Dallas was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, and is currently a junior in the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He was originally pursuing a Nutrition degree, but his fascination in the cosmos convinced him to switch his major to Physics. His pursuit for knowledge is his main drive in his academics, and he aspires to find his calling as he continues to learn and challenge what he believes in. His main interests has always been in the STEM fields – especially in natural sciences – but at this time has not decided on a specific career. After obtaining his undergraduate degree, he hopes to continue his studies in astrophysics, medical physics or neurology.
Besides educational endeavors, Dallas is a national qualifying Olympic weightlifter, loves to travel, enjoys bad puns, and probably knows more facts about Pokémon than you.
Home Island: Big Island
Institution when accepted: University of Hawaii at Hilo
Akamai Project: Creating a Public Database of Star Clusters from the VISTA Variable in Via Lactea (VVV) Survey
Project Site: Gemini Observatory
Mentor: Andre-Nicolas Chene