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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.

Noah Braeger

Noah Braeger - USUSA College of Science Senator

Email: sciencesenator.ususa@usu.edu

Office: Taggart Student Center Room 327 (TSC 327)

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!

Nathan Barber

Nathan Barber

Department(s): Biology

My family moved to Logan my right before junior year of high school; when the time came to apply to colleges I took a tour here at Utah State and really enjoyed the culture and atmosphere. I'm studying Biology with a human emphasis and minoring in chemistry. I really enjoy learning about all the scientific intricacies that make us who we are. I will be applying to medical school this upcoming summer and hope to pursue a career in pediatrics or some form of surgery. In my free time I really enjoy going outdoors and spending time with friends and family. I have been lucky to be involved in several other on-campus organizations such as the SI and UTF programs, as well as off-campus community involvement with The Family Place, English Learning Center, and McKay Dee Hospital. I am also actively involved in church service and activities.

Nathan's Advice to USU Students:

Develop balance early on. Don't just study and don't just party; find ways to get involved with your school, the community, and with other students to have a well-rounded college experience.

Nathan's advice for getting involved in undergraduate research:

I spent my sophomore year working with Dr. Yi Rao in the Department of Chemistry on the optimization of Hydrogen fuel cell electrocatalyst technology, and that was a great experience. I currently work with Dr. Emily Sadler-Pitts and Dr. James Pitts in the Pitts Molecular Lab studying UCE's (ultra-conserved elements) in the DNA of several species, which has been equally rewarding. If you're interested in getting involved in research, reach out to your professors. Many are actively involved and passionate about academic research and there is a very broad array of topics to investigate. Most of them will be more than happy to help you.

Ben Bradshaw

Ben Bradshaw

Department(s): Physics

Superior scholarship opportunities played a major role in my decision to attend USU. I study physics and math because I enjoy the subjects. I spend my time outdoors hiking and swimming. I also play sports and videogames. I'm involved with SPS and the Materials Physics group

Ben's Advice to USU Students:

Go to a lot of events (when they start up again) and get to know as many people as you can.

Ben's advice for getting involved in undergraduate research:

Don't be afraid and to talk to advisors and upperclassmen.

Kaden Bunch

Kaden Bunch

Department(s): Biology

My desire to do research, and to be part of a college town brought me to USU. I am studying biology to prepare to enter medical school. You'll often find me outdoors climbing, boating, or in the winter, snowboarding. I'm also involved with the USU Honors Program.

Kaden's Advice to USU Students:

Although a large portion, college isn't all about classes and good grades. I've found the most beneficial experience I've gained here has been the opportunity to form relationships with those around me. Since coming to USU, I've become part of a research lab. I've joined groups that share similar views as I do, and I've started two businesses with other students. Don't be afraid to be rejected, the worst someone can say is no. Maybe you'll get a hundred no's, but eventually, you'll find what you are looking for.

Kaden's advice for getting involved in undergraduate research:

Look for something that stands out to you and talk to the professors that have a similar interest. Of course, you may not always get the answer you want at the moment, or their lab may be full. Still, if you keep at it, you'll find the opportunity that you're looking for and make the difference that only you can make.

Savannah Daines

Savannah Daines

Department(s): Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Psychology

I chose to attend USU because I was raised an Aggie. I grew up participating in many USU traditions and wanted to be a part of the community at Utah State. I am studying Human Biology in preparation for medical school. In my free time, I enjoy skiing, lifting, swimming, basketball, and playing the guitar. Outside of the Science Council, I coach special olympics, volunteer with organ donation organizations, and work as CNA/Med Tech. I am also involved in the Undergraduate Research Fellows program and Honors program.

Savannah's Advice to USU Students:

Challenge yourself to try new things and get out of your comfort zone.

Savannah's advice for getting involved in undergraduate research:

Seek out opportunities to be involved in research by talking with professors, advisors, TAs, and other undergrad students. Be willing to work hard, learn, and show your commitment to research.

Jace Egbert

Jace Egbert

Department(s): Biology

I grew up an Aggie and have been planning on coming here since day one. I am studying Public Health with an emphasis in Industrial Hygiene. I am studying this major to prepare myself to attend PA school after I graduate. I enjoy hanging out with my family and being involved in sports in any way possible. If playing or watching my life revolves around sports.I am part of the Pre-Med clubs as well as the Industrial Hygiene club. I am also a volunteer at Intermountain Health Care and at the Red Cross.

Jace's Advice to USU Students:

Get started early, if its with internships, volunteering, getting involved or anything else. The more experiences the better for whatever career path you are planning on choosing. Get involved with your advisors and professors and build lasting relationships that will lead references in the future.

Kayla Fielder

Kayla Fielder

Department(s): Biology, USU athletics

Softball scholarshipHuman Biology, I am going to PA school! I love healthcare and being around people. I enjoy exercising, playing with my dog, and eating. I'm involved with USU athletics, the Pre PA Club, HOSA, sexual violence prevention, and SAMs.

Kayla's Advice to USU Students:

Get out in the community and meet the people! Everyone is very nice and has amazing school spirit!

Brock Halling

Brock Halling

Department(s): Physics

I grew up in Logan and have been an Aggie my entire life. Because of experiences that range from great academic opportunities in the class room to the crazy atmosphere of The Spectrum, I knew USU was the place for me. I am studying physics. I have always been fascinated in how the physical world works and physics gives me the opportunity to pursue those interests. I love being outside skiing, hiking, biking, and boating. I coach lacrosse for a local high school. I am also involved in Engineers Without Borders, which conducts projects throughout the US and the world.

Brock's Advice to USU Students:

Enjoy a good balance between school work and fun. Too much of either can be bad.

Brock's advice for getting involved in undergraduate research:

Start looking for opportunities as early as you can.

Hailey Hatch

Hailey Hatch

Department(s): Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry

I received the Presidential Scholarship and had heard good things about the biology program here at USU. It's also beautiful and I come from a family of Aggies. I am studying biology. I plan on getting a masters in marine biology. I grew up in Florida, where I fell in love with the ocean and the life it holds. I am fascinated by life and I can't wait to get into marine science. I love to draw and paint when I feel creative. I also love to read a good book and get outdoors when I can. Even if it's just a blanket out in the grass, I love to soak up the sun and have some fresh air. I have been a part of the Cache Valley Symphony and a volunteer for Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper.

Hailey's Advice to USU Students:

Get in the habit of saying "yes." If someone asks if you want to go out, go. If someone asks you to give a presentation or do some extra work, say yes. If you're considering a study abroad, go. If you are considering whether you should go to an activity, you'll hardly ever regret saying yes.

Alex Lyons

Alex Lyons

Department(s): Chemistry and 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.

Madison Ohlensehlen

Madison Ohlensehlen

Department(s): Chemistry

I grew up an Aggie fan, and knew from a young age that this is where I wanted to end up. When I got to high school and started researching colleges, it still felt like home to me. Utah State University has such a welcoming and loving community while also providing a great education to prepare me for my future. I am studying chemistry, with an emphasis in biochemistry. I continue to be drawn to the science and math involved with each new chemistry class I take. I plan to use my degree and knowledge in chemistry to prepare for medical school. I believe that a background in chemistry will allow me to be an innovative and valuable asset in the medical field.In my free time I love to go to sporting events around campus (Go Aggies!!), head into Logan Canyon to do anything from hammocking to snowboarding, or play Spike Ball with my friends. I am also a Peer Mentor for the USU 1010 Connections class.

Madison's Advice to USU Students:

Have fun! Find a good balance that works for you including school, clubs, and social life. Take advantage of every opportunity (clubs, friends, intramurals, research, etc) that Utah State has to offer, when you register fill your schedule with required classes along with ones that interest you, and don’t let time fly too fast!

Daryn Short

Daryn Short

Department(s): Biology

The beautiful campus, the abundant recreational activities, and the small town of LoganHuman Biology and Philosophy. I am a pre-medical student hoping to gain a comprehensive understanding of people!Backpacking and hiking, mountain biking, fishing, runningUSU’s Outdoor Programs, American Red Cross, Honors Program.

Daryn's Advice to USU Students:

Get involved in clubs and activities as much as possible!

Daryn's advice for getting involved in undergraduate research:

1. Meticulous look up current research in every interesting department on USU’s website.
2. Mass e-mail every faculty member/graduate student whose research you’d like to be involved in.

Mark Summers

Mark Summers

Department(s): Biology

The wealth of undergraduate research opportunities and family tradition. I'm studying Molecular Biology because I love understanding the details behind the functions of the human body. I enjoy hiking, camping, running, and reading. I'm also involved with the Institute for Antiviral Research.

Mark's Advice to USU Students:

A lot of the value of a University is found outside the classroom or a study cubicle in the library.

Mark's advice for getting involved in undergraduate research:

Do your homework, read up on principle investigators and their work, then contact them expressing interest.