RISE 5 Students

RISE 5 Year 2

Doctoral Students

Raymond Berry III
Biology, Mentor: Dr. Graciela Unguez/Dr. Elba Serrano

Kiel Jones, Biochemistry
Mentor: Dr. Shelley Lusetti 

Amanda Erlandson, Molecular Biology
Mentor: Dr. Paola Mera


Jeremy Jones, Chemistry
Mentor: Dr. Antonio Lara

Thomas Cisneros, Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Igor Sevostianov

Alex Moon, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Jiannong Xu
Daravuth Cheam, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Michele Nishiguchi
Anthony Cornwell, Plant and Environmental Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Omar Holguin
Maria Florencia Visconti, Biology
Mentor: Dr. Charles Shuster








RISE 5 Year 1

Doctoral Students


Doctoral Students (Degree Complete)

  • Daniel Ramirez-Gordillo (PhD 2015) Biology. mentor: Dr. Elba Serrano
  • Gizelle Hurtado, (PhD 2017)  Biology, mentor: Dr. Karen Mabry
  • Amy Nava (UTEP PhD transfer) Biology, mentor: Dr. Michele Nishiguchi
  • Sibella Salazar (PhD 2018) Counseling and Educational Psychology, Mentor: Dr. Andres Perez-Rojas
  • Kristina Gonzales (PhD 2018) Biology, Mentor: Dr. Immo Hansen
  • Jamey Rislin (PhD 2018) Counseling and Educational Psychology, Mentor: Dr. Ivelisse Torres Fernandez
  • Jessica Jackson (PhD 2018) Counseling and Educational Psychology, Mentor: Dr. Anna Lopez
  • Jesus “Jesse” Sambrano Jr., Chemical Engineering, mentor: Dr. Jessica Houston
  • Erika Monroy (PhD 2018) Chemistry, Mentor: Dr. William Maio

Doctoral Students (Degree in progress, transition to other support)

  • Amy Nava (transfer to PhD UTEP, 2016) Biology, mentor: Dr. Michele Nishiguchi
  • Margie Vela, Water & Science Management, Mentor: Dr. Paul Gutierrez

Master’s Students (Degree complete, PhD in progress)

  • Kelly Laje, MS (2016) Plant and Environmental Sciences, mentor: Dr. Omar Holguin
    • Current PhD Student, NMSU
  • Megan Stamey McAlvain MS (2016), Anthropology, mentor: Dr. Mary Alice Scott
    • Current PhD Student, University of Connecticut

Master’s Students (Terminal degree)

  • Laura Salguero (MS 2015) Mechanical Engineering, mentor Dr. Igor Sevastianov
  • Victor Abravanel, Biology, mentor: Dr. Graciela Unguez

** Undergraduate Students are not supported by RISE 4**