People

Who we are

CU-Prime is a growing, evolving organization with lots of amazing people working hard to make it happen! Here's a little bit about who we are, in no particular order...

Mentorship Team

We help to build community between students of different levels of study by matching graduate/undergraduate mentors with mentees and by organizing group activities like museum trips, barbecues, and more! To get in touch with us, feel free to email mentorship@cuprime.org.

Sarah Stevenson

Sarah is a current PhD student in the Physics Department. When not doing science, she might be found playing the flute or the piano, drawing, or searching the mountains of Colorado for her favorite animal, the pika. She grew up in Houston, Texas.

Sarah works in the lab of Prof. Nils Halverson on instrumentation for observational cosmology.

Michael Freeman

Michael is an undergraduate Physics student working on Physics Education Research with the Wilcox group. Being originally from the Bay Area, they enjoy the beach and hiking through dense forests, in addition to cooking, baking, teaching, and learning new things.

2021 Class Team

We are the instructors for the Fall 2021 iteration of CU-Prime's class, PHYS 1400! To get in touch, email us at phys1400@colorado.edu.

Federico Ameijenda

Federico is an undergraduate physics major. He was born in Madrid, Spain and moved to Miami in 2013. His first involvement with CU-Prime was in Fall 2020 when he took PHYS 1400. Fede enjoys reading books, skateboarding, going on hikes and to bars with friends. He is a big fan of Star Wars and soccer.

Hassan Hassan

Hassan is an undergraduate student who was introduced to CU-Prime by taking the PHYS 1400 course last Fall and now is instructing it this semester. He has academic interests outside of physics in fields such as philosophy and political theory, and is working on publishing research in linguistic theory. He has also been an Assembly Fellow for the 2021 Access Assembly. Hobbies include: soccer, skateboarding, chess.


Hope Whitelock

Hope is a current PhD student studying experimental condensed matter physics. She is one of the instructors for PHYS 1400 this Fall. Originally from Connecticut, when not studying physics she can be found running, biking, climbing, or generally goofing off in the mountains.


Hope works in the Dessau lab.


Tyler McMaken

Tyler is a current PhD student in the Physics Department. He was an instructor for PHYS 1400 in 2019, and he also helps run CU-Prime’s talk series. Tyler’s originally from Ohio, and in his free time he can be found playing piano, harpsichord, or organ at his church and in ensembles with the Music Department.

Tyler works with Andrew Hamilton in JILA studying quantum effects inside black holes.


Talks Team

We are the organizers for CU-Prime's biweekly talk series! If you'd like to help out with the planning, setup/tear-down, eating free pizza, or giving a talk, feel free to reach out to us at talks@cuprime.org.


Tyler McMaken

Tyler is a current PhD student in the Physics Department. He was an instructor for PHYS 1400 in 2019, and he also helps run CU-Prime’s talk series. Tyler’s originally from Ohio, and in his free time he can be found playing piano, harpsichord, or organ at his church and in ensembles with the Music Department.

Tyler works with Andrew Hamilton in JILA studying quantum effects inside black holes.


Alex Toma

Originally from Nevada, Alex is a current undergrad in the Physics and Math Departments. He was one of the instructors for PHYS 1400 in 2020 after attending the class his freshman year. He conducts Superconductive Electronic research at NIST under their Physical Measurement Division.


In his spare time he can be found studying music, history, and looking for new interactions to have.

Facilitation Team

We help to organize and plan all other aspects of CU-Prime not mentioned above, including funding, communicating with the Physics Department and the Access Network, planning retreats and diversity workshops, and more! Any questions about CU-Prime can be sent to us at cu-prime@colorado.edu.

Katie Rainey

Katie is a PhD candidate in the Physics Department. Through her time with CU-Prime, Katie has taught PHYS 1400 (2015, 2018), helped with organizing logistics for the Talk Series, acted as an Access Assembly Fellow, and facilitated Diversity Workshops. When not helping with CU-Prime, Katie spends most of her free time doing her trademark acrylic nails, dying her hair crazy colors, running, and watching Netflix.

Katie works with the Physics Education Research Group. She wants to use her future-PhD to teach high school and is working towards her teaching license through CU Teach.

Ran Brynn Reiff

Brynn is a current PhD student in the Physics Department. He got his Physics BA at CU, but didn’t join CU-Prime until grad school. He’s a big Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan and an avid gamer across mediums (video games, board/card games, pen-and-paper RPG).

He works on diversity workshops and logistics (funding, google drive, etc.) and is involved with two other equity groups at CU, R^3 and JEDI.

Brynn works in the Ultrafast AMO Theory Group with Andreas Becker and Agnieszka Jaron-Becker, studying high-harmonic generation through numerical simulations, with a focus on efficient extensions to larger atoms and gas jets.

Miranda Thompson

Miranda is a current PhD student in the Physics Department. She’s originally from Michigan and enjoys backpacking and cross-country skiing. She was an instructor for the CU-Prime class in Fall 2019.

We also want to acknowledge all the contributions from past CU-Prime organizers—these are the people who have made CU-Prime possible and have helped it to flourish from its founding to the present!

Adam Ellzey

Akihiro Yamaguchi

Anna Estes

Ben Chapman

Ben Pollard

Carrie Weidner

Charlie Bevis

Dan Reinholz

Devin Rourke

Dimitri Dounas-Frazer

Ethan Kern

Frank Jensen

Greg Hoth

Jasmine Brewer

Joel Corbo

John Bartolotta

Jorge Nicolás (Nico) Hernández Charpak

Katie McCormick

Kerrie Dochen Ellzey

Mathis Habich

Michelle Miller

Morgan Aire

Peter Madigan

Rajarshi Basak

Reese Griffith

Rob Niederriter

Sven Dönges

Thuy-An Julie Huynh

Yuval Sani

& all other organizers not included on this list!