Our Ambassadors

Danielle Haas
Graduation: 2023

Major & Certificate: Nutritional Sciences and Global Health

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Danielle is a sophomore from Houston, Texas pursuing a double major in Nutritional Sciences and Global Health. Outside of class, Danielle works in a research lab that focuses on mammary gland biology and lactation. She assists in procedures like PCR, protein assays, and analyzing scientific data. Additionally, Danielle is part of student organizations such as HOSA and Kappa Kappa Gamma. She is also a member of the Academic Excellence Committee of her chapter in which she ensures that her sorority is working hard and doing well in class. Moreover, she recently became an ambassador for F the Freshman 15, a social media platform that encourages college students to live a healthier lifestyle. Danielle’s hobbies include playing lacrosse, tennis, painting, and other arts.

Jiahang He
Graduation: 2022

Major & Certificate: Agricultural & Applied Economics, Environmental Studies, and Japanese Majors

Hometown: Harbin, China

Jiahang is a junior from Harbin, China pursuing a triple major in Agricultural & Applied Economics, Environmental Studies, and Japanese. Jiahang was in the Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) Program and is currently an undergraduate researcher in the Preston Lab in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology. He is also a Peer Advisor for CALS this summer and helps incoming first year CALS students to start their college life. Jiahang is a big fan of black metal, old-fashioned arcade games, and cult movies. For long breaks, he also enjoys travelling by himself.

Hannah Landsly
Graduation: 2023

Major & Certificate: Biology Major & Certificates in Global Health and Leadership

Hometown: Orland Park, Illinois

Hannah is a sophomore from Orland Park, Illinois pursuing a Biology major and Global Health and Leadership certificates. Other than CALS Ambassadors, Hannah is also involved in APPA (Pre-Physician Assistant Club), Badger Volunteers, and is a volunteer at UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital. Some of her favorite hobbies are going to concerts and spending time with friends. On campus, you can find Hannah studying at College Library or cheering on the Badgers!

Paul Lyons
Graduation: 2023

Major & Certificate: Genetics and German Majors

Hometown: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Paul is a sophomore from Eau Claire, WI pursuing a double major in Genetics and German. Outside of class, Paul works in the Mowat Lab where he will be studying retinal eyesight development in mice as they age. Additionally, he is also part of student organizations such as The Undergraduate Genetics Association, the Medical Sciences Orchestra, and the Delta Chi fraternity. He also volunteers as a phonebook assistant for Congressman Ron Kind. Moreover, in January, Paul will be participating in a CALS study abroad program in Tanzania and will work with HIV positive adolescents. An interesting fact about Paul is that he spent the better part of his senior year of high school (8 months) in Trier, Germany where he studied in the German high school equivalent “Gymnasium.” This past summer, Paul has been enjoying reading, fishing, and running!

Maggie Marshall
Graduation: 2021

Major & Certificate: Environmental Science and Spanish Majors

Hometown: Boulder, Colorado

Maggie is a senior from Boulder, Colorado pursuing an Environmental Science and Spanish double major. On campus, she is the Programming Director for FH King Students for Sustainable Agriculture, which is a student organization that strives to connect land, food, and the community around campus. In her free time, Maggie enjoys running and spending time outdoors. After graduating, Maggie hopes to work in ecological restoration.

Claire Michel
Graduation: 2023

Major & Certificate: Food Science Major & Certificate in Italian

Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Claire is a sophomore from Minneapolis, MN pursuing a Food Science major and a certificate in Italian. She is also a research assistant in Dr. Lai’s lab in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. Claire is an involved member of student organizations like Her Campus-Wisconsin and Badger Yogi Club. Her hobbies include fashion and design, music, running and reading. Claire’s favorite thing to do in Madison is explore all the restaurants that are available in and around campus because she is a self-certified foodie.

Carling Miller
Graduation: 2021

Major & Certificate: Genetics and Genomics Major & Certificate in Global Health

Hometown: Deerfield, Illinois

Carling is a senior from Deerfield, Illinois pursuing a major in Genetics and Genomics with a certificate in Global Health. On campus, she is a member of the CALS Honors in Research Program and has been involved in undergraduate research since freshman year in the Biomedical and Genomics Research Group (BGR), a lab in the Animal Sciences Department. Carling is also a member of Tri Delta, Vice President of Order of Omega, a honor society for members of Greek organizations. Her hobbies include watching movies and documentaries and listening to podcasts. Carling’s favorite place in the world is Disneyland. On campus, you can find Carling hanging out at the terrace with her friends, at coffee shops on State Street, or at the Wisconsin Historical Society (her favorite building on campus).

Nikita Piryanir
Graduation: 2022

Major & Certificate: Biology Major & Certificate in Global Health

Hometown: Mequon, Wisconsin

Nikita is a junior from Mequon, Wisconsin pursuing a Biology major with a certificate in Global Health. Outside of class, she is an undergraduate research assistant at the Dermatology Lab in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, a literacy tutor at GiGi’s Playhouse, and an ER volunteer at the UnityPoint Health-Meriter Hospital. On campus, she is a member of student organizations such as AMSA, ISA, and Wisconsin Admissions Volunteers. Nikita enjoys playing tennis, violin, and spending time with her dog. Her favorite activity on campus is eating ice cream on the terrace.

Nick Puster
Graduation: 2021

Major & Certificate: Genetics Major & Certificate in German

Hometown: Eagan, Minnesota

Nick is a senior from Eagan, Minnesota pursuing a Genetics major with a certificate in German. He has research experience working in the Pelegri Lab and Boviteq IVF Lab. On campus, Nick is a part of student organizations such as Bridge and the Sierra Student Coalition. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, golf, video games, and spending time with animals.

Tatum Satterlee
Graduation: 2021

Major & Certificate: Genetics and Genomics Major

Hometown: Naperville, Illinois

Tatum is a senior from Naperville, Illinois pursuing a Genetics and Genomics Major. On campus, she has worked in the fungal pathology lab in the Microbial Sciences Building for almost two years. Tatum has also volunteered at the SSM for a year and is currently volunteering at the Dane County Chapter of NAMI. Additionally, she is a member of student organizations such as Padl and Hoofers. Tatum’s hobbies include running, cooking, and knitting.

Lauren Tancer
Graduation: 2021

Major & Certificate: Nutritional Sciences Major & Certificate in Global Health

Hometown: Old Tappan, New Jersey

Lauren is a senior from Old Tappan, New Jersey pursuing a major in Nutritional Sciences with a certificate in Global Health. She is on the pre-medicine track as well. On campus, Lauren is an undergraduate researcher studying the link between intestinal fat absorption and diabetes. In her free time in Madison, Lauren loves to run along the Lakeshore Path, spend time with friends, tutor, and enjoy the terrace. She also enjoys traveling and exploring new places with good company.

Yiding (Helen) Wang
Graduation: 2021

Major & Certificate: Genetics and Italian Majors & Certificates in Global Health and Leadership

Hometown: Luoyang, Henan, China

Helen is a sophomore from Luoyang, Henan, China pursuing a double major in Genetics and Italian and certificates in Global Health and Leadership. Outside of class, she is an undergraduate research assistant in Professor Hasan Khatib’s lab, an intern at Slow Food UW-Madison, and a Research Peer Leader of WISCIENCE Research Peer Leader Program. Helen also participated in a study abroad program in Perugia, Italy in the summer of 2019. Her hobbies include kickboxing, cooking, and learning new languages.

May Wu
Graduation: 2021

Major & Certificate: Genetics Major & Certificate in Computer Science

Hometown: Beijing, China

May is a senior from Beijing, China pursuing a Genetics major with a certificate in Computer Science. On campus, she is a research assistant in Dr. Skala’s lab in the Biomedical Engineering Department where she works on machine learning image segmentation of OCT placenta images. Her research interests include exploring the activation states and phenotypes of CAR T-cells via optical metabolic imaging and how to manipulate the homing of immune cells through chemoattractants to treat cancer. In addition to research, May was board member of the Badger Mentorship program her freshman year. Her hobbies include traveling and bird watching. May has witnessed more than 500 kinds of birds in China.