Advising Services—Peer Advisers

Meet our Peer Advisers

Peer Advisors help students declare majors and make connections with faculty, review research opportunities, and explore study abroad and options for independent and interdisciplinary study.

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Amanda Chen
Amanda Chen

Amanda Chen is a senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Cell and Tissue Engineering. Amanda is a research assistant at the Benoit Therapeutic Biomaterials Lab and took part in the DAAD-RISE Program at Jacobs University Bremen and the Clemson Advanced Functional Membranes REU Program. Amanda hopes to get a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and eventually become a professor. Amanda is the president of Tau Beta Pi and is on the executive board of BMES and Phi Beta Kappa. Amanda is a Teaching Assistant for Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry courses. Amanda previously played the oboe in the University’s various orchestral ensembles and won the Campus Concerto Competition in Fall 2011. She has been named as a 2013 Goldwater Scholar and 2013 Tau Beta Pi Scholar.

Amanda is available in-person at walk-in office hours every Monday from 3pm-4pm in the CCAS office.

 Email: achen25@u.rochester.edu

Allayna DeHond
Allayna DeHond

Allayna DeHond is a senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Cell and Tissue Engineering. In the future Allayna is considering graduate school or may look for an internship in the Tissue Engineering Field. Allayna has previously worked for the admissions office, and is currently part of the Biomedical Engineering Society and a mentor for the Be a Mentor Program in the Biomedical Engineering Department. Allayna also studied abroad in Sydney, Australia and is currently employed at the Immunology lab at the Medical Center.
Email: allayna.dehond@rochester.edu

Kyle Fedorchak
Kyle Fedorchak

Kyle Fedorchak is a senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Cell and Tissue Engineering. Kyle was a Technical Assistant at AAB CVRI, a Psychology Research Assistant, took part in the Neuro-Engineering REU Program at New Jersey Institute of Technology, and took part in the CREATE Program at Case Western. In the future he plans to attend graduate school for Translational Research or Design Engineering. He is also a Freshman Fellow, National Residence Hall Honorary, and takes part in leadership programs such as Compass to Personal Success. He is also a tutor through Tau Beta Pi for Calculus and Biology.
Email: kfedorch@u.rochester.edu

BRAIN & COGNITIVE SCIENCES
Grace Lisandrelli
Grace Lisandrelli

Grace Lisandrelli is a senior majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences with a Neurobiology Track. Grace has worked at the Johns Hopkins University Laboratory of Child Development where she assessed infant working memory and has worked as a research assistant at the Laboratory for Developmental Neuropsychology under the direction of Dr. Loisa Bennetto. She would like to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Pediatric Neuropsychology with a focus on developmental disabilities. In addition to her research she has interned at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, and has also been a Teaching Assistant for BCS 110. 
Email: glisandr@u.rochester.edu

Eric Partridge
Eric Partridge

Eric Partridge is a senior double majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Psychology. Eric has a wide range of research experiences at Rochester, including the Rochester Baby Lab, the Human Language Processing Lab and the Self-Determination Theory Lab. In addition, he participated in an REU in Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Outside of research, Eric was a teaching assistant for PSY 161 and studied abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland through the EPA program. He is interested in pursuing a career in education and intending to go to graduate school for education policy.
Email: eric.partridge@rochester.edu

Nicole Craycraft
Nicole Craycraft

Nicole Craycraft is a senior majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Nicole has been a Research Assistant in the Jaeger Human Language Processing Lab in the Brain and Cognitive Science Department. In the future she hopes to get a Masters and Ph.D. and eventually obtain a position as a faculty member at a University.
Email: n.craycraft@rochester.edu

Abigail Fagan
Abigail Fagan

Abigail Fagan is a senior majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Abigail has research experience in the Greene Lab studying Moral Cognition and has been an assistant in the Center for Sleep and Cognition Lab where she researched brain behavior throughout sleep and dreaming.  In the future she would like to work in science journalism. Abigail has worked for the Campus Times writing and editing articles. Last spring semester, Abigail studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Email: afagan3@u.rochester.edu

BUSINESS
Daniel Gaillard
Daniel Gaillard

Dan Gaillard is a senior majoring in Business with a focus in Marketing. In the future he hopes to get his MBA and have the opportunity to study abroad under a Fulbright grant.  He took part in the EPA Internship in Europe Program where he studied at Westminster Business School and interned at the Outside Organization. He is a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon is a Varsity Athlete on the Football team.
Email: dgaillar@u.rochester.edu

Marc Kostroff
Marc Kostroff

Marc Kostroff is a senior majoring in Business and Political Science. He has completed research on policy initiatives and plans to get a Masters in Public Policy. He studied through IES in London and interned with the England Green Party. Marc also interned with Monroe County Democratic Party and at the Center for Disability Right in Rochester.
Email: mkostrof@u.rochester.edu

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
Laura Lyons
Laura Lyons

Laura Lyons is senior majoring in Chemical Engineering with a focus in Environmental Engineering. She worked with the Quality Testing Group for the On-Campus Biodiesel Lab. In the future she plans to get her Masters or go abroad and hopes to work in alternative energy. She interned at a company where she worked in the areas of food production R&D, Quality assurance and control, and general production techniques.
Email: laura.lyons@rochester.edu

ECONOMICS
Stanton Yuwono
Stanton Yuwono

Stanton Yuwono is a senior majoring in Economics with a concentration in Financial Economics. He has completed research on spending trends in higher education regarding the effect of sustainability initiatives on academic programs. Stanton’s future career goals include working in the film industry within the department of finance or production. He was a Research Intern in the City of Rochester’s Department of Finance and was also a Risk and Credit intern for Mint Energy in Boston, MA. Stanton is currently a TA for ECO207.
Email: stanton.yuwono@rochester.edu

Yuxi Lin
Yuxi Lin

Yuxi Lin is a senior majoring in Economics. She has done research analyzing investment preferences and habits of Chinese Civilians. In the future she would like to attend graduate school, work in a commercial bank or accounting firm, and eventually move back to China to help develop her family business. Yuxi participated in the EPA program, traveling to London for a two-month internship.
Email: ylin54@u.rochester.edu

Jiaqian Zhou
Jiaqian Zhou (Annie)

Jiaqian Zhou is a senior majoring in Economics with a minor in Business. She has  researched the economic benefits and cons of nuclear energy, and economic strategies involved in decision making. In the future she plans to attend law school in New York City and pursue Corporate Law. She has interned in Shanghai where she worked with Public Relations and International Communications, in Chicago at a business law firm, and at the Monroe Civic Center. Jiaqian was a workshop leader for ECO 108 and a Teaching Assistant for ECO 207.
Email: jzhou12@u.rochester.edu

Alex Feiszli
Alex Feiszli

Alexander Feiszli is a senior majoring in Economics. In the future Alex hopes to enter the field of market research and analysis. Alex interned for Young Entrepreneurs’ Academy, Marietta Corporation, Bitnetix, and with Sutherland Global Services. In addition he was a Teaching Assistant and is a member of the Finance and Economics Council. 
Email: afeiszli@u.rochester.edu

FILM & MEDIA STUDIES
Dan LaTourette
Daniel LaTourette

Daniel LaTourette is a senior in the Media Production track of Film and Media Studies. Daniel hopes to go to graduate school and eventually become a director. He had an internship making videos for the Alumni & Advancement Center and was also part of the Undergraduate Film Council. Daniel made a feature documentary of the No Jackets Required tribute concert for The Beatles and notes one of his greatest achievements includes coming in second in the Gollin Film Festival in the Spring of 2012.
Email: dlatoure@u.rochester.edu

Brian Giacalone
Brian Giacalone

Brian Giacalone is a senior in the Media Production track of the Film and Media Studies major. In the future Brian is considering internships, entry-level positions in the film or television business, or going to graduate school. Brian participated in the Art New York internship where he spent a semester in New York City interning at different arts and entertainment companies including the television production company Engel Entertainment.
Email: brian.giacalone@rochester.edu

Brynn Wilkins
Brynn Wilkins

Brynn Wilkins is a senior majoring in Film and Media Studies. In the future she hopes to pursue a career in film or television production. Brynn worked as an extra and as a Production Assistant in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie by Columbia Pictures. She also won 2nd place at this year’s Gollin Film Festival at the University of Rochester.
Email: bwilkin5@u.rochester.edu

 

LINGUISTICS
Amanda Baker
Amanda Baker

Amanda Baker is a senior majoring in Honors Linguistics and takes part in research at the Lattimore Eye Tracking Lab. In the future she hopes to teach English abroad and eventually get a Ph.D. in Linguistics. Amanda has interned at the Hickok Center for Brain Injury, was a workshop leader for LIN 210, and participates in the Linguistics Undergraduate Council.
Email: amanda.baker@rochester.edu

OPTICS
Carol Xu
Ke Xu (Carol)

Ke Xu is a senior majoring in Optical Engineering and Applied Mathematics. She has done research performing high-resolution 3D imaging of polymeric layered GRIN materials using OCT in order to nondestructively characterize their internal structures. In the future Carol hopes to find a job in Optical Engineering or attend graduate school. Carol has participated in the industry practicum co-op program where she received 8 months of work experience at Bausch & Lomb and has been a workshop leader for Geometric Optics, PHY 121, and MTH 142. 
Email: kxu4@u.rochester.edu

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY
Peter Heuer
Peter Heuer

Peter Heuer is a senior majoring in Physics. Peter worked with a research group building lasers for laser cooling experiments and hopes to write his senior thesis on this topic. In the future Peter plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Quantum/Atomic Optics and eventually become a Physics professor. In addition he is part of the Society of Physics Students Tutoring Program, the President of the Society of Physics Students, and is a Teaching Assistant for the Physics department.
Email: pheuer@u.rochester.edu

Dillon Skeehan
Dillon Skeehan

Dillon Skeehan is a senior majoring in Physics. Dillon completed research in solid state physics modeling at the University of Illinois and computing research at the University of Notre Dame. In the future he plans to attend grad school and eventually obtain his Ph.D. in Physics and become a professor. In addition he is also apart of the Society of Physics Students, a tutor, and is part of Sigma Pi Sigma.
Email: dillon.skeehan@rochester.edu

Adriana Saldan
Adriana Saldan

Adriana Saldan is a senior majoring in Physics, is completing Premedical courses, and has completed the certificate in Medical Physics. Adriana has research interests in the application of physics to medicine and has done research with the Medical Physics/Radiation Oncology Department at Strong Memorial Hospital. In the future she intends to apply to medical school where she will work towards her aspirations of being a Physician-Scientist. She is also the Vice President of the Society of Physics Students.
Email: asaldan@u.rochester.edu

PSYCHOLOGY
Kiana Booth
Kiana Booth

Kiana Booth is a senior majoring in Psychology. Kiana has research experience working in the Social Stress Lab and was promoted to Head Research Assistant. She is also an intern for Project STEP at the Mt. Hope Family Center and is a secretary on the eboard for P.A.W.S. Kiana is currently a teaching assistant for PSY 181. In the future she plans to pursue a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and eventually open her own practice. Kiana studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain and she is a member of the Psychology Undergraduate Council.
Email: kiana.booth@rochester.edu

Kristen Baldino
Kristen Baldino

Kristen Baldino is a senior majoring in Psychology with Honors. She has done research in the field of Color Perception and Attractiveness. In the future Kristen hopes to either join AmeriCorps or pursue a Masters program in Social Work. Kristen was an intern at Collingham Family and Child Center in London, UK and also at Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, NY. In addition to her fieldwork and research experiences she has been a Teaching Assistant for Intro to Psychology.
Email: kbaldino@u.rochester.edu

Rebekah Lipsky
Rebekah Lipsky

Rebekah Lipsky is a senior majoring in Psychology. Rebekah was a Research Assistant in the Predictor’s of Autism Treatment Lab and in the Neurocognitive Bases of Autism Lab. In the future she plans to get a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling. Rebekah is also involved in the Ballet Performance Group, Indulgence Dance Team, and Partners in Reading. Rebekah was a Teaching Assistant for Psychology 101 and also studied abroad in Paris, France.
Email: rlipsky@u.rochester.edu

Abigail Lalone
Abigail Lalone

Abigail Lalone is a senior majoring in Psychology.  Abigail was a research assistant and camp counselor for Mt. Hope Family Center Summer Camp and and has also worked as a research assistant in the Relationship Lab. Her career goals include becoming either a Clinical Psychologist or a Criminologist. She is the co-president of the club Partners in Reading and was a Teaching Assistant for Intro to Psychology.
Email: abigail.lalone@rochester.edu

PUBLIC HEALTH-RELATED PROGRAMS: HEALTH, BEHAVIOR, & SOCIETY
Luke Slipski
Luke Slipski
Luke Slipski is a Take 5 student and a returning peer adviser for Health, Behavior, and Society.
Email: lslipski@u.rochester.edu
Amanda Decker
Amanda Decker

Amanda Decker is a senior majoring in Health, Behavior and Society. Amanda plans to pursue a Masters in Health Policy and Management and hopes to get a job working to increase access to healthcare for those with mental health issues.  Amanda worked at Cleveland Clinic’s Community Outreach Department where she developed programs for children and teens on drug and alcohol use, stress management, and a program for senior citizens about health care options. Amanda is also a member of the UR Active Minds organization and Charles Drew Pre-Health Society.
Email: adecker3@u.rochester.edu