Meet our Student Research Ambassadors

The following undergraduate associate members are the newest members of our chapter, inducted in spring 2019. They are all accomplished student researchers who are now serving as mentors, sharing their enthusiasm for research, and appreciation for the doors their research experiences have opened up for them.

Amanda Escalera-Torres

Amanda Escalera-Torres

(Class of '21)

Amanda is a junior Biology major, with minors in Chemistry and Sociology. She joined the research laboratory of Dr. Stephanie Bingham in spring 2018, examining the effects of metabolic pathways on longevity and disease risk using zebrafish as a model. She is a former Research Opportunities and Directions in Science (ROADS) participant and has co-authored and presented her research at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference as well as a science outreach poster at the Annual Experimental Biology Meeting.

Lilyveth Mesa

Lilyveth Mesa

(Class of '20)

Lilyveth is a senior double major in Biology and Chemistry, with a specialization in biochemistry. Her research in the laboratory of Dr. John Boulos with whom she has worked since fall 2017, involves synthesis of pharmacological agents to treat muscle dysfunction. She is a former ROADS participant, Vanderbilt University summer research intern, and has presented research posters at the American Chemical Society Annual Meeting, Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (Neuroscience poster presentation award) and the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference.


2018/2019 Student Research Ambassadors

Llona Kavege

Llona Kavege

(Class of '19)

Llona is a junior double major in Biology and Philosophy. As a RISE participant, she has been conducting research in the laboratory of Dr. Tang Hu since spring 2016. She is a Stamps scholar and is a spring 2018 recipient of the Excellence in Leadership award. Llona completed a research internship at Washington University, MO in summer 2018. She aspires to pursue a career in biomedical ethics.

Jocelyn Baquier

Jocelyn Baquier

(Class of '18)

Jocelyn is a senior Chemistry major, Biology minor. As a Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) participant, she has been conducting research in the laboratory of Dr. Xiaotang Hu since fall 2016 as well as the laboratory of Dr. John Boulos since fall 2017. She completed a research internship at Baylor College of Medicine, TX, in summer 2018.

Karla Rivera

Karla Rivera

(Class of '19)

Karla is a senior Biology major, Chemistry minor. She conducts research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and completed consecutive summer research internships at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, in 2017 and 2018. She presented her research at the spring 2018 New England Science Symposium.