Research Scholars

Summer 2021 Scholars

Edom Alemayehu
Biology and Pre-Medicine, 2024
Ms. Alemayehu was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2021. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in Biology and Pre-medical preparation. As an LSAMP scholar, she has worked with Dr. Bernstein in the Biology lab. Ms. Alemayehu is also involved in MAPS (Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students) and Pre-Health Professions Club. When she graduates, she hopes to go into medical school and become a pediatrician.
Kadijah Blevins
BIOLOGY CONCENTRATING IN WILDLIFE, 2023
Mrs. Kadijah Blevins was selected as an LSAMP scholar in 2020. Currently, she is seeking a BS in Biology with a concentration in wildlife. As an LSAMP scholar, she worked with Dr.Ward on microplastic exposure in male fat head minnows (Pimephales promelas). When she graduates she hopes to work as a seasonal field biologist and attend grad school
Dan Chepkwony
Computer Science
Dan was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2021. He is pursuing a BS in computer science with a minor in computer technology. As an LSAMP scholar, he worked with Dr. Skoby on using machine learning to collect data from relativistic heavy-ion collisions. Mr. Chepkwony currently serves as the Chief Quality Officer of Online Impacts which is a nonprofit organization that helps other nonprofits build websites. He plans on going to graduate school while working as a part-time developer.
Feona Dabson
BIOCHEMISTRY AND PREMEDICAL PREPARATION, 2023
Ms. Dabson was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2021. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry. Ms. Dabson is working with Dr. Sammelson in the synthesis of compounds with potential application in medicinal and/or bioorganic chemistry. Ms. Dabson is also involved in African Student Association, Pre-Health Professional Club, Women Empowerment Club, and is a part of the Honors College. When she graduates, she will continue her education in medical school to pursue a career in Anesthesiology.
Brendan Jones
MICROBIOLOGY, 2022
Mr. Jones was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2020. Currently, he is seeking a BS degree in microbiology with a minor in Spanish. As an LSAMP scholar, he has worked with Dr. Sharma on genotyping mice to determine which genes affect the development of heart cells. Brendan Jones is the President and Founder of the Red Cross Club at Ball State. This organization provides relief and support to Muncie and the surrounding communities. He also is the President of MAPS (Minority Association of Premedical Students) at Ball State which works to increase the number of minority doctors. He is applying to medical school and aspires to become a neurosurgeon.
Ngozi Eze
Josh Johannsen
Computer Science, 2021
Mr. Johannsen was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2021. Currently, he is seeking a BS degree in Computer Science with a minor in Creative Writing. As an LSAMP scholar, he is working with Dr. Skoby on creating a more refined system to better allow the use of data to pinpoint out certain plots of data and achieve as close to pure as possible in Particle Identification with the Quark Gluon Plasma research as possible. When he graduates, he hopes to break into the video game industry and create stories and characters that will delight and entertain the masses.
George Mendoza
Chemistry, 2023
Mr. Mendoza has started as a IN LSAMP scholar in 2020. Currently getting a degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry. He joined the Genetic Club in 2019 as a member. He is currently doing research with Dr. Konkle
Kathryn Rodgers
Felix Saldivar
BIOLOGY AND PRE-VETERINARY, 2022
Mr. Saldivar was selected as an IN LSAMP scholar in 2020. Currently, he is seeking a BS degree in Biology with a concentration in Pre-Veterinary and Zoology. As a LSAMP scholar, he has worked with Dr. Pederson on Glycogen levels in rats and the possible effects that it may have on learning and growth. These tests and experiments can be used to refer to diabetes in humans. Mr. Saldivar has been involved with an on-campus church group, The Revolution, and The Wildlife Society. These organizations help bring forth the development of volunteer work and networking with noticeable personnel. When he graduates, he hopes to get into a graduate school to pursue his Ph.D. in Veterinary Medicine.
Mya Shelton
ASTRONOMY, 2024
Ms. Shelton was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2021. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in astronomy with a minor in art. As a LSAMP scholar, she has worked with Dr. Berrington in his variable star research group to provide a comprehensive systematic study of short periodicity systems that cannot be provided by the large-area surveys like the All-Sky Automated Survey and the Northern Sky Variability Survey. When she graduates, she hopes to continue to graduate school to become an astronomer.
Brock Spahr
Chemistry, 2023
Mr. Spahr was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2021. Currently, he is seeking a BS degree in Chemistry with a focus in Biochemistry and a minor in Biology. As an LSAMP Scholar he worked with Dr. J Ward on examining the carry over effects of embryonic learning in adult fathead minnows. Mr. Spahr is also a second year Resident Assistant on campus. He leads a floor community of 60 fellow college students as they navigate their first years as Ball State Cardinals. In addition, Mr. Spahr holds the Treasurer position in Run Club, a club that meets daily to promote cardiovascular health and build a community of runners. As Treasurer, Mr. Spahr handles the finances of the club including member dues, racing registration fees, and transportation costs. Finally, Mr. Spahr is the Co-Vice President of BallVivor, a campus wide recreation of the popular reality TV show Survivor. As Co-VP, Mr. Spahr works closely with his colleagues to organize weekly challenges, eliminations, and occasionally hosts the program. After graduation, Mr. Spahr hopes to join the Air Force and attend medical school.
Stefany Taylor
Eric Vester
Computer Science, 2022
Mr. Vester was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2021. Currently, he is seeking a BS degree in Computer Science. He is also working on an AWS certification through Trek10 program. As a LSAMP Scholar, he has worked with Dr. Lin on Cyberwater Testing with the program Jenkins at Ball State University. He is also a volunteer at his Church leading the K-4th graders that attend the church. His future plans are to work in the IT field of app development or in web development.
Ryan Watts
CHEMISTRY AND PRE-ENGINEERING, 2021
Mr. Watts was selected as an IN LSAMP Peer Mentor in 2020. Currently, he is seeking a BS in Chemistry and pre-engineering . As a LSAMP scholar, he has worked with Dr. Sergiy Rosokha in the organic chemistry lab. He is a member of the ball state Impact organization for African American students and when he graduates, he hopes to be accepted into an engineering program and become a chemical engineer.
Anizha Young
Biology and Pre-Medicine, 2023
Anizha Young was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2021. Currently she is seeking a BS degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. As a LSAMP scholar she has worked alongside Dr. K. Foster looking into the functional differences between the forelimb and hindlimb movement of lizards, specifically Anolis and Basilisk lizards. Anizha is also involved in the Pathways Program on campus as well as the Black Students in Health Association where she serves as the Humanitarian. When she graduates, she plans to attend medical school in hopes of becoming a pediatrician.
 

2021 Scholars

Allison Bornkamp
Biology, 2023
Ms. Bornkamp was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2021. Currently, she is seeking a BS in Biology with a double concentration in wildlife biology & conservation and zoology. As an LSAMP scholar, she has worked with Stacy Yager on the study of paleoceanography and paleoclimatology through the use of micropaleontology. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school and become a wildlife biologist focused on the research and conservation of threatened/endangered species.
Ariyona Palmer
Chemistry, 2021
Ms. Palmer was selected as an IN LSAMP Mentor in 2019. And is currently serving as a Research Scholar. Currently, she is seeking a BS in Chemistry. She is a member of the Pride of Mid America Marching Band Color guard and has participated in the Ball State chapter of American Association of University Women and Health Occupations Students of America. Ms. Palmer has spent her summers with Whirlpool Corporation as an Engineering and Supply Chain Management Intern. Currently, she serves as a Research Scholar for IN LSAMP at BSU. After graduation she plans to attend graduate school for Biomedical Engineering.

2020 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.
Airhenvbahihea Edionwe
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.

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.
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 and is a peer mentor. 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.
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.
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.
Princess Walker
Bichemistry/Biology, 2020
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.
Chimere (Chichi) Nnatubeugo
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.

2018 Scholars

Keith Khumalo
Biology
Keith Khumalo was an IN LSAMP research scholar in 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.
Rebeca Mena
Chemistry
Mena was a 2018 IN LSAMP research scholar.

2021 Scholars

Allison Bornkamp
Biology, 2023
Ms. Bornkamp was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2021. Currently, she is seeking a BS in Biology with a double concentration in wildlife biology & conservation and zoology. As an LSAMP scholar, she has worked with Stacy Yager on the study of paleoceanography and paleoclimatology through the use of micropaleontology. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school and become a wildlife biologist focused on the research and conservation of threatened/endangered species.
Ariyona Palmer
Chemistry, 2021
Ms. Palmer was selected as an IN LSAMP Mentor in 2019. And is currently serving as a Research Scholar. Currently, she is seeking a BS in Chemistry. She is a member of the Pride of Mid America Marching Band Color guard and has participated in the Ball State chapter of American Association of University Women and Health Occupations Students of America. Ms. Palmer has spent her summers with Whirlpool Corporation as an Engineering and Supply Chain Management Intern. Currently, she serves as a Research Scholar for IN LSAMP at BSU. After graduation she plans to attend graduate school for Biomedical Engineering.

2020 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.
Airhenvbahihea Edionwe
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.

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.
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 and is a peer mentor. 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.
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.
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.
Princess Walker
Bichemistry/Biology, 2020
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.
Chimere (Chichi) Nnatubeugo
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.

2018 Scholars

Keith Khumalo
Biology
Keith Khumalo was an IN LSAMP research scholar in 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.
Rebeca Mena
Chemistry
Mena was a 2018 IN LSAMP research scholar.