Officers and Contact Information

Group Mailing Address and Email Address

Our mailing address is as follows:

University of Oregon Women in Graduate Sciences
Department of Chemistry
1253 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1253

Our mailbox is located in the Chemistry Office, on the ground floor of Klamath Hall. If there are other questions, please feel free to contact us at: uowgs@uoregon.edu

Website suggestions should be kindly worded and sent to Brandon Schabes at schabes@uoregon.edu.

Current Officers

Kate Karfilis -- President
Kate Karfilis Kate is a fifth year grad student in the Institute of Molecular Biology, and a member of the Stankunas Lab. She is working on identifying the molecular targets of a key signaling pathway that plays important roles in blood vessel and heart development. She is also a huge Oregon Ducks football fan, and since coming to Oregon she hasn't missed a game yet! Go Ducks!

karfilis@uoregon.edu

Leticia Montoya -- Treasurer
Leticia Montoya Leticia Montoya is currently a graduate student in Michael Pluth's laboratory, developing bright and selective fluorescent probes for Hydrogen sulfide. She is interested in understanding the important biological applications of hydrogen sulfide as a signaling molecule. In her spare time, she enjoys running, dancing, camping, and supporting the Ducks at football games.

lmontoya@uoregon.edu

Fern Bosada -- Social Chair
Fern Bosada Fern Bosada is a fifth year grad student in the Institute of Molecular Biology and member of the Stankunas Lab. Fern studies mammalian heart valve development, and the molecular mechanisms of adult heart valve repair. She spends most of her time with her mice (in any way, shape, or form), lifting things up and putting them down, or enjoying delicious cider.

fbosada@uoregon.edu

Laura McWilliams -- Seminar Chair
Laura McWilliams Laura McWilliams is a fifth-year chemistry graduate student in the Richmond lab. She shoots laser beams into toxic gas most days but is known to enjoy a garden, a good cup of tea, a hike, and a bike tour when time allows.

lem@uoregon.edu

Kara Nell -- Outreach Co-Chair
Kara Nell Kara Nell is a fourth year graduate student in the Darren Johnson lab. Her research is focused on novel functionalized materials for purification of trace contaminants in water. Outside of lab she enjoys spending time with her husband and puppy - camping, swimming, hiking, and relaxing.

sherman7@uoregon.edu

Kimberly Jones -- Public Relations Chair
Kimmy Jones Kimberly Jones is a second year graduate student in the Institute of Molecular Biology and a member of the Prehoda Lab. She is currently studying the regulation of polarity, a key cellular process, in the stem cells of fruit-fly brains. When not busy in the lab, she enjoys indoor rock climbing, a good coffee shop, and is an avid reader.

kjones15@uoregon.edu

Matthew Hammers -- Funding Chair
Matthew Hammers Matthew is a fourth year chemistry graduate student with Bachelor's degrees in both chemistry and business-finance from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. As an organic chemist in the Pluth lab, he enjoys "mixing chemicals together and seeing what happens." Additionally, his business background will come in handy as this year's WGS funding chair. When not on campus, Matthew enjoys exploring and supporting the Green Bay Packers.

mhammers@uoregon.edu

Brandon Schabes -- Webmaster
Brandon Schabes Brandon Schabes is a fourth year graduate student in Geri Richmond's lab. His research focuses on shooting lasers at an oil/water interface to determine how polyelectrolytes and surfactants waltz. He also works to keep the Richmond lab website running smoothly, and teaches General Chemistry to eager undergraduates. When not in lab, he is probably riding his bike, eating a burrito, or enjoying a pint (sometimes simultaneously).

schabes@uoregon.edu

Hillary Henthorn -- Recorder Chair
Hillary Henthorn Hillary Henthorn is a second year chemistry graduate student in the Pluth lab. Her research is focused on exploring the chemical mechanism by which fluorescent probes for detecting hydrogen sulfide work using physical organic methods. She spends most of her spare time working on her house, spending time outdoors, playing with her kitty, and watching movies with her fiancé.

hillaryh@uoregon.edu

Bylaws

Our bylaws, including a description of the offices and respective responsibilities, can be found here: 2013-14-By-Laws.pdf

2013-14 Officers

Kate Karfilis -- President

Leticia Montoya -- Treasurer

Fern Bosada -- Fundraiser

Jackie McGrath -- Outreach Co-Chair

Kara Sherman -- Outreach Co-Chair

Ruth Siboni -- Public Relations Chair

Brandi Baldock -- Webmaster

Laura McWilliams -- Recorder Chair

Brynn Simek -- Social Chair

2012-13 Officers

Michelle Watt -- President

Emma Downs -- Seminar Chair

Kat McCormick -- Treasurer

Leticia Montoya -- Fundraiser

Jackie McGrath -- Outreach Co-Chair

Kara Sherman -- Outreach Co-Chair

Sam Sommer -- Public Relations Chair

Lara Letaw -- Webmaster

Laura McWilliams -- Recorder Chair

Kate Karfilis -- Social Chair

2011-12 Officers

Chantal Balesdent -- President

Jennifer Hoy -- Puplic Relations Chair

Lara Letaw -- Webmaster

Michelle Watt -- Social Chair

Kat McCormick -- Outreach Chair

Lena Trotochaud -- Funding Chair

Emma Downs -- Treasurer

Sarah Brady -- Seminar Chair

Ellen Robertson -- Recorder Chair