K. Renee Horton, Ph.D.TM
Jasmine Jones is an undergraduate senior at Louisiana State University pursuing a degree in Physics, along with a Secondary Education Teacher Certification. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA, Jasmine perceived even at a young age the disparities that existed between different socio-economic communities. Her first love, education, was instilled by her parents, David and Stephanie Jones. Since middle school, she has worked alongside her parents at St. Paul Adult Learning Center. The adult learning center, located in the heart of inner-city Baton Rouge, helps troubled teens, high school dropouts, and even the elderly to earn a high school equivalency diploma. Experiences like these have forged Jasmine's core belief that education is the key that can eradicate the inequities that have perpetuated far too long. Her love of physics was discovered in her senior year of high school at Bethany Christian, when her teacher, Mr. Moland incited her appetite to understand the physical phenomena of the universe. In the future, Jasmine desires to do the same: inspire an insatiable desire in her students for the learning and knowledge of physics, and more broadly the STEM fields. Furthermore, Jasmine is passionate about conducting physics education research in order to implement various STEM programs and curricula into underserved communities and schools, and is currently applying to pursue a graduate degree in science education.
The daughter of Dr. and Mr. Torye and Lisa Harris, Christian Harris is rising junior at The Lincoln University of PA. Hailing from Rochester, NY she is a dual major in Biology and Physics with a minor in Human Services. Throughout her years at Lincoln, Christian became very active on campus. She currently serves as the Student Government Association Executive Treasurer. Christian is a standout athlete in women's soccer; breaking the school record for goals scored her freshman year. She was ranked third in NCAA Division II for goals scored, and fourth in points per game. Christian was named Daktronics All- Regional First Team, ICAA Player of the Year, and All- ICAA First Team. Christian was elected the secretary of her class, joined clubs and organizations such as; pre-med club, the honors program, and Reconstructing Sister's Visions and Purposes, as well joining The Lincoln University Track & field team as a sprinter. Academically she continued to maintain her GPA while joining more clubs and serving in many leadership positions, such as the: Admissions Student Ambassador Program, Senator of The Lincoln University Chapter of the NAACP and becoming the Vice- President of the class of 2017. She has done research at the University of Delaware, department of a Material Science Under Dr. Stephanie Law. Christian has won numerous prizes for her work entitled "The Infrared Optical Measurements of Hyperbolic Metamaterials" Christian aspires to obtain an MD and Ph.D. specializing in Orthopedic Surgery and Material Science.
Elisabeth Andries is the daughter of Michael and Cherie Andries. She is a recent honors graduate from Northshore High School. During her high school years, she was very involved with her community and her school. Elisabeth was a member of Teen Cross, which is a Catholic leadership program in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Being a member of Teen Cross, she became very involved in her church community. She volunteered for multiple events such as the Catholic Bishops Conference, Abbey Youth Festival, and World Youth Day. In her local community, she founded a retreat team for her parish and was president of her youth group. In her high school, she was president of her Mu Alpha Theta chapter, a member of her school spirit club, Sanctity of Life club, and Key club, tennis team, and a state champion for her soccer team. Elisabeth started interning under Dr. Renee in the fall of 2015 as a NASA intern. She was the first high school intern at the Michoud Assembly base. Elisabeth is attending Louisiana State University in the fall of 2016, majoring in mechanical engineering.
Patrick is an undergraduate student at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada, about to start his second year of physics. Originally born in Nova Scotia and raised in Alberta, he is glad to return to his home province to study a subject that he has a great passion for. Starting at a very young age, Patrick has had a passion for science, and that developed into a love for physics throughout the years. He also has many other passions, such as making music on the trumpet or bagpipes, or sitting down to read a good book. After completing his first year of undergraduate studies, he was given the opportunity to do a research project in neurobiology, giving him the opportunity to see what research would be like, and encouraging him to continue in his current studies. Although Patrick has a great interest in particle physics, Dr. Horton reignited his passion for rockets, space, and astrophysics during her visit to St. FX. Eventually, he hopes to complete his Ph.D, and travel to interact with many more people around the world who share the same passions.
Breonna DeShazer is a Senior Civil Engineering student at Jackson State University in Jackson, MS originally from Oklahoma City, OK. Her desire for engineering came about in high school when her dad convinced her to take a pre-engineering class. This class consisted of designing the plans for a residential home and turning the design into a 3D model on AutoCAD. From that point on Breonna knew that she wanted to become an engineer, making the changes to create a sustainable world as our society continues to develop and improve. Throughout her college career, she has been the President of the Society of Women Engineers (2015-2017) and one of the starters of an organization within the W.E.B Dubois Honors College known as Advocates for World Health (2013-2014). She has also been an active member of the National Society of Black Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers. When she is not studying or helping with collegiate student organizations Breonna tutors fifth and sixth grade students at Midtown Pubic Charter School located in the mid community area of Jackson, MS. Over the summer of 2016, Breonna interned with the Naval Research Laboratory at NASA, Stennis Space Center where she met Dr. Renee Horton. Although she was a little indecisive about attending graduate school, Dr. Renee Horton inspired her to find the intersection between her talents and passions. Once Breonna has graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering she plans on gaining her license in Civil Engineering, while attending graduate school for her Master’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering.
Amber Lenon is a first year graduate student at West Virginia University pursuing a PhD in Physics. Before attending Syracuse University, Amber attended Cazenovia College where she majored in Visual Communications and was played women’s soccer. However, Amber’s real passion lied in science so she transferred to Syracuse University and pursued a major in Physics. Amber obtained her Bachelor’s of Science from Syracuse University in May of 2016 where she was a member of the Syracuse University Gravitational Wave Group. The skills that Amber obtained in visual communications have been useful as she uses her art skills for research projects and other design projects. Amber was the head undergraduate organizer of the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics in January 2016 at Syracuse University where she met Dr. Renee Horton. She is part of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Group and has contributed to their second detection of black holes.