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COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES LEARNING COMMUNITY
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The College of Natural Sciences Learning Community is a residential option for students with majors in the College of Natural Sciences. Most of our 400 members are in their first year at CSU, although we welcome upper-class students as well. All members of the community live in Laurel Village.

PEER ACADEMIC LEADERS

PAL stands for Peer Academic Leader. We are College of Natural Sciences Learning Community residents with a love and passion for the sciences and want to share that with you through fun events. We are here to strengthen the community on the floors and in the CNSLC, with a focus on the academic side.  We are here for academic support, whether that be setting up study groups for residents or offering moral support and helpful tips. Most of us have taken the base level courses for each of our majors so there is bound to be someone that can help you. We are also here if you want to just talk or hang out. So come find us!

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Kylie Contreras   (He, Him, His)

Lead Science Outreach Scholars PAL

Hello! I am Kylie, a 4th-year student majoring in Biological Sciences, from Texas. I use he/him/his pronouns and am genderfluid. When I was a first-year student, I took a chance and joined the K-12 Outreach and Social Justice program. This program changed my outlook on college and gave me the support, resources, and friends to continue here at CSU. Getting to continue working with this program, now called Science Outreach Scholars, and its students is my favorite part of the PAL job. I also love getting lost on drives (but not when driving for RamRide), saying “hi” to as many animals as possible, and walking around exploring CSU and Fort Collins.

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Lena Bruno   (She, Her, Hers)

Lead Events PAL

Hello! My name is Lena I am a 4th year Physics student here at CSU! I have done undergraduate research for the Physics department for over 2 years. I started undergrad research shooting lasers at magnets and I’ve recently moved on to creating a Time Projection Chamber.  I lived on the Science Outreach Scholars floor (Pinon 4th Floor) my first year and it provided an excellent springboard for the rest of my college experience. I am going to graduate after my 5th instead of my 4th so don’t feel bad for taking your time, you’re in good company! I live off campus and it has its perks because I get to own two kitty cats. I am always stoked to meet new people so feel free to stop by and say hello! My preferred Pronouns are She/Her/Hers

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Yaquelin Avitia   (She, Her, Hers)

Science Outreach Scholars PAL

Hello! I am currently a 3rd-year student at CSU majoring in psychology with a concentration in clinical counseling. After changing my major what seems like an infinite amount of times, I finally decided on psychology because I realized that it combines my love for science with my love towards bonding with others and helping them grow. I am really passionate about social justice, education, and health. A fun fact about me, which is actually not fun at all, is that I am one of the most uncoordinated individuals you will ever meet. If we ever play a game of foosball, you’ll beat me 5-0, and that’s only because I will have scored four of those goals on myself. That’s why I love running so much, it’s one of the only movements my body actually knows how to do.

I would love to talk about these topics (and much more) with anyone, so please feel free to email me or come visit me in Piñon 125 during my office hours! I look forward to meeting you all!

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Baylee Brems   (She, Her, Hers)

PACe Math / Undergrad Women in Natural Sciences PAL

Hi! I’m Baylee and I’m a second-year Statistics and Mathematics major. I have tutored PACe math courses and lived on the undergraduate Women in Natural Sciences floor ever since I started at CSU! Being a part of the learning community has totally enriched my college experience by introducing me to new friends, helping me find people to study with, and providing a level of support that goes beyond academics. I have loved being a part of the network that this learning community creates. When I’m not doing math homework I love to journal, bake, binge-watch Disney movies, and get coffee with friends in my free time!

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Johnny Munoz  (He, Him, His)

Events PAL

My name is Johnny, and I am a second year student majoring in Health and Exercise Science; in pursuit of a medical degree. I was originally a Business major, who switched to a Microbiology major, then to a Biochemistry and finally settled on Health and Exercise Science. I am a Hispanic and First Generation student from Denver Colorado. I have overcome many struggles and thus wear both of the above titles with a lot of pride. I love being from Denver, and love the city from the good to the bad. I also enjoy anything that involves being acitve, movies of all genres, and food!!!

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Cameron Walsh   (He, Him, His)

Events PAL

Cameron is a second-year Biology major. He’s an animal lover and always open to any music recommendations, boxing, playing guitar, and practicing mindfulness and meditation whenever he can! Also, he’s a total sucker for TV shows and will rave about them with anyone. Feel free to poke him anytime you need!

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Ian Taylor   (He, Him, His)

Diversity Through Technology PAL

Greetings, I am a second-year student majoring in Computer Science. I practically grew up on the internet and spent most of my waking moments tinkering with technology. This is a huge contrast from the farm I lived on and the town I lived in! Most of my time outside of work and class is spent sleeping. In addition to sleeping, I enjoy reading, specifically, philosophy and nonfiction work. I also enjoy videogames and entomology, so feel free to chat with me about these topics! If you see me anywhere be sure to say hello!

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