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.

2016 Galileo Circle Scholars

Nasiha Ahmed
PhD, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons:  Gail Burd and John Hildebrand
 
Loren Albert
PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Patron:  Jane McCollum/Marshall Foundation
 
Nicole Altman-Fischer
PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Patrons:  Adib and Vivi Sabbagh
 
Bijan Anjavi
Sophomore, Computer Science
Patrons:  Ernest and Carol Manuel, Jr.
 
Genesis Arizmendi
PhD, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Patrons:  Sandra and James Hambacher
 
Paulluvi Bahl
Senior, Psychology
Patron:  Christine DeFouw
 
William Bahureksa
Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patron:  Dennis Merens
 
Francisco Balocchi
MS, Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences
Patrons:  James J. and Louise R. Glasser
 
Anthony Baniaga
PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Patrons:  Ernest and Sally Micek
 
Courtney Barnes
Junior, Psychology
Patron:  Gwendolyn Weiner/The EOS Foundation
 
Jordan Barrows
Junior, Undergraduate Biology Research Program
Patrons:  Joseph and Diana Alexander
 
Jesse Bartels
Sophomore, Computer Science
Patrons:  Lloyd and Betty Schermer
 
Devin Bayly
Junior, Neuroscience
Patrons:  Jeffrey and Shelle Owen
 
Shreya Bellampalli
Freshman, Pre-Neuroscience/Cognitive Science
Patrons:  Robert P. and Lesley G. Goldfarb
Robert and Lesley Goldfarb Excellence in Science Scholarship
 
Anvi Bhakta
Junior, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons:  Robert and Sue Vaughan
 
Vedanshi Bhargava
Junior, Neuroscience
Patrons:  Gail Burd and John Hildebrand
 
Kyle Bourassa
PhD, Psychology
Patrons:  Gwendolyn Weiner/The EOS Foundation
 
Teal Brechtel
PhD, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons:  Keith Aspinall and Mara Aspinall
 
Rebecca Brice
PhD, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
Patrons:  Jerome and Jane Glass
 
Nathan Brooks
Senior, Physics
Patrons:  Robert D. Clark and Nancy Clark
 
Alex Brummer
PhD, Physics
Patrons:  I. Michael and Beth Kasser/Holualoa Companies
 
Nicollette Buckle
MS, Geosciences
Patrons:  Terry and Christine Fraze
 
Katherine Burrell
Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patrons:  Lee and Vera Jones
 
Oksana Cabrera
Sophomore, Neuroscience
Patrons:  Robin and Jack Lavin
 
Jenny Calahan
Junior, Astronomy/Steward Observatory
Patrons:   William and Cynthia Rainey
 
Isen Andrew Calderon
PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patron:  Jacqueline Bucher/Ventana Medical Systems
 
Ryan Carlson
Junior, Astronomy/Steward Observatory
Patrons:  Gerald and LaDona Geise
 
Jose Celaya-Alcala
Senior, Mathematics
Patron:  David Hutchens/Tucson Electric Power Co.
 
Julie Charlton
Senior, Undergraduate Biology Research Program
Patrons:  Teri Suzuki and Oleg Lysyj
 
Lindsey Chew
Sophomore, Neuroscience
Patron:  Norman Komar
 
Jeffrey Max Coffeen
Senior, Biosphere 2
Patron:  Mark Henschen/Arizona Daily Star
 
Alison Comrie
Junior, Undergraduate Biology Research Program
Patrons:  Teri Suzuki and Oleg Lysyj
 
Alyssa Coyne
PhD, School of Mind, Brain & Behavior
Patrons:  Nick Soloway and Kay Ransdell
 
Lisa Daconta
Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patron:  Sean Shelby/TELEOST Biopharmaceutical, LLC
 
Michelle Dafov
Sophomore, Geosciences
Patrons:  Raymond C. Leonard and Cheryl Phillips
 
Natalie S. Dailey
PhD, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Patron:  Christine McDonough
 
Anh Dao
Junior, Arizona Science, Engineering and Math Scholars
Patrons:  Robert and Ann Cardwell
 
Iman Daryaei
PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patron:  Quan Le Nguyen/Nguyen & Tarbet
 
Pradipta Das
PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patron:  Jacqueline Bucher/Ventana Medical Systems
 
Ryan Davidson
PhD, Psychology
Patron:  Gwendolyn Weiner/The EOS Foundation
Patrons:  Sally Drachman and Robert Salvatore
Roy P. Drachman Galileo Circle Scholarship
2016 College of Science Graduate Service Award
 
Andrew DeMarco
PhD, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Patrons:  David and Mary Peachin
 
Arianne DePauli
Senior, Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences
Patrons:  Harrington "Tony" and Constance Bischof
 
Daniel Dicken
Junior, Computer Science
Patrons:  Lloyd and Betty Schermer
 
Jiani Ding
Junior, Astronomy/Steward Observatory
Patrons:  Arizona Astronomy Board members - Hon. Barbara and Dr. Craig Barrett, Robert and Gwynne Edmund, Sid and Gloria Leach, and Norman and Barbara McClelland/Shamrock Foods Company
 
Rachel Doser
Junior, Neuroscience
Patrons:  Len and Doris Coris
Coris Family Galileo Circle Scholarship
 
Lauren Edwards
Senior, Neuroscience
Patrons:  Hugh and Allyn Thompson
Hugh and Allyn Thompson Galileo Circle Scholarship
 
Marcus Elia
Freshman, Mathematics
Patrons:  Harrington "Tony" and Constance Bischof
 
Lilian Engel
Senior, Mathematics
Patrons:  Arthur and Lee Herbst
 
Jessie Erikson
PhD, Neuroscience
Patrons:  Sandra and James Hambacher
 
Jack Eyre
MS, Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences
Patrons:  E. Philip Krider and Patricia MacCorquodale
 
Dara Farhadi
Senior, School of Mind, Brain & Behavior
Patrons:  Adib and Vivi Sabbagh
 
Charlie Fractal
Junior, Computer Science
Patrons:  Carl Philabaum and Joyce Crain
 
Jenna Franco
Senior, Neuroscience
Patrons:  Richard and Judy Sanderson
 
Mason Gates
Senior, Geosciences
Patrons:  Raymond C. Leonard and Cheryl Phillips
 
Ritika Gautam
PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patrons:  John and Helen Schaefer
 
Xing-Yue Ge
PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Patrons:  Adib and Vivi Sabbagh
 
Ursula Ginster
PhD, Geosciences
Patrons:  Anonymous
 
Angelica Gonzalez
PhD, Mathematics
Patrons:  Robert and Kathy Ramirez/Vantage West Credit Union
 
Lauralyn Gonzalez
Senior, Computer Science
Patrons:  Robert and Ann Cardwell
 
Erin Gray
Senior, Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences
Patrons:  Harrington "Tony" and Constance Bischof
 
Kaitlyn Griffin
Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patrons:  David and Diane Wolsk
 
Zachariah Grochau-Wright
PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Patrons:  Barbara Martinsons and Larry Boutis
 
Brian Hallmark
PhD, Statistics GIDP
Patrons:  John and Barbara McLean
 
Lejon Hamann
Senior, Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences
Patrons:  Samuel and Beatrice Ellis
 
Erik Hanschen
PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Patrons:  Sally Drachman and Robert Salvatore
Roy P. Drachman Galileo Circle Scholarship 
2016 College of Science Graduate Research Award
 
Melissa Harnois
Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patron:  F. Ann Walker
 
Hamish Hay
PhD, Planetary Sciences/LPL
Patrons:  Bob and Judy Logan
Bob and Judy Logan Galileo Circle Scholarship
 
Jie He
PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patrons:  Victor and Patricia Hruby
Dr. Victor Hruby Galileo Circle Scholarship
 
Wei "Gloria" He
PhD, Computer Science
Patrons:  Joseph W. Sener, III
 
Kirk Hendricks
Junior, Astronomy/Steward Observatory
Patrons:  Robert and Lisbeth Esperti
 
Sara Heneise
Junior, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Patrons:  Robert and Ann Cardwell
 
Susana Henriquez
PhD, Geosciences
Patrons:  Christopher and Joan Marrs
 
Nicholas Henscheid
PhD, Applied Mathematics GIDP
Patrons:  Robert Shelton/Research Corporation for Science Advancement
 
Joshua Hoskinson
Senior, Biosphere 2
Patron:  Ken Godat/Godat Design
 
Fei Huang
PhD, Physics
Patrons:  Jacqueline S.  Morris and David Devine
in memory of Robert Thews
 
Angela Kaczowka
PhD, Biosphere 2
Patrons:  Ken and Linda Robin
 
James Keane
PhD, Planetary Sciences/LPL
Patrons:  Fred and Ann Boice
 
Tyler Kennedy
Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patrons:  Robert and Sue Vaughan
 
Megan Kittleson
PhD, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Patrons:  Jeannette Hoit and Philippe Bodin
 
Thaddeus Komacek
PhD, Planetary Sciences/LPL
Patron:  Brian D. Perry/Raytheon
 
Jeffrey Kost
PhD, Physics
Patrons:  Sheldon Trubatch and Katharina Phillips
 
Jordan Krcmaric
Senior, Geosciences
Patrons:  Gary and Joan Lee Jones
 
Katarina Krstic
Senior, School of Mind, Brain & Behavior 
Patrons:  Francene and Tim Orrok
 
Bailey Lahtinen
Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patron:  Ellen Maye
 
Pearl (Wing) Lam
Junior, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons:  Keith Aspinall and Mara Aspinall
 
Andrew Leach
PhD, Applied Mathematics GIDP
Patrons:  John and Barbara McLean
 
Peter Leavitt
PhD, Psychology
Patrons:  Sally Drachman and Robert Salvatore
Roy P. Drachman Galileo Circle Scholarship 
2016 College of Science Graduate Teaching Award
 
Vincent LeBlanc
Junior, Geosciences
Patrons:  Robin and Jack Lavin
 
Jordan Levine
Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patron:  Joe M. Huerta
 
Rivian Lewin
Junior, Psychology
Patrons:  Sue Glawe and Christopher Hogan/Blue Cross Blue Shield
 
Uri Lifshin
PhD, Psychology
Patron:  Gwendolyn Weiner/The EOS Foundation
 
Ian Liu
MS, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons:  Keith Aspinall and Mara Aspinall
 
Kendra Liu
Senior, Undergraduate Biology Research Program, Neuroscience
Patrons:  Joseph and Diana Alexander
Patrons:  Elliott Cheu and Jane Maruyama
COS Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award
 
Joshua Lothringer
PhD, Planetary Sciences/LPL
Patron:  Bradley L. Hauert
 
Emily Luu
Sophomore, Computer Science
Patrons:  Herb and Sylvia Burton
Norma Burton Ball Galileo Circle Scholarship
 
David Maestas
Senior, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons:  Brian Ellerman and Laurie Eccard-Ellerman
 
Marja-Liisa Mailend
PhD, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Patrons:  Dino DeConcini and Elizabeth Murfee 
 
Steven Malevich
PhD, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research
Patrons:  Ruth and Robert Zollinger
 
Ernesto Manzo
PhD, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons:  Charles and Karen Autrey
Harsha Galileo Circle Scholarship
 
Bret Maughan
PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patron:  Ghislaine Polak
 
Phillip McFarland
PhD, Geosciences
Patrons:  George and Merrily Davis
Peter J. Coney Fellow
 
Scott McKinley
Freshman, Astronomy/Steward Observatoryatory & Physics
Patrons:  Robert P. and Lesley G. Goldfarb
Robert and Lesley Goldfarb Excellence in Science Scholarship
 
Efrain Melecio
Junior, Psychology
Patron:  Gwendolyn Weiner/The EOS Foundation
 
Oscar Mendez
PhD, School of Mind, Brain & Behavior
Patrons:  Nils and Ann Hasselmo
 
Shivani Misra
Senior, School of Mind, Brain & Behavior 
Patrons:  Conrad and Ann Plimpton
 
Alexandra Morano
Sophomore, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons:  Keith Aspinall and Mara Aspinall
 
Alexandria Muller
Junior, Biosphere 2
Patrons:  Philip and Jane Lacovara
 
Dylan Murphy
PhD, Mathematics
Patrons:  Wendell and Rosemary Niemann
 
Stephanie Nagl
PhD, Psychology
Patrons:  Sue Glawe and Christopher Hogan/Blue Cross Blue Shield
 
Kelsey Nation
PhD, School of Mind, Brain & Behavior
Patrons:  Conrad and Ann Plimpton
 
Eric Newberry
Junior, Computer Science
Patron:  Joseph W. Sener, III
 
Matthew Nielsen
PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Patrons:  John and Adrienne Mars
 
Abigail O'Conner
Sophomore, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons:  Peter F. Salomon and Patricia C. Morgan
 
Trianna Oglivie
PhD, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Patrons:  Ruth and Stephen Dickstein
 
Ben Krisanto Paras
MS, Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences
Patrons:  Jerome and Jane Glass
 
Massimo Pascale
Junior, Astronomy/Steward Observatory
Patrons:  Keith and Elizabeth Hege 
 
Sarah Pattengale
Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patron:  Steve Jordan
 
Nicholas Pavlopoulos
PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patrons:  James and Sharon Akridge
 
Sarah Peacock
PhD, Planetary Sciences/LPL
Patrons:  Charles and Karen Autrey
 
Savannah Perno
Freshman, Computer Science
Patrons:  Robert and Sue Vaughan
 
Kojo Plange
MS, Geosciences
Patrons:  John Sutter and Elaine Padovani
 
Chelsea Privette
PhD, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Patron:  Cécile Moore
 
Dean Pryles
MS, Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences
Patrons:  James J. and Louise R. Glasser
 
Anna Pulley
Freshman, Astronomy/Steward Observatory
Patrons:  Robert and Lisbeth Esperti
 
Adarsh Pyarelal
PhD, Physics
Patrons:  Pierre Meystre and Regina Heitzer-Momaday
 
Shelby Rader
PhD, Geosciences
Patron:  Thomas Earl
Susan G. Earl Galileo Circle Scholarship
 
Sneha Ray
Junior, Undergraduate Biology Research Program
Patrons:  M.J. Demetras and John Umbreit
 
Emma Reed
MS, Geosciences
Patron:  Sara Cohen
 
Carson Richardson
PhD, Geosciences
Patrons:  Kenneth and Karen Evans
 
Sarah Richman
PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Patrons:  Forrest E. Mars, Jr. and Jocomien Mars
 
Dagoberto Robles
Junior, Chemistry & Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons:  Delia Escalante and Frank Escalante
Gilbert R. Escalante Memorial Scholarship
 
Marcus Rosales
Senior, Physics
Patrons:  John Sipe & Gary Scheer/Tucson Street Rod Association 
 
Daniel Rossi
PhD, Mathematics
Patrons:  Lloyd and Betty Schermer
 
Tirthankar Roy
PhD, Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences
Patrons:  Samuel and Beatrice Ellis
 
Ximena Ruden
Junior, Physics
Patrons:  Harrington "Tony" and Constance Bischof
 
Stella Sakhon
PhD, Psychology
Patrons:  Don and Barbara Carrig/Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club
 
Grace Samtani
Junior, School of Mind, Brain & Behavior 
Patrons:  Nick Soloway and Kay Ransdell
 
Lee Savoie
PhD, Computer Science
Patrons:  Robert and Jane Wienke
 
Joshua Scholl
PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Patrons:  Linda Lynn
Robert E. Tindall and Linda B. Lynn Galileo Circle Scholarship
 
Melissa Schwan
Senior, Geosciences
Patrons:  Gary and Joan Lee Jones
 
Dina Schwartz
Senior, Biosphere 2
Patrons:  Janice Crebbs
 
David Setton
Junior, Astronomy/Steward Observatory
Patrons:  Arizona Astronomy Board members - Hon. Barbara and Dr. Craig Barrett, Robert and Gwynne Edmund, Sid and Gloria Leach, and Norman and Barbara McClelland/Shamrock Foods Company
 
Abhya Shastry
PhD, Physics
Patrons:  Lawrence and Wendy Aldrich
 
James Shehorn
PhD, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Patrons:  Robert and Sue Vaughan
 
Junxiao Shi
PhD, Computer Science
Patrons:  John E. Wahl and Mary Lou Forier
 
Sheng Chi Shih
PhD, Mathematics
Patrons:  Lloyd and Betty Schermer
 
Sanga Shir
Junior, Biosphere 2
Patrons:  Donald and Louise Doran
 
Eric Simental
Junior, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patrons:  Delia Escalante and Frank Escalante
Gilbert R. Escalante Memorial Scholarship
 
Sanhita Sinharay
MS, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patron:  F. Ann Walker
 
Brandon Smith
PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patrons:  Lawrence Merens & Peter Bantock/Accelerate Diagnostics
 
Spencer Smith
PhD, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Patrons:  Janis and Danny Gasch/Arizona Hearing Specialists
 
Cristian Solano
Sophomore, Arizona Science, Engineering & Math Scholars (ASEMS)
Patron:  Mary Grier
 
Natalie Speaks
Senior, Geosciences
Patrons: Anonymous
 
Xianyu Tan
PhD, Planetary Sciences/LPL
Patrons:  Amy L. Phillips and Edward C Beshore
 
Wenfu Tang
MS, Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences
Patrons:  David Hutchens/Tucson Electric Power Co.
 
Cathy Tran
Junior, Undergraduate Biology Research Program
Patrons:  Teri Suzuki and Oleg Lysyj
 
Peter Vinton
PhD, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons:  Keith Aspinall and Mara Aspinall
 
Donna Viola
PhD, Planetary Sciences/LPL
Patron:  Laura McGill/Raytheon Company
 
Brianna Volpe
Junior, Mathematics
Patrons:  Harrington "Tony" and Constance Bischof
 
Jessica Wales
PhD, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patrons:  Marilyn Halonen
Michael Cusanovich Galileo Circle Scholarship
 
Yu-Li "Eric" Wang
MS, Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences
Patrons:  Ruth and Robert Zollinger
 
Ian Winner
Junior, Astronomy/Steward Observatory
Patrons:  Gerald and LaDona Geise
 
Yiheng Xu
Junior, Physics
Patrons:  Frank and Daphna Lederman
Lederman Galileo Circle Scholarship
 
Tian Xue
Senior, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Patrons:  Thomas and Candace Grogan
 
Alexander Young
PhD, Applied Mathematics GIDP
Patrons:  Robert Shelton/Research Corporation for Science Advancement
 
Kelsey Yule
PhD, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Patrons:  Gary C. Scheer
 
Ben Zaepfel
Junior, Molecular & Cellular Biology
Patrons:  Brian Ellerman and Laurie Eccard-Ellerman
 
Nicole Zawadzki
Junior, Astronomy/Steward Observatory
Patrons:  Edward and Jill Bessey
 
Felicia Zerwas
Senior, Psychology
Patrons:  Arch and Laura Brown
 
Huanian Zhang
PhD, Physics
Patrons:  Richard and Madeleine Wachter

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