The Mays Group: Summer 2017


Claire Fanta

Hometown: Creighton, NE
Major(s): ACS Biochemistry

Claire will be a sophomore at Augustana University this fall. From a farm near Creighton, NE, Claire came to Augustana, a school with a greater population than her hometown. Her major is biochemistry with a focus on pre-med. Claire is keeping her options open, but at this point, intends to become a pediatrician. In her free time, Claire enjoys spending time with family (especially her three-year- old sister), reading, crocheting, riding horses, playing piano, intramural volleyball, and traveling. Claire’s research project involves synthesis and evaluation of a panel of aryl isothiocyanates.


Carl Lang

Hometown: Lennox, SD
Major(s): Chemistry

Carl is a senior Chemistry major from Lennox, South Dakota. Interestingly, this rising senior actually started as a music major when he arrived as a freshman at Augie. But the problem solving and hands on experience he had in his freshman General Chemistry class helped him realize his passion for Chemistry. He now hopes to carry on what he has learned in his Chemistry classes to help him become a physician. Being an airman in the South Dakota Air National Guard and a percussionist in the Augustana Band also keep Carl busy.


Katie Tlusty

Hometown: Waseca, MN
Major(s): Biology

Originally from Waseca, MN, Katie will be a Junior at Augustana University pursuing a Biology major with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. On campus, she stays involved by working at Rec Services, lab assisting for Chemistry and Biology, is a member of SKOL, and plays a number of intramurals. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, playing various sports, spending time in the great outdoors, and eating ice cream. Katie hopes to attend graduate school to then pursue a career in genetic counseling.