Current Ambassadors

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Andrew Hellman

Year in School
Sophomore

Major Degree Program / Department
Computer Science & Math

Faculty Mentor(s)
Dr. Prasad Calyam

How did you get started in research?

“When I was a freshman…”

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Carissa Bersche

Year in School
Junior

Major Degree Program / Department
Biochemistry

Faculty Mentor(s)
Dr. Antje Heese

How did you get started in undergraduate research?

“I always knew I wanted to be involved in research, and that was a big reason that I came to Mizzou. The summer before entering my freshman year, I was looking at the Undergraduate Research page and I found FRIPS (Freshman Research In Plants) applications and I applied for that, and then throughout my first week at Mizzou I took several lab tours and went to a bunch of the Undergraduate Research events and got connected with other professors, and then I joined Dr. Heese’s lab through FRIPS.”

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Connor Hall

Year in School
Senior

Major Degree Program / Department
Biological Sciences

Faculty Mentor(s)
Dr. Joseph Santin

How did you get started in undergraduate research?

“I took Genetics my second year of college, and I was in the discussion section talking with my TA, because he’s a cool guy, and he said that he knew a professor that was looking for undergraduate students to help out in his lab. I was interested, so I looked at some of his research and read some of his papers, and I thought it was absolutely fascinating so I just walked into his office one day when I knew he was available and brought about 3 pages worth of questions, and we just talked about his research for about 3 hours. He liked the passion that I brought and I loved his research so he offered me a position in the lab.”

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Kameron Hahn, Sophomore in Biological Sciences

Kameron Hahn

Year in School
Senior

Major Degree Program / Department
Biological Sciences

Faculty Mentor(s)
Dr. Laura Schulz

How can students get involved in undergraduate research?

“I would recommend that you attend workshops. We have plenty of workshops through the Office of Undergraduate Research, as well as the S.T.A.R. program. If you attend five of these workshops, you receive a S.T.A.R which verifies that you’re interested in joining a lab.”

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Karan Kommu

Year in School
Senior

Major Degree Program / Department
Biological Sciences

Faculty Mentor(s)
Dr. Jaume Padilla

Why did you want to become an Ambassador?

“During my freshman and sophomore year, I joined two different labs. With that experience, I thought I would be able to better help other people join labs, and I wanted to let other students know that to switch to different labs if you haven’t found the right fit yet.”

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Luke Marx

Year in School
Senior

Major Degree Program / Department
Biological Sciences

Faculty Mentor(s)
Dr. Aaron Stoker

How did you get started with undergraduate research?

“I first got started with undergraduate research through the Discovery Fellows program which allowed me to find a research path that fit my interests and skills. After interviewing with a few labs, I found that the Thompson lab was a great fit for me.” 

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Randi Noel, Sophomore in Plant Sciences

Randi Noel

Year in School
Senior

Major Degree Program / Department
Plant Sciences

Faculty Mentor(s)
Dr. Richard Ferrieri

How can students get started with undergraduate research?

“Go to all the research fairs you can and all the career fairs you can. They always have something going on at Mizzou that connects you to clubs, opportunities, and specific organizations here on campus.”

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Tanner Smith

Year in School
Senior

Major Degree Program / Department
Communication & Political Science

Faculty Mentor(s)
Dr. Christoper Josey, Dr. Julius Riles

How did you get started in undergraduate research?

“I got started in Undergraduate Research right away in my freshman year. I joined the ASH Scholars team with Dr. Josey and Dr. Riles and it was just a really fun experience. I kind of applied on a whim, and it’s been a really transformative experience to get to see the research that I’m doing actually be presented and stuff like that so it’s been a very cool experience for me.” 

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Vishvi Aurora

Year in School
Senior

Major Degree Program / Department
Biological Sciences & Physics

Faculty Mentor(s)
Dr. Gavin King

What made you want to get involved in research?

“I was very curious about it, I knew what I wanted to do in research, but wasn’t sure about where do I start. I ended up attending a workshop with Dr. Linda Blockus with the UGR Office, and she guided me to look at faculty and research areas. It’s helped me expand content knowledge as well as to form those basic skills you need to advance in research. It teaches you things not taught in the classroom.”

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