Student Profiles

2019 Research Scholars

Ebenezer Pacifique Barinda
Barinda was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2019. Currently, he is seeking a Bachelor in computer science. He will be working with Dr. Hossein Hakimzadeh as his mentor creating a web application that uses GPS Tracking to improve the Parcel Delivery services. He hopes to work in the software development field and pursue a graduate degree in Computer Science.
Grace Berney
Berney was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2019. Currently, she is seeking a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and is the vice president of the Biochemistry club. She is working with Dr Nair on Stem cells to identify the differences within and between IPS cell lines and try to build productive models. Ms Grace also works as an Emergency Room scribe at ST. Joseph Hospital in Mishawaka and hopes to one day become a medical doctor.
Angel Garcia-Simental
Garcia-Simental was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2019. Currently, he is seeking a BS degree in Physics.
Alexia Glasper
Glasper was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2019. Currently, she is seeking a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. She is working with Dr. Deborah Marr, whose primary focus is on the restoration of ecology. Miss Glasper is also going to be focused on testing the effects of selective serotonin uptake inhibitor drugs on aquatic plants. After she graduates, she plans to pursue a PhD.
Brianna Jones
Jones was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2019. Currently, she is seeking a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry and a minor in Spainsh. She is working with the Dr. Grace Muna to compare the nutrition value of conventional and organic blueberries for a local organic farm. After she graduates, she plans to pursue a career in pharmacology.
Patricia Medrano
Medrano was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2019. Currently, she is seeking a BA in Biological Sciences. She is working with Rum Village Nature Center to provide bilingual nature tours. Ms. Medrano is also working alongside Dr. Andrew Schnabel focusing on plant ecology. After she graduates, she plans to pursue a career in ecology.
Amber Owens
Owens was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2019. Currently, she is seeking a Bachelor’s of Sciences and Biology. She is working with Dr. Deborah Marr documenting pollinator diversity in IU South Bend campus wetlands and doing experiments to see if plant reproductive success is limited by pollinator activity. After she graduates, she plans to pursue higher education.
Andrew Vila
Vila was selected as an IN LSAMP summer research scholar in 2019. Currently he is seeking a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry at Indiana University South Bend. He is a Math and Chemistry tutor and works as a medical scribe in the emergency department at a local hospital. He will be working with Dr. Grace Muna in comparing methods of nanoparticle depositing that provide the best analytical properties toward lead detection in water. He hopes to pursue an MD/PhD after his undergraduate career.

2018 Research Scholars

Giovanna Gorski
Mrs. Gorski was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2018. She holds an Associate of Science in Software Development from Ivy Tech Community College of South Bend. She transferred to IU South Bend to seek a Bachelor of Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. She is working with the Health Department creating a geotagging tool to improve the delivery of health care to the public. Mrs. Gorski is also a teaching assistant in the Computer and Informatics department. After graduates, she hopes to work in the software development field and pursue a graduate degree in Computer Science.
Winnie Ihano
Ms. Ihano was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2018. She is seeking a Bacholor of Science in Biochemistry and minor in Mathematics. She will be working with Dr. Shahir Rizk who is also her advisor. Her future goals are to seek a career with a pharmaceutical company or in nanotechnology.
Jessica Jones
Mrs. Jones was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2018. She is seeking a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry. She is working with Dr. Debra Marr to help re-establish Campus Wetlands for future research by looking into the existing soil biota of the area. She is also working in part with Dr. Schnabel to observe the pollinators found in these Wetlands. She plans to work in the STEM field after graduation.
David Mitchell
Mr. Mitchell was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2018. He is seeking a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Spanish. He is working with Dr. Andrew Schnabel on whether soil treatments can improve growth in wetland and prairie plants. When he graduates, he hopes to join a marine biology restoration programs.
Christian Moreno
Mr. Moreno was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2018. He is seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics. As an LSAMP scholar, he is going to be working with Dr. Marmorino in a physical chemistry lab environment. Mr. Moreno has also held an executive position in the Latino Student Union on campus for two years helping not only students on campus but also families in the community. When he graduates, he plans to attend graduate school with a focus in physical and/or inorganic chemistry.
Imani Poua
Mr. Poua was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2018.  Currently, he is seeking a bachelors of applied mathematics. Currently, he is a peer mentor and tutor at the South Bend Riverside mathematics center where he tutors grade school to high school students in mathematics. He is working with the Indiana University Mathematics department in researching the continuous characteristics of prime numbers and defining the gaps between each prime number. When he graduates, he hopes to work on applied mathematics research.

Alumni Profiles

Stacey Jean-Baptiste
BS Biological Sciences, 2018
Ms. Jean-Baptiste was selected as an IN LSAMP Summer Research Scholar in 2018. She completed her BS Biological Sciences and minor in Chemistry. She is worked with Dr. Grace Muna. She plans to continue her aspirations to become an eye doctor.
Keon Jones
Mr. Jones was selected as an IN LSAMP summer research scholar in 2017. He received a BS in Biology in 2018. While a scholar, he attended 2018 Diversity Visitation Event for Research and Graduate Education (DiVERGE) program held on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI)in and attended a REU at The Ohio State University in summer, 2018. He is pursuing a degree in dentistry at Howard University.
E-Lexus Thornton
Mr. Thornton was selected as an IN LSAMP Scholar in 2017. He graduated in 2018 with a BS in Applied Physics. While at IUSB he was the Treasurer of the Society of Physics Students and the President of the Black Student Union.