NSCS Ambassadors

Joseph Agosttini

Hello! My name is Joseph Agosttini, and I'm from the small, but culturally-rich town of Nogales, AZ. I'm currently pursuing my Bachelor of Science degrees in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science, Psychology, and Molecular & Cellular Biology with minors in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Upon earning my bachelor's degrees, I hope to pursue a dual MD/JD degree in psychiatry and criminal law, respectively, to ultimately become a forensic psychiatrist. Throughout my college career I have been fortunate enough to have been a research assistant in both Dr. Wulfila Gronenberg and Dr. Matthias Mehl's labs, a member of the Arizona Blue Chip Leadership program; an Orientation and Welcome Leader; a desk assistant with Residence Life; and head preceptor in Organic Chemistry. I have an immense passion for social justice, inclusivity and service, and volunteer my time with Tucson Pride, the Buddy Walk, and other mental-health-focused organizations. In my spare time, I enjoy watching horror movies, sampling new spicy foods, and exploring the outdoors.

Areen Badwal

Hi, I'm Areen! I'm a sophomore from Phoenix, Arizona studying Neuroscience and Cognitive Science and on the pre-med track. Outside of the classroom, I am a research assistant in Dr. Julie Miller's lab, studying the neural pathways for vocal behavior using the zebra finch songbird model. You can catch me at the library 24/7 but when I'm not hitting the books, I enjoy watching Netflix, eating, and hiking.



Garrett Baker

Hi everyone! My name is Garrett Baker and I am a junior majoring in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science and Computer Science, with minors in Math and Spanish. I still haven’t decided where my future will take me, however I am keeping busy in the meantime through organizations such as the NSCS Ambassadors, Nu Rho Psi, NSCSAS, the Honors Mentor Association, and several other philanthropic groups on campus. I have worked in several labs and participated in the NSCS Summer Research Program this past summer. I love to play music, hike, and compete in soccer and volleyball intramural leagues. I am excited to bring fun opportunities and events to you all with the help of the other NSCS Ambassadors!


Rachel Bear
Rachel Bear

Hi my name is Rachel Bear and I am a sophomore double majoring in NSCS (development and aging emphasis) and MCB with a minor in Spanish. My goal is to go to graduate school and earn a PhD in neuroscience to research neurodegenerative diseases. I am currently working in Dr. Restifo's lab, where we use genetics to study and model neurodevelopmental diseases in drosophila. I love traveling and trying new things so I am planning to study abroad in Spain for a summer to finish my Spanish minor. I was an intern for Women and Science and Engineering and helped implement science outreach programs to schools in Tucson. I have also been in Honors Student Council for the past 2 years and have helped plan a lot of events for honors students. My favorite club so far has been NSCSAS because it allowed me to be apart of the amazing community of NSCS students. Outside of school one of my favorite hobbies is hiking, my goal is to explore all of the hikes here in Tucson before I graduate. I also love going to football and basketball games and cheering on our wildcats, bear down! If you need someone to talk to about anything related to NSCS or the UofA feel free to contact me, I love meeting new people!

Shreya Bellampalli
Shreya Bellampalli

My name is Shreya Bellampalli. I am currently a sophomore with minors in biochemistry, Spanish, and music. I am a research assistant in the Khanna Lab in Pharmacology at Life Sciences North, and outside of school, I love to hang out with friends and play music! LOVE music! I am really excited to take part in the wonderful events put on by the NSCS ambassadors, and can't wait for the year in store!



Briggs Carhart

Hello! My name is Briggs and I am currently a Junior studying Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Physiology (with a minor in Biochemistry). That may seem like a lot, but my love and commitment is to Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. It was my first (and most favored) major and I am involved in the NSCS community by doing things, such as: participating in research in the Gronenberg Lab and by being Treasurer of the Neuroscience Honor Society, Nu Rho Psi. In my spare time, I attend dance classes and act in my Resident Assistant position on campus in Coronado Hall. My goal is to obtain a MD/PhD in Neuroscience. I hope to figure out the best ways to make everyone have fantastic neural health everywhere in the world. I hold the belief that everyone should have equal chance at achieving the best state of health - starting with mental health.

Carmen Chau
Carmen Chau

My name is Carmen Chau, and I am a senior majoring in NSCS and minoring in biochemistry. I currently work in Dr. Mary Peterson’s visual and perception lab, and am a medical scribe in the emergency department at Green Valley hospital as well as a direct care worker for United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Arizona (UCPSA), a non-profit organization that provides a multitude of services for individuals with disabilities such as cerebral palsy and autism. After graduation, I hope to become a physician’s assistant either in pediatrics, psychiatry or perhaps in the emergency department, where I am currently working now. Some things that I like to do for fun include drawing, reading, swimming, going to concerts, and watching TedTalks and documentaries, especially ones that have to do with the brain!

Randall Eck

Hi, I’m Randall and I am also a Political Science major in the UA class of 2020. I studied abroad for ten weeks in the Czech Republic through a UBRP program. Scientific research and the brain are my passions and I hope to share them with my campus community.




Liana Hofstadter

Hi! My name is Liana Hofstadter and I am a Junior in the NSCS program with an emphasis in neurobiology. I am currently working in the Gronenberg Lab, where I compare brain morphology of dolichoderinae ants. In my spare time, I enjoy ballet, hiking, and painting!




Erin Howard

Hi, I’m Erin! I’m a junior in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science with an emphasis in cognition and a minor in anthropology. I have worked in several research labs, but I’m currently a member of Dr. Jean-Marc Fellous’ lab in the Psychology department studying learning, sleep, and memory. Specifically, I run behavioral experiments with rats to investigate the possibility of influencing memories using auditory cues. I have been involved with several NSCS-related student groups on campus, including UBRP (Undergraduate Biology Research Program) and NSCSAS (Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Association of Students). I plan to earn an MD-PhD combined degree in neuroscience and become a research physician studying neurodegenerative diseases. Outside of school, I love to dance, sing, play music, read, eat, hike, and watch movies! Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have!