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Student Officers

Lauren McLeod


I am a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Physics, working with Prof. Larry Brown in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences on seismic reflection imaging. I am originally from south Florida and have a B.S. in physics with minors in math and French from the University of Florida. In my free time I enjoy traveling, learning languages, and never finishing an issue of the New Yorker.

Aubrie James


I am a fifth-year PhD candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and I study how plant species diversity is maintained in southern California. I particularly enjoy studying what types of flower communities that bee pollinators are attracted to: do bees like plant communities that have more flower species or not? In my free time I like dancing alone to Hot Jamz and wearing patterned socks.

Katherine Quinn


I am a PhD candidate in physics. With a background in both math and physics, I was drawn to theoretical work, primarily modeling. Under the supervision of Prof. James Sethna, I am looking at the theoretical constraints set by information geometry on our ability to measure cosmological parameters (as determined by the cosmic microwave background), and attempting to explain fracture growth in hydraulic fracturing using percolation theory.

When I can spare the time I love to travel. Here in Ithaca (and when my dogs allow it), I'm engaged in a variety of hobbies; I'm currently home-brewing beer and renovating my house.

Gwendolyn Beacham


I'm a second year graduate student in the Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology (BMCB) program in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG). I am originally from Maine and have a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Maine. Outside of lab, I'm very interested in nutrition and fitness and I love cooking! I also love spending time outside running and hiking.

Michelle Kelley


I am a graduate student in theoretical physics developing quantum-mechanical computational techniques to simulate materials down to individual atoms and electrons. For fun I enjoy seeing live music, experimenting with baking, sewing, and traveling.

Claire Hope Fox

Community Liason

"I am a second year graduate student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I study the evolution and functional morphology of walking fishes, specifically Flatfishes, which have a unique way of walking while lying on one side. I co-direct the Free Science Workshop, providing underserved and low-income youth with a supportive community space to explore their world through science and making. I also love bringing the Physics Bus around the country, hanging out with my husband and two sons, and raising homing pigeons!

Lauren Genova

Outreach Chair

I am a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, where I study biophysics under the guidance of Prof. Peng Chen. Specifically, my research focuses on studying copper-responsive regulators and efflux protein pumps in live bacteria at the single-molecule level. I obtained my B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Delaware in 2015. In my free time, I love teaching zumba, playing the flute, and trying out new recipes!

Tisha Bohr

Science & Postdoctoral Communications

I'm a postdoctoral researcher in the department of Molecular Medicine where I use the planarian flatworm as a model to study how the presence or loss of an organ is sensed by stem cells to regulate regeneration. In 2016, I received my PhD in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of California Santa Cruz where I studied mechanisms of cellular division. In 2009, I completed a B.S. in Biology and minor in chemistry from California State University Channel Islands. As a social justice enthusiast, I am very passionate about finding ways to create equity for all peoples in academia and beyond. I enjoy music and dancing and spend free time cuddling with my two pups, exercising and generally being a huge goof.

Natalie Hofmeister

Organization & Workflow Chair

I'm a third-year PhD candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and I'm interested in how birds cope with changing environments. I grew up in Kansas, and I have a B.A. in Biology and Gender Studies from St. Olaf College and an M.A. in Conservation Biology from Columbia University. When I'm not doing science, I craft, cook, and mostly think about why it's so hard for people to talk to each other.