Introducing the 2021-2022 Class of Undergraduate Research Ambassadors 

The LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research office welcomes the incoming class of Undergraduate Research Ambassadors! LAUNCH Undergraduate Research Ambassadors work to inspire broader engagement in undergraduate research by educating and serving the Texas A&M University community and beyond. The program began in 2013 with our inaugural class of 12 Ambassadors. 

New Ambassadors are chosen each spring through a rigorous application process, coming from a large pool of qualified undergraduates. Students selected for the program must have a history of high academic achievement, at least one semester of research experience, and the ability to enthusiastically describe their research. 

The 2021-2022 class is one of the most accomplished yet with students from a wide range of majors and research experiences. This class contains seventeen members.

Rithika Adavikolanu ‘22 – Biomedical Engineering 

Joseph Chen ‘23 – Biology 

Jonathan Ellard ‘23 – Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences

Emily Ha ‘23 – Biology

Marissa Henley ‘23 – Public Health 

James “J.D.” Leaverton ‘22 – Mechanical Engineering

Sangji “David” Lee ‘22 – Biomedical Sciences 

Alex S. Peters ‘21 – Statistics

Michael Pitonak ‘22 – Biology

Sofia Quintero ‘23 – Psychology

Ryan Rahman ‘22 – Biology

Vinesh Ravuri ‘23 – Computer Science and Mathematics

Noah Reed ‘21 – Psychology

Sarah Rutherford ‘22 – University Studies (Religious Thought, Practices, and Cultures Concentration)

Jeremy Thomas ‘23 – Biomedical Engineering 

Meera Trikur ‘23 – Materials Science & Engineering

Kayla Wilhoit ‘23 – Biomedical Sciences

Looking to get involved? You can interact with our Ambassadors at a variety of LAUNCH events, including:

Undergraduate Research Expo

Undergraduate Research Scholars Symposium  

Getting Started in Research Workshops 

Additionally, Undergraduate Research Ambassadors give presentations to student organizations and meet with faculty and staff to promote research involvement. If you are interested in having an ambassador speak at your event, please contact us at