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LABS Scholars are strong 2L and 3L students with special interests in law and biosciences.  Selected by application each year (and automatically renewed for students in good standing), students recognized as LABS scholars receive office space, faculty mentors, alumni mentors, and special opportunities to participate in LABS programs and research.  Some LABS scholars also receive special fellowships or research funding.

SCHOLARS


Click on the photos below to see a short bio of the current scholars.

Zachary Ascherl

Zachary Ascherl

Zach is a 3rd-year student at S.J. Quinney College of Law. His research interests include the medicalization of criminal conduct, mental health therapy, and legal theory. Zach received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy with a minor in Political Science from the University of Utah. His study focused on practical rationality and metaethics. His work experience includes litigation in property development and personal injury. Zach has interned with the Utah Court of Appeals and the Utah Office of the Guardian Ad Litem. He enjoys cooking, biking, yoga, and guitar.

Victoria Countryman

Victoria Countryman

Victoria is a second-year law student at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2019 with a B.S. in Biochemistry. Prior to law school, Victoria interned for Judge Vernon Romney at the Provo Justice Court, and during her 1L summer, she worked at Maschoff Brennan as a Patent Prosecution Summer Associate. Victoria is interested in intellectual property and health law and cares deeply about supporting female scientists, engineers, inventors, and physicians. She is currently the President of the Student Intellectual Property Law Association (SIPLA) here at the University of Utah. Outside of school, Victoria enjoys spending time with her fiancé, baking desserts, and running and hiking.

Devin Geier

Devin Geier

Devin is a second-year law student at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. He received a Bachelor of Science in Systems Biology from Virginia Tech. During his 1L summer, Devin interned at DigiCert, where he saw a wide range of legal issues. He is interested in intellectual property, venture capital, and working with startups and would like to work in these fields after graduation. When not studying, Devin spends his time hiking and exploring Utah or skiing.

Megan Glasmann

Megan Glasmann

Meg is a second-year law student at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. Meg received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Applied Positive Psychology Certificate from the University of Utah. Additionally, she received a Masters of Education and a Masters of Philosophy in Educational Psychology with an Emphasis in School Psychology from the University of Utah. Prior to beginning law school, Meg was a Division I NCAA javelin thrower at both Stanford University and the University of Utah. She holds the University of Utah school record in this event. During her graduate program, Meg received training in neuropsychology, neuroanatomy, and psychopathology. She has published papers and peer-reviewed articles relating to the topics of education, public health, and psychology. In her 1L year, Meg worked as an intern for the Lightspark Foundation, writing a white paper on the topic of social media polarization and its influence on American democracy. During her 1L summer, Meg worked as an ABA Steiger Fellow for the Utah Attorney General's Office Antitrust and Consumer Protection sections. Meg grew up in Park City, Utah. Currently, she resides in Salt Lake City with her partner Isaac Buckland, who is a doctoral candidate in the University of Utah Physics Program, and their tomcat, Oppie. In her free time, Meg enjoys water skiing, rock climbing, and snow skiing. Meg is interested in the intersections of law, psychology, health, environmental torts, and education.

Laura Kent-Jensen

Laura Kent-Jensen

Laura is a third-year law student at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. She received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. Prior to law school, she worked for multinational technology companies, lived in Spain for five years, and launched a successful wine importing company. During her 1L summer, she researched and co-authored three business law papers, which have since been selected for publication. Her law review note on FDA emergency use authorization regulations for medical devices will be published this year. Most recently, she worked as a summer associate at Stoel Rives, and she plans to practice corporate law after graduation. Laura is interested in startups and emerging companies, particularly in the health care sector, and interns at University Growth Fund during the school year. She is a bon vivant who enjoys travel, fantastic food, deep conversations and stimulating ideas. At the moment, she is boring beyond belief because all she does these days is work, but she appreciates anyone who caught this nod to L.A. Story, as she also likes fun movies.

Douglas Shumway

Douglas Shumway

Doug is a third-year law student at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. He received a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Epidemiology from Brigham Young University. While at BYU, Doug conducted research on the effects and correlation between inversion levels and cases of influenza. Doug then went on to receive a Master of Science in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University. While at Georgetown, Doug worked at the Center for Global Health Science and Security as a Research Assistant. There, Doug studied health security in Kenya, Uganda, and Vietnam. He is interested in bioethics and biosecurity. Doug enjoys spending time with his family, reading, cooking, and running.

Mary Grace Thurmon

Mary Grace Thurmon

Mary Grace Thurmon is a second-year law student at S.J. Quinney College of Law. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Louisiana State University (LSU). During her 1L summer, Mary Grace clerked with Workman Nydegger, and this fall she will be externing at the Utah Court of Appeals with Judge Ryan Harris. Prior to beginning law school, Mary Grace conducted research in LSU's biochemistry lab cloning DNA, bartending, and traveling. She is interested in genetics, immunology, biotech, and intellectual property. She enjoys hiking, backpacking, yoga, and skiing with her partner and her dogs in her free time.

Dallin Tripp

Dallin Tripp

Dallin is in his second of four years as a dual J.D. M.B.A. student at the S.J. Quinney College of Law and the David Eccles School of Business. Originally, he thought he would become either a high school teacher or a medical doctor. After discovering that he had an affinity for words and analytical thinking, he began pursuing a study of the law. He values the learning process and enjoys combining his business and legal knowledge to investigate and solve legal issues for businesses in the health or technology industries. After obtaining his J.D. and M.B.A., Dallin hopes to use his knowledge set to help businesses succeed by working at a law firm. Outside of school, he enjoys rapping, trying (and mostly failing) to take strokes off his golf game, and spending time with his daughter and spouse.

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