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Nigelle Cochran

Nigelle Cochran is a MA/PhD student in the English department, specializing in Language & Linguistics. Research Interests: Her MA thesis focused on dialect trends in Missouri English, and she plans to spend her time during her PhD to explore how phonetic realizations in American dialects are used to encode meaning and negotiate group and individual

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Nicholas Olivarez

Nicholas Olivarez is a PhD student in the Molecular Pathogenesis & Therapeutics Program. Research Interests: Host-pathogen interactions, molecular microbiology, vrology, development of novel therapeutics, bacteriophage antimicrobial therapy, astronomy, and physics Campus Involvement: President of Alternative Career Exploration in the Sciences (ACES) graduate student group; president of the Mizzou chapter for the Society for the Advancement

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Veronica Newton Burke

Veronica A. Newton is PhD candidate and graduate instructor in the Department of Sociology with a minor in Black Studies. Research Interests: Her two areas of research are (a) culture and identity and (b) social inequalities. In addition, she has conducted research related to the sociology of education, critical race feminism, and Black women in

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Tiffanesha Williams

Tiffanesha is doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science with an emphasis in comparative politics and international relations. Research Interests: She is interested in the long term effects of the level of colonial exclusionary practices on state capacity in post-colonial states. Her other research interests include the effect of globalization on local mediation of

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Patricka Williams-Simon

Patricka is a PhD student in the biology program in the Division of Biological Sciences. Research Interests: Quantitative Genetics and Genomics Campus Involvement: Founding president of Minorities in STEM (Mi-STEM) Awards: IMSD Fellowship Future Plans: After completing her PhD, Patricka would like to be a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) at NIH. “One of my best

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Michelle Williams

Michelle is a PhD student in the Division of Biological Sciences, with an emphasis in microbiology. Research Interests: Michelle’s research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms of bacterial growth and division. Campus Involvement: ACES, Social Media Coordinator; Bound for Grad School event planning committee, Science Communication and Public Engagements (SCAPE) Awards: Life Science Fellowship, Office

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Kristofferson Culmer

Kristofferson is a PhD student in Computer Science. While at MU, he has served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. In addition, he is a Past President of the Graduate Professional Council (GPC) and Past Chair of the Inter-Campus Student Council (ISC) – University of Missouri System. His research currently focuses on Online Social Networks (OSNs)

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Janae Bradley

Janae is a PhD student in Industrial and Bio-Engineering. Research Interests: Her research interests focus on tissue engineering and biomaterials, and her current research examines the development of an injectable material as a template for intervertebral disc degeneration. Campus Involvement: She is a graduate mentor for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Initiative for Maximizing

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Jana Onwonga

Educational, School, & Counseling Psychology, PhD Student Jana Onwonga is a doctoral student in counseling psychology in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling, Psychology. Research Interests: Jana studies how refugee experiences can inform the development of holistic interventions that would facilitate their successful reintegration into new societies. She also explores the resiliency and growth

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Frank Johnson

Frank graduated from MU with his Master’s Degree in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Soil Sciences in 2015. He is currently a PhD student in the Department of Soil, Environmental, and Atmospheric Sciences. Research Interests: His research involves using Illumina Sequencing, a next-generation sequencing technique, to study dentrification from soils. Campus Involvement: Association for

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Dena Lane-Bonds

Dena is a PhD student in the higher education program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Research Interests: Dena studies the influence of poverty on learning outcomes for college students who identify as homeless and assesses campus resources available to students facing or experiencing food and shelter insecurity. She also utilizes Geographic

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Daphne Valerius

Daphne is a PhD student in the Department of Communication with an emphasis in media representation. Research Interests: Her research interests include the effects of media images on the self-esteem and self-confidence of women and girls of color. She is best known as the Director and Producer of the documentary film, The Souls of Black

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Christopher Odudu

Developmental Psychology, PhD Student Christopher is a PhD student in the developmental psychology program in the Department of Psychological Sciences. Research Interests:  Adolescent Sibling Relationships/How stress affects infant physiological development Campus Involvement: Grad Psychology Association Secretary, IMSD Graduate Mentor, Psychology Honors, Graduate Student Mentor Awards:  NIH IMSD Research Training Grant Fellowship, Ridgel Fellowship Future Plans:

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Adam Northcutt

Adam Northcutt grew up in the small town of DeSoto, MO and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology: Biomedical Sciences from Southeast Missouri State University in 2014.  Following graduation, he became a graduate student in the Division of Biological Sciences at Mizzou. He is a Biology PhD candidate.  As a CIE Ambassador, Adam is happy

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