Olvia Luyties, 2017 Goldwater Honorable Mention

Olivia is a junior majoring in biochemistry. For the past three years, she has been pursued her passion for biochemistry as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Santangelo's lab in the biochemistry department. There, she uses biochemical and genetic techniques to elucidate the role of novel proteins in the archaeal organism Thermococcus kodakarensis.

In addition to her research, she enjoys my role as an Honors Peer Mentor to freshmen in the Honors Program, helping them navigate their first semester in college. Outside of class, she spends her time birdwatching, watercolor painting, and volunteering at the Fort Collins Cat Rescue.

After her undergraduate education, she plans to attend graduate school to earn a Ph.D. in biochemistry. She aspires to conduct research using biochemistry and genetics to develop clean biofuels, among other biological products, to help solve current environmental crises.