The OUR Ambassadors represent the Office of Undergraduate Research at official University functions, as well as at community events. The OURA's speak on student panels, assist in the recruitment of outstanding new students, attend USA Day, Move in Day, Welcome Week, and many other campus events. OURA's also perform high school and community outreach. This year the OURA's participated in Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS) events here on campus.
My name is Monica Sai Pasala, and I am currently a junior pursing a major in biomedical science and a minor in computer science. I was born in India, and moved to America when I was 10 years old. I intend to go to medical school and pursue a career specializing in obstetrics and gynecology while conducting research in the field of metabolic oncology. Recently I have realized that my aspirations to become a physician come with a passion for research. For the past two years I have been working under Dr. Aishwarya Prakash at the Mitchell Cancer Institute. We work with proteins involved in the base excision repair pathway. I thoroughly enjoy researching on the molecular level, and see myself working as a clinician and a researcher. Along with serving the people, I hope to make contributions to scientific and technological advances through research.
Kevin Ingles grew up in a military family which meant moving a lot. He spent a total of ten years in Germany, and then moved to Florida in 2009 where he has been since. Kevin is a third-year mathematics and physics major, with a possible minor in Computer Science. He intends to go to graduate school and obtain his Ph.D. in theoretical physics, specifically in the area of particle and astroparticle physics. Kevin also has an interest in plasma physics. Along with becoming a professor, he also hopes to one day start his own research company focused on setting milestones on scientific and technological advances.
Dru McCleave is a senior Mathematics and Statistics major, Anthropology minor, at the University of South Alabama. In 2006, he worked as an intern with the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office. He was hired after the internship, and worked for the next five years at the DA’s office in a variety of roles: Case Manager and Warrant Coordinator for the Check Enforcement Unit, Investigative Analyst for the Investigative Unit, and finally White Collar Crimes Investigator. He spent the next four years in sales as an Insurance Agent and Financial Services Representative. After this experience, he decided to come back to the University of South Alabama to get a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a plan to become an Actuary. During his time at South Alabama, he has conducted research on non-binary Balanced Incomplete Block Design, as well as a Spatial-Temporal statistical analysis of hurricanes’ effects on county population growth. He works as a Consultant at the USA Writing Center, and privately tutors all levels and all subjects. These teaching experiences, combined with the realization that there is a gap in the fundamental understanding of mathematics, led him to change career paths. He will graduate in December 2017, after which he will begin Graduate School at the University of South Alabama to obtain an Alternative Master of Secondary Education as a Noyce Pathway to Mathematics Scholar, a part of the NSF Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship Program.
Phiwat Klomkaew is native to Chiang Mai, Thailand. His American hometown is Huntsville, Alabama. Phiwat is in his third year studying in Chemical Engineering while doing research with Dr. Silas Leavesley in hyperspectral imaging system. His future plans are Ph.D. in a discipline in Chemical or Biomedical Engineering. Phiwat's life's goal is to immerse in different cultures and go on fun adventures, exploring interesting places, around the world!