Undergraduate Research Ambassadors support the Undergraduate Research Program in its efforts to provide critical research opportunities to students at Iowa State. Ambassadors speak to campus organizations and classes about undergraduate research events and initiatives, represent undergraduate research at major campus events such as WelcomeFest or Orientation, assist with undergraduate research events such as the Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative expression, manage undergraduate research social media accounts, and serve as a liaison for students interested in getting involved in undergraduate research.
Sound like something you're interested in joining?
The eligibility requirements for UR Ambassadors are:
- Full-time Iowa State student
- GPA of at least 3.00
- Have completed at least 4 semesters at Iowa State
- Have been involved with research for at least 2 semesters
- Able to commit to a full academic year term
- Demonstrate a willingness to learn more about undergraduate research programs and events
- Effective public speaking and communication skills
- Preferred: participation in an REU
If you're interested in developing your presentation and leadership skills, expanding your professional network, and helping support an undergraduate research initative at a Research One institution, UR Ambassadors are for you! Fill out the application below and send the reference link to your faculty mentor to apply.
Applications are due by 11:59 PM on January 10, 2020.
Apply to be an Undergraduate Research Ambassador today!
Our Undergraduate Research Ambassadors
Abigayle is a sophomore studying Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University. She aspires to earn a PhD and continue to pursue a dynamic research career exploring issues pertinent to energy opportunities within global sustainability and renewable energy systems. Her research began early in her academic career through the First Year Honors Mentor Program where she participated in experimental work in the Iowa State University Wind Tunnels. This soon lead to an REU through Purdue University and study abroad to Peru for research on renewable energy systems. Her research portfolio has become diverse working with nanosurfaces and superhydrophobic coatings, performing particle image velocimetry (PIV) and other advanced flow diagnostic methods, and utilizing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) to explore complex flow fields.
Have a question about undergraduate research with Aerospace Engineering? Ask Abigayle!
Nicholas is a senior in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Environmental Studies. He has been involved in research with Dr. Cochran since freshman year, where he started through the First Year Honors Mentor Program. During his time in the lab, Nicholas has had the chance to work on a variety of projects to create polymers from bio-renewable feedstocks. Some of these include creating di-block copolymers to form micelles to be used in well construction and creating a naturally-derived binding polymer for the construction of asphalt.
Have a question about undergraduate research in Chemical Engineering or Environmental Studies? Ask Nicholas!
Nikita Kozak is a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics. At Iowa State University, he is an undergraduate researcher of the computational fluid-structure interaction laboratory, a university research ambassador, an honors student and a goaltender for the Division I hockey team. Nikita is also a collaborator of the US Army turbomachinery research team. Nikita’s plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. His research interests are in computational engineering and its coupling with machine learning. Nikita has nearly three years of experience, including two summer internships at the Army Research Laboratory, with the development and application of CFD simulations, supervised machine learning and high-performance computing. Through his research, Nikita has won the Goldwater Scholarship, five national research competitions and has been published as a first author in two publications.
Have a question about undergraduate research in Mechnical Engineering or Math? Ask Nikita!