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MURPPS Scholars

Emmanuel Lanuza

Emmanuel Lanuza, Senior, Chemistry, 2021

Research Program: MURPPS
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Annaliese K. Franz
Research Title: Using NMR to Measure PhotoAcidity
Hometown: Watsonville, CA
Three words to describe me: Motivated, Busy, Blessed

What are your future plans and/or goals?

My plan is to continue being a researcher by pursuing a PhD.

In what ways has engaging in undergraduate research impacted your future goals and plans?

Jose Camacho

Jose Camacho, Senior, Physics, 2021

Research Program: MURPPS
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dong Yu
Research Title: Helicity Dependence of Topological Insulators
Hometown: Montclair, California
Three words to describe me: Thoughtful, open minded, structured

What are your future plans and/or goals?

Future plans I have are to continue physics research in graduate school, present the current research I am working on and I hope to explore more into it. I do plan to continue my research.

Andrea Lopez Arguello

Andrea Lopez Arguello, Junior, Physics Emph in Astro, 2022

Research Program: MURPPS
Faculty Mentor: Dr. James Letts
Research Title: Cryo E.M Sample Preparation Deice
Hometown: Coatzacoalcos, Mexico
Three words to describe me: Hard working, persistent, patient

What are your future plans and/or goals?

I would like to obtain a research position in the area of physics, and look forward to attending grad school

Tabib Chowdhury

Tabib Chowdhury, 3rd Year, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, 2022

Research Program: MURPPS
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sebastian Schreiber
Research Title: Exploring Ergodic Properties in a randomly switching environment
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Three words to describe me: Practical, imaginative, considerate

What are your future plans and/or goals?

I plan to go on to graduate school for my PhD in applied mathematics and hopefully continue my research there.

Kimberly Lesly Maldonado

Kimberly Lesly Maldonado, 5th Year, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, 2021

Research Program: MURPPS
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Andrew Fisher
Research Title: RNA Editing Enzyme Structural Studies
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Three words to describe me: Spiritual, Compassionate, Guatemalan-American

What are your future plans and/or goals?

My future goals include building upon my research skills including qualitative research and pursuing a phD.

Josiah Sánchez

Josiah Sánchez, 3rd Year, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, 2022

Research Program: MURPPS
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alan Balch
Research Title: Development of Open-Cage Fullerenes as Host Molecules for Metal Insertion
Hometown: Merced, CA
Three words to describe me: Charismatic, Creative, and Caring

What are your future plans and/or goals?

Metzli Montero

Metzli Montero, Junior, Applied Physics - Chemistry, 2022

Research Program: MURPPS
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Valentin Taufour
Research Title: Electrosynthesis of Cu_xBi_2Se_3
Hometown: Montclair, CA
Three words to describe me: Curious, Creative, Meticulous

What are your future plans and/or goals?

Robert Howey

Robert Howey, Senior, Physics, 2022

Research Program: MURPPS
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dong Yu
Research Title: Simulation of Helicity Dependent Photocurrents
Hometown: Sunnyvale, CA
Three words to describe me: Dedicated, involved, studious

What are your future plans and/or goals?

My goal is to obtain my PhD in Physics and continue research in academia.

In what ways has engaging in undergraduate research impacted your future goals and plans?

Elya Kandahari

Elya Kandahari, 2nd Year, Chemistry, 2023

Research Program: MURPPS
Faculty Mentor: Dr. David E. Olson
Research Title: The Total Synthesis of Ibogaine through a Cascading Sequence
Hometown: Fairfield, CA
Three words to describe me: Resilient, Intuitive, Curious

What are your future plans and/or goals?

I plan to earn my PhD in organic chemistry, pursue a postdoctoral position, and secure a tenure track faculty position at a 4 year university.

Sarai Jaime

Sarai Jaime, 2nd Year Transfer, ACS Chemistry, 2022

Research Program: MURPPS
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Annaliese Franz
Research Title: Desymmetrization of Organosilicon Compounds
Hometown: Arvin, CA
Three words to describe me: Intelligent, Hardworking, Fun

What are your future plans and/or goals?

I want to obtain a PhD in Chemistry and become a professor. Additionally, I plan to continue research in organic chemistry.