Julissa Burgos was born and raised in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Chemistry. Julissa is currently studying the molecular mechanisms of Vibrio cholerae persistence in its natural environment under the guidance of Dr. Salvador Almagro-Moreno. She plans to obtain her Ph.D. In Microbiology and become a research scientist. She hopes to collaborate with other scientists to aid in controlling outbreaks caused by pathogens.
Stephanie Castelin is a student at the University of Central Florida pursuing her bachelor’s degree psychology with a minor in statistics. She has developed an interest in child psychology and clinical psychology, specifically as it relates to treating mental health within child minority populations. To pursue her interests, she aims to obtain her doctoral degree in clinical psychology in order to better the field through research, education, and evidence-based treatment. She is currently working under Dr. Mouloua, investigating the psychophysiological mechanisms underlying language processing in monolingual and bilingual speakers. Stephanie also desires to help other students as she holds a leadership position in volunteer UCF and Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, which both seek the personal and educational growth of students at UCF.
Gillian is an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. She is interested in pursuing a PhD and career in Astronomy, where her work will help advance space research. Her research background is in Planetary Science, though she is also interested in exploring stellar evolution and cosmology.
Stefani was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. Her passion for physical anthropology led her to research with Professor John Starbuck, who specializes in physical anthropology and works with genetics disorders from the human chromosome 21. Stefani is currently researching 'DYRK1A and Its Impact on Facial Morphology using Three-Dimensional Image Analysis' under the direction of Professor John Starbuck from University of Central Florida's Anthropology department. She plans to obtain her Ph.D. in Anthropology and become a college professor. Her expected graduation date is Spring of 2020.
Isaiah Morales is a student in the School of Visual Arts and Design in the College of Arts and Humanities. His interests fall within the creation of experiences through software and visual art on digital platforms. Moreover, within the realm of computer science, he works on his understandings of computer organization, data structures, and back-end web development. In terms of research, Isaiah looks to get his PhD in Human Computer Interaction or Modeling and Simulation tech.
Bolivar Perez was born in Hialeah, Florida, and raised in Pembroke Pines, Florida. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a Minor in Math. He was first introduced to research his freshman year while participating in the NSF-funded L.E.A.R.N. Program, and has been involved in research since. Bolivar is currently participating in two research projects, involving seismic impact on ultra-high performance concrete column connections and adhesives to attach polymer composites on concrete surfaces, in the UCF Structures Laboratory under the mentorship of Dr. Kevin Mackie. Along with research experience, Bolivar also had the amazing opportunity to gain valuable structural engineering/construction industry experience in two internships, with Hub Steel and Optimus Structural Design. He is also very involved on campus as a Resident Assistant, Marshal for Chi Epsilon, and member of Tau Beta Pi. Upon graduation, Bolivar aspires to obtain a graduate degree in structural engineering, work in the structural design and construction industry for multiple years, and then return back to academia as a professor to inspire and guide the next generation of engineers.
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