AWIS-SD 2021 Scholarship Winners

Spent her early childhood in Utah, where the only way to satiate her natural aquatic curiosities was observing tadpoles in a neighborhood drainage ditch. In her later years as an undergraduate student, she was able to truly study ocean organisms and environments by pursuing a BS in Biology from Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, Washington). She then went on to specialize in marine predator ecology via her master’s degree at the University of New England (Biddeford, Maine). Her research focused on the feeding ecology of grey seals off Cape Cod, with consideration of the societal conflict between seals and the fishing industry. Currently, Kelly is excited to be working on her Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego with her advisor Dr. Carolyn Kurle. She is studying the past and present ecological role of killer whales in the North Pacific through biogeochemical analyses of teeth and bones. Throughout her educational career, Kelly has also enjoyed teaching and mentoring students of all backgrounds to empower them through research and academic opportunities.

Kelly
Flanders, Ph.D.

Is a junior at CSUSM studying Biochemistry and is currently an undergraduate student researcher in Dr.Kristan’s physiological ecology lab. After her undergraduate studies, she plans to complete a MD/PhD with aims of becoming a physician scientist researching neurodegenerative diseases.  Her research will be focused on Alzheimer's and dementia seeking to research the complex pathophysiology behind this disease and find treatments that address the underlying physiology rather than targeting symptoms. Outside of academics, Gabrielle volunteers at REINS, a therapeutic riding program for disabled children, works as a caregiver for those with Alzheimer's and dementia at Brookdale, and enjoys spending her free time riding horses and reading.

Gabrielle
Martinez, BS/MS

Earned her B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology at the California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and is currently a second-year Ph.D. student within the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Her thesis work in Dr. Sonya Neal's lab focuses on further understanding the role of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane proteins in sphingolipid biosynthesis. As a first-generation Mexican-American student, Analine strives to use her experiences in academia and the sciences to mentor underrepresented minority (URM) students through participation in organizations like the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and the Biology Undergraduate and Master's Mentoring Program (BUMMP) at UCSD. She aspires to continue these efforts once she graduates by becoming a community college professor. When Analine is not busy with school or work, she loves being outdoors soaking up the sun with her one year-old puppy Laika.

Analine
Aguayo, Ph.D.
Miriam
Garcia, BS/MS

Is a senior at the University Of San Diego (USD) studying Mathematics. She is balancing her  studies while working full-time in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at USD, part-time in a  restaurant, being a mother to a two and a half year old girl, a wife, a daughter, a sister and a  valuable member of the community. Laura is passionate about exploring the connection of  Mathematics and social justice causes. Her Albanian roots have a strong tie to her personality, the  way that she fights for injustice, and of course, her love for Mathematics.

Laura Cilingiri
Molin, Ph.D.

is a first-generation formerly undocumented undergraduate student at MiraCosta College pursuing a degree in Computer & Data Science. She is the lead Teaching Assistant for the Giving Ownership of Active Learning to Students in Computer Science (GOALS in CS) grant project within the CS Department which aims to bring topics of cultural relevance to the CS curriculum in order to bring a focus towards diversity, inclusivity and sustainability. Rosey is also the Outreach Chair for the Empowering Chicanx and Latinx to Explore (EChALE) STEM club and an active member of Women in Computer Science club, MiraCosta Honors Scholar Program & Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. As a member of these programs & organizations, she is committed to increasing women and BIPOC representation in tech, and has presented research on algorithmic bias to organizations like Umoja in order to showcase the importance of diversity in the CS field. Rosey has recently accepted a summer internship as a Lamat research fellow at UC Santa Cruz and is thrilled to be able to develop her skills in Data Science, and hopes to use that knowledge in the future to inspire more women of color to get involved in tech.

Rosey Gutierrez Meza, Mira Costa College

Is an aspiring Computer Science student at MiraCosta College with extensive experience in mentoring students as a Supplemental Instruction leader, teaching assistant and president of Women in CS (WiCS) club. She is passionate about creating a community of support and excellence for women and other underrepresented communities entering science.

Anisa Ibnat
Mira Costa College