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College of Science & Engineering Student Advisory Council (COSEC)

COSEC Charge (est. Sept. 28, 2017)

  1. Serve as a liaison between the students and the dean in order to provide input, insight, and perspective on the student experience.
  2. Advise the dean on matters pertaining to students.
  3. Serve as leaders for change in the College of Science & Engineering.
  4. Engage in college and university activities to encourage student involvement.
  5. Represent the College of Science & Engineering as ambassadors to promote WSU to current and perspective students.

2017-2018 COSEC Membership

Department Represented
Alicia Skolte
Tom Eggers
Bethany Palen
Rick Dorn
Composite Materials Engineering
Nathaniel Smith
Rachael Geerts
Computer Science
Waheed Khan
Uzma Ghazanfar
Liz Evenocheck
Samantha Khatri
Mathematics & Statistics
Austin Ellingworth
Gabe Mancino-Ball
Alex Franta
Jimmy Hickey

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I am Rick Dorn and represent the Department of Chemistry as a senior majoring in ACS Chemistry and Rick Dornminoring in Mathematics. I am originally from Prior Lake, MN and came to WSU in 2014 to pursue my passion for chemistry. The beginning of my junior year I started conducting physical-organic research with Dr. Nalli studying the selectivity of Wohl-Zielger brominations of secondary alkenes. I also started another research project the beginning of my senior year with Dr. Zemke building a homemade Raman spectrometer using a DSL camera. Both of these research opportunities made me realize that I want to continue conducting research as a career, specifically in the spectroscopy field. I plan to start graduate school the fall of 2018 to obtain a Ph.D. in chemistry. 

My name is Tom Eggers and I represent the Department of Biology as a senior majoring in Cell and MolecularTom Eggers Biology with a minor in biochemistry. I grew up in St. Cloud, MN and came to WSU for the incredible biology program. I am pursuing a career as a physician and working toward medical school admission. As a sophomore, I began research with Dr. Hines, studying demyelination diseases and spinal cord injury using a zebrafish model. The faculty here at WSU have provide me with incredible experiences and opportunities, such as a summer research internship at the Mayo Clinic. The biology education I have received at WSU has not only sparked my interest in the biological sciences, but has also given me the skills to pursue my dreams in medicine. After graduation I plan to spend two years gaining clinical experience as a medical scribe, studying for the MCAT, and volunteering in the community which has helped me grow in my time here at WSU. 

I am a junior majoring in Mathematics and Statistics here at WSU and representing the Department of Austin EllingworthMathematics and Statistics on the COSEC. I am from Mankato, MN, where I graduated from Loyola Catholic School. I stay busy within my department by competing in the various data analytics competitions throughout the year and regularly attending different speakers and opportunities the Math/Stat department offers. I am passionate about statistics because it uses numbers to gain relevant, real-life insights. My future plans are to eventually go on to a graduate degree in Statistics. Outside of the classroom my interests include sports, biking, and staying active. 

My name is Liz Evenocheck and I am a junior from Rosemount, MN representing the Geoscience Department. Liz EvenocheckI am majoring in Geoscience and minoring in Computer Science. I am a member of the Winona State Women’s Basketball team and Geoscience Club. I have conducted undergraduate research with the geochemistry of Archean gneisses in The Black Hills, SD which will hopefully turn into a publication. After WSU, I am planning on going to graduate school. I could not imagine a University having a closer-knit community than Winona State. The passion the students and professors have for their field creates a great environment to learn. I hope to help students enjoy and benefit from WSU as much as I have. If anyone has any ideas that they would like to share, I would love to hear them! 

My name is Alex Franta and I’m a senior physics major here at WSU with a minor in mathematics. I’m Alex Frantaoriginally from good ol’ Roseville, Minnesota near the Twin Cities and I spend of a lot of my free time (if I have any) enjoying some board games, video games, cooking with my spices, and going for a night drive. In terms of physics, I’m really passionate with the environment. I hope to use my degree to become an environmental physicist with an emphasis on the quantum mechanics of solar flares, but I like to keep my options open. I always try to be an approachable dude so feel free to reach out and let me know how you’re doin’. 

My name is Rachael Geerts and I am a senior from Long Lake, Minnesota. My major is Composite Materials Rachael GeertsEngineering and I have a minor in Polymer Chemistry. In addition to my academic courses, I am a student intern for COMTEC inside Stark Hall. I am also involved in Christian ministries on campus as well as being on the industry advisory board for the CME department. I have learned so much during my time at Winona State University and I have met so many great people. I am excited to apply my experiences and knowledge in the work force after graduation in May, at Gougeon Brothers Inc. as a Composite Materials Engineer. 

Hi! My name is Uzma Ghazanfar and I come from halfway across the world: Karachi, Pakistan. I am a senior Uzma Ghazanfarand I am majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Data Science. I have been involved in various capacities in a number of clubs on campus. Besides COSEC, I have been part of the International Club, the Muslim Student Association, Winona State Ambassadors, and am currently President of the Women in Computer Science. I am also a member of the Physics Club, the Chemistry Club, and Women in Science in Engineering (WISE). I swear I do also manage to find time to study! In whatever free time I allow myself, I like to cook and feed my friends. I love bringing food to work to share it with my colleagues or having friends over for dinner. I also have an art background, so I spend a lot of time doing interesting and creative projects like cross-stitching, painting, knitting, or drawing. Fun fact about me? I don’t know how to ride a bicycle! 

Hello, I’m Jimmy. I am a senior from Arlington Heights, Illinois with majors in Computer Science, Physics, Jimmy Hickeyand Mathematics and minors in Statistics and Data Science. I represent the Department of Physics. My goal for the Dean’s Advisory Council is for it to be a forum to improve the student experience in the college. Please contact us at with any concerns or improvements that you have for the college so that they can be addressed! 

My name is Waheed Khan and I am representing Computer Science department. I am a senior majoring in Waheed KhanComputer Science and minoring in Data Science. I was born in Pakistan and grew up in Canada. Along with being a member of COSEC, I am the president of Computer Science Club, Founder/Director of WSU Hackathon, President of Cricket Club, and a Latsch Leader of John Latsch Leadership Academy (College of Business). Besides being part of all these clubs and organizations, I am the lead student systems administrator in IT department on campus. Through all these experiences, I have been able to develop my skills as a student leader and refined my knowledge on the needs of the different communities around Winona. Through my identity as a leader of the community, I have been given many opportunities to express my opinions and ideas and help make the community in Winona State University a better place. My future plans are to start my own software firm where I can help businesses to achieve their goals. During my free time, I enjoy listening to TED talks and podcasts and I particularly love adventuring around the land in a car with friends. 

My name is Samantha Khatri and I am a senior from Minneapolis, MN representing the Geoscience Samantha KhatriDepartment. I am majoring in Geoscience - Geology and minoring in Geography. I am currently a teacher’s assistant for the Geoscience department and the 2017-2018 Vice President for the Geology Club. I have taken part in research which focuses on identifying 66-million-year-old fossils found in North Dakota, to help determine the environment at that time. This upcoming summer I will be participating in a 7-week geologic field camp in Montana where I will be fully immersed in the field and strengthening my geologic field skills like identifying and describing geologic structures and creating geologic maps. After I graduate from Winona State University, I plan to continue my education by going to graduate school to either study sedimentology and stratigraphy or structural geology. The Geoscience department has provided me an education that will help me pursue my academic and professional goals, along with giving me wonderful experiences and memories! I have learned so much while being here and couldn’t imagine a more inclusive learning environment. The professors are always encouraging and supportive of students desire to learn and participate! I love talking to students and hope to help show them how WSU can benefit them in the short and long term! If you have any ideas or questions about WSU, or the Geoscience department, feel free to reach out, I would love to hear from you! 

My name is Gabriel Mancino-Ball and I am the senior representative of the Department of Mathematics and Gabriel Mancino-BallStatistics. After graduating high school from Ellsworth, Wisconsin I attended three different undergraduate institutions. The culture, community, and academics at Winona State University ultimately captured my interests which is why I am here today. I am finishing up my undergraduate degree in Mathematics this May and will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics or Statistics starting in the fall. I love performing research, tutoring, and learning. Outside of school, I am a member of the Winona State Barbell Club which promotes powerlifting and weightlifting; I also am an avid rock climber. 

My name is Bethany Palen and I am a junior representing the Chemistry Department. My major is Chemistry Bethany Palenwith a minor in Criminal Justice and I am from Norwalk, Iowa, which is right by Des Moines. Along with being a member of COSEC, I am also a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, the WSU UNICEF Campus initiative, and WISE. I am also a teaching assistant for several chemistry labs and am conducting my own research project. In my very limited free time, I enjoy binge watching shows on Netflix. After completing my degree at Winona State, I want to go to graduate school to get my Ph.D. in Forensic Chemistry and become a forensic scientist for the FBI. A fun fact about me is that I used to have a wild baby turtle named Sheldon that I took on walks around the yard. 

My name is Alicia Skolte, from Austin, MN, and I am a junior representing the Biology Department. I am Alicia Skoltecompleting an Environmental Science major and a Geoscience minor. I have a work-study job taking care of the Biology Department animals. I plan to go on the Belize travel study in May and work on the Whitewater River Watershed Project this summer. Once I graduate, I plan to manage surrounding lakes and rivers water quality and assess fish populations. 

My name is Phano, and I am a junior in the Composite Materials Engineering program at WSU and grew up in Nathaniel SmithDakota, Illinois. My life is centered on adventure, family, and friends. When I’m not in school, I usually can be found singing and playing my guitar or taking pictures both professionally and as a hobby. I consider myself an innovator and this title is fitting for me because I have started my own business selling scratch off maps on Amazon and also am competing in an entrepreneurial competition hosted by the university for $10,000. I work at the Recreation Center on campus and frequently lead trips across the country to rock climb, mountain bike, backpack, or canoe through new places. I have been to eight different countries including my most recent trip to Indonesia and New Zealand, where I lived in a van for a few weeks! I’m a pretty quirky person, but I love any and all things exciting! I also love giving back to my community and have over 200 hours of community service under my belt. Feel free to say hello if you see me around!