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Christopher K. ShulerToby Lee Award in Geology and Geophysics and 2018 ARCS Scholar of the Year
Advisor: Aly El-Kadi; Expected graduation: May 2019
Education: BS in environmental science, University of Oregon; post-baccalaureate certification in environmental education, University of Minnesota, Duluth; MS in geology and geophysics, UH Manoa
Goal: work with water utilities or organizations, applying hydrogeologic field studies, geochemical applications, numerical modeling and project management to provide clean drinking water
Chris uses groundwater modeling, water quality studies and environmental assessments to sustainably manage groundwater resources on the island of Tutuila in the Territory of American Samoa, work that has already produced two technical reports. He is an avid naturalist, outdoorsman and ocean goer.
Julia D. CramerARCS Honolulu Award in Chemistry
Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences
Advisor: Joseph Jarrett; Expected graduation: May 2019
Education: BS, Chemistry, University of Hawai‘i at Ma¯noa
Goal: a career in academia, where she can run her own research group investigating how metals and organometallic compounds move through ecosystems and are modified and/or sequestered by plants and bacteria
Julia studies the enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of the critical vitamin biotin by bacteria, with the ultimate goal of designing safe and effective drugs to combat antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria that cause tuberculosis. When she is not in the lab, the Mililani High School graduate enjoys spending time at the beach with her son, sewing, making jewelry and reading (anything, but fantasy novels in particular). She will use her ARCS award for professional travel and preschool tuition.
Kristin A. Dembia
Bretzlaff Foundation Award in Engineering
Allexa R. DowSarah Ann Martin Award in Microbiology
Microbiology, College of Natural Sciences
Advisor: Sladjana Prišić; Expected graduation: August 2020
Education: BS in biology, MS in molecular biosciences and bioengineering, UH Ma¯noa
Goal: pursue a science career, sharing passion for bacterial genetics and molecular microbiology with young learners
Interests: cooking, surfing, hiking, running, hula-hooping, DIY projects, aquaculture
Allexa is using a model mycobacterium to study ribosome heterogeneity—the ability of many bacteria to build complex cellular structures called ribosomes using different proteins under different growth conditions. Better understanding of the process in the model bacteria could shed light on how pathogenic bacteria, such as that causing tuberculosis, survive. ARCS Scholar Award funding will allow the Castle Rock, Colo., native to share findings and pursue collaborations with mainland colleagues.
Nicholas C. Krueger
Helen Jones Farrar Award in Tropical Agriculture
Brooks I. MitchellEllen M. Koenig Foundation Award in Medicine
Tropical Medicine, John A. Burns School of Medicine
Advisors: Cecilia Shikuma and Lishomwa Ndhlovu; Expected graduation: May 2019
Education: BS in microbiology, MS in biomedical sciences (tropical medicine), UH Ma¯noa
Goal: pursue an MD after completing his PhD, gaining
clinical knowledge that will better articulate the significance of bench research to clinical research as a physician scientist
Interests: hiking swimming, surfing, free-diving
While HIV isn’t the death sentence it once was, it appears to cause chronic inflammation and lymph node fibrosis that create higher risk of corollary illnesses. Brooks is studying the underlying immunological mechanisms, which could lead to cell-targeted therapies that reduce lymphoid tissue fibrosis. He has received several achievement awards and travel scholarships related to his research. The ARCS Scholar award will help defray living expenses, allowing him to focus on his research.
Sarah Ann Martin Award in Information and Computer Science
Andrew S. Repp
Columbia Communications Award in Astronomy
Van WishingradMaybelle Roth Award in Conservation Biology
Biology, College of Natural Sciences
Advisor: Robert Thomson; Expected graduation: May 2020
Education: BA in biology, University of California, Santa Cruz; MSc in biology, University of Saskatchewan
Goal: become a research scientist
Interests: hiking, backpacking, science, lizards/snakes
Van’s research focuses on landscape genetics—the idea that the physical structure of the landscape can influence evolution by accelerating genetic change by preventing gene flow. Previous studies have focused on specific populations. Van is using the widely-dispersed Western Fence Lizard as a model species to understand whether landscape genetics findings can be generalized across space. The Santa Barbara, Calif., native is the lead author on five publications on lake sturgeon.