Taylor Zabel is from Smith Center, Kansas, where his family has farmed for five generations. He is a senior currently majoring in biochemistry (B.S.), and he was selected as the 19th student from KU to receive the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship for public service. At KU, he is the chapter president for Mortar Board (a senior honor society devoted to scholarship, leadership, and service), and he is a student representative for the University's Tuition Advisory Committee. He was involved with Student Senate, serving as chair of the Finance Committee and Student Fee Review Subcommittee; in this position, he oversaw the allocation of approximately $20 million in student fees. He was also chair of the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Advisory Board where he worked 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 two publications 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, creating independent projects, and transitioning to KU from a rural high school.