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The vision of the Gerald and Sally DeNardo Science Scholars program is to support the undergraduate research experience of outstanding science students with Santa Clara University faculty mentors. Scholars receive academic year and summer research and supply awards. The program is funded through a generous endowment created by Gerald and Sally DeNardo.

Meet the 2023 Science Scholars

Emily Arias

Emily Arias '24

Biology major / Biotechnology minor

Faculty Mentor: Janice Edgerly-Rooks, Michael and Elizabeth Valeriote Professor, Biology

Project Name: Exploring gregarine protists in parasitized embioptera

Evan Baerg

Evan Baerg '25

Biochemistry major / Biotechnology minor

Faculty Mentor: Steven Suljak, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Project Name: Isolation of aptamers for cancer-linked glycosylation of thrombospondin-1 using capillary electrophoresis selection

Pri Dhillon

Pritiksha Dhillon '25

Neuroscience major

Faculty Mentor: Kirsten Read, Psychology

Project Name: Investigating Lexical Prediction and its Effect on Word-Referent Mapping and Retention in Children with Autism

Mae Krause

Mae Krause '24

Public Health Science and Anthropology double major / History minor

Faculty Mentor: Veronica Miranda, Anthropology

Project Name: A Qualitative Analysis of Postpartum Education and Resources in San Jose, CA

Jack Petersen

Jack Petersen '24

Biochemistry major

Faculty Mentor: Amelia Fuller, John Nobili, S.J. Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Project Name: Developing Predictive Guidelines to Stabilize Gold Nanoparticles with Peptoids