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.

2014 Galileo Circle Scholars

Loren  Albert
PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary  Biology
Patrons: Tony and Connie Bischof

Michael R. Alexander
PhD, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
Patron: Christine DeFouw

Alexander P. Aydt
Sophomore, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Patrons: Brian Ellerman and Laurie Eccard- Ellerman

Jack A. Bass
Junior, School of Information: Science, Technology and Arts
Patrons: Lloyd and Betty Schermer

Patricio Becerra
PhD, Planetary Sciences/LPL
Patrons: Bob and Judy Logan

Benjamin A. Bellorado
PhD, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
Patrons: Carl Philabaum and Joyce Crain

Tracey E. Beyer
PhD, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Patrons: Keith and Mara Aspinall

Ali M. Bramson
PhD, Planetary Sciences/LPL
Patron: Bernie  Merwald/Raytheon College of Science Outstanding Graduate Student - Teaching
Roy P. Drachman Galileo Circle Scholarship
Patrons: Sally Drachman and Robert Salvatore

Jean-Pierre Briede
Senior, Computer Science
Patrons: Robert and Jane Wienke

Austin D. Brown
Junior, School of Mind, Brain and Behavior
Patrons: Conrad  and Ann Plimpton

Alexander B. Brummer
PhD, Physics
Patrons: I. Michael and Beth Kasser/ Holualoa  Companies

Michael A. Brunke
PhD, Atmospheric Sciences/IAP
Patrons: E. Philip Krider and Patricia MacCorquodale

Natalie B. Bryant
PhD, School of Mind, Brain and Behavior
Patrons: Tim and Francene Orrok

Paul  J. Caradonna
PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary  Biology College of Science Outstanding Graduate Student - Research
Roy P. Drachman Galileo Circle Scholarship
Patrons: Sally Drachman and Robert Salvatore

Joe A. Cardoza
PhD, School of Mind, Brain and Behavior
Patrons: Sheldon and Xenia King

Monica Chaung
Senior,  Molecular and Cellular Biology
Patrons: Keith and Mara Aspinall

Cheryl Cheah
Junior, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Patrons: Robert  Brook and Jacquelin Kosecoff

Julie Cheung
Senior,  Undergraduate Biology Research Program
Corporate Patrons: Mark and Kathy Mistler/ BBVA Compass Bank

Catherine S. Chong
MS, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Patrons: Jeannette Hoit and Phillipe Bodin

Si’ Ana A. Coggins
Junior, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Gilbert R. Escalante Memorial  Scholarship
Patrons: Delia Escalante and Frank Escalante

Alison E. Comrie
Freshman, School of Mind, Brain and Behavior
Patrons: Nils and Ann Hasselmo

Edward A. Cross
MS, Geosciences
Patrons: Raymond Leonard and Cheryl Phillips

Rebekah S. Cross
PhD, Physics
Patrons: Philip and Jane Lacovara

Nicholas W. Dawson
PhD, Atmospheric Sciences/IAP
Patrons: E. Philip Krider and Patricia MacCorquodale

Jonathan R. Delph
PhD, Geosciences
Patrons: George and Merrily Davis

Andrew T. DeMarco
PhD, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Patrons: David and Mary Peachin

Robert A. Dreier
Junior, Computer Science
Patrons: Herb and Sylvia Burton

Melissa J. Dykhuis
PhD, Planetary Sciences/LPL
Patron: Susan Butler

Ramanan Ehamparam
PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Patrons: James and Sharon Akridge

Katherine A. Fackrell
Senior,  School of Information: Science, Technology and Arts
Patrons: Lloyd and Betty Schermer

Qijun Fang
PhD, Statistics GIDP
Patrons: John  and Barbara McLean

Logan J. Fickling Sophomore, Psychology
Patron: Gwendolyn Weiner

Eric E. Figueroa
Senior,  Molecular and Cellular Biology
Patrons: Keith and Mara Aspinall

Katherine B. Follette
PhD, Astronomy/Steward Observatory College of Science Outstanding Graduate Student - Service
Roy P. Drachman Galileo Circle Scholarship
Patrons: Sally Drachman and Robert Salvatore

Daniel Fried
Senior,  Computer Science College of Science Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award
Patrons: Elliott Cheu and Jane Maruyama

Harrison A. Frisk
Senior,  Chemistry and Biochemistry
Patrons: David and Diane Wolsk

Paul  B. Goddard
PhD, Geosciences
Patrons: Gary and Joni Jones

Niladri  Gomes
PhD, Physics
Patrons: Philip and Jane Lacovara

Richard S. Gorowsky
Senior,  Computer Science
Corporate Patrons: John  Humenik/Chase Rankin/Arizona Daily Star

Tomotaroh Granzier-Nakajima
Senior,  Physics
Patrons: Ernest and Sally Micek

James Greenberg
Senior,  Physics
In memory of Robert  Thews
Patrons: Jacqueline Morris and David Devine

Jared J. Griebel
PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Patrons: James and Sharon Akridge

Charles P. Griffin
Junior, Astronomy/Steward Observatory
Patrons: Astronomy  Board Members Hon. Barbara and Craig , Robert  and Gwynne Edmund,  and Robert  and Lisbeth  Esperti

Matthew J. Groysman
Junior, Undergraduate Biology Research Program
Corporate Patrons: Mark and Kathy Mistler/ BBVA Compass Bank

Sara M. Hall
PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Patrons: John  and Helen Schaefer

Erik R. Hanschen
PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary  Biology
Patrons: Tony and Connie Bischof

Michael W. Harman
PhD, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Patrons: Keith and Mara Aspinall

Erin M. Harris-Parks
MS, Geosciences
Patrons: John  Sutter and Elaine Padovani

Karen E. Hasselmo
PhD, Psychology
Patron: Gwendolyn Weiner

Mohd Faiz Hassim
Senior,  Geosciences
Patrons: Dieter and Beth Krewedl

Kari A. Haws
PhD, School of Mind, Brain and Behavior
Patrons: Nick Soloway and Kay Ransdell

Kirk E. Hendricks
Freshman, Mathematics and Physics Robert  and Lesley Goldfarb Excellence in Science Scholarship
Patrons: Robert  P. and Lesley G. Goldfarb

Teryn A. Holeman
Senior,  Chemistry and Biochemistry
Patrons: David and Diane Wolsk

Huancui Hu
MS, Atmospheric Sciences/IAP
Patrons: E. Philip Krider and Patricia MacCorquodale

Julie M. Huynh
Senior,  Molecular and Cellular Biology
Patrons: Brian Ellerman and Laurie Eccard- Ellerman

Jeffrey D. Hyman
PhD, Applied Mathematics
Patrons: John  and Barbara McLean

Julio  C. Ignacio Espinoza
PhD, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Patrons: Keith and Mara Aspinall

Lily J. Jackson
Senior,  Geosciences
Patrons: Raymond Leonard and Cheryl Phillips

Megan E. Jares
MS, Atmospheric Sciences/IAP
Patrons: Ruth and Robert Zollinger

Christian W. Johnson
Sophomore, School of Information: Science, Technology and Arts
Patrons: Charles and Elena d’Autremont

Kaylyn P. Jones
Junior, Psychology
Patron: Gwendolyn Weiner

Curtis  R. Jorgensen
Junior, Astronomy/Steward Observatory
Patrons: Astronomy  Board Members Hon. Barbara and Craig Barrett, Robert  and Gwynne Edmund,  and Robert  and Lisbeth Esperti

Polina F. Kamalova
Sophomore, Undergraduate Biology Research Program
Patrons: Kirtland and Nancy Gardner

Adam M. Karczynski
MS, Hydrology and Water Resources
Patrons: John  Wahl and Mary Lou Forier

Tiffany Kataria
PhD, Planetary Sciences/LPL
Patrons: Charles and Karen Autrey

James T. Keane
PhD, Planetary Sciences/LPL
Corporate Patrons: Don and Barbara Carrig/Ventana Golf and Racquet Club

Hayley M. Keith
Sophomore, Science Teacher Preparation Program
Corporate Patron: Robert  Shelton/Research
Corporation for Science Advancement

Stephanie T. Kha
Junior, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Patrons: John  and Helen Schaefer

Matthew A. King
MS, School of Earth  Environment Sciences Corporate
Patrons: John  Humenik/Chase Rankin/Arizona Daily Star

Felix Kling
PhD, Physics
Patrons: Gerald and LaDona Geise

Hannah Katherine Knight
Freshman, Mathematics
Robert  and Lesley Goldfarb Excellence in Science Scholarship
Patrons: Robert  P. and Lesley G. Goldfarb

Timothy M. Lahmers
MS, Atmospheric Sciences/IAP
Patrons: E. Philip Krider and Patricia MacCorquodale

Mei-Li Laracuente
Senior,  Chemistry and Biochemistry
Patrons: Brian Ellerman and Laurie Eccard- Ellerman

Peter A. Leavitt
MS, Psychology
Patron: Gwendolyn Weiner

Rosemary A. Lester
PhD, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Patrons: Pelagie and Mike Beeson

Cecilia W.S. Leung
PhD, Planetary Sciences/LPL
Corporate Patron: Jane McCollum/Marshall Foundation

Rebecca C. Levy
Junior, Astronomy/Steward Observatory
Patrons: Norman and Barbara McClelland

Sara A. Lewis
PhD, Neuroscience
Patron: Norm Komar

Matthew J. Lichtenberger
Junior, Astronomy/Steward Observatory
Patrons: E. Keith and Elizabeth Hege

Andrew P. Lincowski
Junior, Astronomy/Steward Observatory
Patrons: James and Louise Glasser

Kendra E. Liu
Junior, Neuroscience
Coris Family Galileo Circle Scholarship
Patrons: Len and Doris Coris

Ding Ma
PhD, Mathematics
Corporate Patron: John  Lauer/Hammel, Beal and Lauer

Sarah E. MacNamee
PhD, Neuroscience
Corporate Patron: Michael Waldrum/ University of Arizona Medical Center

Marja-Liisa Mailend
PhD, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Patrons: James and Sandra Hambacher

Ashley M. Maitland
Junior, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Patrons: Gail Burd and John  Hildebrand

Rachel L. Mardis
Sophomore, Molecular and Cellular Biology Norma O. Burton  Ball Galileo Circle Scholarship
Patrons: Herb and Sylvia Burton

Jane K. Martin
Senior,  Mathematics
Patrons: Wendell and Rosemary Niemann

Michael P. Martin  Senior, Mathematics
Patrons: Fred and Ann Boice

Rae Anne M. Martinez
Senior,  Molecular and Cellular Biology
Patrons: Brian Ellerman and Laurie Eccard- Ellerman

Lindsay  C. Maudlin
MS, PhD, Atmospheric Sciences/IAP
Patrons: Ruth and Robert  Zollinger

Kaitlyn R. McLeod
Junior, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Patrons: Shannan Marty and Christopher Pendleton

Julie Messier
PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary  Biology
Patrons: James and Louise Glasser

Kathryn E. Metcalf
PhD, Geosciences
Patrons: Kenneth and Karen Evans

Christina N. Meyers
PhD, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Patrons: James and Sandra Hambacher

Austin B. Miller
Senior,  Molecular and Cellular Biology Corporate
Patron: Mara Aspinall/Ventana Medical Systems

Kelly E. Miller
PhD, Planetary Sciences/LPL
Patrons: Arch and Laura  Brown

Juan J. Munoz
Junior, Geosciences
Patrons: Christopher and Joan  Marrs

Laura E. Nakolan
Junior, Hydrology and Water Resources
Patrons: James and Louise Glasser

Tongchao Nan
PhD, Hydrology and Water Resources Corporate
Patrons: Dave Hutchens/Tucson Electric  Power  Co.

Joseph L. Neely
Sophomore, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Patrons: Tom and Cande Grogan

Kimberly D. Neely
MS, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Patrons: Pelagie and Mike Beeson

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

Enrique Noriega
MS, School of Information: Science, Technology and Arts
Patrons: Paul Cohen and Carole  Beal

Michael D. Rivera
Junior, Ecology and Evolutionary  Biology Gilbert R. Escalante Memorial  Scholarship
Patrons: Delia Escalante and Frank Escalante

Delaney E. Robinson
Junior, Geosciences
Patrons: Bill and Judith  Jenney

Kameron B. Rodrigues
Senior,  Molecular and Cellular Biology
Patrons: Robert  and Sue Vaughan

Jessica F. Rudd
Senior,  Geosciences
Patrons: Dieter and Beth Krewedl

Simone E. Runyon
PhD, Geosciences
Susan G. Earl Galileo Circle Scholarship
Patron: Thomas Earl

Alva G. Sainz
Sophomore, Arizona Science, Engineering, and Math Scholars Program
Patrons: Bob and Ann Cardwell

Raymond E.A. Sanchez
Junior, Neuroscience
Hugh and Allyn Thompson Galileo Circle Scholarship
Patrons: Hugh and Allyn Thompson

Karina  Schnittker
PhD, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Patrons: Keith and Mara Aspinall

Sarah M. Schwenk
Senior,  Ecology and Evolutionary  Biology Corporate
Patrons: John  Humenik/Chase Rankin/Arizona Daily Star

Nickie L. Seto
Senior, Undergraduate Biology Research Program
Patrons: Kirtland and Nancy Gardner

James R. Shehorn
PhD, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Patrons: Pelagie and Mike Beeson

Zuoming Shi
Junior, Computer Science
Patrons: John  Wahl and Mary Lou Forier

Nicole M. O’Connor
Senior, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Patrons: Robert  Brook and Jacquelin Kosecoff

Timothy K. O’Connor
PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary  Biology
Patrons: John  and Adrienne  Mars

Sarah A. Olson
Senior,  Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Patron: Cecile Moore

Jared R. Olyphant
PhD, Geosciences
Patrons: Kenneth and Karen Evans

Luke A. Parsons
PhD, Geosciences
Patrons: Gary and Joni Jones

Lilian A. Patron
PhD, Neuroscience
Patrons: Richard  and Judy Sanderson

Mahakumarage S. Perera
PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Patron: Steven  Jordan

Andy V. Phan
Senior,  Chemistry and Biochemistry
Patron: Joe Huerta

Kayla L. Polzin
PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry Michael A. Cusanovich Galileo Circle Scholarship
Patron: Marilyn Halonen

Priya  V. Prasad
PhD, Mathematics
Patrons: Herb and Sylvia Burton

Alexander B. Prescott
Senior,  Hydrology and Water Resources
Patrons: Ken and Linda Robin

Lucia R. Profeta
PhD, Geosciences
Patrons: Bill and Judith  Jenney

David A. Racke
PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Patrons: James and Sharon Akridge

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

Kelly E. Rentscher
PhD, Psychology
Patron: Gwendolyn Weiner

Michael D. Rivera
Junior, Ecology and Evolutionary  Biology Gilbert R. Escalante Memorial  Scholarship
Patrons: Delia Escalante and Frank Escalante

Delaney E. Robinson
Junior, Geosciences
Patrons: Bill and Judith  Jenney

Kameron B. Rodrigues
Senior,  Molecular and Cellular Biology
Patrons: Robert  and Sue Vaughan

Jessica F. Rudd
Senior,  Geosciences
Patrons: Dieter and Beth Krewedl

Simone E. Runyon
PhD, Geosciences
Susan G. Earl Galileo Circle Scholarship
Patron: Thomas Earl

Alva G. Sainz
Sophomore, Arizona Science, Engineering, and Math Scholars Program
Patrons: Bob and Ann Cardwell

Raymond E.A. Sanchez
Junior, Neuroscience
Hugh and Allyn Thompson Galileo Circle Scholarship
Patrons: Hugh and Allyn Thompson

Karina  Schnittker
PhD, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Patrons: Keith and Mara Aspinall

Sarah M. Schwenk
Senior,  Ecology and Evolutionary  Biology Corporate Patrons: John  Humenik/Chase Rankin/Arizona Daily Star

Nickie L. Seto
Senior,Undergraduate Biology Research Program
Patrons: Kirtland and Nancy Gardner

James R. Shehorn
PhD, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Patrons: Pelagie and Mike Beeson

Zuoming Shi
Junior, Computer Science
Patrons: John  Wahl and Mary Lou Forier

Kyle Simek
PhD, School of Information: Science, Technology and Arts
Patrons: Charles and Elena d’Autremont

Carter-Thaxton W. Smith
Senior,  Astronomy/Steward Observatory
Patrons: E. Keith and Elizabeth Hege

Spencer B. Smith
PhD, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Patrons: Dino DeConcini and Elizabeth Murfee

Theodore G. Smith
Sophomore, Neuroscience
Patrons: Richard  and Judy Sanderson

Pacifica  N. Sommers
PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary  Biology Robert  E. Tindall and Linda B. Lynn Galileo Circle Scholarship
Patron: Linda Lynn

Goffredina Spano
MS, School of Mind, Brain and Behavior
Patrons: Conrad  and Ann Plimpton

Jakub H. Stechly
Senior,  Mathematics
Patrons: Arthur and Lee Herbst

Taylor N. Szyszka
Senior,  Chemistry and Biochemistry
Patrons: Joe and Marti White

Tyeen C. Taylor
PhD, Biosphere 2
Corporate Patron: Michael Tompkins/ Miraval Resort and Spa

Gabrielle-Ann A. Torre
Senior,School of Mind, Brain and Behavior
Patrons: Tim and Francene Orrok

Stephen J. Trefethen
PhD, Mathematics
Corporate Patron: John  Lauer/Hammel, Beal and Lauer

Uyen Khanh H. Trinh
Senior,  Ecology and Evolutionary  Biology
Patrons: John  and Adrienne  Mars

Claire K. Tritz
Sophomore, Hydrology and Water
Resources
Patrons: Charles and Elena d’Autremont

Kairavi V. Vaishnav
Senior,  Arizona Science, Engineering, and
Math Scholars Program
Patrons: Bob and Ann Cardwell

Frank D. Valdes
Junior, School of Mind, Brain and Behavior
Patrons: Nick Soloway and Kay Ransdell

Ivana Vasic
Sophomore, Neuroscience
Patrons: Gail Burd and John  Hildebrand

Edon Vitaku
PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Patrons: Lee and Vera Jones

Thao Vo
Sophomore, Arizona Science, Engineering, and Math Scholars Program
Patrons: Bob and Ann Cardwell

Patricia A. Vogel
Junior, Science Teacher Preparation Program
Corporate Patron: Robert  Shelton/Research Corp.

Alyssa E. Vollaro
Senior,  Chemistry and Biochemistry
Patron: Ghislaine  Polak

Laura S. Vonessen
Sophomore, Computer Science
Patrons: Herb and Sylvia Burton

Melissa Weinrich
PhD, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Patrons: Robert  Brook and Jacquelin Kosecoff

Patrick T. Whalen
PhD, Applied Mathematics
Patrons: John  and Barbara McLean

Gabriella H. Wolff
PhD, Neuroscience
Patrons: Jeff and Shelle Owen

James R. Worthington
PhD, Geosciences
Patrons: Dieter and Beth Krewedl

Xiaolin Xu
PhD, Physics
Lederman Galileo Circle Scholarship
Patrons: Frank and Daphna  Lederman

Jonathan T. Yamaguchi
Senior,  Undergraduate Biology Research Program
Patrons: Teri Suzuki & Oleg Lysyj

Zhao Yang
PhD, Atmospheric Sciences/IAP
Patrons: E. Philip Krider and Patricia MacCorquodale

Kelsey  M. Yule
PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary  Biology
Patrons: John  and Adrienne  Mars

Michelle L. Yung
Junior, Computer Science
Corporate Patrons: John  Humenik/Chase Rankin/Arizona Daily Star

Yifeng Zhang
Senior, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Patrons: Peter Salomon and Patricia Carr Morgan