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Hannah Bechtel

Hannah Bechtel

2021-2022
Physics: Astronomy

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shauna Sallmen & Dr. Shelly Lesher

UWL Graduation: May 2022

Hannah is pursuing a PhD in Physics at the University of Notre Dame starting Fall 2022.

Elijah Behnke

Elijah Behnke

2022-2023
Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sujet Sen

Leo Chavolla

Leo Chavolla

2022-2023
Music

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Borja

Ezedike Chioma

Ezedike Chioma

2021-2022
Mathematics

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Edward Kim

UWL Graduation: May 2022

Ezedike is an alum of the UWL First Year Research Exposure program.

Samantha Crall

Samantha Crall

2021-2022
Mathematics Education

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Charlotte Roberts

Jaiya Edwards

Jaiya Edwards

2022-2023
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jason Sumontha

Camoya Evans

Camoya Evans

2021-2022
Biology

UWL Mentor: Dr. Roger Haro

Camoya is an alum of the UWL First Year Research Exposure program.

Jazmin Gil

Jazmin Gil

2022-2023
Computer Science

Faculty Mentor: 

Yecenia Hernandez

Yecenia Hernandez

2021-2022
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Adele Lozano

UWL Graduation: May 2022

Paige Jansen

Paige Jansen

2021-2022
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shanna Felix

UWL Graduation: December 2021

Andre Johnson

Andre Johnson

2022-2023
Physics

Faculty Mentor: 

Katie Manzeck

Katie Manzeck

2022-2023
Microbiology

Microbiology with a Biomedical Concentration

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Peter Wilker

Ilariah McAnally

Ilariah McAnally

2022-2023
Archeology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Timothy McAndrews

Samantha Norby

2021-2022
English Literature

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rebekah Fowler

UWL Graduation: December 2021

Mya Salinas

Mya Salinas

2021-2022
Political Science

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Agatha Heltquist

Breckin Sargeant

Breckin Sargeant

2022-2023
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jessica Schweigert

Jess Schaefer

Jess Schaefer

2022-2023
Anthropology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Christine Hippert

Dom Smith

Dom Smith

2021-2022
Microbiology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michael Hoffman

UWL Graduation: May 2022

Sophia Sorenson

Sophia Sorenson

2021-2022
Biochemistry
Jaden Stanelle

Jaden Stanelle

2022-2023
Pscyhology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ryan McKelley

Raffy Traas

Raffy Traas

2021-2022
Physics

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shauna Sallmen

UWL Graduation: May 2022

Nhia Thao

Nhia Thao

2021-2022
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Vincent Her

UWL Graduation: December 2021

John Vue

John Vue

2021-2022
Sociology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Xong Xiong

UWL Graduation: May 2022

John is an alum of the UWL First Year Research Exposure program.

Vang Xiong

Vang Xiong

2021-2022
Computer Science

Faculty Mentor: Jason Sumontha

Dr. Jeffrey Albrecht

Dr. Jeffrey Albrecht

2012-2013
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Katy Kortenkamp
UWL Graduation: May 2013
Contact: jrajr1210@gmail.com

Jeffrey earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2019. 

Stephany Anzueto

Stephany Anzueto

2015-2016
Sociology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Enilda Delgado
UWL Graduation: May 2016

Stephanie earned a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Florida in 2018.

Amanda Bailey

Amanda Bailey

2010-2011
Archaeology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Connie Arzigian
UWL Graduation: May 2011

Read Amanda's submission to the 2010 UWL Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Scott Barrera

Scott Barrera

2015-2016
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ryan McKelley
UWL Graduation: May 2016
Contact: smbarrera@bsu.edu

Scott has earned his Masters of Arts and is continuing his doctoral studies in Counseling Psychology at Ball State University.

Francesca Bautista

Francesca Bautista

2011-2012
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Betty DeBoer
UWL Graduation: May 2012

Francesca earned her Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University in May, 2014. 

Kalon Bell

Kalon Bell

2015-2016
Communication Studies

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Richard Breaux
UWL Graduation: May 2016


Kalon earned a Master of Arts in Emerging Media Studies from Boston University in 2017.

Chris Bloomingdale

Chris Bloomingdale

2012-2013
Biology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robin Tyser
UWL Graduation: December 2012

Chris earned a Master of Science degree in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2015. He currently works at Michigan State University.

Rosalea Botka

Rosalea Botka

2018-2019
Public Health and Community Health Education

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Gary Gilmore
UWL Graduation: May 2019

Rosalea is an alum of the UWL First Year Research Exposure program.

Adia Brooks

Adia Brooks

2011-2012
Political Science

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cecilia Manrique
UWL Graduation: May 2012

Adia earned a Masters degree in African and African Diaspora Studies from the
The University of Texas at Austin in May of 2014; she graduated with a J.D. from the UT School of Law in 2017.

Read Adia's submission to the UWL Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Sasha Chihak

Sasha Chihak

2011-2012
Chemistry

Faculty mentor: Dr. Nadia Carmosini
Contact: sasha.chihak@gmail.com
UWL Graduation: May 2012

Sasha earned a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from Texas A&M University in December 2016.

Alex Clussman

Alex Clussman

2014-2015
Biology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Roger Haro and Dr. Greg Sandland
UWL Graduation: May 2015
Biology: Aquatic Science

Nate Conley

Nate Conley

2018-2019
Biology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dawn Norris
UWL Graduation: May 2019

Nate is pursuing graduate studies in Genetic Counseling at the University of Cincinnati.

Teahlyn Crow

Teahlyn Crow

2016-2017
Archaeology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Peacock
UWL Graduation: May 2017

Teah earned a Master of Arts in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University in 2019.

Vanessa Czesynski

Vanessa Czesynski

2019-2020
Biology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eric Strauss
UWL Graduation: May 2020

Biology: Aquatic Science

Vanessa is an alum of the UWL First Year Research Exposure program. She is currently pursuing graduate studies in Biology at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Kyle Danielson

Kyle Danielson

2010-2011
Physics

Faculty mentor: Dr. Robin Tyser
UWL Graduation: May 2011

  

Amanda De Cora

Amanda De Cora

2014-2015
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Christine Bakkum
Contact: amanda.decora@ho-chunk.com
UWL Graduation: May 2015

Aiyana Dettmann (Bloome)

Aiyana Dettmann (Bloome)

2011-2012
Communication Studies

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dena Huisman
Contact: adettmann@uwlax.edu
UWL Graduation: May 2012; Master of Science in Education in Student Affairs Administration, May 2014. 

Aiyana currently works in the UWL Academic Advising Center and Career Services Office.

Lizeth Dominguez Mendez

Lizeth Dominguez Mendez

2020-2021
Biology (Plant & Fungal)

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Todd Osmundson
UWL Graduation: December 2020

Alyssa Foley (Dorosz)

Alyssa Foley (Dorosz)

2015-2016
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Albrecht
Contact: alyssa.dorosz@gmail.com
UWL Graduation: May 2016
 

Jordon Drohner

Jordon Drohner

2017-2018
Sociology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Julia McReynolds-Perez
UWL Graduation: May 2018

Jordon completed a Masters of Social Work program at the University of Michigan in 2019.  

Kandyce Dunlap

Kandyce Dunlap

2016-2017
Community Health Education

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tracy Caravella
Contact: Dunlap.kandyce@gmail.com
UWL Graduation: May 2017

Kandyce is an alum of the UWL First Year Research Exposure program. She graduated from the Masters of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2019 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Health at the University of Alabama. 


 

Jamie Erickson

Jamie Erickson

2014-2015
Exercise & Sports Science; Nutrition

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Karen Skemp
Contact: ericksonjamier@gmail.com
UWL Graduation: May 2015; Master of Science in Exercise & Sport Science - Human Performance, August 2017.
 

Sara Dziki (Erickson)

Sara Dziki (Erickson)

2012-2013
Biology

Faculty Mentors: Dr. Colin Belby & Dr. Ryan Perroz
UWL Graduation: May 2013

Sara completed her Master of Science in Recreational Management at UWL in May 2015 and is currently working as a Fish Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

David Fernandez Antelo

David Fernandez Antelo

2018-2019
Political Science

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jeremy Arney 
UWL Graduation: May 2019

David is currently attending the Seattle University School of Law.

Leah Foltman

Leah Foltman

2017-2018
Sociology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dawn Norris
UWL-Graduation: May 2018

Leah is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Michael Fuerte

Michael Fuerte

2016-2017
Biology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robin Tyser, Dr. Douglas Baumann
UWL Graduation: May 2017

Michael graduated with a Masters of Environmental Management degree in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Health from Duke University in 2019.

Here is an article about Michael's undergraduate research at UWL.

Raquel Garcia

2019-2020
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Megan Strom
UWL Graduation: May 2020

Sonia Garcia

Sonia Garcia

2017-2018
Communication Studies

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Katherine Lavelle
Contact: soniamgarcia4@gmail.com 
UWL Graduation: December 2017

Sonia completed a Masters degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Colorado State University in 2020.  

Yessica Garcia

Yessica Garcia

2013-2014
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Carol Miller
Contact: ygarcia@cityyear.org
UWL Graduation: May 2014

Psychology & Spanish

Michael Gonzales

Michael Gonzales

2017-2018
Nursing

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alessandro Quartiroli
Contact: mgonzales4@wisc.edu 
UW-Madison Graduation: May 2018

Michael completed a Post-Baccalaureate Nurse Residency Program with the VA Healthcare System in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  

Michael is an alum of the UWL First Year Research Exposure program.

Julian Greenup

Julian Greenup

2015-2016
Biology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Jennifer Klein
UWL Graduation: May 2016

Biology: Biomedical Science

Andres Guerrero

Andres Guerrero

2019-2020
Biochemistry

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Valeria Stepanova
UWL Graduation: May 2020

Sergio  Guerrero

Sergio Guerrero

2017-2018
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alessandro Quartiroli 
UWL Graduation: May 2018
Psychology & Spanish
Sergio is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at St. Cloud State University.  

Amanda Hall

Amanda Hall

2013-2014
Sociology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Enilda Delgado
Contact: hall.aman@alumni.uwlax.edu
UWL Graduation: December 2013

Amanda completed a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in May 2016. 

Phyllis Hand

Phyllis Hand

2014-2015
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ryan McKelley
UWL Graduation: May 2015

Travis Harrison

Travis Harrison

2016-2017
Mathematics

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Barrett Klein 
UWL Graduation: December 2016


Nicole Hazelton (Lomeli)

Nicole Hazelton (Lomeli)

2013-2014
Psychology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Betty De Boer
Contact: lomeli.nico@gmail.com
UWL Graduation: December 2013

Nicole completed her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in December 2015. 

Adrienne Hester

Adrienne Hester

2019-2020
Physics

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Taviare Hawkins
UWL Graduation: December 2019

Adrienne is an alum of the UWL First Year Research Exposure program.

Xavier James

Xavier James

2018-2019
Physics

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shelly Lesher
UWL Graduation: May 2019

Xavier is an alum of the UWL First Year Research Exposure program. He is pursuing a PhD in nuclear physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Atticus Jaramillo

Atticus Jaramillo

2014
History

Faculty Mentor: Dr. James Longhurst
Contact: atticusa@live.unc.edu
UWL Graduation: May 2014

History & Political Science

Atticus earned a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in May 2016. He was a national finalist in the HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Competition.

Atticus is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Ford Fellow.

Learn about the undergraduate research Atticus conducted during a study abroad trip to Egypt in 2012.

Cassandra Jens

Cassandra Jens

2012-2013
Computer Science

Faculty mentor: Dr. Thomas Gendreau
UWL Graduation: May 2013

Micaela Julian

Micaela Julian

2018-2019
Psychology & Sociology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Berna Gercek Swing
UWL Graduation: May 2019

Micaela is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Florida.

 

Eric King

Eric King

2013-2014
English

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Bryan Kopp
Contact: king.eric.ryan@gmail.com
UWL Graduation: May 2014

Eric graduated with a Master of Arts in English from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in May 2014. 

Read Eric's submission to the 2012 UWL Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Sofia Kozidis

Sofia Kozidis

2017-2018
Geography

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cynthia Berlin
UWL  Graduation: May 2018

Sofia is currently enrolled in the Wildlife Ecology graduate program at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.  

 

Michelle Lane

Michelle Lane

2013-2014
Microbiology

Faculty mentor: Dr. William Schwan 
Contact: Lanem7285@gmail.com
UWL Graduation: May 2014

Learn more about biomedical research in which Michelle collaborated as an undergraduate student.

Nico Lang

Nico Lang

2019-2020
Biochemistry

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Valeria Stepanova
UWL Graduation: May 2020

Camryn Larson

Camryn Larson

2019-2020
Biology (Aquatic Science)

Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Roger Haro
UWL Graduation: May 2020

Elizabeth Lee

Elizabeth Lee

2011-2012
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ryan McKelley
UWL Graduation: May 2012

Elizabeth earned a Master of Arts in Family Therapy at Nyack College in 2016.

Pahna Lee

2019-2020
Biology

Faculty Mentor: Xong Xiong
UWL Graduation: December 2019

Paul Lee

Paul Lee

2019-2020
Geography

Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Kelly
UWL Graduation: May 2020

Yifat Levenstein

Yifat Levenstein

2014-2015
Psychology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Ryan McKelley
UWL Graduation: May 2015

Lawrence University Graduation May 2015

Yifat received national recognition when she was named the national winner of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies' 2014 student poster competition for her research on cross-cultural similarities and differences in predictors of disordered eating between American and Israeli women. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Utah.

 
Timothy Lomeli

Timothy Lomeli

2014-2015
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alessandro Quartiroli
Contact: twlomeli@gmail.com
UWL Graduation: May 2015

Timothy earned a Master of Arts degree in Language, Literature, and Translation with a concentration in French and Francophone Language, Literature, and Culture from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in December 2017 and is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in French at Indiana University.


Chee Lor

Chee Lor

2013-2014
Biology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Sumei Liu
UWL Graduation: May 2014.
Biology: Biomedical Science & Biochemistry
Chee earned his M.D. from the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018.

Mai Nue Lor

Mai Nue Lor

2017-2018
Communication Studies

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dena Huisman
Contact: lor.main@uwlax.edu 
UWL Graduation:  May 2018

Mai Nue is currently pursuing her graduate degree in the Student Affairs Administration program at UWL. 

Xao Lor

Xao Lor

2010-2011
Nuclear Medicine Technology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Shelly Lesher
Contact: lorxao@gmail.com
UWL Graduation:  August 2011

Yer Lor

Yer Lor

2014
Biology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tisha King-Heiden
Contact: lor.yer89@gmail.com
UWL Graduation: May 2014

Cellular & Molecular Biology

Yer earned a Master of Science in Marine Biology from the Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi in May 2016. 

Yer is currently a Geneticist at the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center in La Crosse. 


Read more about Yer's undergraduate research at UWL.

Sakiah Marks-Rivera

Sakiah Marks-Rivera

Public Health & Community Health Education

Sakiah is an alum of the UWL First Year Research Exposure program.

Brian Manske

Brian Manske

2014
Biology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tom Volk
UWL Graduation: August 2014

Destiny Miller

Destiny Miller

2019
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Betty Deboer
UWL Graduation: May 2019

Destiny is currently pursuing her Ed.S. degree at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse in the area of School Psychology

Mackenzie Mindel (Moen)

Mackenzie Mindel (Moen)

2017
Philosophy

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Samuel Cocks
UWL-Graduation: December 2017

Mackenzie completed a Master of Arts degree in Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership at Edgewood College in 2019.  

Dylan Montoure

Dylan Montoure

2016
Biology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Meredith Thomsen 
Contact: Dmontoure11@gmail.com
UWL Graduation: May 2016
Environmental Science

Mark Moralez

Mark Moralez

2019
Political Science

Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Kovari

Cecilia Moreno

Cecilia Moreno

2018
Spanish

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Keely Rees
UWL-Graduation: May 2018

Cecilia is an alum of the UWL First Year Research Exposure program. She is currently pursuing dual degrees in Public Health and Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona.  

Ryan Nell

Ryan Nell

2012
Communication Studies

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jörg Vianden
UWL Graduation: May 2012; Master of Science in Education in Student Affairs Administration, May 2014. 

Malcolm Nelson

Malcolm Nelson

Anthropology & Philosophy

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Christine Hippert

Yolona Ngandali

Yolona Ngandali

2015
Archaeological Studies

Faculty mentor: Dr. Connie Arzigian
Contactngandali@uw.edu
UWL Graduation: December 2015

Yolona earned her Master of Arts in Anthropology and is continuing her doctoral studies at the University of Washington.

Learn about Yolona's undergraduate research at UWL.

Cristian Noriega

Cristian Noriega

2017
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tori Svoboda
UWL Graduation: May 2017

Cristian completed his Master of Education in Higher Education at Loyola University in 2019.

Alfredo Novoa

Alfredo Novoa

2016
Health

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Teri Holford-Talpe
UWL Graduation: May 2016

Health, Spanish & French

Alfredo earned his Master of Health Informatics from the University of Michigan in 2018.


Mikka Nyarko

Mikka Nyarko

2018
Public Health

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Keely Rees
UWL-Graduation: May 2018

Mikka is an alum of the UWL First Year Research Exposure program. She is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Public Health at Oregon State University.  

Isabel Ortiz

Isabel Ortiz

Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Adele Lozano

Kingsley Ozongwu

Kingsley Ozongwu

2016
Biology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Anne Galbraith 
Contact: ko389@drexel.edu
UWL Graduation: May 2016

Biology: Biomedical Science

Kingsley is currently pursuing medical studies at Drexel University College of Medicine, where he also earned a Master of Science degree. 

Sarah Pease

Sarah Pease

2017
Exercise & Sports Science

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robert Jecklin 
Contact: sarah.pease@wustl.edu 
UWL Graduation: May 2017

Sara is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy at the Washington University School of Medicine

Cassandra Philippon

Cassandra Philippon

2016
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nicholas Bakken
Contact: cphilipponhintz@gmail.com 
UWL Graduation: May 2016

Psychology & Sociology

Cassandra earned her Master of Science in  Criminology and Criminal Justice from Arizona State University in 2018. She is completing doctoral studies at the University of Maryland. 

Ebony Phillips

Ebony Phillips

2015
Psychology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Tori Svoboda
UWL Graduation: December 2015

Ebony graduated with a Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2019. 

Felipe Pincheira-Berthelon

Felipe Pincheira-Berthelon

2018
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Peacock
Contact: pincheir.felipe@uwlax.edu 
UWL-Graduation: May 2018

Felipe is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Applied Statistics at UWL

Hannah Piper

Hannah Piper

2017
Biochemistry

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Todd Weaver
Contact: hpiper@iastate.edu
UWL Graduation: May 2017

Biochemistry & Microbiology

Hannah is currently pursuing a doctorate degree from Iowa State University in the department of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology.

Ellen Poeschel

Ellen Poeschel

2010-2011
Political Science

Faculty mentor: Dr. Jean Janecki
UWL Graduation: May 2011

Political Science & Spanish

Yes, Ellen really was crowned Miss Oktoberfest in 2011.

Briana Priniski (Tong)

Briana Priniski (Tong)

2012
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dung Ngo

UWL Graduation: May 2012

Dr. Andrew Prudhom

Dr. Andrew Prudhom

2013
Mathematics

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Eric Gansen
UWL Graduation:  May 2013

Mathematics & Physics

Dr. Prudhom completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019.

Lucas Purnell

Lucas Purnell

2012
Political Science

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ray Block

UWL Graduation: December 2012

Edward Quinn

Edward Quinn

2010-2011
Biology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Timothy McAndrews
Contact: ebqebq73@gmail.com
UWL Graduation: May 2011

Edward earned his Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Alabama in 2016 and is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Florida.

Alicia Quiñones

Alicia Quiñones

2018
Political Science

Faculty Mentor: Nizam Arain
UWL-Graduation: May 2018

Alicia is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Public Policy at the University of Maryland.  

Melanie Quiñones

Melanie Quiñones

2013
Sociology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tim Gongaware
UWL Graduation:  May 2013

Sociology and Psychology

Melanie graduated with a Master's in Social Work from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2015 and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala.


Justin Radomski

Justin Radomski

2014
Microbiology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Peter Wilker
UWL Graduation: May 2014

Microbiology (Biomedical Science)

Justin earned his Master in Biomedical Science degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2016.

Damien Rasmussen

Damien Rasmussen

2017
Biochemistry

Faculty Mentor: Dr. John May
UWL Graduation: May 2017

Damien is completing doctoral work in Biochemistry at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Mickey Redington

Mickey Redington

Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Suthakaran Veerasamy

Jessi Reidy

Jessi Reidy

2017
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Suthakaran Veerasamy 
UWL Graduation: May 2017

Jessie completed a Master of Science degree in Psychology from Marquette University in 2019 and is continuing her doctoral studies.

Dr. Vanessa Reynolds (Schwartz)

Dr. Vanessa Reynolds (Schwartz)

2012
Psychology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Bianca Basten
UWL Graduation: May 2012

Dr. Reynolds completed her Master of Science and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the co-founder of Empowerment Counseling.

Nichole Rich

Nichole Rich

2010-2011
Sociology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Enilda Delgado
UWL Graduation: May 2011
 

José Rubio-Zepeda

José Rubio-Zepeda

2014
Political Science

Faculty mentor: Dr. Omar Granados
Contact: jdrubzep0990@gmail.com
UWL Graduation: May 2014

Political Science & Spanish

José completed his Master of Arts in Latin American Studies and his Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning at The University of Texas at Austin in 2017. He now works at UWL and is a member of the McNair Scholars Advisory Committee.

Read articles about José's May 2014 commencement speech in the La Crosse Tribune and the UWL Campus Connection.

José's Biography

Rosa Salas

Biology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Anne Galbraith

Victoria Salerno

Victoria Salerno

Biology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Barrett Klein

Maricruz Sanchez

Maricruz Sanchez

2016
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Nici Ploeger-Lyons
UWL Graduation: May 2016

Psychology & Spanish

Maricruz completed her Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in 2018.  

Sara Schmidt (Opffer)

Sara Schmidt (Opffer)

2017
Sociology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dawn Norris
UWL Graduation Date: May 2017

Sara graduated with a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Maryland in 2019.

Elizabeth Seramur

Elizabeth Seramur

2010-2011
Microbiology

Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Peg Maher 

UWL Graduation: August 2011

Microbiology (Biomedical Science)

Elizabeth also completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Viterbo University in 2017.

Jeffrey Siegenthaler

Jeffrey Siegenthaler

2010-2011
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alexander O'Brien

UWL Graduation: December 2010

Migdalia Simpson

Migdalia Simpson

2019
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Suthakaran Veerasamy

UWL Graduation: December 2019

Salvatore Skare

Salvatore Skare

2019
Computer Science

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Allison Sauppe

UWL Graduation: December 2019

Alexis Smith

Alexis Smith

2015
Communication Studies

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Scott Dickmeyer
UWL Graduation: May 2015

Josey Sorenson

Josey Sorenson

2020
Mathematics

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Gregory Sandland

Mathematics & Biology

Josey is an alum of the UWL First Year Research Exposure program.

Fernando Souza

Microbiology

Fernando is an alum of the UWL First Year Research Exposure program.

Donica Spence

Donica Spence

2013
Biology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Christine Hippert
UWL Graduation: May 2013

Donica earned her Master of Arts in Anthropology from New Mexico State University in 2015.

Yang Cha Thao

Yang Cha Thao

2012
Therapeutic Recreation

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jearold Holland
Contact: yangchathao1@gmail.com
UWL Graduation: May 2012; Master of Science in Education from the UWL Student Affairs Administration, program in 2014. 

As part of her graduate work, she completed an internship in the McNair's Scholars Office and served on our Advisory Committee as an alumni member.

Read more about Yang Cha's undergraduate contributions to Ka's Garden, a bilingual children's book.

Briannae Theodore

Briannae Theodore

2019
Biology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michael Hoffman
UWL Graduation:  December 2019

Anthony Torres

Anthony Torres

2020
Recreation Management

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Brian Kumm-Schaley
Contact: torres.anthony@uwlax.edu 

Anthony is an alum of the UWL First Year Research Exposure program.

Brandon Tristano

Brandon Tristano

2019
Education

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Roi Kawai & Dr. Ann Yehle
UWL Graduation:  December 2019 

Middle Childhood/Early Adolescent Education

Corina Valencia

Corina Valencia

2019
Microbiology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Peter Wilker 
UWL Graduation: May 2019

Microbiology (Biomedical)

Corina is an alum of the UWL First Year Research Exposure program. She is enrolled in the Environmental Health Master of Public Health program at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

 

Brian Vanderheyden

Brian Vanderheyden

2010-2011
Public Health

Faculty mentor: Dr. Keely Rees
UWL Graduation: May 2011

Community Health Education

Brian earned a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Iowa State University and is currently enrolled in a Master of Public Health program at Des Moines University.


Pa Houa Vang

Pa Houa Vang

2012
Education

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ann Epstein & Dr. Barb Gander
Contact: pahouav@gmail.com
UWL Graduation: May 2012; Master of Education-Professional Development Learning Community Program in 2015.

Early Childhood Education

Read more about Pa Houa's undergraduate contributions to Ka's Garden, a bilingual children's book.

Aaron Vesey

Aaron Vesey

2016
Philosophy

Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Mary Krizan

UWL Graduation:  May 2016

Philosophy & Physics

Aaron earned a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 2019.

Kemmesha Thomas

Kemmesha Thomas

2020
Public Health

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Laurie Cooper Stoll
Contact: thomas.kemmesh@uwlax.edu

Public Health & Community Health Education

Kemmesha is an alum of the UWL First Year Research Exposure program. 

UWL Graduation: 2020

Liza Walleser

Liza Walleser

2010
Biology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Roger Haro

UWL Graduation:  May 2010; Master of Science in Biology in 2012.

Christian Wendland

Christian Wendland

2015
Sociology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Laurie Cooper Stoll
Contact: Wendland.chri@gmail.com 
UWL Graduation: December 2015

Christian completed a Master of Health Administration in Health Policy and Management from Johns Hopkins University in 2017. 

Amber West

Amber West

Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Ryan McKelley
UWL Graduation:

Kory Wilkinson

Kory Wilkinson

2013
Clinical Laboratory Science

Faculty Mentor: Dr. David Howard
UWL Graduation: May 2013
 

Dewayne Wrencher

Dewayne Wrencher

2014
Art

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Donald Sloan
UWL Graduation: August 2014

Dewayne completed his Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art at Stonybrook University in New York.

 Watch a video or read an article about Dewayne's performance at the 2013 TEDxUWLaCrosse.

Chai Yang

Chai Yang

2017
Political Science

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ray Block
UWL Graduation: May 2017

Chai is completed his Master of Social work degree at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2019.

Gaokhia Yang

Gaokhia Yang

2017
Psychology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Peg Maher
UWL Graduation: May 2017

Gaokhia is currently completing her Master of Science in Biology at UWL.

Lee Yang

Lee Yang

2015
Public Health

Faculty mentor: Dr. Anders Cedergren
UWL Graduation: May 2015, Master in Public Health in 2017.
Public Health: Community Health Education

Nancy Yang

Nancy Yang

2019
Geography

Faculty Mentor: Dr. John Kelly
UWL Graduation: May 2019

TC Yang

TC Yang

2010-2011
Education

Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Joyce Shanks

UWL Graduation: May 2011; Master of Science in Education in the Student Affairs Administration program in 2015.

Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence Education

While completing graduate work at UWL, TC also served as a graduate assistant in the McNair Scholars office. 

Vang Yang

Vang Yang

2016
Information Systems

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Patrick Barlow
UWL Graduation: May 2016

Xiong Yang

Xiong Yang

2010-2011
Biology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Margaret Maher
UWL Graduation: May 2011, Master of Science in Biology in 2015.

Biology (Biomedical Science)

Read Xiong's submission to the UWL Journal of Undergraduate Research.

Sydney Yarbrough

Sydney Yarbrough

2019
Sociology

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Laurie Cooper Stoll
Contact: yarbroug.sydney@uwlax.edu 

Sociology & Psychology

Sydney is completing graduate work in Sociology at the University of Maryland

Sarah Zahirudin

Sarah Zahirudin

2015
Exercise & Sports Science

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Thomas Kernozek
UWL Graduation: May 2015

Exercise & Sports Science & Spanish

Sarah completed a Master of Public Health at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in 2017. She is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Pharmacy program there.

Melissa Zins

Melissa Zins

2014
Biology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Michael Hoffman
UWL Graduation: December 2014