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2019 Authors


William Appel is a senior majoring in Global Studies. He enjoys political science and other global studies-related courses. He has extensive volunteer experience in his community as well as leadership experiences from the various extracurricular activities in school. He is the vice-president of pre-law society at UWB. He also works part-time as a teaching assistant in a school district.He enjoys writing, mixed martial arts, reading science fiction, playing DnD, and a fan of Marvel movies. William plans to attend law school this fall.

Atif Bhatti graduated from the University of Washington Bothell in Autumn 2018, majoring in Biology and minoring in Neuroscience and Chemistry during his time at UWB. Since then, Atif has been working as a medical scribe alongside a cardiologist as well as studying for his MCAT. Atif has deep interests in medicine and biomedical research and plans to attend medical school
in the future. During his three-and-a-half years at UW Bothell, Atif had the opportunity to serve as president of the Pre-Health Society, provide assistance to fellow students through his role as a Biology Teacher’s Assistant, and be involved in crow vocalization research. In his free time, Atif enjoys volunteering with the Epilepsy Foundation-Washington chapter as well as attend Seattle
Sounders games in the Emerald City Supporters’ section!

Rachel Calder will graduate in June of 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. At UW Bothell she enjoyed both the inspiring biology courses and helping new students in the Orientation and Transition Program. This lead her to work at the Institute for Systems Biology where she currently collaborates with leading scientists to create open resources and opportunities for students to help improve equity in the science field. She believes that everyone has a natural curiosity as to how the world works, but many lack the mentorship and support to explore it, which is why making STEM education more accessible to students is so important.

Joyce Chester is an Alaskan Native Aleut, who grew up in a household with seven siblings in the town of Egegik. Soon after her wedding, she moved down to Washington state with her husband, where they raised their four children. She has worked in education for the last twenty years and recently transferred to University of Washington, Bothell Campus, from Edmonds Community College to complete her teaching certification and undergraduate degree. After graduation, she hopes to teach History and/or Special Education in a middle school setting.

Neha Chhabra graduated in Winter 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She is currently working towards becoming a dentist to serve underrepresented communities and care for their oral health. Neha has had plenty of involvement on campus, particularly through her role as an Achieving Community Transformation (ACT) Service Lead and progressed in her third year to an ACT Student Chair. Her commitment to community and social justice was recognized when she was selected as one of UW Bothell’s Husky 100. When she is not working on campus, she is diligently working on her research to assess bacteria in the crow gut. She hopes to take her knowledge of bacteria and study microbial interactions in the oral cavity in dental school. After graduation, Neha plans on working directly with underrepresented communities to better their oral health. 

Ashley Forsyth will graduate in Fall 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Society, Ethics and Human Behavior. They plan to pursue a master’s degree after graduating, either in library and information science or cultural studies. They are interested in how history and power dynamics influence society and tries to incorporate social issues in their storytelling. They like to write sci-fi and fantasy stories and hope to publish one someday.


Jakob Johnson (Jamie Sanford) is a sophomore planning to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2021. He is currently working towards a career in molecular biology, which combines his passions for chemistry, biology, and research. His interests include animation, cuisine, and theatre, as well as Early English literature and psychology (perhaps due to early and prolonged exposure to J.R.R. Tolkien) which led to his submission on Bēowulf for the CROW’s 2019 edition.

Lauren Kirk graduated University of Washington Bothell in winter of 2019 with a B.S. in Biology and minor in Chemistry. She holds an A.S. degree in both Health Information Technology and Medical Assisting. She enjoys learning and playing with her son during her free time. After graduation, she will be completing a Master’s degree and is planning on attending medical school.

Brynley Louise will be graduating in June of 2019 with a Bachelor in Media and Communications. She currently works as a tutor at the Writing and Communication Center at UW Bothell. She also spends time cultivating a digital community based around online video entertainment. After graduation she is excited to commit to full time work in entertainment and media. In her free time she enjoys spending time learning how to paint and draw, going to the movies with friends, writing, and cooking.


Katherine Lu is a second year undergraduate pursuing a B.S. in Biology and a Mathematics Minor with the intention of a future biomedical research career. Her interests include bioinformatics, food science, and molecular biology. Katherine makes and sells jewelry, writes short stories, and occasionally accepts graphic design commissions. Having little prior experience with scientific publication, archive research, and statistical data processing, Katherine hopes getting published in the CROW will be the first step in a series of personal achievements in biology research.

Ameena R. Mohammed will graduate in Summer 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies. After graduating, she hopes to start her career in healthcare administration. Currently she is an intern at NAMI Eastside and assists with administrative tasks. She hopes that this experience will benefit her when applying for jobs after graduation. Ameena is very thankful for the opportunity to have worked with the CROW to review and publish her research proposal. The peer review process was a positive learning experience that will be helpful in the future. 

Hannah Preisinger is a student of UW Bothell, graduating in 2019 with a BA in Culture, Literature and the Arts and a minor in Consciousness Studies. She is also actively involved with the gravitational wave astronomy research group, works as a Student Web Assistant with the school’s Marketing and Communications team, and owns and operates a small theatrical production company. She is an avid investigator of all things strange and unexplained. After graduation, she plans to continue practicing theater and attend a local coding boot camp. She also might sleep sometime.

Michael (Mike) Prothman will graduate in summer of 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies.  He previously earned a Bachelor of Science in Individual Studies in Geology and Mathematics from Central Washington University and currently volunteers as an EMT and Ski patroller for King County Search and Rescue and The Summit at Snoqualmie ski resort.  He works for Catholic Community Services of Western Washington as an Advocate in their Bridge Shelter for the homeless and is applying to medical school where he hopes to specialize in emergency or internal medicine.

Anna Tran is a life-long learner and advocate for quality and relevant education. Anna focuses on curriculum, instruction, and equity in her studies and is graduating from the University of Washington Bothell with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Education this December ‘19. She believes that a common humanity is the first step in celebrating our differences–differences that inform our cultures, values, minds, and all our ways of ‘being’ in the world. Her appreciation of learning through play gives reason for her involvement with the ARC, Northwest Folklife, and Redmond Parks & Recreation. Aside from work and school, you can find her thrifting, bowling, playing ping pong or darts, and eating gyoza.

AJ True is currently a second-year student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Health Studies and upon graduating he plans on attending graduate school for a Master’s degree in Public Health. He intends on working with public health policy at home and abroad in the hopes of improving the quality of life for poor, marginalized, and disempowered communities. Outside of academia, AJ loves both creating and consuming food and music as a way of experiencing other cultures and bringing joy to his friends and family.

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