Stupka Scholars


Jacob SchmiederJacob Schmieder is a junior majoring in biochemistry with a minor in physics. He has been involved with Dr. Claussen’s research lab since the fall of 2018 where he works on creating biosensors using enzyme-immobilized electrodes. He has also been a part of the Stupka Symposium Planning Committee all three years and has served as the food and publicity chair. Outside of the department, Jacob spends most of his free time with the marching band. After graduation, Jacob plans to earn an MD/PhD in biomedical engineering.

Maddie StupkaMadeline Farringer is a junior majoring in biochemistry with a minor in emerging global diseases. She is Speaker Co-Chair in the Stupka Committee, a member of the BBMB Club Cabinet, and Breakfast Club Co-Chair. Madeline has worked in Dr. Josh Beck’s lab since 2018 developing a knockdown system for studying the malaria parasite. She plans to continue in parasitology research while pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences.

Past and Present Scholars

Jacob Schmieder2020B.S. in Biochemistry, 2021
Plans to earn an MD/PhD in biomedical engineering
Madeline Farringer2020B.S. in Biochemistry, 2021
Plans to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences
Spydel Nardy2019B.S. in Biochemistry, 2020
Plans to attend the University of Iowa
Kayla Uthe2019B.S. in Biochemistry, 2020
Plans to enter industry
Sarah Zelle2019B.S. in Biochemistry and Genetics, 2020
Plans to attend Vanderbilt University
Jacqueline Ehrlich2018B.S. in Agricultural Biochemistry, 2020
Plans to attend Cornell University
Bailey Mooney2018B.S. in Biochemistry and Genetics, 2019
Attending medical school at UCLA
Emily Knuth2018B.S. in Agricultural Biochemistry, 2019
Graduate student at University of Wisconsin–Madison
Matt Cook2018B.S. in Biochemistry and Genetics, 2019
Graduate student in Biology at Yale University
Lauran Chambers2017B.S. in Biochemistry, 2018
Research Specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Surgery
Alex Donelson2017B.S. in Biochemistry, 2018
Pursuing graduate training
Drew Tonsager2017M.S. in Biochemistry, 2018
Ph.D. candidate at Colorado State University
Adrienne Smith2015, 2016B.S. in Biochemistry, 2016
Morgan Barrett2016M.S. in Forensics Science, University of New Haven, CT, 2020
DNA criminalist, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Summer 2020
Natalie Whitis2016Ph.D. candidate at University of California San Francisco
Flora Yen2015D.D.D. University of Iowa, 2020
Zack Young2014Senior Researcher at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Denis Tamiev2014Biological Engineering Ph.D. student at Iowa State University
Kinsey Cornick2013D.O. Des Moines University, 2018
Physician in Family Practice, Lincoln, NE
Kristen McKibben2013Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2020
Beginning post-doc in Switzerland
Jennifer Kaczynski Meyer2013Genetics counseling program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Alana Jackson2012M.D. University Minnesota, Duluth, 2016
Resident Physician, Spokane Teaching Health Ctr.
Samson Condon2012Ph.D. candidate at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mollie Tiernan Schubert2011M.S. in Biochemistry, ISU
Research Scientist III, Molecular Genetics Integrated DNA Technologies, Coralville, IA
Johanna Jass Bailey2011Master of Public Health, University of Missouri, 2015
Manager at Elemental Enzymes, Florida
Craig Brown 2011M.D. from University of Chicago, 2016
Surgical resident at University of Michigan
Jackie Souleyrette Rivas2011Ph.D. in Immunology, 2017 University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Postdoctoral fellow Lexington, KY
Dayna Peterson2010Ph.D. Arizona State University, 2017
Currently on maternity leave
Mina Farahbakhsh2009Ph.D., M.D. University of Kansas
Pediatric residency at the Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO
Luke Helgeson2008Ph.D. in Biochemistry
Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington
Mara Determan Alexeev2007M.D. University of Iowa, 2012
M.S. Public Health, UC Berkeley, 2016
Clinical Informatics Fellowship-Boston Children's Hospital
Claire Kruesel2006M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Environment, 2015
Lecturer for the English Department at Iowa State University