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Undergraduate Research Ambassadors

Meet your Ambassadors!

 

Undergraduate Research Ambassadors (URAs) are a multi-disciplinary, diverse team of students that serve a central role as advocates for undergraduate research and creative scholarship at the University of Kentucky. The goal of the URA program is to increase awareness and create opportunities for students to actively engage in research and creative scholarship. URAs facilitate this goal by providing presentations to the campus community, creating relevant workshops and programming, and representing OUR at research, recruiting, and outreach events.

UK's Research Ambassadors have a passion for promoting undergraduate research and creative scholarship and helping students connect with research opportunities.

Research Ambassador Boston Oliver

Boston

Majors: Psychology and Social Work

Minor: Criminology

Mentor: Dr. Cheryl Matias - College of Education 

Research Ambassador Caleb Kennedy

Caleb

Major: Biosystems Engineering

Minor: Criminology 

Mentor: Dr. Justin Miller - College of Medicine 

Research Ambassador Christine Haddad

Christine

Major: Biology

Minor: Microbiology 

Mentor: Dr. Robin Cooper - College of Arts and Sciences 

Research Ambassador Danica Hak

Danica

Major: Interior Design

Minor: Dance

Mentor: Ingrid Schmidt - College of Design 

Research Ambassador Deep Patel

Deep

Major: Biology

Mentor: Dr. Jakub Famulski - College of Arts and Sciences

Research Ambassador Diksha Satish

Diksha

Major: Biology and Mathematics 

Mentor: Dr. Lance Johnson - College of Medicine 

Research Ambassador Gabija Ziemyte

Gabija

Major: Physics, Mathematics

Minor: English

Mentor: Dr. Christopher Crawford - College of Arts and Sciences 

Gretchen Ruschman Research Ambassador 2021-2022

Gretchen

Major: Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology

Minor: Microbiology

Mentor: Dr. Carlos Rodriguez Lopez - College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment 

Research Ambassador Kaitlyn Brock

Kaitlyn

Major: Neuroscience, Psychology 

Mentor: Dr. Robin Cooper - College of Arts and Sciences 

Research Ambassador Kayli Bolton

Kayli

Major: Biology

Mentor: Dr. Matthew Gentry - College of Medicine 

Research Ambassador Kenan Flores

Kenan

Major: Chemistry

Minors: Mathematics, Biology

Mentor: Dr. Jessica Blackburn - College of Medicine 

Research Ambassador Madi O'Daniel

Madi

Major: Agriculture and Medical Biotechnology 

Minor: Family Sciences, Biology

Mentor: Dr. Chris Fry - College of Health Sciences 

Research Ambassador McKenna Clinch

McKenna

Major: Chemical Engineering

Minor: Mathematics

Mentor: Dr. Barbara Knutson - College of Engineering 

Research Ambassador Meghana Gazula

Meghana

Major: Agriculture and Medical Biotechnology

Minors: Biology, Microbiology 

Mentor: Dr. Kawashima Tomokazu - College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment 

Research Ambassador Michael Buoncristiani

Michael

Major: Neuroscience, Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology 

Minor: Biology, Microbiology 

Mentor: Dr. Ramon Sun - College of Medicine 

Research Ambassador Patrick Bidros

Patrick

Major: Biology

Minor: Microbiology 

Mentor: Dr. Yasir Al Siraj - College of Medicine 

Research Ambassador Riley Dropplemam

Riley

Major: Biology (Pre-Medicine)

Minor: English, Classics

Mentor: Dr. Michelle Sizemore - College of Arts and Sciences 

Research Ambassador Sai Yalla

Sai

Major: Mathematics, Biology

Mentor: Dr. Christopher Manon - College of Arts and Sciences

Research Ambassador Sarah Fields

Sarah

Major: Agricultural Medical Biotechnology

Minor: Creative Writing

Mentor: Dr. Katerina Wolf - College of Medicine 

Research Ambassador Steven Poore

Steven

Major: Electrical Engineering 

Minor: Mathematics

Mentor: Dr. Dan Ionel - College of Engineering 

Research Ambassador Trey Coburn

Trey

Major: Honors Biology, Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology

Minor: Appalachian Studies

Mentor: Dr. Ramon Sun - College of Medicine