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Undergraduate Researchers 2012-2013

 

 

 

Sahil Amin

I am currently a junior Biological Sciences major and began working in the Kalisz Lab over the summer in 2013. I am excited to be part of a research lab and hope gain a lot from this experience. After graduation I plan on going to medical school. I also enjoy long walks on the beach, watching the sunset with a glass of fine wine, and a nice pair of slacks.

 

 

 

Irtaza Asar

I am currently a sophomore and I hope to major in the Biological Sciences. I joined Dr. Kalisz and Dr. Morehouse’s labs during the fall semester of my freshman year through First Experiences in Research. I’m currently attempting to characterize floral coloration and patterning in the California native wildflower, Collinsia heterophylla. The project also involves modeling the visual responses of common bee pollinators with regards to floral traits. After graduation, I hope to enroll in medical school to further my medical education!

 

 

 

 

Lauren Bakale

I am a Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies double major with minors in Chemistry and Spanish. This fall 2012 semester is my first experience doing research in the Kalisz lab. After graduation, I hope to attend graduate school for ecology. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, reading, swimming, practicing karate, and hanging out with my friends.

 

 

Will Benham

I am a Biological Sciences major with a minor in Chemistry. I began working in the Kalisz lab spring of 2011 working with the graduate students on their projects. I have been very involved with the long-term Trillium Trail project working two summers on the field team and leading the field team collecting data this past summer 2013. After graduation I plan to pursue graduate school for ecology and environmental sciences. In the future I would like to continue research and eventually become involved with city planning. This fall 2013 I will be working on a fellowship research project studying the damaging effects of overabundant deer populations on forest life cycles.

 

 

 

Taylor Brown

I am a sophomore majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry. The summer of 2013 will be my first time working in the Kalisz Lab on the Trillium Trail study. After graduation I plan on attending graduate school to further my education. In my spare time I enjoy reading and being outside.

 

 

 

Rebecca Callodonato

I am currently pursuing a Biological Sciences B.S., chemistry minor, and a certificate in American Sign Language. I began in the Kalisz lab spring semester of 2011. In addition to the Trillium Trail study, I have worked with Dr. Rachel Spigler on her C.verna autoplast project, Nathan Bouwer on his study of Maianthemum and Polygonatum, and most recently, I have been working with various Collinsia species in hopes developing a germination protocol for the genus. I enjoy knitting and playing with puppies! After graduation I would like to further my education in medical school studying to become a physiatrist (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.)

 

 

Mari Goetz

Mari Goetz

I am a senior at Pitt, and am currently pursuing a BS in Biology with a minor in chemistry. After taking a class with Dr. Kalisz, I'm thrilled to be working with her and everyone else in the Kalisz lab while learning so much at the same time! After graduation, I plan on taking two years to volunteer with Teach for America before I return to school to pursue a Masters degree. In my spare time I enjoy dancing, hiking, being outdoors and trying new things while I still can!

 

 

 

Kayleigh Frech

 

Kayleigh Frech

I am a junior majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Chemistry. This is my first summer working in the Kalisz Lab, and I am currently working on Trillium Trail. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, reading, and traveling. After graduation, I hope to attend dental school.

 

 

 

 

Dan Lammie

I am a sophomore majoring in Geology, while also pursuing a minor in Chemistry. I began working in the Kalisz lab the summer of 2013. After graduation I hope to continue to Graduate School, though, I would like to keep my mind open to new opportunities and topics that may interest me. I enjoy the outdoors, traveling, and reading.

 

 

Abby Lee

 

 

 

Abigail Lee

I am a sophomore majoring in Biological Sciences with an English Literature minor, currently on a Pre-Medicine track. This fall 2012 semester will be my first working in the Kalisz lab. I plan on also volunteering at a hospital this semester and joining a running club. After graduation I hope to continue to medical school, however, I would like to keep my options open as I learn and become interested in new topics and fields of study.

 

 

Elisa McAfee

 

Elisa McAfee

I am a senior with a major in Biological Sciences and a minor in Chemistry. This is my first time working in Dr. Kalisz’s lab, and I am excited to see what this semester and this summer working on the Trillium Trail brings! I have been accepted to veterinary school, but I am deferring for a year or two to either join the Peace Corps or to work with my husband as worship leaders. I enjoy playing music in my band, biking, hiking, and volunteering as a voice teacher for middle school students!

 

 

Ashley O'Connor

 

Ashley O'Connor

I am a sophomore currently pursuing a Biological Sciences B.S., Chemistry minor, and a Certificate in Public and Professional Writing. I began working in the Kalisz lab in the spring of 2012. After graduation I plan on starting a career in research and then furthering my education by attending grad school.

 

 

 

 

Alex Reisser

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Monica Rudowski

I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Biological Sciences with a Minor in Chemistry. I began work in the Kalisz lab at Trillium Trail in the summer of 2013. In the future I hope to have a career involving environmental work.