Students

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.
Monica Appel
Computer Science, 2019
Ms. Appel was selected as an IN LSAMP SCHOLAR in 2018. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in Computer Science and a minor in Spanish. She works with Dr. Largent's lab researching computer science in education. She is an active member of the Latinx Student Union. After graduation, she graduates, she hopes to be able to work in computer security and is planning to attend graduate school in the future.
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.

Graduate Assistants

Antonio Chambers
Graduate Assistant
Antonio is a Biology graduate with minors in chemistry and philosophy. He is currently pursuing an MS in Biology and certificate in Biotechnology and conducts in Dr. Philip J. Smaldino's lab where he performs protein analysis studying the most common form of hereditary ALS. In the future he plans to pursue more medical sciences to generate treatments and therapeutics.
Nadim Md Masuduzzaman
Graduate Assistant
Nadim was selected as an IN LSAMP graduate assistant in Spring 2018. He is currently seeking a Master’s degree in Chemistry and is conducting research in Dr. Subir's lab studying the interactions between aquatic contaminants and the surface of natural organic matters (NOM) in Environmental and Aquatic research Lab. Upon graduation Nadim hopes to pursue his PhD.

Alumni

Danielle Smith
BS Chemistry, 2017
As a LSAMP 2017 scholar, she conducted research in Dr. Sundeep Rayat's lab where she synthesized tetrazolones and analyzed the interactions between tetrazolones and halogens to with goal of forming cocrystals.
Danielle Overton
BS Chemistry, 2018
Christina Perez
BS Chemistry, 2018
As a 2018 LSAMP schoalar, she conducted research in Dr. Cori Jenkins' lab where she studied inverse vulcanization on elemental sulfur and diallyl disulfide/diallyl sulfide.
Brittani Stokes
BS Computer science, 2018
As a LSAMP summer 2017 scholar, she conducted research in Dr. Wu' s lab on a new voice recognition application builder.