MARAL BUDAK

MARAL BUDAK

MARAL BUDAK Fourth Year, Biophysics Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey Tell us about yourself! “I’m from Turkey, where scientists are not appreciated nearly as much as they are in the US, and there aren’t a lot of job opportunities for scientists besides staying in academia....
TONY LARKIN

TONY LARKIN

TONY LARKIN Fourth Year, Neuroscience Hometown: Warner Robins, GA Tell us about yourself! “After participating in many STEM summer camps throughout middle and high school, I began to really develop a love for math and aspiring career in science and medicine. However,...
CAROLINE HERNANDEZ-CASNER

CAROLINE HERNANDEZ-CASNER

CAROLINE HERNANDEZ-CASNER First-year, PIBS Hometown: El Paso, TX Tell us about yourself! “I was born and raised in the boarder town of El Paso where it’s sunny 302 days out of the year. Growing up Hispanic, the majority of my family didn’t understand the...
KELSEY KOCHAN

KELSEY KOCHAN

KELSEY KOCHAN First-year PIBS student, Pharmacology Hometown: Taylor, MI Tell us about yourself! “As a first-generation college student, I grew up believing that college was something unattainable for me. I was raised in a town without resources, mentorship, or...
FILIPE CERQUEIRA

FILIPE CERQUEIRA

FILIPE CERQUEIRA Second-Year PhD Student Molecular and Immunology Tell us about yourself! “I was born in Salvador, Bahia, a black-majority city in Brazil. I moved to a small town in Texas when I was 7, and I consider myself a Texan at heart. My family...
SIERRA NANCE

SIERRA NANCE

SIERRA NANCE Second-Year PhD Student Molecular and Integrative Physiology Tell us about yourself! “My name is Sierra Nance and I’m a first generation college student from Indianapolis, Indiana. I attended Winston Salem State University for my undergrad, and I’m now a...