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Teaching Assistants

Megan Stanton (STEM Skills)

My name is Megan Stanton and I will be a junior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in the fall. I am majoring in Computer Engineering and minoring in Cybersecurity, and I am also a part of the Chancellor’s Honors Program. I plan on getting my masters in Cybersecurity when I graduate. I like to volunteer at the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley whenever I have time, and I also love playing video games. I am very excited to get to know everyone and teach you about exciting STEM topics! 


Molly Capps (STEM Skills)

My name is Molly Capps, and I’m from Seymour, TN. I am a rising junior in Chemical Engineering, and I’m a member of The Society of Women Engineers. After graduation, I want to work in the chemical manufacturing industry. I enjoy hiking, sports, and studying Spanish.

 

 

 


Samantha Zimmerman (STEM Skills)

My name is Sam Zimmermann. I am a rising Junior in Computer Engineering with a minor in Physics. I am part of the Chancellor’s Honor’s program at UT and am also working on starting a crochet/knitting club! I am also an undergraduate researcher in the EECS department, and a teaching assistant for the Engineering Fundamentals program. I volunteer at the local animal shelter on the weekends, and along with crocheting and knitting I enjoy reading and gaming. After graduation, I would like to go to graduate school to continue doing research, or work for a national lab.


Emma Farrar (STEM Skills)

My name is Emma Farrar and I am a rising junior majoring in Computer Engineering and planning to minor in Cyber Security. I’m a member of the Society of Women Engineers as well as Systers, and I also work at Barley’s in downtown Knoxville. In my free time I love powerlifting, running, and reading! 

 


Taiesha Young (STEM in Society)

My name is Taiesha Young and I am currently a 6th grade ELA/Math teacher for Knox County Schools. I have an 4 year old son. I enjoy traveling and exploring in my free time. I look forward to teaching at the Governor’s School this summer!

 


Erica Allen (STEM in Society)

Erica Allen, Teaching AssistantMy name is Erica Allen and I am currently a 6th grade science teacher for Knox County Schools. I have an 12 year old son and two Jack Russells. I enjoy running and gardening in my free time. I look forward to teaching at the Governor’s School this summer!

 


Maggie Limbeck (Biology)

My name is Maggie and I am a first-year Ph.D. student studying the evolutionary and geochemical relationships of echinoderms (sea stars and sea urchins). Basically, I want to understand how echinoderms are related to each other and how they grow and interact with their environments and I do that by looking at fossils and the chemistry of modern echinoderm skeletons. In my free time I like to go kayaking, work in my garden, and hang out with my cat. This is my second year as a TA for Governor’s School and I am very excited to get to know you!


Taylor Payne (Chemistry)

Hey guys! I am a senior at the University of Tennessee here in Knoxville. I grew up not too far away in Johnson City, TN. I am double majoring in chemistry and Spanish and am part of the Chancellor’s Honors Program. For the past three years, I have been doing chemical research in the Sharma group at UT. We use a light scattering technique to detect physiological levels of neurotransmitters for the early detection of disease. I also volunteer each week at Centro Hispano de Knoxville, translating documents and helping out in the office. Once I graduate from UT, I am going to graduate school to earn a PhD in chemistry, and I want my career to focus on research. I spend my free time riding my bike, hiking, playing guitar, and listening to music. This will be my third year as an RA and as a chemistry TA for Governor’s School. I am very excited to get to know you and share this experience with you this summer!


Mike Hanson (Mathematics)

Mike is a graduate student in mathematics at the University of Tennessee studying Number Theory. After graduating, he plans to continue his career in academia as a researcher in mathematics. Aside from math, Mike enjoys making and listening to music, drawing, and traveling. He is very excited to assist the Governor’s school math students while they learn about proofs, number theory and matrices.

 


 Qing Huang (Physics)

My name is Qing Huang. I am a fourth year PhD student in the Physics Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) and majoring in condensed matter physics. Currently, I am working in Dr. Zhou’s research group, focusing on the single crystal growth and studies of quantum magnet. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, playing basketball and playing video games. This would be my first year to work as a TA for Governor’s School, I am looking forward to assisting students to learn physics during this summer.

 


Matthew Cothrine (Materials Science & Engineering)

Matthew Cothrine is a first-year PhD student in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). Matthew received his M.S. degree in MSE from the University of Central Florida in December 2017. He is a graduate teaching assistant for the undergraduate-level Principals of Materials laboratory courses and is excited to join the 2019 Governor’s school staff! He works in Dr. Mandrus’ research group focusing on novel material synthesis, specifically investigating growth and discovery of spin liquid candidates. He also works with neutron diffraction techniques for material characterization. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing video games, and playing with his ferrets.

 


Brianna Musicó (Materials Science & Engineering)

Brianna Musicó is a fourth year PhD student in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). Ms. Musicó received her B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Tennessee in August of 2016 and her M.S degree in December 2018. She has a graduate teaching assistant for the undergraduate-level Principles of Materials Laboratory courses as well as a merged undergraduate/graduate level Defects in Crystals course. She was a teaching assistant for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Governor’s School for The Sciences and Engineering and is looking forward to it again this year! Her current work is under the direction of Dr. Veerle Keppens and Dr. David Mandrus focusing on High Entropy Oxide (HEO) ceramic synthesis, specifically with perovskite and spinel systems. She also works with elastic moduli property determination through Resonant Ultrasound Spectroscopy. In her free time she enjoys cooking, reading, gymnastics, hanging out with her cats and re-finishing furniture.

 


Shahram Hatefi Hesari (STEM Skills)

My name is Shahram Hatefi Hesari .I am currently Ph.D. Student and Graduate Teaching and research assistant in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. My background is in analog integrated circuit design, semiconductor device physics, and sensor design. Since August 2017 I’ve been involved in the development of several integrated circuits using different CMOS process technologies. I am also TA for Governor’s School and I am very excited to get to know you and share with you all I’ve learned about electronics!

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