Taylor Zabel is from Smith Center, Kansas, where his family has farmed for five generations. He is a junior currently majoring in Biochemistry (B.S.), and he was recently selected as a finalist for the prestigious Truman Scholarship for public service. At KU, he is involved with Student Senate, serving as chair of the Finance Committee and Student Fee Review Subcommittee; in this position, he oversees the allocation of approximately $20 million in student fees. He is also chair of the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Advisory Board where he is working to improve access and outreach of mental health services on and off campus. He is a former researcher for Dr. Michael Detamore's Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials laboratory, and he has received several scholarships and a publication from his work with Dr. Detamore. In his spare time, he volunteers for hospice in the Lawrence community, plays basketball at the rec center, and works at the family farm.
Ask me about: research, Student Senate, and creating independent projects.