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EE Nanotechnology | Fellows|NSF GK-12

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Chemical & Petroleum Engineering (Dept. 3295)
1000 E. University Ave
Megan S. Candelaria - Coordinator
Office: 221 Physical Science
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-290-0058

M.S. Candidate in Department of Geology & Geophysics
Science has been my passion since I was very young and I’m lucky to be a part of such a wonderful and diverse group of scientists here at the University of Wyoming. I’m greatly looking forward to sharing my enthusiasm for science in classrooms across the state. When I’m not working on research, I try to spend as much time outside as I possibly can. I enjoy rock climbing and mountain biking and in the winter I love to go skate-skiing and snowboarding. But wherever I go, or whatever I’m doing, it’s a sure bet that my two rescue dogs are alongside me for the adventure. Go ‘Pokes!

PhD Candidate in Condensed Matter Physics, Physics and Astronomy Dept.
I left the hot and humid weather of the South for the frigid arctic awesomeness of Wyoming and surrounding Rockies, in order to pursue my passion for Physics and science. I haven’t looked back since and don’t plan on going back anytime soon. I am so glad to be a part of such an awesome program, EE Nano Tech, and be able to share my passion for science alongside such great grad students. In my spare time I enjoy rock climbing, mountaineering, and sky-diving, really anything to get my blood pumping. I am an avid firearm shooting enthusiast. I basically love anything that scares the willies out of me. I look forward to what the future holds for me and my family.

PhD Candidate in Chemistry

PhD Candidate in Chemistry
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here in Wyoming so far. I moved to Laramie to enjoy all the outdoor recreation this beautiful state has to offer. I now enjoy snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, jogging, and playing sand volleyball, two of which (snowboarding and backpacking) I just started when I moved here! I strongly believe students in Wyoming have great opportunities here with more attentive programs like this one and great science facilities they can take advantage of when they come to UW. As a high school student, I got most of my encouragement and passion for science from my teachers. I hope to help students find their passions for science and engineering and present the fulfilling careers they could enjoy, if they want them. I think being able to talk to different people about STEM topics keeps me interested and optimistic for the future. I also think active hobbies are a great way to stay healthy and happy and we should all try to make time for them outside the classroom or research lab!

PhD Candidate in Chemistry

Masters Candidate in Chemical Engineering
I believe education is the most important tool in ones belt, and true education is a cycle beginning with the gift of a bit of knowledge. With knowledge comes questions. The pursuit of the answers to these questions yields greater knowledge, and in turn greater questions. In my eyes, the end game of education is not to know everything there is to know- for this is impossible. The true goal of education is to give the student the thrill of discovery, and to instill in the student the desire to keep feeling chasing thrill. I have been lucky enough to receive a high quality education, and I am excited to begin my experience on the other side of the classroom.

MBA and Masters of Petroleum Engineering Candidate
I am a Wyoming native. I love outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, and hiking. After being out of the state working for the last three years I am very excited to return to the University of Wyoming and continue my education. I enjoy playing and watching sports especially football and basketball. I think my unique combination of education and work experience will be a valuable addition to the EE Nano program as well as the local Wyoming students.   

PhD. Candidate in Botany
My primary home is and always will be Alaska. Nevertheless, Wyoming has become like a second home for me in many ways, as I married a local girl and started a family during my MS research at UW. Despite the obvious and immense differences for much of the environment and ecology between these states, there are very strong cultural commonalities such as values and an overall sense of independence. I am very aware of the benefits, as well as the challenges, associated with living in a rural area and I appreciate the significant role outreach plays in education and overall awareness. Because I understand this importance, I am even more excited and proud to be part of the EENano Program and its mission for STEM outreach.

MBA and Masters of Petroleum Engineering Candidate
While getting my MBA and Masters in Engineering has been a huge academic goal of mine, I am quite new to the field of Nanotechnology. I am greatly looking forward to being able to give back some scientific and real world knowledge to the Wyoming schools. My family and friends are very important to me, and I try to spend as much time with them as I can. Something that I love to do in my spare time is travel! Having taken amazing opportunities that were presented to me, I've managed to backpack around the world. I have spent time in Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Japan, Australia, France, and pretty much all of Europe! I'm a bit of an adrenaline aficionado, and love bungee jumping, SCUBA diving and skydiving! Running with the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain will get anyone's heart pumping! Having left the state of Wyoming for both work and leisure, I have truly come to appreciate the wonderful qualities that are virtually unique to the area. You don't know what you have 'till it's gone, or in this case, until you leave Wyoming.

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