Meet your Chemistry & Biochemistry Student Ambassadors!
Meet Sri Pulipaka! Sri is a senior biochemistry major on the premed track minoring in Sociology. As a student in the Honors Program, his thesis is evaluating animal-assisted therapy as a means to address unmet mental health needs in elementary school students in Waco. In addition to his classes, Sri is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta (pre-health honor society) and volunteers in Waco ISD and the Family Health Center. He also loves to play ping pong and basketball at the SLC and watch documentaries with his friends. His favorite molecule is water–one of the most essential to life. Sri says that he loves Baylor for all the friendships has made in his classes here!
Next is Kayla Evans! Kayla is a junior biochemistry major on the premed track. She is also minoring in Biology and pursuing the Certificate in Spanish for Healthcare Professions. Outside of her classes, she serves as a SI Leaser for Human Physiology, volunteers at Mission Waco, and is an avid member of the American Medical Women’s Association at Baylor. As a coffee lover, Kayla’s favorite molecule is caffeine, and her favorite Waco coffee shop is Magnolia Press. Kayla says, “Baylor is a family. The faculty, staff, and students create such a welcoming atmosphere where everyone truly cares for one another. A new friend is always just around the corner.”
Our third ambassador is Pranav Viswanathan! Pranav is a junior with a double major in biochemistry and economics on the premed track. As an undergraduate researcher in the Cyran Lab at Baylor, he does research “investigating photochemical processes in the atmosphere and environment” while “utilizing novel spectroscopic techniques to elucidate the role of the surface in these reactions.” Some of Pranav’s favorite things to do in Waco are going to Cameron Park, eating at Fuego’s, and driving through the I-35 construction. Pranav loves Baylor because of the faculty. “All the faculty members I’ve worked with have been extremely helpful and friendly. I felt they cared more about me beyond the classroom than I expected coming in.”
Next, we have Mara Sandys! Mara is a sophomore chemistry major on the pre-pharmacy track. Her favorite molecule is copper chloride, and she enjoys reading, painting, and dancing as well as kayaking and hiking through Cameron Park. As the vice president of the Association of Pre-Pharmacy Students (APPS) at Baylor, Mara enjoys getting to foster a close community among undergraduates who share her career goals. She is also a member of Alpha Delta Pi. Mara loves Baylor’s small yet inviting environment with its Christian influence that makes the campus feel like home.
Last but not least, meet Sam Anliker! Sam is a sophomore chemistry major and a student in the Honors Program. In addition to his coursework, Sam spends his time as a member of the Baylor University Men’s Choir and as a player on the quidditch team. He is an avid coffee aficionado and loves making and enjoying coffee. Sam says, “I really appreciate the atmosphere created from people really wanting to be at Baylor! There is so much joy in those who are able to cherish the school and the people they’re around during these few short college years.”