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NSM Graduate Student Advisory Board

The NSM Graduate Student Advisory Board serves as a liaison between the NSM graduate students and the Dean’s Office. It provides a safe platform where graduate student issues can be discussed freely and where two-way communication between the College and the graduate student community can occur efficiently. Members of the advisory board also help organize events and initiatives to enhance the graduate experience in the College.


Poonam Beniwal

Poonam Beniwal
Department of Computer Science

beniwalpoonam32@gmail.com

I am a Ph.D. student working under the guidance of Dr. Shishir Shah. I am part of the Quantitative Imaging Lab (QIL) in the computer science department. I received an M.Tech. degree from Indian School of Mines (IMS), India. My main research focus is on analyzing computer vision algorithms and assessing their reliability in real-world scenarios. I am also very interested in Video Understanding and Activity Recognition.

Jasmine Bhullar

Jasmine Bhullar
Department of Mathematics

jbhullar@cougarnet.uh.edu

I am a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate and part of the Dynamical Systems group at the Department of Mathematics. My advisor is Dr. Vaughn Climenhaga, and my research interests include symbolic dynamics, thermodynamic formalism and ergodic theory. I hail from Delhi, India, and received my B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mathematics from the University of Delhi. I am passionate about advocating for diversity in the sciences. I have been deeply involved with the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Chapter of our department in an endeavour to support women pursuing careers in mathematical sciences, and to encourage more women to pursue higher education in STEM fields.

Rachel Clark

Rachel Clark
Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

rwclark@uh.edu

I am a third-year Ph.D. candidate working under the guidance of Dr. Julia Wellner. Before coming to UH, I received a bachelor's degree in geology from Bryn Mawr College. My research experiences have covered various topics in marine geology and geophysics for both tropical and polar regions. For my doctoral research, I sail to the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica to collect marine sediment cores. I use these sediment cores to reconstruct glacial history in this rapidly changing region of Antarctica. Starting this year, I have taken an interest in sharing what I've learned so far about polar science with local community groups and schools.

Scott Clark

Scott Clark
Department of Biology & Biochemistry

scott.clark@gmail.com

I’m a Ph.D. student in Kerri Crawford’s plant community ecology lab. I have a B.S. in biology and J.D. in law from the University of Houston and B.A. degrees in economics and journalism from the University of Missouri. I study the way plant communities develop, respond to exotic invasions, interact with soil microbiota, and adapt to climate change. Previously, I have worked as a photographer, investigative reporter and multimedia website editor. I chronicled my undergraduate research work in the Galapagos Islands at DarwinsFootsteps.com and my hikes through the natural landscape of Texas at DearTexas.com.

Lilly Schaffer

Lilly Schaffer
Department of Physics

laschaf2@central.uh.edu

I am a fourth-year physics Ph.D. student working under the advice of Dr. Oomman K. Varghese in the Nanomaterials and Devices Lab. I began research during my undergraduate studies at the University of Houston where I got a B.S. in physics with minor studies in phronesis in 2018. My research is on developing semiconductor-based nanomaterial devices to harness solar power for generating electricity (solar cells) and hydrogen fuel (photoelectrochemical water splitting cells), with an emphasis on the characterization of charge transfer kinetics at electrode surfaces. My other interests include environmental impact, sustainability, and the geopolitics of renewable energy.

Pooria Tajalli

Pooria Tajalli
Department of Chemistry

ptajalli@uh.edu

I am a third-year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry. I received my B.Sc. degree in chemical engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. Then, I attended Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy to obtain my M.Sc. in chemical engineering. In 2018, I joined Dr. Randy Lee’s group to pursue my Ph.D. in chemistry. My research is focused on the development and characterization of organic thin films which are used to modify the properties of a contact surface. These coating films, in the form of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), can be utilized in the various applications such as lubricant for microelectromechanical systems, catalyst modifier for hydrogenation reactions, corrosion resistant films for metal surfaces, and anti-adhesive films for biosensors.