Alumni & Development
Sarah Keesom, 2013 Hoover Fellow
Sarah Keesom is a member of the Hurley lab. Courtesy photo
Sarah is a member of Laura Hurley’s laboratory. Her dissertation project involves understanding how social experience alters the neuromodulatory regulation of auditory processing, using mice as her research model. She has been an associate instructor for L113 Introductory Biology Laboratory, which she taught twice; for S318 Honors Evolution; and for Z460 Animal Behavior. Sarah mentored two undergraduate researchers working in the Hurley lab and other students through the Women in Science Program. She is a Science Education Assessment (SEA) Scholar and is teaming with 2 other graduate students to develop methods for teaching and assessing science and information literacy across the biology curriculum. Sarah graduated from Elmira College, with a B.S. in Biology, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society. Her goal is to become a biology professor at a small liberal arts college, with a strong focus on teaching and undergraduate involvement in research.
Alison Ossip-Klein, 2013 Hoover Fellow
Ali Ossip-Klein works with lizards in the Martins lab. Courtesy photo
Ali works with Emília Martins. Her dissertation project involves the evolution of color signal diversity among Sceloporus lizards. She has been an associate instructor for L113 Introductory Biology Laboratory and S318 Honors Evolution. Ali has mentored students through the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Initiative and the Women in Science Program. She coauthored a paper that appeared in the Herpetological Review, and the first chapter of her dissertation has been published in Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. Ali attended the University of Rochester, where she majored in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and graduated cum laude with a degree with distinction in research.
Daniela Vergara, 2013 Hoover Fellow
Daniela Vergara with her faculty mentor, Curt Lively, at her May 3, 2013, graduation ceremony. Courtesy photo
Daniela works in Curt Lively’s lab, where her doctoral research involves the geographic and temporal distribution of sexual reproduction and host-parasite coevolution. She works with a host-parasite system native to the freshwater lakes and streams of New Zealand, Potamopyrgus antipodarum-Microphallus sp. Dani has authored papers that have appeared in journals such as American Naturalist;Evolutionary Ecology Research; Acta Biologica Colombiana; Revista de la Sociedad Entomológica Argentina; and Biomédica. Here at IU, she has been an associate instructor for S318 Honors Evolution, L376 Biology of Birds (taught for three semesters), B352 Fungi Laboratory, L113 Introductory Biology Laboratory (taught for two semesters), and L111 Evolution and Diversity. Dani was also a teaching assistant in Cellular Biology and Organism Biology Laboratory at the Universidad de los Andes. Her father is an educator, and Dani credits him with her love for teaching. It was at the Universidad de los Andes that she earned her undergraduate degree in Microbiology.