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Student Ambassadors

Ambassador Program

The College of Science Ambassador Program is designed to incorporate exceptional undergraduate students from within our college to aid in our recruitment and retention efforts and act as the official representatives of the College of Science to the community. Students are selected to serve as ambassadors through an application and interview process. Ambassadors are trained in university processes and given opportunities to enhance their communication and leadership skills through a one-credit course taught by Daniel Stelck.

Mission

The mission of the ambassador program is to promote the College of Science in a positive and professional manner to prospective and current students as well as faculty, staff and the community. Our ambassadors work directly with various university departments in order to serve as a public relations and institutional advancement team. The College of Science ambassadors strive to represent the college in a manner that exemplifies campus pride, display a sound knowledge about the College of Science and leave a positive and lasting impression of University of Idaho.

More Information

For more information about the program, contact Daniel Stelck at daniels@uidaho.edu or any of our current College of Science ambassadors.

Ambassadors

Nate Altenhofen

Student Ambassador

Nathan Altenhofen

Mathematics and Sports Management

Hey!!! My name is Nate Altenhofen and am from Burlington, Washington, which is north of Seattle for reference! I am a senior pursuing a double major in mathematics and sport management. I am also planning to get a business minor too! My goal is to combine these career paths and pursue a role as a sports statistician at a sporting agency after school. Throughout the school year, I participate in various activities including working as a Program Assistant for the Intramural Department, playing for the Men’s Volleyball Club Team, and volunteering at local events on campus!

I am also a part of Tau Kappa Epsilon where I serve as Secretary of our fraternity. In my free time, I enjoy playing sports, watching the Seahawks, going on hikes, and skiing! Very excited to bring a unique perspective to the College of Science and look forward to showing what we have to offer!

Cailyn Black

Student Ambassador

Cailyn Black

Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Hello, my name is Cailyn Black and I am from Twin Falls, ID. I’m majoring in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. In my free time you can either find me in the Fuerst Research Lab, or spending time in my kitchen finding new things to bake or cook. I am also the Parent and Family Weekend Chair for the Student Alumni Relations Board.

Caitlin Buchanan

Student Ambassador

Cait Buchanan

Physics and Secondary Education

Hi, my name is Cait Buchanan. I am a senior majoring in physics and secondary education. I have a passion for K12 science education which has lead me to pursue two degrees. I am part of the Vandal Marching Band and the ultimate frisbee team on campus. When I’m not studying I can be found taking care of my 20 plants, running around Moscow, or baking apple pie.

Tyler Clemens

Student Ambassador

Tyler Clemens

Applied Computational Mathematics minors in Geology and Computer Science

Howdy! My name is Tyler Clemens and I was born and raised in Caldwell, Idaho. I am currently a senior majoring in Applied Computational Mathematics with minors in Geology and Computer Science. I’ve spent the past few summers participating in undergraduate research projects in NYC, Texas, and Washington, and this semester I will be working with Dr. Ma on a project to develop a knowledge base that provides easier access to geoscience data for research. I plan to continue my education in graduate school and then hopefully become a data scientist. In my spare time I like to learn new languages, compete at trivia (go Team Tyler!), fall into the Wikipedia rabbit hole, and attempt acrylic painting. I am really looking forward to sharing with new students why a curiosity for science is worth exploring!

Madison Dobson

Student Ambassador

Madison Dobson

Medical Sciences & Biology

Hello! My name is Madison Dobson. I am a sophomore majoring in Medical Sciences and Biology with a minor in Pre-Health. After completing my undergrad, I’m planning on attending optometry school and pursuing a career as a Doctor of Optometry. I’m originally from Meridian, ID where the importance of science was emphasized from a young age. As a student at the U of I, I am able to prioritize learning and fulfill my passion for discovery.

Outside of the College of Science, I am a Wellbeing Ambassador with Vandal Health Education and work towards promoting the welfare of students both on and off campus. I am also a member of the Pre-Health Program and the Honors College. I love the hands-on approach that the College of Science brings to learning, and I was able to serve as an undergraduate research lab assistant in Dr. Waynant’s Chemistry lab last semester. I cannot wait to discuss all of the opportunities that both the University of Idaho and the College of Science has to offer!

Megan Dobson

Student Ambassador

Megan Dobson

Microbiology and Biology

Hello! My name is Megan Dobson, and I am a senior majoring in both Microbiology and Biology. I am from Meridian, Idaho where I attended a medical charter high school. I have always loved science and my goal is to share my passion for it with others through a career in science communications or public health.

During my senior year, I’m working with Dr. Shirley Luckhart as an undergraduate research assistant. Our work focuses on malaria, innate immunity in hosts, and other ways to prevent transmission. Outside of the College of Science, I am the Vice President of Community Engagement for our campus’s Panhellenic Council. I am also the Director of Public Relations for ASUI! I love exploring new places, eating good food, and spending time with my friends. I'm excited to share the incredible things we do in the College of Science.

Amanda Egland

Student Ambassador

Amanda Egland

Medical Sciences

Hello! My name is Amanda Egland and I am senior studying medical sciences. I was born and raised in Lewiston, ID. I have had a passion for the medical field from a very young age. I started volunteering at a local nursing home when I was just 10 years old, here I gained a love for helping people. After graduating I hope to attend medical or physicians assistant school. I work at the hospital in Lewiston as a Emergency Room Technician and CNA. Currently I serve as the Public Relations Vice President for my sorority Gamma Phi Beta. In my free time you can find me spending time on the river, or binge watching Disney movies. I am transfer student here at the U of I and I can certainly say transferring here is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am thankful to have the opportunity to share more about what the University of Idaho's College of Science has to offer.

Anna Findley

Student Ambassador

Anna Findley

Microbiology

Hi! My name is Anna Findley and I am currently a junior majoring in microbiology. I’m originally from Salt Lake City, Utah.  I am involved in undergraduate research in Dr. Mitchell’s lab, focusing on the dynamics and functions of microglia during tissue development, using zebrafish as our model organism. I am also a member of the Pre-Dental Club. I am hoping to attend dental school and become a general dentist. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing tennis and spending time with family and friends!

Katie Fischer

Student Ambassador

Katie Fischer

Medical Science, minor Bioethics

Hi! My name is Katie and I’m a junior studying Medical Science with a minor in Bioethics. I’m planning to have a future career as a Physician Assistant. I’ve always had a passion for helping people, which is why I was drawn towards the medical field. When I’m not attending school in Moscow, I go back to my hometown of Carson City, Nevada. Carson is only a short drive from the beautiful Lake Tahoe, so I grew up with a great appreciation of the outdoors. I love Moscow and the University of Idaho for all the opportunities that it has given me. I’m the President of the Alpine Ski Team, a lab coordinator for Human Anatomy and Physiology, and I have also traveled abroad to London to learn all about Public Health and the NHS. I’m so excited to share all that the University of Idaho and the College of Science has to offer!

Mary Flowers

Student Ambassador

Mary Flowers

Medical Sciences

Hello! My name is Mary Flowers. I am a senior at the University of Idaho, earning my B.S. in Medical Sciences as I strive to become a physician assistant. I have patient care experience as an EMT from volunteering at the Moscow Fire Department while at school and working for American Medical Response at the Gorge Amphitheatre. I also worked as a CNA at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. I am extremely passionate about empathetic and holistic care as well as applying scientific lessons from my education into my patient care. Attending U of I has not only expanded my understanding of medicine and human biology, but it has given me an amazing home! In addition to being a student ambassador for the College of Science, I am a member of the Honors Program, Pre-Med/Pre-PA Club, Rotaract of the Palouse, participated in Greek life, and frequently enjoy the outdoor adventures Moscow has to offer. I love sharing this incredible school and community, promoting this field, and welcoming others into the College of Science!

Avrie Fox

Student Ambassador

Avrie Fox

Microbiology, Medical Sciences and Molecular Biology & Biotechnology

Hello! My name is Avrie Fox and I am currently a senior triple majoring in Microbiology, Medical Sciences, and Molecular Biology & Biotechnology. I’m originally from Vista, California.  I am involved in undergraduate research in Dr. Carney's conjoined lab with Dr. Jones, focusing on the possible influence of miRNAs on courtship behavior, using Nothobranchius furzeri as our model organism. I am also a member of the women's soccer team here at the University of Idaho. My hope is to attend medical school and become a forensic pathologist. When I am not busy with school, I enjoy reading, going to movies, and performing aerial silks.

Blazie Gilder

Student Ambassador

Blazie Gilder

Medical Sciences & Human Development and Family Studies

Hi there! My name is Blazie Gilder, and I am originally from Troy, Idaho. I am currently studying Medical Sciences with a minor in Pre-Health Studies. Upon graduating with my bachelor’s degree, I plan on attending medical school and becoming a Pediatric Oncologist MD. I chose the U of I because I grew up a Vandal, and I was excited to find that everyone here is as passionate about what they do as I am! I stay involved on campus through the Pre-Med Club and my sorority, Gamma Phi Beta. I am currently serving as the Risk Manager and PC 19 Academic Chairwoman for my sorority. In my spare time, I enjoy being outside, getting coffee with friends, and playing intramural sports. I hope to see you on campus and share my love of science with you!

Hannah Kaylor

Student Ambassador

Hannah Kaylor

Medical Sciences

Hi! My name is Hannah Kaylor and I'm starting my junior year majoring in Medical Sciences and minoring in Psychology. I grew up in Eagle, Idaho and have had an interest for the sciences since I was young. The prospect of working in healthcare has always attracted my desire to have a career I'm passionate about while helping make a difference in the lives of others. In the future I'm interested in attending a graduate program and obtaining a career within Addiction Medicine to break the barriers and stigma associated with this field. Outside of my studies I contribute to my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, by working as Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer. In addition, I'm an active Vandals for Recovery Ambassador in order to spread information about substance misuse around our campus. I'm looking forward to a great year of sharing what the College of Science means to me!

Sydney Miller

Student Ambassador

Sydney Miller

Medical Sciences

Hello! My name is Sydney Miller. I am currently a senior here at the University of Idaho. I am majoring in Medical Sciences with the intent to pursue a career as a physician assistant after graduation. During the school year, I volunteer both at the Pullman Regional Hospital and Snake River Community Clinic, and during the summer I work as a CNA at a nursing home near my hometown. I have stayed very involved on campus by previously serving as the Vice President of the Pre-Med/PA Club and on the leadership team for Women in Science Society for the past three years. This year I am currently working at the Department of Student Involvment as the External Community Specialist, coupled with being selected as one of the teacher's assistants for the Anatomy and Physiology lab. I am also very excited for my directed study with WWAMI's Anatomy Lab! During my spare time, you can find me hanging out with my friends at the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, at the student rec center, or studying at a local coffee shop in downtown Moscow. I am excited to meet others that share a passion for science and look forward to welcoming new students into the College of Science.

Charis Peever

Student Ambassador

Charis Peever

Physical Geology

Hi all! my name is Charis Peever. I am in my second year of studying Geology here at the University of Idaho. This will also be my second year of working as a research assistant in one of the University’s Soil Sciences labs. I am originally from North Carolina, but I am now living in Northern Idaho and loving every minute of it. Some of my favorite hobbies include knitting, enjoying good cups of tea, spending time in nature, and never taking good geology puns for granite. I am so excited to be making an impact on campus and meeting new students as a Student Ambassador!

Phoebe Valdez

Student Ambassador

Phoebe Valdez

Medical Science Major

Hello! I’m Phoebe and I’m a junior here at the University of Idaho. I’m majoring in Medical Sciences with the intent to attend medical school after graduation. During the school year I volunteer as an EMT for the Moscow Fire Department, and during the summer I work as a CNA for North Canyon Medical Center. In my free time you can find me at the student rec center, or hanging out with my friends at my sorority house Gamma Phi Beta. I am so glad I chose the University of Idaho to pursue my undergraduate degree! I’m very excited to help others make the decision to choose UI to be there home away from home, and help them navigate the College of Science!

Jacob Wagner

Student Ambassador

Jacob Wagner

General Mathematics, Applied Computational Mathematics and Criminology

Hey! My name is Jacob Wagner, and I am a senior currently majoring in General Mathematics and Applied Computational Mathematics here at the University of Idaho. I often participate in trivia competitions around Moscow with my team - Team Tyler. When I am not competing in trivia, I am usually hanging out with friends, studying in the library, or working with technology. I am looking forward to meeting people with similar interests and learning more about the community.

Contact

College of Science

Physical Address:
Mines 321

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3025
Moscow, ID 83844-3025

Phone: 208-885-6195

Fax: 208-885-6904

Email: science@uidaho.edu

Web: College of Science