Steven Faltas spent the majority of his early childhood in Clear Lake, Iowa. Some of his favorite things to do in his early years were to participate in youth sports and spend time with friends. He moved to Elkhorn, Nebraska after his freshman year of high school, and graduated from Elkhorn High School in May 2021. Steven developed an interest in biology and health sciences through high school sciences courses such as AP Biology and Anatomy and Physiology, which is why he chose to pursue a Biology degree on the pre-med track. When it came time to choose a place to go to college, UNL seemed like the right fit for him because it was close to home, and he would get to experience college life while continuing to be a motivated student in the classroom and through involvement. Steven began working with Dr. Desaulniers in the Fall 2021 semester, and he is excited to continue research through his undergraduate career!
My name is Carlene Nguyen and I was born in Lincoln, NE. I'm also the oldest child in my family and am a first-generation student. In my free time, my hobbies consist of listening to music and trying out new foods. I chose to attend the University of Nebraska in Lincoln because I'm already familiar with the campus and I wanted to continue my education near my family. My favorite subject has always been science so I took AP Biology and AP Chemistry at North Star high school as a senior. However, I chose to major in Biological Sciences/Biology while being on the pre-med track because I've also always enjoyed learning about the complexities of the human body and helping others. I even took a Medical Terminology course in the past and had the opportunity to tour hospitals as well as health careers which furthered my interest in the medical field. I'm currently in the FYRE (First Year Research Experience) program under Dr. Desaulniers because I want to develop skills that can only be obtained outside of the classroom. Through working in an actual lab, I am able to get more hands-on experience which I can apply in the future.