Alumni

Molly MacIsaac
Year: 2018
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research: Molly completed her thesis, “The Detection of Micro RNA Using Programmable Nano Switches,” under the guidance of Dr. Halvorsen. She presented her findings at the Life Science Conference, Undergraduate Research Conference, and the RNA Symposium.
Future Plans: Molly will continue her research at Harvard for 1-2 years and then go back to school to pursue an M.D. or M.D.-Ph.D.
Robin Lieb
Year: 2018
Major: Business Administration – Financial Analyst Program
Research: For his thesis, “The Impact of Labor Rights on Equity Returns: A Cross-Country Analysis,” Robin researched the impacts increasing labor rights had on third-world countries. Robin traveled with his advisor, Dr. Rita Biswas, to Texas to present his research at the Dallas Federal Economic Scholars Program.
Future Plans: Currently, Robin is working full-time for Goldman Sachs. After getting 1-2 years of field experience, Robin plans to go to graduate school.
Elisabeth DuBois
Year: 2018
Major: Digital Forensics
Research: Elisabeth’s thesis, “The Implementation of a Cybersecurity Testbed for Education and Research,” is based on her research conducted in a Cyber Innovation Lab. There, she worked alongside Dr. Sanjay Goel to build a testbed, test the tax on networks, and see where defenses can be built on mechanisms.
Future Plans: Elisabeth will continue her studies at University at Albany to pursue a Ph.D. in Information Science. She aspires to become a professor one day.
Allix Coon
Year: 2018
Major: Chemistry and Mathematics
Research: Allix first started working in a chemistry computations lab the summer of her freshmen year and after networking through her chemistry advisor, joined a forensic chemistry lab. There, she developed a database of condom lubricants to help solve cases of sexual assault, the focus of her thesis.
Future Plans: Allix will remain at University at Albany to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemistry and will continue to work in the forensic science research lab.
  Alicia Bentley
Year:
2011

My name is Alicia Bentley and I'm currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences at the University at Albany. My Ph.D. research focuses on strong extratropical cyclones leading to extreme weather events over central and eastern North America during October-March of 1979-2016. I received a M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University at Albany in 2014, as well as a B.S. in Atmospheric Science and minor in Mathematics from the University at Albany in 2011.
  Elizabeth Gray
Year: 2008
Elizabeth Gray graduated from the University at Albany with a Bachelors degree in Philosophy in 2008 and a Masters degree in Philosophy in 2014. In 2010 she founded the Wishi Project, an effort to establish a primary school and provide improved educational opportunities for the children of the indigenous and remote Wishi community in Ecuador. Elizabeth has also served as Assistant Director of the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights at the University at Albany. She is currently the Assistant Dean for the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity.                   
  Jennifer Pollard
Year: 2013
Jennifer Pollard began medical school at Albany Medical College just after graduating from UAlbany in 2013. She is now in her fourth and final year of school and will graduate with her M.D. this spring. After that, Jennifer will start her four-year long residency training in obstetrics and gynecology.
  Jillian Caramanna
Year: 2011
Jillian Caramanna received two degrees from the University at Albany – a BA in English in 2011 and an MA in Organizational Corporate Communication in 2012. Jillian was a graduate of the Honors College under Professor Jeff Haugaard. Currently, Jillian leads marketing and strategy for GridMarket, a growing Manhattan-based start-up in the clean energy industry. GridMarket is a distributed energy project facilitator, working with large energy consumers to identify cost saving opportunities in their buildings or portfolios, and connecting them with best-fit solution providers to actualize projects. At GridMarket, Jillian is responsible for all marketing efforts, content creation, and event management.