Galileo Circle Scholars

Galileo Circle Scholars, the University of Arizona's finest undergraduate and graduate science students, represent the tremendous breadth of research interests in the College of Science. These scholars are our future and will be in the forefront of changing and bettering our world.

2015 Galileo Circle Scholars

Jordan T. Abell
Junior, Geosciences
Patrons: Raymond C. Leonard and Cheryl Phillips

Jessica M. Aguilar
PhD, Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences
Patron: Christine McDonough

Eman A. Akam
PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patron: Jacquie Bucher/Ventana Medical Systems

Benton J. Anderson
Junior, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patrons: Tony and Connie Bischof

Tyler A. Anderson
Junior, Physics
Patrons: Jacqueline S. Morris and David Devine
in memory of Robert Thews

Shravan G. Aras
PhD, Computer Science
Patrons: Robert and Jane Wienke

Genesis D. Arizmendi
PhD, Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences
Patrons: Sandra and James Hambacher

Mariah C. Armenta
Senior, Geosciences
Patrons: William and Judith Jenney

Rafaela V. Arroyo
Junior, Arizona Science, Engineering & Math Scholars (ASEMS)
Patrons: Robert and Ann Cardwell

Alisabeth A. Ayars
JPhD, School of Mind, Brain & Behavior
Patrons: Conrad and Ann Plimpton

Elizabeth A. Balgord
PhD, Geosciences
Patrons: Dieter and Beth Krewedl

Denise L. Balukas
MS, Atmospheric Sciences
Patrons: E. Philip Krider and Patricia MacCorqoudale

Trace N. Bartels
Junior, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patron: Ellen Maye

Sarah E. Bengston
PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Robert E. Tindall and Linda B. Lynn Galileo Circle Scholarship
Patron: Linda Lynn

Benjamin P. Berman
PhD, Applied Mathematics GIDP
Patrons: John and Barbara McLean

Jean-Laurent F. Blanche
Freshman, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patrons: Tony and Connie Bischof

Devon G. Bracher
MS, Atmospheric Sciences
Patrons: E. Philip Krider and Patricia MacCorqoudale

Carl J. Buchholz
Senior, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons: Elliott Cheu and Jane Maruyama
COS Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award

Rachel M. Cajigas
PhD, Geosciences
Patron: Thomas Earl
Susan G. Earl Galileo Circle Scholarship

John F. Carroll
Senior, Geosciences
Patrons: Kenneth and Karen Evans

Javier Castillo-Montoya
PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patrons: Lee and Vera Jones

James B. Chapman
PhD, Geosciences
Patrons: Christopher and Joan Marrs

Julie A. Charlton
Junior, Neuroscience
Patron: Norman Komar

Irene C. Cheff
Junior, Psychology
Patron: Gwendolyn Weiner/EOS Foundation

Kai Chen
PhD, Physics
Patrons: Sheldon Trubatch and Katharina Phillips

Lindsey A. Chew
Freshman, School of Mind, Brain & Behavior
Patrons: Nick Soloway and Kay Ransdell

Youngmin Chung (Jeongahn)
PhD, Planetary Sciences
Patrons: Amy Phillips & Edward Beshore

Alison E. Comrie
Sophomore, Undergraduate Biology Research Program
Patrons: Teri Suzuki and Oleg Lysyj

Alyssa N. Coyne
PhD, Neuroscience
Patrons: Gail Burd and John Hildebrand

Kyle R. Davis
MS, Atmospheric Sciences
Patron: Dave Hutchens/Tucson Electric Power Co.

Andrew T. DeMarco
PhD, Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences
Patrons: Dino DeConcini and Elizabeth Murfee

Jiani Ding
Sophomore, Astronomy/Steward Observatory
Patrons: Robert and Lisabeth Esperti

Philip T. Dirlam
PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patrons: Robert Brook and Jacqueline Kosecof

Ravindra Dwivedi
PhD, Hydrology & Water Resources
Patrons: James J. and Louise R. Glasser

Melissa J. Dykhuis
PhD, Planetary Sciences
Patron: Brian D. Perry/Raytheon

Zackary E. Elsing
Junior, Science Teacher Preparation Program
Patron: Robert Shelton/Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Chloé Fandel
MS, Hydology & Water Resources
Patrons: James J. and Louise R. Glasser

Dara S. Farhadi
Junior, School of Mind, Brain & Behavior
Patrons: Francene and Tim Orrok

Victoria S. Farrar
Senior, Undergraduate Biology Research Program
Patrons: M.J. Demetras and John Umbreit

Brittany L. Forte
Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patron: Marilyn Halonen
Michael Cusanovich Galileo Circle Scholarship

Ashley C. Gander
Senior, Biosphere 2
Patron: Laura McIver/Miraval Resort and Spa

Devan N. Gengler
Senior, Psychology
Patron: Gwendolyn Weiner/EOS Foundation

Mahsa Ghaffari
PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Honoring: Victor and Patricia Hruby
Drs. Victor and Patricia Hruby Galileo Circle Scholarship

Ariella L. Gladstein
PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Patrons: Peter Salomon and Patricia Morgan

Axel O. Gomez
Sophomore, Mathematics
Patrons: Patrons: Lloyd and Betty Schermer

Craig P. Gross
Junior, Mathematics
Patrons: Jack and Phoebe Lewis

Janelle A. Guan
Senior, Hydrology & Water Resources
Patrons: Samuel and Beatrice Ellis

Christopher H. Guiterman
PhD, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
Patrons: Jerome and Jane Glass

Leo M. Hamerlynck
Freshman, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patrons: Robert P. and Lesley G. Goldfarb
Robert and Lesley Goldfarb Excellence in Science Scholarship

Erik R. Hanschen
PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Patron: Jane McCollum/Marshall Foundation

Susan W. Harris
MS, Hydrology & Water Resources
Patrons: Samuel and Beatrice Ellis

Shaina H. Hasan
Senior, Undergraduate Biology Research
Patrons: Teri Suzuki and Oleg Lysyj

Jaclyn M. Hellmann
AuD, Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences
Patron: Christine McDonough

Kirk E. Hendricks
Sophomore, Astronomy/Steward Observatory
Patrons: Daniel and Maribeth Petrocelli

Ernesto Hernandez
Junior, Undergraduate Biology Research
Patrons: Teri Suzuki and Oleg Lysy

Ryan A. Hofmann
Junior, Astronomy/Steward Observatory
Patrons: Gerald and LaDona Geise

Parris T. Humphrey
PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Patron: Christine DeFouw

Dylan M. Hutchinson
Junior, School of Mind, Brain & Behavior
Patrons: Nils and Ann Hasselmo

Ali L. Icenogle
Junior, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patron: Dennis Merens

Dakota R. Isaacs
MS, Geosciences
Patrons: Gary and Joan Lee Jones

Stephanie M. Jensen
PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patrons: David and Diane Wolsk

Jianping Jiang
PhD, Mathematics
Patrons: Ernest and Sally Micek

Gloria Jimenez
PhD, Geosciences
Patrons: Raymond C. Leonard and Cheryl Phillips

Sarah L. Jones
PhD, Physics
Patrons: Pierre Meystre and Regina Heitzer- Momaday

Kevin H. Kawa
PhD, Psychology
Patron: Gwendolyn Weiner/EOS Foundation

Hayley M. Keith
Junior, Science Teacher Preparation Program
Patron: Chase Rankin/Arizona Daily Star

Evan P. Kelemen
PhD, Biosphere 2
Patrons: John and Adrienne Mars

Nicholas V. Kessler
PhD, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
Patrons: Jerome and Jane Glass

Flora W. Kimani
PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patrons: John and Helen Schaefer

Megan M. Kittleson
PhD, Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences
Patrons: Pélagie and Mike Beeson

Felix Kling
PhD, Physics
Patrons: Frank and Daphna Lederman
Lederman Galileo Circle Scholarship

Thaddeus D. Komacek
PhD, Planetary Sciences
Patron: Bernie Merwald/Raytheon Company

Grant S. Kornrumph
Senior, Hydrology & Water Resources
Patrons: Robert and Kathleen Tipler

Jeffrey D. Kost
PhD, Physics
Patrons: Lawrence and Wendy Aldrich

Adele J. Koutia
Senior, Neuroscience
Patrons: Adib and Vivi Sabbagh

Barbara Lafuente
Phd, Geosciences
Patrons: William and Judith Jenney

Margaret E. Landis
PhD, Planetary Sciences
Patrons: Xenia and Sheldon King

Rachel E. Langston
PhD, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons: Brian Ellerman and Laurie Eccard-Ellerman

Tam M. Le
Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patrons: James and Louise Glasser

Connor R. Leighty
JJunior, Arizona Science, Engineering & Math Scholars (ASEMS)
Patrons: Robert and Ann Cardwell

Russell L. Lewis
PhD, Computer Science
Patron: Joseph W. Sener, III

Kexin Li
Junior, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patron: Joe M. Huerta

Yue Li
PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Patrons: Forrest and Jacomien Mars, Jr.
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Patrons: Sally Drachman and Robert Salvatore
College of Science Graduate Teaching Award
Roy P. Drachman Galileo Circle Scholarship

Emily Long
Junior, Psychology
Patrons: Sue Glawe/Blue Cross Blue Shield

Emily T. Luu
Freshman, Computer Science
Patrons: Herb and Sylvia Burton
Norma Burton Ball Galileo Circle Scholarship

William E. Lytle
MS, Atmospheric Sciences
Patrons: Ruth and Robert Zollinger

Emily Mackelprang
Phd, Psychology
Patron: Gwendolyn Weiner/EOS Foundation

Sarah E. MacNamee
PhD, Neuroscience
Patrons: Jeffrey and Shelle Owen

Marja-Liisa Mailend
PhD, Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences
Patrons: Jeannette Hoit and Philippe Bodin

Iliana Manjon
Junior, Arizona Science, Engineering & Math Scholars (ASEMS)
Patrons: Robert and Ann Cardwell

Andrew T. McDonald
Junior, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patron: Ghislaine Polak

Gina M. Medici
MS, Atmospheric Sciences
Patrons: E. Philip Krider and Patricia MacCorqoudale

Cesar A. Medina
Senior, School of Mind, Brain & Behavior
Patrons: Conrad and Ann Plimpton

Julie Messier
PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Patrons: Robin and Jack Lavin

Elizabeth C. Miller
PhD, Biosphere 2
Patrons: Ken and Linda Robin

Shivani Mirsa
Junior, School of Mind, Brain & Behavior
Patrons: Nick Soloway and Kay Ransdell

Jamie Molaro
PhD, Planetary Sciences
Patrons: Sally Drachman and Robert Salvatore
College of Science Graduate Service Award Roy P. Drachman Galileo Circle Scholarship

Erin S. Morrison
PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Patrons: Forrest and Jacomien Mars, Jr.

Kimberly D. Neely
PhD, Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences
Patrons: Sandra and James Hambacher

Kristin L. Neff
PhD, Hydrology & Water Resources
Patrons: Charles and Elena d’Autremont

Antonio A.M. Neto
PhD, Hydrology & Water Resources
Patrons: Charles and Elena d’Autremont

Yvonne W.Y. Ng
Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patron: Sean Shelby/TELEOST Biopharmaceutical, LLC

Megan N. Nieberding
Senior, Astronomy/Steward Observatory
Patrons: Edward and Jill Bessey

Matthew E. Nielsen
PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Patrons: Barbara Martinsons and Larry Boutis

Abigail G. O’Conner
Freshman, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons: Robert P. and Lesley G. Goldfarb
Robert and Lesley Goldfarb Excellence in Science Scholarship

Ryan M. Pace
PhD, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons: Brian Ellerman and Laurie Eccard-Ellerman

Ingrid L. Peterson
Junior, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Patrons: Delia Escalante
Gilbert R. Escalante Memorial Scholarship

Philippa A. Pinnington
Junior, Mathematics
Patrons: Lloyd and Betty Schermer

David J. Porfirio
Junior, Computer Science
Patrons: Carl Philabaum and Joyce Crain

Daniel E. Portner
PhD, Geosciences
Patrons: Dieter and Beth Krewedl

Brandon A. Raphael
Senior, Astronomy/Steward Observatory
Patrons: Keith and Elizabeth Hege

Samuel A.C. Rasch
Sophomore, Computer Science
Patron: Joseph W. Sener, III

Miles C. Rehwoldt
Senior, Physics
Patrons: Tucson Street Rod Association

Sarah K. Richman
PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Patrons: John and Adrienne Mars

Mary-Beth Roberts
Senior, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons: Charles and Karen Autrey
Harsha Galileo Circle Scholarship

Jordan M. Roman
Senior, Neuroscience
Patrons: Hugh and Allyn Thompson
Hugh and Allyn Thompson Galileo Circle Scholarship

Aracely A. Romero
Senior, Neuroscience
Patron: Norman Komar

Kristin E. Rumery
MS, Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences
Patron: Cécile Moore

Daniel P. Ryan
Senior, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons: Thomas and Candace Grogan

Evan Schneider
PhD, Astronomy
Patrons: Sally Drachman and Robert Salvatore
College of Science Graduate Research Award
Roy P. Drachman Galileo Circle Scholarship

Nicole C. Schwalbe
Junior, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patrons: James J. and Louise R. Glasser

David J. Setton
Sophomore, Astronomy/Steward Observatory
Patrons: Arizona Astronomy Board members Hon. Barbara and Craig Barrett, Robert and Gwynne Edmund, and Sid and Gloria Leach

Doron Shahar
PhD, Mathematics
Patrons: Robert and Kathy Ramirez/Vantage West Credit Union

James R. Shehorn
PhD, Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences
Patrons: Janis and Danny Gasch/Arizona Hearing Specialists

Sanga Shir
Sophomore, Biosphere 2
Patrons: Gerald and LaDona Geise

Eric A. Simental
Sophomore, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patrons: Delia Escalante
Gilbert R. Escalante Memorial Scholarship

Spencer B. Smith
PhD, Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences
Patrons: David and Mary Peachin

Michael Sohn
PhD, Statistics GIDP
Patrons: John and Barbara McLean

Michelle M. Son
Senior, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons: Peter Salomon and Patricia Morgan

Sean A. Stephens
Sophomore, Computer Science
Patrons: Ernest and Carol Manuel, Jr.

Andrea L. Stevens
PhD, Geosciences
Patrons: Kenneth and Karen Evans

Ariana M. Stickel
PhD, Psychology
Patrons: Don and Barbara Carrig/Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club

W. Reid Strickler
MS, Atmospheric Sciences
Patrons: E. Philip Krider and Patricia MacCorqoudale

Xianyu Tan
PhD, Planetary Sciences
Patron: Bradley L. Hauert

Joseph Thomas
PhD, Mathematics
Patrons: Wendell and Rosemary Niemann

Mark D. Thompson
PhD, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons: Peter F. Salomon and Patricia C. Morgan

Michelle S. Thompson
PhD, Planetary Sciences
Patrons: Charles and Karen Autrey

Daria A. Timonina
Senior, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons: Gail Burd and John Hildebrand

Anna R. Tinnemore
AuD, Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences
Patrons: Pélagie and Mike Beeson

Alexis Jane A. Torre
Junior, Mathematics
Patrons: Arthur and Lee Herbst

Ariana C. Torrejon
Senior, Psychology
Patrons: Arch and Laura Brown

Cathy T. Tran
Sophomore, Neuroscience
Patrons: Leonard and Doris Coris
Coris Family Galileo Circle Scholarship

Jennifer T. Tran
Senior, Computer Science
Patrons: John E. Wahl and Mary Lou Forier

Chak Hau Tso
MS, Hydrology & Water Resources
Patrons: Samuel and Beatrice Ellis

Babak Vadegari
PhD, Computer Science
Patrons: Lloyd and Betty Schermer

Karyn B. Vo
Senior, Computer Science
Patrons: Lloyd and Betty Schermer

Erica E. Wager
PhD, School of Mind, Brain & Behavior
Patrons: Xenia and Sheldon King

Jun Wang
PhD, Mathematics
Patrons: Fred and Ann Boice

Rachel C. Wellington
Senior, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons: Robert and Sue Vaughan

Jacob R. Witt
Junior, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons: Robert and Sue Vaughan

Shana M. Wolff
PhD, Geosciences
Patrons: Gary and Joan Lee Jones

Jin Wu
PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Patrons: John and Adrienne Mars

Xiaolin Xu
PhD, Physics
Patrons: I. Michael and Beth Kasser/ Holualoa Companies

Matthew A. Yankowitz
PhD, Physics
Patrons: Philip and Jane Lacovara

Chad L. Yost
PhD, Geosciences
Patrons: John Sutter and Elaine Padovani

Robert T. Zellem
PhD, Planetary Sciences
Patrons: Bob and Judy Logan
Bob and Judy Logan Galileo Circle Scholarship

Colin A. Zestcott
PhD, Psychology
Patron: Gwendolyn Weiner/EOS Foundation

Daile Zhang
PhD, Atmospheric Sciences
Patrons: E. Philip Krider and Patricia MacCorqoudale