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College of Science & Engineering Student Advisory Council (COSEC)


COSEC Charge 

  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.

2018-2019 COSEC Membership

Department Represented
Junior
Senior
Biology
Katrina Pfaffenbach Mary Baumgartner
Chemistry
Lily Bessette
Domenic Ogno
Composite Materials Engineering
Sara Johnson
Makaylan Benz
Computer Science
Anna Millerhagen
Brad Erickson
Geoscience
Ryan Taitano 
Christian Laing
Mathematics & Statistics
Morgan Thielhorn
Clara Kuerschner
Physics
Roger Janusiak 
Autumn Rasmussen

Contact COSEC members at COSEC@winona.edu.

COSEC Student Members

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Mary Baumgartner


My name is Mary Baumgartner and I am the senior representative for the Biology Department. I am from Northfield, Minnesota and am majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology. I also do medical research at Winona Health.

Besides COSEC, I am the outreach leader at the Lutheran Campus Center, on the community service board for WISE, a mentor, and a member of Pre-med Club and Orchestra Club. In my free time, I enjoy playing golf and doing CrossFit.

After I complete my undergraduate degree, I plan to go to medical school and become a psychiatrist, oncologist or pulmonologist.

 

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Makaylan Benz


My name is Makaylan Benz and I am a senior in the Composite Materials Engineering program. I am originally from Stratford, WI.

I took a tour of Winona State during my senior year of high school and knew this was the college for me. I came in undecided but within two weeks, I had already determined my major.

Along with being a member of COSEC, I currently have an internship at Solvay in Winona as a production engineering intern, and this will be my third year as the secretary for Chemistry Club.

During my free time I enjoy watching Netflix, playing games such as Shanghai Rummy and Exploding Kittens, going for walks around the lakes, and playing fetch with my dog. 

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Lily Bessette


My name is Lily Bessette and I am a junior representing the Chemistry Department. I am from Wausau, Wisconsin and am majoring in Chemistry.

Along with being a member of COSEC, I am also a member of the WSU Pre-Medical Club. I currently partake in computational chemistry research with Dr. Leverentz-Culp.

In my free time, I enjoy baking, hiking, and horseback riding. After WSU, I would like to go to medical school and eventually pursue a career in either medical toxicology or emergency medicine.

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Brad Erickson


My name is Brad Erickson, I am from La Crescent, MN, and I am the representative for the Computer Science Department.

I am a senior majoring in Computer Science, Data Science, and Mathematics with a minor in Statistics. My involvement in my department includes working in the Software Testing Lab and as a tutor.

I am also a member of Runner Up Comedy, the improvisational theater group on campus. My favorite off-campus activities include playing and teaching Pokémon the trading card game.

After graduation, I plan to attend graduate school and obtain a PhD in machine learning.

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Roger Janusiak


My name is Roger Janusiak and I am a representative for the Physics department! I am from Racine, Wisconsin, which is just south of the city of Milwaukee. I am a double major in Physics and in Math.

Other than COSEC, I am involved with dodgeball and curling on campus. In my free time, I love to spend my time outdoors. I am an avid rock climber and biker. I love to go biking and climbing in the area around the bluffs! 

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Sara Johnson


My name is Sara Johnson and I am the junior representative for Composite Materials Engineering. In addition to CME, I also have a major in Materials Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics. I was born and raised in Fridley, Minnesota, where I also graduated high school.

After high school I was fortunate enough to take a gap year during which I volunteered and traveled in South America. Outside of academics, I am the Co-President of our school's Rock Climbing Club and volunteer regularly at our local Humane Society.

Upon graduation I hope to design and create materials which will be used for medical devices. 

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Clara Kuerschner


I’m Clara Kuerschner and I am a junior from Waconia, Minnesota. I am double majoring in History Education and Math Education, and I have been chosen to represent the Math/Stat Department.

Along with COSEC, I am a member of Warrior Entertainment Network, I am the Pep Fest Chair on the Homecoming Committee, I am the Student Senate Treasurer, and I have participated in the Warriors L.E.A.D. Series. In my limited free time, I like to spend time with my friends and explore the Winona area.

After graduation, I hope to teach American History, World History, Calculus, or Algebra at the high school level. A fun fact about me is that both my first and middle name come from my great grandmas on my mom’s and dad’s side of the family. 

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Christian Liang


My name is Christian Laing and I'm a senior from Rochester, MN, representing the Geoscience department. I'm a Geoscience - Geology major and pursuing a minor in Physics.

I'm currently participating in undergraduate research that involves field work and geochemical analysis of rocks in the Black Hills area of South Dakota. I'll be continuing my research this summer and hopefully presenting my findings at a GSA conference soon after.

After graduation, I plan to pursue a graduate degree. I'm happy to be a part of Winona State and the Geoscience program, and would be glad to field any questions or concerns regarding either! 

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Anna Millerhagen


My name is Anna Millerhagen and I am from Northfield, Minnesota. I am a Computer Science major and a Data Science minor. I am the junior representative for computer science.

Along with COSEC I am president of the Women in Computer Science Club and a member the Astronomy Club. I also participate in the Rock-Climbing Club. I love the outdoors and I will accept any excuse to get outside. My favorite outdoors activity is Ultimate Frisbee.

In my free time I like to listen to music and watch movies. My all-time favorite food is popcorn. A fun fact about me is I can speak Norwegian and German.

 

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Domenic Ogno


My name is Domenic Ogno and I am a representative for the Department of Chemistry in COSEC. I am from DeForest, WI and I am majoring in Biochemistry.

Along with my involvement with COSEC, I am also the president of the Chemistry Club, so I guess some would say, science plays a large role in my life. I have been lucky enough to have multiple opportunities for research and involvement while attending WSU.

I am currently working on Haspin Kinase research with Professor Emily Ruff, and hope to attend the ACS national convention in Philadelphia this spring. I also do West Nile Virus research with Professor Osvaldo Martinez and will likely attend an immunology conference this spring.

Part of the reason I chose WSU was the unique opportunity to have funds and supplies for research while also being able to know and work closely with professors as an undergraduate student. After WSU, I plan to pursue a PhD in Molecular Biology or a related field. 

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Katrina Pfaffenbach


My name is Katrina Pfaffenbach and I am the junior representative for the Biology Department. I am from Appleton, Wisconsin and am double majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology and Psychology.

Besides being on COSEC, I am the president of MEDLIFE, I hold the College of Science and Engineering Seat on Student Senate, and I am on NRHH and CAC. I currently do research in the Hines Neural Development Lab at WSU and really enjoy science!

Other things I enjoy include hanging out with friends, trivia, hiking, and just spending time outside in general. After graduating from Winona State, I plan on going to medical school and someday becoming a surgeon or other type of physician.

The Biology Department and faculty have provided awesome opportunities and have helped me pursue both my professional and educational goals. I have immensely enjoyed the learning and experiences I have had so far here at WSU. 

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Autumn Rasmussen


My name is Autumn Rasmussen, and I am the senior representative for the Department of Physics. I am pursuing both Physics and Math majors.

Currently, I am excited about engineering a weather station for Minne as my research project, overseen by Dr. Ferkinhoff. Following graduation, I am excited to seek a career that is rich in both learning experiences and community.

Outside academia, my interests include a multitude of sports, cooking and reading fiction. My goal on the Dean’s Advisory Council is to aid in fostering a supportive and enriching environment at our great campus. 

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Ryan Taitano


I’m Ryan Taitano, and I am the junior representative of the Geoscience Department. I am majoring in Environmental Geoscience and minoring in Sustainability and Geography. I’m from Fall Creek, Wisconsin.

Currently, I’m the VP of the Geology Club, a TA for the Geoscience Department, and I am also a research assistant analyzing crater ejecta and morphometry for Dr. Jennifer Anderson. This gave me the incredible opportunity to work on a NASA funded research experience at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) for two weeks during summer 2019.

Another area of research that I'm part of is interpreting geological structures within the Black Hills of South Dakota with Dr. Steve Allard where I spent five days in the Black Hills hiking and performing field work.

After I receive my undergraduate degree, I will continue to a some type of master’s program dealing with different environmental issues that the world is facing.

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Morgan Thielhorn


My name is Morgan Thielhorn, and I am representing the Math/Stat Department. I am majoring in Mathematics and Secondary Math Education.

I am from Blaine, MN, which is a suburb north of the Twin Cities. Other than being on COSEC, I am also the treasurer of EMAE and a member of the Math/Stat Club. When I graduate, I hope to get a job teaching mathematics in middle or high school.

When I am not doing homework or working, I like to spend time with my friends and family. One interesting thing about me is that I did not develop a love for math until my first semester in college.