Community outreach committee

Tess EidemTess Eidem, Ph.D., Group Leader

Tess is a post-doctoral fellow in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. She received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2013, where she identified and characterized a possible new class of antibiotics. She now studies post-transcriptional regulation in mammalian cells. Tess is excited to work with others in the STEM fields to encourage young girls and women to pursue successful careers in science.

Danielle KonetskiDanielle Konetski 

Danielle is a graduate student in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department.  She is a member of the Bowman Lab and her research interests are in synthetic biology relating to the development of lipid membranes for an artificial cell. Dani is very cheerful, loves socializing with others and doing outdoor activities. She is enthusiastic about sharing the fun of science with younger girls.

Sarah Dischinger

Sarah Dischinger

Sarah is in the second year of pursuing her doctorate degree in chemical engineering, investigating new materials for improved membrane performance, with special interest in water purification. She was born and raised among the cactus of Arizona and loves to play outside. Recognizing the impact that women have had in encouraging her to pursue her dreams when she was a young girl, she hopes to encourage the next generations in the same way.


 imageMichelle Maiden

Michelle is in her first year of CU’s PhD program in Applied Mathematics. She graduated in 2014 from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, with bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry. Her research interests fall in the fields of physical applied mathematics and nonlinear waves. She spends a lot of time working in CU’s Dispersive Hydrodynamics Laboratory, which brings nonlinear waves to life with the power of corn syrup! Michelle’s passion for STEM fields developed early on, thanks to a number of girl-centric outreach programs held by a college near her hometown. She wants to support other young girls to find what they’re passionate about in turn.


Clémence Bacquet

After getting my masters in Acoustics and Vibrations from the University of Technology Compiegne (France), I joined the department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences in the fall of 2013. My research interests include structural dynamics and periodic materials. I joined the WISE group to help promote women in STEM fields and encourage younger girls to pursue careers in science and engineering.

Hayley OsmanHayley Osman

Hayley is a graduate student in the Materials Science and Engineering program at CU. She graduated in 2015 from Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics. She now works in the Physics Department with the Smalyukh Research Group investigating photo tunable properties of liquid crystal materials. Hayley is passionate about developing a community of supportive women in science on campus and inspiring young girls to be curious and adventurous in all aspects of life.


Elizabeth Delesky

Elizabeth is a Materials Science and Engineering PhD candidate and is passionate about the involvement of women in science and engineering.


me-2Rachel Wilmoth

Rachel is a PhD student in mechanical engineering. She is working in the Ferguson Biomechanics and Biomimetics Lab, and her research focuses on the mechanical and tissue level changes that occur in cartilage and bone during osteoarthritis. She graduated from Santa Clara University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in mechanical engineering. When she is not in the lab, Rachel loves spending time enjoying the outdoor playgrounds of Colorado. She wouldn’t be where she is today without all the supportive mentors and teachers who encouraged her to constantly push herself, and now she loves being able to inspire future generations of scientists and engineers.

Yogitha Mahadasu

Dayna Larsen


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