Scholar Profiles

2017 Research Scholars

2018 Research Scholars

2019 Research Scholar

Ekele Andrews
Andrews was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2019. Currently, he is seeking a BS in Human Biology with a focus of health and disease and a minor of Spanish. As a LSAMP scholar, he is currently working with Dr. Demas in his animal behavior lab. Mr. Andrews is also CPR certified and working alongside his fellow colleagues in the MedLife organization at Indiana University. This organization helps bring medical attention to the less fortunate and impoverished developing countries. After he graduates he plans to be admitted to medical school.
Cameron Black
Black was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2019. Currently, He is seeking his BS in Neuroscience. He is a participating member in Med Life, Maps, and ILIASA. He is working with his former professor Heather Bradshaw who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Indiana University. She directs the Bradshaw Lab of Lipid Neuroscience. Mr. Black will be working alongside professor Bradshaw focusing on the relationship of endogenous cannabinoids and female reproductive neurophysiology. After he graduates, he plans to go to attend IU School of Medicine.
Farida Daouda
Daouda was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2019. Currently, she is seeking a bachelor's degree in Human Biology and a minor in both French and Sociology. She is working in the biomedical lab of Professor Heather Hundley where she will be working with c. elegans, a worm, as a way to understand RNA processes, such as RNA degredation and RNA formation, in the body that lead to certain diseases. Farida currently holds a leadership position of Co- Director of Diversity on the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students. Farida will continue to work in a sociology lab on the IU campus after she completes the LSAMP program. After have completing her undergraduate degree, Farida plans on going to medical school in hopes of becoming a pediatrician.
Itan-Ola Eniitan
Eniitan was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2019. Currently, he is seeking a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology with a minor in Medical Science from Indiana University Bloomington. He is working with Dr. Feng Guo in the Intelligent Biomedical Systems Lab that is addressing the problems in translational medicine and life sciences. After graduation, he plans to attend medical school to obtain his MD.
Jason Esquivel
Esquivel was selected as an IN LSAMP scholar in 2019. Currently, he is seeking a BS degree in computer science with a concentration in cybersecurity and a minor in Spanish. As an LSAMP scholar, he has worked with the chair of the Department of Intelligent Systems Engineering, Dr. Swany. Mr. Esquivel has served as an information technology intern at the School City of Hobart and served on the Student Conduct Board at Indiana University. After he graduates, he plans to pursue a Master's of Science in Intelligent Systems Engineering at IU.
Galarce Lugo
Lugo was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2019. Currently, she is seeking a BS Degree in Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology. Ms. Galarce Lugo is conducting research in the Newman Lab, run by Dr. Newman, to study the effects of acetylcholine on Alzheimer’s. She is working with a post-doc student on how to take data from rats. This includes making devices to measure their brainwaves, doing surgery to implant these devices, and teaching rats memory tasks for experimental data collection. Ms. Galarce Lugo is a pre-med student, hoping to pursue an MD after she graduates from IU.
Isaiah Makonnen
Makonnen was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2019. Currently, he is seeking a Bachelor’s Degree in Informatics with a minor in Human-Centered Computing. He is working with the Vehicle Autonomy and Intelligence Lab (VAIL). VAIL is focused on developing methodologies that enhance the autonomy and intelligence of robotic systems such as unmanned ground, aerial, and aquatic devices. Isaiah is also working under the mentorship of Dr. Liu who is an Assistant professor of Intelligent Systems Engineering in the School of Informatics. After he graduates, he plans to pursue a Master’s of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) at Indiana University Bloomington.
Saul Martinez
Martinez was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2019. Currently, she is seeking a Bachelor’s Degree in Informatics with a cognate in Media and a minor in Graphic Design. He is working with Professor Bardzell and the Department of Informatics and Computer Science to conduct his own summer research. Saul is also a Groups, 21st Century, and Hudson and Holland Scholar recipient, and acts as an e-board member for the Epiphany Modeling Troupe at IU. After graduation, Saul hopes to move to Silicon Valley and gain employment under a tech company, while pursuing artistic opportunities as a freelance agent.
Nahom Medhani
Medhani was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2019. Currently he is seeking a BS in computer science with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence. He is working with Pr. Jiang on the creation of hardware accelerators. Nahom is also an active member of the computer science club at Indiana University. After graduation, he hopes to purse a master’s degree in computer science.
Shania-Naje Omega
Omega was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2019. Currently, she is pursuing a BS in Computer Science at Indiana University Bloomington. She is working with Dr. Jonathan D. Crystal in the Comparative Cognition Lab conducting research centered on Alzheimer’s research and the episodic memory of rats. Ms. Omega is also an intern in the Healthcare Journeys Lab in the Informatics Department. Additionally, Ms. Omega is also an acquisitions department intern at the IU Press.
Jacqueline Patterson
Patterson was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2019. Currently, she is seeking a BS in Chemistry and Astronomy. As an LSAMP scholar she works with Dr. Lane Baker in researching electro-deposition and nano-particles. Currently she works at the Boys and Girls Club as an assistant coordinator in the STEAM program. She also works as a mentor for the GROUPS scholars STEM initiative program. During the fall and Spring semesters she is on the executive board as a volunteer chair for the Groups Student STEM Organization at Indiana University. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a doctorate degree in the field of Astrochemistry and start a career in the United States Air- Force.
Antonio Presutti
Presutti was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2019. Currently, he is seeking a BS in Human Biology with a minor in Spanish. He is currently working with fish in Dr. Curt Lively's lab as an LSAMP scholar. Mr. Presutti is also a member of MAPS, the Minority Association of Premedical Students. This organization provides a community for underrepresented groups of premed students to prosper over the course of their undergrad career. After he graduates, he plans to apply for medical school.
JeVante Qaiyim
Qaiyim was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2019. Currently, he is seeking a Bachelors in Computer Science with a minor in statistics. He is collaborating with Dr. Patrick Shih and a group of PhD students focusing on animal assisted therapy. He will be collaborating with them to develop an android application and a user-friendly digital interface that uniquely displays the biometrics of the animals and participants in the lab. Mr. Qaiyim is also working as a peer mentor for the IU Groups Scholars STEM Summer Research Experience Program (SREP). After he graduates with his Bachelors in Spring 2021, he plans to graduate with his Masters from IU’s Accelerated BS/MS Computer Science Program his fourth year and then enter into the tech industry.
Paul Smith
Smith was selected as a LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2019. Currently, he is seeking a BS degree in Human Biology. As a LSAMP scholar, he is working with Dr. John Patton researching how selective pressures may change on the rotavirus when passaged under different sets of conditions. Paul is also involved with the Minority Association of Pre-Medical students (MAPS). This organization is dedicated to encouraging, retaining, and empowering minority students pursuing careers as healthcare professionals. After graduation, he hopes to attend medical school.