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.   

2020-2021 Public Health Ambassadors

Svetlana.

Svetlana Mary Bhalla

I am an international student born and raised in Dubai, U.A.E., currently a senior doing a dual degree in public health (BS) and health and human services (BA) with a minor in American Sign Language (ASL) and social justice. When I first joined UB I knew that I wanted to pursue social work, but UB doesn’t offer social work as an undergraduate degree, so I joined in with an undecided major. I took several classes in different health fields and soon realised that my interest in health did not only lie at the individual level, but also at the public level. Going ahead towards grad school, I’m applying for a dual master's in social work and business administration. I have worked as an intern at CAO drug abuse research and treatment, volunteered with the Red Cross’s disaster relief program, and I am currently on the e-board of the ASL club and a student manager at campus dining and shops here at UB. On a personal note, I love to travel, write, take photographs, cook and bake.

Megan Breen.

Megan Breen

I am currently a senior pursuing a bachelor of science degree in public health 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 master's 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 ways health care is practiced especially in underserved areas in the U.S.

Daniel Chan.

Daniel Chan

I am currently a senior pursuing my bachelor’s in public health. I’ve always been interested in learning about how public health affects everyone whether that is on an individual or population level. What I love about public health is that life is always evolving and we’re always learning as we go. I have a deep passion for changing lives through health and fitness by building lifelong sustainable habits in order to live the happiest and longest life possible. My goal in life is to make an impact on this world and change as many lives as possible. I hope that with my passions and knowledge, I’ll be able to serve my community and educate others on the importance of public health in order to make this world a better place for all of us.

Ayan Deria.

Ayan Deria

I am currently a junior in the Public Health BS program with a minor in Social Justice. I have always had an interest in the health care field and learning about how public health affects everyone on an individual and population basis. Throughout my time here at UB, I've learned just how important this field is and how crucial health and well-being is to the world specifically at crucial times like the time we are living in and how we can progress. I plan to further my education by pursuing my master's with a concentration in epidemiology, in hopes to use these skills to address health inequity for vulnerable populations and working to eliminate these barriers that hinder communities on a local and global basis.

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.

Prathanashree Khadka Chhetri.

Prathanashree Khadka Chhetri

I am currently a senior pursuing my bachelor’s in public health. Throughout my life I've grown around the idea to always be a good Samaritan, meaning to always find a way to help and serve others who are in need and less fortunate than yourself. Keeping to this state of mind has led me to pursue a path in public health, a major that centers around preparing me to have the ability and knowledge to improve the health of individuals and the population in my community. After I finish my undergraduate degree, I plan on pursuing my master’s in public health here at the University at Buffalo so I can better help my community in the future. Coming from a third-world country with limited health care, I understand how important preventive care is when it comes to diseases and other health problems that could have been avoided if simple health measures were taken early on. I want to be able to work with underprivileged communities in a way so that they can live a better life.

Naomi Lazurus.

Naomi Lazurus

I am currently a junior majoring in Public Health and Law with a minor in Spanish. I have always had a love for public health and finding out the best treatment for our communities, not just the individual. My family has always taught me that the smallest change starts at home, so I first became very interested in politics and change at a local level. During my time at UB, I have been a part of various organizations as well as work in a Biological Science research lab. I thoroughly enjoy working in research as it challenges me to view a problem from a viewpoint I may not know well. I currently work in a lab studying axonal transport in neurodegenerative diseases like Huntington's and Parkinson's. After I finish my undergraduate studies, I plan on attending law school in the hope of developing policies and becoming an advocate for the communities that need it the most. I want to be a part of our country's change for a healthier, more equitable future for all of its people, and public health has allowed me the room to grow.

Annamarie Malik.

Annamarie Malik

I am a senior pursuing a bachelor of public health degree with a minor in nutrition. Last year I decided to switch to public health because I discovered that exercise science was not for me. My first year here I took an introduction to public health course and that started my interest in the field of public health. Since then I have incorporated public health into different parts of my academic experience. I worked with a group to partner with the Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic in order to create a resource for them to distribute to their patients. I have also joined a research project that focuses on health in different community settings. That project is what sparked my interest in the community health aspect of public health. I hope to attend graduate school and pursue my masters of public health with a concentration in community health. My career goal has always been to help people. I feel that working in community health in the future either in the state/local government or at a non-profit, I will be able to make the most difference and help communities.

Chelsea Shuren.

Chelsea Shuren

I am currently a junior in the Public Health BS program! I began as a Biology major on the pre-med track, but I truly found my passion for epidemiology and the field of public health during my Sophomore year when I transferred into the School of Public Health and Health Professions. I hope to continue here at UB to get my Master's Degree in Public Health. I have always had the end goal of using my education to give back and help the community and Public Health lets me do that. I currently serve as an officer in Circle K International, a community service-based club I'm apart of at UB. We've been working on construction downtown at a Medical Facility for low-income families since I was a freshman and it's been rewarding to see it progress throughout the years and I hope I'll be able to see it up and running in the new future. I hope to be able to continue to give back to the community as I further my education in Public Health.

2020-2021 Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Ambassadors

Megan Weber.

Megan Weber

I am currently a sophomore at the University at Buffalo majoring in exercise science and minoring in nutrition. I plan to further my education by applying to the 3+3 program in order to get my doctorate in physical therapy. I am very interested in pursuing a career in orthopedic or pediatric physical therapy and am extremely passionate about advocating for the physical therapy occupation. Throughout my experience at UB, shadowing opportunities, and extensive number of volunteer hours, I have come to appreciate health and wellness even more. I hope to adjust how health care is practiced and work towards incorporating more public health and wellness efforts into my career.

Justin Lew.

Justin Lew

I am a senior on the pre-physical therapy track. I hope to continue at this school to pursue my doctor of physical therapy degree.

When I started out my first undergraduate semester, I majored in biomedical engineering. I figured out that I was not interested in engineering but still wanted to be involved in the health care field. With my passion in fitness, sports, and how the human body works, I leaned towards physical therapy as a major. This led me to become a UB Bulls Men’s Basketball student manager. During this time, I was able to develop communication skills to build rapport with sports medicine staff, and see behind the scenes how health care played a role in student athlete life. This further increased my interest in physical therapy. So, I began to volunteer at physical therapy clinics where I immediately learned how crucial human interaction was for the treatment of a patient. I found this appealing. Eventually, I took it upon myself to become an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, helping me to better understand exercise prescription. This led me to intern for UB Sports Performance, where I am currently an intern strength and conditioning coach for the men’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams.

With my eagerness to learn and desire to continuously improve, I am discovering how to motivate athletes and progress their fitness. In the near future, I plan to be a physical therapist for a major league sports team. I believe I have what it takes.

Anneke Parkinson.

Anneke Parkinson

I am a senior studying exercise science with a pre-health concentration. I was born on the Island of Jamaica, and I love watching and playing soccer. I hope to become a sports medicine physician, which is why I chose to be an exercise science major. What I love most about my major is that I get to learn about different sports while also getting hands-on learning by performing different types of exercise tests. I also get to learn about injuries specific to certain sports and how to treat those injuries. I am currently a research assistant with Dr. Krishnan Muthaiah where I study histology. We look at damage to the vestibular pathways in rats with stroke and chinchillas that have been exposed to loud noises.

Being born in the Caribbean, my culture and heritage is very important to me, which is why I decided to join the Caribbean Student Association. This will be my second year serving as treasurer for my club. This experience has allowed me to interact with many other clubs including other ethnic clubs like the Latin American Student Association, the Asian American Student Association and many more.

I think holistic care is the best kind of care. People are more than just their symptoms. This is why I try to learn about different cultures while also teaching others about mine because this is a huge factor when it comes to caring for certain people and treating different disorders. My ultimate goal is to become a doctor that cares for all types of people.

Amy Sternberg.

Amy Sternberg

I am a sophomore majoring in exercise science and plan to continue on for my master’s degree in athletic training. I grew up in Orange County, N.Y., graduating from Monroe Woodbury High School with honors. I've participated in school athletics, playing tennis and golf. I love going to the gym, planning nutritious meals and finding new restaurants in Buffalo. I enjoy my classes and I am excited about my new role as an Exercise Science Ambassador for the University at Buffalo.