Samuel grew up in Hawassa, Ethiopia until he moved to the U.S. and resided in Alexandria, VA in 2013. He attended T.C. Williams High School. The fact that Samuel has only been in the U.S. a few short years makes his success at UVA, and in general, that much more remarkable. Despite the myriad changes and challenges Samuel faced as his family resettled in northern Virginia, he graduated at the top of his class at T.C. Williams High School and received a full scholarship to the University of Virginia.
Barat grew up in Ashland, OH, and graduated as the valedictorian from Ashland High School. He will be graduating from UVA with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Specialization in Biochemistry) with ACS Certification and a minor in Psychology.
Emily M. Schutzenhofer is from Stafford, Virginia and is a graduate of Colonial Forge High School. She is an Echols Scholar double majoring in Chemistry with a Specialization in Biochemistry (including the ACS certificate) and Global Development Studies with a concentration in Global Public Health.
Nick Lee is a fourth-year Distinguished Major in Biochemistry from Winchester, Virginia. He conducts research in the School of Medicine in the laboratory of Anindya Dutta, M.D., Ph.D., where he investigates the function of the CRL4(Cdt2), an E3 ubiquitin ligase, in the cell cycle. The complex is responsible for marking cell cycle regulators for degradation by the proteasome. Previously, he worked to elucidate the stabilizing role that 14-3-3 exerted over Cdt2. His thesis is focused on characterizing the interaction between BRAF35 and Cdt2.
Andrew was born in Silver Spring, MD but attended Oakton High School in Vienna, VA. He will be graduating from UVA with a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry. Since January 2012, Andrew has worked in the research group of Dr. W. Dean Harman.
Joshua attended Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount, VA. He is pursuing a B.Sc. in Chemistry with a Specialization in Biochemistry with ACS certification.
Daniel grew up in Arlington, Virginia and attended Washington-Lee High School. He will be graduating UVA with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a Specialization in Chemical Physics and a Bachelor of Arts in Physics.
Ellen Howerton grew up in Fairfax, Virginia and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She will graduate from UVa with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a biochemistry specialization.
Youlim was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in Nanjing, China. She is graduating with the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with the ACS certification from the University.