Undergraduate Staff Listing 2018-2019

Connie Kaspar Brophy

(765) 496-6095

Assistant Director of Science Diversity

brophyc@purdue.edu 

 

Tamara Batarseh

Tamara Batarseh
Biology
tbatarse@purdue.edu

Tamara is a senior from Fishers, IN, majoring in Neurobiology & Physiology and Nutrition Science with a minor in Spanish. This is her third year in the Undergraduate Women in Science Program and second year on the WISP Leadership Team. Outside of WISP, Tamara is the president of the Purdue Caduceus Club and a patient ambassador at IU Arnett Hospital. She has spent the last two years working in a research lab, studying the correlation between Vitamin D deficiency and cancer metastasis. Her hobbies include running, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. She hopes to one day go to medical school to become a doctor.

Clare Gallagher

Jeannine Diab
Biology
tbatarse@purdue.edu

Jeannine is a junior from Chicago, Illinois, studying general Biology on the Pre-Veterinarian track. This is her third year in WISP and lived in the learning community her first year. Jeannine has been involved in Kappa Delta Sorority, Inc., served as a BGR team leader, volunteered in the Oncology Department at the Vet School, TA for BIOL 232 lab, and Global Medical Bridges service trip in Panama. She enjoys volunteering at her local nature center back home, spending time with friends and family, and mentoring the girl scouts through her sorority. Jeannine strives to attend vet school and become a small animal veterinarian.

Clare Gallagher

Clare Gallagher
Biochemistry
gallagh9@purdue.edu

Clare is a senior from Lafayette, IN, majoring in Biochemistry with a minor is biology. This is her second year in the Undergraduate Women in Science Programs and her first year on the WISP Leadership Team. In addition to her involvement in WISP, Clare conducts undergraduate research on bladder cancer, is a committee head on Purdue Science Student Council, a part of Purdue’s Big Brothers Big Sister Club, and a volunteer in IU Arnett’s emergency department. In her spare time she loves to spend time with family, go hiking, and do yoga! Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a doctorate in medicine in hopes of one day becoming a physician

Michele Holcombe

Michele Holcombe
Biology
mholcom@purdue.edu

Michele is a senior from Goshen, Indiana majoring in Biology with a double minor in Anthropology and Forensic Science. This is her fourth year participating in the Undergraduate Women in Science Programs and her second year on the WISP Leadership Team. In addition to her involvement in WISP, Michele is the vice president of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine club which was established in the Fall of 2016. Michele is also a TA for both BIOL 135, the introductory lab class, and the ENTM 22830, Forensic Ethics and Testimony. In her spare time, Michele loves to listen to music, play the piano, read, and spend time with her friends.

Archana Kikla

Archana Kikla
Biology
akikla@purdue.edu

Archana is a senior majoring in Genetics and minoring in Biotechnology. This is her fourth year in the Undergraduate Women in Science Programs and her first year on the WISP Leadership Team. In addition to her involvement in WISP, she is an alumni advisor for the iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) Team, and is involved in undergraduate research developing an alternative to CRISPR. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a PhD in biological engineering. In her spare time she enjoys drinking coffee, listening to music, and spending time with friends.

Kavya Nagalakunta

Kavya Nagalakunta
Computer Science
knagalak@purdue.edu

Kavya is a junior double majoring in Computer Science Honors (Machine Intelligence track) and Data Science with a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. After graduation, Kavya plans to work in the industry for a couple of years before going to graduate school for Design and/or Management. This is her third year in the Undergraduate Women in Science Programs and first year on the WISP leadership team. In addition to WISP, Kavya is on the Leadership Team for Global Science Partners, a College of Science program that helps retain International Students. She is on the organizing committee for BoilerCode, an annual day-long hackathon for middle-school and high school kids and is also involved in MAGIC (Mentoring for Aspiring Girls in Computer Science) where she Interacts with local high school girls on a weekly basis to teach them the basics of Computer Science. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, lettering and watching medical drama!

Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith
Biology
hgsmith@purdue.edu

Hannah is a junior majoring in General Biology and minoring in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences and Classical Studies. This is her third year in the Undergraduate Women in Science Program and first year on the WISP Leadership team. Outside of WISP, she is the vice president of Purdue's Marine Biology Club and is an active volunteer in Purdue's Veterinary Teaching Hospital in the Cardiology department. Hannah is also involved in honors undergraduate research and is studying the effects of PFC's on thyroid hormone levels in different developmental stages of the American bullfrog. She hopes to attend veterinary school in the future and continue doing research in toxicology. In her spare time, she enjoys scuba diving in quarries, reading, sketching, playing with her three shih tzu dogs, and hanging out with friends and family.

Darah Waskin

Darah Waskin
Biology
dwaskin@purdue.edu

Darah is a junior from Princeton, NJ, majoring in General Biology with a minor in Chemistry. This is her third year in WISP and first year on the WISP Leadership Team. Outside of WISP, Darah is involved in a research lab in the Nutrition Science Department, a member of Global Science Partners, and a manager at the CoRec. In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking, camping, playing board/card games, and spending time with friends and family. Following her time at Purdue, she hopes to go to medical school to become a doctor.

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