Biodiversity Center Interns

elizabethkim

Elizabeth Kim

University of Southern California

Major: Environmental Science and Health

Fall 2017 – present: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Elizabeth is a junior at the University of Southern California. She is majoring in Environmental Science and Health, with an emphasis in pre-health. She plans to pursue a career as an orthopedic doctor. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors, and loves to surf.

2017

AlyssaYeh

Alyssa Yeh

Torrey Pines High School, San Diego, CA

Summer 2017: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2017 ARIP (Advanced Internship Research Program)

I am a rising junior at Torrey Pines High School in California. I'm very interested in biology and I enjoy learning about an array of subjects. In my free time, I like to go to the movies, read/write stories, and experiment with many different types of art media. By joining ARIP this summer, I hope to gain experience working with experts and fellow scientists in a professional lab setting. After graduating high school, I hope to pursue my interests in studying biology or medicine.

AudreyYeh

Audrey Yeh

Torrey Pines High School, San Diego, CA

Summer 2017: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2017 ARIP (Advanced Internship Research Program)

I am a rising junior at Torrey Pines High School. In my free time I enjoy painting portraits and learning to use various artistic media. I also have an interest in digital arts such as animation and games, biology, environmental sciences, and chemistry. I am excited to learn more about working in a professional lab with other aspiring scientists. After graduating high school, I hope to major in an art or biology-related subject!

BlakeHan

Blake Han

Wisdom Mission School, Cypress, CA

Summer 2017: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2017 ARIP (Advanced Internship Research Program)

I am involved in ARIP because I hope ARIP can help me further my dreams to study Marine Biology. I've always been fascinated with aquatic life, and would very much like to join with other like minded people and connect with them, while being guided onto the correct path. I hope to go to a college where I can study my passions and not boring educational standards

BryantHwang

Bryant Hwang

Summer 2017: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2017 ARIP (Advanced Internship Research Program)

KyungeunKim

Erica Kim

Flint Hill School, Oakton, VA

Summer 2017: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2017 ARIP (Advanced Internship Research Program)

Erica is a rising sophomore at Flint Hill School. Although she is not yet certain about which field she is interested in or to pursue in later years, she is very fascinated in anatomy and bioengineering. Erica wants to be involved in various biology fields and now joined ARIP to not only find out more about biodiversity, but also to find a career passion.

SeEunNa

Grace Na

La Plata High School, La Plata, MD/USA

Summer 2017: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2017 ARIP (Advanced Internship Research Program)

My interest in science such as Biology leads me to partake in this internship. I am involved in ARIP to have an opportunity to learn in a new way. I hope to acquire more knowledge and be able to apply it to my career in the future.

GracePark

Grace Park

Arnold O. Beckman High School, Irvine, CA

Summer 2017: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2017 ARIP (Advanced Internship Research Program)

Grace is a rising senior at Beckman High School in Irvine, CA. She is interested in pursuing a career in the STEM field, especially in the areas of chemistry and biology, and possibly becoming a doctor. As part of her school's research team, Grace enjoys laboratory work and collaborating with other students. She is greatly looking forward to learning about marine biodiversity and gaining unique experience as an intern at the Marine Biodiversity Center.

HojungChung

Ho Jung Chung

La Canada High School

Summer 2017: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2017 ARIP (Advanced Internship Research Program)

My name is Ho Jung Chung, and I am going into 11th grade at La Canada High School. My favorite subject so far are chemistry and general science classes, least favorite being English classes. I am involved in ARIP program to gain experience upon the real world application of science and learn to interact with people outside of my school. Throughout the program, i hope to augment my understanding of science as a whole.

InsuPark

In Su Park

La Canada High School, La Canada, CA/US

Summer 2017: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2017 ARIP (Advanced Internship Research Program)

Inspired by great teachers and friends, I am very interested towards Marine Biology and environmental science and how they actually impact our world today. I also enjoy participating in labs and doing research projects for Biology. I am also very excited to learn more about the Marine Biodiversity and DNA sequences. I hope I am able to branch off my career or field related to this internship.

IsaacYLee

Isaac Lee

Gretchen Whitney High School, Cerritos, CA/USA

Summer 2017: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2017 ARIP (Advanced Internship Research Program)

I am interested in the environmental and natural/biological sciences. Because my school did not offer an Environmental Science course, I self-studied for the AP exam. I really enjoy actively learning and working with my hands. I believe the ARIP is a great opportunity for me to further understand and acquire knowledge about the sciences. Not only do I want to gain the experience of attending a summer course in a college setting, but I also want to learn all that there is to offer through the program.

JasmineNoh

Jasmine Noh

Mira Costa, Manhattan Beach, CA/USA

Summer 2017: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2017 ARIP (Advanced Internship Research Program)

I had the opportunity to join the new Biotechnology course at our school and through my experience in the class, developed an interest in laboratory work and biology. I would like to expand my experience working in this field to give me a better idea on what I would like to do in the future.

JessicaYeh

Jessica Yeh

Duluth High School

Summer 2017: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2017 ARIP (Advanced Internship Research Program)

Researchers within the field of genome sequencing are the masters of the incredibly complex and elusive language from which life itself is constructed. The manipulation of this language pushes the breadth of science itself and is the key to mastering our evolutionary futures. Being a part of such an incredible field has long been a childhood dream, and participation in this internship will be the first step in my journey to further research and understanding of the DNA sequence.

SooyunJang

Sooyun Jang

University of Virginia

Summer 2017: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2017 ARIP (Advanced Internship Research Program)

I have dreamed of becoming a veterinarian since I was little. Learning about animals always interests me. I chose to participate in ARIP 2017 program because I get to research about marine biodiversity. I hope I learn more about animals and science from this program.

DavidChoi

WooJin Choi

Beckman Highschool, Irvine, CA

Summer 2017: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2017 ARIP (Advanced Internship Research Program)

Many things interests me, but there are few other things that especially interest me more than any other things. I like every different kinds of animals, traveling, and filming. I liked the concept of ARIP, because students can learn many things directly from professors in well constructed program.I hope I can successfully finish program and furthermore film scientific documentary and go to usc for film.

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Katharine Balakhovsky

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Major: Environmental Studies; minor: Cinematic Arts

Spring 2017 – Summer 2017: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Fall 2016: Marine Biodiversity Center volunteer

Summer 2016: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Katya is a student at the University of Southern California, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and a minor in Cinematic Arts. She is a member of the USC Ski and Snowboard team and of the USC ENST Scientific Dive Team. She enjoys spending time in nature and interacting with all sorts of different animals. She also likes to travel, draw, and go to concerts.

savannahbenes

Savannah Benes

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Major: Environmental Studies

Spring 2017: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Savannah is a senior at USC from San Diego, CA. She is currently majoring in environmental studies, and wants to pursue a career in marine biology. In her free time, Savannah likes to scuba dive, go to concerts, play with puppies, and bartend.

2016

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Dong Joon Nam

Grover Cleveland Charter High School

Summer 2016: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2016 ARIP (Advanced Research Internship Program)

Dong Joon Nam is a rising senior attending Grover Cleveland Charter High School. He joined us through Advanced Research and Internship Program (ARIP) in Summer 2016. He not only has great passion for Marine & Coastal Science, but also has interest for Biology, Environmental Science, and sustainable practices in various fields including archaeology. Being a So Cal native, Eric has visited the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County on many school field trips and is very thrilled to work at the Marine Biodiversity Center.

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Greg Bae

Oakton High School, VA

Summer 2016: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2016 ARIP (Advanced Research Internship Program)

Greg is a rising senior at Oakton High School in Virginia. He is very passionate in the field of STEM, especially physics and engineering. He was originally interested in engineering but gained a lot of perspective in molecular biology during this internship. He loves researching and learning new things about the world. He is also on the school’s debate team and golf team, so he loves going outside and traveling. He hopes to go into the field of engineering or science in college.

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Gyuna Kim

Saint James High School, Montgomery, AL

Summer 2016: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2016 ARIP (Advanced Research Internship Program)

Gyuna is a rising senior at Saint James high school in Montgomery, AL. She spends time with her robotics team and is interested in STEM areas, especially engineering. She is excited to gain further experience in marine biodiversity.

irenelee

Irene Lee

West Ranch High School

Summer 2016: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2016 ARIP (Advanced Research Internship Program)

Irene is a rising senior at West Ranch High School located in Southern California. She enjoys learning about various subjects, especially in the STEM field. Irene joined ARIP this summer to learn more about molecular biology and biodiversity and is excited to work with Marine Biodiversity staff at the Natural History Museum.

juliannelee

Julianne Lee

Palos Verdes High School, CA

Summer 2016: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2016 ARIP (Advanced Research Internship Program)

Julianne is currently a rising sophomore at Palos Verdes High School. She has a strong interest in biomechanics and anatomy. During her free time, she likes to paint pictures, dance, sing, travel, and swim. If you could describe her in four words, she is very passionate, diligent, supportive, and adventurous. Her dream is to become a dentist or a taxonomist.

jungyunjang

Jungyun (Jenny) Jang

McLean High School, VA

Summer 2016: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2016 ARIP (Advanced Research Internship Program)

Jenny graduated from McLean High School in Virginia. She is trying to gain experience in many fields, and has an interest in biology. She had such a fun time working in the lab! She learned so much from working with good people. She now hopes to pursue biology because she was inspired from passionate teachers.

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Yun Lee

Camden County College Camden, NJ

Major: Biology

Summer 2016: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2016 ARIP (Advanced Research Internship Program)

Yun started his freshman year at Rutgers and is continuing his sophmore education at Camden County College. As an undergraduate he is studying biology and is interested in branching off to forensics.

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Marcus Leher

Harvard-Westlake High School

Summer 2016: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Marcus is a sophomore at Harvard-Westlake High School in Studio City. He is passionate about science and math, and has always loved observing nature and animals. He is also on his school swim team, and enjoys playing table tennis during his free time. Marcus hopes to major in a STEM related field after graduating high school.

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Lynn Song

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Major: Environmental Science and Health, Economics

Spring 2016: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Lynn is a junior at the University of Southern California double majoring in Environmental Science and Economics. She is interested in environmental policy and sustainable practices in various fields including industry. Being a So Cal native, she has come to the Natural History Museum on many school field trips and she is very excited to work at the Marine Biodiversity Center. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, making ceramics, golfing, and taking long walks on the beach.

2015

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Eilen Itzel Mena

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Major: Roski School of Art & Design and Price School of Public Policy

Fall 2015: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

I am from the Bronx, New York and am now living in Los Angeles attending the University of Southern California studying Fine Art and Urban Planning. I am interested in cultural preservation in the urban areas through the arts. I like to consider myself as a renaissance woman, loving the humanities but trying to get into STEM. I am excited to be working as the Art Intern for the Marine Biodiversity Center at the Natural History Museum.

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Matthew Enloe

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Major: Environmental Studies

Fall 2015: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Matthew is a So Cal native majoring in Environmental Studies. He is interested in sustainable food production including aquaculture, hydroponics, and entomophagy (eating bugs). In his free time he enjoys skateboarding, knitting, gardening, and skepticism.

kelseybailey

Kelsey Bailey

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Major: Political Science, minor in Photography

Summer 2014 – Spring 2015: BioSCAN intern

Summer 2014 – Spring 2015: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Spring 2013 – Spring 2014: BioSCAN student

Fall 2012 – Spring 2014: Marine Biodiversity Center student

Kelsey is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Photography. She used to fear worms, but after her first day curating Polychaetes (marine worms), she is slowly getting used to them (after all they are no longer alive). She is fond of antiquated forms of photography, voluminous clouds, eclectic music, coffee, butterflies and being sassy.

2014

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Cordelia Xie

Princeton University

Major: Public and International Affairs with emphasis in Health and Wellbeing

Summer 2014: BioSCAN intern

Summer 2014: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Cordelia is a rising junior at Princeton University majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with an emphasis in Health and Wellbeing. She is interested in the public health implications of the changes urbanization has had on biodiversity. She has always been passionate about art and does a bit of drawing and painting, so she is very excited to work at the NHM over the summer. Cordelia enjoys everything Japanese, ranging from dramas to Pocky. Being on the east coast during the school year, she is enjoying every bit of the California sun.

jenessawall

Jenessa Wall — Assistant Collections Manager

University of California, Santa Cruz, CA (B.Sc. 2014)

Summer 2014 – present: Marine Biodiversity Center staff

Summer 2014 – Summer 2015: BioSCAN staff

2013 – Summer 2014: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

2013 – Summer 2014: BioSCAN intern

Summer 2011 – Summer 2012: NSF Decapoda intern

Summer 2011 – Summer 2012: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Jenessa graduated with a Bachelors in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2014. During her undergraduate years she spent summers working in the Marine Biodiversity Center curating the marine invertebrate collections and helping to build the Tree of Life: Decapoda database of digitized taxonomic reprints. Jenessa returned to the lab as Assistant Collections Manager in 2014 where she curates and maintains the collections.

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Jennifer Shen

University of California, Berkeley and University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (M.S. 2014)

Major: Environmental Engineering

Fall 2012 – Fall 2013: Marine Biodiversity Center student

Spring 2013 – Fall 2013: BioSCAN student

Spring 2014: BioSCAN intern

Spring 2014: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Jennifer is a first-year Masters student studying Environmental Engineering. As an undergrad at the University of California Berkeley, she studied Environmental Science and Economics. She enjoys exploring zoos and museums, especially ones with dinosaurs because they are very interesting and exciting.

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Brian Shaw

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Summer 2013 – Spring 2014: BioSCAN intern

Summer 2013 – Spring 2014: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Spring 2013 – Spring 2014: BioSCAN student

Spring 2013 – Spring 2014: Marine Biodiversity Center student

Summer 2012: Marine Biodiversity Center volunteer

Brian Shaw is a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California. Ever since he could remember, he has had an affinity for all sciences including biology. In his spare time, he likes to listen to music — classical, rock, and electronica — on top of hanging out with friends. Other hobbies include reading comics, playing the piano, and surfing the web.

2012

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Silke Ann Mariz Mariano

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Fall 2013 – Spring 2014: Marine Biodiversity Center student

Fall 2013 – Spring 2014: BioSCAN student

Summer 2012: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Spring 2011 – Spring 2012: Marine Biodiversity Center student

Silke Ann is a sophomore majoring in Biophysics and hopefully minoring in Astronomy. She loves stargazing (not happening in LA), travelling, reading, anime and pandas(!). Whenever she has time, she watches Asian romantic comedy dramas and plays badminton or tennis. She is nocturnal. She has been in close proximity with the ocean all her life, having lived in the Philippines up to the age of 13 and Hawaii until she was 18.

2006

laishanmui

Lai Shan Mui

Fall 2004 – Spring 2006: NSF Isopods intern

Fall 2004 – Spring 2006: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Scientific illustration.

2005

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Rachel Stern

Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

Major: Biology

Summer 2005: NSF Isopods intern

Summer 2005: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Rachel is doing an internship in the lab summer 2005. She's having a smorgasbord of learning experiences from specimen sorting, extracting, amplifying, sequencing isopod DNA, to editing sequences. Rachel is hoping to get a SCUBA certification soon and pursue her interests in marine biology.

2003

stevemelendrez

Steve Melendrez

Fall 2003: NSF Isopods intern

Fall 2003: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Scientific illustration.

aaronsunshine

Aaron Sunshine

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Summer 2003: NSF Isopods intern

Summer 2003: Marine Biodiversity Center intern

Digitization of isopod technical literature.