2013 Woodrow Wilson Fellows Bios

05.28.2013 | Education, Science, Students

On May 28, 2013, Ohio Chancellor John Carey announced the 2013 cohort of Woodrow Wilson Fellows. The 13 fellows who make up the University of Dayton's cohort are:

Malik Adams; Dayton, Ohio

  • Undergraduate college, class, and major: Livingstone College ‘04, biology
  • Graduate institution and degree: Life University ‘10, Ph.D. (chiropractic medicine)

Professor, biology and medical sciences, two years’ experience; cum laude graduate; member, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, vice president, Incorporated Scholar and Community Service Excellence awards; college tutor, biology, English, and math; tutor/mentor, K-12 math.

Kyle Bandy; Columbus, Ohio

  • Undergraduate college, class, and major: The Ohio State University ‘12, physics

Electronics hobbyist; former competitive athlete, track and soccer; trainer and team manager in highly diverse international distribution and logistics firm; graduate of high-need urban schools.

Sarah Bodle; Newark, Ohio

  • Undergraduate college, class, and major: Ohio University ‘12, chemical engineering

Volunteer tutor, high school algebra and college chemistry/calculus; bioengineering research assistant and summer undergraduate researcher; Dean’s List student; recipient of multiple college academic awards, including outstanding senior in department; leader, high school Renaissance program (academic enrichment); avid hiker and whitewater rafter.

Sarah Fortman; Columbus, Ohio

  • Undergraduate college, class, and major: St. Olaf College ‘06, physics
  • Graduate institution and degree: The Ohio State University ‘13, Ph.D. (physics)

Published researcher, focused largely on spectroscopy in astrophysics; NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow (one of eight nationally in astrophysics); teaching assistant, physics; help session instructor, grader, and lab assistant; three-year college graduate; swimming/lifeguard instructor; dog trainer.

Richard Grimes; Xenia, Ohio

  • Undergraduate college, class, and major: Wright State University ‘13, chemistry

Peer tutor, chemistry, physics, and math; chemistry help room tutor; undergraduate researcher on ethanol fuel cells; environmental chemistry researcher on pollutants and contaminants at Glen Helen Nature Preserve; classroom observer/assistant; exam room assistant, local veterinary practice.

Heather Knox; Centerville, Ohio

  • Undergraduate college, class, and major: Wright State University ‘12, mechanical engineering

Undergraduate teaching assistant, Wright State University; volunteer literacy tutor and event coordinator, ProjectREAD; mechanical designer and assistant to senior engineers in the design of mechanical systems, local engineering and architectural firm.

Sarah Lord; Waynesville, Ohio

  • Undergraduate college, class, and major: Purdue University ‘96, earth science

Tutor, home school geology; substitute teacher, Xenia Community Schools; participant, geologist internship with Exxon; Dean’s List student; Phi Beta Kappa; member, Sigma Gamma Epsilon earth sciences honorary; participant, Honors Research Program; self-employed gold miner in Alaska, eight years; glass artist.

Lydda Mansfield; Fairborn, Ohio

  • Undergraduate college, class, and major: Miami University ‘03, aeronautics

Insurance and safety professional, 12 years’ career experience; tutor, fifth grade mathematics; treasurer-elect, Fairborn Primary School Parent-Teacher Organization; participant, Rotary Youth Exchange Student to Australia; winning essayist, National Organization of Women.

Felicia Molatore; Springfield, Ohio

  • Undergraduate college, class, and major: Oregon State University ‘10, zoology

Volunteer instructor for 4H students of all ages, on subjects including electricity, renewable power, wildlife stewardship, and others; Army Reservist with nine years of service; hobbyist working on residential micro-energy sources and vermicomposting; avid hiker, photographer, gardener.

Leslie Moss; Xenia, Ohio

  • Undergraduate college, class, and major: Central State University ‘13, mathematics

Mathematics tutor, college level; Dean’s List student and STEM scholarship recipient, counselor for middle-school summer science camp; co-captain, university cheerleading team, and elementary school cheerleading coach; graduate of high-need Ohio public schools; first in family to enroll in graduate school.

Samantha Najpaver; Parma, Ohio

  • Undergraduate college, class, and major: University of Dayton ‘12, biology/pre-med

Research assistant with MS patients; honors scholars; former athletic trainer; leader in Theta Phi Alpha sorority and Panhellenic vice president of programming; volunteer teacher’s aide, local preschool; competitive dancer and former campus dance line member.

Ravin Pandey; Cleveland, Ohio

  • Undergraduate college, class, and major: Case Western Reserve University ‘13, physics

Undergraduate teaching assistant, physics; campus physics tutor as well as private tutor; former high-school physics teacher, Nepal; Dean’s List student and multiple scholarship recipient; NSF Noyce Intern; volunteer on project to bring computers and Internet to a rural school in Nepal.

Cynthia Parsons; Dayton, Ohio

  • Undergraduate college, class, and major: Wright State University ‘02, mathematics

Math tutor, high school and college students; Dean’s List student and member, Golden Key National Honor Society; former civil engineering student; advocate, Compassion International; volunteer clown; volunteer in various community service and missions activities; cake decorator and gardener. 

For more information, contact Cameron Fullam, assistant director of media relations, at 937-229-3256 or fullam@udayton.edu.