MARC Trainee Students

Our 2015-2016 MARC Trainee Students


Michelle Akana, Chemistry and Mathematics major

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Graduation Date: May 2017

Summer Research: Biochemistry Department at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Career Aspirations: After graduating from St. Mary’s, I intend to continue on to a graduate school Ph.D. program to study physical chemistry, then pursue employment conducting chemical research in industry.


Fatima AlQuaiti, Chemistry and Mathematics major

Hometown: Cibolo, Texas
Graduation Date:
May 2017

Summer Research: This summer I will be working on colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals, which have potential to be useful in the biomedical field by improving new generation near-IT emitters, photocatalysts and lasers.

Summer Research Mentor: Dmitriy Khon, Ph.D.

Career Aspirations: I hope to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry and pursue work academia or industrial research after graduate school.


Bianca Romo, Biology major

Hometown: Artesia, New Mexico
Graduation Date: May 2017

Summer Research: Johns Hopkins University Institute for Basic Biomedical Science

Summer Research Mentor: Marshall McCue, Ph.D.

Career Aspiration: Upon completion of my Ph.D., I hope to work in the field of cell biology and work as a professor.


Brett Schneider, Chemistry and Mathematics major

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Graduation Date: May 2017

Summer Research: University of Texas Southwestern

Summer Research Mentor: Jeff Schoonover, Ph.D.

Career Aspirations: I intend to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry with the intent to teach and do research in an academic setting.


Ellysa Vogt, Biology major

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Graduation Date: May 2017

Summer Research: University of North Texas Health Science Center

Summer Research Mentor: S. Collette Daubner, Ph.D.

Career Aspirations: I hope to earn a Ph.D. in neurobiology and pursue a career within the private sector.


Wen Mai Wong, Biology major

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Graduation Date: May 2016

Summer Research: University of Cincinnati

Summer Research Mentor: Christine Gray, Ph.D.

Career Aspirations: My career aspirations include obtaining a Ph.D. in neuroscience and expanding the current knowledge in the field.