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Jeffrey Albrecht

Jeffrey Albrecht

Psychology & Philosophy

Faculty mentor: Dr. Katy Kortencamp

Contact: jrajr@umich.edu

UWL Graduation:  May 2012

Jeffrey is completing doctoral studies in Educational Psychology at the University of Michigan. He also served as a mentor for UWL McNair Scholar Alyssa Dorosz.

Stephany Anzueto

Stephany Anzueto

Sociology; Spanish

Research interests: Inequalities of Hispanic students in the education system

Faculty mentor: Dr. Enilda Delgado

UWL Graduation: December 2015

Stephanie is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Sociology at the University of Florida.

Amanda Bailey

Amanda Bailey

Archaeology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Connie Arzigian

Graduation: May 2011

Amanda pursued a dual degree in Bioarchaeologyand Aging Studies at Minnesota State University at Mankato.

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

Francesca Bautista

Francesca Bautista

Psychology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Betty DeBoer

Graduation: May 2012

Francesca earned her Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University in 2014.

Aiyana Dettmann (Bloome)

Aiyana Dettmann (Bloome)

Communication Studies

Faculty mentor: Dr. Dena Huisman

Contact: abloome@uwlax.edu

UWL Graduation: May 2012, May 2014

Aiyana earned her MSEd in Student Affairs Adminstration from UWL in May, 2014. She now works in the UWL Academic Advising Center and Career Services Office and serves on the McNair Advisory Committee.

Chris Bloomingdale

Chris Bloomingdale

Biology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Robin Tyser

Contact: bloomingdale@wisc.edu

Graduation: May 2013

Chris earned his Masters in Entomology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015.

Adia Brooks

Adia Brooks

Political Science

Faculty mentor: Dr. Cecilia Manrique

Contact: aabrooks@utexas.edu

Graduation: May 2012

Adia graduated with a Masters in African and African Diaspora Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. She is currently enrolled as a first year student in the UT School of Law.

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

Sasha Chihak

Sasha Chihak

Chemistry

Faculty mentor: Dr. Nadia Carmosini

Contact: sasha.chihak@chem.tamu.edu

Graduation: May 2012

Sasha is currently in her fourth year of doctoral study inChemistry at Texas A&M University. Her research focuses on the application of novel chemical biology tools for profiling eukaryotic fatty acid post-translational modifications. The major objective of this research is to develop efficient methodologies to isolate these modifications in order to further understand their interaction with Sirtuin enzymes in the cancer development. 

Alex Clussman

Alex Clussman

Biology (Aquatic Science)

Faculty mentor: Dr. Roger Haro

UWL Graduation: May 2015

Alex is pursuing work in her field.

Kyle Danielson

Kyle Danielson

Physics

Faculty mentor: Dr. Robin Tyser

Contact: danielson.7@wright.edu

Graduation: May 2012

Kyle began doctoral studies in Environmental Science at Wright State University in 2012. He was awarded the YSI Fellowship for 2011-2012.

Amanda De Cora

Amanda De Cora

Psychology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Christine Bakkum

UWL Graduation: May 2015

Amanda works for the Ho-Chunk Nation.

Jamie Erickson

Jamie Erickson

Exercise & Sports Science; Nutrition

Faculty mentor: Dr. Karen Skemp

Graduation: May 2015, May 2017

Jamie earned her Masters in Human Performance at UWL in May, 2017. 

Sara Erickson

Sara Erickson

Geography

Faculty mentors: Dr. Colin Belby & Dr. Ryan Perroy

Graduation: May 2012, May 2015

Sara graduated with a  Master of Science in Recreation Management from UWL in 2015. She now works as a Fish Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Yessica Garcia

Yessica Garcia

Psychology and Spanish

Faculty mentor: Dr. Carol Miller

Contact: ygarcia@cityyear.org

Graduation: May 2014

Yessica is currently serving as a school volunteer with City Year New Hampshire.

Amanda Hall

Amanda Hall

Sociology/WGSS

Faculty mentor: Dr. Enilda Delgado

Contact: hall.aman@alumni.uwlax.edu

Graduation: December 2013

Amanda graduated from the Masters of Social Work program at University of Minnesota in 2016. 

Phyllis Hand

Phyllis Hand

Psychology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Ryan McKelley

Contact: hand.phyl@uwlax.edu

Graduation: May 2015

Phyllis is pursuing work in her field.

Atticus Jamarillo

Atticus Jamarillo

History

Faculty mentor: Dr. James Longhurst

Contact: jara0021@umn.edu

UWL Graduation: May 2014

Atticus earned his Masters in Urban Planning at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2016. He was a national finalist in the HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Competition. He is now enrolled in a Ph.D. program in City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina. 

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

Cassandra Jens

Cassandra Jens

Computer Science

Faculty mentor: Dr. Thomas Gendreau

Contact: jens.cass@facebook.com

UWL Graduation: May 2013

Cassy is pursuing work in her field.

Eric King

English

Faculty mentor: Dr. Bryan Kopp

Contact: king.eric.ryan@gmail.com

Graduation: May 2014

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

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

Michelle Lane

Michelle Lane

Microbiology

Faculty mentor: Dr. William Schwan 

Contact:

Graduation: May 2014

Michelle has relocated to the Milwaukee area.

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

Elizabeth Lee

Elizabeth Lee

Psychology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Ryan McKelley

Contact:

Graduation: May 2014

Elizabeth is pursuing a Master of Arts in Family Therapy at Nyack College in New York.

Yifat Levenstein

Yifat Levenstein

Psychology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Ryan McKelley

Yifat graduated with honors from Lawrence University in 2015. She received national recognition when she was named thenational 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.
 
Nicole Lomeli

Nicole Lomeli

Psychology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Betty De Boer

Contact: 

Graduation: December 2013

Nicole is currently enrolled in the Masters of Social Work program at the University of Michigan.

Timothy Lomeli

Timothy Lomeli

Psychology, French

Faculty mentor: Dr. Alessandro Quartiroli

Contact: lomeli.timo@uwlax.edu

Graduation: May 2015

Timothy is pursuing a Masters degree in French at UW-Milwaukee

Chee Lor

Chee Lor

Biology (Biomedical Science) and Biochemistry

Faculty mentor: Dr. Sumei Liu

Contact: cheelor324@gmail.com

Graduation: May 2014

Chee is currently completing his second year of medical school in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Yer Lor

Yer Lor

Cellular and Molecular Biology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Tisha King-Heiden

Contact: lor.yer@uwlax.edu

Graduation: May 2014

Yer is currently studying Marine Biology at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi.

Read more about Yer's undergraduate research at UWL.

Brian Manske

Brian Manske

Biology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Tom Volk

Contact:

Graduation: May 2014

Ryan Nell

Ryan Nell

Communication Studies

Faculty mentor: Dr. Jörg Vianden

Contact:

Graduation: May 2012

Ryan earned his MSEd in Student Affairs Adminstration from UWLin May, 2014. He is currently a freelance writer living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Yolona Ngandali

Yolona Ngandali

Archaeological Studies

Faculty mentor: Dr. Connie Arzigian

Contact: ngandali@uw.edu

Graduation: December 2015

Yolona is pursuing a PhD in Archaeology at the University of Washington.

Ebony Phillips

Ebony Phillips

Psychology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Tori Svoboda

Contact: phillips.ebon@uwlax.edu

Graduation: December 2015

Ellen Poeschel

Ellen Poeschel

Spanish & Political Science

Faculty mentor: Dr. Jean Janecki

Contact: poeschel@uwm.edu

Ellen is pursuing a Master of Arts in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. (And YES, she was really crowned Miss Oktoberfest in 2011.)

Andrew Prudhom

Andrew Prudhom

Mathematics & Physics

Faculty mentor: Dr. Eric Gansen

Contact: prudhom@live.unc.edu

Andrew is currently in his third year of doctoral studies inMathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Edward Quinn

Edward Quinn

Biology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Timothy McAndrews

Contact: ebquinn@crimson.ua.edu

Edward is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Anthropologyfrom the University of Alabama.

Justin Radomski

Justin Radomski

Microbiology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Peter Wilker

Contact: radomski.just@uwlax.edu

Graduation: May 2014

Justin is pursuing a doctoral degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathobiology at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Vanessa Reynolds (Schwartz)

Psychology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Bianca Basten

Contact: vschwartz@wisc.edu

Graduation: May 2012

Vanessa is currently in her fourth year of doctoral studies in School Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

José Rubio-Zepeda

José Rubio-Zepeda

Political Science and Spanish

Faculty mentor: Dr. Omar Granados

Contact: jrubiozep@utexas.edu

Graduation: May 2014

José is currently enrolled in a dual degree program in Latin American Studies and Community & Regional Planning at theUniversity of Texas at Austin.

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

José's Biography

Alexis Smith

Alexis Smith

Communication Studies

Faculty mentor: Dr. Scott Dickmeyer

Contact: smith.ale3@uwlax.edu

Graduation:  May 2015

Alexis is pursuing work in her field.

Donica Spence

Donica Spence

Biology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Christine Hippert

Contact:

Graduation:  May 2013

Donica is enrolled in the Masters of Biological Anthropologyprogram at New Mexico State University.

Yang Cha Thao

Yang Cha Thao

Therapeutic Recreation

Faculty mentor: Dr. Jearold Holland

Contact: yangchathao1@gmail.com

Graduation:  May 2012

Yang Cha earned her MSEd in Student Affairs Adminstration from UWL in May, 2014. As part of her graduate work, she completed an internship in our office and served on our Advisory Committee as an alumni member.

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

Brian Vanderheyden

Community Health Education

Faculty mentor: Dr. Keely Rees

Contact: bbvanderheyden@gmail.com

Graduation: May 2011

Pa Houa Vang

Pa Houa Vang

Early Childhood Education

Major: Early Childhood Education

Faculty mentor: Dr. Ann Epstein & Dr. 

Contact: vang.pa@uwlax.edu

Graduation:  May 2012

Pa Houa graduated from the Master of Education-Professional Development Learning Community Program at UWL.

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

Christian Wendland

Christian Wendland

Sociology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Laurie Cooper Stoll

UWL Graduation: December 2015

Christian graduated with a Masters in Health Care Management from Johns Hopkins University in 2017.

Dewayne Wrencher

Dewayne Wrencher

Art and Business Management

Faculty mentor: Dr. Donald Sloan

UWL Graduation: August 2014

Dewayne is a candidate for a Masters 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.

Lee Yang

Lee Yang

Community Health Education

Faculty mentor: Dr. Anders Cedergren

Graduation: May 2015, May 2017

Lee earned a Masters in Public Health at UWL in 2017.

Xiong Yang

Biology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Peg Maher

Contact: 

Graduation: August 2011

Xiong recieved her Master of Science in Biology with a Physiology Concentration from UWL. Xiong now works as an associated scientist at PPD.

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

Sarah Zahirudin

Sarah Zahirudin

Exercise & Sports Science; Spanish

Faculty mentor: Dr. Thomas Kernozek

UWL Graduation: May 2015

Sarah graduated from the Masters of Public Health program at University of Minnesota in 2017.

Melissa Zins

Melissa Zins

Microbiology

Faculty mentor: Dr. Mike Hoffman

UWL Graduation: December 2014

Melissa is pursuing work in her field.