Undergraduate Staff Listing 2019-2020

Connie Kaspar Brophy

(765) 496-6095

Assistant Director of Science Diversity

brophyc@purdue.edu 

 

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Ali Jeffries
Biology
jeffriea@purdue.edu

Ali is a junior from Westfield, IN, majoring in Neurobiology & Physiology with minors in Statistics and Chemistry. This is her third year in the Undergraduate Women in Science Programs and her first year on the WISP leadership team. In addition to her involvement in WISP, Ali conducts research in the Nutrition Science department and is a Timmy Global Health trip leader for the domestic service trip to Atlanta, GA. She is also a College of Science ambassador and a TA for BIOL 205. In her spare time, she enjoys going for walks, hammocking, and spending time with her friends. After graduation, she plans on continuing her education to pursue a career somewhere in the healthcare field.

Darah Waskin

Darah Waskin
Biology
dwaskin@purdue.edu

Darah is a senior from Princeton, NJ, majoring in General Biology. This is her fourth year in WISP and second year on the WISP Leadership Team. Outside of WISP, Darah is a member of Global Science Partners and a manager at the CoRec. She was also involved in undergraduate research in the Nutrition Science Department her sophomore and junior year. In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking, camping, playing board/card games, and spending time with friends and family. Following her time at Purdue, she intends to do an accelerated nursing program and eventually become a nurse practitioner. 

Clare Gallagher

Jeannine Diab
Biology
jdiab@purdue.edu

Jeannine is a senior from Chicago, Illinois, studying general Biology on the Pre-Veterinarian track. This is her fourth year in WISP and she lived in the learning community her first year. Jeannine has been involved in Kappa Delta Sorority, Inc., served as a BGR team leader, volunteered in the Oncology Department at the Vet School, TA for BIOL 232 lab, and Global Medical Bridges service trip in Panama. She enjoys volunteering at her local nature center back home, spending time with friends and family, and mentoring the girl scouts through her sorority. Jeannine strives to attend vet school and become a small animal veterinarian.

Kavya Nagalakunta

Kavya Nagalakunta
Computer Science
knagalak@purdue.edu

Kavya is a senior double majoring in Computer Science Honors (Machine Intelligence track) and Data Science with a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. After graduation, Kavya plans to work in the industry for a couple of years before going to graduate school for Design and/or Management. This is her fourth year in the Undergraduate Women in Science Programs and second year on the WISP leadership team. In addition to WISP, Kavya is on the Leadership Team for Global Science Partners, a College of Science program that helps retain International Students. She is on the organizing committee for BoilerCode, an annual day-long hackathon for middle-school and high school kids and is also involved in MAGIC (Mentoring for Aspiring Girls in Computer Science) where she Interacts with local high school girls on a weekly basis to teach them the basics of Computer Science. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, lettering and watching medical drama!

Kristen Taylor

Kristen Taylor
Biology
taylo684@purdue.edu

Kristen is a junior from Bloomington, IN, majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and Sociology. This is her first year on the WISP Leadership Team. In addition to her involvement in WISP, Kristen conducts undergraduate research on parasite-host relationships and is a Dining & Culinary Supervisor Brand Ambassador. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, reading, and playing games! After graduating, she plans to attend optometry school to become a doctor of optometry.

Mackenzie Geckler

Mackenzie Geckler
Physics
mgeckler@purdue.edu

Mackenzie Geckler is a junior from Columbus, IN, majoring in Applied Physics with a concentration in Materials Science Engineering and a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. This is her third year in the Undergraduate Women in Science Program and her first year on the WISP Leadership Team. In addition to her involvement in WISP, Mackenzie has conducted research in astrophysics in the Physics Department, is involved in Women in Physics, volunteers at FIRST Robotics events, and works as a barista at Starbucks. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, exploring National Parks, and petting dogs. Following graduation, she is considering attending grad school for materials science engineering or condensed matter physics.

Sarah Batarseh

Sarah Batarseh
Biology
sbatarse@purdue.edu

Sarah is a Junior from Fishers, Indiana majoring in Biology with a minor in Spanish. This is her third year in WISP and first year on the WISP Leadership Team. In addition to WISP, Sarah has served as Pre-Dental Club President, is a TA for BIOL 232 and 242 labs and has volunteered on medical mission trips to Nicaragua and Panama. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the guitar, spending time with family and friends, and travelling. After graduation, Sarah plans on attending dental school to become a dentist.

Shannon Ford

Shannon Ford
Chemistry
ford148@purdue.edu

Shannon is a junior majoring in Chemistry (ACS). This is her third year in the Undergraduate Women in Science Program and first year on the WISP Leadership team. Outside of WISP, Shannon is currently involved in research on nuclear waste, and she has previously done prostate cancer research. In addition, Shannon is the president of Alpha Chi Sigma, the professional chemistry fraternity, and the treasurer of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliate club. Shannon spends her free time with friends and family, tutoring, playing flute, and playing video games. After graduating, Shannon hopes to get a PhD in chemistry and eventually perform her own independent research.

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