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Meet the Clare Boothe Luce Fellows and Scholars

Meet the AY 20-21 Fellows and Scholars

Crea Baker-Durante
Major: BS in Computer Science at FCRH
Where I'm from: Needham, Massachusetts
Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey Haynes
Research Area: Machine Learning, My research is finding discrepancies between digital images through image manipulations.
Project Title: Discrepancies in digital images
Fun Fact:  I really love to play basketball (even though I'm bad) and another fun fact is I can wiggle my ears
 
Katy Belcher
Major: Chemistry and Applied Math at FCRH
Where I'm from: Houston, TX
Mentor: Dr. Christopher Koenigsmann
Research Area: Electrochemistry/inorganic catalysts/renewable energy/nanoscience
Project Title: Optimization of the Synthesis and Electrocatalytic Analysis of Platinum, Nickel Core-Shell Nanowires 
 
Mai Fahmy
Major: PhD Candidate, Biological Sciences at GSAS
Where I'm from: New York
Mentor: Dr. Evon Hekkala
Research Area: Conservation Biology
Project Title: Assessing biodiversity in Madagascar through leech-derived iDNA: Methodological advancements and ecological insights
Fun Fact: I love to paint in my free time!
 
Cristine Kalinski
Major: Natural Science at FCLC
Where I'm from: Orange County, California
Mentor: Dr. Jason Morris / Dr. Oliver Hobert (Columbia University)
Research Area: Evolutionary Neuroscience
Project Title: Constructing the Connectome of Pristionchus Pacificus for Evolutionary Comparisons
 
Faiza Khan    
Major: Computer Science at FCRH
Where I'm from: New York City
Mentors: Dr. Gary Weiss and Dr. Daniel Leeds
Research Area: Data Mining
Project Title: Predicting the Academic Performance of Undergraduate Computer Science Students Using Data Mining
 
Julia Mayes
Major: Chemistry Major at FCRH
Where I'm from: Hampton Falls, New Hampshire
Mentor: Dr. Christopher Koenigsmann
Research Area: Nanotechnology & Renewable Energy
Project Title: Synthesis and Electrocatalytic Analysis of Composition-Dependent Nickel and Platinum Core-Shell Nanowires
Fun Fact: I love cooking and even have an instagram account with my roommate to showcase our dishes!
 
Molly McCargar
Major: PhD in Biology at GSAS
Where I'm from: San Francisco, CA
Mentor: Dr. Evon Hekkala
Research Area: Conservation Genetics
Project Title: Population genetics of green (Chelonia mydas) and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) sea turtles nesting across unequally protected habitats in northeastern Costa Rica.
 
Royall McMahon Ward
Major: Environmental Science at FCLC
Where I'm from: Phoenix, AZ
Mentor: Dr. Mark Botton
Research Area: The American Horseshoe Crab
Project Title: Patterns of flatworm (Bdelloura candida) infestation in a population of horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) from Jamaica Bay, New York.
Fun Fact: I play the saxophone
 
Angélica Ruedas
Major: Environmental Science major at FCLC
Where I'm from: Portland, Oregon 
Mentor: N/A
Research Area: An ongoing research project examining co-roosting behaviors between black and turkey vultures in southern Texas, for which I will be collecting a second round of data at the end of this month. I hope to see this accepted by a journal in the next year or so!
Project Title: A Comparison of Roosting Habits of Vultures, Coragyps atratus and Cathartes aura, in Southeast Texas Marshes.
Fun Fact: A fun fact about me is that I was in a documentary called Panda Babies in high school during my first job in wildlife conservation in Ya'an, China.
 
Cyanne Runyon
Major: Biological Sciences at FCRH
Where I'm from: Jacksonville, North Carolina
Mentor: Dr. Edward Dubrovsky
Research Area: Genetics
Project Title: Heart Pathology Associated with Mutant RNase Z in Flies
Fun Fact: I didn't know whether or not to put Okinawa, Japan as where I'm from because I lived there longer than in NC.
 
Kalani Williams
Major: Biological Sciences at GSAS
Where I'm from: Massachusetts
Mentor: Dr. Evon Hekkala
Research Area: Molecular disease ecology and conservation
Project Title: Characterizing pathogen diversity in South African wildlife
 
Dakota Wolf
Major: Physics at FCRH
Where I'm from: Buffalo, New York
Mentor: Dr. Christopher Koenigsmann
Research Area: Chemistry 
Project Title: Improving the Efficiency of Dye-Sensitized Photoelectrochemical Cells
Fun fact: I loved playing ice hockey growing up