College Center for Advising Services

Peer Advisers

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

For general questions about the program or to be referred to a Peer Adviser, please email peeradvising@rochester.edu

Meet our Peer Advisers

AUDIO AND MUSIC ENGINEERING

Student PhotoTim Dick

Tim Dick is a junior majoring in Audio and Music Engineering and minoring in Computer Science with a cluster in Music. Tim is a research assistant in the AME/ECE department working with distributed mode loudspeakers, is a Student Alumni Ambassador and is a member of UR IEEE. He is involved with River Campus music, playing in both the Jazz Ensemble and a Jazz Combo. Tim hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering and hope to work in audio electronics or acoustics.  

Email: tdick@u.rochester.edu  

BIOLOGY

Morgan Albert Morgan Albert

Morgan Albert is a senior majoring in Cell and Developmental Biology with a minor in Spanish and a cluster in Psychology.  She is currently a tutor for BIO 198 (Genetics) and serve as co-president for the Charles Drew Pre Health Society and the former director of academics for Alpha Phi. She has completed two independent study projects with Dr. George Porter (MD/PhD) at URMC and is continuing her research to complete a senior thesis. She has also been a SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) student at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Dr. Rashmi Hegde’s (PhD) lab for the past two summers. In the future she would like to pursue medical school.  

Email: malbert6@u.rochester.edu  

Emily FitzgeraldEmily Fitzgerald

Emily Fitzgerald is a senior pursing dual majors in Microbiology and Epidemiology. She works as a research assistant in the Caserta and Pryhuber labs at the University of Rochester Medical Center conducting both clinical and basic research to study child and infant development. Over the Summer of 2015, Emily served as a pediatric infectious disease researcher in the Strong Children's Research Center Summer Internship program. She has been a teaching assistant for BIO 113 and CHM 203. Emily is currently serving her second term as R/C MERT's Director of Training and volunteers as an EMT-B both on the University of Rochester campus and in the Rochester-area community with Brighton Volunteer Ambulance. After graduating, Emily hopes to attend medical school and become a physician.

Email: efitzge5@u.rochester.edu   

Jonathan BoualavongAlexandra Marasco

Alexandra Marasco is a senior majoring in Molecular Genetics with minors in both Chemistry and Studio Arts. Previously, she was a teaching assistant for Biology 111 and Organic Chemistry I and II. In the Fall 2015, she looks forward to TA’ing for Genetics. In addition to her teaching assistant positions, she works at Golisano Children’s Hospital in the department of Pediatric Nephrology where she serves as both an office assistant and research assistant. Currently, She is aiding in the study of the morphology and role of intercalated cells in the collecting duct of mice kidneys. This upcoming year she is also conducting an independent study in the department. Additionally, while at home in Buffalo, NY she is an intern at an allergy/immunology practice. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school and become a physician. 

Email: amarasc2@u.rochester.edu  

Victor WangVictor Wang

Victor Wang is a senior pursuing a BS in Molecular Genetics with a minor in Psychology. He has conducted research in Dr. Anolik’s immunology lab since the summer of 2013 and was awarded the deKiewiet Fellowship for Summer 2015. He is working on discovering the role of B cells in bone homeostasis in Rheumatoid Arthritis, focusing on their cytokine secretion function. Victor has also served as a teaching assistant for organic chemistry I and II (CHM 203+204) and twice for general chemistry (CHM 131). He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior and plans to pursue a career in medicine after graduation.

Email: vwang5@u.rochester.edu

Eric WilsonEric Wilson

Eric Wilson is a senior majoring in Biological Sciences – Molecular Genetics with minors in Clinical Psychology and Philosophy. During the summer of 2014 he interned in the High-Throughput Screening Lab at Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute. Here, Eric assisted with the assembly of a library of chemical cocktails that are used to screen biological macromolecules for potential crystallization conditions. At the University of Rochester, Eric currently works in the Thornton Lab, which studies myotonic dystrophy using mouse models, and he has previously conducted clinical research as a member of the Emergency Department Research Associate staff. He has been a workshop leader for BIO 112 and BIO 250 as well as a teaching assistant for BIO 113 and BIO 198. He is a member of the Society of Undergraduate Biology Students, he is currently the Vice President of Loss Prevention for Delta Upsilon, and he is also the Business Manager of the Order of Omega honor society. After graduation, Eric plans on taking a year or two off of school to pursue job opportunities but he eventually hopes to earn an MD/PhD.

Email: ewils13@u.rochester.edu

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Mary BucklinMary Bucklin

Mary Bucklin is a senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Biomechanics. She is involved with the BME department as a Teaching Assistant for the Introduction to BME class, is on the e-board for BMES, tutors, and has worked in Dr.Buckley’s lab as a research assistant since her sophomore year, and is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Alpha Eta Mu Beta honor societies. Outside of BME activities, she founded the College Diabetes Network club on campus, is a member of the Protestant Chapel Community, and played for two years on the varsity field hockey team. In her spare time, she loves coaching, outdoor activities and long distance running. The past two summers she has worked in a research lab at SUNY Upstate Medical University studying ankle brace designs for correction of tendon dysfunction. She wrote a paper and presented research at the Biomedical Engineering Society Meeting in San Antonio, Texas and Seattle, Washington. After graduating, her plan is to pursue a PhD in BME. 

Email: mbucklin@u.rochester.edu  

Rose MbayeRose Mbaye

Rose Mbaye is a senior from Senegal majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Cell and Tissue Engineering and a minor in Epidemiology. She is very interested in biomedical advances in the field of infectious diseases and the use of biotech advances in drug and vaccine design. As an undergraduate student, she served as a teaching assistant for the biology department, but also as an undergraduate technical assistant in Waugh’s lab in the Biomedical Engineering department and later in Elliot’s lab at the Immunology department of URMC. Outside of school, Rose very much enjoys singing and dancing which is why last year, she joined a gospel choir course in the fall and also served as the co-captain of the West-African Dance group Ma’frisah. Additionally, she has a passion for travelling, learning new languages and cultures, which is why she left her home country Senegal to finish high school in South Africa, join the United States for college and couldn’t resist the opportunity to study abroad and indeed went to Spain on the spring of sophomore year for a semester study abroad in Madrid, studying at the University Carlos III de Madrid. 

Email: rmbaye@u.rochester.edu  

Jonathan BoualavongJonathan Boualavong

Jonathan Boualavong is a senior Biomedical Engineering major, cell and tissue concentration, with minors in studio arts, chemical engineering, and biology and a Take5 to study the intersection of abnormal psychology and narrative theory. He conducts research with Dr. Mukaibo (chemical engineering) on microalgae and metallic microneedles; past research has been conducted on fungal morphology (Univ MD, Baltimore County) and on particulate matter from combustion (Colo. State). Jonathan is a production lab manager for URBiodiesel and the president and wind project leader of Engineers for a Sustainable World. He tends to spend free time making paintings and art installations, some of which have been in galleries around campus. After graduation, he plans to pursue a Ph.D and ultimately a career in research on biological applications to energy and environmental remediation. 

Email: jboualav@u.rochester.edu 

BRAIN & COGNITIVE SCIENCES

Jared BandJared Band

Jared Band is currently a senior majoring in Brain & Cognitive Science (with a track in Developmental Neuropsychology) and Psychology. Jared has been involved in several research and clinical opportunities that reflect his academic interests. He has been a Research Assistant on Project CONNECT working with children and mothers and in an EEG lab, where he ran his own personal study based on selective object perception. He has also been an intern at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia working with children on the autism spectrum and at University of Pennsylvania's Medical Center working at an anxiety clinic. Currently, he is a Research Assistant in the Developmental Neuropsychology lab and a mentor with the TOUR program on campus where he works with students who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. After graduating, Jared plans on pursuing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with hopes of continuing to work with this population of individuals. 

Email: jband3@u.rochester.edu 

Rebecca GoldbergRebecca Goldberg

Rebecca Goldberg is a senior majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences (B.A.) and Psychology (B.A.) with a French minor. She is interested specifically in language development and working with children on the autism spectrum. Since her sophomore year, she has worked as a research assistant in the Developmental Neuropsychology Lab directed by Dr. Loisa Bennetto Ph.D. She also worked with Dr. Tristram Smith at the University of Rochester Medical Center in the Department of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics assisting with studies for non- verbal children on the autism spectrum. During the spring of her junior year, Rebecca studied abroad in Nantes, France. She is also the President of the Modern Languages and Cultures Undergraduate Council, a French tutor and has volunteered to tutor elementary school students in the Rochester City School District. Rebecca is interested in pursuing a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. 

Email: rgoldb12@u.rochester.edu 

Ross WolkenbrodRoss Wolkenbrod

Ross Wolkenbrod is a senior majoring in Brain & Cognitive Sciences and as well as Psychology, with a minor in American Sign Language. His career goal is to work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. In his free time, you can find Ross at club meetings for Habitat for Humanity, Pride Network, and Person First Initiative. Ross is also a brother of the Aplha Epsilon Pi Fraternity. 

Email: rwolkenb@u.rochester.edu 

BUSINESS

Samantha LevinSamantha Levin

Samantha Levin is a native of Needham, MA and is a senior pursuing a major in Business and minors in History and Psychology. She is an active member of Kappa Delta Sorority, Spoon University, Order of Omega and Colleges Against Cancer.  Samantha studied abroad in Rome, Italy in the spring of 2015 through IES Abroad. After completing her freshman year, Samantha interned in Sales and Training at Kronos Inc. in Chelmsford, MA. Samantha has also spent her past two summers interning as a Business Analyst at Fidelity Investments in Smithfield, RI. 

Email: slevin3@u.rochester.edu  

Nicholas MastrosimoneJiarui Yang

Jiarui Yang is a senior double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Business. He is also taking a Computer Science minor. Jiarui Yang was a teaching assistant for Engineering Mechanics (ME 121). Jiarui did summer research on a speaker calibration project under Professor Nam. He is going to work on a computational method project under Professor Gracewski. Additionally, Jiarui was trained and get accessed to URNano clean room and the student machine shop. Outside the classroom, he enjoyed variety of sports, playing soccer, running, snowboarding and lifting. 

Email: jyang53@u.Rochester.edu 

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

Josh JachuckJosh Jachuck

Josh Jachuck is a senior majoring in Chemical Engineering. He is currently the Publicity Chair for AIChE, the Vice President of Club Squash, a member of Tau Beta Pi, and has served as a Teaching Assistant for CHM 203 and CHE 243. He has also participated in undergraduate research, including an investigation of the effects of biodiesel composition on engine emissions, and a project involving the synthesis of biomaterials. During the summer of 2013, Josh interned at a clean technology company assisting with the development of wastewater treatment solutions for fracking. During the summer of 2015, he worked as an intern for NYSERDA in their Transportation Group. In his free time, Josh enjoys playing tennis, having competed on the Men’s Tennis Team during his freshman and sophomore years. After graduating, Josh plans to pursue a career in the energy industry. 

Email: jjachuck@u.rochester.edu 

Josh JachuckMadeleine Laitz

Madeleine Laitz is a senior majoring in Chemical Engineering with a minor in English, Creative Writing. She is especially interested in green initiatives, and, in 2013 conducted research at UCLA on the fate and transport of antibiotic resistant genes in the environment. She interned at MIT in 2014 and 2015 as a research assistant in the Biological and Environmental Engineering departments, working on the synthesis of a mutagenic compound for the treatment of AIDS and the toxicological analysis of rare earth metals. At the U of R, Madeleine is currently working in Dr. Wu’s CHE lab and is a member of Dr. Foster’s Computational Fluid Dynamics Group. She has been a Teaching Assistant for CHE 113, CHE 243, and is one presently for CHE 225. In her spare time, Madeleine plays the violin and is the concertmaster of the UR Chamber Orchestra and co-concertmaster of the UR Symphony Orchestra. She plans to pursue a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering with a focus on environmental technologies. 

Email: mlaitz@u.rochester.edu

Steven TauSteven Tau

Steven Tau is a senior majoring in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering and Biology. He is a teaching assistant for chemistry and chemical engineering courses. Steven is currently the president of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers as well as vice president of Tau Beta Pi. He is also a research assistant in the Benoit Lab for therapeutic biomaterials and participated in the ICE REU program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Aside from academics, he ballroom dances on campus as part of the ballroom dance club. Steven plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Biological Engineering.

Email: stau@u.rochester.edu 

CHEMISTRY

Matthew Carbone Matthew Carbone

Matthew Carbone is a senior majoring in chemistry and physics, with a minor in American Sign Language (ASL). Although previous research experience includes work in the fields of biocatalysis and bioorganic synthesis, Matthew has since found new interest in the disciplines most pertaining to his majors: physical and theoretical chemistry. He is currently a member of the Rothberg group, where he is studying the absorption spectrum of single molecules by photothermal spectroscopy. He has been a TA for many classes, including but not limited to graduate level advanced physical organic chemistry I, thermodynamics, organic chemistry I & II, and introductory mechanics. Additionally, he is an active member and performer in the ASL club, and is also a tutor and workshop leader for multiple associations on campus. Matthew hopes to pursue a PhD in chemistry, and aspires to be a professor in order to pursue his goals of furthering the scientific community and teaching the next generation of physical scientists. 

Email: mcarbon2@u.rochester.edu

John DeCourceyChristine Ziegler

Christine Ziegler is a senior pursuing a BS in Molecular Genetics and a BS in Chemistry with a Certificate in Biotechnology. Christine has worked in the Fasan Lab at U of R since her freshman year and during Summer 2013 as a Chemistry REU student on evolving enzymes to incorporate unnatural amino acids into peptides via stop codon suppression. During Summer 2014 she was an Amgen Scholar at Columbia University where she studied ultradian rhythms in yeast and during Summer 2015 she worked at Princeton University on small RNAs that regulate quorum sensing in cholera. Aside from research, Christine has been a Teaching Assistant for Organic Chemistry I & II (171 series and 203 series), BIO 112, Genetics, and Honors Biochemistry. She is currently the President of the Society of Undergraduate Biology Students (SUBS) and served as President of the Undergraduate Chemistry Council (UCC) last year. After graduation, Christine wishes to pursue a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology or Biological Chemistry. She is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding majoring/minoring in biology or chemistry or how to get started on research! 

Email: cziegle4@u.rochester.edu

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Emy LinEmy Lin

Emy Lin is a senior double majoring in Computer Science and Linguistics. She has been a teaching assistant for Human Computer Interaction (CSC 212), and is a teaching assistant for Web Programming (CSC 210) this Fall 2015 semester. She has also been a research assistant in the Human Computer Interaction research group since January 2014. She developed applications and ran user studies for a research project involving a Google Glass-based system to help people with public speaking in real time. The research paper for this project was accepted and published by the 2015 ACM IUI Conference. This past summer, Emy worked as a UX Research Intern at Shutterstock in NYC. After graduation, Emy plans to either work or obtain a graduate degree in the field of HCI/UX. 

Email: elin9@u.rochester.edu 

Lauren KeeAdam Scrivener

Adam Scrivener is a Junior majoring in both Computer Science and Mathematics, with clusters in Linguistics and Music Theory. His interests in computer science are algorithms and complexity theory (any kind of theory, really), and he intends to do algorithms research with Professor Stefankovic. Adam also did research in computational nanophysics with an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program. In addition, he is a member of the juggling club, and takes private piano lessons at the Eastman School of Music. Adam hopes to pursue either a Masters or PhD in computer science or mathematics.

Email: ascriven@u.rochester.edu  

 Luisa Neves

Luisa Neves

Luisa Neves is a senior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics, with clusters in English and Linguistics. She is a Writing Fellow for the University. She currently works for the Broker Method, a startup company focused on real-estate education and training, doing web design and development, and UX/UI testing. This past summer, she also interned at IBM, working with a z/OS team to create a mobile app for their mainframe analytics product. When not coding or reading mystery novels, Luisa enjoys playing both college and club Ultimate Frisbee. In the future, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in Computer Science. 

Email: lneves@u.rochester.edu 

ECONOMICS

Eric DavisEric Davis

Eric Davis is a senior majoring in Financial Economics. He has published research in Baseball Analytics and is currently working on projects involving basketball analytics as well as income segregation. In addition, he worked as a basketball analytics intern for the Charlotte Hornets (NBA), and served as a teaching assistant for ECO 108, ECO 207, and PSC 240. Eric is a member of Theta Chi fraternity, and plans on either attending law school or economics graduate school following graduation. He encourages any student interested in pursuing research in economics to contact him for advice on how to get involved. 

Email: edavis16@u.rochester.edu

George VanderZwaagGeorge VanderZwaag

George VanderZwaag is a senior majoring in Economics and Psychology with a minor in International Relations. On campus, he is a co-captain of the varsity golf team and is also a leader of St. Sebastian Society. He has had the opportunity during his time at the University to be a teaching assistant for PSY 171 during fall 2014 and was also a member of the executive board for the Newman community during 2014. A Rochester native, he is passionate about improving education in the area and has been a tutor at School #10 for the past two years. He is looking into a possible career in school administration. In his free time he enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and fishing, as well as playing sports. He is looking forward to a great year as a peer adviser for the Economics department! 

Email: gvander2@u.rochester.edu 

Harshita Mira VenkateshHarshita Mira Venkatesh

Harshita Mira Venkatesh is a senior majoring in Financial Economics and Applied Math. She was also a former teaching assistant for financial accounting. She has prior research experience with both the economics department and the math department. She also served as an analyst director for the schools student run capital management fund, Meliora Capital. She has prior internship experience in wealth management, equity research and economic consulting. She has also been heavily involved with three major start-up/entrepreneurial ventures in and out of Rochester. She is an avid art enthusiast and loves discussing current events and global affairs. 

Email: hvenkate@u.rochester.edu 

ELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Kiara OsolinskyKiara Osolinsky

Kiara Osolinsky is a senior majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a concentration in networking, communications, and signals; she is also minoring in mathematics and music. During the summer of 2013 and the 2014 spring semester she conducted research with Professor Tolga Soyata in Double-Based Number Systems and mobile cloud computing. In addition to her research experience, Kiara served as a workshop leader for ECE 111. On campus she is a member of the University of Rochester Carillon Society. Kiara hopes to either continue on to a master’s program for ECE or into the defense industry. 

Email: kosolins@u.Rochester.edu

FILM & MEDIA STUDIES

Jonah JengJonah Jeng

Jonah Jeng is a senior pursuing a double degree in Film & Media Studies and Brain & Cognitive Sciences. He is the former Managing Editor of Campus Times and a current Writing Fellow. In Spring 2014, Jonah was selected to attend the Second Annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference at the University of Oklahoma, where he presented his paper titled "Crime and Punishment: Challenging the Cinematic Male Gaze with Takashi Miike's Audition." This same paper was selected for publication in Film Matters, the University of Oklahoma's undergraduate film magazine; a separate issue of the magazine will feature his review of The Raid 2. Also in Spring 2014, Jonah and co-director Casey Gould placed third in the ninth annual Gollin Film Festival with their short film "Out of Hand." In summer 2015, Jonah interned at Film Comment, where he performed various editorial tasks such as copy-editing, fact-checking, and transcribing filmmaker interviews. After completing a Take-Five in Chinese, Jonah hopes to attend graduate school; in the meantime, he pours his time, energy, and heart into studying and writing about cinema, both academically and through his blog at jonahjeng.wordpress.com

Email: jjeng2@u.rochester.edu

Emma MorganEmma Morgan

Emma Morgan is a senior, double majoring in Film and Media Studies and Psychology with a cluster in Computer Science. Emma is a member of the University’s Cinema Group and has been on the executive board as the Programming Director since her sophomore year (with the exception of the Spring 2015 semester.) She has been an office assistant in the Rare Books and Special Collections Library since her freshman year, working mainly in the archives department. In addition, Emma is a member of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology. She was previously a research assistant for Professor Ronald Rogge and Amanda Shaw, helping with their research on relationship dynamics. During Spring 2015, Emma spent her semester abroad in Milan, Italy, experiencing the culture while continuing her studies in film and psychology. After her fourth year at U of R, Emma plans to attend graduate school to pursue a degree in film, psychology, or a combination of both. 

Email: emorgan7@u.rochester.edu

LINGUISTICS

Sara KowalskiSara Kowalski

Sara Kowalski is a junior majoring in Linguistics, with minors in Japanese and Brain and Cognitive Science. Last year she founded the Linguistics Undergraduate Council. She is a Writing Fellow and on the executive board of Logos and LUC. In the summer she proofreads for Spencer Hill Press, a small publishing company in NH. In the future Sara would like to teach English as a second language abroad before pursuing a master’s in Linguistics.

Email: skowals3@u.rochester.edu  

Octavia RhimOctavia Rhim

Octavia Rhim is a 9th semester Take 5 Student studying African-American Music & Communication. She has completed a major in Linguistics with minors in Dance and Organizational Psychology. Octavia was a Teaching Assistant for LIN 110: Introduction to Linguistics in the Fall 2013 semester. She studied abroad in the summer of 2013 as part of the 'Summer Arts in Italy: Arezzo' program. Octavia has worked as a research assistant in the Linguistics Department focusing on the Rochester native dialect and the African-American English dialect. This past summer, she worked as a Human Resources Intern at Warner Music Group in New York City. Upon graduation in December 2015, she hopes to pursue a career in Human Resources within the media and entertainment industry. 

Email: orhim@u.rochester.edu 

MATHEMATICS

Abbey LinskyAbbey Linsky

Abbey Linsky is a senior majoring in mathematics, with minors in statistics and psychology. She is also participating in the G.R.A.D.E. program, a 5-year program with the Warner School of Education, to receive her masters in math education. Abbey has been a math TA for MTH 140A and MTH 142. Last year Abbey helped start and run Rochester's chapter of Eye to Eye, and is currently captain of Indulgence Dance Team. After graduating with her masters, she plans to teach high school math. 

Email: alinsky2@u.rochester.edu

Yinuo ZhangYinuo Zhang

Yinuo Zhang is a senior majoring in mathematics. She has served as the teaching assistant for MTH 164 and grader for MTH 265. She has participated in REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) in Penn State University and University of Minnesota, Twin cities. In addition, she is also a proud sister of Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. In the future, she hopes to pursue a master or PhD in mathematics or economics. She encouraged students to try out different level of math courses before making their decisions. 

Email: yzh126@u.Rochester.edu 

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Tianyi LiuTianyi (Linda) Liu

Tianyi (Linda) Liu is a Mechanical Engineering senior who is interested in green energy and fuel cell. She does experimental research for Professor Douglas H. Kelley on ocean mixing. Also, she is a teaching assistant for ME 226, ME 223, and ME 280. In her spare time, she serves as the business manager for American Society of Mechanical Engineers, which holds most of the mechanical engineering event on campus. When Linda has no work to do, she loves diving and watching videos on marine life. 

Email: tliu23@u.rochester.edu

Nicholas PegoliNicholas Pegoli

Nicholas Pegoli is a Rochester native and a senior pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He clusters in Public Health and thoroughly enjoys visiting state and national parks. His Mechanical Engineering interests include optimizing material properties and is currently involved with undergraduate research in the Hopeman material science laboratory. Nicholas is also a tutor for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. In the future, Nicholas hopes to attend graduate school for material science. 

Email: npegoli@u.rochester.edu

Yuting YangYuting Yang

Yuting Yang is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in International Relations. Yuting has been a teaching assistant for ME104Q Engineering of Bridges for the past two years. She also has been doing research on kinematic limit analysis for arched structures with Professor Perucchio and Professor Muir. In the past two summers, she has interned at Changan Ford in Chongqing, China and participated in Xerox Engineering Research Fellowship respectively. Outside of the classroom she gives engineering and campus tours and volunteers through STEM Initiative. After graduation she hopes to work in aerospace engineering industry. 

Email: yyang57@u.rochester.edu 

OPTICS

Julia KentJulia Kent

Julia Kent is a senior from the Mid-Hudson Valley majoring in Optical Engineering with a minor in Creative Writing Poetry. During the fall of her junior year she studied abroad at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand for which she was awarded the UC International Mobility Inbound Study Abroad Scholarship. Julia is the president of the UR Hatha Yoga club, Community Service Chairwoman of Gamma Phi Beta International Sorority, and member of the Outing Club, Meditation Club, and College Feminists. She loves to backpack and ran the Rochester marathon. She was a workshop leader for OPT 241. Julia is also a research assistant in the Materials Lab at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. She is spending part of her 2015 summer in Peru to study Water Resource Management. Julia is applying for a STEM Fulbright scholarship to India and plans to pursue graduate studies in any environmental application of Optics, such as Atmospheric Optics. 

Email: jkent4@u.rochester.edu 

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY
Molly Finn
Molly Finn 

Molly Finn is a senior majoring in Physics and Astronomy. She has participated in research projects on various topics such as pulsar detection and star formation, and is currently working with Prof. Mamajek, looking for binary systems in the Scorpius-Centaurus OB Association. She is a member of the Society of Physics Students, Astronomy Club, Sigma Pi Sigma, and has been a teaching intern for physics, astronomy, and math classes. Outside of her major, Molly also is a dancer and choreographer for Louvre Performance Ensemble, and will be doing a Take 5 program studying environmental science and biodiversity in New Zealand. After her time at Rochester, she intends to pursue a PhD in Astrophysics. 

Email: mfinn9@u.rochester.edu

Sara Frederick
Steven Torrisi

Steven Torrisi is a member of the class of 2016 from the Hudson Valley region of New York, and a double major in Physics and Mathematics. At the University of Rochester, he conducts research in ultracold physics in the Cooling and Trapping group of Professor Nicholas Bigelow. He has also conducted research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, CO in the group of 2012 Nobel laureate David Wineland, the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Germany, UR's Laboratory for Laser Energetics with Dr. Christian Stoeckl, and Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. On campus, he has served as a TA in the Physics department for 4 semesters, plays the Tenor Saxophone in the Wind Symphony, and has worked with the Debate Union and the Committee for Political Engagement. Steven was named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar in 2015, and was also the winner of the 2015 UR Undergraduate Writing Competition in the category of Natural and Applied Sciences. He is also passionate about James Joyce and the music of Frank Zappa. 

Email: storrisi@u.rochester.edu

PSYCHOLOGY

Shawn BihlerShawn Bihler

Shawn Bihler is a senior majoring in Psychology and Spanish with a minor in American Sign Language. Shawn is currently a Research Assistant in the Self-Determination Theory lab and has previously worked in the Laboratory for Innovations in Child Mental Health Care Delivery. He has also been a Teaching Assistant for both PSY 101 and PSY 262 and is currently a Teaching Assistant for PSY 181. Shawn is the president of Pride Network and the Financial Delegate for PSI CHI the National Honors Society in Psychology. Shawn hopes to pursue his PhD in Clinical Psychology with a possible specialization in Forensic Psychology. 

Email: sbihler@u.rochester.edu

Jamiee NathanielJamiee Nathaniel

Jamiee Nathaniel is a senior majoring in Psychology with minors in African-American Studies and Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She is currently a research assistant for the Human Motivation Lab in connection with Self-Determination Theory and for the Lab for Innovation in Child Mental Health Care Delivery. During the fall, you can also find her as a teaching assistant for PSY 101. Besides peer advising, she is also a Team Leader at the Goergen Athletic Center and a Writing Fellow. She also serves as secretary for the Psychology Undergraduate Council. Post graduation, Jamiee plans to go onto graduate school for a Master’s program in Marriage and Family Therapy. 

Email: jnathan6@u.rochester.edu 

Natalie SantacesariaNatalie Santacesaria

Natalie Santacesaria is a senior Psychology major and Biology minor, with a cluster in Religion and Classics. She has been a Research assistant for Professor Niemiec in the field of Human Motivation since her spring semester of freshman year, sparking her interest Self-Determination Theory, a Humanistic theory of motivation. In spring 2015, she began working as a research assistant at URMC in the field of Autism, introducing her to a different branch of psychology rooted in Behaviorism and reinforcement. In addition to her involvement in research, Natalie has twice served as a Teaching assistant for Psychology 262, “An Approach to Human Motivation”. She has also been a Teaching Assistant for Psychology 101 and Biology 258, “Human Anatomy”. Natalie formerly served as the President of Colleges Against Cancer at the University of Rochester and is an active sister of Kappa Delta Sorority. Natalie plans to attend Nursing School after graduation to receive her second bachelors in Nursing, and eventually achieve her master’s degree, becoming a Nurse Practitioner. 

Email: nsantace@u.rochester.edu

PUBLIC HEALTH-RELATED PROGRAMS: HEALTH, BEHAVIOR, & SOCIETY

Jillian DunnJillian Dunn

Jillian Dunn is a senior studying Health, Behavior, and Society and Philosophy with a concentration in Ethics and Law. She has participated in Community Based Participatory Research in two unique mountain communities: a research assistant in Ladakh, India and a project coordinator in Borca di Cadore, Italy. She has presented her Ladakh findings on disaster recovery at the Society for Applied Anthropology. She completed a semester abroad at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen. She completed an independent research study on environmental and occupational health policy in NYS. Jillian has been a Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Public Health 1 and 2 and Global Health. She hopes to pursue a Master of Public Health in Disaster Management to help advocate for vulnerable and displaced populations. 

Email: jdunn6@u.rochester.edu

Jillian DunnMichael Healey

Michael Healey is a senior with major concentrations in public health (i.e. Health, Behavior, and Society) and biology. He also has an interest in medicine and is enrolled in the Rochester Early Medical Scholars (REMS) program. Michael has conducted community-based participatory research at field sites in Borca di Cadore, Italy, and Ladakh, India, under the guidance of Dr. Nancy Chin. He has also assisted Dr. Theodore Brown in the instruction of two undergraduate courses. He has served as an emergency medical technician on the River Campus Medical Emergency Response Team (RC MERT) for over two years and has been an active member of GlobeMed since his freshman year. If you have any questions about the undergraduate public health program, or would like to talk about the field of public health in general, he would be more than happy to meet with you. 

Email: mhealey3@u.rochester.edu

Rachel WeitznerRachel Weitzner 

Rachel Weitzner is a senior majoring in Health, Behavior, and Society with minors in Spanish and Medical Anthropology! She has participated in the Malawi Immersion Seminar in summer after her sophomore year (2014) and studied abroad in Santiago, Chile in the spring semester of her junior year! On campus she loves performing with No Jackets Required and is a staff member of GlobeMed, a health advocacy group focused on social justice and issues related to global health inequities. Among public health courses she has taken, the Community Engagement Internship (PH 397W) had a very strong impact on her interests in the field; she interned with a team organizing a homeless outreach center based in the Monroe County Library in downtown Rochester. With this experience, she is very interested in studying health disparities and social barriers that people of different populations face when seeking care. She is also fascinated by the importance of social determinants of health (housing quality, access to food and water, poverty, etc.) and their impact on how and why decisions are made. She is interested in how culture impacts how different people view health, healing, and illness and how this affects the ways in which they seek care. Rachel will also be starting to take graduate courses at URMC in the fall of her senior year as part of the 3-2 Program in Public Health!  

Email: rweitzne@u.rochester.edu