Student Spotlights

Andrea Gomez

During my time at Wright State, I had the privilege of receiving an LSAMP research stipend that not only helped financially, but it encouraged me to make meaningful contribution to something I cared about: the health and wellbeing of others. This stipend facilitated my research into traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), specifically with a new diagnostic measure for continuous monitoring of the brain called 'functional near-infrared spectroscopy' (fNIRS). TBIs are more prevalent than one might think. They cause more deaths and disabilities than HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injuries combined.

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You may read more about Michael Foy Armstead in the article "Student Takes Second Place in State Competition" which can be found here.

Tara-Yesomi Wenegieme, a biological sciences major at Wright State, wants to become a doctor and conduct research, possibly in pathology.

Addie Joson, a recent graduate from Miami University is traveling to Ecuador with the Peace Corps. At Miami University Addie studied biophysics and participated in LSAMP programming.

Leembruggen is no stranger to the term ‘busy.’ A double-major in Physics and Mathematics, she has spent the last four years setting an academic pace that has led her to earn numerous scholarships, honors distinctions, scholarly publication, induction into Phi Beta Kappa and a 4.0 GPA. Her Physics advisor and Assistant Professor-Adjunct Richard Gass says, “Madelyn will make an exceptional theoretical physicist…she is simply one of the best students I have ever had.”

Ansley Watkins is a Natural Resource Management major at The Ohio State University. She spent last summer working with Dr. Mažeika Sullivan and Dr. Kay Stefanik at the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park conducting research focused on harmful algal blooms. After graduating in 2021, Ansley hopes to pursue a career in conservation, preservation, and education.

Jahara Wakeel is a Public Health major at The Ohio State University. This past summer, she worked on a research project with Dr. Darryl Hood that focused on understanding a community’s climate with regards to a waste transfer site. She expects to graduate in 2021 when she will pursue a graduate degree. She plans to conduct research that focuses on disease and health issues in minority communities.

Annika Diaz is an Animal Science major at The Ohio State University. This summer, she is working with Dr. Anastasia Vlasova at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, where she is conducting research focused on understanding porcine rotavirus C. Annika plans to graduate in 2021, when she intends to pursue veterinary school.

Karen Santos studies Industrial and Systems Engineering with a minor in Humanitarian Engineering at The Ohio State University. This past summer, she completed an internship in Fargo, North Dakota at John Deere Electronic Solutions, where she worked in a manufacturing plant. She expects to graduate in 2020, when she intends to pursue a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering.