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We are now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 CSUV Ambassador Program. The ambassador program is an exciting opportunity for graduate and post-doctoral students to gain business skills related to the commercialization of innovations from across campus. The program also provides a crucial connection between CSUV and CSU researchers.

Selected ambassadors will:
  • Increase understanding and awareness of CSUV’s role across all CSU departments.
  • Help CSUV become more proactive in anticipating and identifying innovative research, creative works, and potential inventions.
  • Support CSU startups in gaining traction within specific industries.
  • Participate in planning and implementation of  2019 CSU Demo Day.

Click here for a complete overview: 2018-2019 Ambassador Position Overview

Application Requirements:

Applications are due  no later than 11:59 pm on Friday, August 3, 2018 and should be emailed to: steve.albers@colostate.edu. For more information or questions, please contact Steve via email or at (970) 491-7100.



2018-2019 Ambassador Program- Important Dates

Description Date Time
Applications Due Friday, August 3 11:59pm
Interviews (scheduled per applicant) Weeks of Aug 6 and 13 N/A
Applicant Award Notifications Friday, August 17 5pm
Initial Training, Day 1 Thursday, September 6 8am-1pm
Initial Training, Day 2 Friday, September 7 8am-1pm
 Research to Market Program, Opening Session Day 1 Wednesday, September 26 8am-1pm
Research to Market Program, Opening Session Day 2 Thursday, September 27 8am-1pm
Research to Market Program, Opening Session Day 3 Friday, September 28 8am-1pm
Research to Market Program, Closing Session Day 1 Wednesday, November 8 8am-1pm
Research to Market Program, Closing Session Day 2 Thursday, November 9 8am-1pm
Graduate Student Showcase Tuesday, November 13 9am- 1pm
CSU Demo Day Tuesday, April 23, 2019 10am-6pm



2017-18 CSUV Ambassadors:

Aimee Colbath
Aimee ColbathAmbassador

Aimee has a VMD from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a large animal surgery residency and MS at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Clinical Sciences. Her research focuses on mesenchymal stem cell and induced pluripotent stem cell use in horses, as well as the treatment of equine sarcoidosis.

Kelly Kirkley
Kelly KirkleyAmbassador

Kelly is a post-doctoral researcher for Dr. Colin Clay in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Her work focuses on understanding the molecular events that dictate female reproduction at both the cellular and tissue level using sheep and mice as translational models. Outside of her research, Kelly also works as a contract veterinarian helping to provide low-cost preventative veterinary medicine for dogs and cats throughout Colorado.

Michael Friedman
Michael FriedmanAmbassador

Michael is a graduate student at Colorado State University in the department of biology. His work focuses on enhancing crop production to support bioenergy technology and food security needs through plant molecular biology, biotechnology, and gene discovery. In his spare time he enjoys traveling and scuba diving.

Nathan Byers
Nathan ByersAmbassador

Nathan is a graduate student at Colorado State University in the department of biomedical sciences. His work focuses on studying the underlying cellular mechanisms of epilepsy and pain and searching for potential targets to alleviate symptoms associated with both pathologies. In his free time, he enjoys all activities that involve the mountains.

Ryan Riskowski
Ryan RiskowskiAmbassador

I am originally from Omaha Nebraska where I received my Bachelor’s in Physics from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I went on to receive a Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics from Florida State University in Tallahassee Florida. I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Colorado State University in the Department of Chemistry, working with Dr. Chris Ackerson to develop nanotechnologies for remote, nano-scale measurement and manipulation inside of living cells. I am also an active member of the CSU Postdoctoral Association, and am dedicated to supporting the cultivation of scientific communication and collaboration between researchers at CSU.

David Markman
David MarkmanAmbassador

David is a PhD candidate in Biology researching complex networks within the context of infectious disease. Deciphering transmission and persistence dynamics enables the development of prevention strategies that yield significant public health and economic benefits. David maintains other research and entrepreneurial interests in global health, pharmaceutical/vaccine development, bio-defense, philosophy and politics.

Chern-Hooi Lim
Chern-Hooi LimAmbassador

Chern is a postdoctoral researcher at Colorado State University in the department of chemistry. His work focuses on the development and application of organic-based photoredox catalysts in the area of light-driven synthesis of functional polymers and small molecules of pharmaceutical interest. He founded a startup "New Iridium" to commercialize the organic photoredox catalysts.

Sumanth Belawadi
Sumanth BelawadiAmbassador

Sumanth is a second year professional MBA student at the College of Business at CSU. He holds a bachelor's in chemical engineering and a master's in petroleum engineering from University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Sumanth’s research project focused on analyzing geothermal hot spring temperature and pressure and recommending hotter zones to drill for geothermal water, which would then be utilized to power a resort. After graduating from UAF, Sumanth worked for Baker Hughes for 6 years as a field service engineer helping oil companies drill a well and provide geospatial and geological data.

Kelly Hassell
Kelly HassellAmbassador

Kelly is a third year Ph.D candidate in the Cell & Molecule Biology program at CSU. My research focuses on metal speciation in medicinal chemistry, particularly using metallocages for drug delivery. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking with my dogs (Angus and Gouda), fishing, camping or just being outdoors in Colorado.


Former ambassadors have gone on to many different careers, several are highlighted below:

  • Megan Aanstoos – Licensing Analyst, Ohio State University
  • Scott Fulbright, Co-founder and CEO of Living Ink Technologies (wwwlivinginktechn ologies.com)
  • Jess Joslin, Senior Scientist, Symbios Technologies (http://www.symbiosplasma.com/)
  • Jason Prapas, CTO and Director of India Operations, Factor(E) Ventures
  • Lyndsey Linke, CEO and Founder, SiVEC Biotechnologies (sivecbiotechnologies.com)
  • Eric Tauchman, Territory Business Manager, Biogen
  • Duncan Ryan, Co-Founder, TP Microscopy
  • Michael Barich, Postdoctoral Fellow, Corgenix Medical Corporations