Meet your Ambassadors!

The Undergraduate Research Ambassadors are a team of students with experience in undergraduate research or other scholarly partnerships with faculty who work to help other students pursue and excel in these experiences.

They are happy to answer any questions about the process, from getting involved, to finding a mentor and funding, to presenting at a conference or symposium! The Ambassadors are here to help all students across all majors.

Reach out via Facebook, e-mail, or by attending our drop-in undergraduate research advising hours on Mondays and Tuesdays from 1-3pm in Waldo 140.

Hawii Boriyo

Studying:
Mechanical Engineering, minor in Aerospace Engineering

Has research experience in:
Renewable energy resources (offshore wind farms, smart grids, and electrical vehicles). Fluid behavior in zero gravity

Ambassador focus:
Advising and organizing the Research Ready workshops

Things I’m passionate about:
Rockets, supporting women of color in engineering, Zumba, lasagna

Email me at boriyoh@oregonstate.edu!

Carolina Guillen

Studying:
Bioengineering

Has research experience in:
Rehabilitation engineering

Ambassador focus:
Advising, promoting events, running workshops

Things I’m passionate about:
Helping others, learning new languages, exposing myself to new cultures, walking/petting dogs, traveling to new places

Email me at guillenc@oregonstate.edu!

Greg Heinonen

Studying:
Public Health

Has research experience in:
Health promotion for children with developmental disabilities, opioid reduction research, and occupational health research for acute care registered nurses and certified nursing assistants

Ambassador focus:
Workshop development and facilitation, marketing material development, resource creation

Things I’m passionate about:
Health equity, undergraduate research engagement, sunsets

Email me at heinoneg@oregonstate.edu!

Allison Perez

Studying:
Bioresource research – option in Biotechnology, minors in Toxicology and Chemistry

Has research experience in:
Air pollution toxicology, developmental toxicology testing using zebrafish 

Ambassador focus:
Advising, website management

Things I’m passionate about:
Diversity in higher education, mentoring students, music (performing/writing/live concerts), cute animals

Email me at perezall@oregonstate.edu!

Alex Ruiz

Studying:
Construction Engineering Management

Has research experience in:
Fisheries and wildlife (Population distribution, diet analysis of species in Alaska, hunted species around local indigenous communities), computer encryption, survey engineering, field engineering

Ambassador focus:
Advising, organizing presentations in 1st-year intro classes

Things I’m passionate about:
Giving back to the community, social justice for underrepresented minorities, dance and teaching it (mainly Latin-based dances like salsa, bachata, merengue, etc.)

Email me at ruizalex@oregonstate.edu

Ido Almog

Studying:
Biohealth Sciences, minors in Chemistry and Business & Entrepreneurship

Has research experience in:
Biochemistry and Biophysics – Studies in aging

Ambassador focus:
Reaching out to organizations for partnerships

Things I’m passionate about:
The ocean, scuba diving, spending times with friends and family

Email me at almogi@oregonstate.edu!

Makaena Durias

Studying:
Spanish

Has research experience in:
Early childhood education and working with Spanish-speaking/bilingual families in HeadStart programs in Oregon

Ambassador focus:
Showcasing research and inquiry in the Humanities!

Things I’m passionate about:
Songwriting, language education, travel

Email me at duriasm@oregonstate.edu!

Radhika Shah

Studying:
Environmental Science, minor in Oceanography

Has research experience in:
Ocean science, ocean acidification, and zooplankton ecology

Ambassador focus:
Marketing, outreach, work study information

Things I’m passionate about:
Environmental justice, student experiences through higher education, cheese

Email me at shahrad@oregonstate.edu!