2019-20 McNair Scholars

Ector

Ector Diego

Physics
Biography: I’m a first-generation student currently majoring in physics with interest in computer programming. Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, running, playing games, and working out. After graduating, my goal is to immediately start graduate school with the goal of obtaining a Ph.D. in nuclear physics or quantum mechanics. Research: Particle and Nuclear Physics and Quantum Mechanics Dual output Mach Zehnder modulators (DO-MZMs) are accurate phase detectors that suffer from...
RUth Fisseha

Ruth Fisseha

Integrative Physiology
Biography: I have a big family that is originally from Ethiopia but I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. In my free time, I enjoy singing for fun, listening to music while painting, exploring Boulder’s beautiful mountains, running/planning a service organization I created with my best friend, and spending quality time with loved ones. My dream is to one day become a pediatrician and conduct research of my own...
Angela Gonzalez

Angela Gonzalez

Geography
Biography: Angela is first-generation, non-traditional college student. She graduated with a major in geography and a minor in evolutionary biology and ecology. She received an Associates of Arts from Front Range Community College with Latin honors, and is a member of Latino Excellence Achievement and Development Series, Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa, National Society of Leadership and Success, and the McNair Scholars Program. Angela's research interests include disturbances in...
Selena Hinojos

Selena Hinojos

Environmental Engineering
Biography: Hello everyone! My name is Selena. I am a senior studying Environmental Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Throughout my undergraduate experience I have been involved in programs such as the Discovery Learning Apprenticeship Program, The Engineering GoldShirt Program, becoming a Residential Advisor, and most importantly being a McNair’s Scholar. My goal is to help curve climate change to benefit the future generations. After graduating with a bachelor's...
Israel Miles

Israel Miles

Computer Science
Biography: My name is Israel Miles, but I also go by Izzy for short! I am a Colorado native and was homeschooled with my seven siblings on a horse ranch until 8th grade. I am majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Applied Mathematics. I will be pursuing a PhD program that focuses not just on mathematics, but how diversity and inclusion can be brought to current technology in...
Marlenne Montanez

Marlenne Montanez

Speech Language & Hearing Sciences • Psychology
Biography: Hello! My name is Marlenne Montanez, and I am a senior that will be graduating in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, and Psychology. After graduation, I will be pursuing my Doctor of Audiology degree. Eventually, I would like to be working as a healthcare provider in a diverse setting as a Pediatric Audiologist. My research interests include development, pediatric audiology, and diabetes...
Blake Ocampo

Blake Ocampo

Chemistry • Biochemistry
Biography: Blake is a Chemistry and Biochemistry double major. He splits his time as a Peer Supervisor at the Office of Financial Aid at CU Boulder, a Learning Mentor in SASC, and a research lab on campus under Dr. Tarek Sammakia. In his free time, he loves to hike, play videogames, and relax. His research revolves around organic synthetic chemistry to make molecules that can help increase the efficiency of...
Mikale

Mikale Ogbaselassie

Mikale is majoring in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and his research interests include public health, infectious disease, and gut microbiome. He was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and raised in Denver, Colorado. His academic interests are currently in global health, health economics and epidemiology, and he likes to travel, play sports, and read. Mikale's current goal after receiving his bachelor’s degree is to pursue training in advanced practice nursing and...
Deanna

Deanna Payne

Deanna is a Hispanic, Native Coloradoan who loves to study Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and who also loves to teach Biology, Chemistry, and Physics as a tutor and as an instructional assistant. In her free time, she enjoys practicing the violin, which she learned as a traditional New Mexican Mariachi, and making acrylic paintings. After Deanna receives her bachelor’s degree, she hopes to obtain a Master’s in Public Health. Specifically,...
Ro Kyu

Kyu Ro

Neuroscience
Biography: Hello, my name is Kyu Ro and I am a neuroscience major at University of Colorado Boulder. I am a first generation Korean-American and my interests are being involved in the community and playing sports. I am proud to be a part of the McNair Scholars Program and they help push me further into my career interests of MD/PhD. I worked in the Root Lab in the Neuroscience Department...
Savannah

Savannah Santana

Psychology
Biography: My name is Savannah Santana. I am from Lakewood, Colorado graduating with a B.A. in Psychology, a Certificate in Public Health, and two minors in Dance and Leadership. In my free time I like to stay active by exercising and dancing, I also enjoy singing, watching movies with my family, and practicing mindfulness! I am interested in the promotion of health and social equity, specifically within underrepresented populations and...
Angelique

Angelique Sayler

Psychology • Philosophy
Biography: I am a returning Learning Assistant for the pedagogy class that all first-time LAs are required to take. I have previously been an LA for Developmental Psychology. I volunteer as a Crisis Counselor at Crisis Text Line. I also intern with Health Promotions at Wardenburg Health Center, where I am conducting interviews and focus groups to learn about students’ relationships with physical activity on CU’s campus. After graduating with...
Fatima

Fatima Tensun

Neuroscience
Biography: Fatima is a fourth-year student majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Leadership from Aurora, Colorado. She found her passion for research as a DAWN research volunteer at the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus. Fatima is dedicated to advocating for underrepresented communities and research within healthcare and in the sciences. She has been involved as a fellow in the Undergraduate Pre-Health Program at the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus, Kaiser...
Cory Wong

Cory Wong

Neuroscience; Chinese
Biography: Hi! My name is Cory Wong. I’m studying Neuroscience and Chinese. Currently, my research lies in the field of biology education. I am currently researching the the role argumentation may play in how introductory neuroscience students first learn to read primary neuroscience literature, an essential skill for their future. I was born and raised in West Orange, New Jersey. I am a gay, first-generation college student born to Chinese...