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We are a close-knit, dedicated group of life sciences students who want to be involved in our school in a meaningful way.

Not only do we have a lot of fun, we are involved in a wide variety of outreach opportunities where we get to network and meet other students, faculty members and staff.

We want to meet you and encourage you to join us. Become a SOLS Ambassador today!

Our Mission
Students involved in the School of Life Sciences Ambassadors program work to connect students to faculty members, and help create strong academic and social relationships through ongoing activities. Our Ambassadors encourage involvement within our the school, communication between SOLS students and world-class faculty, and career development as future professionals. We accept and value diversity, innovation, and commitment to excellence as part of ASU's priority to make higher education universally accessible.

Harsh Patel - Co-Director

Year: Senior
Major: Biomedical Sciences

Harsh Patel is a junior majoring in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Community Health. He has been a part of SOLS Ambassadors for two years and currently serves as the co-director.

Harsh is a DNASU undergraduate lab volunteer in the Center for Personalized Diagnostics at the Biodesign Institute. He is also an LIA 101 Learning Assistant for incoming freshmen in the School of Life Sciences. In addition, Harsh is an emergency department intern at HonorHealth.

Harsh plans to attend medical school after his graduation with hopes to become an oncologist.


Shambhavi Mishra - Co-Director

Year: Senior
Major: Biomedical Sciences

Shambhavi Mishra is a junior majoring in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Economics. She has been part of SOLS Ambassadors for two years, and this is her first year being a co-director.

Currently, she is a LIA 101 Learning Assistant for incoming freshmen and is also an active member of the club Page Turners. She works in a cardiology research lab and volunteers her time in the children’s emergency department of her local hospital.

After graduation, Shambhavi plans to attend medical school and pursue a career in pediatrics. Shambhavi looks forward to year full of fun and engaging events with SOLS Ambassadors.  

Nikhil Dholaria - Events Coordinator

Year: Junior
Major: Biochemistry, Public Service and Public Policy

Nikhil Dholaria is an interdisciplinary premedical junior studying Biochemistry and Public Service and Public Policy. He has been with SOLS Ambassadors for two years and currently serves as the Events Coordinator. 

From working in Tanzania to creating his own nonprofit organization, Nikhil finds joy in serving people. Currently, he is working on his thesis project to develop a documentary on the response of the ASU Biodesign Clinical Testing Laboratory to the COVID pandemic. Additionally, he is working on his second nonprofit to help underserved students prepare for and attend college. 

Aside from his academic passions, Nikhil enjoys exercising and promoting healthy living, while reading philosophy. Following graduation, Nikhil looks forward to attending medical school.


Shannon Austin - Secretary

Year: Senior
Major: Biomedical Sciences, Philosophy minor

Shannon Austin is the current secretary for SOLS Ambassadors. She is a senior majoring in Biomedical Sciences and minoring in Philosophy. Shannon has been a part of SOLS Ambassadors for one year now and is excited to grow her connections with healthcare professionals and professors as well as help the other members grow their own connections. 
She enjoys volunteering at St. Mary's Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House, and HonorHealth. She is also an undergraduate researcher at the Maley Cancer and Evolution Lab analyzing cancer rates in various species. 
After graduating, Shannon hopes to attend medical school and become a general pediatrician. 

Asfia Numani - Treasurer

Year: Senior
Major: Medical Microbiology, Math minor 

Asfia Numani is a 4th year student majoring in Medical Microbiology and minoring in mathematics. She has been involved in SOLS Ambassadors since her freshman year. She hopes to apply her knowledge of numbers to the SOLS Ambassadors’ budget this year as their treasurer. 

Asfia works as a lab assistant and has been a part of the Page Turners club at ASU for the last year. She is also involved in research at the 4D CAVA Lab at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  

In her free time, Asfia likes to undertake small knitting projects. She hopes to attend medical school in the future and possibly specialize in pathology. 

Tayler Gibbons - Social Media Coordinator 

Year: Junior 
Major: Genetics, Cell, and Developmental Biology, Economics minor

Tayler Gibbons is a junior majoring in Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology and minoring in Economics. She has been a member of SOLS Ambassadors since the beginning of her sophomore year and is currently serving as the Social Media Coordinator.

Tayler works as an Emergency Medical Technician at ASU. Additionally, she is a member of the Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority where she serves as the Academics Chair.

After graduation, Tayler hopes to attend school to become a Physician Assistant.



Our student ambassadors support a wide variety of engaging events. Check out some of our activities and see where you'd like to get involved.

  • Fall Welcome
    Welcome students to the School of Life Sciences through a network of student leaders and faculty. Bonus: Enjoy cookies and refreshments! 
  • Game Night
    During this fun and informal gathering, connect with faculty, play board games and enjoy free food. 
  • Homecoming
    Volunteer at the School of Life Sciences booth and participate in the parade on game day.
  • Open Door
    Share your love of science and reach out to people of all ages through fun and activities. 
  • Warm Goodbye
    Come de-stress with the Ambassadors and enjoy free, delicious food before finals week. 
  • Research Night
    Facilitate a "poster" event where School of Life Sciences professors present their research and connect with students. 
  • Relay for Life
    Support the American Cancer Society by joining our official School of Life Sciences team in this walk. 

To become a SOLS Ambassador, you'll need to do a few things:


  • Attend bi-monthly meetings
  • Maintain appropriate conduct with students, faculty, staff and the community
  • Abide by all ASU policies and procedures when representing the School of Life Sciences

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