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Jamie Crait

Program Director, WRSP

Ag-C, Rm 5007

1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Email: craitj@uwyo.edu

__________________________

Tabatha Spencer

Project Coordinator, UW Science Initiative

A&S Rm 152A

1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4447

Email: tspence5@uwyo.edu

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Alumni Research Scholars

Emily Armitage

Emily Armitage

A 2017-2018 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Cheyenne, WY, Emily graduated from UW in 2018 with a degree in Biology. Her undergraduate work with Dr. Naomi Ward of the UW Botany Department was entitled "Exploring sterol function in the bacterium Gemmata obscriglobus."


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Sarah Brannon

A 2017-2018 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Westminster, MA, Sarah graduated in 2018 with degrees in Wildlife & Fisheries Biology & Management and Environment & Natural Resources.  Sarah's undergraduate work with  Dr. Corey Tarwater of the UW Zoology and Physiology Department focused on researching the influence of changing rainfall, parental traits, and nest traits on parental care in tropical birds and how that may subsequently alter juvenile survival and recruitment. Sarah's work involved two summers worth of data collection at field sites in Panama.


Jordan Brophy

Jordan Brophy

A 2015-17 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Wray, CO, Jordan graduated from UW in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Her undergraduate research work on "Synthesis of Nitrogenated Holey Two-Dimensional Structures" was done with Dr. John Hoberg of the UW Chemistry Department. Jordan is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Chemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Dianna Brutsman

Diana Brutsman

A 2015-16 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Cheyenne, WY, Diana graduated from UW in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Fish Biology and Management. Her undergraduate research work on "song divergence and reproductive isolation in passerine birds" was done with Dr. Matthew Carling of the UW Zoology and Physiology Department. She is currently working in a research internship at the Topeka Zoo. 


Delta Burchi

Delta Burchi

A 2015-19 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Laramie, WY, Delta graduated from UW in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology. Her undergraduate research work on the "incubation of craving" phenomena that is thought to help explain why former substance abusers relapse, and also why those actively dieting can seem to "lose control" and binge even after positive results, was done with Dr. Travis Brown of the UW School of Pharmacy. 


Rachael Coleman

Rachael Coleman

A 2015-16 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Cheyenne, WY, Rachael graduated from UW in 2016 with Bachelors of Science degrees in Chemistry and Molecular Biology. Her undergraduate research work on " C-H Bond Oxidation by Modification of the Secondary Coordination Sphere of a High-Valent Iron-Oxo Complex " was done with Dr. Elliott Hulley of the UW Chemistry Department. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Chemistry at Cornell University.


Thyme Cooke

A 2017-2018 Wyoming Research Scholar originally from Cheyenne, WY, Thyme graduated in 2018 with a degree in Zoology. Thyme's undergraduate work with Dr. Jacob Goheen of the UW Department of Zoology & Physiology involved investigating links between hybridization and natural gas development for a mammalian species of conservation concern.


Madison Crawford

Madison Crawford

A 2017-19 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Newcastle, WY, Madison graduated from UW in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Botany. Her undergraduate research work on the potential effects of bloom density on attracting rare pollinating insects was done with Dr. Lusha Tronstad of the Wyoming Natural Diversity Database (WYNDD). 


Ella DeWolf

Ella DeWolf

A 2016-19 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Laramie, WY, Ella graduated from UW in 2019 with Bachelors of Science degrees in Molecular Biology and Microbiology. Her undergraduate research work studying the interactions of soil microbial communities, production of secondary defense compounds in plants, and insect damage, as well as characterization of microbial communities of water lilies and alpine lakes in the Snowy Range was done with Dr. Cynthia Weinig of the UW Departments of Botany and Molecular Biology. 


Logan Eicholzer

Logan Eicholzer

A 2016-2017 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Liverpool, NY, Logan is currently pursuing Bachelors degrees in Environmental Systems Science and Environment and Natural Resources. Her undergraduate work with Dr. Ramesh Sivanpillai (Botany and WyGISC) included mapping Wyoming water bodies using satellite images."


Logan Fairbourn

Logan Fairbourn

A 2016-2017 Wyoming Research Scholar originally from Cheyenne, WY, Logan graduated in 2018 with a degree in Microbiology. His undergraduate work with  Ms. Rachel Watson (Molecular Biology), Dr. John Willford (Molecular Biology), and Dr. Jennifer Harmon (Family and Consumer Sciences) was an interdisciplinary project involving determining the fiber properties of bacterial cellulose and surmising application potentials as they relate to the textile industry.


Sarah Fanning

Sarah Fanning

A 2018-2019 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Thornton, CO, Sarah graduated in 2019 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Geology. Her undergraduate work on climatic and paleoecologic analysis of the Eocene Thermal Maximum 2 was done with Dr. Ellen Currano of the UW Departments of Geology and Botany.


Andrew Flaim

 

Andrew Flaim

A 2017-2018 WYoming Research Scholar originally from Laramie, WY, Andrew graduated in 2018 with a degree in Geology. His undergraduate work with Dr. Bryan Shuman (Geology and Paleoclimatology) involved studying controls on abrupt forest changes in the Snowy Range Mountains in Wyoming. The investigation used charcoal, pollen, and oxygen isotopic records in two lake sediment cores from the Libby Flats plateau to better understand the relationships between major destructive events, such as fires, and past climatic shifts and to highlight the potential for the coincidence of fires and climate change to alter forests over large areas today and in the near future.


Ina Goodman

A 2015-16 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Cody, WY, Ina was given a posthumous degree from UW in 2016. Ina passed away during the spring of 2016. Ina's work on " Evaluating the influence of sun incidence angle on mapping water bodies in Landsat images"  was presented at the 2016 UW Undergraduate Research Day by her advisor  Ramesh  Sivanpillai of the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center.


Olivia Glassock

Olivia Glassock

A 2016-17 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Buffalo, WY, Olivia is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology & Health Promotion. Her work with Dr. Guanglong He (School of Pharmacy) utilized mice to understand whether knocking out certain proteins that codes for the inflammation reaction in the cardiovascular system cause beneficial or detrimental effects to the mice.


Jazlynn Hall

Jazlynn Hall

A 2015-16 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Rawlins, WY, Jazlynn graduated from UW in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography. Her undergraduate research work on the "Effect of hillslope and forest age on tree water use in the Panama Canal Watershed" was done with Dr. Brent Ewers of the UW Botany Department. Jazlynn was awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship and is currently pursuing a PhD at Columbia University.


Samantha Haller

Samantha Haller

A 2016-17 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Cheyenne, WY, Samantha graduated from UW in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology. Her undergraduate research work on "Activation of CARD9: the role of adipocyte liplysis" was done with Dr. Guanglong He of the UW School of Pharmacy. 


Avery Hanks

A 2018-19 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Wheatland, WY, Avery is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Physiology. Her undergraduate research work included studying the behavior and biology of the Xenopus tadpole. She used a cryostat to see cross-sections of the Xenopus brain.  This technique is used to establish gradients and observe protein expression in general.  


Rosemary Hopson

Rosemary Hopson

A 2018-19 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Gillette, WY, Rosemary graduated from UW in 2019 with Bachelors of Science degrees in Zoology and Botany. Her undergraduate research work on neighborhood effects on frugivory rates of a native Hawaiian plant species, Dianella sandwicensis, was done with Dr. Corey Tarwater of the UW Zoology & Physiology Department. 


Vivek Jain

Vivek Jain

A 2015-16 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Bangalore, India, Vivek graduated from UW in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. His undergraduate research work on the "Growth of EuO/Si and EuO/CaF2 and via Pulsed laser deposition and investigating its magnetic nature" was done with Dr. Jinke Tang of the UW Physics and Astronomy Department. Vivek is currently working on a research internship in physics at the University of Minnesota.


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Rhiannon Jakopak

A 2015-16 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Scotland, SD, Rhiannon graduated from UW in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Fish Biology and Management. Her undergraduate research work on " Assessing a critical assumption and providing context to remotely sensed data for ecological studies " was done with Dr. Kevin Monteith of the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. She is currently studying wildlife in Kenya and plans to continue graduate studies at UW.


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Logan Jensen

A 2016-17 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Greybull, WY, Logan graduated from UW in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics & Astronomy. His undergraduate research work with Dr. Michael Pierce of the UW Physics and Astronomy Department involved a number of projects including analyzing data collected from the 2017 solar eclipse by the "Citizen CATE" experiment.

 


Lukas Lindquist

Lukas Lindquist

A 2016-17 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Fort Collins, CO, Lukas graduated from UW in 2018 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Geology and  Environment & Natural Resources. His undergraduate research was done with Dr. Ellen Currano of the UW Botany and UW Geology Departments.


Annie Krueger

Annie Krueger

A 2015-16 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Stevensville, MD, Annie graduated from UW in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. Her undergraduate research work on " Detecting sublethal effects of imidacloprid on bumble bees (Bombus impatiens) " was done with Dr. Michael Dillon of the UW Zoology & Physiology Department. She is currently working as a researcher with Bayer and plans to pursue a PhD in environmental toxicology.


Matthew Lehmitz

Matthew Lehmitz

A 2015-16 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Laramie, WY, Matthew completed his WRSP project while working on a second bachelor's degree in Computer Science. His undergraduate research work on " Using unmanned aerial vehicles to examine Epiphytes" was done with Dr. Greg Brown of the UW Botany Department.  He is currently pursuing graduate studies in the UW Botany Department. 


Kenneth Madsen

Kenneth Madsen

A 2015-17 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Cheyenne, WY, Kenneth graduated from UW in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. His undergraduate research work on "Synthesis and Properties of Carbide Buckpaper" was done with Dr. Brian Leonard of the UW Chemistry Department. Kenneth is currently pursuing a PhD in Chemistry at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


Alexa Milbradt

Alexa Milbradt

A 2018-19 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Palmer, AK, Alexa0 graduated from UW in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Her undergraduate research included working on neural correlates of personality and spatial navigation abilities. She worked under the supervision of Dr. Meredith Minear in her Cognitive Neuroplasticity and EEG Lab.


Marisa Moret

Marisa Moret

A 2015-16 Wyoming Research Scholar originally from Fort Collins, CO, Marisa graduated from UW in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology. Marisa's WRSP research involved examining "Developmental plasticity of behavior phenotypes in Ankyrin 3 mutants" with Dr. Qian-Quan Sun of the UW Zoology & Physiology Department. 


Brittanny Nordberg

Brittany Nordberg

A 2016-17 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Cody, WY, Brittany graduated from UW in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife & Fisheries Biology & Management. Her undergraduate research work exploring the evolutionary history of Tanganyika's Nile perch species was done with Dr. Catherine Wagner of the UW Botany Department.


Zachary Parsons

Zachary Parsons

A 2017-19 Wyoming Research scholar originally from East Wenatchee, WA, Zachary graduated from UW in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. His undergraduate research work exploring how bumblebees fly at high elevations, where decreased air density makes flying more difficult, was done with Dr. Michael Dillon of the UW Zoology & Physiology Department.


Ryan Parziale

Ryan Parziale

A 2016-19 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Laramie, WY, Ryan graduated from UW in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronomy & Astrophysics. Her undergraduate research work researching star clusters in nearby galaxies and testing the accuracy of software that runs SED fitting was done with Dr. Daniel Dale of the UW Physics & Astronomy Department.


Ashleigh Rhea

Ashleigh Rhea

A 2016-18 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Dillon, MT, Ashleigh graduated from UW in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife & Fisheries Biology & Management. Her undergraduate research work involved testing for correlations between immune function and cartenoid levels with Dr. Matt Carling of the UW Zoology and Physiology Department.


Thomas Rochais

Thomas Rochais

A 2015-16 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Flers, France, Thomas graduated from UW in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronomy & Astrophysics. His undergraduate research work on " Data Reduction and Star Clusters in Galaxy NGC 2655" was done with Dr. Adam Myers of the UW Physics and Astronomy Department. Thomas is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania.


Anna Savage

A 2017-19 Wyoming Research Scholar originally from Greybull, WY, Anna is currently a junior at UW pursuing a degree in Environmental Systems Science. Anna's WRSP research monitoring vegetation phenology using MODIS time-series satellite data was done with Dr. Ramesh Sivanpillai of WyGISC and the UW Botany Department.


Rachel Schambow

Rachel Schambow

A 2015-16 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Janesville, WI, Rachael graduated from UW in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology. Her undergraduate research work on "C-H Bond Oxidation by Modification of the Secondary Coordination Sphere of a High-Valent Iron-Oxo Complex " was done with Dr. Donal Skinner of the UW Zoology and Physiology Department. She is currently attending the University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Veterinary Science. 


Danielle Schurhammer

Danielle Schurhammer

A 2017-18 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Plainview, MN, Danielle graduated from UW in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Her undergraduate research focused on 'changing-look' quasars and how they change over time. This work was done with Dr. Adam Myers of the UW Physics and Astronomy Department.


Darbi Schlenker

Darbi Schlenker

A 2016-17 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Meeteetse, WY, Darbi is a current UW senior majoring in Management.


Veronica Spaulding

Veronica Spaulding

A 2016-17 Wyoming Research scholar originally from North Folk, CA, Veronica graduated from UW in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Her undergraduate research analyzing nitrogenated crystalline organic frameworks was done with Dr. John Hoberg of the UW Chemistry Department.


Daniel Stanley

A 2018-19 Wyoming Research Scholar originally from Waukonda, IL, Daniel is currently a senior at UW pursuing degrees in Biology and Environmental & Natural Resources. Daniel's WRSP research was done with Dr. Qian-Quan Sun of the UW Zoology & Physiology Department. 


Aaron Strom

Aaron Strom

A 2015-17 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Rock Springs, WY, Aaron graduated from UW in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. His undergraduate research work on "Acetylene Reactions in Solid Molecular Hydrogen and Helium Recovery" was done with Dr. David Anderson of the UW Chemistry Department. 


Heather Townsend

Heather Townsend

A 2016-19 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Douglas, WY, Heather graduated from UW in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Her undergraduate research work investigating the synergism between exercise and TRPV1 activation to enhance metabolic activity was done with Dr. Baskaran Thyagarajan of the UW School of Pharmacy. 


Kasey Trotter

Kasey Trotter

A 2015-16 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Fort Collins, CO, Kasey graduated from UW in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Her undergraduate research included work with Dr. Elliott Hulley in the UW Chemistry Department and Dr. Peter Thorsness in the UW Molecular Biology Department.


Jordan Turner

A 2015-16 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Marietta, GA, Jordan graduated from UW in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronomy & Astrophysics. His undergraduate research work "Characterizing Young Stellar Populations in a Sample of Nearby Dwarf Galaxies" was done with Dr. Daniel Dale of the UW Physics and Astronomy Department. Jordan is currently pursuing a PhD in Physics at UW.


Joshua Walmsley

Joshua Walmsley

A 2017-19 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Douglas, WY, Joshua graduated from UW in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. His undergraduate research involved using measurements at individual nanoparticles to screen electrocatalysts for the oxidation of hydrazine. Probing the catalysis at individual nanoparticles will make it possible to determine how the geometry of individual nanoparticles affects their electrocatalytic properties. His research was done with Dr. Caleb Hill in the UW Department of Chemistry.


Jacob Williams

Jacob Williams

A 2017-19 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Centennial, WY, Jacob graduated from UW in 2019 with Bachelor of Science Degrees in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Statistics. His undergraduate research involved investigating questions toward novel insights in discrete tomographic theories and algorithms. Discrete tomography is a field of mathematics which studies the reconstruction of images from limited information about them; it has applications in fields such as medical imaging and scientific microscopy. His research was done with Dr. Bryan Shader in the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics at UW.


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Elizabeth Wirsching

A 2016-17 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Laramie, WY, Elizabeth is a current UW Senior majoring in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management. Her undergraduate research involved piloting and studying the feasibility of using unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) to collect close up images of plant canopies with Dr. Greg Brown of the UW Botany Department and Dr. Ramesh Sivanpillai  of the UW Botany and WyGISC Departments.


Sarah Wurzel

Sarah Wurzel

A 2017-18 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Powell, WY, Sarah graduated from UW in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish. Her undergraduate research involved investigating the effects of spraying mosquitos on macroinvertebrates in Spring Creek, Laramie, WY with Dr. Lusha Tronstad of the UW Zoology and Physiology Department and the WYNDD program.

 


Richard Yang

Richard Yang

A 2015-16 Wyoming Research Scholar originally from Laramie, WY, Richard graduated from UW in 2017 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. Richard's WRSP research on "Improving our understanding of how brains work by better visualizing computational brain models" was done with Dr. Jeff Clune of the UW Computer Science Department. Richard is currently pursing a Master's Degree in Computer Science at Stanford University. 



Rex Yeigh

Rex Yeigh

A 2015-17 Wyoming Research scholar originally from Buffalo, WY, Rex graduated from UW in 2018 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Physics. Rex's WRSP research focused on "Transit Photometry of Exoplanets using a Roboticized Telescope" and was done with Dr. Hannah Jang Condell of the UW Physics and Astronomy Department.


Contact Us

Jamie Crait

Program Director, WRSP

Ag-C, Rm 5007

1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Email: craitj@uwyo.edu

__________________________

Tabatha Spencer

Project Coordinator, UW Science Initiative

A&S Rm 152A

1000 E University Ave

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-4447

Email: tspence5@uwyo.edu

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