Katrina Colucci-Chang (Puerto Rico)

Completed her undergraduate degree in Bioengineering at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia. Although she has a background in electrical engineering, her interests have slightly changed as she is now pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Sciences Bioengineering.

Alexandra Nin-Velez (Puerto Rico) 

Completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Sciences, with a minor in Biological Sciences, from Perdue University in Indiana. She is pursuing a PhD in the Department of Dairy Sciences where she hopes to contribute to growth and discoveries in the field.

Christopher Garcia (California) 

Received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from California State University Stanislaus. Prior to beginning his career in higher education, he worked as a wild land firefighter on a hotshot crew. He now looks forward to pursuing a PhD in Chemistry and hopes to improve the lives of others through the development of novel, more effective drugs.

Kandace Donaldson

 Completed her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering at Arizona State University. During her time at ASU, she focused on designing forearm prosthetics. Additionally, she spent time creating 3D reconstructions of the hearts of patients at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

Jefferson Salan (Florida) 

Completed his undergraduate degree at Florida International University in Psychology. He is pursuing a PhD in hopes to uncover the neural mechanisms of memory and the methods by which we learn and process information.

Gabrielle Smith (Virginia) 

Completed her undergraduate degree at University of Virginia's College at Wise in Mathematics. She also obtained a VA license to teach mathematics for grades 6-12. She is pursuing a PhD in the Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology (GBCB) program, where she hopes she to put her training in mathematics to good use.