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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 so that was more appealing to me than say BMS or basic biology.

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

Evans

Why did you choose your major?
I chose biomedical sciences because of the vigorous curriculum that prepares a student for practically anything from medical school to private industry. It is also a small major with a lot of one-on-one interaction with professors and faculty. 
 
What activities are you involved in at CSU?
Spanish Club, Golden Key International Honor Society-CSU Chapter, Biomedical Student Association, CVMBS College Council, and HURS-Undergraduate Research.
 
What activities are you involved in outside of school?
The Poudre Valley Health and Wellness Orchestra.
 
Contact me about:
  • How to transition from high school to college while living at home
  • Getting involved in on- and off- campus activities
  • How to get experience in a research laboratory

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

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

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

Ozekin

Why did you choose your major?
The CSU biomedical sciences program is very prestigious and selective, and serves as a great stepping-stone to medical school, vet school, and graduate school. Additionally, the program offers a lot of opportunities to get involved in campus activities.
 
What activities are you involved in at CSU?
Biomedical Student Association, Honors Program, CVMBS College Council, CVMBS Senator for ASCSU.
 
What are you involved in outside of school?
Painting and spending time with friends.
 
Contact me about:
  • General inquiries about CVMBS
  • Student organizations and activities on campus
  • The transition between high school and college
  • Dorm life

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.

BriAnna Ruikka

What are you involved in at CSU?
Microbiology Student Association, Alpha Sigma Kappa-­Women in Technical Studies, and Student Assistant in Dr. Orme's Research Lab.
 
What are you involved in outside of school?
Host/Server at Rainbow Restaurant, snowboarding, hiking, running half marathons, yoga, exploring Fort Collins and all of its wonderful things.
 
Contact me about:
  • Getting involved in your major
  • Getting involved in activities in and outside of CSU
  • Working in a Research Lab
  • Time Management
  • Transitioning from living at home to being on your own in college

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

Tim Varnier

Why did you choose your major?
I chose to study biomedical sciences because I felt as if the classes in biology, chemistry, physics, anatomy, and physiology help form well rounded students who want to enter the medical field or go to graduate school. For me, I believe the curriculum in biomedical sciences will help prepare me to enter veterinary school. 
 
What are you involved in at CSU?
  • Pre-Vet Club
  • Biomedical Student Association
  • Honors Program
  • I previously worked as a research assistant in Dr. Tsunoda’s lab
What are you involved in outside of school?
  • I work at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital
  • I am an intern at Raintree Animal Hospital
Contact me about:
  • Being a Biomedical Sciences major
  • Preparing for veterinary school
  • Working in a research lab
  • Transitioning from high school to college
  • Living in Fort Collins

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