes to attend the University of Michigan to further pursue her doctorate in medicine to one day work as a cardiothoracic surgeon.
Jose Rodriguez
Professional Chemistry, 2019
Mr. Rodriguez was selected as an IN LSAMP scholar in 2018. Currently, Mr. Rodriguez is pursuing a BA degree in professional chemistry with a minor in Spanish. Mr. Rodriguez currently works in Dr. Albiniak's lab on producing oxypyridinium-salts to use as a transfer reagent to create new, mild benzyl ethers. He is involved in SAACS club, which helps grow the presence of the chemistry field at Ball State as well as the Muncie community and has volunteered in activities organized by the committee, such as Science day at Ball Gymnasium. After graduation, he hopes to be accepted into a doctorate program for chemistry. After achieving a doctorate degree, he plans to pursue post-doctoral work and become a professor in chemistry.
Princess Walker
Biochemistry; Biology, 2019
Miss Walker was selected as an LSAMP Scholar in 2017. Currently, she is seeking a BS in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry with a Biology Minor. She works in Dr. Cori Jenkins' lab with polymer synthesis and instrumentation. Ms. Walker is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Scholars (NSLS). As an active member of this society she participates in community outreach within the Muncie community. Miss Walker also participates in the PhD Pathways program, with the goals of preparing undergraduates for graduate school and making it possible for them to attain a doctoral degree. After graduation, she hopes to further her education in a graduate program center around genetic studies or cancer research; with the goal of obtaining a doctoral degree in either field.