Skip to Main Page Content

A Diversity of Passions


asu-impact-saumyaSaumya Gupta
Junior, Chemical Engineering
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
My scholarship:
President’s Club Scholarship

When people ask you about ASU, what are you most excited to tell them?

Being a part of a large research university comes with many benefits, particularly the partnerships ASU has built with other universities, employers, and communities around the world. The number of ties ASU has fostered is astounding.

What is the best class you’ve taken at ASU?

The Barrett Honors Study Abroad Program. The opportunity to learn about Greek and Roman history while being immersed in a different country helped me develop an appreciation of different cultures that I would not have encountered in the classroom.

View travel opportunities available to Barrett students at

asu-impact-liliannaLilianna Valdivia
Sophomore, Forensics
Peoria, Arizona
My scholarship:
Sun Devil Family Association Scholarship and Medallion Scholarship

If you could look into a crystal ball and see yourself in twenty years, what do you hope to see?

I would like to see myself with a solid career—working as a crime lab director or owner of a crime lab. I hope that I am content with my life and am truly happy.

What will be the next big thing happening in your field of study?

The transition from old-fashioned paperwork to a technological form of documentation. I can see a large and secure database being created where lab analysis and details about a case can be shared instantly with authorized persons.

asu-impact-kyraKyra Trent
Junior, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Newark, Delaware
My scholarship:
Spirit of Service Scholarship

If you had $1 million to give to ASU, what would you give it to?

I would invest in a creative service challenge for students. Recipients would compete to receive a scholarship, office space, volunteers, and a grant to implement their projects in the community. This would encourage cultural engagement, civic duty, diversity, and innovation.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

My favorite spot at the West campus is on the second floor of Sands courtyard, while overlooking the sunset, which needs no explanation.

asu-impact-halszkaHalszka Glowacka
PhD, Evolutionary Anthropology
Toronto, Canada
My scholarship:
Elizabeth H. Harmon Research Endowment, Donald C. Johanson Paleoanthropological Research Endowment

The best professor you’ve ever had challenged you to…

Be creative in the way that I approach science. Rather than trying to fill in the gaps, ask questions that haven’t been asked and use tools that haven’t been used before.

If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?

Emily Graslie at The Field Museum. She’s a science communicator and hosts a terrific YouTube program called The Brain Scoop, which uses humor and wit to describe research to the public. Public outreach is important to me as a scientist.

asu-impact-emmaEmma Card
Junior, Chemical Engineering
Montrose, Colorado
My scholarship:
Sun Devil Family Association Scholarship

The person at ASU who has had the greatest impact on me is…

Professor Michael Sierks. He took me into his lab as an inexperienced sophomore and allowed me to do research so that I could merge my chemical engineering major and my passion for medical science.

If you could “pay it forward,” what would you do?

I would take my knowledge into high schools to encourage students to pursue an engineering degree. I also hope to be in the financial position where I can donate to the scholarships that supported me when I needed it most.

asu-impact-angelineAngeline Young
MFA Dance
San Francisco, California
My scholarship:
ASU Gammage Scholarship

What do you do for fun when you’re not doing studies, research, or community service?
I love to cook Chinese, Thai, and Indian dishes and cuisine of the African Diaspora. I love to watch foreign films by female directors, like Anna Muylaert’s The Second Mother, about unspoken class barriers in Brazilian society. I also like to do art projects with found objects in nature and integrate these into dance rehearsals to devise creative approaches to choreography.

What books are on your nightstand?
Cool Gray City of Love by Gary Kamiya, Sing a Song of Popcorn edited by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, Poesie D’Amore by Rabindranath Tagore.

asu-impact-andrew-sypherAndrew D. Sypher
Junior, Political Science; Minor in Public Service and Public Policy; Certificate in Latin American Studies
Fall City, Washington
My scholarship:
Spirit of Service Scholarship

If you had $1 million to give to ASU, what would you give it to?

The Spirit of Service Scholar’s program. Many more students who aspire to become public servants in Arizona would be given this transformative opportunity to develop lasting and impactful leadership in our community.

What is your favorite spot on campus?

The computer lab in the School of International Letters and Cultures building. I love to study in academic environments surrounded by students from around the world. The variety of cultures and ethnicities help me maintain an open and accepting perspective.

See how ASU values diversity at

More Stories of Generosity

ASU’s printmaking annex contains the largest movable-type collection of its kind—and boundless creativity to go with it


Sparking memory and learning in older adults

Studying cross-cultural health care abroad