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College of Science Student Council

The college’s Science Council is a group of dedicated student volunteers, who strive to provide enriching activities and opportunities for all Aggie science students. Led by the college’s student-elected USU Student Association senator, the council plans the college’s annual “Science Week” featuring campus-wide activities, as well as events throughout the year.

The council organizes networking events to encourage current students to meet with college alumni, along with academic-enriching workshops to improve study skills and social events aimed at integrating new students into college life. In addition, the council conducts service events, including the annual “Stuff-a-Bus” food drive benefiting USU’s Student Nutrition Access Center and the Cache Community Food Pantry.

2018-2019 Science Council | 2017-2018 Science Council

Alex Lyons - USUSA Science Senator 2019-2020

Alex Lyons - USUSA College of Science Senator

Email: sciencesenator.ususa@usu.edu

Office: Taggart Student Center Room 327 (TSC 327)

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 USU Students:

Put yourself out there as much as you can. Challenge yourself with new activities and get to know new people! You won't regret trying something new but you will certainly regret a missed opportunity.

Alex' advice about getting involved in 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.

Nathan Barber

Nathan Barber

Major: Biology w/ Human Biology emphasis

Minors: Chemistry and Economics

Coming to USU was a difficult decision but one I am constantly glad I made. I moved to Logan before my junior year of high school and was able to have some positive experiences with faculty and really enjoyed the atmosphere while on campus. The field of medicine fascinates me and I believe that this major provides me with a strong science background to help prepare for medical schools etc. I also feel that there are many great decision-making and life lessons that can be learned from studying economics. I enjoy spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, or camping. I also really enjoy basketball. I spent the last year working with Dr. Yi Rao as an undergraduate research assistant. Our research focuses on optimizing hydrogen fuel cells. I also teach SI's for Biology, Sociology, and Economics. I am a member of the pre-med club. I also enjoy spending time volunteering at the family place and other local outreach programs. I also am actively involved with church activities and service.

Nathan's Advice to USU Students:

Take advantage of every opportunity you can. USU has tons of great resources to help you get involved in research, volunteering, or leadership positions.

Nathan's advice about getting involved in undergraduate research:

Get started as early as possible, this gives you time throughout your college career to get involved with different disciplines and topics that might interest you. Even if you don't feel qualified, go for it; you will be surprised how much you actually can offer.

Rachel Bills

Rachel Bills

Major: Biology w/ Human Biology Emphasis

I'm attending Utah State University to study biology because of my family. They've all attended USU and campus has always felt like home to me as a result. I use my free time to travel, go on outdoor adventures, read books, and complete craft projects. I also watch surgeries on YouTube because I intend on becoming a Physician Assistant (PA) after graduating from USU. Additionally, I spend time volunteering with the Pre-PA club, Latter Day Saints Student Association , National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and the Bear River Mental Health Department.

Rachel's Advice to USU Students:

Get out of your comfort zone! If that means getting involved in different clubs, trying new food, meeting new people, traveling to a new place, or whatever it is, do it! This is your time to learn - and learning takes place beyond the lecture halls, too!

Emilie Bird

Emilie Bird

Majors: Biology

I'm attending Utah State University because it was an ideal fit for me, as I wanted to study human biology in Utah, close to my family. I'm studying biology with an emphasis in human biology because I want to train to become a physician's assistant (PA), and my program will give me a good foundation to enter PA school and excel. I love going snowboarding, camping, lifting, country swing dancing, writing, and reading during my freetime.

Emilie's Advice to USU Students:

It's really smart to meet with an adviser in your department and make a plan/timeline for obtaining your degree at USU. I did so and it's helped to keep me on track. Additionally, the advisers have great tips for making your university experience worthwhile.

Matthew Boyer

Matthew Boyer

Major: Statistics

I came to USU because it felt like home. My parents and grandparents all graduated from USU and I was raised an Aggie. My mother was raised in Cache Valley and I grew up going to Aggie sporting events and spending time on campus. When it came time to decide where I would attend college there was no question that Utah State was right for me. I am studying statistics with an emphasis in actuarial science. I love stories and analyzing statistical data tells the stories of phenomena we see in the world around us. I also have an interest in economics and finance and actuarial science lies at the intersection of all these fields. I spend much of my free time reading novels. Everything from John Grisham to Tom Clancy. If I am not reading I can be found spending my free hours working on my family's farm alongside my dad and grandfather. I am also a member of the Data Analytics Club and I can be found front and center at Aggie basketball games cheering on Utah's best basketball team.

Matthew's Advice to USU Students:

There is something for everyone at USU. No matter your interests, there is somewhere for you to belong at USU. If you like sporting events we have the greatest student section in the world. If you want to learn about your field and gain hands on experience there are research opportunities everywhere. Take a chance and try something new and you will be surprised at the things you will learn about yourself. Take this time to stretch and grow. And above all else, enjoy your time here!

Noah Braeger

Noah Braeger - Science Council President

Major: Mathematics and Physics

I decided to attend 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, a recitation leader for the Math Department, a TA for a course in the Physics Department, and researching under Dr. Malmendier in the Math Department.

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!

Cole Carlson

Cole Carlson

Major: Biology

I originally went to BYU for a year before coming to Logan. Finding that BYU was not a good fit for me I came to the school up North. My mom grew up in Logan and I have been coming to Logan since I was young, so the switch was natural, and I have enjoyed USU ever since. I have had an interest in Science and have grasped Science concepts well throughout my upbringing. I am in this department because the study of life fascinates me and the potential to better understand the world around me motivates me to learn more. I would say the number one thing I do if I find myself with free time is to watch movies. If the weather is nice I also enjoy walking outdoors, riding my mountain bike, and hanging out with friends. I am currently involved with Grandfriends (a service center organization), I am involved with USU student media, and occasionally attend Latin Dance Club on campus.

Cole's Advice to USU Students

Get involved! Try something new and get outside of your comfort zone! It lets you see different perspectives people have and gives you a chance to have meaningful experiences that allow you to grow in many ways.

Cole's advice about getting involved in undergraduate research:

The number one piece of advice I would give to people who want to start doing research is to be proactive. There seem to be many opportunities for research experiences but sometimes you need to go find them. Talk to professors that you take classes from, show interest, and they are always willing to help and point you in the right direction.

Savannah Daines

Savannah Daines

Major: Biology w/ Emphasis in Human Biology

As a fifth generation Aggie, I came to Utah State not only because of my family tradition, but also the passionate student body, research opportunities, and beautiful Cache Valley scenery. I am currently studying Human Biology with minors in Psychology and Chemistry. I chose to focus my studies on such fields because understanding how the body works in relation to an individual's unique life experiences is both fascinating and rewarding. I plan to continue my education after USU to become a physician and will be applying to a combined MD-PhD program this coming year. When I am not studying, I enjoy basketball, skiing and playing the guitar. I have had the opportunity to be involved in many amazing organizations on campus. My favorites have been coaching the Aggie Special Olympics teams, competing with the Swim and Dive Club, and tutoring local middle school students. I am also involved in the Undergraduate Research Fellows program and the Honors program.

Savannah's Advice to USU Students

Undergraduate research can seem overwhelming at first, but just start. Start by talking to professors, building connections, and figuring out what your passion is. The skills and insights you develop as an undergraduate researcher will be an invaluable resource in your education.

Savannah's advice about getting involved in undergraduate research:

Have a standard for excellence in the classroom, but also take time to hold open a door, say thank you, and meet someone new each day. Remember that you do not have to be perfectly brilliant to be successful, but you do have to be hard working and have good character. Rise to your challenges and create opportunities to learn, have fun, and make a difference.

Kip Dooley

Kip Dooley

Major: Biology w/ Emphasis in Human Biology

The mountains and the outdoor recreation scene I am studying Human Biology in hopes of going to medical school and becoming an ER doctor. I am minoring in Business, Chemistry, and Yoga studies. I love snowboarding, mountain biking, and playing basketball I am a volunteer at Jump the Moon and participate in intramural sports.

Kip's Advice to USU Students

Use the resources given to you, develop good study habits, and have fun!

Liz Howell

Liz Howell

Major: Computer Science

The idea of hitting the books and then hitting the slopes was the main force that brought me to Utah State University. I decided to study computer science because its the closest available thing to becoming a wizard. With my free time, I go to chugs, dance, and binge watch Netflix. Outside of Science Council, I also participate in Kappa Delta at USU.

Liz's Advice to USU Students

Get involved in student clubs that interest you and go to as many events as possible.

Abigail Jones

Abigail Jones

Major: Biochemistry

I came to USU because I have always had a soft spot for Cache Valley - passed on from my Aggie parents, I'm sure. I am studying biochemistry because I am so passionate about science, and I love to understand how life works at such microscopic and atomic levels. Outside of class and homework (how rare those moments are these days), I love to read (I'm into biographies and true crime lately), binge Netflix, and spend time with my family. Additionally, I also love to swim and spend time in the great outdoors. I am involved in undergraduate research in the Hevel lab in Biochem, where we study biological methylation of proteins. Additionally, I have the opportunity to teach Organic Chemistry (one of my favorite subjects!) as a tutor.

Abigail's Advice to USU Students

Don't take yourself too seriously. No one else knows what they're doing either.

Abigail's advice about getting involved in undergraduate research:

If you want to get involved in undergraduate research, let it be known. Tell you friends, tell your TAs, tell your professors, tell your advisers. Someone you tell will know of a way for you to get involved.

Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones

Major: General Studies + Outdoor Product Design and Development

I am attending Utah State University because my dad is a senior research scientist at USU, and I wanted to be a part of that research too. I'm studying Outdoor Product Design and Development, because I enjoy the outdoors, and think that a career in this field will keep me outdoors. I spend my free time fishing, being in the mountains, and playing video games.

Andrew's Advice to USU Students

Use your resources. USU has so many available to you, you’re missing out if you don’t use them.

Andrew's advice about getting involved in undergraduate research:

Be sure to bring a big bag of patience. You’ll find yourself doing many of the tedious tasks involved with your research, and you need to build yourself up before you get to run with the big dogs.

Calvin Luu

Calvin Luu

Major: Biochemistry and Biology w/ Emphasis in Human Biology

USU was close to home, offered me a great scholarship, and wanted to go into Pharmacy at first and heard the Chemistry program was really good! I'm currently dual majoring in Biochemistry and Human Biology and triple minoring in Political Science, Sociology, and Anticipatory Intelligence. My reasons for going into my majors is that I am maybe pre-med, but also just love learning about Chemistry and Biology. I also love learning about politics and people, giving reason to my minors. If I ever have time to spare, I love to tend to my garden, cook up a fancy meal, or go outside into the mountains/lake. I am part of A-Team and a member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity.

Calvin's Advice to USU Students

New students, if you are reading this... GET INVOLVED. Whether it is in a service club, a hobby club, intramural sports, research, get involved early. College isn't just about studying days on end in the library (it does happen), but it also entails having a the best four years of your life.

Sidney von Niederhausern

Sidney von Niederhausern

Major: Chemistry

My parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and brother have all attended or are attending USU so legacy played a huge part in my decision to attend USU. My dad grew up in Logan so I spent every summer for as long as I can remember in Logan. It became my second home! Because I have a lot of family that still lives here, the transition to college was much easier for me. I am studying chemistry in order to become a pharmacist. I grew up in Seattle, Washington so I've always loved exploring anything outdoors. I spend most of my (minuscule amount of) free time in the Logan Canyon. I also spend as much time with friends and family as I can! I'm a member of the chemistry club and work on campus in the Center for Persons with Disabilities as a childcare specialist in the Up to 3 program.

Sidney's Advice to USU Students

Get involved in every aspect of USU as you can. Find a good balance of education, fun, sleep!

Brock Redman

Brock Redman

Major: Biochemistry

Extended family and the Rocky Mountains brought be to Utah State University. I'm currently studying biochemistry, and right now I am planning on attending medical school or some other graduate school program. I volunteer weekly at the Cache Humane Society as well as the local hospital. I'm also a big fan of movies, and I've just recently got into building high-voltage electronics projects. I am a Co-President of the USU branch of Secular Student Alliance and a member of the Speech and Debate team.

Brock's Advice to USU Students

Take your time figuring out your major and career goals! There really is no such thing as the "typical" student, don't feel rushed because others seem like they are ahead of you.

Brock's advice about getting involved in undergraduate research:

Go to your college website and look at the faculty page to see who is studying what. Then, just send anyone who interests you an email! Most professors absolutely love talking about their area of study, so just ask to set up a time to talk.

Paul Roberts

Paul Roberts

Major: Professional Chemistry

Quality education with great opportunities for undergraduates, especially in science and research, brought me to USU. I am studying professional chemistry because I find chemistry fascinating and future advances in technology and medicine depend more and more on a deep understanding in this field. I like playing the guitar and reading. I have been an undergraduate teaching fellow (UTF) multiple times for the College of Science, and have been a part of multiple research groups. Additionally, I was named a Talmage intern at BYU for summer 2019 and am an inducted member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Paul's Advice to USU Students

Take each semester including your freshman year seriously. Students can come in seeing their freshman year as the fun year. It's important to have fun while at college but you should take advantage of every opportunity offered you from the beginning and not put it off until later semesters.

Paul's advice about getting involved in undergraduate research:

Get involved as early as possible. Some professors are willing to take on undergraduate assistants as early as their freshman year. Research is the real focus of any science field so the earlier a person can start to improve their skills in a research setting the better.

Richard Ryan

Richard Ryan

Major: Biology w/ Emphasis in Human Biology

I attended BYU-I for three semesters, but I fell in love with a USU student. I hesitated at first to move to Logan and transfer to USU, but after I saw the statistics of USU students who had applied and been accepted to medical school, I knew that this was the college for me. I study Biology with a Human Emphasis, and I plan to attend Medical School after I graduate from Utah State. I hope to attend either Oregon Health and Science University, University of Utah, or Indiana University. Everything I learn from Utah State prepares me for entrance into medical school and for everything that follows. When I am not in school, I seek out opportunities to put my knowledge to use. I recently was accepted as a volunteer in Dr. Amita Kaundal's molecular biology research team. For the past two semesters, I devoted time to tutoring students in Biology and cleaning old laboratories for the Biology department. When I finally get off campus and finish my homework, I love cuddling up with my wife, watching a movie, and drinking a root beer float. I recently joined the National Society of Collegiate Scholars which recognizes students who have maintained a GPA greater than 3.4 for the first two years of their collegiate studies. In this society, I receive opportunities to serve the community, develop leadership skills, and assist others in the collegiate experience.

Richards's Advice to USU Students

Take each semester including your freshman year seriously. Students can come in seeing their freshman year as the fun year. It's important to have fun while at college but you should take advantage of every opportunity offered you from the beginning and not put it off until later semesters.

Richards's advice about getting involved in undergraduate research:

When I arrived at USU, I could have enlisted myself in many different laboratories, but I hesitated and introverted to the point that I did not participate in research for my first 2 years of study. Get into research, and get in quick. Find a professor that could use your help, and then help them. Be punctual and useful, and your professor will love you.

Daryn Short

Daryn Short

Major: Biology w/ Emphasis in Human Biology

I came to USU because of the outdoor research and extracurricular opportunities and the fantastic Biology department. I am studying Biology with an emphasis on Ecology and Biodiversity because I have a passion to understand the inner-workings of life itself, and Biology and Ecology build a strong foundation of reasoning, creative thinking, and ingenuity. I love to do to anything outdoors -- I enjoy backpacking, kayaking, fishing, and camping. I am an EMT for Franklin County's Ambulance Association. I am a USU Honors student.

Daryn's Advice to USU Students

Take each semester including your freshman year seriously. Students can come in seeing their freshman year as the fun year. It's important to have fun while at college but you should take advantage of every opportunity offered you from the beginning and not put it off until later semesters.

Justin Tirrell

Justin Tirrell

Major: Biology

I came to USU to get an quality education at an affordable price. I'm studying how animals and insects facilitate seed dispersal in tropical tree systems. I think it's cool to see how animal behaviour shapes the way the world looks. I monkey around with computers in my spare time. I'm in the USU Biology Nerd Herd and the Seedscape Ecology Lab

Justin's Advice to USU Students

Take on your education with everything you've got!

Justin's advice about getting involved in undergraduate research:

It's never too early to start getting involved in research! Choose a mentor carefully, work hard, and trust your team.