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2016-2017 Sloan Scholars

  • Erin George

    I grew up in the Seattle area of Washington State. I attended the University of Colorado at Boulder for my undergrad where I majored in Physics and Astrophysics. My research project is looking at 14 unusual merging or post-merging galaxies that exhibit large outflows. These galaxies have large masses, but are fairly compact for their redshift. The goal is to understand where the outflows are coming from by examining the star-formation rates, active galactic nuclei activity, and stellar velocity dispersions.

  • Lauren Gilbert

    I grew up in Southlake, TX and attended Caltech for my undergraduate degree, where I studied physics. I work on neutrino interactions in astrophysics.

  • Glen Junor

    Glen Junor

    I grew up in Tustin, California and attained my B.S. in Chemistry from nearby University of California Irvine (UCI). At UCI, I worked with Professor Matt Law on nanomaterials for solar energy. I was primarily concerned with synthesis and characterization of p-type dye sensitized solar cells and lead chalcogenide quantum dot field-effect transistors. My experience with electronic devices inspired my continued interest in the synthesis and electronic structure of main-group and transition-metal species with unusual oxidation states. I am currently working with Professor Guy Bertrand, who is known for work on the isolation and utilization of a series of stable free-carbenes (an unusual oxidation state of carbon). Over the years, our group has demonstrated the usefulness of such an interesting oxidation state for a wide range of applications and generalized these concepts to related species throughout the periodic table. I hope to continue our understanding through the synthesis of carbenes with increasingly complex electronic structure.

  • Alex Mantanona

    Alex Mantanona

    I was born in Lawton, OK but moved to Oxnard, CA when I was 4 as my parents were in the military. I went to Cal State Northridge and received my B.S. in Biochemistry in 2013 and my M.S. in Chemistry in 2016. My research project focuses on making single molecule magnets. Essentially this means I’m trying to make a molecule act as a magnet and be able to hold its magnetism when there is no external magnetic field. This typically only works when you have many molecules that act as a group to hold their magnetism which makes the field of single molecule magnets exciting as you can make stronger, more compact systems if you get it to the molecular level.
  • Arrik Montijo

    I am a Ph.D. student with the department of Structural Engineering (SE). I grew up in Oceanside, CA and completed my Bachelor of Science in SE here at UCSD. I am a first-generation US citizen, and am the first in my family to graduate college. My research focus is on energy dissipation devices for earthquake applications. Specifically, I am researching the effects of slot-pin connections on viscous damping devices. These connections have the potential to isolate the device from low-amplitude, long-duration vibrations. This type of loading has been shown to cause fatigue damage to the dampers, and sometimes results in leaking of viscous fluid. Dampers may be significantly damaged before a seismic event occurs. Leading to potentially catastrophic results during the earthquake. A slot-pin connection will engage dampers only when necessary, and provide a possible solution to reliable damping during an extreme event.
  • Maritza Sanchez

    Maritza Sanchez

    I grew up in Fontana, CA. I did half of my undergrad at UC Santa Barbara and the other half at Cal State Los Angeles, where I studied Mechanical Engineering. My research project looks at the synthesis, structure, and properties of ceramic materials for extreme environments. 

  • Steven Quintero

    Steven Quintero

    I was born in Los Angeles but grew up in San Diego. I did my undergrad at Stanford University, with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Materials Science & Engineering.

  • Bryce Timm

    Bryce Timm

    I was born in South Africa, and moved to the US in the late 90’s. I moved around a lot, but grew up mostly in Mission Viejo, California. From there I moved to a town outside of Austin, Texas for high school (attending Dripping Springs High School). Following that, I attended Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, studying chemistry and philosophy. My research focuses on the molecular origins of human extracellular sulfatase specificity. The surface of our cells is decorated with a wide variety of polysaccharides (glycan chains) that are used as recognition elements for extracellular proteins. A key facet of recognition lies in the anionic charge pattern created by O- and N-linked sulfate groups on glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). Human endosulfatases (HSulfs), active in the extracellular matrix, cleave sulfate groups from GAGs with high specificity for the targeted GAG structure, influencing growth factor and cytokine binding. Our project seeks to investigate the molecular interactions underpinning HSulf activity and selectivity. With no crystal structure available, we hope to use synthetic chemistry to delineate and visualize form and function via customizable affinity probes. Once built, the substrate mimic will serve as a tool, used in conjunction with enzymatic modifications and biophysical spectroscopic techniques to provide structural information regarding the enzyme and the relationship with its targets.

  • Audrey Velasco-Hogan

    Audrey Velasco-Hogan

    I grew up in the Napa Valley and studied chemistry at the University of California Santa Barbara. My research project focuses on understanding biological materials from the deep sea and using this information to design bio inspired materials.

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