Executive Board Members

Albanie Hendrickson-Stives

Albanie Hendrickson-Stives

President | akh5245@psu.edu

Chemistry Department

Albanie’s research focuses on controlling microparticle suspensions using alternating current electric fields for functional properties. Outside of research, Albanie enjoys being outdoors (hiking, camping, kayaking), painting, reading books, and playing/watching sports.

Megan Steves

Megan Steves

Vice President | mas1126@psu.edu

Chemistry Department

Megan studies ultrafast spectroscopy and nonlinear optics of 2D materials. Outside of research, Megan enjoys painting, hiking, and cooking new foods.

Jessica Schulze

Jessica Schulze

Treasurer | jxs1363@psu.edu

Chemistry Department

Jessica’s research focuses on modeling water systems using ReaxFF. Outside of research, Jessica enjoys reading, dancing, and spending time outdoors. 

Abigail Fagan

Abigail Fagan

Secretary | amf78@psu.edu

Chemistry Department

Abigail’s research focuses on fundamental investigations of nanoparticle synthesis, specializing in nanoscale heterostructure formation using seeded growth and cation exchange techniques. Outside of research, Abigail loves hiking, reading, and knitting and crocheting.

Holly Kleinschmidt

Holly Kleinschmidt

Public Relations | hek65@psu.edu

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department

Holly studies the epigenetic factors that influence pioneer transcription factor binding in mammalian cells. Outside of research, Holly enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, and going to coffee shops.

Committee Co-Chairs

Sarah Sheffield

Sarah Sheffield

Fundraising | ses287@psu.edu

Chemistry Department

Sarah studies new strategies for ionically driven transistors in bioelectronics. 

Pho Bui

Pho Bui

YWIS | ptb2@psu.edu

Chemistry Department

Pho’s research focuses on understanding the effects of ions and small molecules on protein stability aqueous solutions. Outside of research, Pho enjoys cooking, reading and knitting.

Tori Bonnell

Tori Bonnell

YWIS | vab18@psu.edu

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department

Tori studies gene regulation in the malaria parasite, P. falciparum. Outside of research, Tori loves hiking. 

Katie Douds

Katie Douds

Outreach | cad87@psu.edu

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department

Katie studies RNA structure and function. In her free time, Katie enjoys crafting and hanging out with her dog, Betty.

Sarah Pope

Sarah Pope

Outreach | smp6620@psu.edu

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department

Sarah’s research focuses on metalloenzyme discovery, structure, and mechanism. Sarah loves ultimate frisbee, science outreach, hiking, and houseplants. 

Allison Williams

Allison Williams

Professional Development | auw81@psu.edu

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department

Allison investigates RNA structure and function in a biological context. Outside of research, Allison volunteers weekly at Shaver’s Creek working with ambassador birds of prey and educating on wildlife and conservation. Allison also plays on a recreational volleyball team during the school year.

Sarah Chapman

Sarah Chapman

Science ++ | set35@psu.edu

Chemistry Department 

Sarah studies complex coacervation as a model for membraneless organelle formation and function. Outside of research, Sarah enjoys cooking, going for walks, traveling, and listening to music.

Kate Baumler

Kate Baumler

Science ++ | kjb6287@psu.edu

Chemistry Department 

Kate utilizes topochemical strategies in order to selectively etch elements out of interesting crystals to create metastable structures. Kate loves to spend her free time playing with her dog, Archie, and hiking around State College. Kate also enjoys learning how to play new instruments with her husband.

Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller

Grad School 101 | jrm575@psu.edu

Chemistry Department

Jennifer studies fine-tuning lenseless imaging systems. Outside of research, Jennifer enjoys reading, hiking, cooking, and baking. 

Alyssa Bienvenu

Alyssa Bienvenu

Grad School 101 | aub507@psu.edu

Chemistry Department

Alyssa is a theoretical chemist specializing in the development of geometry optimization and reaction path tracing. Outside of research, Alyssa loves to cook, dance West Coast Swing, and volunteer with the cat side of Centre County PAWS.

Ryan Beneck

Ryan Beneck

Women in STEM Month | rxb512@psu.edu

Electrical Engineering Department 

Ryan studies antenna design and metamaterials. Outside of research, Ryan enjoys computer games, guitar, running, and hiking. 

Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee

Women in STEM Month | jxl1845@psu.edu

Chemistry Department

Jessica is working on liquid liquid phase separation. In her free time, Jessica likes to read and watch animal videos.

Ashlee McGovern

Ashlee McGovern

Empower Conference | adm58@psu.edu

Chemistry Department

Ashlee’s lab aims to incorporate nature’s swimming strategies into 3D printed self-propelled particles, a type of active matter, for applications in fluid transport and cargo delivery. Science communication and mentorship are Ashlee’s passions which she has discovered in grad school. Ashlee’s hobbies are working out, reading (non-academic) and snuggling with her two cats.

Maggie Hernandez

Maggie Hernandez

Empower Conference | mzh235@psu.edu

Anthropology Department 

Maggie studies health disparities in Latinx communities using mixed-methods approaches. Outside of research, Maggie enjoys hiking, playing childhood video games, and taking advantage of any bit of sunshine. Maggie is also very passionate about DE&I and outreach work both within the anthropology department and across various other organizations on campus.

Executive Mentors 

Molly Rathbun

Molly Rathbun

mmr252@psu.edu

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department

Molly specializes in comparative genomics and evolutionary biology. Molly loves science outreach, running, and hiking with dogs. 

Santina Cruz

Santina Cruz

ssc5164@psu.edu

Chemistry Department 

Santina specializes in conduction electron spin resonance. Outside of research, Santina enjoys reading, hiking, shopping, and attending sports events. 

Kathleen Krist

Kathleen Krist

ktk6@psu.edu

Chemistry Department 

Kathleen specializes in theoretical and physical chemistry. Outside of research, Kathleen enjoys hiking, biking, reading, and supporting Penn State Football. 

Juhi Arora

Juhi Arora

jua268@psu.edu

Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Juhi investigates the impact of vitamin D on immunity. Outside of research, Juhi likes to write blogs and poetry.

Matt Fares

Matt Fares

mqf5114@psu.edu

Chemistry Department

Matt studies the chemical biology of protein aggregation. Outside of research, Matt loves hiking.

Nicole Famularo

Nicole Famularo

nqf5086@psu.edu

Chemistry Department

Nicole specializes in materials chemistry. Outside of research, Nicole loves STEM outreach.