The CSO Team (under construction!)

Students dedicated to sharing their passion for science with South Carolina

All of our members are high-achieving and passionate students at the University of South Carolina. They come from a variety of scientific disciplines and backgrounds and are eager to share their knowledge with you. For more information on becoming involved with CSO or to view past members, please vist our interest page.

Connor Bain - Director

Connor is currently a senior at the U. of South Carolina Honors College majoring in computer science and mathematics with a minor in music. He helped found CSO and also handles graphic and web design for the organization. In addition to his outreach and academic committments, Connor does research in the Arena for Research in Emerging Networks and Applications (ARENA) under Dr. Srihari Nelakuditi of the Computer Science Department. The primary fields of his research are mobile computing and energy-efficiency. Connor plans to pursue graduate study in computer science and ultimately a position in academia.

Maribeth Bottorff

Maribeth is a junior chemistry major with a minor in math. After finishing her degree at USC, she plans to pursue a PhD in chemistry and then hopes to become a professor. Maribeth is also a member of the Academic Team and the Mock Trial team at USC. She actively pursues service opportunities and ways to share science with others.

Kaitlin Cook

Kaitlin is currently a junior at the USC Honors College majoring in chemistry and Spanish with a minor in psychology. In addition to working with CSO, she is active in other student organizations such as Epsilon Sigma Alpha service sorority and volunteering for the Waverly After-School Program. She also has an internship at the Public Defender’s Office. She plans to pursue a career in forensic science.

Katie Henderson

Katie is currently a junior at the USC Honors College majoring in chemistry with a minor psychology. In addition to participating with CSO, she is a member of the USC Club Volleyball team. She plans to pursue either graduate study in chemistry or a career in physical therapy.

Megan Mitchell

Megan is a junior year biochemistry and molecular biology major at the USC Honors College. She plans on pursuing research in biofuel technology after graduate school. She is a member of Project Vida and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Megan hopes to use her knowledge of science to work towards finding sustainable alternative fuels.

Priya Purohit

Priya is currently a senior at the USC Honors College majoring in biomedical engineering. When she’s not in class, Priya spends her time doing research under Dr. Dan Fogerty in the Speech Perception Lab pertaining to cochlear implants. She enjoys dedicating her time to Omega Phi Alpha, a service sorority on campus. Priya hopes to attend graduate school and pursue a career in psychiatrics.

Zak Roth

Zak Roth is currently a Junior in the USC Honors College majoring in biomedical engineering with a minor in mathematics. Outside of CSO, Zak is involved with the USC Academic Team, the Honors Council, and the Racquetball Club. He plans to attend graduate school after graduating from USC and do research in biomedical engineering and medicine. He’s also an avid dog lover.

Allison Shaw

Allison is currently a junior at the USC Honors College majoring in chemistry on a pre-medical track. In addition to working with CSO, she is an active member of Student United Way and Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. She plans on attending medical school to pursue a career in orthopedic surgery.

Olivia Spead

Olivia is currently a senior at the USC Honors College majoring in Biology and minoring in neuroscience and chemistry. When not in class, Olivia spends her time doing community service with Epsilon Sigma Alpha and serving as community service chair in Gamma Phi Beta. Olivia plans to pursue graduate study in neuroscience and eventually wants to get involved in research on neurodegenerative diseases.

Allison Tipton

Allison is currently a senior at the University of South Carolina majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Chemistry. She is involved with several organizations on campus including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and Shandon College Ministries. Allison does research on stem cells in Dr. Jay Blanchette’s lab. Allison Plans on pursuing a position in a biomedical or chemical related industry.

Emily Theus

Emily is a senior Hamilton Scholar at the USC Honors College majoring in mathematics and religious studies. In addition to CSO, Emily is involved in the Presbyterian Student Association on campus, is a middle school youth advisor, and enjoys painting.

Mark Wischhusen

Mark is currently a junior at the U. of South Carolina Honors College. He is majoring in chemical engineering and is a member of the Gamecock Fencing Club. Mark’s research interests include the use of various metals in alloys as well as fuel cell design. He hopes to go to graduate school after obtaining his degree.