Melissa Elder: selfless actions, global impact

For Melissa Elder, Honduras is more than just another place on the map. It inspired her career path and her research focus. It’s also her mother’s homeland. [Read more…]

Hannah Frye: pathways to the perfect fit

At first glance, it is impossible to tell that Hannah Frye, a junior in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry, is helping Robert Aronstam perform groundbreaking research that could lead to treatments for diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. But stop her in the Havener Center at lunch and ask her about her work with the chair of biological sciences and she can explain anything from cell signaling to how she measures the calcium levels in a cell’s endoplasmic reticulum and cytoplasm. [Read more…]

Seizing opportunities

Issa AhlamAhlam Issa isn’t the kind of person who lets opportunities slip by. Born in Tanzania, Issa left the country at age 10 to live in St. Louis. She didn’t speak any English when she arrived, but overcame that and other obstacles to graduate as valedictorian from Hazelwood East High School. [Read more…]

Dianna Meyers: In it for the long run

DiannaMeyersAs a consultant for Accenture, Dianna Meyers spends a lot of time on the road. But that hectic pace doesn’t keep her from hitting the pavement in her running shoes.

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Jonathan Sanders: Rocket Man

JonathanSandersJonathan Sanders wants to be involved in the next great space race — and not just as an engineer helping design future space vehicles. He also wants to fly to Mars.

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Diane Strong: Breaking the mold

Stats: While a majority of the S&T student population tends to focus on engineering, ever-bubbly junior Diane Strong is pursuing a degree in psychology with a minor in technical communication. “Psychology is a science, so it makes sense to go to a science and technology school.”

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Nikia Chapman: Queen of speed

Female rider Nikia Chapman helped lead the Human-Powered Vehicle Team to victory … in Elmo Socks. (Photo by Bob Phelan)

Stats: sophomore in geological engineering from Columbia, Mo.

Member of: Spelunking Club and Human-Powered Vehicle Team.

Claim to fame: Led the Human-Powered Vehicle team to a first-place win in ASME’s Human-Powered Vehicle Competition in Tooele, Utah, by winning first place in the women’s drag race and riding the four required “female laps” of the endurance race.

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Melissa Morrison: low-impact day

(Photo by B.A. Rupert)

For 24 hours last fall, Melissa Morrisongave up some of her favorite things — chewing gum, toasted Pop-Tarts, the Internet and texting — all in an attempt to minimize her impact on the environment.

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Julie Meyer: coming into focus

Julie Meyer, a senior in history and secondary education, started her S&T career as an accomplished athlete in both volleyball and women’s basketball. Last season she focused solely on basketball. Her decision paid off as she helped lead the Lady Miners to a share of the Great Lakes Valley Conference West Division title (the first since 1995-96 and the first one as a member of the GLVC) and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in school history.

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Chad Shockley: wide receiver

Major: Senior in history with an emphasis on high school social studies education.

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