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CVMBS Student Ambassadors

The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences student ambassador program is comprised of current student leaders who are ready to answer your questions about our undergraduate degree programs in biomedical sciences, environmental health, microbiology, and neuroscience​.

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​Meet the Student Ambassadors:

 

Alex Bicket

​Why did you choose your major?
I chose Neuroscience because I have a passion for science and I am amazed by the brain and spinal cord. I want to go to medical school and I knew this major would prepare me well to take the MCAT. I also chose neuroscience because it was a new major and had a very small number of students within the major.

What are you involved in on campus?

  • Campus Connections
  • HURS
  • Honors Program
  • Gamma Beta Phi Honors Society Neuroscience Student
  • Organization Work in the Brain Waves Research Lab
  • Pre-medica
  • MCIN Undergraduate Representative
What are you involved in outside of school?
  • Intramural Sports
  • Volunteer (FoCo Cafe)

What would you feel comfortable talking to prospective students about?
I feel comfortable talking to prospective students about anything really. I do spend a lot of time doing research so if some students are interested in how I got into my lab or about any of the research I do I could give a pretty solid answer on that. That goes for any of the various things I am involved in on campus.

Hannah Calcaterra

Why did you choose your major?
I’ve always been fascinated with understanding the brain. We’ve come so far in our understanding of how it works in such a short amount of time. It is exciting to be a part of such a rapidly developing field, and new major at CSU.


What are you involved in on campus?
I am a part of NSO (Neuroscience Student Organization), Premedica, and Honors Student Association (HSA) club.  

What are you involved in outside of school?
I love yoga, reading, and traveling!
 
What would you feel comfortable talking to prospective students about?
What it’s like to start freshman year, being from out-of-state, being an honors student, being a neuroscience major,  or handling coursework.

Jordan Dunlap

Why did you choose your major?
After taking AP psychology in high school, I fell in love with the mystery that is the brain. When I saw that CSU offered a neuroscience program with so many incredible research opportunities, I immediately knew that this was the school for me! I also love how this major allows me to choose a more focused pathway on cellular and molecular neuroscience, which I hope to pursue a career in one day.

 

What are you involved in on campus?
I am a member of various student organizations here at CSU, including: Premedica, CVMBS College Council, Neuroscience Student Organization, and the Alpha Phi Omega co-ed service fraternity. I also work as a community desk staff member in the residence halls and as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Fred Hoerndli’s cellular neuroscience lab.

What are you involved in outside of school?
I love to do adventurous things outside of school like hiking, traveling, and skiing. I’m an avid long-distance runner and just completed my first marathon in summer 2016! In my free time I also love to explore new areas and spend my days in coffee shops.

What would you feel comfortable talking to prospective students about?

  • Any questions about the Neuroscience major/courses
  • Working in a research lab
  • Completing a summer research internship
  • Being an out-of-state student
  • Transition to college
  • My CSU experience so far

Jessica Gaevert

Why did you choose your major?
I chose this major because I think it is fascinating how microbes work and cause disease. I also love puzzles and most of microbiology is still a puzzle. Particularly, I am interested in epidemiology, which is the tracking and study of disease outbreaks, often identifying these outbreaks is a puzzle in itself. I am also really passionate about public and global health and a large part of these fields is microbiology.

What are you involved in on campus?
I am the president of the Microbiology Student Association, an Honors Student and Honors Undergraduate Research Scholar. In addition to these, I work in Dr. Karen Dobos’ research lab investigating tuberculosis.

What are you involved in outside of school?
Outside of school I love to go to the climbing wall at the rec, climb outdoors and go hiking in the area with my friends.

What would you feel comfortable talking to prospective students about?
I would feel comfortable talking to prospective students about what it’s like being out of state, working in a research lab, the Honors Program, any of the classes I have taken for my major or minor, getting involved with a student organization on campus and how to handle course work.

Jane Gill

Why did you choose your major?
When I first started at CSU, I was a zoology major but as I got farther along in my courses I realized zoology wasn’t for me. The summer after my first year at CSU I had an internship at an aquarium in Florida, and that is when I realized I loved psychology and neuroscience. I changed my major as soon as I could after I learned more about the cognitive and behavioral concentration in neuroscience and absolutely love everything about it.

What are you involved in on campus?
I work as a research assistant in Dr. Burzynska’s BRAiN Lab studying the effects of healthy lifestyle on the aging brain. I also work in Dr. Henry’s lab helping with a project examining the relationship between substance use and depression.

What are you involved in outside of school?
I love skiing, hiking, rock climbing, and pretty much anything that gets me out of the house and moving around.

What would you feel comfortable talking to prospective students about?

  • Undergraduate research
  • Changing majors
  • Why I chose the cognitive and behavioral concentration over the cellular and molecular concentration
  • Things you can do with neuroscience when you graduate if you aren’t interested in medicine
  • Time management

Kaylea Hermsen

​Why did you choose your major?
I chose the major because I originally wanted to go to Vet school. As I started off in the major and saw all the different options I slowly decided to change my mind. I like the major because it allows you to change your mind within the medical field and gives you the ability to explore all types of options.

What are you involved in on campus?
As of right now I work for the BMS office. I do not have much time outside of school, work, and my horses to be able to be involved in clubs.

What are you involved in outside of school?
Outside of school I own two horses and am out at the barn every day taking care of them. The other thing I like to do is go home and see my family. I have a niece that is growing up and I like to be a part of her life. On the side I will work with my dog as he is training to work at Children’s hospital as a therapy dog.

What would you feel comfortable talking to prospective students about?
I feel very comfortable talking to prospective students.  Working in the BMS office we get a lot of different students asking about the program. This summer I worked Ram Welcome in the BMS advising office and met all of the new incoming students and were able to talk to them for a short amount of time. 

Maddie Hulst

Why did you choose your major?
I chose my major because I thought that it sounded fascinating. It was a very vigorous course load, but (to me) also sounded like a lot of fun. I had no idea what it was that I wanted to do going into college, however the courses I am taking and my advisors have helped me so much along this journey!

What are you involved in on campus?
I am involved in fraternity and sorority life, I am a Chi Omega here at CSU. I am also involved in the peer education program called CREWS, or Creating Respect and Educating Wellness for and by Students. I also have an on-campus job where I work at the health center.

What are you involved in outside of school?
I enjoy doing volunteer work and babysitting!

What would you feel comfortable talking to prospective students about?

  • Transitioning from high school to college
  • Thoughts about future career
  • Greek life
  • Staying safe while having a good time on the weekends

Jordan Kerr

Why did you choose your major?
I chose my major because I found neuroscience and psychology a way to better myself and those around me. You learn tricks that your mind plays on you, and ways to do better in school, social situations, and just simple ways to make you happier once you can understand these ways your mind works. That, paired with my interest in hard sciences and helping people, led me to the path of neuroscience.

What are you involved in on campus?
I currently am in a number of clubs, the Arabic club and the Neuroscience Student Organization, as well as am working in a cognitive neuroscience lab with Dr. Seger, doing the grunt of the work, but getting a lot of learning experience.

What are you involved in outside of school?
Outside of school I do a lot of social activities with friends, since I’ve made so many more now that I’ve been at CSU. I have a part time job to make some extra money, and when I’m not studying or socializing, I’m curled up with a good book.

What would you feel comfortable talking to prospective students about?
I would feel comfortable about providing the experiences I’ve learned about, where my major has taken me so far, my failures as well as my successes. I’ve had a difficult roommate situation the previous year, which has made me learn a lot, and it’d be happy to share what I learned to do in that uncomfortable situation. I also have gotten to know the town or Fort Collins fairly well, going up to Horsetooth and around Old Town a lot since the start of college, which I think are very important to the students of CSU.

Amanda Lederhos

​Why did you choose your major?
I have always been interested in the complexities pertaining to the functions of the human body as well as methods we can adopt to impact or improve these functions through medicine. I aspire to have a career in the medical field in the future, and a major in Biomedical Sciences will best prepare me for that endeavor.

What are you involved in on campus?

  • Biomedical Student Association
  • Premedica
  • Global Medical Brigades

What are you involved in outside of school?
I love to read, do anything outdoors, and spend time with friends and family. I am also a Certified Nurse Assistant at Lemay Ave. Health and Rehab Facility.

What would you feel comfortable talking to prospective students about?

  • Handling the transition from High School to College
  • Juggling the intense workload that comes with a science major
  • How to expand on the opportunities given by CSU in order to become more credible for health professional schools or graduate programs

Kirty Krieger

Why did you choose your major?
At the end of my sophomore year, I noticed how passionate I was about math and science. I decided to make a bold move changing my major from undeclared to Microbiology. After my first semester in this major, I knew this was the field for me. It was always so interesting to me that microorganisms have such a huge impact on human health despite their small size. I knew this major would prepare me well for a variety of careers, including research and industry, and for graduate school.

What are you involved in on campus?

  • Microbiology Student Association
  • Working in the TRACD lab on campus - Biomedical Student Association
  • Microbiology Ambassador

What are you involved in outside of school?
Yoga and exercising are two of my favorite ways to relax after a long day of classes. Whether I’m practicing guitar or headed to one of my favorite concerts, I also like to keep music in my life to destress. On the weekends, I often take my dog, Cleo, up to the mountains to go exploring and hike some of our favorite spots. I also volunteer outside of school stocking food at the Food Bank of Larimer County and tutoring kids at the Boys and Girls Club in town.

What would you feel comfortable talking to prospective students about?

  • Changing majors and finding a good fit
  • Working in a research lab on campus
  • Adapting to Colorado as an out-of-state student
  • Preparing for graduate school
  • Getting involved on and off campus
  • How to be successful in rigorous science courses

Jessica Lundy

​Why did you choose your major?
Ever since I was a young child, I was always fascinated with the human body and how it functions. Most adolescents change their minds desiring to be astronauts, professional sports players, etc, but at the age of seven, I, without a doubt, knew my aspiration was to become a doctor. I believe BMS best prepares me in my future goal to attend medical school while also enriching my learning and interest in the human body.

What are you involved in on campus?

  • Pre Medica
  • Global Medical Brigades
  • Spanish Club

What are you involved in outside of school?
I love to work out and am very interested in health and fitness. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also work at Target as a cashier on school breaks. Additionally, I nanny for a family of six children.

What would you feel comfortable talking to prospective students about?
  • Taking on the course load and difficulty of classes in BMS
  • The transition to college
  • Time management
  • Living in Fort Collins
  • Getting involved in order to distinguish yourself from others

Robin Faulkner

Why did you choose your major?
I have dreamed of going to medical school and becoming a doctor since I was a kid; I loved the Microbiology program at CSU because it was smaller and allowed me to take really interesting classes, as well as get to know my professors on a personal level.

What are you involved in on campus?
As a Junior transfer I have recently started to get involved with school-affiliated programs, such as the Pre-Health Club, Bible Study, and my friend and I are also starting a club to promote awareness and fundraise for vaccines across our nation.

What are you involved in outside of school?
I am currently employed at Starbucks, starting as a Sophomore in college, and I work about 20 hours a week. I also am very active, and enjoy hiking, exploring new places, and am constantly hunting for adventure.

What would you feel comfortable talking to prospective students about?
I would love to talk to prospective students regarding any of their worries about college, or moving to a new place. I have lived in two different states in two years and have a unique perspective on transferring and starting new. I really love the CVMBS program here at CSU, and would feel absolutely comfortable sharing that with future students.

Erin Markle

Why did you choose your major?
I chose microbiology as my major because infectious diseases have always intrigued me. I want to eventually work for the Centers for Disease Control focusing on major outbreaks like Ebola, and microbiology has a course load that talks about the microbes that cause these diseases. I find it so fascinating how microscopic organisms can cause such a drastic problem in people’s everyday life, and I aspire to tackle this problem in the near future.

What are you involved in on campus?
I currently work in Dr. Brian Foy’s research lab that focuses on vector borne disease, specifically the Zika virus. I am also a part of the Microbiology Student Association, the Undergraduate Research Fellows, Alternative Spring Break, and the Swing Dance Society. I also love to play intramural soccer in my spare time.

What are you involved in outside of school?
Outside of school I have a snowboarding pass and go up most weekends in the winter. When it is the off-season for boarding, I am a huge fan of staying active by going on hikes, hammocking, and camping.

What would you feel comfortable talking to prospective students about?
I have a lot of experience working in research labs so I would be able to explain the process of getting into a lab, as well as what it is like to work in one. Along with that, I am comfortable talking about any of the other organizations I am a part of, and what the workload of a STEM major might look like, and more specifically, a microbiology major. I am also an out-of-state student so I would love to talk to prospective out-of-state students as well to explain what the process was like adjusting to an entirely new environment.

Anne Mielnik

Why did you choose your major?
I’ve changed my major a couple of times, so I was down to give EH the old college try after taking Dr. Gilkey’s 220 class – and it’s been a blast! Nowadays, I enjoy my major so much that I can’t fit all of the great things about it in one space.

What are you involved in on campus?

  • CSU Snowboard Team
  • Environmental Health Student Association
  • Undergraduate Research
  • University Honors Program

What are you involved in outside of school?
In my free time, I like to go skateboarding, play the ukulele, and grill ‘n chill with my homies.

What would you feel comfortable talking to prospective students about?
I can talk for days about:

  • Changing majors
  • Snowboarding
  • Things to do in Fort Collins
  • Working on campus
  • But feel free to ask me about anything!

Cole Mills

Why did you choose your major?
I chose my major due to my interest in infectious diseases. During high school, I was very intrigued by the content lectured in my AP Biology class. I had first taken introductory biology my eighth-grade year, then pre-AP Biology my freshman year of high school to even be considered by the teacher as a potential student in her four sections. Mrs. Tamara Pennington-Deichmann was the catalyst necessary to launch my passion and career of science. Mrs. Pennington offered me a grant opportunity to conduct research in Peru at the Amazon River Basin. The research goals were to provide a viable way to treat the Amazon River water so many of the native villagers would have a source of pure drinking water. The next year, she offered me another grant to travel with her to the Galapagos Islands to conduct ecological research concerning the finches and tortoises native to Isabela Island and Floreana Island. These experiences coupled with the outstanding first year that I had at CSU, I can confidently say that I picked the best major to be able to follow my passions in a career of medical pathology.

What are you involved in on campus?
On campus, I am involved in research through the Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Undergraduate Research Fellowship, where I have been given the opportunity to work with program director Dr. Alan Schenkel as a research fellow on his research of macrophage digestion of cytokine compounds via blood clots from rodent specimen. I am involved in my Co-Ed community service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, where I was elected Pledge Class President (Fall 2016) by my peers and participated in over 50 hours of volunteer work in the Fall Semester of 2016. I also participate as a Teaching Assistant for LIFE 203 (Molecular, Immunological and Developmental Genetics Laboratory), as well as a Laboratory Assistant for the Microbiology Media Preparatory Lab.

What are you involved in outside of school?
Outside of school, I spend a large amount of time communicating and volunteering with the deaf community here in Fort Collins (seeing that I speak sign language). I really find joy and pride in being involved in the Deaf Community in the Northern Colorado Area and love the people I have met and things that I have had the opportunity to take part of through my ASL education here at CSU. When I am off of school I am working with my Co-ed community service based fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega (APO). Commonly, you can find our organization at the Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity (Fort Collins and Loveland), and at the concession stands during football games.

What would you feel comfortable talking to prospective students about?
I would feel comfortable talking to prospective students about whatever topics or questions they want to be covered or answered, whether about college academia, social networking, researching, off-campus living, undergraduate organizations, the transition from high school to college, etc.

Jessica Nunez

Why did you choose your major?

I chose my major because it offered a curriculum that would expose me to various areas of study. My interest is in epidemiology,  and this program has helped me determine what type of epidemiology I wanted to pursue. There is a lot of freedom within this degree program.
 
What are you involved in at CSU?
I am not involved in any clubs, but plan on joining the LGBT club.
 
What are you involved in outside of school?
I work as a veterinary technician, surgical technician and teach veterinary student labs at the veterinary teaching hospital. I have had to work throughout my education and have had the privilege to teach many different labs to vet students such as dermatology, feline exam skills, behavior etc.
 
Contact me about:
  • Juggling multiple responsibilities outside of school
  • How to prepare for other responsibilities with full time work and school

Savannah Regensburger

Why did you choose your major?
My little brother has autism and I hope to one day help people with the medical advances that are happening.  My back story keeps me going each day at school.

 

What are you involved in on campus?
Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Neuroscience Mentor, Neuroscience Student Organization (NSO), undergraduate research assistant.

What are you involved in outside of school?
Internship Summer of 2016, Newport Beach, CA at the Brain Treatment Center working with Autism, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and Alzheimer’s patients.

What would you feel comfortable talking to prospective students about?
The transition between high school and college and how to be successful with such a rigorous science major and still being able to be involved on campus.

peter james seel

Why did you choose your major?
I am doing a dual degree Biomedical Science/Environmental Health degree. I primarily choose to do Environmental Health because it opens up a field of study in the protection of human health that I would really like to do. Adding BMS was a way to broaden my education with material that I particularly enjoy. I am in college to get a worthwhile and enjoyable educations, and these degrees fulfill just that and allow me a wide variety of opportunities after college. 

What are you involved in on campus?
I am involved with the Honors Program, HURS (Honors Research), the CVMBS College Council and I act as the Speaker pro Tempore of the Senate for the Associated Students of Colorado State University. I also do research in molecular biophysics, specifically with nucleic acids, in the lab of Dr. Diego Krapf.
 
What are you involved in outside of school?
I manage my family’s home in town and my two dogs while doing adventures across town, whether they be outdoor, food, movie, or game related.

Contact Me About:
  • Research Experience
  • Fort Collins Life
  • Participating on Campus in Student Government and Organizations
  • Courses and Intensity of Work
  • Changing Majors and Finding Passions
  • Managing stress about the present and the future
  • What CSU offers
  • Time commitments between jobs and volunteering

Michael Stine

Why did you choose your major?
I chose Biomedical Science as my major as I believe it will better prepare me for my future aspirations. BMS is a smaller department, allowing the faculty and staff to be more involved with individual students. This in turn allows more opportunities for hands on experience and growth within the field that are only offered within the college.

 
 
What are you involved in at CSU?
  • Biomedical Student Association Officer
  • NRHH Inducted Member
  • Laboratory Research assistant at the ARBL
  • Resident Assistant
  • Honors Program
  • Premedical Club
What are you involved in outside of school?
I enjoy Western and Korean archery, scuba diving, downhill skiing, biking and exploring around Fort Collins. I am a NREMT and have hospital working experience.
 
Contact me about:
  • Housing questions
  • Campus resources
  • Advising centers
  • Honors Program
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Campus involvement/clubs
  • Out of state student

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