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2017-2018 Research Rookies

Research Rookies do exciting work! Check out this past year's Research Rookies and learn about the interesting research they have done. We hope you are inspired to apply to be a Research Rookie too. View our Research Rookie peer mentors!


Caitland Abordo
Public Health
First-semester transfer
Huntley, Illinois
Mentor: Neil Blackstone

Nour Alkarzon
Nutrition
First-semester transfer
DeKalb, Illinois
Mentor: Jeanne M. Isabel

Mikaela Appleberry
Physics
Freshman
Chicago, Illinois
Mentor: Laurence Lurio

Jennifer Bernal
Accounting
First-semester transfer
Glendale Heights, Illinois
Mentor: Aleksandra Zimmerman

Alexa Blair
English and Spanish
Freshman
Aurora, Illinois
Mentor: Giovanni Bennardo

Eli Brottman
Mathematics and Computer Science
Freshman
St. Charles, Illinois
Mentor: Nathan Krislock

Jacqueline Contreras
Communications
Freshman
Malta, Illinois
Mentor: Beatrix Hoffman

Kristen Ernst
Pre-Physical Therapy
Freshman
Aurora, Illinois
Mentor: M.J. Blaschak

Daniel Field
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Second-semester transfer
Downers, Grove, Illinois
Mentor: Jaejin Hwang

Oriana Flores
Communicative Disorders
First-semester transfer
Chicago, Illinois
Mentor: Renique Kersh

Wendy Goes
Psychology, Rehabilitation and Disability Services
Sophomore
Downers Grove, Illinois
Mentor: Alecia Santuzzi

Holly Hensen
Environmental Studies
Sophomore
DeKalb, Illinois
Mentor: Jason Hanna

Alexandra Hill
Mathematics
First-semester transfer
Poplar Grove, Illinois
Mentor: Jeffrey Thunder

Cassandra Krusac
Geology
Freshman
O'Fallon, Illinois
Mentor: Mark Frank

Theresa Li
Computer Science
Freshman
Des Plaines, Illinois
Mentor: Kirk Duffin

Grace Louis
Biology
Sophomore
Cincinnati, Ohio
Mentor: Sheila Barrett

Claire Miller
Political Science and Philosphy
Freshman
Rockton, Illinois
Mentor: Scot Schraufnagel

Cayli Mitchell
History
First-semester transfer
Rockford, Illinois
Mentor: Kristin Huffine

Alyssa Mohr
Chemistry
Freshman
Roscoe, Illinois
Mentor: Chong Zheng

Esteban Molina Hoyos
Mechanical Engineering
Freshman
Pingree Grove, Illinois
Mentor: Iman Salehinia

Brittany Moudy
Electrical Engineering
Sophomore
Sycamore, Illinois
Mentor: Brianno Coller

Priya Patel
Communicative Disorders
Freshman
Carol Sream, Illinois
Mentor: Jamie Mayer

Joseph Petsinger
Engineering Technology
First-semester transfer
Wayne, Illinois
Mentor: Federico Sciammarella

Dhakshenan Pushparajan
Electrical and Biomedical Engineering
Freshman
Naperville, Illinois
Mentor: Venumadav Korampally

Adam Rivas
Accounting
Freshman
Sugar Grove, Illinois
Mentor: Aleksandra Zimmerman

Kaylee Rosenberger
Chemistry
Freshman
Normal, Illinois
Mentor: Timothy Hagen

Emma Ruiz
Marketing
Freshman
Fox Lake, Illinois
Mentor: Geoffrey Gordon

Ivan Sanchez
Compter Science
Freshman
LaSalle, Illinois
Mentor: Michael Papka

Olsi Shehu
Computer Science
Sophomore
DeKalb, Illinois
Mentor: Hamed Alhoori

Vivian Smith
Psychology
First-semester transfer
Aurora, Illinois
Mentor: David Bridgett

Sarah Watson
Industrial and System Engineering
Freshman
Rolling Meadows, Illinois
Mentor: Jaejin Hwang

Julianna Waugh
Accounting
Freshman
Genoa, Illinois
Mentor: David Sinason

Danielle Witkowski
Mechanical Engineering
Freshman
Joliet, Illinois
Mentor: Brianno Coller

Kylie Zawisza
Chemistry
Freshman
Manteno, Illinois
Mentor: James Horn

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