Meet the 2018 Fellows

Bucsek headshotAshley Bucsek

Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics (CSE)
 
Ashley Bucsek earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Ashley studies twinning and phase transformation in solid materials using micromechanical theory, phase engineering, and in situ three-dimensional X-ray diffraction techniques. Recently, she worked as a Visiting Scientist at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility under an NSF GROW award where she conducted the first-ever Dark-Field X-Ray Microscopy experiments on shape memory alloys. At UMN, she is developing a highly reversible ferroelectric capacitor to be used in a system that converts waste heat to electricity.

Macdonald headshotRobyn Macdonald

Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics (CSE)
 
Robyn Macdonald received her PhD in aerospace engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2018 where she also received her BS in 2013. Her research interests focus on constructing physics based models to study high speed chemically reacting flows, helping to bridge the knowledge gap between the field of quantum chemistry and computational fluid dynamics. During her PhD she had the opportunity to work with scientists and engineers at both NASA and the Air Force, as well as present her work at conferences and and program reviews. Her PhD research was supported by the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate fellowship.
 

Pickron headshotCharisse Pickron

Institute for Child Development (CEHD)
 
Charisse Pickron is originally from Amherst, Ma. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Race and Racial Identity Development in 2008. Following graduation, she worked at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL for two years. She completed a 12 month internship at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she further explored her interest in a career in developmental psychology. At the University of Massachusetts, Charisse completed her Masters in 2015 under the advisement of Dr. Lisa Scott and her Ph.D. in 2018 with Dr. Erik Cheries. Her work focuses on socio-cognitive development focusing on infants' perception and representation of social groups along gender and race.

Reyes headshotBolivar (Boli) Reyes-Jaquez

Institute for Child Development (CEHD)
 
Bolivar (Boli) Reyes-Jaquez received his B.A. in Psychology from Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo (2007). After spending three years as an analyst at the Research Unit of the Dominican Presidency, he pursued a Ph.D. in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin (2015). Prior to joining the PPFP at Minnesota, he spent two years as a research associate at Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra. Selected honors include a Fulbright fellowship, a David Bruton Jr. graduate fellowship, a Holtzman best student paper in developmental psychology award, and travel awards from organizations such as the Jacobs Foundation, Association for Psychological Science, and Max Plank Institute for Human Development.

Saint-Croix headshotCat Saint-Croix

Philosophy (CLA)
 
Cat Saint-Croix earned her Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2018. Her work focuses on epistemology, which concerns knowledge, belief, and evidence, along with philosophy of language, logic, and feminist philosophy. She is especially interested in the ways that the insights of feminist philosophy can be applied to and developed within these areas.
 
 
 

Wijaya headshotElizabeth Wijaya

Asian Languages & Literatures
 
Elizabeth Wijaya will receive her PhD in Comparative Literature from Cornell University in August 2018. She earned a BA (1st) in English Literature under an ASEAN Scholarship and MA in Literary Arts at the National University of Singapore with a Research Scholarship. At the University of Minnesota, she will work on her book project: Luminous Flesh: Visible and Invisible Worlds of Diasporic Chinese Cinemas. She is the co-founder of E&W Films, a Singapore-based film development company: ewfilms.com.sg.