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College Ambassadors

USU College of Science Ambassadors are outstanding student representatives of the college's six academic departments. The scholars are nominated by their departments for service as ambassadors, whose duties include helping with recruitment events and the college's Science Unwrapped public outreach program. Ambassadors share their academic experiences with prospective students and their parents, as well as current USU students seeking information about science majors. The college applauds our ambassadors, who enthusiastically and diligently represent our strengths and the opportunities we offer to aspiring scientists and science professionals.

2020 – 2021 College of Science Ambassador Application | The application period for College of Science Ambassadors is open until 5 pm, April 17. Ambassadors represent the College of Science at recruiting events, campus tours for incoming students, and at Science Unwrapped. Ambassadors must have excellent interpersonal skills, be articulate, excited to share their positive experiences as an Aggie science student with new and potential USU students and their families. You must be able to attend monthly meetings during the academic year and have a major in the College of Science. Ambassadors will receive $500 compensation for their service at the end of the 2020 – 2021 academic year.

Noah Braeger

Noah Braeger

Major: Mathematics and Physics

I came to USU because of the welcoming student body and the great opportunities to get involved in undergraduate research. I chose to study math and physics because with studying them, a greater understanding of the natural world around us is revealed. My goal to become a researching professor in math. In my free time, I love to play guitar and cook. I also enjoy hiking, skiing and spending time with family. I am involved in USU's Society of Physics Students, the Student Organization for Society and Natural Resources and the Perspectives Club. I am also a private tutor and grader for the Math Department and a TA for a course in the Physics Department. Outside of campus, I love to volunteer my time at Mt. Logan Middle School and the Utah food bank.

Noah's advice to USU students

Find a balance between your coursework and your involvement. It is easy to find yourself spending all of your time in the library or all of your time with friends!

Jaren Campbell

Jaren Campbell

Major: Computer Science

I was raised by two USU alumni. Now, attending USU myself, I am able to take part of the culture and opportunities provided here. I am studying Computer Science to explore topics I find most intriguing, including artificial intelligence and machine learning. Most of all, I want to contribute to our future and be there to protect it if necessary. I enjoy playing the piano, tennis, hiking, and working on various programming projects. I am also interested in all matters of philosophy, politics, and entrepreneurship. I am a part of Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) here at the Huntsman School of Business.

Drake Comer

Drake Comer

Major: Psychology and Biology: Human Biology Emphasis

My family has a history of attending USU and being adamant Aggie fans. This along with in being involved with USU events throughout my life as a Cache Valley native influenced my decision to attend college here. I'm studying Biology and Psychology because I have always found interest and joy while studying these fields. Furthermore, the mixture of knowledge from these two studies will help in my pursuit of become a pharmaceutical researcher. During my freetime I enjoy coaching wrestling as it gives me the opportunity to help individuals improve their wrestling and their personal lives. Along with this I also enjoy spending time outdoors and with my family. I serve as a Research Assistant in the Madden Labon campus and as a volunteer in the USU Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Additionally, I am an Assistant Wrestling coach at USU, and the K-5 Ridgeline Wresting Coach.

Drake's advice to USU students

Get involved with research, clubs, and other opportunities that are available as soon in your schooling career as possible. These opportunities help you build skills that will help you in your schooling career and eventual profession. Also attend the fun events and activities that are offered on campus, having a healthy balance is necessary as you go through college.

Kaitlyn Crouch

Kaitlyn Crouch

Major: Geology w/ Hydogeology-Engineering Emphasis

I have (practically) been an Aggie since birth. I love Cache Valley and have always known that USU is the place for me. As a Hydrogeology-Engineering Geology major, I get to combine my love for the outdoors with my desire to impact the world in a meaningful way. There are a lot of people in the world that don't have clean water. I intend to change that. My happy place is the great outdoors. In my spare time, you'll find me exploring the mountains, hiking, fishing, camping, growing my rock garden, or playing my ukulele up the canyon. I am a member of the USU Handball team as well as the Geology Club. I have also facilitated Self-Reliance groups for young adults living in Cache Valley.

Kaitlyn's advice to about undergraduate research

My biggest advice is to just get involved in research! You get to work on real-world problems with real people. It is so much better than sitting in a classroom! And it looks great on resumes and graduate school applications.

Anna Figgins

Anna Figgins

Major: Biology

I transferred to USU to pursue a biology degree because of the many opportunities in undergraduate research. I knew I wanted to study biology to become involved in scientific research, so I found a lab that gave me the opportunity to develop an independent research project of my own. The goal of the study is to identify the physiological and behavioral role of microRNAs in bumble bees. Ever since I began learning about the world around me, I have found the complexity and diversity of animals and their interactions with the environment riveting. My interest in studying the world around me lead me to decide to study biology with an emphasis in ecology and biodiversity with a minor in chemistry. In my free time, I enjoy being with friends and family, being in nature, or just chilling at home. I love to hike, bicycle, travel, swim, and read. I also love to weight lift, run, and do yoga. I am involved with the USU entomology club and Japanese club.

Anna's advice to about undergraduate research

Currently, I am a research technician in Dr. Karen Kapheim’s lab, where I have assisted graduate students and participated in five different projects focused on understanding the evolution of social behavior in bees. If you are interested in undergrad research, reach out to your professors and they will help you find a lab whose interests are similar to your own. I plan to apply to graduate school to pursue a masters degree so I can continue to study pollinators.

Brock Halling

Brock Halling

Major: Physics

Having grown up in Cache Valley and being an Aggie fan my whole life, I always knew USU was where I wanted to be. USU is a great school, especially within the College of Science, and has many opportunities for undergraduate research. I am studying physics because I find the way the physical world works fascinating. Physics is also a very versatile field with many options for study. I enjoy spending my free time in the beautiful nature of Cache Valley. I enjoy hiking, biking, and skiing. I also enjoy playing lacrosse and hockey, and watching college football. I coach a little league competitive boys lacrosse team.

Brock's advice to USU students

My advice to new USU students would be to get involved in things you like. Have as much fun as you can while also focusing on school.

Audrey Lidgard

Audrey Lidgard

Major: Biology: Cellular/Molecular Emphasis

I chose to attend USU because of the welcoming campus and students, the incredible opportunities for undergraduates, and the university being just minutes away from the mountains. I am studying biology with a molecular and cellular emphasis. I decided to change to this major halfway through a genetics class that made me realize how happy I would be researching genetics for the rest of my life. In my free time I enjoy snowboarding, skiing, hiking, cooking, and practicing yoga. This year I will be one of the co-presidents of the Student Organization for Society and Natural Resources as well as continuing my undergraduate research under Dr. Susannah French studying lizard ecology and physiology.

Audrey's advice about undergraduate research

My advice for new students trying to become involved in undergraduate research is to never put themselves down for having little or no experience. If the student has a positive attitude and a willingness to learn, most professors are very willing to assist undergraduates through their initial research experience.

Alex Lyons

Alex Lyons

Major: Biochemistry

I grew up in Logan and ran track here at Utah State University. My parents and grandparents went to USU, and I chose to attend here too in order to continue the legacy. I am studying Biochemistry and preparing for medical school in hopes to go into neurosurgery. Medicine and the brain have always been fascinating to me and I feel that it will be a great way to enjoy work and help others while I am at it. I enjoy skiing, wakeboarding, running, lifting, and pretty much anything else active. Free time has become rather rare lately though. I am volunteering at intermountain hospital. I will be spending tons of time in the academic senate.

Alex's advice to about undergraduate research

I would tell students to keep their eyes open and ask around about opportunities. Be actively looking for research that you find interesting so that you have a number of options. Come talk to the council or your departments's undergraduate research coordinator, we should be able to help you find some.

Abbie Weight

Abbie Weight

Major: Biology: Human Biology Emphasis

My whole family's gone to USU, and I like USU's small-town atmosphere and high academic focus. I'm a premedical student studying Human Biology with minors in Chemistry and Spanish-- I love science in general and knowing how things work, but especially biology because I find it so applicable to what is going on around me. I love plants (ask me about my houseplants) and am fascinated by the human body and what happens when it doesn't work right. I'm minoring in Spanish because knowing the language will be so useful as a physician. I absolutely love to ski! I also enjoy traveling and learning about different cultures--I've been to Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru on humanitarian trips, and I've loved it! I want to help those interested in the sciences to realize what is possible for them. I'm president of USU Rotaract and in the Honors program.

Abbie's advice to about undergraduate research

Get started right away, but it's okay to keep looking until you find something that interests you. Don't be there just for a resume builder, but look for something that makes you excited to show up to.