Students

Elizabeth Strasko

My name is Elizabeth Strasko, and I am a biology major and equine minor. My interests include equine research, ecology, equestrian sports, and photography. Currently I am working on the algae project, where I do research on the biological aspects of our chosen strains of algae. My future goals include research in either ecology or equine fields, which means I will be continuing my education post-grad.

Caleb Engler

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    My name is Caleb Engler. I am a sophomore at Asbury University and currently working on an engineering mathematics degree. My main interests are designing and engineering. For pastime I also like sports, music and archery. As a Christian I make it my goal to serve God and do everything for His glory, as well as develop a relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer and devotions. My career goal at present is to pursue an engineering-based job. I’ve always had an interest in flight, and plan to eventually work towards getting a job in the field of aerodynamics. Recently I have developed an interest in chemical engineering as well, and enjoy working in the lab. My input on the current Crew projects has been to build and design the apparatus for an algae based experiment, as well as monitor and collect data.

Anna Lauren

My name is Anna Lauren Jacobs, and I am a sophomore at Asbury University. I am an English major and a Biology minor, and I plan to attend veterinary school. Once I get my DVM, I would love to work with exotic animals. Here on campus, I am the President of two clubs and participate in several other activities. I am also an editor for our campus newspaper. One of my greatest interests is science writing, so I am beyond excited to get to work with this group to help write grants, educational pieces about the research projects, and review content for presentations. If you are interested in learning more about what we do, promoting our work, or assisting financially, please let me know!

Becka Habeger

My name is Becka Habeger, I am a senior math major with a chemistry minor at Asbury University. Working here with this group and others has instilled a love for programming and diving into the unknown. My dream as I leave Asbury is to go into computational chemistry or some related field. I began research during my junior year and found that I love combining my programming and math with chemistry.

I am a missionary kid who grew up all over east Africa and have hopes of returning someday. In my free time I love to spend time in nature; rock climbing, canoeing, hiking, and any other adventures I can find. I also love to lift weights and be in the gym. My philosophy with life is work hard play hard and do everything for Gods glory. Here at Asbury I spend the majority of my time helping out any where I can in the math building whether its planning meetings and fun gatherings or helping tutor people. I also hold many other leadership roles on campus including vice president of our Third Culture Kid group and being a Resident assistant in the dorms. I love working with groups of people and helping others which are two things that I love about research as well.

Sarah Smith 

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   I am a Senior Chemistry major, History minor at Asbury University, with dreams of being a Forensic Chemist for the FBI. I am from Vienna, Virginia, located just outside of Washington, D.C. I work in the Science Department as a Chemistry Stockroom Assistant, and occasionally as a lab assistant for various classes. I am a captain for the women’s lacrosse team at Asbury, I am the historian for the Alpha Beta chapter of the Sigma Zeta Math and Science Honor Society, and I am the Secretary for our Student Governance Association and the Chair of the Elections Committee for Asbury’s Student Congress. I am currently working on conservation efforts alongside the Miller Media Communication Department. I study some valuable artifacts that range from old theatre and film scripts, to film and stage concept art, and books containing architectural drawings from the 18th and 19th century. We are trying to discover ways to best preserve the art and determine methods of cleaning the materials once the levels of deterioration have been determined. We need to not only determine the source and extent of degradation but also the base that each artifact was crafted upon and the medium of the artwork.

Young Koh

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      I am a Chemistry major, part of Asbury University’s class of 2020, and I have been fortunate to work under Dr. Shafer on various projects since the fall of 2017. These years have been a fantastic time of learning, that have allowed me a degree of exposure and insight into the world of research, grant writing, presentations, and professional networking in the scientific field that I didn’t think would be possible as a first year student at Asbury. I have also had the privilege to work under Dr. Wang over the summer of 2018 in Dallas, Texas on projects that further advanced my understanding of research, particularly in the biomedical field. My main subjects of interest include enzyme catalysis, zeolite design, and cancer cell polarity in esophageal adenocarcinomas.

Tyler Thompson

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I’m a student at Asbury University, pursuing a degree in Computational Mathematics with plans to graduate in 2020.  While at Asbury, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Dr. Coulliette on several occasions, mostly on deep passes during games of Ultimate Frisbee but also occasionally on math.  I’ve always been a problem solver, so from my first lines of code I’ve loved being a programmer.  I also love playing sports, especially Frisbee and basketball.  I’m a gamer and hope to one day be a game developer.  After graduation, I’d like to go to grad school for either computational mathematics, business, game design, or some combination of all three.