Carolyn Anderson, 2011-12
Carolyn Anderson is a master’s student in the Soils and Biogeochemistry (SBG) Graduate Group in the Scow Microbial Ecology Lab. Her work examines the effects of contaminants on soil microbial processes. In addition to lab and field studies, she is also working with research groups in engineering and policy to examine land application of waste residuals. She is an active member of the Soil Core (the SBG Student Association), and is a cellist in the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra. She is also involved in the LGBTRC Queer Mentorship Program. In her free time, she is an avid cyclist.
Cutcha Serene Risling Baldy, 2010-12
Cutcha Risling Baldy is a first year Ph.D. student in Native American Studies. She received her Master of Fine Arts from San Diego State University and her Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University. Her research is primarily focused on contemporary issues facing Native American tribes and communities. Before returning to school, Baldy worked as a tribal and non-profit consultant where she designed and implemented programs and projects and secured millions of dollars in funding. She also founded a non-profit organization, the Native Women's Collective, which supports arts and culture projects. Baldy is interested in learning more about graduate student run projects and programs and highlighting the incredible work being done at UC Davis. She also would like to improve the UC Davis experience for current students by bringing their issues to the administrators.
Lisceth Cruz, 2011-12
Lisceth Cruz is a doctoral student in the School of Education, with an emphasis in School Organization and Educational Policy. Her research interests include educational issues affecting disenfranchised, underserved and vulnerable student populations. She earned an M.A. in Mexican American Studies at San Jose State University, where she engaged in demystifying the lack of Latino parental engagement in the education of their children. Lisceth attended UC Davis as an undergraduate student, double majoring in International Relations and Chicano Studies with a minor in Education. Throughout her educational tenure, she has dedicated her time to providing resources and services to students who are in pursuit of higher education. Currently, she sits on various non-profit boards focusing on educational issues.
Marjannie Eloi, 2011-12
Marjannie Eloi is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Immunology graduate group with a designated emphasis in Biotechnology. She works for the laboratory of Dr. Judy Van De Water in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Eloi’s research is focused on looking at the immune system of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) as well as their mothers. Specifically Eloi project is studies the complex interaction of environmental toxicants on the immune activation in both ASDs and their mothers. In addition, Eloi is the Co-Chair of the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA). Eloi’s focus is to service as a voice and advocate for the underrepresented minorities population on the UC Davis campus. In her free time she enjoys TurboKick boxing.
Jesson Joy, 2011-12
Graduate School of Management. Affiliations: Dean’s Student Advisory Council.
Daniël P. Melters, 2011-12
Daniël Melters is in his fourth year of the Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Graduate Group and he also had a designated emphasis in biotechnology (DEB). Originally he is from the Netherlands and received his BSc and MSc in biomedical sciences from Leiden University. His current research in the laboratories of Simon Chan and Ian Korf focuses on the evolution of a very fast evolving part of the genome: centromeric tandem repeats. Melters strives to promote a balance between student-parents and graduate work at UC Davis as well as a focus on how a graduate education fits in future employment. Melters' career aspirations are running his own laboratory in a developing country. In his free time, he likes to play with his infant daughter.
Kim Padilla, 2010-12
Kim Padilla is second-year student at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She is the Junior President of the UC Davis chapter of the Veterinary Business Management Association, and is also a Nestle Purina Student Representative. In her free time, Padilla is a member of a dance company based out of Sacramento and she loves to perform.
Jenna Winer, 2010-12
Jenna Winer is currently a first-year student of the School of Veterinary Medicine. She is from Southern California, but attended college in Missouri at Washington University in St. Louis, graduating May 2010. Winer’s most formative pre-veterinary experience was working for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, bottle-raising moose calves the summer of 2008. She also volunteered at the St. Louis Zoo Veterinary Hospital for three years. Winer’s career aspirations are to become either a zoo and/or wildlife veterinarian; and, she is pursuing Davis’ Zoological Medicine Track, as well as participating in various One Health initiatives. In her free time, Winer enjoys playing intramural co-ed flag football, sailing with her family and listening to 1970’s "Progressive Rock". Affiliation: Chancellor's Ambassador.