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Silvia Flores

Undergrad: Virginia Tech, 

Year in PREP: 2018-19

Roatation Labs/PIs: Russell Jones, Bruce Friedman, Tom Ollendick

Research Interest: Behavioral Sciences

Who are you?

I’m a young Afro-Latina who values my culture and identity. I am an introvert and although I like

having time to myself, I love being around family and close friends. I love traveling and

experiencing new things. I am determined to achieve my goals but above all I prioritize

preserving my happiness and mental health.

What is one word that describes you and why?

One word I would use to describe myself is genuine. I am always true to who I am no matter

the circumstance and I live my life openly and honestly.

Why do I want to partake in biomedical research?

I want to challenge myself and become an “expert” in clinical psychology. I use the term expert

loosely because there is always more to learn, however, I want to be an expert on the basics so

that I may provide assessment and intervention services to those who need them. I want to be

able to help people with their mental health issues so that they may have a better quality of life

and I can do that more effectively with a PhD.

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Emmanuel Thomas

Undergrad: Goerge Town

Year in PREP: 2018-19

Roatation Labs/PIs: Tom Ollendick, Pearl Chiu, Russell Jones

Research Interest: Behavioral Sciences

Who are you?

I am Emmanuel Thomas, a product of hard work and perseverance. Born and raised in Washington, DC, I am multifaceted introvert who has been socialized as an extrovert. I love to exercise and play the piano in my free time. I am constantly intrigued by the wonders of the human psyche and its intersections with social stressors; this heavily influenced my decision to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

What is one word that describes you?

Tenacious

What are some things you look forward to at Virginia Tech?
I am looking forward to constantly being challenged, acquiring the most knowledge I can from my lab experience, and forming valuable relationships with my cohort and future colleagues.

What is one fun fact about you?

I am afraid of heights but I love rollercoasters. 

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Uvina Allen

Undergrad: UNC

Year in PREP: 2018-19

Roatation Labs/PIs: Biswarup,Zhaomin, Zac Mackey

Research Interest: Micro/immunology

Who are you?

I am always striving to be better than the person I was the day before. So answering the question of “who am I” has always been difficult for me.  I think who I am begins with my natural curiosity to explore new venues and to figure out how certain aspects of the world works. It’s most likely that curious and inquisitive part of me that lead me down the path of science. My career goals spawn from my desire to use my acquired knowledge to make advances in medicine that help improve not only people’s individual quality of life but also that of the world. I also feel that the general perspective of microorganisms outside of science is negative and I wish to change that to show that they can be used to our benefit. Oddly enough I wish to work in the fields that use microorganism to make improvements in medicine and technology like biotechnology, disease ecology etc. Beyond my career interests, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, reading, antique shopping, and discovering new things.

 What is one word that describes you?

Determined. There have been numerous times where my determination to succeed overcame my fear of failing. It is the determined me that was able to achieve my goals regardless of the obstacles.

What are some things you look forward to at Virginia Tech?

I come from a smaller University that did not have many research facilities like Vtech. I look forward to experiencing what a larger campus has to offer and working in different labs.

What is one fun fact about you?

Would it be odd to say that I don’t have a fun fact?

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Chastyn Smith

Undergrad: University of Richmond

Year in PREP: 2018-19

Roatation Labs/PIs: Tanya LeRouth, Xin Luo, Ann Stevens 

Research Interest: Pathology/Molecular/Forensic Sciences

Who are you?
I am a Black young woman from Richmond, VA who loves her braids long and ombré, but I am not my hair. I am a kind person whose care and love comes out in the form of wit and sarcasm. I am a I am a person who loves to dance and laugh. Last but not least I am a future Doctor who yearns to build up her community and the people within it

 What is one word that describes you?

I would say grounded.

What are some things you look forward to at Virginia Tech?

I am looking forward to experiencing the “Big college” feel and attending the football games.

 What is one fun fact about you?

One fun fact about me is that I have pet bees.

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Steven Cerna

Undergrad: University of Alabama

Year in PREP: 2018-19

Roatation Labs/PIs: Deborah Good, Michelle Theus, Samer  El Kadir

Research Interest: Kinesology/Exercise physiology

Who are you?

I am a student who is driven by my desire to make a positive impact on peoples lives 

What is one word that describes you?

driven

What do you look forward to at VT?

 I look forward to hiking mountains surrounding the town

What is one fun fact about you?

I have a dog that I have raised since middle school with me 

 

 

 

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Julia Julien

Undergrad: University of the Virgin Islands

Year in PREP: 2018-19

Roatation Labs/PIs: Brooks King-Casas, Pearl Chiu, Chris Thompson

Research Interest: Neuroscience

Who are you?

I am a nontraditional college graduate from St. Croix.

What is one word that describes you?

Strong

What are some things you look forward to at VT?

I look forward to gaining new skills and enjoying the exposure to research opportunities.

What is one fun fact about you?

I love art!

 

 

 

 

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Faith Carter

Undergrad: University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Year in PREP: 2018-19

Roatation Labs/PIs: Irving Allen, Alicia Pickrell, Susan Campbell

Research Interest: Nutritional Sciences

 Who are you?

A young woman who appreciates life and maximizes everyday’s potential. I take pride in my work ethic and hold true to my values. I enjoy exploring new places and trying new foods.

What is one word that describes you?

Surprisingly, my name, Faith, is the word that best describes me. I have firm faith in myself and my future that it makes me a confident and positive person.

What are some things you look forward to at Virginia Tech?

I have high hopes for my year in Virginia Tech. I am looking forward to bettering myself as an applicant and building new relationships. Being close to great hiking spots is also a plus.

What is one fun fact about you?

I love being in the kitchen and trying new recipes.

 

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Shawn Kamboj

Undergrad: University of California, San Diego

Year in PREP: 2018-19

Roatation Labs/PIs: Sarah Clinton, Matt Buczynski, Kendra Sewall

Research Interest: Neuroscience

Who are you?

In all honesty I am still in the process of discovering who I am, and probably will be for a foreseeable future.

Though, generally speaking I grew up in Northern California and see myself as a bit of introverted extrovert; I love

my quiet time, but can be fairly outgoing and extroverted around the right group of people. I have always been

fascinated with behavior and its relationship to the mind, and ultimately went to college at UCSD, where I

completed my degree in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. In my downtime I enjoy reading/listening to

audiobooks, mediating and thinking about business/marketing ideas.

What is one word that describes you?

I like to think of myself as being someone who displays a great deal of perseverance. Over the years, I’ve faced

various setbacks and obstacles, but have always done my best to continue to strive forward towards my goals.

What are some things you look forward to at Virginia Tech?

Outside of getting to know the academic community, I really look forward to potentially learning to play golf and

going out for a overnight fishing trip, if I have the time.

What is one fun fact about you?

I somehow manage to be both a very good and really bad cook.