Undergraduate Centennial Achievement Award Recipients
Hussein Issak Magale will graduate in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Living 17 years in a Dadaab refugee camp after his family fled Somalia, Hussein’s family received a resettlement opportunity to come to America in 2009. He attended Catalina Magnet High School in the spring of 2010 and by April was admitted to the University of Arizona.
Hussein has worked as an undergraduate researcher in the Orthopaedic Research Lab and participated in an international research program in Kenya, funded by the National Institutes of Health and administered by the University of Alabama.
He plans to apply to medical school and pursue a Doctor of Medicine and Masters in Public Health, MD/MPH.
Marianna Yanes will graduate with a bachelor degree in Biosystems Engineering and has completed four research internships in the Aerospace, Biomedical and Biosystems engineering fields. Growing up in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, she relocated to Arizona at 17, where for the first time she attended school where only English was spoken.
Marianna, a NASA Space Grant intern for two consecutive years, most recently completed a Space Grant internship at the Steckler Lunar Greenhouse. A life goal for Marianna is to own a greenhouse company that feeds the undernourished and provides solutions that help Mother Earth.
Marianna plans to attend graduate school next fall.
Graduate Centennial Achievement Award Recipients – Masters
Deyanira Nevarez Martinez is a candidate for a Master of Science in Planning from the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning. She grew up in a migrant camp in California and a small farming town in southwestern Arizona.
Deyanira completed a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona in 2008. Since then, she has worked for the United States Congress and local non-profits, fulfilling her passion in promoting social justice through civic engagement.
While in the Planning program, Deyanira has focused on learning more about public participation in the government process and alternative transportation. This fall she became the first UA student to receive the American Planning Association’s Judith McManus Price scholarship for Women and Minorities in Planning.
Kari L. Quiballo is a Knowledge River scholar and candidate for a Master of Arts in Information Resources and Library Science in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Kari was raised in a military family and spent much of her life in transit, eventually settling down in Tucson.
Kari earned an Associate in Arts, Liberal Arts degree from Pima Community College and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts degree from the College of Letters, Arts and Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. Kari is the first in her family to receive both an Associate and Bachelor degree.
Kari focuses the majority of her Master’s education on cultural issues facing American Indians, in and out of Indian Country, that manifest in information institutions like libraries, archives and museums.
Kari wants to pursue a PhD in American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona.
Graduate Centennial Achievement Award Recipients – Doctorate
Joel Biederman will graduate with a doctorate in Hydrology, with a minor in Watershed Management. A native of Oregon, Joel was trained as an engineer at Montana State University, where he received B.A. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering. He subsequently pursued research in water and wastewater treatment technologies before becoming a high school science teacher.
During his three years at the UA, Joel has served as a mentor, teacher, and spokesperson for the societal benefits of environmental research. A Science Foundation Arizona Fellowship supported his work teaching hydrology lessons in Southern Arizona middle schools with Arizona Project WET.
Pursuing his doctorate at the University of Arizona, Joel is preparing himself for a career that combines his skill sets in research, teaching, and mentoring young scientists.
Martina Michelle Dawley graduates with a doctorate in American Indian Studies (AIS) with a focus on museum studies. Martina is Hualapai and Navajo and a first generation graduate student. She earned her M.A. in AIS and her B.A. in Anthropology at the UA. She became interested in museums, particularly conservation, while working at Arizona State Museum as a McNair Scholar.
Martina currently serves as an adviser for the PCC West Campus Native American Student Association (NASA) working with the Native American student body and community. She also served on the American Indian Parent Advisory Council as a parent representative and treasurer in TUSD’s Native American student services program.
Martina was recently hired at Arizona State Museum and plans to continue working as the Assistant Curator for American Indian Relations. Upon completion of her dissertation she will advance to a faculty position at ASM.