Sam Morelos President
Currently a senior Physics student and pupil in TeachHouston program. Working under Dr. Andrew Renshaw in the student-led undergraduate research program HASP (High Altitude Student Payload). I love working with others and hope to create and foster communities for learning and student achievement. I love 3D printing, working with CAD design software and cooking on the grill.
Michelle Nowling Vice President
I started my college education at a community college and then transferred to the University of Houston to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Physics. I am currently in my senior year and will graduate in the Spring of 2017. I have done research in planetary science, early-universe star formation, and am currently working with Dr. Bering with the Undergraduate Student Instrumentation Project (USIP). I am honored to be the Vice President for SPS. If there is anything I can do to make your physics journey better, come see me at our biweekly meetings!
Savannah Turet Secretary
I am a sophomore Physics student in the Honors College. I aspire to attend graduate school, but until then I plan to do research similar to my previous research experiences. I worked with Dr. Freundlich on solar cell efficiency and with Drs. Hamilton, Frankino, and Hanke in San Cristobal, Galapagos on wildlife conservation. The branch of physics that interests me the most is astrophysics. I like to unwind with dodgeball twice a week and Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Death by Black Hole.
Dorian Dela Peña Historian
I’m am a Junior Physics major and Math minor expecting graduate in Spring 2018. I’m passionate to study astrophysics in graduate school and currently working with Dr. Andrew Renshaw in HASP (High Altitude Student Payload). I love outdoor events, frequent kayaking, cooking, and Funk Jazz enthusiastic.
Donnie Munford Historian
I am a Junior Physics and Mathematics student, graduating in Spring of 2018. I work with Dr. Bellweid doing Relativistic Heavy Ion Collision research. I plan on attending graduate school to do research in the fields of ion collision and/or anti-matter. I am one of the Historians for SPS. I like to unwind from the stress of school with light workouts as well as gaming and streaming with friends.
Marissa Soto Webmaster
I am a senior level physics major. Currently working in Physics education research with Dr. Cheung and biomedical physics research with Dr. Das. I am also part of the teachHouston program encouraging STEM majors to teach in order to create a future generation of math and science enthusiasts. I plan on teaching and attending graduate school upon graduation. I am one of the Webmasters for SPS. In my free-time, I enjoy watching videos, movies and series online, as well as music in all its forms, drawing, playing videogames and learning random things; I am currently learning korean and how to code with python.
Steven Oliver Webmaster
I began my higher education at San Jacinto community college where I earned my Associates of Science degree in Mathematics. I transferred to the University of Houston to earn my Bachelors of Science degree in Physics and will graduate in the Spring of 2018. I am currently a junior, working under Dr. Andrew Renshaw in the High Altitude Student Payload (HASP) project and involved in the Astronomy Society. After graduation I plan to further my education and pursue a graduate degree in Condensed Matter Physics. In my spare time, I enjoy participating in outdoor sports and activities.
Fre’Etta Brooks Outreach Coordinator
I am a Post-Baccalaureate with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor degree in Philosophy. I am currently a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics at the University of Houston. I am involved with the High Altitude Student Payload (HASP) project, the newly formed Astronomy Society and I work as a Medical Physicist’s assistant. I plan to pursue a graduate degree in Medical Physics after graduation in Fall of 2018. I am the Outreach Coordinator for SPS and look forward to organizing both team building and professional events for members to participate in.
Desmond Jeff Outreach Coordinator
I am a Junior Physics major and Math minor expecting to graduate in Spring 2018. I aspire to study cosmology or astrophysics in graduate school and currently take part in the Astronomy Society and renovating the UH Observatory. Interacting and collaborating with others is very important to me, so I look forward to doing so as an SPS Outreach Coordinator. In my spare time, I enjoy playing video games, listening to music, and attending Zumba.