Mauresa Bastian grew up on a farm in rural Utah. She obtained her associates degree from Snow College at the same time she graduated from high school. Mauresa graduated summa cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in food science. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in food science at BYU. Upon finishing graduate school, Mauresa plans to pursue a professional career in the food industry as a research scientist/food product developer. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing, cooking, dancing, playing the piano and accordion, hiking, gardening, and spending time with her family.
Mariah Chambers is from Provo, Utah, and is the second of four children. Mariah is a senior at Brigham Young University, majoring in geology and minoring in music. She is currently serving in the geology club as service committee chair. Mariah has worked as a research assistant in geology and paleontology for Dr. Brooks Britt since her freshman year. Her research includes mapping and documentation of over 10,000 bones found in the first dinosaur quarry discovered in the Nugget Sandstone, a prominent geologic unit in Utah. She is also studying Jurassic-age stream channel deposits in southeastern Utah to gain an understanding of the river systems of that time period. Mariah will graduate with her bachelor’s degree in geology in June 2016 and plans to complete master’s and doctoral degrees and become a professor of geology. Mariah served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Tallahassee Florida mission. In addition to her studies, Mariah enjoys hiking and playing the harp.
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From Guayaquil, Ecuador, Andres Alberto Chaves Eras graduated from BYU in April 2013 in Latin American Studies and a minor in International Development. He worked at the MTC for 3 years and was a part of the BYU Honors Program, for which he completed a thesis about the current status of education in Ecuador. Currently he is in his first semester at Columbia University Teachers College where he is working towards his Master’s degree in International Education. He and his wife are also expecting their second son, due the beginning of January.
Michael Devonas is Chief of Staff at Transparent Health Marketplace, a technology company he helped start, which connects payers and providers of workers’ compensation medical services. From 2014-2016 he was a Research Assistant with the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation focused on U.S. healthcare reform and strategy. During the summer of 2014, he was Country Director for HELP International in the Fijian Islands, working on development projects in microfinance and maternal health. As a student at BYU, he and two other Wheatley Scholars co-founded Brigham Capital which is the first student-run hedge fund at the university. He was Research Assistant in computational chemistry, publishing in the Journal of the American Chemical Association. He was also a Summer Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Germany, and an exchange student at the Saïd Business School at Oxford University. Michael served as a Teaching Assistant for general chemistry and on the MCAT faculty at Kaplan Test Prep. He was an officer with the Premed Club and worked as a phlebotomist for Mountainstar Blood Services. In addition, he served as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2008 to 2010 in Frankfurt, Germany. Michael graduated from Brigham Young University in 2014 with his bachelors in Biochemistry and minor in Business Management. He currently lives in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Sarah Karlinsey is a Wheatley Scholar from Seattle, Washington double majoring in Biology and Bioinformatics and minoring in Computer Science. For the majority of her time at BYU, she has worked in a biology research lab studying global change ecology and ecosystem ecology, and she recently conducted a study to predict how climate change will affect the recolonization of Engelmann spruce trees on the Wasatch Plateau. Now she works in a bioinformatics lab developing tools to more efficiently identify and map simple sequence repeats in DNA. Outside of school, Sarah enjoys hiking, running, and photography. She is currently the president of BYU’s EcoResponse Club, which organized the construction of the world’s largest cardboard box fort last April. Sarah plans to graduate April 2015, after which she and her husband will seek full-time employment in Seattle.
Matt Moen is on track to graduate magna cum laude from BYU in June 2015 with a BS in Economics and minors in Statistics and Business Strategy. He is planning on doing an MPhil in Land Economy Research at the University of Cambridge where he will enroll in the fall of 2015 before he pursues a DBA in Strategy. His research interests include business strategy, evolutionary economics, and financial markets and institutions. In the winter of 2012, Matt completed an internship in Bolivia for the LDS Church’s Welfare and Employment office, where he also performed research on LDS entrepreneurs. A year later Matt attended the BYU-Oxford Seminar in Social Innovation as well as the Pembroke-Kings Program at the University of Cambridge where he did mentored research in business strategy. Before starting his senior year at BYU, Matt interned with Vivint Inc.’s business analytics team where he led projects ranging from employee and customer profiling to process optimization. Matt is currently working as a research assistant with Dr. Jeff Dyer in the Department of Organizational Leadership and Strategy with whom he has co-authored two case studies. Matt enjoys traveling, Crossfit, puns, and anything with The Lord of the Rings.
Spencer N. Montgomery graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering with a Management Minor. He is now in San Francisco with a software startup called Xamarin as Jr. Partner Manager. While at BYU, Spencer focused on engineering in order to have a technical background in business. He was President of the Engineering and Technology Leadership Council and studied Globalization in China. He interned at National Instruments in their Engineering Leadership Program and at the University Venture Fund. He played on the BYU Golf Team his freshman year, and as a senior he cofounded Brigham Capital, a student run hedge fund specifically for BYU undergraduates.
Caitlin Munger is from a small rural town in Oregon called Warren and is the oldest of 4 children. Currently, She is a senior at Brigham Young University studying neuroscience and has been fortunate to do research in Dr. Kauwe’s lab on BYU campus. They study the genetic risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease. Caitlin, along with several of her co-workers have published two papers on this topic and presented at multiple conferences, the most well-known of which is the Alzheimer’s Association’s International Conference, held this last summer in Boston. After graduation, she intends to receive the education and training to become a Physician’s Assistant.
Richard Payne is currently pursuing a PhD in Statistics from Texas A&M University. He graduated magna cum laude from BYU in 2013 with a B.S. in Statistics and a minor in Mathematics. While at BYU, Richard researched non-parametric Bayesian clustering under Dr. David B. Dahl. Richard recently joined Progress Through Business, a non-profit which promotes the use of business to solve social issues.
Nathan Stornetta graduated magna cum laude from BYU in both Economics and Spanish and received a minor in Mathematics. He is a student scholar with the Wheatley Institution, and was also selected as both an Eliza R. Snow student fellow for the university’s Humanities Center and a member of the student Presidential Leadership Program. Nathan also participated actively in the Economics Student Association, acting as director of the Economic Consulting track for students pursuing careers in consulting. In the summer of 2014 Nathan will begin a new job with Cornerstone Research, an economic consulting company in San Francisco. After gaining some industry experience with Cornerstone, Nathan hopes to continue his education by pursuing a PhD in Economics.