Current Ambassadors

Amanda

Amanda Blythe

Year in School

Junior

Major Degree Program / Department

Biochemistry

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Paula McSteen, Biological Sciences

What is your favorite activity to do as an ambassador and why?

“I love interacting with students on a daily basis and helping them pinpoint their passions and desires. As an undergraduate, I wanted someone to help guide me on the right path, and I love being able to take on that role for others.”

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alex

Alex Clarke

Year in School

Senior

Major Degree Program / Department

Biochemistry

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Antje Heese, Biochemistry

Why is undergraduate research important?

“Undergraduate research is important because it helps students develop career goals. It also provides professors and graduate students with the help they need to carry out research projects.”

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Emily

Emily Coonrod

Year in School

Senior

Major Degree Program / Department

Biological Sciences

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Stefan Sarafianos, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Biochemistry

What has been your best moment in undergraduate research?

“Freshman year, I was so excited to be able to start participating in research right away through the Discovery Fellows program, getting a first hand look at how ideas turn into discoveries that can help people and advance medicine. Later, I was happy to confirm that the career path in research I had started working towards was one I was really going to enjoy.”

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caroline

Caroline Dunn

Year in School

Senior

Major Degree Program / Department

Biological Sciences

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Pam Brown, Biological Sciences

Why did you want to become an ambassador?

“Research has been my most rewarding experience as an undergraduate, so I want to share that with other students and help them find their way to research so that they can get as much out of it as I have.”

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Sai

Sai Gajagowni

Year in School

Junior

Major Degree Program / Department

Biological Sciences, Psychology

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Senthil Kumar, Veterinary Medicine & Surgery

Why is undergraduate research important?

“Undergraduate research is important because it allows you to explore ideas and concepts on a deeper level. You grow creatively and develop professional relationships that will help you in the future.”

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Romanus Hutchins

Romanus Hutchins

Year in School

Senior

Major Degree Program / Department

Physics

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Ping Yu, Physics & Astronomy

What has been your best moment in undergraduate research?

“My best moment is undergraduate research has been when I was able to go to San Jose, California to present my research at a national conference as a first year college student.”

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Harper

Harper Leach

Year in School

Sophomore

Major Degree Program / Department

Biological Engineering

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Ferris Pfeiffer

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Nathan

Nathan Mahloch

Year in School

Senior

Major Degree Program / Department

Biochemistry

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Dennis Lubahn, Biochemistry

What has been your best moment in undergraduate research?

“My best moment came while presenting my research during LIfe Sciences Week. I was nervous and terrified at first, but as I kept presenting, I became a lot more confident. By the end, I was having more of a conversation with people instead of just presenting to them. I learned a lot from these conversations and the whole experience was very valuable.”

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Al

Al McClelland

Year in School

Senior

Major Degree Program / Department

Biological Sciences

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Walter Grassmann

Why is undergraduate research important?

“Productive undergraduate research experience is a good indicator of success for graduate admission committees. Also, what’s better than developing testable questions in an area of research that your are passionate about?! You become an expert quicker than your realize.”

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Sarah

Sarah Pribe

Year in School

Sophomore

Major Degree Program / Department

English, Secondary Education

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Michael Marlo, English

“Being in a field that is not STEM-related, I was not aware that there were undergraduate research opportunities for students in humanities-related fields until I heard about the ASH Program. Therefore, one of the reasons I wanted to become an ambassador is so that other students in humanities-related fields will know that there are research opportunities for them too.”

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Madeline

Madeline Simon

Year in School

Senior

Major Degree Program / Department

Biomedical Engineering

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Chris Lorson, Veterinary Pathobiology

“Undergraduate research is important for a variety of reasons. Students get the opportunity to acquire knowledge and develop creativity in a professional setting and to learn practical skills they very well may not have otherwise. Furthermore, students are able to be mentored by those steps, years, and decades ahead of them in their careers.”

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Alexa

Alexa Thein

Year in School

Senior

Major Degree Program / Department

International Studies, Spanish

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Michael Marlo, English

Why did you want to become an ambassador?

“Becoming an ambassador will allow me to expose other students to the importance of undergraduate research in all academic fields, and not just the hard sciences.”

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Maddie

Maddie Willis

Year in School

Senior

Major Degree Program / Department

Biochemistry

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Frank Schmidt, Biochemistry

What is your favorite activity to do as an ambassador and why?

My favorite activity as an ambassador is giving presentations and advice to student groups.  There’s a lot of information out there on how to get involved, but the missing piece for a lot (especially younger) students is a peer who’s willing to be honest with them about the joys and pains of the research experience, and I love that I get to do that during post-presentation Q&As.

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Alec

Alec Wilken

Year in School

Junior

Major Degree Program / Department

Biological Sciences

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Casey Holliday, Pathology and Anatomical Sciences

“At a conference in Chicago, while I was presenting my poster I was mistaken for a graduate student many times and got to meet people whose papers I spent the past week geeking out over.”

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