Student Scholar Ambassadors

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Student Scholar Ambassadors are a select group of accomplished students who have participated in academic research, creative activity, and/or applied to or received a prestigious fellowship/scholarship. They serve as liaisons for the Center for Undergraduate Excellence at various events, highlighting all our office has to offer faculty and students. 

2018-2019 Ambassadors

Headshot of Erika GibsonErika Gibson 

Year: BA '17, Graduate Student '19

Major: History and Philosophy

Mentor: Dr. Stephanie Takaragawa 

Research Project/Creative Activity: A La Francaise: French food in Cold War Era White House Entertaining

What advice would you give a student considering getting involved in research or creative activity? Use your resources and be creative. CUE is here to help you achieve your own research goals. The connections you make with other students and faculty will be invaluable in the future.

Ask Erika a question!


Headshot of Vidal ArroyoVidal Arroyo 

Year: Senior

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 

Mentor: Dr. Philip J. Lupo (Baylor College of Medicine) 

Research Project/Creative Activity: Genome-Wide and Epigenome-Wide Association Studies of Obesity in Survivors of Pediatric Acute Lymphobastic Leukemia 

What advice would you give a student considering getting involved in research or creative activity? Don't get involved in research unless you are passionate about the work! If you wait to find a topic that you are passionate about, you will thank yourself later. Generally, if you're passionate about something you will produce more meaningful work because you care about the topic more. It also makes the experience more enjoyable. 

Fellowships/Scholarships:

  • Barry Goldwater Scholarship Applicant (Honorable Mention Winner), Rhodes Scholar Applicant, Gates Cambridge Scholarship Applicant, Marshall Scholarship Applicant

Ask Vidal a question! 


Headshot of Alex BallardAlex Ballard

Year: Junior

Major: Political Science, Economics, History

Mentor: Dr. Erin Mosely

Research Project/Creative Activity:  The 1884 Berlin Conference: Eurocentric Borders and the Future of the African Continent.

What advice would you give a student considering getting involved in research or creative activity? Research begins with passion and questions. Decide what you are truly interested in studying and immerse yourself in the subject matter. You will not benefit from your research if you do not enjoy it. Ask yourself what you want to explore and do not be afraid to ask for help. Students of all disciplines can conduct research, not just those in the natural and physical sciences. Talk to faculty members about what you are interested in and they can provide guidance!

Fellowships/Scholarships:

  • Harry S. Truman Applicant

Ask Alex a question!


Headshot of Emily CaubleEmily Cauble

Year: Senior

Major: Biological Sciences

Mentor: Dr. Marco Bisoffi 

Research Project/Creative Activity: Gain-of-function p53 mutations in field cancerization of histologically normal prostate tissues.

What advice would you give a student considering getting involved in research or creative activity? Get involved early. I started research the Fall of my junior year and that actually worked out perfectly for my schedule. However, I found I love research so much that I wish I had started earlier.

Ask Emily a question!


Headshot of Daniel ChangDaniel Chang

Year: Senior

Major: Chemistry

Mentor: Dr. Warren de Bruyn, Dr. Justin O'Neill, Dr. Elizabeth Jarvo (University of California, Irvine)

Research Project/Creative Activity: Measuring Methylotrophic Substrates in Peatland Pore-Waters, One-Pot Palladium-Catalyzed Three Component Sequential Boron-Heck and Heck Reactions, Stereospecific Synthesis of Cyclopropanes

What advice would you give a student considering getting involved in research or creative activity? Research is always the highlight of my year, but it can also be hard. Sometimes things do not work out the way you want them to even if you do everything right. Don't worry if something doesn't work, there is always something to be learned. A problem wouldn't be worth pursuing if it was super simple to solve. Also, it's never too early to get started! Talk to your professors, I started my second month at Chapman with Dr. de Bruyn and it was one of the best decisions I have made!

Fellowships/Scholarships:

  • Rhodes Scholar Applicant

Ask Daniel a question!


Headshot of Melissa CoyleMelissa Coyle 

Year: Junior

Major: Biological Sciences 

Mentor: Dr. Hamidreza Montazeri-Aliabadi

Research Project/Creative Activity: Interfering with Mechanistic Signal Transduction in Breast Cancer Cells.

What advice would you give a student considering getting involved in research or creative activity? It is not too early to begin research in college. If you know you want to be involved in research, be proactive and email all the professors conducting research interesting to you, especially in the Pharmacy School!

Ask Melissa a question! 


Headshot of Melissa CoyleJacky Dang

Year: Junior

Major: Peace Studies and Screenwriting

Mentor: Eric Young

Research Project/Creative Activity: Invisible Narratives: A Short Documentary on the Stereotypes from Media for Asian American Women

What advice would you give a student considering getting involved in research or creative activity? My advice for future students wanting to get more involved is to not let undergraduate research intimidate you. Go in with confidence because in actuality, research is much broader than what people perceive it to be. Without a doubt, the more you are involved with research on campus, the more doors will open for YOU! The experiences and memories you make, I promise are worth all the blood, sweat and tears that will go in to your activity.

Ask Jacky a question! 


Headshot of Ryley HallJessica Flowers

Year: Senior

Major: Screenwriting 

Mentor: Dr. Brian Glaser 

Research Project/Creative Activity:  Historical Biopic on Harriet Tubman.

What advice would you give a student considering getting involved in research or creative activity?  Have some fun! This is a chance to explore a topic your passionate about. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming with all the deadlines, and trying to reach your goals for results, but at the end of the day, if this is work that you love, it should be a little fun too.

Ask Jessica a question!


Headshot of Ryley HallRyley Hall

Year: Senior

Major: Chemistry

Mentor: Dr. Keykavous Parang

Research Project/Creative Activity: Design & Evaluation of Fatty Acyl Conjugates for siRNA Delivery & Silencing in Breast Cancer Cells.

What advice would you give a student considering getting involved in research or creative activity? Explore all of the research opportunities that Chapman has to offer. Instead of joining the first research group you come across, take some time to figure out what you are truly interested in. Be excited to pursue your work and it could even lead to a new career option you never thought of.

Ask Ryley a question!


Headshot of Natasha HikitaNatasha Hikita

Year: Junior

Major: Psychology

Mentor: Dr. Brooke Jenkins

Research Project/Creative Activity: Adult behavior in the pediatric postoperative environment: Demographic predictors and physiological outcomes.

What advice would you give a student considering getting involved in research or creative activity? I am fortunate to attend an exceptional University full of endless opportunities. While at Chapman University, take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, especially if you have the chance to get involved with undergraduate research. When I first started college, joining a research team was the last thing I ever thought I would enjoy doing. Fast forward to my Junior year,I can't imagine my life without it. Always keep an open mind because you never know what passions you'll uncover.

Ask Natasha a question!


 

Headshot of Edena KhoshabaEdena Khoshaba

Year: Sophomore

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Mentor: Dr. Reza Mehvar

Research Project/Creative Activity: Differences in the Activity of Cytochrome P450 2D in Rat Brain Microsomes and Mitochondria.

What advice would you give a student considering getting involved in research or creative activity? Depending on what you are interested in, look up the professors who do research in that discipline and begin reading their published papers to get a better sense of projects that you could be involved in. Make note of 3-4 professors who seem to match your interests and email them expressing your interest in becoming a part of their research group or asking for support for your own research questions.

Ask Edena a question!


Headshot of Jake NaturmanJake Naturman

Year: Senior

Major: Screenwriting & History

Mentor: Dr. Alexander Bay

Research Project/Creative Activity: The Development of the FDNY After World War II.

What advice would you give a student considering getting involved in research or creative activity? Find what makes you passionate about your discipline and use that as the source of your scholarly interest, whether research or a creative activity. Don't put all your eggs in one basket; diversifying the project and avenues to achieving it, is a very good way of creating a comprehensive end result.

Ask Jake a question!


Headshot of Ashley NicholsAshley Nichols

Year: Sophomore

Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Mentor: Dr. Hamidreza Montazeri Aliabadi

Research Project/Creative Activity: Protein expression in resistant cancer cells.

What advice would you give a student considering getting involved in research or creative activity? Students who are considering getting involved in research or creative activity should try and find a topic that they are truly interested in and passionate about. When you love the topic that you are working on, it makes the process even more rewarding and you learn so much more. Don't be scared to get involved, even if you have little to no experience because the professors here at Chapman are always helpful and looking for students to mentor!

Ask Ashley a question!

 

Past Ambassadors

+ - Past Ambassadors

2017-2018

  • Sarah Alexander '18 - Major: Mathematics
  • Humam Alkhaled '18 - Major: Biological Sciences
  • Jessica Bocinski '18 - Major: Art History and Anthropology
  • Chloe Horner '18 - Major: Psychology and English Literature
  • Haley Miller '18 - Major: Environmental Science and Policy 
  • Katie Peck '18 - Major: Art 
  • Jesse Rush '18 - Major: Biological Sciences and Spanish
  • Nadiya Upegui '18 - Major: Mathematics

2016-2017

  • Shannon Corenth '17 - Major: Theater Performance
  • Jessica Bocinski '18 - Major: Art History and Anthropology 
  • Nicole Hornaday '16 - Major: Biological Sciences 
  • Lena Romano '17 - Major: Theatre Studies and Sociology 
  • Natalie Tom '17 - Major: Chemistry 
  • Benji Whitemore '17 - Major: Chemistry 

2015-2016

  • Alexander Himstead '17 - Major: Biology
  • Morgan Green '16 - Major: English Literature and Theatre Studies 
  • Emma Plotnik '16 - Major: Music 
  • Kayla Velloso '17 - Major: Communications Studies