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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​. Ambassadors also help out with various recruitment events, such as Ram Welcome, College Visit Days, and Commencement.

 

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​For more information about becoming an Ambassador, speak with your academic advisor or contact:

Heather Galanty
CVMBS Student Success Center

Interested in becoming an ambassador?

Are you a CVMBS student? Do you have enthusiasm for your major, college, and CSU, and love sharing your experiences? Consider becoming a CVMBS Student Ambassador!

Program Requirements:

  • Volunteer for at least one university function — such as RamWelcome and CSU Visit Days — per semester, and lead at least one prospective student tour per semester. There are many opportunities available to get involved!

  • Maintain a good character and sense of professionalism, and be in “good standing” at the University.

  • Articulate information with enthusiasm.

  • Maintain a minimum of 2.5 semester and cumulative GPA.

  • Be involved in extracurriculars on campus such as clubs, undergraduate research, work or sports!

​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.

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.

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. 

Eden Herron

Why did you choose your major?
I came to CSU to study Biomedical Sciences so I could explore veterinary medicine. My first opportunity exploring the field was when my cat, Smokey, decided to eat common home objects like tape, wall insulation, and carpet. When he needed emergency foreign body surgery, I met the doctor who allowed me to shadow him - I quickly fell in love with medicine.

What are you involved in on campus?

  • Biomedical Student Association Officer
  • Pre-Vet Club Officer
  • Team lead of the Veterinary Care Program for Pets Forever
  • NSCS inducted member
  • Key Health Professions (Freshman year)

What are you involved in outside of school?
I enjoy going swimming, exploring Fort Collins, spending the day with animals, and skiing. I also shadow at VCA which is a veterinarian clinic and occasionally volunteer at All Aboard Pets.

What would you feel comfortable talking to prospective students about?

  • What it is like to live on campus and off-campus
  • My CSU experience
  • Campus resources
  • How to get involved on campus
  • How to transition from high school to college
  • How to do well in school
  • How to manage your time wisely
  • Feel free to ask me about anything! If I don't know the answer, I'll point you to someone who does.

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.

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

Jess Kusbel

Why did you choose your major?
I am really interested in the human brain and it amazes me just how powerful it really is. I want to go into research/medicine that further helps us discover more about the brain and how we can cure some of the incurable diseases associated with the brain.

What are you involved in on campus?

  • Premedica
  • The Office of Orientation and Transition Programs

What are you involved in outside of school?
I am a highschool volleyball coach, a Certified Nursing Assistant, I play intermural volleyball, and I love to SCUBA dive!

What would you feel comfortable talking to prospective students about?
I'm okay with talking about anything!

  • I was an Orientation Leader this past summer, so on top of CVMBS, I know a lot about the school in general!

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!

Natalie Miller

Why did you choose your major?
I have always loved biology and I want to go into something relating to it, but I do not yet know what that may be. I felt that biomedical sciences would give me a strong foundation with a broad background in biology and an emphasis towards medicine. I felt this would be the best major for me to explore my options for the future. Plus, I get to take some really awesome classes with amazing opportunities in this major.

What are you involved in on campus?

  • CVMBS College Council
  • CVMBS Associate Representative for UFFAB
  • Golden Key Honors Society
  • Pre-Vet Club
  • Premedica

What are you involved in outside of school?

  • I dance at a local dance studio every week
  • I also love to go hiking, camping, and skiiny every chance I get

What would you feel comfortable talking to prospective students about?

  • I am comfortable talking about anything including transitioning to college life and how to do well
  • How to get involved in and outside of your major
  • Life in Fort Collins

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.

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

Kimmy Ye

Why did you choose your major?
When I was a little kid, I experienced major health problems caused by some environmental issues. These problems went away as I grew up, but I want to figure out what caused my health issues and how to prevent more people from suffering environmental health hazards. EH is a very comprehensive subject. It covers so many aspects of our lives, and I am constantly amazed by how fascinating EH is and how passionate I am about it. The EH program is relatively small, thus I have the opportunity to have smaller classes and be close to the faculty. Also, every year, EH students have a lot of internship opportunities, so that is always a plus.

What are you involved in on campus?

  • Minor in French
  • Orientation Leader at Orientation and Transition Programs
  • Lab assistant at the Ordway Microbiology Lab
  • Former member of Leadership Development Community (LDC)

What are you involved in outside of school?

  • Worked as a teaching assistant at Global Village Academy Fort Collins; Pre-K Chinese class
  • Current Master Home Educator at Healthy Homes in Fort Collins, an organization that promotes better indoor air quality
  • Explore great restaurants in Fort Collins
  • Working out and hiking

What would you feel comfortable talking to prospective students about?

  • Studying abroad experience and foreign languages
  • Transition to the United States and CSU
  • Finding passions
  • Switching to a CVMBS major
  • Potential careers
  • Orientation and Ram Welcome

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