Meet the OUR Ambassadors

Hi! We’re the OUR Ambassadors! We help connect students with the undergraduate research experience, which includes:

  • promote undergraduate research on campus
  • serve as peer mentors to students interested in a research experience
  • help the OUR maintain student focused programs across a wide array of disciplines
  • bridge mentor relations and build partnerships within their college

Feel free to visit any of us during our office hours [listed below] to help you along the way to undergraduate research!

We can be found in Broughton Hall Room 2229 and contacted through the Office of Undergraduate Research via email at undergraduate-research@ncsu.edu


Brendan

College/Major: College of Sciences / Biological Sciences – Concentration: Human Biology

Hometown: Cary, NC

Year: Senior

Office Hours: 

ARE YOU A TRANSFER STUDENT?
Yes, from Appalachian State University

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH?
I was interested in applying what I learned in the classroom to the real world. Because of this, I began emailing professors to see what opportunities they had that would be available to me. This lead me to getting involved in my current research.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT RESEARCH FOCUS?
I am studying how an antithyroid drug given to tadpoles affects their organ development.

WHAT IS ONE TIP YOU WOULD GIVE A STUDENT WHO WANTS TO GET STARTED IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH?
Get involved as soon as possible. You don’t need to have taken certain classes to get involved.


Haley

College/Major: College of Natural Resources / Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology – Concentration: Wildlife Science and Applied Ecology

Hometown: West Jefferson, NC

Year: Senior

Office Hours: Wednesdays 10:15am – 11:15am

AFFILIATIONS:
Student Fisheries Society
Leopold Wildlife Club
Reading Lab

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH?
A graduate student came to talk to one of my classes. I then reached out to her to begin volunteering with her. I started an independent project under her mentorship and recently started a new job in the reading lab.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT RESEARCH FOCUS?
Applied Ecology and Fisheries

WHAT IS ONE TIP YOU WOULD GIVE A STUDENT WHO WANTS TO GET STARTED IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH?
Get to know your peers, classmates, and faculty. They have the resources and connections to help you.


Riley

College/Major: College of Science / Chemistry

Minor: Vocal Performance

Hometown: Asheville, NC

Year: Junior

Office Hours: Mondays 12:35p – 1:35p

AFFILIATIONS:
Caldwell Scholar
Chemistry Honors

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH?
I got started by looking on the chemistry website where I found a professor whose research interested me. I shot him an email and set up a meeting. It was a good fit and everything started from there.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT RESEARCH FOCUS?
I work with D8 platinum complexes. I’m researching the synthetic routes and properties of d8 complexes of platinum, looking at the “ligand-to-ligand” charge transfer band dynamics of platinum complexes with diimine or bipyridine donors and catecholate acceptors.

WHAT IS ONE TIP YOU WOULD GIVE A STUDENT WHO WANTS TO GET STARTED IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH?
Dig deep into the upcoming moments of self-discovery. As you learn more about the world around you, you’ll learn more about yourself, and that’s a beautiful thing.


Carly

College/Major: College of Engineering / Biomedical Engineering: Concentration Biomaterial

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Year: Senior

Office Hours: Mondays 3:00p – 4:00p

DO YOU SPEAK OTHER LANGUAGES?
Spanish

AFFILIATIONS:
University Honors – Honors Village
Pre-Health Club
BMES
Tau Beta Pi
Volunteer at Wake Med

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH?
I began as a volunteer during my freshman year in the Orthopaedic Mechanobiology Lab (http://oml.web.unc.edu/) and through that became an Abrams Scholar during my sophomore year. I have worked in the same lab throughout my time at NC State.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT RESEARCH FOCUS?
I have two projects through my work as an Abrams Scholar: 1) Focus on understanding the impact of ischemic stroke on bone morphology, specifically perfusion rates. 2) Beginning a tissue engineering project focused on developing a matrix for bone cells that can support a vascular network.

WHAT IS ONE TIP YOU WOULD GIVE A STUDENT WHO WANTS TO GET STARTED IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH?
Do some research on your own to get an idea of what projects are going on in the fields and departments you are interested in.


Frances

College/Major: College of Engineering / Aerospace Engineering

Hometown: Durham, NC

Year: Junior

Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:30a – 11:30a

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH?
I was encouraged by the OUR to reach out to the professor who is currently my research mentor. I contacted and met with the professor to discuss his research, and I discovered my passion for aerodynamics.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT RESEARCH FOCUS?
My research focuses on the effect of fin motion on air pressure and density around supersonic missiles. I use the supersonic wind tunnel on Centennial Campus to collect airflow data around partial, sub-scale models of missiles and rockets.

WHAT IS ONE TIP YOU WOULD GIVE A STUDENT WHO WANTS TO GET STARTED IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH?
Reach out! There are research resources for every college that can help you decide what kind of research you’d like to do and who does it. It can be scary to talk to experienced researchers at first but approach your professors with an open mind and a curious spirit and many would be happy to chat and help you on. your research journey.


Carmen

College/Major: College of Engineering / Environmental Engineering

Hometown: China

Year: Senior

Office Hours: Fridays 11:35p – 12:35p

OTHER SPOKEN LANGUAGES?
Chinese

AFFILIATIONS:
Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH?
I was in my junior year when I was in class and my professor asked the class if anyone would be interested in a research project. I emailed the faculty member about my interest and scheduled a time to meet. I spent a lot of time on the project reading research papers and asking questions of my mentor during the first semester. Then after a semester I started to work on the project independently.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT RESEARCH FOCUS?
My research focus is on addressing the problem of Arsenic contamination in well water drinking systems in select developing countries. The countries we are looking at lack a method to detect and remove Arsenic from their drinking water. The project aims to develop an effective and low coast field test kit for detection.

WHAT IS ONE TIP YOU WOULD GIVE A STUDENT WHO WANTS TO GET STARTED IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH?
Carmen has three tips: 1) “Reach out to your professors and check the department websites constantly.” 2) “Figure out what you are really interested in doing and don’t be afraid to ask questions to other undergraduate researchers about their projects.” and 3) “It’s possible for students to apply for research that is not within your own department. Be more flexible sometimes.”


Tim

College/Major: College of Sciences / Physics and Mathematics

Hometown: Pittsboro, NC

Year: Junior

Office Hours: Mondays 10:30a – 11:30a

AFFILIATIONS:
Sigma Pi Sigma
Society of Physics Students

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH?
I took a course with Dr Kemper – Intro to Scientific Computing. After the class, Dr Kemper reached out to me and said he needed people for research.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT RESEARCH FOCUS?
Thermodynamics and electron-hole liquids

WHAT IS ONE TIP YOU WOULD GIVE A STUDENT WHO WANTS TO GET STARTED IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH?
Just start talking to professors who you think do cool research!


Berra

 

College/Major: College of Engineering / Computer Engineering

College/Major: College of Sciences / Applied Mathematics

Hometown: Istanbul, Turkey

Year: Junior

Office Hours: Fridays 10:30a-11:30a

OTHER SPOKEN LANGUAGES?
Turkish

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH?
While in high school, I began emailing professors at NC State to get exposure to the engineering field to help me choose my major. Ever since then I have been working in the same lab.

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT RESEARCH FOCUS?
My current research focus is soft and stretchable electronics that are patterned with liquid metal. I’m studying the properties of silicon-based elastomers to make such electronic devices wearable and durable.

WHAT IS ONE TIP YOU WOULD GIVE A STUDENT WHO WANTS TO GET STARTED IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH?
My tip would be, being ready for rejections and applying to as many opportunities as they can. Rejections are a part of the process, but don’t let them discourage you. Start applying!! It’s never too late

Are you interested in sharing your research and creativity with other undergraduates?

Have you conducted research or a created a creative work as an undergraduate student? If so we need you! Please consider applying in March 2020 to be an Undergraduate Research Student Ambassador for the Academic Year 2020-2021.