Scholars

Antonio Chambers
Biology; Biotechnology, 2019
Mr. Chambers is a Biology graduate with minors in chemistry and philosophy. He is currently pursuing an MS in Biology and certificate in Biotechnology from Ball State University. He currently does research in the lab of Dr. Philip J. Smaldino 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
Chemistry, 2019
Mr. Nadim was selected as an LSAMP assistant in Spring 2018. He is currently seeking a Master’s degree in Chemistry from Ball State University. He is working with Dr. Subir on studying the interactions between aquatic contaminants and the surface of natural organic matters (NOM) in Environmental and Aquatic research Lab. Upon graduation Mr. Nadim hopes to go for PhD.
Maurice Dantzler
Wildlife biology, 2019
Mr. Dantzler was selected as an LSAMP scholar in Spring 2018.He is currently seeking a bachelor's degree in Wildlife Biology. As an LSAMP scholar he has been working with Ball State Biology Professor Dr.Kamal Islam 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 at Ball State as a brother of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, a member of the wildlife society, and a volunteer on the Ball State Herpetology Study. Upon graduation Mr. Dantzler hopes to become a Reptile/Amphibian Zookeeper.
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. As a LSAMP scholar, he has worked with Dr. Sammelson 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. She is currently seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in Microbiology. She has been participating in research under her mentor and principal investigator Dr. Douglas Bernstein since spring 2018. She has been working with Dr. Bernstein in 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. Her future plans involve enrolling in a graduate school program to study Biology with a focus on Immunology and working in an industrial setting.
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. As a LSAMP scholar, Mr. Rodriguez currently works under Dr. Albiniak on producing oxypyridinium-salts to use as a transfer reagent to create new, mild benzyl ethers. Mr. Rodriguez is involved in SAACS club, which helps grow the presence of the chemistry field at Ball State as well as the Muncie community. Mr. Rodriguez volunteered in activities organized by the committee, for example he volunteered in Science day at Ball Gymnasium. After Mr. Rodriguez graduates from Ball State University, 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.
Kierra Adams
Biology, 2019
Ms. Adams was selected as an IN-LSAMP Scholar in the Summer of 2018. She is currently a B.S. Biology seeking major, with a Pre-Physician’s Assistant concentration expected to graduate in 2019. As an LSAMP scholar, she works with Dr. Bernstein in his molecular biology lab. Ms. Adams is currently working with another undergraduate student 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 here on Ball State’s campus. 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. When she graduates, she plans on going to PA school or accelerated nursing school, to become an NP.
Princess Walker
Biochemistry; Biology, 2019
Miss Walker was selected as an LSAMP Mentee in 2017. Currently, she is seeking a degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry with a Biology Minor. Miss Walker does research as a LSAMP scholar, working with polymer synthesis and instrumentation in Dr. Cori Jenkins laboratory. Apart from LSAMP, Ms. Walker is a member of the Ball State University Chapter 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 Ball State University PhD Pathways program, with the goals of preparing undergraduates for graduate school and making it possible for them to attain a doctoral degree. Upon graduating, Miss Walker 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.
Amber Diggs
Biology, 2019
Amber 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 currently working in the Dr. Emil Khisamutdinov biochemistry laboratory where she works on isolating T7 RNA Polymerase. Amber is a member of the Ph.D. Pathways Program and she has participated in the DISCOVERY research program. Amber has also participated in the Ball State University Police Department Citizens Policing Academy. When she graduates, she plans to go to graduate school in hopes of becoming a forensic scientist.
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. As a LSAMP scholar, she has worked with Dr. Konkle on the function of MitoNEET and how its role affects other biological processes in the mitochondria. Ms. Nnatubeugo is also involved in the Pre-Health Profession Club (PHPC), as a chair in community service at Ball State University. Ms. Nnatubeugo has also served as a teaching assistant in the chemistry department. Ms. Nnatubeugo has volunteered in a committee for Ball State Dance Marathon, which fundraises for Riley’s Children Hospital. Lastly, 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. When she graduates, she hopes to attend the University of Michigan to further pursue her doctorate in medicine to one day work as a cardiothoracic surgeon.
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. As a LSAMP scholar she has worked with Dr. Jenkins on Sulfur polymerization and inverse vulcanization at Ball State University in a chemistry Lab. Ms. Laws also works on campus as a Computer Lab Assistant at Ball state University. She is responsible for providing assistance to students and faculty, and performs basic computer troubleshooting. When she graduates she plans to work as a Medical technologist and fund herself through graduate school and start her own company.
Monica Appel
Computer Science,
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. As an LSAMP scholar, she will be working with Dr. Largent researching computer science in education. She works in the Robert Bell building. Ms. Appel is also an active member of the Latinx Student Union at Ball State University. After she graduates, she hopes to be able to work in computer security and is planning to attend graduate school later.
Brittani Stokes
Computer Science, 2018
Ms. Stokes is a Computer Science major, with a minor in mathematics. When she graduates, she hopes to work in IT support and to be able to pay her own way through graduate school. She is a Link Unlimited Alumnae from Chicago, Illinois. She is apart of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, since the Fall of 2015. As a LSAMP summer 2017 scholar, she has worked with Dr. Wu on a new voice recognition application builder.
Danielle Smith
Chemistry, 2018
Ms. Danielle Smith is in her last semester at Ball State with a major in Chemistry and a concentration in Biochemistry. Danielle plans to pursue a graduate degree in biochemistry. She has been conducting research in Dr. Sundeep Rayat's lab where she synthesizes tetrazolones and analyzes the interactions between tetrazolones and halogens to with goal of forming cocrystals.
Charles Barrios
Biochemistry, 2019
Mr. Barrios is a Junior chemistry major with a concentration in biochemistry. Charles hopes to attend graduate school where he plans to get a PhD. He works under Dr. Cori Jenkins in Department of Chemistry where he is trying to find ways to protect polythiols to increase their longevity.
Christina Perez
Chemistry, 2018
Ms. Perez is a senior majoring in Chemistry with a pre-PA focus and minoring in Spanish. After completion of her BS she intends to enroll in a masters program for chemistry or physicians assistant. Cristina works in the Jenkins lab where she studies inverse vulcanization on elemental sulfur and diallyl disulfide/diallyl sulfide. The polymers made from this method can be used to make adhesives, DTT modification, and self-healing polymers. Ms. Perez is also involved in Global brigades medical and dental chapter at Ball State. This organization helps bring medical attention to developing countries.