Undergraduate Ambassadors

Learn more about the undergraduate experience at the iSchool through BS/IS students who serve as undergraduate ambassadors. 

For more information about the ambassadors program, contact Tony Torres, academic advisor and coordinator of undergraduate affairs.

Yosra Abdulwahid

Yosra Abdulwahid
I am a sophomore pursuing a dual degree in Economics and Information Science. I enjoy lifting, hiking, and traveling. I feel that there are few areas of study as diverse and interdisciplinarity as Information Science. I love how the major offers the breadth and depth of technology while focusing on its impact on people. I feel that the Information Sciences major will directly prepare me for my future endeavors. All in all, I admire the constant pursuit of excellence and innovation that the iSchool strives for and want to be a part of its community.

Faadil Ahmed

Faadil Ahmed
I am a junior with a passion for coding and creating mobile applications. I enjoy playing competitive sports and hanging out with friends. I look forward to learning new material and programming languages to help me with my future career in the rapidly increasing technological world. Over the last two years, my interest in databases and turning raw data into real-life decisions has peaked my interest. From learning HTML to SQL and learning data's impact on society to different modes of data, I cannot stress enough how much I enjoyed learning.

Cayden Boyer

Cayden Boyer
I am an IS student pursuing the data science and analytics pathway. I am looking to leverage my degree and experience in a position where I can use both my people skills and my technical skills to solve business problems. Programming has always been an interest of mine; however, I have also always wanted a job in which I can help people. Information sciences is a good fit for me because I can study programming and data science, but with an ultimate goal of using the skills I learn to help people achieve their goals.

Jared Angel Canty

Jared Angel Canty
I am a 4th year majoring in Brain and Cognitive Science and Information Science. I'm also minoring in Computer Science, Game Studies/Design, Spanish, and History. I enjoy studying and learning about new things across every subject (from mathematics to Philosophy!), video gaming, writing, exercising, and spending time with family; but above all else, I love to meditate, pray, and reflect on life! From a young age, watching movies like the Matrix inspired me to delve deeper into the technical and philosophical aspects of human-machine interaction. The information sciences offer the answers to many of the burning questions that arose from exploring those aspects. The Data Science and HCI Pathways of the major are the ones on which I have chosen to focus, since they perfectly complement my studies in Cognitive Science, which also focuses on similar disciplines. I intend on leveraging these skills to go where I am called and better the lives of those around me.

Joseph Chan

Joseph Chan
I'm studying Information Science with minors in Computer Science and Statistics. I am interested in Information Sciences because I love to learn about technology and how it can impact the world tremendously. However, learning about programming and database concepts would not be effective without knowing the social aspect and how people interact with these ideas.

Jacky Chen

Jacky Chen
My name is Zhangheng (Jacky). I love reading, swimming, and learning about new things. I can speak 4 languages (more in progress), and my goal is to help others succeed! Information Science makes it possible for me to embrace the new technologies while thinking critically about how it would shape our society, and empower the society using information science. Since I was young, I have always been exploring what I am interested in doing.

Yingyu Chen

Yingyu Chen
After exploring branches of Information Sciences, I found myself interested in the archive and UX pathways. I am passionate about using new technology to actually do something meaningful and valuable to the world. Every moment studying about information science is an adventure to something new!

Luke Emano

Luke Emano
I am an Evans Scholar here at UIUC. I love meeting new people, trying new things, and I strive to be the best person I can be. I'm beyond excited to be a part of the iSchool, and I'm so eager to discover what's to come in my academic career! I want to pursue a career in information technology because technology is the tool with the capacity to connect data, people, and the world together. We as human-beings give data meaning, and our ability to understand data is what matters in order for us to solve problems and fuel new ideas. The IS major provides the building blocks to develop the social, analytical, and technical skills needed to bring both people and data together. Emphasizing the human aspect of technology, this major is an opportunity for me to not only engage with people through technology but to be a connection that brings the world together.

Miranda Garza

Miranda Garza
I am super interested in social media algorithms and ethics. I am interested in majoring in Information Sciences because I am passionate about applying the human perspective to technology and data. I think that the Information Sciences major is tailored to what I am interested in: a human based approach to information systems and services. Recently, I have been really interested in algorithms and how social medias (specifically TikTok and Youtube) gather user information and categorize this information to curate a unique list of recommendations per user. 

Talal Hashmi

Talal Hashmi
I'm from Chicago but have lived in Dubai and London. I am a soccer fanatic, car junkie, and shawerma lover as well as aspiring data scientist and machine learning specialist. I am passionate about data science, which to me is the culmination of computer science, applied statistics, and mathematics. Although I had an interest in programming from a young age, I fell in love with the idea of combining code with real-world data. I believe that not only the protection and storage, but the processing and communicating of information is vital to advanced technologies being implemented throughout the industry.

Kaylin Hsiao

Kaylin Hsiao
I am from Riverwoods, IL. I am a huge foodie who also likes to paint and binge true crime documentaries. I am interested in information sciences because I believe it is important to understand the relationship between people, information, and technology. Information is a powerful asset, and combining it with technology is the reason the world operates in the way that it does today. Essentially, information is everywhere, and it carries into everything you do on a daily basis. I am specifically focused on data analytics because I want to be able to give numbers meaning and present them in a way that is understandable to everyone.

Khushi Jain

Khushi Jain
I have lived in 3 different countries and can speak 3 languages. I am passionate about arts and my cultural heritage and have been training in Indian classical dance and music for the past 8 years. I would like to merge my passion for technology and music, and my dream is to create a nonprofit educational organization that leverages special online tools for teaching students diverse styles of music. Our world revolves around data, and I believe that learning how to efficiently collect, manipulate, store, retrieve, and protect it will better prepare me for the IT industry. I was also attracted to the human aspect/social perspective that the iSchool integrates into the curriculum.

Abraham Martinez

Abraham Martinez
I am from Chicago, IL. I enjoy going to concerts and playing and refereeing sports as well as discussing technology and new ways to implement it into society. The Information Sciences classes I have taken have made me really enjoy learning about information and its importance in the world and workplace. Discussing new ideas and ways to share information are some of the things I love to do with friends and family. I also enjoy discussing current events and the importance of sharing knowledge with everyone in the world as well as giving people enough resources to learn about current events and important ideas.

Thomas McShane

Thomas McShane
I am so excited to be a part of the Information Sciences program in the Data Analysis pathway. I am completing a dual degree with Economics. I believe that this major will allow me to be a very impressive candidate for the highly competitive job sector that I am hoping to be a part of. I believe that the Information Sciences major will help me reach my goals by giving me the standout skill set to be noticed and then helping me apply what I have learned to make an impactful difference in the workplace.

Ty Miller

Ty Miller
I’m a transfer student. I love helping others, and I have a tech consulting and tech assistance business. I’m extremely passionate about the development of futuristic information technology systems, so I’m excited to be in a program where I get to both learn about and use IT systems! I enjoy volunteering greatly, so I’ve held a number of volunteer positions as a tutor, tech helper (my first volunteer tech position I held in high school was for my local library), and a camp counselor.

Terence Franck Njekeu

Terence Njekeu Fodiop
I am originally from Cameroon in Central Africa. I love soccer and technology. I am interested In Information sciences because of my curiosity of better understanding the role of technology in the business world and help people to better interact with technology.

Jose Ramos

Jose Ramos
I have an interest in data science and analytics. I work with technology services on campus. A few of my hobbies include playing the drums, soccer, and bike riding. With time and teachings from various classes, I came to learn that information science is not a simple field to define. The truth about information science comes to a simple understanding, in which the field can be described as both multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. I believe this to be one of the greatest strengths within the field and one of the most exciting traits that I know I will find in future classes and career path. The fact that one can become knowledgeable across different disciplines while working towards the same goal of understanding the relationship between people, information, and technology is something of which I wish to be a part.

Antonio Sanchez

Antonio Sanchez
I'm an outgoing guy that enjoys playing video games and soccer and has an interest in data analysis. I am majoring in Information Science because the pandemic has shown just how vital technology will be in our lives. It has reshaped how we interact, conduct business, communicate, etc. This was most evident in the student organization I am part of. As everything went online during quarantine, there was suddenly a greater need for technical skills such as navigating certain software and understanding information more deeply. 

Michelle Schlacks

Michelle Schlacks
I am from Missouri. I like to work out, eat good food, and play sports. I am also a big fan of tv shows and movies. I am interested in information sciences because I want to be able to work in the tech world and to be able to help people solve problems.

Tiancheng Shi

Tiancheng Shi
I am interested in how data can reflect what humans think and how information science is changing our traditional society. The Information Sciences major focuses on data and humans. By gaining more knowledge in information sciences, I will be able to consider the human side of data and bring more convenience to human life.

Hadley So

Hadley So
I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, and my interests are in Data Science and UI/UX. I chose Information Sciences because it is the perfect combination of technology and human factors. I’ve always had a love for technology and computing but found it too distant from the end-user sometimes. A degree in information sciences enables me to utilize the power of computers without forgetting the human element of our decisions.

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Edward Sung
I am a transfer student from the University of Washington at Seattle. I like photography and vlog, check out my youtube channel if you are interested. I enjoy addressing data, especially analyzing the results I get from datasets. To me, Information Sciences combines both technology and information, which give me flexibility to utilize skills in the two domains.

Michael Torres

Michael Torres
I am from the north side of Chicago. I am junior looking forward to working in the field of Information Sciences and meeting the rest of my peers in the iSchool. I enjoy hanging out with friends, attending concerts, and running. Although I was heavily engaged with technology early on, my passion was ignited in high school. My information technology course was introduced with an online program called Scratch by MIT, and through this, I was able to create beautiful stories that fascinated my peers and teachers. Since then, I became obsessed with the idea of working with technology to create useful tools and beautiful pieces of art.

Bea Verin

Bea Verin
I am from Schiller Park, IL, and transferred from Bradley University. I love being involved on campus. Currently, I am a part of Student Alumni Ambassadors, ISTAR, Traveling Illini, and many more. I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and playing beach volleyball. The iSchool at Illinois offers flexibility in discovering different interests. This flexibility helps fulfill my desire of being a bridge between the industries. It allows me to know the back-end and the front-end structure while forming an understanding of business principles.