Biology Student Ambassadors

Biology Student Ambassadors are here to promote the Biology department, support faculty members, and inspire student success!
Who are we?

Biology Student Ambassadors are 6 upperclassmen Biology majors who are nominated by professors and hired by Baylor’s Biology Department to serve the department by assisting in recruiting events and other efforts to reach an ever-growing population of students who declare interest in the Biology major every year. They are dedicated, exceptional sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are interested in supporting the Biology Department by spreading their enthusiasm for Biology and for Baylor.

What do we do?
  • Assist in outreach to current Biology majors in order to offer assistance and guidance.
  • Use Instagram and other social media sites to advertise internship opportunities, upcoming events, and other useful information.
  • Represent the Biology department at recruitment events, such as Premiere, rallies, Know Where You Are Going Day, Invitation to Excellence and Distinguished Scholars Day.
  • Host scheduled one-on-one meetings and daily tours of the Biology Department for prospective new students and their families.
  • Organize and host events during Welcome Week and throughout the semester.
Get to Know Your Biology Student Ambassadors for 2020-2021!
  • Madison Ambrose is a senior Cell and Molecular Biology major with a Sociology minor and on the Pre-Medical track. While at Baylor, Madison has worked on several research projects which has inspired her to incorporate translational research into her career. Her freshman year she worked with Dr. Adair’s CILI-CURE program to understand the behavioral impact of nanoplastics on Tetrahymena. Alongside Rithvik, Madison presented and published their findings in URSA and Scientia. Her sophomore year, she performed genomic research with Dr. Abel and Dr. Moehnke to understand cyanobacterial blooms. Lastly, this summer she completed the MD Anderson Cancer Center University Outreach Internship where she worked in Dr. Peng’s lab in the Department of Clinical Cancer Prevention. Outside of research, Madison is the Vice President of the Learning Assistant Mentors program which helps Learning Assistants teach students active learning techniques. Madison is also the Secretary of Medical Ethics Discussion Society which is an organization that discusses case studies and analyzes how the pillars of medical ethics apply to them. You can contact Madison at madison_ambrose1@baylor.edu.

  • Rithvik Baratam is a senior Cell and Molecular Biology major with a Biochemistry minor on the Pre-Medical track. Rithvik spent his freshmen year studying the behavioral effects of nanoplastics on ciliates through Baylor’s CILI-CURE program. Afterwards, he published his findings in Scientia, Baylor’s undergraduate research journal. During the summer after his freshman year, he interned in Dr. Goodarzi’s lab where he worked on aims to decipher the regulatory network of RNA binding proteins. Since his sophomore year, Rithvik has been a permanent member of Dr. Trakselis’ biochemistry lab studying DNA replication and repair. Other than research, Rithvik is the Vice President of Administration for Medical Service Organization, where he takes his love for service to a higher level through volunteering at the Waco Center for Youth and Waco Family Medicine. He hopes to take this passion to his future medical career. You can contact Rithvik at rithvik_baratam1@baylor.edu.

  • Quinn Strassheim is a junior pursuing a Cell and Molecular concentration in Biology with a Biochemistry minor and he is on the Pre-PhD/MD track. His passion for biology has developed through participating in a few of Baylor’s Course-Based Undergraduate Research (CUREs) programs. Through CURES, Quinn studied the effect of microplastics on Tetrahymena as well as mutations in fruit flies in an independent cyanobacteria research project. Quinn is also a member of Dr. Greathouse’s Laboratory of Health and Human Behavior, where he has been trained to use bioreactors to simulate the environment of the human gut and test various drugs and dietary factors. Quinn previously worked in Dr. Trumble's Laboratory of Ecological and Adaptational Physiology, where he studied whale DNA extracted from earwax. Quinn is also a Learning Assistant Mentor where he meets with current Learning Assistants to help them sharpen their teaching skills and active learning capabilities. Outside of school, Quinn likes to row with Baylor’s crew team. You can contact Quinn at quinn_strassheim1@baylor.edu.

  • Lauren Young is a junior Cell and Molecular Biology major with a French minor on the Pre-Medical track. During her time at Baylor, she has served as an undergraduate research student in Dr. Urlacher’s Human Evolutionary Biology Lab in the Anthropology Department at Baylor where she studies the relationship between chronic stress and stunting in children of horticulturalist populations. This summer, Lauren spent her time as a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin’s Livestrong Cancer Institute under Dell Medical School. Lauren’s other extracurricular activities include being the financial secretary of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated where she helps with incoming finance assets. She is also the treasurer, fundraising chair, and a service ambassador for the Multicultural Association for Pre-Health Students (MAPS) where she tutors middle school students over zoom and aids the club in executing fundraisers by partnering with local Waco businesses. Lauren is also a Trailblazer Scholar hoping to one day promote health equity in the medical field. You can contact Lauren at lauren_young5@baylor.edu.

  • Kyle Nickerson is a junior Integrative Biology major with a Biochemistry minor on the Pre-Medical track. Kyle performed research at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center on the effects of administration of a coagulant to Head Trauma patients in a pre-hospital setting. This last summer Kyle spent his time becoming a certified EMT and shadowing a Primary Care Physician working in a medically under-served area of Los Angeles County. During the semester, Kyle is an active member of the Student Health Advisory Council and a Supplemental Instructor for Dr. Fernandez-Luna's Genetics course. Outside of school, Kyle loves to Wakeboard for the Baylor Wake club team and ride at the BSR. You can contact Kyle at kyle_nickerson1@baylor.edu.

  • Lydia Saucedo is a junior Cell and Molecular Biology major with both Biochemistry and Business minors on the Pre-Medical track. Her passion for biology has grown ever since she set foot at Baylor University. Lydia’s freshman year, she was an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Harvill’s BIO 1406 course. She later became a Learning Assistant for the course which gave her the opportunity to mentor a group of individuals on their research project. Nowadays, Lydia is a Teaching Assistant for the Surgical Skills Program which has allowed her to work with an amazing community while further developing her interest in medicine. Additionally, she is also researching HPV Vaccination attitudes with Dr. Abel and a group of students. This past summer, Lydia conducted research under the mentorship of Dr. Harvill for iBears Network and she participated in a shadowing/internship experience at Endohospital, a hospital dedicated to gastric sleeve surgeries located in Mexico. Outside of school, she loves attending her weekly Bible study group and playing the piano as much as she can. You can contact Lydia at lydia_saucede1@baylor.edu.

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