Sylvia Zakher is a first-year student of a B.S. in Biochemistry with minors in University Honors and Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. She is an international student coming from Egypt. In her work with her bachelor's research advisor, Dr. Phelps, she unearthed an interest in researching English Language Learners (ELLs) in active learning POGIL based general chemistry classrooms. She has been a research assistant at TSEC since the Spring of 2021.