Current Ambassadors

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Badr Almadi

Year in School

Senior

Major Degree Program / Department

Biological Sciences; Psychology

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Anand Chandrasekhar, Biological Sciences

What has been your best moment in undergraduate research?

“My most satisfying moment was presenting my research results at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievements Forum this year. I felt as though my hard work had paid off, and I loved explaining my work to nonscientists and seeing their interest.”

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Amanda Blythe

Year in School

Sophomore

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 and 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 Clarke

Year in School

Junior

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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Caroline Dunn

Year in School

Junior

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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Sera Holland

Sera Holland

Year in School

Junior

Major Degree Program / Department

Environmental Science and Forestry

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Candace Galen, Biological Sciences

Why did you want to become an ambassador?

“I wanted to become an ambassador because I wanted to share my passion for research with others. I didn’t know much about undergraduate research as a freshman, and I definitely didn’t know what I was interested in doing research in. After I found the FRIPS program I knew that research was the place for me. I want to help other students discover and develop their passion like I did. Even if their passion is completely different than mine, I know how great it feels to finally find the field you want to work in.”

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Kate Holloway

Year in School

Senior

Major Degree Program / Department

Human Development & Family Science

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Katharine Eiders and Dr. Antoinette Landor, Human Development & Family Science

Why is undergraduate research important?

“Participating in undergraduate research allows me to learn outside of a classroom setting. I get to put to use what I have learned and build upon it.”

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Romanus Hutchins

Romanus Hutchins

Year in School

Junior

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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Brendan Marsh

Brendan Marsh

Year in School

Senior

Major Degree Program / Department

Physics, Mathematics

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Gavin King, Physics & Astronomy

What has been your best moment in undergraduate research?

“Last year I was named a national Barry Goldwater Scholar for my work in algorithmic single molecule studies. Seeing my work come to light and being recognized for it on a national level was an incredibly satisfying experience.”

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Sam Runge

Year in School

Senior

Major Degree Program / Department

Civil Engineering

Faculty Mentor(s)

Andrew Boeckmann, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Why did you want to become an ambassador?

“The research department has given me lots of opportunities. I want to let other younger students realize how it could potentially help them too.”

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Epiphani Simmons

Epiphani Simmons

Year in School

Senior

Major Degree Program / Department

Biochemistry

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Kathy Timms, Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Women’s Health

Why is undergraduate research important?

“There are so many benefits to be gained from undergraduate research. Primary Investigators unusually become incredible mentors for their students. Research also forces students to be creative and step outside of their comfort zone.”

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Maddie Willis

Year in School

Junior

Major Degree Program / Department

Biochemistry

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Frank Schmidt, Biochemistry

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