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Meet Our Fall 2017 ASU Science is Fun Interns

 

 

 

 

 

Science is Fun Alumni

Gabrielle Luu

Gabrielle Luu

 Gabrielle Luu is a first generation undergraduate majoring in biochemistry and minoring in studio art.  As a minority female in the field, she hopes to be a living example of the idea that anyone can pursue a STEM education and career. As a part of ASU Science is Fun, her favorite part is sharing her passion for science and being inspired by the excitement of the crowd. Outside of science, her second passion lies in art. Gabrielle is in the midst of combining the two seemingly opposite fields into one interdisciplinary project for her Honors Thesis. If she could offer the younger population any advice, she’d say to find what you love and run with it wherever it may take you. Though she enjoys public outreach and art, Gabrielle’s ultimate goal is to earn her medical degree and become a practicing surgeon.

Tyler Rebe

Tyler Rebe

 Tyler Rebe is a statistics major at Arizona State University. He is also a part of Barrett, the Honors College. Tyler’s love of puzzles drove him to pursue a STEM degree. He feels that there are always more questions to be answered, but you need to find the correct pieces before you can answer them. To him, the best part of Science is Fun is seeing the excitement generated when the kids learn something new. Tyler’s advice to young scientists is, “No matter how difficult a problem is or how impossible it may seem, don’t give up on it. The solution is out there.”

 

Kira

Kira Varga

Kira Varga is an undergraduate at Arizona State University. She is studying chemical engineering through Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and is a member of Barrett, the Honors College. She is originally from Utah and came to Arizona to pursue her degree and to explore all of the opportunities that ASU has to offer. Kira loves science, math and sharing it with others.  Kira became an intern for Science is Fun in order to share her love and excitement of science with younger students. The best part of Science is Fun to her is being able to share the excitement of science with students and to show them how much fun science can be.

Toni Brown

Toni Brown

Toni Brown is an undergraduate majoring in physics and minoring in art. She is also working to receive a certificate to teach secondary education and would like to teach physics at the high school level after graduation. Toni has always been fascinated with science and her goal is to know how everything in the universe works. Science Is Fun is a wonderful program for working with science principles as well as gaining experience teaching to all ages and levels of learners. Toni’s favorite part about being a Science Is Fun intern is getting to witness the “ah-ha” moment for others. Toni’s advice for any learner is to never stop asking questions and always look for places to learn outside of the classroom. Even if someone is not teaching, there is still the opportunity to learn!

 

Rachel Casleton

  Rachel Casleton

Rachel Casleton is an undergraduate at Arizona State University. She is studying genetics, developmental and cell biology through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and is a part of Barrett, the Honors College. She is originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, and hopes to work in either research science, or in medicine as an optometrist. Her inspiration to pursue a STEM degree comes from her parents, who always encouraged her to be curious about the world around her. For Rachel, the best part of Science is Fun is being able to participate in science outreach with students of all ages and members of the community.

Megan Dieu

 Megan Dieu

Megan Dieu is an undergraduate at Arizona State University. She is studying chemical engineering through Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and is a part of Barrett, the Honors College. Megan decided to attend ASU because she knew that ASU offers the opportunity for students to make a difference in society while continuing their pursuit of knowledge. Megan LOVES being an Intern for ASU Science is Fun. To her, the best part of Science is Fun is sharing her love of science with the students. Megan's advice to young students is, "Keep your mind open to trying and learning new things. There is an entire world out there waiting to be discovered."

Alex Crawley

 

Alex Crawley

Alex Crawley is an undergraduate at Arizona State University. He is studying Material Science Engineering through the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Alex chose ASU because of the diverse environment, fantastic engineering program, and the opportunities it offers. He is from Normal, Illinois and hopes to work with the integration of material science in modern medicine and medical treatments. This is Alex’s first semester as a Science is Fun intern but he is very excited for the semesters to come. His favorite part of being a Science is Fun intern is learning from the questions and interactions during different road shows and outreach events.

Bianca Garcia 

Bianca Garcia

 Bianca Garcia is a undergraduate at Arizona State University, majoring in earth and environmental studies with a minor in sustainability. Bianca is from Phoenix, Arizona. After college, she wants to do research in sustainable energy, water, and food resources to find solutions on how to cut back on our resource usage. Bianca joined Science is Fun because teaching and science are her passions. When she is not working with Science is Fun, she likes to play on the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team at ASU, play guitar or try new restaurants. Some fun facts about Bianca is that she snorts a lot when she laughs, uses puns whenever she can and loves baby goats (she hopes to own one someday).

 

Zoe Greco

Zoe Greco

Zoe Greco is a undergraduateat Arizona State University, graduating in the spring of 2017. She is in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport, and Energy in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and is studying mechanical engineering with a concentration in energy and environment. Zoe decided to pursue this STEM career path because engineers are problem solvers and she wanted to help people by contributing to solutions of the world’s most critical problems. During her time at ASU she has been involved with Engineering Projects and Community Service (EPICS) where she was a team leader on a design project for the city of Tempe, and the Society for Women Engineers where she volunteered at many STEM outreach events. Zoe’s talent of leadership, love for outreach, and passion for STEM attracted her to become involved with Science is fun. A piece of advice she would give to aspiring engineers and scientists is “When something is difficult, do not give up! Break down the problem and try again and again because the most important problems are going to be challenging, but solving them can make the biggest difference.”

Abigail Howell

Abigail Howell

Abigail Howell is an undergraduate majoring in biomedical science. She is a research assistant at BioDesign in the Human and Comparative Genomics Laboratory working on developing software to study mutations in ciliates and other organisms. For her graduate studies, she hopes to stay close to home (and her 4 siblings, 9 cats, 3 dogs, and 2 tortoises) at ASU studying the protein expression of rats during declarative memory. Inspired by the program’s founder Mike McKelvy, who introduced her to Science Is Fun at the high school level, she has reinstated the program at ASU to continue his work inspiring the next generation of scientists through educational science demonstrations and community outreach. Her favorite part of Science Is Fun is encouraging young women to purse STEM careers and serving as a positive role model for them.

Michal Koury

Michal Koury

 Michael Koury is an undergraduate at Arizona State University. He is studying mathematics and astrophysics through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and is in Barrett the Honors College. Michael was born in Gilbert, Arizona and raised a Sun Devil. Michael was an intern for Science is Fun in high school and is honored and privileged to continue sharing his passion for physics and chemistry with people of all ages. His absolute favorite part of Science is Fun is to inspire, and in turn be inspired by the passion with which the students react to the science demonstrations. His advice for young students is, “Always follow what interests and inspires you. Never let anyone dictate how you should live your life, but strive to forge new paths where you want to go”.

Angela Mercado

Angela Mercado

Angela Mercado is an undergraduate at Arizona State University and is majoring in chemical engineering through Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.  She plans to find a career in the food industry once she graduates and hopes to mentor students pursuing S.T.E.M majors. What she loves most about being an ASU Science is Fun intern is sharing the wonders of science through fun and thought provoking demonstrations with all age groups.  She hopes, with the help of the program, students are able to look at the world in a different way for the rest of their life! Her advice to students is to "always welcome challenges with open arms.”

 

Dustin Nguyen

Dustin Nguyen

Dustin Nguyen is an undergraduate student at Arizona State University. He is studying both physics and astrophysics through the Physics Department and the School of Earth and Space Exploration and is a part of Barrett, the Honors College. Dustin was drawn to ASU because of its proximity to his home in Gilbert. He was introduced to Science is Fun by a fellow colleague, Abigail Howell. His favorite part of Science is Fun is when the kids get super excited and seem like they've reached an epiphany such that they'll dedicate the rest of their life to conducting experiments and become a mad scientist. Dustin majored in physics and astrophysics because he wants to know why the universe is the way it is. There are so many unanswered questions! Dustin plans on going to graduate school and is primarily interested in astrophysical particle physics and wants to take on the modern theoretical, and experimental, challenges of physical cosmology. Dustin enjoys competitive League of Legends, calligraphy, fountain pens, cute cat videos, and coffee.

Sonia Sabrowsky

Sonia Sabrowsky

Sonia Sabrowsky is an undergraduate studying biochemistry and psychology at Arizona State University. She is a part of Barrett, the Honors College and works as a tutor for ASU’s Global Freshman Academy. An avid learner herself, she enjoys inspiring other students to learn and grow in their understanding of the physical world. Science is Fun has given Sonia the opportunity to share her passion for science with younger students, but her favorite part of Science is Fun is when the adults are just as amazed by the demonstrations as the younger viewers. Sonia firmly believes that we should never wait to learn something new because we’ll never run out of things to learn; we’ll only run out of time in which to learn them.

 

Danny Simonet

 Danny Simonet

Danny Simonet is an undergraduate studying mechanical engineering with minors in educational studies and materials science and engineering. After graduating, she wishes to pursue a doctorate degree in either mechanical engineering or materials science and engineering to become a professor at a university. She chose to become an ASU Science is Fun Intern to build off her previous experience in teaching children science and engineering concepts whilst encouraging students to consider pursuing higher education. Her favorite part of being an ASU Science is Fun Intern is seeing the inspired students after taking the time to show demonstrations they would not ordinarily see.

Madison Sutton

Madison Sutton

Madison Sutton is an undergraduate at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. She is studying psychological sciences and global studies with a minor in French. Madison decided to attend ASU because of the access it granted to diverse resources and expertise in research. She enjoys being an intern for Science is Fun because it allows her to make an impact in the community and be inspired by the next generation of students. Her advice to these students is "Ask as many questions as you can. They feed your curiosity."

 

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