Spring 2020 SCC Scholars


Nori Khalaf

Hometown: Duhok, Iraq
Nori Khalaf

What’s your dream job? University teacher.

What is the best project you’ve ever worked on or really admire in STEM? Biology has always been a very interesting subject for me, especially Bioinformatics.

How do you use STEM in your life? STEM has helped me to save a great amount of time to be off work and focus more on the classes I am taking.

Who is someone (teacher, mentor, role model) in STEM you look up to and why? Misty Wehling, my mentor, taught me Biology I, and she is not only a teacher but also a friend to her students.

What excites you about STEM? STEM helped me to meet other scholars from both SCC and UNL and strengthen our connections by sharing seminars and food.

What are you looking forward to in the STEM CONNECT program? I am looking forward to getting a degree in Bioinformatics and hopefully continue my education in graduate school.

Nana Noundou Victoire Letissia

Hometown: Yaounde, Cameroon
High school: Pi and Ju Angelsaxone College
Nana Noundou Victoire Letissia

What’s your dream job? Mathematics professor or physician.

What is the best project you’ve ever worked on or really admire in STEM? The monthly follow we have with the mentors from our respective schools.

How do you use STEM in your life? STEM serves as a motivation for me to work hard in my everyday life and follow the example of the different mentors.

Who is someone (teacher, mentor, role model) in STEM you look up to and why? Dr. Sandeep Holay at SCC.

What excites you about STEM? Meeting different people with similar aspirations and ambitions and learning different things during these meetings.

What are you looking forward to in the STEM CONNECT program? I am looking forward to growing academically and having the right orientation and support to achieve my goals.

Also selected: Mohammed Sbai and Anaelle Nimpa

Brian Marmon

Hometown: Wymore, NE
High school: Southern High School
Brian Marmon

What’s your dream job? Software Development/Cyber Security.

What is the best project you’ve ever worked on or really admire in STEM? I like SPOT, a project being done by Boston Dynamics.

How do you use STEM in your life? Both the critical thinking and the ability to simplify complicated tasks to maximize my day.

Who is someone (teacher, mentor, role model) in STEM you look up to and why? I do not have a specific one as I try to take inspiration and information from many sources and try to not become biased.

What excites you about STEM? I enjoy the reasoning behind it, as well as that it builds upon itself to create a better understanding of what you already know.

What are you looking forward to in the STEM CONNECT program? So far, it has been meeting so many like-minded individuals and learning all of the different possibilities.

Logan Wessel

Hometown: Wexford, PA
High school: North Alleghendy Senior High School
Logan Wessel

What’s your dream job? Marine biology.

What is the best project you’ve ever worked on or really admire in STEM? Using the pGlo plasmid to make certain bacteria glow under U.V. light.

How do you use STEM in your life? Every day I utilize math and science to assist me in my studies. Otherwise, I often find myself conjuring questions to cure my curiosity of why the earth is the way it is. This pulls off of math and sciences I have studied/discovered in the past.

Who is someone (teacher, mentor, role model) in STEM you look up to and why? Misty Wehling. She has made significant discoveries with respect to biology and has made a career of assisting in finding more discoveries beneficial to the future of our planet, but also in helping students prepare themselves for their future in finding more discoveries themselves.

What excites you about STEM? Almost anything relating to science will always be exciting to me. Regardless of how specific it may be.

What are you looking forward to in the STEM CONNECT program? Meeting people with the same interests and curiosities as myself.

SCC biotechnology student drawn to variety in STEM

Fall 2020 SCC Scholars


Frederic Herbert Bekoo minko

High School: Sangmelima Tech in Cameroon

James Berg

Previous Schools: Midland High School, Univ of South Dakota Vermillion

Rayonna Gearhart

High School: Lincoln East

Raoul Patrick Nya Wandji

High School: Cegt Malangue in Doueala, Litoral

Gideon Ray

High School: Lincoln Pius X

Wyatt Ray

High School: Lincoln Pius X

Susanne Rott

High School: GED

Shawn Shonerd

High School: Lincoln Northeast

Jared Thomas

High School: Rock Port R-Ii in Rock Port, Missouri

Matthew Thomas

High School: Lincoln High

Brittany Thompson

High School: Humphrey Junior-Senior High School, Nebraska