Meet the UA Beckman Scholars


Logan Porrazzo, 2020-2021 Beckman Scholar. Logan is studying Biology, Plant Sciences, and Italian at the University of Arizona, and after graduation he aims to attend to grad school to study zoology and plant-animal interactions in the wilderness. As a Beckman Scholar, Logan is studying de novo genes with Dr. Joanna Masel.


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Jamie Takashima, 2019-2020 Beckman Scholar. Jamie discovered his passion for chemistry during his freshman year of college and hasn’t looked back since. He is a double major in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Arizona and works at the Charest Lab studying the molecular mechanisms governing directed cell migration.


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Catherine Weibel, 2019-2020 Beckman Scholar. Catherine is majoring in Physics and Applied Math at the University of Arizona. She works as an undergraduate research assistant in the Masel Lab on the bioinformatics and protein evolution teams, with a primary focus on time-directional trends in protein evolution. Following completion of her undergraduate education, she intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Mathematical Biology or Biophysics.