A number of exemplary AED members comprise the Officer panel. These elected Juniors and Seniors ensure the efficiency of the honors society and maintain its well-being. AED is also helped run by the dedicated Members at Large who are unelected initiated members that help organize initiatives. We are also fortunate to have advisors that provide unbelievable amounts of information and resources for the society.

Kimberly Triplett- President (


My name is Kimberly Triplett and I serve as the President of Alpha Epsilon Delta. As such, I am responsible for scheduling speakers for our weekly meetings and overseeing organization functions. I am a senior majoring in chemical engineering and minoring in vocal performance. Outside of classes and AED, I am involved in Dr. Margaret Liu’s biopharmaceuticals and bioenergy labs and act as Executive Director for the STEM Alabama Math and Science Education Initiative. Apart from school I enjoy jogging, singing, rock climbing, and anything that takes me to a new place! Feel free to contact me if you would like to learn more about how to get involved!

Ashley Gilchrist- Vice President (


Hello, my name is Ashley Gilchrist and I am senior majoring in Biology in the University Scholars Program. As Vice-President I will work closely with the President to fulfill any duties if they should be absent. I also plan to continue my fundraising efforts for The American Heart Association and health relief abroad. Outside of our Tuesday meetings you can find me in Dr. Reed’s research lab, which focuses on Metabolic Syndrome and the genotype by environment interaction. I am also involved in Freshman Year Experience (FYE) and Honors College where I serve as an A-Team leader for camp 1831 and Academic Resources Director. Besides going to football games, I enjoy photography, hiking, and longboarding around campus. Feel free to shoot me an email!

Rachel Hill- Secretary (


Hey, everyone! My name is Rachel Hill, and I am a junior majoring in Exercise Science and minoring in Biology. I am this year’s AED secretary. As secretary, I am responsible for keeping track of points and am the person to contact about membership requirements. Aside from AED, I am a SEARCH team leader and lead a freshman CORE Bible study groupat St. Francis University parish, and I work in Dr. Reed’s biology research lab on Metabolic Syndrome using Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism. I am looking forward to taking on the secretary position and encourage you to email me any questions you have about points or questions about AED or pre med in general!

Hunter Dean- Treasurer (


My name is Hunter Dean, and I am a junior pursuing bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Engineering and Biology as well as a master’s degree in Biology through the University Scholar’s Program. As AED Treasurer, I am responsible for overseeing our finances including the funds for club events and AED t-shirts. Outside of AED, I am the treasurer of Tribeta Biological Honor Society, underclassmen representative in the Society of Engineers in Medicine, a member of the Tide Talks Ten, and an elementary school mentor with Don’t Try This at Home. I also research nanoparticle toxicity in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster in Dr. Janis O’Donnell’s lab and spend the rest of my time playing racquetball, swimming, or climbing at the REC. Please get in touch if you have any questions!

Riley Kraus- Webmaster/Shadowing (

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Hello everyone! My name is Riley Kraus and I’m a senior majoring in Biology and minoring in computer science. I currently hold the Webmaster position in AED. I built this website to make all things AED accessible to the incoming and current members. Outside of AED, I am a student leader for the volunteering group Al’s Pals, an undergraduate TA for the biology and computer science departments, and the shadowing initiative head. In my spare time, I love reading, running, and playing tennis. Feel free to email me with any concerns with the website, or any general questions about AED!

Jocelyn Newman- Reporter (


Hi, my name is Jocelyn Newman. I am a junior majoring in Chemistry and Spanish. I am thrilled to serve Alpha Epsilon Delta this year. Aside from my writing articles for the Scalpel Report as a part of my reporter duties, I will be directing a series of Neuroscience talks from esteemed professors of neurobiology at UAB.  During the school year, much of my time is spent conducting research in Dr. Bakker’s materials chemistry lab where I help to develop and analyze catalysts. I also serve as a tutor for Student Support Services, Global Soap Project chair for the Apwonjo Club, and volunteer/social media for the STEM tutoring program. I am looking forward to a successful year!

Mindy Russo- Member at Large/Research (


Hey everyone! My name is Mindy Russo and I am a senior double majoring in Biology and Anthropology. This year I will be serving y’all as your co-director of undergraduate research along with Mitchell Lefebvre. I’m an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Julie Olson’s lab, have conducted research overseas, participated as a research intern my Sophomore year in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute summer research program, and was an Emerging Scholar back in the day. I love every aspect of research, and hope that you can share that same passion in a laboratory that fits your questions and interests. Research is essential as a pre-health student because it helps apply topics you’ve learned in class to real life questions. It can be overwhelming choosing a research mentor in your discipline, let alone cross discipline. Mitchell and I are here to facilitate a right fit for your interests. Aside from AED, I am actively involved in hospice care, serve as a St. Francis University Parish’s SEARCH retreat team leader, am the St. Francis Community Service Coordinator, and am a slave to the PCR thermocycler.

Joshua Blackwell- Member at Large/Volunteering (


Hello! My name is Joshua Blackwell, and I am a senior Biology major. As a Member-at-Large in AED, I serve as the Director of Volunteering alongside Jason Sneed and Sierra Gould. During 2013, I was responsible for compiling an extensive list of clinical and non-clinical service opportunities available in the Tuscaloosa/Northport community. In addition, I am responsible for the organization and leadership of service projects throughout the academic year. A spirit of service is absolutely critical to the healthcare profession, and I am honored to serve in this continuing capacity during my senior year. I wish you the very best as you embark upon your pre-health journey.


Elise Kahn – Member at Large/CAPS Mentoring (


I’m a senior on the pre-med track majoring in biology and minoring in psychology. I’m in charge of the CAPS mentoring program, which serves as an outstanding resource to younger pre-health students pursing medical school as well as other professional programs. Outside of AED I volunteer for Al’s Pals mentoring program, participate in Dr. O’Donnell’s research lab on Autism Spectrum Disorder, and am a member of the Environmental Council. In my spare time I love hiking, hammocking, camping, and building a good fire.

Lauren Griswold- Member at Large/CAPS Mentoring (


Hey everyone! My name is Lauren Griswold, and I am a sophomore double majoring in Biology and Exercise Science on the pre-medicine track. I currently serve as Co-Director for the CAPS Mentoring program. As Co-Director, I will be working with Elise Kahn to pair freshman mentees with pre-health upperclassmen to provide our mentees with the opportunity to have access to valuable information and advice early on in their collegiate careers. In addition to AED, I am actively involved in Project Health and the Diabetes Education Team. Apart from school, I enjoy exercising, traveling, and spending time with my friends and family. I am looking forward to an amazing year with everyone! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Mitchell Lefebvre- Member at Large/Research (


Hello my name is Mitchell Lefebvre, and I am working with Mindy Russo as you co-director of undergraduate research. I am a senior Microbiology major. I am an undergraduate researcher in the Ramonell lab, and I volunteer with the STEM elementary school program. I love working in the Ramonell lab, and I want others to have such experiences. Undergraduate research teaches many skills, but it is often difficult to find a professor willing to accept students. Our goal is to facilitate the matching of students with professors. I look forward to working with everyone during a great year! If you have any questions please contact me!

Savannah Johnson- Member at Large/Shadowing (


My name is Savannah Johnson. I will be a co-director of shadowing for the 2014-2015 school year. I am a Junior majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. I am also involved in a variety of other activities on campus. I am a Resident Advisor (RA) in Parham Hall, a Student Leader for Alabama Action, and a Student Facilitator for READ Alabama. I am involved in Dr. Rasco’s developmental toxicology research lab, and I volunteer with STEM Alabama. I also work part time for the physician that I shadow as a clinical research assistant. Outside of the classroom I love to meet new people, craft, and travel! As co-director of shadowing I hope to give all the members of AED access to shadowing opportunities. I will be working diligently to set up a database of willing physicians both here in Tuscaloosa and in your hometowns. I want to get to know everyone in AED, so if you have any questions regarding shadowing, an organization I am apart of, or general campus life feel free to email me!

Ali Beiser- Member at Large/Spring Break Trip (

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Hi everyone! My name is Ali Beiser and I am a biology major with a minor in social welfare. I will be a senior this fall, and I am the leader for the Nicaragua Spring Break Trip. If you are interested in pursuing medicine and have a heart for serving internationally, this trip will give you the experience of a lifetime. I am devoted to serving others and have done many hours of volunteer work in Tuscaloosa and Hale County. I have also been a member of the Nicaragua trip twice. Aside from school I love to sing and play guitar, run, and be with my friends and family! Please feel free to email me anytime with any questions. Roll Tide!

Patrick Steadman- Member at Large/Shadowing (

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My name is Patrick Steadman, and I will be working alongside Riley Kraus and Savannah Johnson as co-director of shadowing for the 2014-2015 school year. I am a junior majoring in chemical engineering. As co-director of shadowing I intend to help the members of AED in getting the shadowing opportunities that they desire. Outside of AED, I participate in Al’s Pals, and I am excited to begin working as a student leader for the fall semester. I will also be working in Dr. Margaret Liu’s research lab, and I am a member of the Crimson Club Tennis Team. Please feel free to email me with questions regarding AED and AED’s shadowing initiative.

Frank Foley- Member at Large/Tutoring (


Hello, my name is Frank Foley. I will be working alongside Adam Shipley as co-director of our new tutoring initiative for the 2014-2015 school year. I am a junior majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in biology. The tutoring initiative this year is new and will be open for suggestions from current and new members. We hope to educate new members about the application process and too explore ideas for new premedical classes as well as organizing small MCAT prep groups. I look forward to talking to our new and current members about these exciting new ideas. If you have any questions do not hesitate to shoot Adam or myself a quick email.

Adam Shipley- Member at Large/Tutoring (


My name is Adam Shipley and I will be serving as the co-director of the tutoring initiative along with Frank Foley.  My hopes is that our tutoring initiative will cover a wide scope of ideas, from pre-med classes to MCAT prep as well as making it an opportunity for people that are new in the pre-medical scene to get to know those who have some experience with the application process and other issues that I know we all are so concerned with!  The tutoring initiative is new, and as such we are open to your ideas and suggestions!  I am excited to be working with everyone this year, please feel free to contact me or Frank with any questions or concerns.

Marian Denham- Advisor (

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Marian Denham is the Director of Health Professions Advising for The University of Alabama. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Oakwood University and a Master of Public Health degree from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. She has been at the University of Alabama since 2012 and in the role of Director since 2014. She enjoys working with pre-health students and learning more about ways to better prepare UA students for their health profession school of choice. ROLL TIDE ROLL!!


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