Student profiles

Programs:

Lily Harvison

Growing up with family ties to the medical field, Lily Harvison has always envisioned herself following suit. Now living out those aspirations, she is working toward becoming a physician assistant and helping others on a day to day basis. 

Tilak Patel

<p>I-want-to-combine-helping-others-with-my-love-of-sports-and-try-to-be-that-first-step-for-someone-for-rehabilitation-to-get-them-back-to-what-they-love-to-do</p>

Tilak Patel gains a deeper look into bio-mechanics through undergraduate research; serves as president of Weight Club.

Allison Buckert

<p>Everyone-seemed-so-happy-and-honored-to-be-at-Iowa-State.-I-have-never-seen-a-more-passionate-student-base-on-campus”</p>

Growing up, Allison Buckert always enjoyed visiting her older sister on Iowa State University's campus. Now, a junior at Iowa State, Allison is living her own adventure while pursuing her dream career of becoming a physician assistant. 

Cortney Elkin

<p>The-day-kinesiology-was-presented-my-mind-was-blown.-I-was-like-‘This-is-the-perfect-major-for-me.’-I-went-and-declared-that-day.”</p>

Cortney Elkin investigates the intricacies of the human body through studying kinesiology and dancing.

Jonathan Mennecke

<p>“I-also-personally-enjoy-learning-about-and-using-the-different-methods-we-have-to-collect-the-data.-It’s-interesting-to-see-data-collecting-being-used-in-practice.”</p>

Jonathan Mennecke participates in undergraduate research to continue building his knowledge of cardiovascular systems.

Taeghan Sharpe

Taeghan Sharpe gains experience through volunteer work at a physical therapy office, while also upholding leadership positions in her activities.

Mikayla Weron

<p>“Going-into-PA-school-they-want-to-see-that-you’ve-been-exposed-to-the-field-and-you-know-this-is-the-route-you-want-to-go-and-you’ve-been-immersed-in-the-healthcare-field.-So-that’s-what-being-a-CNA-does-you-work-with-the-patients-one-on-one-and-see-their-medical-routes.”</p>

Mikayla Weron aims to become a physician assistant in the future. She's becoming involved in all she can at Iowa State to best prepare for graduate school and her future.

Maggie Davis

<p>“Nutrition-is-a-part-of-building-a-more-durable-capable-athlete-or-human-being-in-general</p>

Since high school, Maggie Davis has asked herself how she can become the best version of herself through nutrition and activity. Now majoring in diet and exercise at Iowa State University, she's learning to answer that question for herself and for others.

Faith Anton

<p>“Dont-underestimate-the-power-of-getting-involved-and-connecting-with-peers-and-professional-in-your-field-of-interest.”</p>

Faith Anton has been interested in diet, exercise, and health from a young age, often doing her own research. Now a junior at Iowa State, Faith is excited to utilize the information she's gathered and apply it to her dream career as a physician assistant. 

Leidys Gutierrez-Martinez

<p>“I-like-to-be-creative-and-I-would-rather-be-part-of-writing-the-guidelines-instead-of-following-them.”</p>

Leidys Gutierrez-Martinez became a practicing physician in Colombia before coming to Iowa State University to research cardiovascular health under associate professor of kinesiology, Duck-Chul Lee.

Tanner Bos

<p>People-in-the-NFL-know-about-Iowa-State.-They-know-we-have-one-of-the-top-athletic-training-programs.”</p>

Tanner Bos is channeling his love for football into his future career. Read how this athletic training student snagged a prestigious internship with the Denver Broncos.

Emily Carley

<p>“I-enjoy-figuring-out-what-are-ways-that-I-can-increase-the-chances-of-somebody-exercising-by-inputting-some-psychology-and-knowing-the-psychology-behind-why-they-feel-certain-ways</p>

Emily Carley has always wanted to be a physical therapist; now, she's studying kinesiology and psychology at Iowa State to make her dream a reality. 

Marcus England

<p>“Reach-out-and-find-resources-right-away-whether-that-be-peer-mentors-your-adviser-or-other-study-resources.-The-content-you-learn-in-this-program-builds-on-itself-and-it-is-important-to-learn-the-information-rather-than-just-memorize-it</p>

Marcus England has always loved the sports world; through wrestling in high school he found the career path he wanted to follow. Now a senior at Iowa State, Marcus is excited to see how he can aid athletes in his future career.

Julia Hansen

<p>“It-was-amazing-to-see-how-physical-therapists-bring-patients-back-to-functionality-and-a-higher-standard-of-living-that-many-take-for-granted.”</p>

Julia Hansen has undergone physical therapy as a patient, and now looks to pursue it as a career. Read more about how the kinesiology and health program has helped Julia to obtain research opportunities to extend her knowledge on the human body.

Gabrielle Woods

<p>“Relationship-professional-development-and-people-skills-can-really-transfer-anywhere.-You-can-have-all-the-head-knowledge-in-the-world-but-if-you-don’t-care-for-people-it-will-show-in-your-work.”</p>

Gabrielle Woods has been impacted by Alzheimer's disease in her personal life, and that pushed her even closer to studying gerontology. Read about how the gerontology master's program has led Gabrielle to a future career of helping others through hardships.

Maria Perez

<p>“I-became-fascinated-by-the-improvements-to-physical-and-mental-health-that-structured-exercise-provides-and-that-led-me-to-pursue-a-master’s-degree-in-kinesiology-with-a-focus-in-exercise-science.”</p>

Maria Perez went from majoring in theater arts as an undergraduate to pursing a PhD in kinesiology with a focus in exercise psychology. She's now passionate about informing others about the mental health benefits of being active.

Sydney Washington

<p>“Ever-since-going-to-the-dentist-when-I-was-young-I-thought-it-was-so-cool.-I-loved-the-environment-there</p>

Sydney Washington plans to work as a general dentist for the U.S. Air Force. When she isn't studying, Sydney spends "me time" going to the gym or hanging out with family.

Jamie Stuhr

<p>“I-feel-like-I-decided-Iowa-State-before-I-decided-a-career.”</p>

Jamie Stuhr plans to work as a physical therapist after graduation. When she isn't studying, Jamie enjoys hanging out with friends, watching Netflix, going to the movies, and going to Buffalo Wild Wings every Tuesday night. 

Sofia Mendoza

<p>In-this-experience-I’m-designing-the-project.-I’m-the-one-in-charge.”</p>

Sofia Mendoza is one of seven students who earned a 2019 Louise Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research Internship. She plans on being a health care provider and focus on preventive medicine research. 

KJ Rauch

<p>“The-thing-I-like-about-this-field-is-there’s-a-lot-of-different-settings-you-can-go-into.”</p>

KJ Rauch plans to work as an occupational therapist in an acute rehabilitation unit at a hospital. When she isn't studying, KJ enjoys finding recipes on Pinterest, going to concerts and sporting events, watching Netflix, and spending time with friends and family.

Paige Perkins

<p>“I-just-find-enjoyment-in-changing-people’s-health-and-fitness-lives.”</p>

Paige Perkins is geared toward working with campus recreation after she graduates. When she isn't studying or running CHAARG, Paige enjoys working out and spending time with her friends.

Hannah Sunderman

<p>“Here-you’re-working-towards-something-to-better-people’s-lives.”</p>

Hannah Sunderman is studying to become a cardiac rehabilitation specialist after graduation. When she isn't studying, Hannah enjoys being active outside and attending Iowa State University sports events.

Hannah Van Roekel

<p>“I love being able to apply everything I learn in class in the athletic training room every day. It makes classes seem worthwhile.”</p>

Hannah Van Roekel wants to go into athletic training or physical therapy after she graduates. When she isn't working in the gymnastics athletic training clinic, Hannah enjoys running, baking, and crocheting.

Zoe Lambert

<p>“It’s-rewarding-to-see-your-passion-and-service-on-someone-else’s-face</p>

Zoe Lambert is keeping her options open when it comes to her career, but she hopes to go into healthcare policy, academia, or become a physician. When Zoe isn't studying, she enjoys going to the gym, tending to her cacti and succulents, and listening to podcasts.

Katie Stearney

<p>After-taking-a-human-anatomy-class-in-high-school-I-fell-in-love-with-human-science-and-it-became-clear-how-I-could-combine-my-passion-for-helping-others-and-my-love-for-science</p>

Katie Stearney is working to become a physician's assistant in an under-served community after she graduates. When she gets time to herself she enjoys running, reading, cooking, and practicing yoga.

Isabella Ellis

<p>“Classes-like-KIN-232-236-and-282-are-classes-that-made-me-feel-more-confident-with-my-teaching-and-with-various-age-groups.”</p>

Isabella Ellis wants to work as a physical education teacher for an elementary school after graduation. Outside of her classes, clubs, and homework, she enjoys reading, watching HGTV, and working out.

Megan Wiese

<p>Megan-Wiese-is-a-sophomore-studying-kinesiology-and-health-from-Holstein-Iowa</p>

Megan Wiese looks forward to chiropractic school once she completes her undergraduate degree at Iowa State University. When she isn't preparing for her next adventure, she spends time hammocking with friends or trying to catch up on sleep and Netflix.

Corey Ball

<p>“Tearing-my-ACL-my-junior-year-of-high-school-led-me-to-this-career-path-because-I-formed-a-great-relationship-with-my-physical-therapist.”</p>

Corey Ball looks forward to becoming a physical therapist for athletes after he graduates. Until then, Corey enjoys spending his time listening to music, playing basketball, and lifting.

Ryan True

<p>“Being-surrounded-by-the-resources-at-Iowa-State-is-very-valuable-to-me-and-I-hope-I-can-exhaust-them-all-before-I-leave.”</p>

Ryan True plans to become a fitness entrepreneur servicing the wellness needs of seniors. Until then, he likes to watch The Office or whatever is on Comedy Central when he isn't studying.

Brandon Jackson

<p>Brandon-is-a-junior-majoring-in-kinesiology-from-Frederick-County-Maryland</p>

Brandon Jackson chose Iowa State University for the kinesiology program. When he isn't studying to become a physical therapist, you can find him working out, watching Netflix, or thrift shopping.

Carter Reed

<p>“I’ve-always-wanted-to-teach-and-my-professors-and-parents-both-suggested-I-be-a-professor.”</p>

Carter Reed wants to use his doctoral degree to eventually teach university students. During his time outside of class and lab work, he enjoys playing sports, reading books, playing guitar, and hanging out with friends.

Macy Morrow

<p>“In-emergency-situations-people-always-call-out-for-a-doctor.-I-could-be-that-person-which-got-me-really-excited.”</p>

Macy Morrow wants to become a physician assistant and eventually work for Doctors Without Borders. When she isn't studying, she likes to explore campus, hammock, and hang out with friends.

Haley Schany

<p>Shadowing-gives-you-so-many-different-experiences-so-you-can-see-what-you-want-to-do-in-the-future</p>

Haley Schany is certain she wants to be a physician assistant. In the mean time, she enjoys going on adventures with friends and cheering on the Cyclones with the greatest fan base in the country.

Andra Luth

<p>ExerCYse-is-Medicine-is-an-awesome-way-to-promote-health-and-exercise-on-campus-as-well-as-in-Ames-community</p>

Andra Luth decided to major in kinesiology after suffering a sports injury in high school. When she isn't preparing for physical therapy school, she enjoys running and watching "Friends" with her roommates.

Kenneth Echevarria

<p>“I-applied-to-three-other-schools-and-they-gave-me-nowhere-near-the-amount-of-scholarship-that-ISU-did.”</p>

Ken Echevarria loves learning about diet and exercise science. When he isn’t studying, he enjoys spending time at State Gym, making music, or hanging out around central campus.

Jess Alley

<p>“Furthering-your-education-more-and-more-just-shows-future-employers-youre-capable-of-hard-work-and-following-through-with-something.”</p>

Jess Alley hopes to open her own business collaborating her education with her love for the outdoors. When she isn't studying, she enjoys running, climbing, and backpacking.

Jenna King

<p>“After-growing-up-in-Ames-and-attending-Iowa-State-sporting-events-my-entire-life-I-wanted-to-experience-Iowa-State-and-Ames-in-an-entirely-different-way.”</p>

Jenna King wants to work as a clinical exercise physiologist with doctors who prescribe exercise as medicine. When she isn't studying, she enjoys rollerblading, drinking black coffee, and working at Great Plains Sauce and Dough Company.

Colleen Humble

<p>Colleen-Humble-from-Estherville-is-studying-pre-diet-and-exercise-to-work-as-a-sports-dietitian</p>

Colleen Humble knows she wants to be a sports dietitian. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys cooking, working out, and spending time with family and friends.

Brie Johnson

<p>Brie-Johnson-from-Mankato-Minnesota-is-studying-exercise-science-to-one-day-work-as-a-personal-trainer</p>

Brie Johnson wants to help individuals with their health goals. When she isn't studying, she enjoys going to State Gym, lifting weights, and watching "Grey's Anatomy," "One Tree Hill," or "Supernatural" on Netflix.

Elizabeth Davitt

<p>“I-wish-I-would-have-pushed-myself-to-jump-in-right-away.”</p>

Elizabeth (Liz) Davitt plans to combine her love of nutrition and exercise in her future career. When she isn’t studying, she enjoys relaxing, having movie nights with friends, and simply enjoying her study breaks.