Featured Students

My name is Matt Sparks and I am a double major in Film and Ethnic Studies. I aspire to be a filmmaker and love to be involved in the arts in many different arenas. I grew up in Pueblo, Colorado and am now a junior at CU Boulder. I studied in Rome last year and created a film based on my travel experiences. I graduate this May and am applying for MFA Filmmaking programs in New York City and London. I have been making films since as early as six years old with my brothers and I want to continue that tradition. I am currently a DJ at Radio 1190 on campus and am a designer in the Fashion Design Student Association. I am currently working on an autobiographical documentary. I have a passion for the arts and love to experience new music, film, art and hear a plethora of perspectives. 

I am Jiwan Rana. I am originally from Pokhara, Nepal. I am currently a junior studying Computer Science at CU-Boulder in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. 
During summer 2013, I got a UROP research grant to work with Prof. Julie Lundquist’s research group in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Prof. Lundquist’s research group explores the dynamics of the atmospheric boundary layer, with applications to wind energy, urban meteorology, and surface-atmosphere interaction. My specific research focused on simulating the large-scale weather that occurred during field experiments that studied the downwind impacts of wind turbines to find out how well large-scale weather simulations agree with the observations collected in these field studies.
 Through this research opportunity, I have learned about numerical weather prediction using Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model and data visualizations of results of that model. A quick preview of the visualizations I made is at http://breeze.colorado.edu/jira3216/WRF_GAD_animations/plots_v2.0/.
My name is Myles Wallingford and I come to Boulder from Castle Rock, Colorado. I am a Media Studies major with an additional field of study in Political Science. In addition, I am currently working to obtain a Certificate in International Media. I am a senior by year but a junior by credit. My extended graduation date is due to a decision to take off the Fall 2012 semester of school and travel throughout Southeast Asia with a backpack. A summer’s worth of restaurant work afforded me a plane ticket, a cheap motorcycle, and four months of living expenses. I can advocate for nothing more than to experience another culture; the power of travel is unparalleled in any lecture hall. This summer I completed a marketing and media internship in Bucerias, Mexico working for a Harvard born, non-profit organization that specialized in combining the tourism industry with microfinance institutions. I am currently a marketing committee member and student editor for the business committee at the annual Conference on World Affairs that takes place on the CU campus every year. 

My name is Lima Esslam. I am first year senior studying Women Studies. I was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. I am a first generation student. I am part of the McNeill Program here in SASC. I also volunteer at the Women's Resource Center on campus. My future goal is to visit back in Afghanistan and provide resources and materials needed for the education of the youth, mainly young  girls, and to improve their lives along with their families.