Meet the 2016 OUTPACE Participants!

Gita Annam

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Hey! I am from San Jose, CA and I am currently a junior at UAB.  I am majoring in Biology and minoring in Spanish.  I plan on going to physician assistant (PA) school after I graduate and hopefully start working soon after that.  When I am not stressing out about school during the year I love painting or drawing or pretty much doing anything arts and crafts related.  I also love watching TV shows and movies.  I love nature as well and that is why I extremely excited about the outpace program.  I cannot wait to work with plants and learn about them.  Through this course I also hope to gain research skills that I can apply later on in the future.


Jeanju Lee

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I am a pre-dental, Biology student with minors in Chemistry and French, and I will be attending my third year at UAB in the upcoming semester. I am originally from South Korea, but I have lived in Birmingham for more than half of my life now. As a result, I am bilingual with South Korean and English under my belt, and hopefully I can become trilingual with French! I have tried most arts and crafts activities to do with string including (but not limited to) cross-stitching, crocheting, making gimp bracelets, and friendship bracelets. As a Biology major, I think it is important to participate in research as well as experience as many fields in Biology as I can before I graduate. Through OUTPACE, I would like to broaden my horizons and spend my summer meaningfully, and come out with a new perspective about the plant-life around me.



Katrina Sahawneh

katrine outpace16.jpgI am a senior Biology major and Art Studio minor at UAB. I have always loved plants, and drawing flowers is what first got me interested in biology. UAB is a really good school, and because its emphasis is on the medical field, the classes emphasize the animal/medical side of everything. So I loved the rare chance to learn more about plants in Dr. Mukhtar’s Plant Biology course last spring, and I hope to learn even more about plants and their pathogens during OUTPACE, and put into practice the ideas I’ve been learning about.



Lana Sobol

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I am a student here at UAB majoring in Art and minoring in Chemistry. My goal is to go on to medical school and become a surgeon. In addition to my love for art and science I am very passionate about ballroom dancing. I am currently training to become a ballroom dance instructor at Champion Latin & Ballroom Studio. I believe that the OUTPACE program will allow me to learn new research techniques and teach more about about plant immune systems and pathogens. All in all, I hope this program will fulfill my research and art endeavors, as I am very inspired by plants and love to draw them.



Kaval Patel
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I am a sophomore at UAB majoring in Neuroscience. I was born in India and moved here in the 6th grade. I joined outpace to broaden my understanding of plants and their diseases. I think that plant biology is an under appreciated field that is vital to our society. By doing OUTPACE, I hope to gain a deeper knowledge and appreciation for plant pathology. Fun fact: I once spilled 12M HCl on my ungloved hands…





Kimberly Grace

kimberly grace.jpegHello!  I am currently double majoring in Biology and Applied Mathematics with a minor in Environmental Science at UAB.  I am extremely interested in the environment, and am excited to learn how plants react to to pathogens.  Learning this will help me understand a piece in a giant network of living organisms.





Sara Langston

sara l.jpgHey guys! My name is Sara Langston and I’m a senior at here at UAB. I’m majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. My career goal is to attend dental school at UAB and then to specialize in orthodontics. I hope that I’ll gain more confidence using lab equipment, and knowledge on procedures, as well as getting to know my fellow UAB classmates!







Alex McArdle

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My name is Alex McArdle and I am a neuroscience and anthropology student here at UAB. I really enjoy traveling, and spend most of my free time outside hiking. My absolute favorite place to be is the tropical rainforest. I’ve been fortunate enough to explore the Peruvian Amazon and various rainforests of Costa Rica. These experiences have peaked my interests in plants and ethnobotany. Since OUTPACE offers unique hands on research with plants, I was eager to be a part of it. I hope that it will help me achieve a greater understanding of the scientific study of plants and the lab techniques that come along with it. I am very excited for the rest of the program!


Karl Pruitt

Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 2.31.37 PM.pngHello everyone my name is Karl Anthony Pruitt Jr. I am a sophomore at Lawson State Community College. I am a biology Pre-Med major who is aspiring to become an orthopedic spinal surgeon. The world of science excites me and my level of enjoyment for any and everything science related has no limits.  I love the farm life trucks, tractors, and everything that comes with it.  Through this program, I hope to gain a more in-depth grasp of the world of science and gain the necessary tools that will prepare for my future road ahead moving towards becoming an orthopedic spinal surgeon.





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