EFCampus Research Assistants

Meet the EFCampus Research Assistants. EFCampus is the campus-based component of the Environmental Frontiers initiative, enabling students to use campus data as a case study for understanding a path to a more sustainable future. Undergraduate Research Assistants will work remotely in partnership with UChicago’s Offices of Facilities Services and Campus Sustainability, the Program on the Global Environment, and the Center for Robust Decision-making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP) on projects analyzing energy system data to consider opportunities to create energy-savings and reduce excess consumption on campus and beyond.

Chelsea Pauga

Chelsea Pauga

Graduate Student Mentor

Chelsea Pauga is an incoming second-year MPP candidate at the Harris School of Public Policy. She graduated in 2016 with an environmental studies degree from the University of California: Santa Barbara with a focus on political science. Chelsea spent the four years before coming to UChicago conducting environmental assessments to facilitate real estate transactions nationwide. Chelsea believes the world can be a more equitable place by focusing on social justice through the lens of environmental policy.  Chelsea lives in Chicago and loves cooking, biking, and going for walks with her dog Jazz.

Silvana Montagu

Silvana Montagu

Laboratory Building Energy Analysis

Silvana is a rising third-year majoring in Environmental and Urban Studies and minoring in Statistics. She is interested in data analysis and policy research focused on environmental degradation and improving biodiversity in urban areas. She is very excited to apply her experience in non-profit work and statistics towards campus sustainability this summer. In the future, Silvana hopes to focus on international environmental policy and the intersection of agriculture and sustainability. Originally from Berkeley, CA, Silvana enjoys ceramics, open style dancing, and reading in her free time.

Jasmina Scekic

Jasmina Scekic

Laboratory Building Energy Analysis

Jasmina is a fourth-year majoring in mathematics with a minor in statistics. In Summer 2021, she interned with KieranTimberlake’s Research Group in Philadelphia, exploring green building materials and performance modeling with the goal of designing buildings that are as sustainable as possible. Jasmina has previously worked on research in paleontology and, most recently, computational biology. She is interested in applying her math background to sustainability projects as well as other environmental and urban issues.

Mark Siedentopf

Mark Siedentopf

Laboratory Building Energy Analysis

Mark is a third-year public policy and urban studies major. Prior to coming to the University of Chicago, Mark was actively involved in the sustainability program at the Culver Academies where he had the privilege of working on multiple projects and gaining valuable applied experience. He is passionate about improving the sustainability of his local community and enjoys  taking creative approaches  to finding new solutions. Mark looks forward to new challenges and developing new skills that he can apply toward future projects.