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2016 Authors


Angela Angelevska is the first Biochemistry graduate from the School of Technology, Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Washington Bothell. She took part in a one year research study of atmospheric chemistry with Dr. Daniel Jaffe, focusing on studying wildfires, merging her passion for science and research. Before working in a research environment she had spent her time volunteering. After graduation she is excited to combine her Biochemistry degree with the love of helping people, by working in a biopharmaceutical company focusing on cancer research.

Samantha Frati will graduate in Spring 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies and Law, Economics, and Public Policy. Her interests are in public health, bioethics, and policy. Samantha has been involved in undergraduate research on campus since Winter 2015. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in health law and policy specifically focusing on healthcare systems.

Bunraj S. Grewal is a senior who will graduate in the Fall of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of Washington Bothell. He looks forward to continuing his education and plans to pursue a career in the medical field as a physician in the specialty of radiology or emergency medicine. After becoming an established physician in the community, Bunraj is hoping to organize a charity that will be dedicated to help pay the medical expenses for those who are in need of medical intervention and are unable to afford the procedures.

Jessica Jacobson is a senior in the school of Nursing and Health Studies at the University of Washington Bothell. She will graduate in June of 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies and a specialization in Health Policy, Leadership & Ethics. Jessica’s interests include social determinants driving the prevalence of chronic disease, environmental exposures which burden health and policy development that serves to empower community resilience and health equality. Therefore, her mission is to build, implement and support health equality for the socially disadvantaged and the environment. In the future, Jessica hopes to bring community based research into advocacy and policy making processes, building health policies and programs that service community’s unique needs.

Isaac Kim is a pre-dental student with a B.S. in Biochemistry from UW Seattle. He has always been passionate about science, and he hopes that he can utilize his scientific background to become an effective yet compassionate dentist in the future. In his free time, Isaac likes to read, hike, climb, and play with his two cats Momo and Snow.

Mengkhy Lay is a senior at UW Bothell, and will graduate in spring 2016 with Bachelor of Sciences in Biology and Chemistry with a biochemistry option. Mengkhy is currently taking part in an undergraduate research with Dr. Peter Anderson on drug discovery. After graduation, Mengkhy plans to pursue a Ph. D in Pharmaceutical Science and later work as a research scientist on drug design.

Shelby Lubchuk is eighteen years old and a junior majoring in Media and Communication Studies at the University of Washington Bothell. Shelby works as an Orientation Leader here at UWB. June of last year, Shelby graduated high school and earned her AA degree from Skagit Valley College. She was the Valedictorian of her high school class and was awarded the Carol Huber Award, the Academic Excellence Award, and the President’s Medal from Skagit Valley College. Shelby is also the member of three National Honor Societies. Outside of school she enjoys training and showing dogs and horses. Shelby plans to earn her master’s degree in Conservation Biology at Washington State University.

Crystal McClure is a Ph.D student at the University of Washington in the Atmospheric Science department. Her focus is on air quality which includes studies on gaseous mercury, carbon dioxide, and forest fires emissions. Crystal’s current project is using acetonitrile to quantify forest fire emissions in cities to examine how that relates to high air pollution days. Her career goal is to develop and build instrumentation that can be used to sample and classify air pollution. This research helps form policy and eventually leads to clearer air for everyone!

Taryn Meacham will graduate in Spring 2016 with her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a Focus in Biochemistry. After graduating, she hopes to attend medical school starting in the Fall of 2017. Outside of school and research, Taryn serves as the Program Coordinator for the Pre-Med Club at the University of Washington Bothell and manages the Pre-Med Mentorship program at UWB in addition to advising 8 first year pre-med students at UWB. She is also a student intern in the Health Scholar Program at the Swedish Medical Center in Issaquah, Washington.

Martha Raymore is a senior graduating winter of 2017. She will graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science, with an emphasis on conservation and restoration ecology, and minor in marine biology. This research was conducted as part of a research in marine biology class at Friday Harbor Labs, and was performed under the close mentor-ship of Megan Dethier. After graduating she plans to continue on to graduate school where she can continue learning, researching, and exploring her love of everything science and nature.

Hillary Sanders will graduate in Spring 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and minor in human rights. Throughout her undergraduate career at the University of Washington Bothell, Hillary has participated in a variety of student organizations. Most recently, Hillary has worked on organizing guest speaking events, public demonstrations, workshops and group dialogues, as well as an initiative to increase access to menstrual supplies on campus through Gender Equity Club. Outside of UWB, Hillary has interned with the UW Center for Human Rights and The Seattle Globalist on the main UW campus. If she had spare time, Hillary would spend it kayaking, gardening, and hiking the beautiful forests of Washington.

Malak Shalabi, a Palestinian-American, is a sophomore at UW Bothell studying Law, Economics, and Public Policy. Her interests lie in the geopolitics of the Middle East, compelling her to study international law once she attends law school. With her degree in hand and dedication to justice and human rights, Malak strives to make major contributions to the movement of Palestinian solidarity, both politically and socially.

Denae Weigelt is a junior at UW Bothell and will graduate with her Bachelor of Arts in Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior at the end of Spring 2017. Denae is looking forward to gaining her master’s degree in early childhood education on her way to becoming a child life specialist. A child life specialist is a pediatric health care professional who works with families and children in a hospital setting to help them cope with the challenges of illness, disability, and hospitalization. Aside from academics, Denae proves loyal to anything relating to coffee, art, the outdoors, and athletics.

Sara Wells will graduate from UW Bothell with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in Spring 2016. Upon graduation, she hopes to decide on the perfect graduate program. Once there, she will apply her interest in combining aspects of chemistry and biochemistry with math and statistics to research, to expand scientific knowledge and share new ideas and findings. She is excited to be able to further her education and pursue her interest in research in chemistry.

Megan Dethier and Rachel Li

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