Current Ambassadors

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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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Emily Coonrod

Year in School

Junior

Major Degree Program / Department

Biological Sciences

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Stefan Sarafianos

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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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Sai Gajagowni

Year in School

Sophomore

Major Degree Program / Department

Biological Sciences, Psychology

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Senthil Kumar

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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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Harper Leach

Year in School

Freshman

Major Degree Program / Department

Biological Engineering

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Ferris Pfeiffer

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Nathan Mahloch

Year in School

Senior

Major Degree Program / Department

Biochemistry

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Dennis Lubahn, Biochemistry

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Al McClelland

Year in School

Sophomore

Major Degree Program / Department

Biological Sciences

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Walter Grassmann

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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 Simon

Year in School

Junior

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 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 Willis

Year in School

Junior

Major Degree Program / Department

Biochemistry

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Frank Schmidt, Biochemistry

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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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