2016 Science-U Staff

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Biographical information and photos of the summer staff with Science-U.

E BatemanEvelyn Bateman – Pre-Med, Water Heroes, CSI

Energy Engineering

Evelyn is in her final semester as an Energy Engineering major at Penn State. She has always wanted to work in sustainable energy, and as a junior, she became interested in wind energy while taking Fluid Mechanics. She discovered a passion for teaching while working as a teaching assistant for the course during her senior year. Her favorite part about her job was helping students to understand and enjoy the course material as much as she did when she took the class. This semester, she is working as a teaching assistant for Wind and Hydropower Energy Conversion, as well as writing her honors thesis on the economic impacts of the Clean Power Plan. In addition to teaching and sustainable energy, she is passionate about internationalism. She spent the past two summers in Germany for a study abroad program on renewable energy policy and as a research assistant in an optics lab. She will be attending the Technical University of Denmark for a Master’s in Wind Energy next fall. She is looking forward to my last summer in State College as a lab coordinator for the Science-U camps.


A BischofAngela Bischof – Infection!, Water Heroes, Nittany Bots I, Wizards

Chemistry

Angela recently completed a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Penn State. She completed her undergraduate studies at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, swimming, running, and spending time with her dog, Max. This is Angela's first summer as a curriculum mentor and she is excited to be a part of Science-U!


J BouchetJessica Bouchet – Finding Your Roots, Jr Science Sleuths, Forensics, Wizards, Leadership

Forensic Science; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Jessica Bouchet, from Oakton, VA, just finished her senior year in the Forensic Science Program with a biology concentration while minoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. During her time at Penn State, she is involved in the Forensic Science Club, THON committees, and being a CA for two forensic science courses. She is working on completing her research in the validation of a thermal cycler at Penn State for use in DNA analysis laboratories across the country. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue her masters in genetics after her graduation in December 2016. Outside of Penn State, Jessica spends a lot of time with her family traveling the world, experimenting in the kitchen and doing craft projects. She is very excited to be working with Science-U this summer and inspiring others to pursue science.


M BoweMadison Bowe – Pre-Med, Science of Toys, Water Heroes, CSI, Wizards

Physics; Biomedical Engineering

Madison, from York, PA is a senior at Penn state majoring in Physics with a Biomedical Engineering minor. She was secretary of the Biology club for two years, and has been a member of Biotech, and the Society of Physics Students. She has various interests ranging from hiking to knitting. After graduating she hopes to work for a company engineering medical devices or prosthetics. This is Madison's first summer at Science-U and she can't wait to get started.


C CantolinaCatherine Cantolina – Pre-Med, Jr Science Sleuths, Forensics

Forensic Science-Chemistry; Biology; Chemistry

Catherine Cantolina just graduated from Penn State with a degree in Forensic Science-Chemistry and minors in Biology and Chemistry. In her free time she enjoys reading, playing with her puppy, and looking at things in microscopes! She's looking forward to working with students this summer as a part of Science-U!


A CasperAnne Casper – Videographer

Broadcast Journalism and Creative Writing

Anne Casper is a Penn State senior majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in English creative writing. As a student, she participated in THON and the Penn State Network Television through a sketch comedy show (kind of like Saturday Night Live). She really enjoys writing/ video production and hopes to work in television someday. This summer, she will be one of the videographers for the Science-U camp. In the past, she has had several television internships in her hometown of Pittsburgh that have prepared her. Her favorite things are her cat Ruby, her Mom, her friends, chocolate, being creative, and getting to know new people. Overall, she is very excited and ready to learn as much as she can this summer. 


R CobesRebecca Cobes - Camp Photojournalist

Biology; Women’s Studies

As a rising Penn State Sophomore, Rebecca is currently pursuing degrees in both Biology and Women’s Studies. In time away from her studies, she enjoys both freelance photography and freelance writing. In addition to these interests, Rebecca is also a lover of sports- mainly Pittsburgh sports teams as this is where she was born and raised (Go Pirates!). As a new member of the Science-U family, she is looking forward to capturing all the special, educational, and fun moments the camps this summer have to offer!


B ColemanBecki Coleman – Summer Program Assistant

Anthropology; Biology

Becki received her M.A. in Anthropology (Penn State '15) and a B.S in Anthropology with a minor in Biology (Arizona State '12). She is excited to begin a career in science outreach and education, especially in the subjects of anthropology and genetics. She has volunteered with many Penn State Science Outreach events, including running a workshop about genetics at the recent Expanding Your Horizons Women in STEM Day. Becki is a private tutor in science subjects and a volunteer tutor for Penn State's Career Pathways program and enjoys working with learners of all ages. She is thrilled to be a part of the Science-U team this summer!


j ConwayJessica Conway – Infection! (Instructor)

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics

Jessica's research interests relate to gaining insight into the infectious diseases such as HIV, HCV and influenza, at the within-host level. Her current focus is on HIV control and cure: drugs very effectively control HIV, but recent evidence suggests that HIV may be manageable without drugs. Conditions under which the infection may be manageable, however, remain elusive. She employs mathematical and computational models, in conjunction with patient data, to investigate these problems. Jessica came to Penn State in 2014, following postdoctoral positions at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of British Columbia, Canada. Besides research and teaching, Jessica co-runs an applied math research program for undergraduate students at Penn State and also helps organize the Science-U Camp, "Infection!"


D CosloDenise Coslo – Pre-Med

Curriculum and Instruction; Animal Bioscience

Denise is a graduate student working towards her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and Pennsylvania Secondary Biology Teaching Certification. She holds a B.S. in Animal Bioscience from Penn State and works as a research technologist in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. As a research technologist in a toxicology lab, she conducts numerous experiments utilizing specialized techniques and equipment. She mentors undergraduate and graduate students in her lab and enjoys learning from her experiences. This will be Denise’s first summer working as a Science-U curriculum mentor. She is very excited to meet everyone and help inspire young scientists.


R CowanRose Cowan – Pre-Med, Jr Science Sleuths, Nittany Bots I and II

Agricultural and Extension Education

Rose is an upcoming junior at Penn State and is majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education. She is passionate about agriculture and educating others about the agriculture industry and its importance. At Penn State, she is very involved in the Teach Ag! Society and CRU. In her spare time, Rose enjoys horseback riding, reading, hunting with her dad, and hiking. She loves working with kids and is very excited to be a curriculum mentor for Science-U this summer!


S DeMatteoSamantha DeMatteo – Summer Program Assistant

K-12 STEM Educator

Samantha DeMatteo is a Penn State College of Education alumnus. During the 2015-2016 school year, she spent her first year in the classroom as a STEM teacher at Huntingdon Area Middle School. As the science part of the STEM Team at Huntingdon Area Middle School, she had the opportunity to work alongside a mathematics teacher, a technology education teacher, and a library media specialist to develop the brand new STEM program at the middle school. Every day she works to provide sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students with the skills needed to complete cross-curricular projects based on real-world problems. She is excited to be spending her first summer with Science-U!


R DurninRachel Durnin – Pre-Med, Water Heroes, Nittany Bots I

Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering

Rachel is a rising junior dual-majoring in biomedical and mechanical engineering. On campus, she is involved in a few organizations such as Springfield THON org, Engineering Ambassadors, and the Biomedical Engineering society. In addition to working with Science-U this summer she plans on taking classes and doing research with the Center for Neural Engineering at Penn State. In her free time she really enjoys hiking and watching reality TV! She is really looking forward to her role as a curriculum mentor this summer!


Ian Fenimore headshotIan Fenimore – Pre-Med, Science of Toys, Jr Science Sleuths, CSI, Wizards, Kinesiology

Chemistry

Ian will be a junior in the fall and is currently majoring in chemistry. In addition to his classes he works with the Allcock group performing research on polymers with biomedical and environmental applications. Outside of academics Ian enjoys kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, and just about anything outside. After college he intends to pursue his PhD and eventually start his own research project.


Elizabeth Fleming headshotElizabeth Fleming – Jr Science Sleuths, CSI

Secondary Education

Elizabeth is entering her senior year at Penn State through the College of Education. She has always had a passion for teaching and for science. She's been a biology LA for Dr. Malcos and has been involved with Penn State's Circle K club, a volunteer organization. Although she's majoring in Secondary Education, she loves working with younger kids as well, and is very excited to return to Science-U this summer!


C Guinan2Caitlin Guinan – Summer Program Assistant

Biotechnology CLS; Microbiology

Caitlin is a junior and just recently moved up from Allentown, Pa. She used to attend the satellite campus located in Saucon Valley and transferred to University Park to finish her degree. She is majoring in Biotechnology CLS with a minor in Microbiology. She hopes to work in a lab at a hospital when she graduates. She currently works as a lab assistant on campus throughout the week. In her free time she enjoys crafting, fishing, hiking, snowboarding, and spending time with her family. She is very excited to be a part of the Science-U crew!


M HammudiMustafa Hammudi – Finding Your Roots, Science Superheroes for a Sustainable Future, Forensics, Nittany Bots II

Biochemistry

Mustafa, from Johnstown PA, just graduated in May with a degree in biochemistry. Even from a young age, he has been passionate about science, always asking the most questions in the museum tour group. He has been involved in Springfield, benefitting THON, and Science LionPride, serving as the recruitment director his senior year. Mustafa plans to attend medical school in the fall, but is looking forward to spending a summer with Science-U first!


J HovinghJessica Hovingh – Pre-Med, Jr Science Sleuths, CSI

Forensic Science; Spanish; Anthropology

Jessica is a rising senior at Penn State. She is majoring in forensic science and minoring in Spanish and anthropology. Jessica has lived in State College for most of her life, and enjoyed attending science programs on campus and in the local community during elementary and middle school. She’s excited to help provide similar experiences to young scientists, and can’t wait for Science-U to begin!


X JiangXueyuan Jiang – Finding Your Roots

Biology

Xueyuan is from Chongqing, China. She is a Biology PhD student at Penn State. In her free time, she enjoys reading, yoga and cooking. She has always loved science and would like to share her enthusiasm with Science-U campers!


D KimDani Kim – Pre-Med (Instructor)

Cardiovascular Physiology

Dani received her B.S. in Pre-medicine from Penn State in 2011, and is currently a 5th year doctoral student studying cardiovascular physiology at Penn State. She is currently working on finding mechanisms and possible interventions for cardiovascular aging in women. Dani has experiences in tutoring children from Korea and college students, and also has experience in teaching introductory and advanced level of physiology to college students. She has lots of energy to exert in teaching and also has a great passion for it. This is her first year with Science-U and she is very excited to help students learn science with hands-on activities.


A KustenbauderAlyssa Kustenbauder – Jr Science Sleuths, CSI, Wizards

Biology; Health Policy and Administration

Alyssa is from Hollidaysburg, PA. As a rising senior, she is majoring in Biology and pursuing a minor in Health Policy and Administration. After college, she plans to attend medical school with the goal of becoming a pediatrician. Alyssa currently works as an organic chemistry LA for Dr. Bortiatynski and is a member of Dr. Carlson’s cognitive psychology laboratory. Alyssa has dedicated her time in college to being a member of the THON special interest organization, Atlas. Alyssa is very excited to be spending her summer volunteering for Science-U!


E LachmanEmily Lachman – Pre-Med, Jr Science Sleuths, CSI

General Biology

Emily is a rising senior at Penn State and is majoring in General Biology. She is actively involved with THON, participating in the Photography committee and the special interest organization, Springfield. This past winter she traveled to Belize to learn about its health, wildlife, ecology and conservation, getting the amazing opportunity to feed and assist in a routine physical of a jaguar and other native wildlife! In her free time she enjoys being outside, hanging out with friends, volunteering, and doing arts and crafts. This is Emily's first year working with Science-U and she can't wait to help inspire the next generation of future scientists!


K LanaganKelleen Lanagan – Pre-Med, Science of Toys, Water Heroes, CSI, Wizards, Ecology

Science Education; Geosciences

Kelleen is a graduate from Penn State with a B.S. degree in geosciences. After teaching English in Korea, she found that her passion was rooted in both science and education. She is currently back at Penn State and enrolled in a Master’s program for science education. In her free time, she enjoys running, biking, hiking, kayaking, and just general outdoor activities. She is very excited to be involved with Science-U this summer!

 


K MantzKatie Mantz – Forensics (Instructor)

Forensic Science; Criminal Justice; Political Science; Biology

Katie graduated from Penn State in May with a degree in Forensic Science with a Criminal Justice minor. Katie has worked as a course assistant for Penn State's trace and impression evidence lab and other online Penn State forensic science classes. She has also been a Lion Ambassador and a member of the Forensic Science Club. In her free time she enjoys reading, watching crime shows on TV, and looking at things with microscopes. She really enjoys sharing the awesomeness of science with students of all ages, and is very excited to lead the Forensic Science - The Next Generation camp!


L MargusityLinda Margusity – Jr Science Sleuths, CSI, Wizards (Instructor)

Professional K-12 Educator

Ms. Margusity received her B.S. in Elementary Education in 1987 from Penn State University, and in 1991 received her Masters in Education from Wilkes University. Currently she works with the State College Area School District and Penn State as a released classroom teacher for their Professional Development School. She spends her time with college seniors in a full-year internship program. Ms. Margusity has taught second grade for 18 years, third grade for five and is excited to go back to third grade when her released position ends. She has instructed multiple Science-U camps and has thoroughly enjoyed every one. She is looking forward to more fun learning experiences this summer.


Jason Marko headshotJason Marko – Finding Your Roots, Science Superheroes, Forensics, Wizards, Kinesiology, Leadership

Chemistry; Theatre

Jason is a recent Penn State grad with a BS in chemistry with a minor in theatre from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During his past four years at Penn State, he was involved in The Penn State Thespians, was a 2015 homecoming Security captain and a passionate THON volunteer. His future career goals include going for his PhD in Chemistry and becoming a college professor. Jason is super excited to be a part of Science-U again this summer!!!!


D MaslowskiDoug Maslowski – Pre-Med, Science of Toys, Science Superheroes, Nittany Bots II, Ecology, Leadership

Science – Biological Sciences and Health Professions

Doug is currently a junior majoring in Science- Biological Sciences and Health Professions Option. His ambition for the future is to become a Pediatric Endocrinologist. He spent his past four summers as a counselor at juvenile diabetic camps and working on his family farm in western PA. If he is not in the classroom, you can find him in the gym or library. He is a biology teaching assistant and loves teaching science to all ages. It is his personal goal to make sure that all campers enjoy their time at camp and go home with great memories.


K MasonKayla Mason - CSI

World Language Education; German

Kayla Mason is from State College, PA, and is entering her sophomore year majoring in World Language Education and German. On campus she is involved in several different activities. She is Vice-President of the education club, SPSEA, and is actively involved in the Penn State Crew club. In her free time Kayla loves to read, draw, go hiking, row, and travel.


A McDonald-SmithAthena McDonald-Smith – Pre-Med

Bio-Behavioral Health

Athena is a rising senior from Queens, New York majoring in Bio-Behavioral Health. Currently, Athena is a TA for anatomy and holds a job as a phlebotomist at a local plasmapheresis center, as well as working as an EMT in New York over the summer. In her free time, Athena loves to play beach volleyball, bike ride, and spend time with her dogs. After graduation, Athena aspires to be a PA.


K McNeilKatie McNeil – Pre-Med, Jr Science Sleuths, CSI, Wizards

Biotechnology; Microbiology

Katie is a senior from Pittsburgh, PA majoring in biotechnology with a microbiology minor. She is a student in Schreyer Honors College, a member of Phi Sigma Rho sorority and is involved in THON. This past fall, Katie worked as a teaching assistant for an introductory microbiology lab at Penn State. She is currently working on her honors thesis in Dr. Peters' laboratory. In her free time, Katie enjoys running and spending time with her friends and family. This is Katie's second summer as a curriculum mentor at Science-U and she is so excited to help inspire young scientists!


K MegahedKamelea Megahed – Pre-Med, Jr Science Sleuths, CSI, Wizards, Kinesiology

Biotechnology - Clincal Laboratory Science

Kamelea is a rising junior from Harrisburg, PA majoring in Biotechnology with a concentration in Clinical Laboratory Science. She enjoys adventuring, traveling, reading, and hiking. At Penn State, she serves as president for Phi Sigma Rho, a sorority for women in engineering and sciences. She's also worked in a biology research lab and on a THON committee. She has always had a love for science and looks forward to start her first year with Science-U!


V MeleVincent Mele – Infection, Science of Toys, Jr Science Sleuths, CSI, Wizards, Ecology, Leadership

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Astrobiology

Vincent is a rising junior from Lehighton PA majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Molecular and Cell Biology option and minoring in Astrobiology. On campus he is a member of the Club Golf team, an LA for the Biology department and involved in a Plant Pathology research lab. His hobbies include playing recreational sports like basketball, racquetball or squash with friends. In the future he would like to pursue a Ph.D. and become an active member in the field of astrobiology research.


Matt MMatt Mignona – Photojournalist

Psychology; Learning, Design, & Technology

Matt doesn't like writing his majors because he doesn't believe majors accurately reflect his interests and capabilities (this is true for everyone, not just Matt). Matt approaches learning, and life, with a childlike wonder—he just wants to learn cool things and share those things with everyone willing to listen. That's a big reason he started his own YouTube channel, Conjecture (youtube.com/conjecturevlog). On YouTube he's made over 80 videos talking about everything from base number systems to the psychological effects of expectations to personal definitions of success. He's excited to keep making and doing awesome things.


J MistrickJanine Mistrick – Infection, Science of Toys, Science Superheroes, CSI, Wizards, Ecology, Leadership

Ecology; French

Janine, a State College native, is a rising fifth-year student. An ecology and French double-major, she will be studying abroad in Montpellier, France in the fall to finish out her degree requirements. She loves running, hiking, cooking, and photography and believes a day outside is a day well-spent. Around campus, she is a member of the Blue Band and the Penn State Ballroom Dance Team. She has traveled extensively doing field research in Costa Rica, Greenland, Alaska, and Tanzania and is excited to bring her passion for science to the Science-U team this year!


Kirsten Nading headshotKirsten Nading – Pre-Med, Jr Science Sleuths, CSI, Wizards, Kinesiology

Biology – Vertebrate Physiology

Kirsten is a senior from Butler, PA, majoring in Biology with the Vertebrate Physiology option. During the school year, she is involved with research for the Infant and Child Temperament Lab and works as an EMT for the University. Kirsten is also an active participant in the Emergency Medical Services Association and volunteers her time as a CPR instructor. Outside of her academics, she enjoys spending her time baking, playing outdoors, and going to the gym. She is a returning curriculum mentor for Science-U and can’t wait to see what fun memories can be created this summer!


B NewlinBrad Newlin – Water Heroes, Nittany Bots I (Instructor)

Civil and Environmental Engineer

Brad comes to Science-U as a science teacher with over seventeen years of experience working as a civil engineer. While a Peace Corps Volunteer in 2000-2002, Brad had the opportunity to help design, build and construct an aqueduct that gave 1,400 people water for the first time. As a civil engineer, he had the opportunity to design major land developments within the State College community, such as the Lowe's Shopping Center and Geisinger Gray's Woods Facility. Over the past several years, he helped start an office for a large engineering firm (AECOM) and served as an environmental engineer for several companies involved in the Marcellus Shale industry.


T Newman2Thomas Newman – Kinesiology

Athletic Training and Sports Medicine

Thomas will be entering his 4th year as a Ph.D. student in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine from the Department of Kinesiology. He previously completed his M.Ed. in Athletic Training from the University of Virginia and completed his BS in Kinesiology from Penn State. Thomas has research interests in preventative medicine in athletics and the military. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Lisa, and his dog, Max. This is Thomas's first summer as a curriculum mentor and he is excited to be part of Science-U.


K NovakKatie Novak – Pre-Med (Instructor)

Professional Educator

Katie Novak has been learning and teaching anatomy and physiology for five years. She completed a post-bacc/pre-med program at Penn State and went on to the Physician Assistant program at Lock Haven University, where she learned how to use a stethoscope and take blood. But don’t worry, no needles at Science-U! Katie keeps bees in her backyard; dogs, cats, a husband, and a sixth grade daughter in her house. She is a tap dancer, show-tune singer, and working toward a blue belt in Taekwondo.


j NyeJim Nye – Pre-Med, CSI (Instructor)

Professional K-12 Educator

Jim is an 8th grade Science teacher at Bellefonte Area Middle School and attended LHU from 2001-2006, obtaining a B.S. in Secondary Education and in Chemistry. He has been teaching for ten years, all at Bellefonte. This summer marks his ninth year working at Science-U. He thoroughly enjoys performing demonstrations for young people in order to interest them in any science.


Brandon Ogbunu – Finding Your Roots (Instructor)B Ogbunu

Postdoctoral Fellow in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

C. Brandon Ogbunu is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and is a research affiliate in the Department of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research takes place at the crossroads between computational biology, evolutionary genetics, and epidemiology, all towards the development of new therapeutic approaches for treating and preventing infectious diseases. He is also deeply involved in the STEM education space, and has consulted private companies, universities and research institutes on STEM curriculum development, scientific communication, and adaptive learning technology. He completed his Ph.D. at Yale University (Microbiology, 2010) and is a past recipient of a United States William J. Fulbright fellowship, which he used to study malaria in western Kenya. He is a UNCF-Merck Fellow, a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, and a Harvard University Professional Development Postdoctoral Fellow.


Pack, EricaErica Pack – Forensics

Forensic Science, Biology

Erica will be graduating from Penn State's Eberly College of Science in May 2016, with a major in Forensic Science (biology emphasis). As an active member of the forensic science community on campus, she works as a learning assistant for introductory forensic science courses. She also participates in mitochondrial DNA research in collaboration with a local software company called SoftGenetics. Last summer, she interned at Restek, testing gas-chromatography products. This internship was extended through the academic year, and will continue through the summer of 2016. In her free time, she enjoys reading and sleeping. She is aiming to acquire a job after she graduates, helping to develop products that will continue to improve the field of forensic science.


K RoeKathy Roe – Science Superheroes, CSI, Wizards

Bio-Behavioral Health; Psychology

Kathy is originally from State College, PA. She graduated from Penn State with a degree in Biobehavioral health and a minor in Psychology. She taught 5th grade in State College for 4 years and is also certified in middle school science and high school biology. She enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and swimming. Kathy has always been interested in science and is very excited to work with kids this summer and help them “think like scientists” and ask questions about the world around them.


J SechristJeremy Sechrist – Pre-Med Experience, Science of Toys, Water Heroes, CSI, Nittany Bots II, Ecology

Chemistry

Jeremy is a rising senior at Penn State. He is from Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania and is a member of the Penn State Blue Band and an instructor at the Mathnasium of State College. Jeremy likes spending his free time with his friends and family, whether he’s hiking, playing racquetball, or just sitting around and watching movies, especially the Lord of the Rings. When he’s alone he likes to spend time in nature, read National Geographic, and make maps out of duct tape. After he graduates, Jeremy is going to become a teacher so that he can share his knowledge of how the world works with his students, and he’s extremely excited to start doing that this summer at Science-U!


K ShankarKokila Shankar - Wizards

Biology (Neuroscience); Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Psychology

Kokila is a rising senior from Lansdale, PA, majoring in Biology (Neuroscience) with minors in BMB and Psychology. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to further study neurobiology. Outside of the classroom, she is actively involved in research in the Szpara lab, Science LionPride, and the Penn State Ballroom Dance Team. In her free time, she loves to read and travel. While Kokila has been involved in many Science-U programs in the last three years, she is very excited to serve as a curriculum mentor this summer!


E SteigerwaltEmily Steigerwalt – Infection!, Jr Science Sleuths, Nittany Bots I, Wizards

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Emily is a rising junior from Lehighton, PA majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Cellular Option. She is a THON chair for her sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma, and is also on the philanthropy counsel. After graduation she hopes to go to graduate school to get a Master’s degree in genetic counseling. She loves animals, traveling, and all things science. This will be her first summer working as a curriculum mentor and she couldn't be more excited to get started!


B StevensonBrooke Stevenson – Wizards, Ecology

Bio-Behavioral Health

Brooke is from Butler, PA and a rising senior majoring in Biobehavioral Health (BBH). She plans to attend physician assistant school following her graduation at Penn State. Brooke is actively involved on campus, she is a research assistant in the Smoking and Health Behavior Research Laboratory, a volunteer at University Health Services, and is a resident assistant on campus through Penn State’s Residence Life. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, volunteering, and hiking. This will be her third year returning as a curriculum mentor at Science-U and she cannot wait to be back!


A StrasslerAmanda Strassler - Videographer

Film; Sociology; Theater

Amanda is a sophomore at Pennsylvania State University majoring in film, with two minors in sociology and theater. This will be her first year as a videographer at Science-U and she can’t wait to become part of the team! Her goal is to create meaningful videos that express the integrity of the camp and capture the energy of the children attending Science-U.


R StraussRuthie Strauss – Pre-Med, Science of Toys, Science Superheroes, CSI, Nittany Bots II, Ecology, Leadership

Physics; Math; German

Ruthie is a rising junior at Dickinson College, but grew up right here in Happy Valley! Back at Dickinson, she helps plan campus-wide events and concerts as the Vice Chair of MOB (Multi-Organizational Board) and run fun outdoor trips for first years as part of Dickinson’s WILD Pre-Orientation/First Year Mentor program. Ruthie loves arts and crafts, animals of all kinds (especially turtles), and being outside! This is her first summer working as a curriculum mentor for Science-U and she can’t wait to get started!


H TarterHannah Tarter – CSI, Wizards, Kinesiology

Bio-Behavioral Health; Biology; Health Policy Administration

Hannah will be entering her senior year at Penn State University, majoring in Biobehavioral health with minors in Biology and Health Policy Administration. After graduation, she plans on attending physician assistant school. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, volunteering, running, hiking, and reading.


Lauren Ulsh headshotLauren Ulsh – Finding Your Roots, Forensics

Biology (Neuroscience)

Lauren, from Rochester, MN, completed her degree in Biology-Neuroscience from Penn State in December 2015 and will be starting medical school in the fall. She is excited to return to Science-U for a second summer! On campus, she was involved as a teaching assistant, in a psychology research lab, Penn State Homecoming, Club Water Polo, and THON.


J YondouJulie Yondou – Science Superheroes, CSI, Wizards, Kinesiology

Bio-Behavioral Health; Biology

Julie, from Gaithersburg, Maryland, is a junior at Penn State majoring in Bio-Behavioral health and minoring in Biology. She started to seriously love biology this year so she is excited to have the opportunity to share this newfound love with the kids this upcoming summer. In her spare time she likes watching scary movies, reading in the park, hanging out with friends and spending time with family. This will be her first year being involved with Science-U and she is excited for what’s to come.

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