Meet your Ambassadors!

The Undergraduate Research Ambassadors are a team of students with experience in Undergrad Research who work to help other students pursue and excel in research as well. They are happy to answer any questions about the research process, from getting involved to finding a mentor and funding, to presenting your final work! Reach out via Facebook, e-mail, or by attending a workshop or information session.


Lindsey Ferguson

I work in the lab of Patrick Chappell in the College of Veterinary Medicine (in collaboration with the labs of Virginia Weis in Integrative Biology and Kate Shay in the Linus Pauling Institute). In my labs I study the reproductive endocrinology and circadian rhythms of different aquatic species, using turquoise killifish to study how fertility changes as circadian rhythms change with age, and using sea anemones to look at how reproductive hormone systems evolved to become what we know in mammals, and how they operate in cnidarians (corals and sea anemones). I love doing research because it has shown me that I really can pursue whatever I am interested in; all it takes is curiosity and passion! As a pre-vet student, I was worried when I first started my research projects that they might not be applicable enough to veterinary medicine, but they have helped me learn so much about molecular biology, reproduction, physiology, and evolution, and they even opened the door for me travel to Panama to study the ecology of barnacles through the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute! I am incredibly grateful for all the amazing mentors and students I have gotten to work with, and I hope to encourage other students to follow their interests and see what opportunities lie in store for them in the world of research and experiential learning. I will be mentoring students interested in veterinary medicine, marine biology, or research abroad.



Karan Patel

I currently work in the David Williams lab in the department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology. My current research focuses on the altered LncRNA abundance in mouse progeny lung tissue and lung tumor born to mothers transplacentally exposed to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). I began working in the Williams lab towards the end of my freshman year. I have enjoyed doing undergraduate research as it has helped develop my critical thinking and communication skills, which are important to develop to be successful in any career path. Having engaged in experiential learning through undergraduate research, I am much more equipped to pursue my desired career since I have developed some of the key skills to do so. I will be mentoring any student interested in pursuing undergraduate research in the life sciences.  


Karan Patel pipetting reagents for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)


Jane Kim

I work in the Robotics & Human Control Systems Lab, specifically  Dr. Ravi Balasubramanian’s lab. Since Freshman year winter term, I started to be involved in Doctor Ravi Balasubramanian’s lab, project of designing implantable mechanisms for advancing orthopedic surgery. Currently, we are experimental validation of implantable passive mechanism in live animals such as chicken. It is challenging but I am very glad that I have an opportunity to work with smart, supportive students and professor. I will be mentoring students interested in engineering.


Jane Kim presenting a poster about research project.


Gabriel Sandoval 

I am currently an undergraduate researcher for the Robinson Lab in the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife. I compare the abundance and distribution size of two Yellow-rumped warbler subspecies; Audubon’s & Myrtle warbler in western Oregon. In this research, I am required to conduct avian-point count surveys throughout the state of Oregon and analyze large data sets. My research experience is unique in that I spend a majority of my time observing birds outside and from these observations, I ask questions, which I am able to test. It is amazing to me to be able to experience the scientific process on a subject I am very passionate about, and I wish to share my experiences with other students and encourage them to find similar experiences and pursue them. I will be mentoring students interested in Fisheries & Wildlife and agricultural sciences. 

Gabriel Sandoval conducting avian-point count survey.


Gregory Heinonen

 I currently work with Megan MacDonald in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences through the Undergraduate Research Awards Program.  My current research involves identifying the relations of parent/caregiver and child weight status in children with Developmental disabilities.  Previously, I worked on a project examining the quality of parent interactions with children with autism spectrum disorder in a setting that promotes physical activity.  Ultimately, with my research, I am to assist in identifying the disparities that children with developmental disabilities face as it relates to physical activity and the highlight the need for specific interventions to aid in promoting normal development. I will be mentoring students interested in public health. 


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