Elizabeth is a junior Astronomy and Physics double major in the University Honors Program from Germantown, MD. She is a member of Ballet Company M and a Head Coach in the Math Success Program. Her favorite place on campus is the Clarice library and her favorite class has been ASTR310: Observational Astronomy.
Kris is a senior Astronomy and Physics double major from Tyngsboro, MA. Her favorite places on campus are the Physical Science Complex Ellipse and the Washington Quad, and her favorite classes are ASTR:120: The Solar System and ASTR121: Stars and Beyond.
Valentina is a junior Astronomy and Physics double major from Mahwah, NJ. She is involved with the Maryland Equestrian Club and loves to take care of the horses on campus. She also loves joining the Astronomy Genteladies Network (AGN) for biweekly tea times and loves to volunteer at the University’s observatory when she has the time. Her favorite hobbies are painting, horseback riding and her favorite class so far has been ASTR 121.
Atmospheric & Oceanic Science
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Deirdre (Dee Dee) is a first year Master's student in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science from Frederick, Maryland. She is in the four plus one combined Bachelor's and Master's program. She completed the College Park Scholars Arts program and was vice president of UMD's undergraduate chapter of the American Meteorological Society. Dee Dee was also a member of the Mighty Sound of Maryland marching band for two years. Her favorite place on campus is the courtyard outside of the Atlantic Building, and her favorite class so far has been AOSC200: Introduction to Weather and Climate.
Emily is a senior Atmospheric & Oceanic Science major, a Geographic Information Sciences minor, and is the president of UMD’s chapter of the American Meteorological Society. She is from Frederick County, MD, her favorite place on campus is Chick-fil-A in Stamp, and her favorite class has been AOSC200: Weather and Climate.
Carlie is a senior Biochemistry major in the Life Sciences Scholars program from Howard County, Maryland. Her favorite place on campus is McKeldin Mall on a nice day or one of the dance studios in CSPAC. Her favorite class has been Chem241: Organic Chemistry II.
Emily is a junior, Biochemistry major with a Math minor from Baltimore County, MD. She was a part of BioFIRE Living and Learning program and her favorite classes currently are BSCI222 (Genetics) and CHEM247 (Organic Chemistry II). Her favorite spot on campus is the area outside of the Physical Science Complex building. She currently works in two labs: one is a Genetics lab in the Entomology Department and the other is a Biophysics lab in the Physics Department.
Alejandro is a sophomore Biological Sciences: Physiology and Neurobiology major in the University Honors program from Myersville, MD. His favorite place on campus is the Clarice. His favorite classes have been MUSC210, MUSC220, and HONR218M. He completed the FIRE: Found in Translation stream, is an Experience Leader for Alternative Breaks, and is part of the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee team, Latin Dance Club, Club Climbing, and Alpha Phi Omega.
Alexis Beaver is a junior Biological Sciences: Physiology and Neurobiology major and is part of BioFIRE and FIRE. She is from Queenstown, MD and her favorite places on campus include the Natatorium at Eppley and the stone steps in front of McKeldin Library. In her free time she enjoys watching movies, going out with friends, and avoiding chemistry at all costs. Her favorite class so far has been BSCI170: Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology.
Allison is a junior General Biology major on a pre-med track from Bethesda, Maryland. She is in the Honors College, where she serves a member of the University Honors Student Advisory Board. She enjoys spending time on McKeldin Mall and going to basketball games with friends. Her favorite classes so far have been BSCI222: Genetics and BSCI440: Mammalian Physiology.
Allison is a senior from from Montgomery County, Maryland who is double majoring in General Biology and Communication. As a researcher on campus, she is studying supramolecular chemistry with the Davis Group. She is a College Park Scholars: Science and Global Change alum and a supplemental instructor for CHEM 241 and BSCI 160. Her favorite places on campus are the Physical Sciences Complex and the third wing of the Chemistry Building. Her favorite classes include BSCI 160: Principles of Ecology & Evolution, CHEM 241: Organic Chemistry II, and CHEM 460: Structure Determination Using Spectroscopic Methods.
Bobbi is a sophomore from Derwood, Maryland. She is double majoring in Biological Sciences: Physiology and Neurobiology and Hearing and Speech Sciences. She is a part of the FIRE Program, and she lives in Language House LLC, where she is a part of the Spanish cluster. When she's not in class, you can probably find her at McKeldin Library, studying or working the late-night shift there.
Brittany Shapiro is a sophomore majoring in Biological Sciences: Cell Biology and Genetics from Huntingtown, Maryland. She is a Peer Mentor in the FIRE program and has been conducting research in her stream for over a year now. Brittany is also on the executive council for her sorority. Since UMD ignited her passion for research, upon graduation, Brittany will be pursuing a PhD in Biology. Her favorite class so far is BSCI222: Principles of Genetics.
Caroline is a sophomore completing a dual degree in Biological Sciences: Physiology and Neurobiology and Germanic Studies. She is from Catonsville, MD and is a member of the Integrated Life Sciences (ILS) honors program. Her favorite places on campus are the Chapel Memorial Garden, ESJ, and McKeldin Mall. She participates in Ethnobeat a cappella, the American Medical Students' Association, and volunteering. In her free time, she enjoys talking about obscure and unnecessarily long German words, making terrible puns, and spending time outdoors.
Deeksha is a senior majoring in Biological Sciences: Physiology and Neurobiology from Baltimore, MD. She is also minoring in Spanish. Deeksha interns in Annapolis and does clinical work in doctor’s offices in Baltimore. She is currently in the process of looking for research opportunities. Her favorite place on campus is the benches by the church overlooking Route 1. Her favorite classes are BCSI 170: Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology and GVPT 217: Mock Trial.
Ethan is a junior Biological Sciences: Physiology and Neurobiology and Psychology double major in the Integrated Life Sciences Honors Program. He’s from Bethesda, MD, his favorite place on campus is the Eppley Recreation Center, and the class he has enjoyed the most so far has been HLSC207.
Gabrielle (Gabbie) is a senior Biological Sciences: Physiology and Neurobiology major in the College Park Scholars: Science and Global Change program from Rockville, MD. Her favorite place on campus is the McKeldin Library second floor balcony. Her favorite class is BSCI 160: Principles of Biology I.
Jess is a junior General Biology major and is on the pre-optometry track. She is in the BioFIRE living and learning program and continued as a peer mentor in the Transgenerational Brain Initiative stream. She is interning at Applebaum Vision Therapy and volunteers at LightHouse for the Blind.
Julia is a sophomore majoring in General Biology from Clarksburg, MD. She is in the BioFire living and learning program and is a member of the advisory board. She is also apart of the immunogenetics FIRE stream. Her favorite place on campus is the Edward St. John learning center (ESJ) and her favorite class has been BSCI 222(Principles of Genetics). When she is not studying, Julia loves to hang out with friends and explore new restaurants on Route 1.
Kevin is a sophomore in the Integrated Life Sciences program and is majoring in Biological Sciences: Physiology and Neurobiology with a potential double major in Economics and minor in Philosophy. His favorite places on campus are Eppley Recreation Center and he enjoys studying near Cambridge Community Center. So far, the most interesting class he's taken has been HONR289N: From Fat to Fit to Olympic Gold: Physical Activity in Health and Human Performance.
Kevin is a sophomore General Biology major on the pre-med track. He is from just outside of Boston, Massachusetts and loves spending time at the outdoor pool when it is nice out. His favorite class so far has been BSCI170, Intro to Molecular Biology. Kevin is currently on the men's club volleyball team and is a member of a social fraternity on campus.
Lydia, who is a student co-chair, is a senior Biological Sciences: Physiology and Neurobiology major from Rockville, MD in the Integrated Life Sciences (ILS) Honors College. Her favorite places on campus include the Quantum Café and McKeldin Mall, where she spends most of her time studying and lounging with friends. So far, Lydia’s favorite course at Maryland has been HLSC322: Principles of Genetics and Genomics.
Mansu is a junior Biological Sciences: Cell Biology and Genetics major and Global Poverty minor from Gaithersburg, MD. She is in the Gemstone Honors Program conducting allergy research with her team. Her favorite place on campus is ESJ Teaching and Learning Center and her favorite class so far has been BSCI222: Genetics. In her free time, she enjoys watching shows and movies from around the world.
Manolya is a senior Biological Sciences: General Biology major from McLean, Virginia. Her favorite places on campus are McKeldin Mall and the Architecture Library. Her favorite classes have been CHEM231: Organic Chemistry I and BSCI 160: Principles of Ecology & Evolution.
Nuha is a junior Biological Sciences: Cell Biology and Genetics major. She is minoring in Spanish and Global Poverty. She is part of the Bio-FIRE and FIRE programs and is from North Potomac, MD. Her favorite places to study are McKeldin Library and SORC in Stamp Student Union. Her favorite classes so far have been BSCI207: Organismal Biology and CHEM241: Organic Chemistry II.
Olivia Ajayi is a senior Biological Sciences: Cell Biology and Genetics major and Black Women’s Studies minor from Baltimore, Maryland. She completed the FIRE program and is a member of Charles R. Drew Pre-Health/ Pre-Medical Society. She is a mentor in the Big/ Little CMNS mentoring program and an English TA. Olivia volunteers at GMBC hospital in Towson every summer, but is looking for research opportunities on campus. Her favorite place on campus are the benches on McKeldin in front of the sundial when the weather is nice and her favorite class is HIST289Y: Why do we fear zombies?
Riyadh is a junior Biological Sciences: Physiology and Neurobiology major with a minor in Global Poverty on the pre-med track in the Integrated Life Sciences (ILS) Honors College and is from Crofton, Maryland. His favorite classes are CHEM241: Organic Chemistry II and HONR268Z: Animal and Human Disease Outbreaks and his favorite place on campus is Hornbake Plaza.
Rodrigo is a junior seeking a double degree in Biological Sciences: Physiology & Neurobiology and Psychology in the BioFIRE living and learning program. His love for the sciences and the desire to make a difference in someone's life has led him to pursue the pre-med track. He is originally from Lima, Peru, but has lived in Gaithersburg, MD, for most of his life. For fun, he enjoys weightlifting, basketball, and tennis. Rodrigo's favorite classes so far are CHEM 231: Organic Chemistry I and FIRE 153: Found In Translation. His favorite places on campus are the Eppley Recreation Center and the Edward St. John classrooms.
Yeganeh is a junior majoring in Biological Sciences: Physiology and Neurobiology with a minor in Persian Studies. She is from Bowie, Maryland, and her favorite places to study on campus are H.J. Patterson Hall and the Student Organization Research Center (SORC). So far, her favorite class has been PERS302: Advanced Persian II.
Puja is a senior Chemistry major and Computer Science minor from Gaithersburg, MD. Her favorite place on campus is Quantum Cafe and SORC in STAMP, where there is always food close by while studying. So far her favorite class is MATH241 (calculus 3) with Justin.
Victoria is a senior Chemistry major with a minor in Neuroscience from Chester Springs, PA. She is a member of the Maryland Synchronized Skating team, the American Chemical Society, and a social sorority on campus.
Alan is a sophomore Computer Science major and ACES minor in the ACES Honors Program and is from Clarksville, Maryland. He is involved in Honors Ambassadors, ACES Student Board, ACES Competition Team, ACES Cybersecurity Connect, and Chinese Student Association. So far, Alan's favorite course at Maryland has been HACS208P: The Policy Implications of Cyberspace.
Ananya is a sophomore Computer Science major and Business Analytics minor from Dallas, TX. On campus, she is part of the Indian Students Association. Her favorite places on campus are McKeldin Mall and the Iribe Center, where she likes to study and spend time with friends. Her favorite course at Maryland so far has been CMSC250: Discrete Structures.
Aranya is a junior Computer Science major and Statistics/ACES minor from Olney, Maryland. He is involved with America Counts, Gemstone, and Bitcamp. His favorite course has been CMSC351: Algorithms.
Jacqueline is a senior from Rockville, Maryland pursuing a dual degree in Computer Science, Operations Management and Business Analytics. This Gemstone and QUEST Honors Program mentor spends her free time hosting Maryland Survivor, tutoring through the Maryland Center for Women in Computing, leading professional events for Alpha Omega Epsilon sorority, and giving tours of campus as a Maryland Images Campus Tour Guide. Her favorite spot on campus is the Diversity and Inclusion Community Engagement (DICE) Lounge in the Iribe Computer Science building and her favorite class has been CMSC 434: Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction.
Jai is a sophmore Computer Science major from Gaithersburg, MD. Jai is part of the Design, Cultures, and Creativity (DCC) Honors College program. His favorite spot on campus is the Iribe Center and McKeldin Mall. So far, Jai’s favorite class has been STAT400: Applied Probability and Statistics I.
Jenny is a junior Computer Science major from Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is a part of the FIRE program, Terp Thon Planning Team, and Best Buddies International. Jenny has also held internships with American Express and Perry Ellis International. She loves sitting in her hammock on the Washington Quad.
Jonah is a sophomore from Gaithersburg, MD pursing a dual degree in Computer Science and Math with a minor in Art History. He is a member of the Gemstone Honors program where is a part of Team PASS. He is also currently a TA for CMSC216: Intro to Computer Systems. His favorite spot on campus is the Iribe Center cafe, and his favorite class so far is CMSC414: Computer and Network Security.
Katherine Ciaravalli is a senior Computer Science major and General Business Minor from Summit, New Jersey. She was previously in College Park Scholars: Media, Self, and Society living and learning program and has been giving tours on campus with Maryland IMAGES since Freshman year. Her favorite place on campus is the Zen Garden next to the Chapel. Its a great place to read a book and relax the mind. Katherine's favorite class so far has been CMSC422: Introduction to Machine Learning.
Mia is a sophomore Computer Science major with a Korean Studies minor from Silver Spring, MD. She is a Japanese speaking partner for the Language Partner Program and tour guide for Maryland Images. Her favorite place on campus is Washington Quad, where she can relax and hang out with friends, and the most interesting class she’s taken is CMSC250. Outside of her classes, she loves to travel and has studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea and Helsinki, Finland.
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Mary Nicole is a junior Computer Science major with an upper level concentration in Criminology/Criminal Justice from Westchester, NY. She was also part of the FIRE Program (Phillips Virtual Culture) and is currently an undergraduate research assistant specializing in human computer interaction. In her free time, her favorite things are cooking, hammocking in McKeldin Mall, and relaxing in the Memorial Chapel garden. So far, her favorite class has been CCJS320: Introduction to Criminalistics.
Rohan (Ro) is a junior from Fremont, CA pursuing a double degree in Computer Science and Economics with a minor in Statistics. He is also in the Deep Brain Neurotech FIRE stream where he does Computational Neuroscience research. He enjoys doing photography around campus and his favorite classes so far have been CMSC250: Discrete Structures and FIRE173: Deep Brain Neurotech.
Sahana Raju is a senior Computer Science major and Technology and Entrepreneurship/ACES Minor from Baltimore County, Maryland. She was previously in the ACES Honors College Program. Her favorite place on campus is the Prince Frederick Lawn where she gets to sit and relax or play games with friends. Her favorite class so far is CMSC330: Organization of Programming Languages.
Supriya is a sophomore Computer Science major from Fairfax, Virginia. She is also in the FIRE program. Her favorite places on campus are the fountain on McKeldin Mall and the Iribe Center. Her favorite classes are CMSC250: Discrete Structures and MATH241: Calculus III.
Yuval is a graduate student from Rockville, MD pursuing his Masters degree in Computer Science through the department of computer science's combined MS/BS program. Yuval is currently a TA for CMSC216: Intro to Computer Systems and CMSC389N: Intro to Full Stack Architecture, an organizer for Technica, the worlds largest all-women and non-binary hackathon, a student manager at Sandbox, a student run maker-space located in the new Brendan Iribe Center, and a member of the history honors society. In his free time Yuval enjoys playing guitar, cooking, intramural sports, and continuously building mobile and web applications.
Cameron is a sophmore Applied Mathematics major with an intended minor in Business Analytics from Frederick, Maryland. He is involved on campus with the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and the First-Year Innovation and Research Experience (FIRE). He is currently enrolled in the Immunogenetics stream and the summer fellowship offered by this program. His interests include planning large scale events and parties, taking multiple naps a day to compensate for the lack of sleep he gets, and binge-watching Netflix when he can.
Jonathan is a sophmore mathematics major from Potomac, Maryland. His favorite place on campus is the undergraduate math building lounge and his favorite classes so far have been MATH340 (Honors Multivariable Calculus) and MATH403 (Abstract Algebra). Jonathan is involved in the Beekeeping Club, the Rubik's Cube club, and the Swing Dance Club. Jonathan has the Maryland state record for solving a rubik's cube with his feet.
Shubhankar is a junior Computer Science and Mathematics double major from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is currently a teaching assistant for CMSC351, and is also a course facilitator for the CMSC389O STIC (student taught instruction course). His favorite class so far has been CMSC451: Design and Analysis of Computer Algorithms.
Leeza is a sophomore Physics major from Newtown, Pennsylvania. She is in the Design Cultures and Creativity Honors College Program. She is also involved in physics research with the Trapped Ion Quantum Information group at the Joint Quantum Insitute. Her favorite places are the Quantum Cafe and Hornbake Plaza. So far, her favorite classes have been PHYS273 (Waves) and HDCC106 (Digital Feminisms).
Sid (Siddhartha) is a senior Physics, Computer Science, and Mathematics triple major. He is currently an undergraduate researcher at the Trapped Ion Quantum Information Laboratory at the Joint Quantum Institute at UMD. In his free time, he enjoys solving physics and mathematics problems, designing electrical and magnetic systems for UMD Loop, running, and boxing.