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Brock Burnett; brockton_burnett@ku.edu

Brock Burnett is a senior majoring in civil engineering. Burnett is a member of the Engineering Student Council, a research assistant, and a member of Chi Epsilon, a civil engineering fraternity. His interests include camping and sketching.

Claire Dalziel; claricedalziel@ku.edu

Claire Dalziel is a senior majoring in human biology and minoring in psychology on a pre-medical track. Dalziel is an Organic Chemistry PLUS Peer leader, a research assistant in KU’s Child Behavior Lab, and the Public Relations and Marketing Chair of Phi Delta Epsilon, a medical fraternity. She also volunteers at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital and participates in intramural sports. 

Saron Demeke; s332d801@ku.edu

Saron is a junior majoring in behavioral neuroscience and minoring in education on the pre-med track. She is involved Nu Rho Psi, the KU honors neuroscience club, serves as an executive board member for a research project in educational psychology with Dr. Marsha McCartney, and was accepted into the Multicultural Scholars Program and University Scholars Program. She also enjoys reading literature as well as running.

Mekayla DePaolis;mekayla.depaolis@ku.edu

Mekayla DePaolis is a senior majoring in chemical engineering. She is a member of the society of Women Engineers, the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, and oSTEM. Her interests include painting and cooking. 

Ellen Edmonds; ebedmonds@ku.edu

Ellen Edmonds is a senior majoring in accounting and finance. Edmonds is the president of the Women in Finance program, a teaching assistant for a managerial economics class, and a business student senator. Edmonds’ interests include social justice and cooking, and she has been named a Koch Scholar. 

Alix Fisk; alixfisk@ku.edu

Alix Fisk is a senior majoring in public administration and applied behavioral science with a specialty in community health and development. She is involved with the University's Center for Community Outreach,  the Center for Service Learning and undergraduate research. Fisk also enjoys listening to and playing music and spending time with her family and friends. She was named a Newman Civic Fellow in 2018, and has recieved a University Undergraduate Research Award and an Honors Opportunity Award. 

Grant Hussong; ghussong@ku.edu

Grant Hussong is a sophomore majoring in classical languages. He is involved in the Classics Club and Spectrum. He also enjoys baking and cake decorating as well as watching bad horror movies. He has received the KU Excellence Scholarship, a Tenney Frank Scholarship and a National Latin Exam Scholarship.

Lauren Jennings; laurenjennings@ku.edu

Lauren Jennings is a junior majoring in biology, chemistry and psychology, and is on the pre-medical track. Jennings is involved with the Kansas Miracle Club, the medical fraternity Phi Delta Epsilon, and the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Her interests include traveling and volunteering, and she is a recipient of the Honors Opportunity Award.

Jeremy McLeod; jmcleod@ku.edu

Jeremy McLeod is a senior majoring in psychology with a minor in human sexuality and women, gender and sexuality studies. McLeod is involved with Dr. Ilardi’s psychology research lab and Dr. Muehlenhard's psychology research lab. He is interested in traveling and outdoor activities.

Sofia Mildrum Chana; 12mildrumchana3@ku.edu

Sofia Mildrum Chana is a senior majoring in human biology and psychology. Chana is involved with the University’s International Admissions Office and the KU Believe Autism Matters club, and has participated in several Alternative Breaks trips. Her interests include psychology research and music. Chana has recieved the KU – Institute of International Education Scholarship and the Veta B. Memorial Award for her academic and extracurricular achievements. 

Emilia Paz; e155p319@ku.edu

Emilia Paz is a senior majoring in computer science. Paz is the secretary of KU's Association for Computing Machinery, the marketing chair of HackKU, and involved with the KU Women in Computing Club. Paz is interested in soccer and travelling, and has earned the KU International Excellence Award and the STEM Leadership Ambassador Award. She is also a member of the engineering honors society Tau Beta Pi.

Vinu Rao; vinu.rao@ku.edu

Vinu Rao is a senior majoring in film and media studies with a production emphasis, as well as molecular, cellular and developmental biology on a pre-medical track. Rao is involved with undergraduate research, the University of Kansas Writerly Friends program and the University of Kansas Women in Medicine program. Rao's interests include writing and video/music production. Rao is a University Scholar and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honors society, and has been awarded a Parker B. Francis Summer Fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center as well as a summer undergraduate Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) Research Fellowship at the Unviersity of Iowa Medical Center. 

Ria Singh; ria.singh2198@ku.edu

Ria Singh is a senior majoring in molecular, cellular and developmental biology on a pre-medical track. Singh is involved with the University's Alternative Breaks program and the Undergraduate Adivisng Center. Singh's interests include travelling, exploring and reading. She is a University Global Scholar and a recipient of the KU – International Institute of Education scholarship.


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