Getting Involved in EEB

The 2020 Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department Ambassadors

What do the EEB Ambassadors do?
EEB Ambassadors are current Biology, Bioinformatics and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology students who wish to take an active role in assisting current and prospective EEB majors, as well as departmental faculty and staff.  Ambassadors are a critical component of new freshmen orientation, recruitment visits, graduation ceremonies, peer mentoring, and other workshops and events.  They bring the major to life for new students and provide unique perspective to peers.  Ambassadors can pilot their own workshops based on their passions, stress points or student interests, like the previous How to Apply to Graduate School and its sister How to apply to Medical School workshops designed and lead by the club. 

The EEB Ambassadors are among the most enthusiastic and passionate students the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology has to offer. They are chosen based on a combination of their unique perspective, outstanding academic initiative, involvement in research and internships, leadership experiences, and passion for biology.

What are the benefits?
EEB Ambassadors earn:

  • public speaking skills and confidence
  • a wide array of unique networking opportunities
  • special invitations to events and social gatherings
  • resume-building experience in outreach
  • an EEB Ambassador shirt, woot!

How do I apply?
Check back in August to join our team for the fall!  

Requirements for Applicants

  • Major in Biology, Bioinformatics, or Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 
  • In at least your second year at UA
  • Available to participate in at least two events each semester, as well as monthly meetings


Ainsley Chung

My name is Ainsley, and I am a senior majoring in Biology. As a transfer student and an international student from Taiwan, I understand the challenges in various disciplines that non-traditional students may overcome when choosing or pursuing a career in EEB. This motivates me to become an EEB Ambassador to assist my peers in learning more about the field, plan their career ahead, and overcome hardships. I will be working in Boston as a dental assistant for my gap year before starting dental school.

Sophia Rieger

My name is Sophia Rieger and I am a Biology major with an emphasis in Biomedical Sciences and a minor in Nutrition. I was born and raised in Tucson and have been a Wildcat my whole life. I wanted to be an EEB Advisor to be able to share my passion for my major and help others find enjoyment in it too. A fun fact about me is that I was a competitive gymnast for 12+ and that I still coach gymnastics today!

Maya Bose

My name is Maya Bose and I was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona. I'm currently majoring in Bioinformatics and have been an EEB Ambassador since January 2020. I joined EEB Ambassadors because I wanted the opportunity to do more outreach with incoming students. I also love being able to help build a sense of community with other students in the department. When I'm not studying, you can catch me rewatching my favorite tv show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for the umpteenth time.

Hannah Johnson

I am an EEB major minoring in Marine Sciences.  I come from Littleton, CO

I wanted to be an EEB Ambassador because I love EEB and I wanted to share that love as an Ambassador. I also wanted to be more involved in the department and be able to meet other undergrads with similar passions.

A fun fact about me is that I have visited sixteen national parks (three were in Canada).

Taylor Mattingly

My name is Taylor Mattingly and I am majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Biomedical Sciences. I was born in Maryland, but I have lived in Avondale, Arizona for most of my life. I wanted to become an EEB ambassador to become more involved in school. Since I have always been more academically involved rather than through other extracurriculars, I felt like this was a good opportunity to help others with academics which I have spent the last few years devoting much of my time to. A fun fact about me would be that my favorite thing to do is spend time with my best friends. 

Xinjie Ji

Hello! My name is Xinjie and I am an undergraduate student major in EEB. I’ve spent my life before college in China. I decided to become an EEB Ambassador because I was so lost when I was new here, I hope to help other students who feel the same way I did. Also, I believe this is a great chance to enrich my experience in college. Fun fact about me, I got lost once in when canoeing on Mississippi river.

Other Clubs & Organizations

College of Science Ambassadors
The College of Science also has an ambassador program.  The UA Science Ambassadors are undergraduates selected by the departments in the College of Science to assist with recruiting events and visits by high school students to the College. Ambassadors are bright, outgoing students who usually are involved in an independent research project. By example and through presentations, the UA Science Ambassadors represent the range of opportunities available to College of Science undergraduates.  College of Science Ambassadors must be selected through an application process.  The majority of UA Science Ambassadors from the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology are also departmental ambassadors.

Marine Awareness & Conservation (MACS)
The Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology is home to the only marine biology club on campus.  MACS members are devoted to promoting the conservation and protection of marine life and its oceans through education and volunteering for eco-friendly activities. One of the main objectives of MACS is to promote the education of local residents through community outreach programs that teach children the importance of marine ecosystems. Travel plans for scuba diving, tidepooling, and snorkeling are underway, as well as beach cleanups in the US and Mexico. During MACS meetings, teachers and professionals are asked to present their work to the group as an educational experience.  More information can be found at the MACS website

Other Campus Organizations
To help round out your experience at the University of Arizona, the College of Science offers a wide variety of student clubs and organizations all dedicated to the advancement of science.

Associated Students of the University of Arizona (ASUA), the University’s student government, is home to the Club Resource Center.  At the ASUA website, you can view a list of all recognized clubs and organizations on campus.

Career-related Extracurricular Activities Enjoyed by EEB & Biology Students


EEB Undergraduate Poster Session

The Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology hosts an annual Poster Session in April of each year.  Participating students are EEB or Biology majors or minors, or are conducting research with a faculty member in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.  Both beginner and advanced categories are represented, and there are awards given to the top-placing posters in both divisions.

The goals of the Undergraduate Poster Session and Contest:

  • Highlight Departmental research opportunities for undergraduates through a poster session
  • Provide a forum to showcase the research projects conducted by our undergraduates
  • Provide undergraduates with an opportunity to acquire tools necessary to be successful in post-graduate studies (creating and presenting a scientific research poster)
  • Facilitate interaction between undergraduate students and faculty

Who Can Present?

  • To enter a poster in the poster session you must be a declared EEB or Biology major or minor OR be conducting research with a faculty member in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. 
  • All levels of research involvement are encouraged to participate (beginner through advanced).
  • Biology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and Bioinformatics majors earning directed research (i.e. graded) units are expected to present at our poster fair.

How to Prepare a Poster Presentation

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