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Chelsea Campbell
Middle School: Englewood Middle School
Discipline: Science, Environmental Science
Chelsea is a Master's student at the University of Colorado Denver. She is studying Environmental Science to compliment her Bachelor's Degree in chemistry from Western Kentucky University. She was born and raised in Louisville, KY and came to Denver for graduate school. Chelsea is currently working at the United States Geological Survey as a Hydrologic Technician, and is doing research with the UCD civil engineering department on pervious concrete and the clogging potential. In her free time, Chelsea likes to support the economy by shopping, going to the movies, and dining out. She also enjoys hiking, skiing, and camping.
Mentor:
Timberley Roane
Lead Teacher:
Dave Lammers
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Matt Nabity
Middle School: Englewood Middle School
Discipline: Mathematics
Matt is a third year graduate student in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. His research is on numerical methods for eigenvalue computation on mutli-core platforms. Previously, Matt worked more in the field of mathematical modeling, specifically on problems in reactive gas dynamics. The numerical techniques Matt and his colleagues used on the models they developed were not the most sophisticated, and that is what led Matt to my current field of study. Now, Matt is working more on the numerical methods used to solve problems found in numerous fields with diverse applications. Matt hopes to eventually find a faculty position at a university or college. Away from school, he enjoys just about any outside activity, especially on two wheels, and tries to see as much live music as possible.
Mentor:
Julien Langou
Lead Teacher:
Miranda Price
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Jeff Larson
Middle School: Everitt Middle School
Discipline: Science
Jeff is a current graduate student in mathematics at UC Denver. He is researching optimization and is interested in using mathematics to help doctors and assist the field of medicine. Jeff was born and raised in South Dakota, and went to college in Helena, MT. He has held many jobs in his life, including driving a truck for Pepsi, painting the lines on Interstates, delivering meals for the elderly, assisting with day-care for 1 and 2 year olds, subsistence farming, and refereeing soccer. Additionally, he has had many head injuries and concussions, ridden in the back of a cop car once, nearly won a High School girl's JV basketball game, and is a two-time champion powderpuff football coach.
Mentor:
Randy Tagg
Lead Teacher:
Michele Harris
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Debbie Batista
Middle School: Everitt Middle School
Discipline: Mathematics & Statitics
Debbie is currently starting her third year as a graduate student in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. Debbie's research interests are in time series and spatial statistics. Specifically, her research is focused on developing an algorithm to extract common pulse-like signals from multiple time series. The motivation was to be able to identify and quantify pulse-like deposition of sulfate from volcanic eruptions in multiple polar ice core records. Debbie is originally from Connecticut and moved out to Colorado to pursue her graduate studies. In her free time, she enjoys all things musical, both listening and creating. Debbie sings in her church choir, and currently is learning to play the piano. Her diverse interests also include hiking, cooking, baking, and drawing.
Mentor:
Lynn Bennethum
Lead Teacher:
Kathy Brown
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Angela Harris
Middle School: Englewood Leadership Academy
Discipline: Mathematics
Angela is a fourth (and final) year graduate student in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at University of Colorado Denver. Her research is in the area of Graph Theory, in particular cycle structures in graphs, as well as graph saturation. Angela spent most of her life in southern Alabama. She has a B.S. in Physics, a B.A. in German, and an M.S. in Mathematics, all of which she earned at the University of South Alabama. Outside of school, Angela enjoys biking, hiking, and video games. Her career goals are to teach at a university where she can bring in programs, such as the GK-12, that help support math and science instruction in the K-12 system.
Mentor:
Diana White
Lead Teacher:
Ericka Legnard
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Rachel Fiala
Middle School: Creighton Middle School
Discipline: Science, Chemistry
Rachel is a second year graduate student in chemistry at the University of Colorado Denver. Her current research deals with capillary electrophoresis, but more specifically, the use of microchip systems to separate and detect biological species on a much smaller scale. Rachel is a native to Colorado; living in Lakewood throughout her childhood and not moving to Denver until recently. Rachel received her Bachelor's Degree in chemistry in May 2008. In her free time, however, she enjoys running, skiing, playing tennis, reading, and of course, shopping. For future plans, Rachel would like to earn a doctorate degree in chemistry education so that she will be able to teach at the university/college level. She is open to working in the industry for a few years, in order to figure out what type of job best suits her current interests. Rachel loves teaching and working with adolescents, but would enjoy working in a lab where medical research is done, or perhaps work for the FBI or CBI as an investigator.
Mentor:
Mark Anderson
Lead Teacher:
Suzanne Stark
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Erin Steiner
Middle School: Drake Middle School
Discipline: Science, Environmental Science
Erin is a second year graduate student in the Environmental Science program at University of Colorado Denver. She loves the study area of environmental science because it incorporates all the sciences, as well as the human effects on the world around us. Erin's research as an undergraduate was in aquatic ecology. The focus of the research was changes in freshwater mussel populations in the Vermilion River, Ohio. This research also looked at the reasons why the species populations were changing; erosion and sedimentation, urbanization, agriculture. The purpose of this research is to gain an enhanced idea of how freshwater mussel populations re-colonized the Great Lakes region after glaciations about 10,000 years ago and the anthropogenic effects on them today. For fun Erin enjoys hiking, camping, climbing, snowboarding and reading about the latest environmental news. In the future Erin hopes to pursue a doctoral degree and become a full time professor. She loves to share her knowledge with others, especially when it comes to the environment.
Mentor:
Byran Wee
Lead Teacher:
Chris Cornejo
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Craig Tennenhouse
Middle School: Drake Middle School
Discipline: Mathematics
Craig is a second year graduate student working on a PhD in mathematics at UC Denver. His masters focus was in functional analysis, and his doctoral work is in graph theory, specifically subgraph avoidance in simple and oriented simple graphs. Craig likes playing music, cooking, and hiking in the mountains with his family. He grew up in Maryland and Indiana and taught college-level mathematics full-time for 5 years in North Dakota and California. He is looking forward to teaching college students again, hopefully at a mid-sized university with the opportunity to work on research with both undergraduate and graduate students. Craig also wants to continue working with public schools, either directly with students or in teacher education.
Mentor:
Mike Jacobson
Lead Teacher:
Stephanie Miller
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