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.

2017 Galileo Circle Scholars

Cherie Achilles

PhD, Geosciences

Patrons: Anonymous

 

Jack Anderson

Senior, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

Patrons: Ruth and Robert Zollinger

 

Shravan Aras

PhD, Computer Science

Patron: Mark Henschen/Arizona Daily Star

 

Genesis Arizmendi

PhD, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Patrons: Robert and Sue Vaughan

 

Corwin Atwood-Stone

PhD, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Patron: Daniel Gasch/Research Corporation for Science Advancement

 

Alexander Aydt

Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Patron: Ellen Maye

 

Areen Badwal

Senior, Neuroscience

Patrons: Hugh and Allyn Thompson

Hugh and Allyn Thompson Galileo Circle Scholarship

 

Robb Bagge

PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Patron: Steven Jordan

 

Wyatt Bain

PhD, Geosciences

Patrons: Anonymous

 

Jaber Balalhabashi

PhD, Physics

Patrons: Samuel and Beatrice Ellis

 

Jordan Barrows

Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Patrons: David and Diane Wolsk

 

Furrukh Bashir

PhD, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

Patrons: Ruth and Robert Zollinger

 

Marisa Becerra

Junior, Psychology

Patron: Gwendolyn Weiner/EOS Foundation

 

Shreya Bellampalli

Junior, Neuroscience

Patrons: Irene and Thomas Keating

 

Matthew Bienick

PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Patrons: Thomas and Candace Grogan

 

Anne Billingsley

PhD, Geosciences

Patrons: Gary and Joan Lee Jones

 

Christopher Bohlman

Junior, Astronomy

Patrons: John and Diane Patience

 

Joseph Braasch

PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Patron: Linda Lynn

Robert E Tindall and Linda B Lynn Galileo Circle Scholarship

 

Ali Bramson

PhD, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Patron: Daniel Gasch/Research Corporation for Science Advancement

 

Elizabeth Brooks

Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Patron: Quan Le Nguyen/Nguyen & Tarbet

 

Colby Brown

Senior, Mathematics

Patrons: Paul and Katherine Hoff

 

Angel Burr

Senior, Mathematics

Patrons: Paul and Katherine Hoff

 

Jason Burwell

PhD, Geosciences

Patrons: Gary and Joan Lee Jones

 

Jenny Calahan

Senior, Astronomy

Patrons: Gerald and LaDona Geise

 

Briggs Carhart

Senior, Neuroscience

Patrons: Conrad and Anne Plimpton

 

Ryan Carlson

Senior, Astronomy

Patrons: Elizabeth and E. Keith Hege

 

Anahi Carrera

Sophomore, Geosciences

Patrons: Kenneth and Karen Evans

 

Joseph Charboneau

PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Patron: Ken Godat/Godat Design

 

Anson Cheung

Senior, Geosciences

Patrons: Raymond C. Leonard and Cheryl Phillips

 

Lindsey Chew

Senior, Neuroscience

Patron: Dennis Merens

 

Tzu "Bruce" Chung

Junior, Astronomy

Patrons: Robert and Lisbeth Esperti

 

Laura Coco

PhD, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Patrons: Robert and Sue Vaughan

 

Deziree Coleman

Junior, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Patrons: Herb and Sylvia Burton

Norma O Burton Ball Galileo Circle Scholarship

 

Alison Comrie

Senior, Neuroscience

Patrons: Margaret Hardy and Danny Rowland

 

Claire Cook

Junior, Astronomy

Patrons: Arizona Astronomy Board members: Hon. Barbara and Dr. Craig Barrett, Guy Jette, Sid and Gloria Leach, George and Ann Mavko, and John McCauley

 

Rushabh Daulat

Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Patron: Ghislaine Polak

 

Joey DeGrandchamp

Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Patrons: Lee and Vera Jones

 

Lauritz Dieckman

PhD, Psychology

Patrons: Lloyd and Betty Schermer

 

Colton Dishman

Sophomore, Biosphere 2

Patrons: Anonymous

 

Calley Eads

PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Patron: F. Ann Walker

Dr. F Ann Walker Galileo Circle Scholarship

 

Shannon Emile

Junior, Arizona Science, Engineering and Math Scholars

Patrons: Robert and Ann Cardwell

 

Jessie Erikson

PhD, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Patrons: Jeanette Hoit and Philippe Bodin

 

Nichole Eshleman

PhD, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Patrons: Peter F. Salomon and Patricia C. Morgan

Peter Salomon and Patricia Morgan Galileo Circle Scholarship in memory of Todd C. Morgan

 

Alyssa Everett

PhD, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Patrons: Jerome and Jane Glass

 

Brendan Fenerty

PhD, Geosciences

Patron: Thomas Earl

 

Pier Fiedorowicz

Senior, Physics

Patrons: Philip and Jane Lacovara

 

Nicole Fischer

PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Patrons: Adib and Vivi Sabbagh

 

Alyssa Fortier

Senior, Mathematics

Patrons: Arthur and Lee Herbst

 

James Fowler

PhD, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

Patrons: E. Philip Krider and Patricia MacCorquodale

 

Steven Fried

Freshman, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Patrons: Robert P. and Lesley G. Goldfarb

Robert and Lesley Goldfarb Excellence in Science Scholarship

 

Xing-Yue "Monica" Ge

PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Patron: Lisa Lovallo/Cox Communication

 

Aidan Gibbs

Junior, Astronomy

Patrons: Arizona Astronomy Board members: Hon. Barbara and Dr. Craig Barrett, Guy Jette, Sid and Gloria Leach, George and Ann Mavko, and John McCauley

 

Laurin Gray

Sophomore, Astronomy

Patrons: Cynthia and William Rainey

 

Katherine Guns

PhD, Geosciences

Patron: Thomas Earl

Susan G. Earl Galileo Circle Scholarship

 

Cody Gunton

PhD, Mathematics

Patrons: Robin and Jack Lavin

 

Pearce Haldeman

Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Patron: Sean Shelby/TELEOST Biopharmaceutical, LLC

 

Erik Hanschen

PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Patrons: Carl Philabaum and Joyce Crain

 

Blaine Harper

PhD, Psychology

Patrons: Francene and Tim Orrok

 

Lucas Harrell

Senior, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Patrons: Jacqueline and Shawn Bucher/Ventana Medical Systems

 

Alondra Harris

Senior, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Patrons: Nick Soloway and Kay Ransdell

 

Hamish Hay

PhD, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Patrons: Charles and Karen Autrey

 

Peter Helm

PhD, Psychology

Patrons: Wendell and Rosemary Niemann

 

Morgan Henry

Junior, Computer Science

Patron: Joseph W. Sener, III

 

Greg Howard

Junior, Arizona Science, Engineering and Math Scholars

Patrons: James and Glenda Gentile

 

Sosuke Inui

Senior, Physics

Patrons: Frank and Daphna Lederman

Lederman Galileo Circle Scholarship

 

Jeffey Ivie

PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Patrons: Robert and Sue Vaughan

 

Ian Kane

Senior, Computer Science

Patrons: Lloyd and Betty Schermer

 

James Keane

PhD, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Patrons: Laura and Jim McGill/Raytheon Company

 

Rebekah Keating

PhD, Neuroscience

Patron: Norman Komar

 

Saba Keynejad

PhD, Geosciences

Patrons: John Sutter and Elaine Padovani

 

Souratosh Khan

PhD, Physics

Patrons: Samuel and Beatrice Ellis

 

Konner Kirwan

Junior, Undergraduate Biology Research Program

Patrons: Fred and Ann Boice

 

Jeff Klakovich

PhD, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

Patrons: Charles and Elena d'Autremont

 

Lindsey Knowles

PhD, Psychology

Patron: Gwendolyn Weiner/EOS Foundation

 

Clinton Koch

PhD, Geosciences

Patrons: Christopher and Joan Marrs

 

Tyler Kranz

PhD, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

Patrons: Gary and Barbara Scheer

 

Margaret Landis

PhD, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Patrons: Laura and Jim McGill/Raytheon Company

 

Brendan Larsen

PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Patrons: I. Michael and Beth Kasser/Holualoa Companies

 

Gloria Le

Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Patron: F. Ann Walker

Dr. F Ann Walker Galileo Circle Scholarship

 

Reagen Leimbach

Junior, Astronomy

Patron: Kimberly Espy/Office of Research and Discovery

 

JinJin Liang

PhD, Mathematics

Patrons: Edward and Jill Bessey

 

Soon Hoe Lim

PhD, Mathematics

Patrons: Adib and Vivi Sabbagh

 

Albert Liu

Senior, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Patrons: Jacqueline and Shawn Bucher/Ventana Medical Systems

 

Tiffany Lomeli

Senior, Psychology

Patron: Gwendolyn Weiner/EOS Foundation

 

Emily Long

Senior, Psychology

Patron: Gwendolyn Weiner/EOS Foundation

 

Trent Long

Sophomore, Arizona Science, Engineering and Math Scholars

Patrons: Robert and Ann Cardwell

 

Colin Lynch

Senior, Neuroscience

Patrons: Len and Doris Coris

Coris Family Galileo Circle Scholarship

 

Nelusha Malihi Fonseka

PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Patron: Steven Jordan

 

Tom McClintock

PhD, Physics

Patron: Dave Hutchens/Tucson Electric Power Co.

 

Scott McKinley

Senior, Astronomy

Patrons: Arizona Astronomy Board members: Hon. Barbara and Dr. Craig Barrett, Guy Jette, Sid and Gloria Leach, George and Ann Mavko, and John McCauley

 

Oscar Mendez

PhD, Neuroscience

Patrons: Conrad and Anne Plimpton

 

Heidi Mettler

PhD, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Patrons: Jeanette Hoit and Philippe Bodin

 

Megan Montoya

Senior, Undergraduate Biology Research Program

Patrons: Robert and Judy Logan

Bob and Judy Logan Galileo Circle Scholarship

 

Alexandra Morano

Senior, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Patrons: Ruth and Stephen Dickstein

 

Mohamed Moussa

PhD, Mathematics

Patrons: Robin and Jack Lavin

 

Christine Muccianti

PhD, Physics

Patrons: David Allen and Paul Tumarkin/Tech Launch Arizona

 

Elise Munoz

Senior, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Patrons: Charles and Karen Autrey

Sandra Harsha Galileo Circle Scholarship

 

Celina Nguyen

Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Patrons: Marilyn Halonan

Michael Cusanovich Galileo Circle Scholarship

 

Wendy Nunez

Sophomore, Biosphere 2

Patrons: Herb and Sylvia Burton

 

Trianna Oglivie

PhD, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Patrons: Jerome and Jane Glass

 

Sujan Pal

PhD, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

Patrons: James J. and Louise R. Glasser

 

Kwonneung Park

Junior, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Patrons: Frank Escalante and Delia Escalante

Gilbert R Escalante Memorial Scholarship

 

Massimo Pascale

Senior, Astronomy

Patrons: Donald and Louise Doran

 

Jessie Pearl

PhD, Geosciences

Patrons: Christopher and Joan Marrs

 

Fen Pei

PhD, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Patrons: Robert and Kathy Ramirez/Vantage West Credit Union

 

Mekha Pereira

Senior, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

Patron: Jane McCollum/Marshall Foundation

 

Savannah Perno

Junior, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Patrons: Richard and Judy Sanderson

 

Cheryl Peyser

PhD, Geosciences

Patrons: Adib and Vivi Sabbagh

 

Colin Potter

Senior, Neuroscience

Patrons: Gail Burd and John Hildebrand

 

Ahva Potticary

PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Patrons: Samuel and Beatrice Ellis

 

Alireza Pourjavid

PhD, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Patrons: Sandra and James Hambacher

 

Chelsea Privette

PhD, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Patron: Cécile Moore

 

Sneha Ray

Senior, Neuroscience

Patrons: Dr. Richard and Madeleine Wachter

Patrons: Elliott Cheu and Jane Maruyama

COS Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award

 

Christina Redford

Freshman, Biosphere 2

Patrons: Anonymous

 

Gumaro Rendon

PhD, Physics

Patrons: James and Lanelle Sugg

 

Evan Ridley

Junior, Astronomy

Patrons: Marsha Mason and Thomas Griffin

 

Dagoberto Robles

Senior, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Patrons: Nick Soloway and Kay Ransdell

 

Dan Rossi

PhD, Mathematics

Patron: Dave Hutchens/Tucson Electric Power Co.

 

Alyssa Sachs

PhD, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Patrons: Sandra and James Hambacher

 

Sasha Safonova

Senior, Physics

Patrons: Jacqueline S.  Morris and David Devine in memory of Robert Thews

 

Cesar Salazar

Freshman, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Patrons: Fank Escalante and Delia Escalante

Gilbert R Escalante Memorial Scholarship

 

Kendall Sandy

PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Patron: Joe Huerta

 

Melissa Sayegh

Senior, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Patrons: Robert and Sue Vaughan

 

Joshua Scholl

PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Patrons: Samuel and Beatrice Ellis

 

Mauricio Serna

Junior, Arizona Science, Engineering and Math Scholars

Patrons: Robert and Ann Cardwell

 

Tala Shahin

Sophomore, Undergraduate Biology Research Program

Patrons: John and Adrienne Mars

 

James Shehorn

PhD, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Patron: Mark Mistler/BBVA Compass Bank

 

Molly Simon

PhD, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Patron: John Gareeb

 

Gordon Smith

PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Patrons: Lloyd and Betty Schermer

 

Aaren Smith

PhD, Psychology

Patrons: Lloyd and Betty Schermer

 

Staci Smith

Senior, Computer Science

Patrons: Robert and Jane Wienke

 

Sheila Solis

Junior, Arizona Science, Engineering and Math Scholars

Patrons: Arch and Laura Brown

 

Ramanathan Somasundaram

Senior, Geosciences

Patrons: Shannan Marty and Christopher Pendleton

 

Llyod Spece

Senior, Psychology

Patron: Gwendolyn Weiner/EOS Foundation

 

Alessondra Springmann

PhD, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

Patron: Judy Gans

 

Barrett St. George

PhD, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Patrons: Dino DeConcini and Elizabeth Murfee 

 

Matthew Stagg

Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Patrons: Peter Bantock and Lawrence Mehren/Accelerate Diagnostics

 

Jon Stephens

PhD, Computer Science

Patrons: Robert and Sue Vaughan

 

Sean Stephens

Senior, Computer Science

Patrons: Jeffrey and Shelle Owen

 

Simon Stickroth

PhD, Geosciences

Patrons: George and Merrily Davis 

Peter J. Coney Fellow

 

Paul Szejner

PhD, Laboratory of Tree Ring Research

Patrons: Terry and Christine Fraze

 

Trinh Tat

Senior, Undergraduate Biology Research Program

Patrons: Arch and Laura Brown

 

Colin Tidwell

Freshman, Biosphere 2

Patrons: Herb and Sylvia Burton

 

Alexander Tucci

PhD, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

Patrons: Paige and Mike Beeson

 

Christopher Wang

Freshman, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Patrons: Robert P. and Lesley G. Goldfarb

Robert and Lesley Goldfarb Excellence in Science Scholarship

 

Nicole Weber

Senior, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

Patrons: James J. and Louise R. Glasser

 

Andrew Weldon

Junior, Astronomy

Patrons: Arizona Astronomy Board members: Hon. Barbara and Dr. Craig Barrett, Guy Jette, Sid and Gloria Leach, George and Ann Mavko, and John McCauley

 

Josh Welty

PhD, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

Patrons: Joseph and Diana Alexander

 

James Wilcox

Senior, Laboratory of Tree Ring Research

Patrons: Ernest and Carol Manuel, Jr.

 

Michael Williams

PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Patrons: Victor and Patricia Hruby

Victor and Patricia Hruby Galileo Circle Scholarship

 

Meng-Han Ashley Wu

Junior, Molecular & Cellular Biology

Patrons: Gail Burd and John Hildebrand

 

Huaixhe Xu

Junior, Astronomy

Patrons: Robert and Lisbeth Esperti

 

Ni Yan

PhD, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

Patrons: Charles and Elena d'Autremont

 

Stephen Yao

Senior, Undergraduate Biology Research Program

Patrons: John E. Wahl and Mary Lou Forier

 

Benjamin Zaepfel

Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Patrons: James and Lanelle Sugg

 

Nicole Zawadski

Junior, Astronomy

Patrons: Larry and Susan Allen

Larry and Susan Allen Galileo Circle Scholarship 

 

Yueyan Zhang

PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Patron: Steven Jordan

 

Brian Zimmerman

Senior, Computer Science

Patron: Joseph W. Sener, III

 

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