2022-2023 Stupka Scholars

Kevin BeaghanKevin Beaghan

Kevin is a Junior majoring in Biochemistry and minoring Mathematics. He is currently the Treasurer of Stupka Committee, Treasurer of BBMB club, and a peer mentor of the BBMB learning committee. He works as an undergrad research assistant to Dr. Marjory Rover in the Bioeconomy Institute where they seek to develop a fuel additive that is 100% biorenewable by employing the Folin-Ciocalteu method to esterify phenolic bio-oil from plants. After graduation, he is planning on going to medical school, specializing in pediatrics.

Michelle MorfordMichelle Morford

Michelle is a junior majoring in biochemistry with a minor in biology. She is currently the publicity chair for the Stupka Committee and a peer mentor for the BBMB Learning Community. Michelle has been working in Dr. Reuben Peters’ lab since 2020. Currently, she is studying the combinatorial biosynthesis of diterpenoid natural products. After graduating from Iowa State, Michelle plans to attend medical school or possibly an MD-PhD program.