Mira Sobhy is a junior at The Johns Hopkins University majoring in Earth and Planetary Sciences and she is also on the pre-med track. She was born and raised in New York, but lived a few years in Egypt growing up. At Hopkins she is currently involved in two labs; a Clinical Cardiology lab and a Biophysical chemistry laboratory. Both labs involve working with humans, one being particularly first hand encounters. Mira initially became interested in climate change and the subject surrounding it during her high school AP environmental science class. Through this amazing class and different opportunities, she was able to do an internship with NASA which helped build an even stronger foundation in environmental science. During her time at NASA, she worked on a project regarding improving radiation shielding methods due to recent changes in incoming radiation changes. She anticipates developing strong connections at COP22 in Morocco since she will not face a language barrier typical for those traveling in the Middle East.
Taylor Yurasits hails from Lehighton, Pennsylvania. She is a junior at York College of Pennsylvania, studying Forensic Chemistry and minoring in Criminal Justice. On graduating, she plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Forensic Chemistry with a primary concentration in serology and blood stain pattern analysis. Her interest in climate change mainly focuses on impacts in different geographic regions and cultures as well as how it affects the human body. She seeks to learn how different regions strive to mitigate the impacts of climate change. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Maddie is a senior at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, majoring in chemistry and minoring in environmental studies and Hispanic studies. She has spent two summers doing undergraduate research on the potential for the reaction of carbon dioxide with donor-acceptor cyclopropanes, and is also a chemistry department teaching assistant. While at PLU she has spent time in Ecuador and Peru studying environmental literature, and a semester in Oaxaca, Mexico focused on social justice in contemporary Mexico. These experiences helped grow Maddie’s passion for environmental and social justice for people and the earth. She is interested in the ways that science and scientists can aid environmental justice causes and promote them to the larger community. In her free time Maddie runs Cross Country and Track and Field at PLU and explores the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Paige is a first-year Master of Environmental Management candidate concentrating in Global Environmental Change at Duke University. She graduated from Bucknell University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Prior to attending Duke, Paige was a Research Technician in the Eider Laboratory of the Alaska SeaLife Center. She is passionate about environmental science and social justice. In particular, she is interested in how individuals’ beliefs and values influence environmental perceptions. She hopes to understand how these connections can strengthen stewardship of the environment for both personal and global change. In her free time, Paige enjoys running, hiking, and traveling.
Alice graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington May 2016 with degrees in Chemistry, French, and a minor in Environmental Studies. While completing her undergraduate studies she was able to study French and Caribbean Culture for a month in Martinique as well as spend a semester in Windhoek, Namibia. She took courses at the University of Namibia in history, philosophy, drug development and physical chemistry in addition to work as a research assistant extracting compounds from medicinal plant material. Since returning home to Olympia, Washington, Alice is exploring graduate program options in chemistry, environmental science and toxicology. She has been passionate about environmental justice since high school and is particularly interested in the ways in which science is communicated to the public. In her spare time Alice enjoys running, biking, naps, reading and musical theater.
Hannah Melton is a senior at Johns Hopkins University pursuing a degree in Global Environmental Change & Sustainability with a Natural Science focus. Her dream is to be the next Bill Nye—she wants to get people excited about new research and science through multimedia. This summer, she is working in Chicago at a branding and digital firm that works to brand towns and businesses that support healthy, sustainable communities. At Hopkins, she serves as a backpacking instructor and a caving instructor in two outdoors groups. Hannah is a member of the Mental Notes (a comedy a cappella group), and works an on-campus job. She is also a Global Ambassador for IFSA-Butler. Last year, she spent 6 months abroad, studying and traveling in Australia for a semester and backpacking in New Zealand afterward. She loves hiking, cycling, reading, and travel.
Narayan Kovil is a junior at New York University studying Environmental Studies with a minor in Chemistry. His research focus is on how urban air pollution affects local transmission of biological vectors and parasites. Currently he is working on a research proposal that observes the potency of certain plants to remove toxins from the air in urban environments. Additionally, he is making a photojournal that provides a visual of the many benefits of parks in NYC. He is president of the Oxfam Organization at NYU and the Student Political Action Club. The Oxfam Organization focuses on the advocacy of major environmental issues and humanitarian efforts, and the Student Political Action Club offers a medium for students to voice their political stances and opinions on many of the present issues. In his spare time, Narayan enjoys running, photography, and solving puzzles.
Kowan O’Keefe is Canadian citizen from Creston, British Columbia. He previously served as an ACS student delegate at COP20 in Lima, Peru, and this time around he will serve as the student mentor for this year’s student delegates at COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco. Kowan is particularly interested in how climate change will affect geopolitical situations in different parts of the world, especially in the Arctic region. In 2015, he graduated from Minot State University in North Dakota with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in chemistry and math. He was heavily involved in undergraduate research at Minot State, and in 2014 was chosen to present his organic chemistry research to members of Congress in Washington, DC. At Minot State, Kowan played on the golf team where he was a 2-time NCAA Division II Academic All-American, a conference champion, and a finalist for the NCAA Division II Male Scholar Athlete of the Year Award in 2015. Currently, Kowan is finishing his Master of Science in organic chemistry at the University of Toronto, after which he plans to go to law school to study environmental law. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, reading, and traveling.