MSU announces inaugural Biological Sciences student ambassadors

Mississippi State’s inaugural Biological Sciences Ambassadors include (front row, l-r)  Brooke Lashley, Kenya Williams, Chase Warren, Virginia Lomax, Casey Raborn (back row, l-r) Brelynn Dubose, Dillon Coulter, Michael Whelan, Alanna Bond and Jaylen Pennisson. (Photo by Megan Bean)

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STARKVILLE, Miss.— Ten Mississippi State students have been selected to serve as ambassadors for the university’s second largest academic unit.

Chosen from nearly 30 applicants, the group marks the first student ambassador organization in the Department of Biological Sciences’ long history within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Biological Sciences Ambassadors will assist the department with on-campus recruiting events, community service projects, and alumni relations throughout the upcoming academic year.

“We are so excited to welcome this inaugural group of Biological Sciences Ambassadors for what promises to be an integral component of outreach for our department,” said Michael Black, the department’s academic coordinator and Biological Sciences Ambassadors adviser.

“The 3.60 composite GPA of this incoming group speaks to the quality of our students and those we continue to attract to Mississippi State University,” Black added.

MSU’s inaugural Biological Sciences Ambassadors include (by hometown):

BAY ST. LOUIS—Jaylen E. Pennisson, a sophomore biological sciences/pre-medicine major.

CORDOVA, Tennessee—Alanna D. Bond, a sophomore biological sciences/pre-dental major.

FLORA—Brelynn A. Dubose, a sophomore biological sciences/pre-medicine major.

GREENVILLE—Kenya L. Williams, a sophomore biological sciences/pre-medicine major.

HUDSONVILLE, Michigan—Casey M. Raborn, a senior biological sciences/pre-medicine major.

MADISON—Chase A. Warren, a junior microbiology major.

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Missouri—Brooke M. Lashley, a sophomore biological sciences/pre-medicine major.

PASCAGOULA—Dillon R. Coulter, a junior microbiology and biological sciences/pre-medicine double-major.

PLANO, Illinois—Virginia M. Lomax, a senior microbiology major.

WHEATON, Illinois—Michael Whelan, a senior biological sciences major.

Serving more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students, the Department of Biological Sciences offers degrees in biological sciences, microbiology and medical technology. Many students in the department seek rigorous preparation for medical, dental and nursing school, among other science and health-related programs and professions.

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