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Emelly Ortiz-Villa

Emelly Ortiz-Villa

2019 WAVE Fellow

Undergraduate Institution: Mount Saint Mary's University

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Interests & Hobbies: Rock climbing, camping, and paddle boarding

Favorite part of your WAVE Summer: Weekly lunches

I am now pursuing a Ph.D. in Physical Geography at UCLA

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Jose Lasalde-Ramirez

José Lasalde-Ramírez

2018 WAVE Fellow

Undergraduate Institution: University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM)

Hometown: Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

Interests & Hobbies: Robotics and sports

Favorite part of your WAVE Summer: My favorite part of my WAVE Summer was to meet incredible faculty from different fields of research and to experience life in southern California.

I am currently a mechanical engineering undergraduate senior at UPRM.

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Maya Yanez

Maya Yanez

2017/2018 WAVE Fellow

Undergraduate Institution: University of Colorado, Boulder

Hometown: Lawndale, California

Interests & Hobbies: Video games, cooking, and lots of crafts! Education and Outreach with other URM students is really important to me as well.

Favorite part of your WAVE Summer: The people! I made some amazing friends and I gained so much insight and advice from the coordinators as well as the connections at Caltech. It was excellent to speak to faculty and graduate students at such an amazing institution and be guided to success by them.

I am a graduate student at the University of Southern California, working towards a PhD in Geobiology. My research focuses on microbial acetylene fermentation in Titan analogue conditions.

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Andrew Sosanya

Andrew Sosanya

2018 WAVE Fellow

Undergraduate Institution: Dartmouth College

Hometown: Newark, New Jersey

Interests & Hobbies: Digital design, guitar, writing, politics, and science

Favorite part of your WAVE Summer: Being surrounded by interesting people and interesting ideas. Caltech is a scientist's wonderland.

Science and Technology Analyst at the Day One Project

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Jacquelyn Ho

Jacquelyn Ho

2019 WAVE Fellow

Undergraduate Institution: Harvard University

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

Interests & Hobbies: Classical piano and violin

Favorite part of your WAVE Summer: Becoming friends with the amazing people in our WAVE/Amgen cohort!

I am a Physics PhD student at UC Berkeley. I am currently interested in experimental AMO and biophysics.

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John Martyn

John Martyn

2018/2019 WAVE Fellow

Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland

Hometown: Elkridge, Maryland

Interests & Hobbies: Skateboarding, film making, and video editing

Favorite part of your WAVE Summer: I enjoyed hanging out with the other WAVE/SURF students and traveling throughout Los Angeles!

Currently a PhD Student at MIT

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