Connect with a Current Undergrad

Do you have questions about what it's like being a student in our school? Connect with one of our student ambassadors! They are chosen as representatives for our school and academic programs in the community, and at student and professional events locally and nationally.   

2019-2020 Public Health Ambassadors

Megan Breen.

Megan Breen

I am currently a Junior pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Public Health degree while on a premedical track. I have always had a passion for health care and known I had wanted to go to medical school. However, in high school I didn’t quite understand what public health was. After learning about the public health field and how important it is to know the community you serve (not just the individuals), I switched my major to public health. I hope to pursue my Masters in Public Health as well as my MD/DO degree after graduation. I would like to use my public health degree to help educate fellow providers on the inequalities of health care and the importance of public health. I hope to change some of the way’s health care is practiced especially in underserved areas in the U.S.

Temara Cross.

Temara Cross

I am currently a junior majoring in Public Health and minoring in Anthropology. Through the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), I am researching Breast Cancer in African-American women at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, aiming to submit my first academic publication before the end of this school year. In addition to my academics, I am a strong advocate for socioeconomic equality and equity in education - serving with organizations such as Say Yes Buffalo. In my free time, I love to play basketball, sing with the UB Gospel Choir, participate in Alternative Break Trips, and step with UB Step Troupe. Since my grandmother’s passing of preventative diseases and observing the mistrust felt toward the medical industry in my community, I knew I needed to serve others by working in the health field. Following medical school, my career goal is to gain experience as a family physician and launch a health facility in my hometown, the East Side of Buffalo. Ultimately, I aspire to mitigate African-American health disparities, as well as minimize the distrust felt between African-Americans and the health industry.

Sukarna Das.

Sukarna Das

I am currently in my final year of pursuing a dual degree in Public Health & Social Science Interdisciplinary with a minor in counseling. My hope is to enter into the combined graduate degree program here at UB where I would be graduating with a Master’s in Public Health and Master’s in Social Work. My interests are working with increasing health promotion among minorities and mental health specifically in correctional facilities. I hope to one day be able to work alongside other skilled individuals in creating an environment for inmates that are geared towards rehabilitation rather than absolute punishment. 

Kennedy George.

Kennedy George

I am a senior in the Public Health BS program with minors in Biology and Spanish. I began at UB as a chemistry major, but switched programs during my sophomore year when I became interested in health equity and realized I wanted to pursue a career that addressed the inequities prevalent in the United States and around the globe. During my time in the School of Public Health and Health Professions, I have completed an internship in Uganda working with the Ministry of Water and Environment, volunteered at UB’s Lighthouse Medical Clinic, served on the e-board of the undergraduate Public Health Club, and worked as an undergraduate research assistant for a research study in the Community Health and Health Behavior department. I am hoping to gain work experience in community and minority health prior to attending a graduate program in the future.

Alexandra Kouptsova.

Alexandra Kouptsova

I am currently a senior pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Public Health. My primary interests are art and mental health, more specifically in the PoC community. I am a Diversity Advocate for the Intercultural and Diversity Center at UB, where we advocate and promote inclusivity for all. In the future, I would like to pursue an MPH and MSW so I can become a social worker to work with mentally ill youth in my hometown of New York City.

Joshua E. St.Louis.

Joshua E. St Louis

I am currently a junior Public Health major with a minor in Nutrition Sciences. I recently completed an internship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program (CDC-CUPS) where I worked on an intervention project to reduce the rates of obesity and diabetes for Pacific Islanders living in Southern California. At UB, I have taken a wide range of Public Health courses ranging from epidemiology to biostatistics. In the long run, I aim to pursue Public Health at the federal level and work alongside policy makers on decisions that have positive impacts on the health of the population.