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

Arts and Sciences

Engineering and Applied Sciences

Education Abroad

Arts and Sciences

ANTHROPOLOGY

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Leah Schwartz
lschwa10@u.rochester.edu

Leah Schwartz is a senior double majoring in Anthropology and English (Language, Media, Communications track) and minoring in Business. She has served on the Undergraduate Anthropology Council as Secretary and Business Manager. As a sophomore she conducted research at the Rochester Public Market through the Local and Global Market Research class with Professor McCabe and presented the research at the Society for Applied Anthropology conference. Leah then spent her summer working at the Public Market as an Urban Fellow where she got a lot of free samples and had the opportunity to work at the SNAP token desk. She has studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain and Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is hoping to work in the not-for profit world after graduation.

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Christian Wooddell
christian.wooddell@rochester.edu

Christian Wooddell is a senior majoring in Anthropology with a minor in Legal Studies. He is particularly interested in questioning social norms and analyzing social structures that support inequality and oppression. Christian spent the summer after his freshman year as an Urban Fellow, setting the tone for his passion for social justice. Christian spent his junior year in Tanzania studying Swahili with a Boren Scholarship. He had previously spent a year in Norway and a year in Taiwan, giving him advanced language skills in Norwegian, Mandarin Chinese, and Swahili. Christian spent the summer after his junior year participating in the PPIA Program, taking courses focusing on public policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Christian plans to spend his career advocating for the rights of vulnerable populations within the LGBTQ+ community.

BIOLOGY

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Blake Bentley
bbentle2@u.rochester.edu

Blake Bentley is a senior pursuing a BS in Molecular Genetics, a minor in Psychology, and a cluster in Bioethics. He has served as a workshop leader for organic chemistry (CHM 203 and 204) and is looking forward to being a TA for mammalian physiology (BIO 204) in the fall of 2016. During the summer of 2015, Blake participated in the Summer Scholars Program at URMC and is planning on continuing his research by completing independent studies in the Grayhack Lab throughout his senior year. He has volunteered in two elementary schools in the Rochester City School District and has also enjoyed volunteering in the Golisano Children’s Hospital through the Friends of Strong program. Currently, Blake is working as a medical scribe at Rochester General Hospital and is planning on taking a gap year before applying to medical school.

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Peggie Chien
p.chien@rochester.edu

Peggie Chien is a senior pursuing a BS in Cell and Developmental Biology and minors in Chemistry, Computational Biology, and Music. Since her sophomore year, Peggie has been working in the Gan Laboratory at the UR Medical Center investigating inner ear hair cell regeneration. She has also worked at Yale School of Medicine investigating adipogenic development during Summer 2014, was selected as an Amgen Scholar at the University of Tokyo investigating muscle growth and regeneration in Tokyo, Japan during Summer 2015, and was selected into the Rockefeller University SURF Program investigating developmental neurobiology during Summer 2016. Aside from research, Peggie has been a Teaching Assistant for Organic Chemistry I (CHM 203) and for Principles of Biochemistry (BIO 252) and is the Event Coordinator for the Society of Undergraduate Biology Students. She is also the Concertmaster of both the UR Symphony Orchestra and the UR Chamber Orchestra and takes violin lessons at the Eastman School of Music. After her undergraduate education, Peggie will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Developmental and Stem Cell Biology.

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Aryel Clarke
aclarke4@u.rochester.edu

Aryel Clarke is a senior biochemistry major and McNair scholar. Aryel worked as a student lab assistant for Dr. James Fry for three years. She has also been working in Dr. Sina Ghaemmaghami’s lab on independent study projects since the summer of her junior year. Her research focuses on using small molecules to investigate the relationship between protein degradation pathway autophagy and prion aggregation. During the summer before her senior year, Aryel will study under Dr. Thomas Martin at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on designing small molecule inhibitors of cancer exosome formation. She also looks forward to take on the WRUR Operations manager position next year as well as TA-ing for Dr. Ghaemmaghami’s biochemistry class next spring. After graduating, Aryel plans to pursue a PhD in biochemistry or molecular biology.

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Katherine Harvey
kharvey4@u.rochester.edu

Katie Harvey is a senior majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Studio Art and Chemistry. She has conducted research in Debbie Cory-Slechta’s neurotoxicology lab, examining the effects of maternal exposure to mixtures of low-dose endocrine-disrupting chemicals on behavior and hormone regulation. She has served as an Organic Chemistry Workshop Leader (CHM 203), teaching assistant for Mammalian Physiology (BIO 204), tutor, and studio assistant. During Spring 2016, she studied evolutionary biology, ecology, and conservation at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and spent an additional six weeks researching the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem services on the Andean páramo. She is also an enthusiastic dancer and manager for Rochester Bhangra, one of UR’s competitive Indian dance teams, a cellist in the UR Symphony Orchestra and previously the UR Chamber Orchestra, and a member of the Art and Art History Undergraduate Council.

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Rachel Levene
rachel.levene@rochester.edu

Rachel Levene is a senior Microbiology major with minors in both Chemistry and Clinical Psychology. She is currently a TA for BIO 190. In addition, she has spent the past two summers working in the laboratory of Dr. Doris Bucher at New York Medical College investigating development of Influenza A Candidate Vaccine Viruses. She was the previous scholarship chair for Gamma Phi Beta and is currently the Administrative Vice President for Gamma Phi Beta. After graduation she plans to earn a PhD.in microbiology to pursue vaccine research.

BRAIN & COGNITIVE SCIENCES

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Stephen Powell
s.powell@rochester.edu

Stephen Powell is a Take 5 Student majoring in Brain & Cognitive Sciences (BS) and Biology (BA) with minors in Psychology and ASL. His Take 5 has him exploring how the West has influenced African developmental political policies. Currently, he works as a research assistant in Dr. Kurumada’s Kinder Lab to study how children comprehend implied meaning in language. In the summer of 2015 he conducted research at Stanford through their CSLI internship program concerning how inhibitory control in children correlates with other linguistic abilities. Also, in the Spring of 2015 he was the TA for BCS 111. In non-academic aspects of his life, he is a freshmen RA on the Quad, is a member (and previous president) of Radiance Dance Theatre, juggles with the UR Strong Jugglers, and volunteers at the Isaiah House Hospice. Ultimately, Stephen is interested in becoming a pediatric physician while engaging in clinical research.

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Adriana Schoenhaut
aschoenh@u.rochester.edu

Adriana Schoenhaut is a Senior majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BS) on the Neurobiology track, with minors in Psychology. She has strong research interests in sensory perception, particularly auditory, language perception, and neurophysiology. Adriana has been involved in several research opportunities that reflect her academic interests at the College of Arts and Sciences and URMC, as well as at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, in the departments of BCS, Biomedical Engineering and Neurobiology and Neuroanatomy, and in Pharmacology and Physiology. Currently, she is working with non-human primates conducting motion perception electrophysiology and behavior research in the lab of Dr.Greg DeAngelis, which she hopes to complete a senior honors thesis in. During Fall of her Junior year, Adriana studied BCS abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. Outside of the classroom, she is involved in greek life, is on the executive board of Eye-to-Eye through which she mentors middle schoolers in Rochester with learning disabilities, and plays saxophone in the UR Jazz Ensemble. After graduation, she plans to take a year off to continue doing research before going to graduate school to receive an AuD/PhD and become an audiologist.

BUSINESS

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Alex Hollenberg
ahollen2@u.rochester.edu

Alex Hollenberg is a senior pursuing a major in Business on the Finance/Accounting track. He is also a pre-med student. When he entered college, he was conflicted on which path to pursue. He kept his options open by obtaining a laboratory teaching assistant role in the Chemistry and Physics department (CHE 131 and PHY 122) sophomore year. During the past two summers, he has volunteered at Strong Memorial Hospital, worked as a medical scribe in the emergency department at General Hospital and interned at a financial planning firm in Rochester. Alex currently has a position in a research lab at the medical center involving orthopedic tendon repair. Finally, Alex is heavily involved on campus. He volunteers weekly with the Rochester Special Olympics club. He is also an active member of Meliora Capital Management. Alex enjoys playing intramural sports including basketball and football.

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William Mellon
wmellon@u.rochester.edu

William Mellon is a senior from Bradford, Pennsylvania pursuing a double major in Business and Economics. William has participated in Sales, Marketing, and Public Relations related internships. He spent two summers at W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company as both a salesman and Marketing and Promotions intern. Last summer he interned in Manhattan at DeVries Global, an international Consumer Marketing firm. This summer he plans to work in Corporate Marketing at General Motors in Detroit, Michigan, specifically Dealer Network Planning. He has served as a Teaching Assistant for five different classes and enjoys aiding students in career development. His personal hobbies include fitness and football.

CHEMISTRY

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Lauren Bolz
lbolz@u.rochester.edu

Lauren Bolz is a senior majoring in Chemistry with clusters in Spanish and Economics. Lauren is currently completing her senior thesis in the Matson Lab working with heterobimetallic complexes, although, she previously explored bioorganic synthesis through her research position in the Fasan Lab. During the spring of her junior year, Lauren studied abroad in Christchurch, New Zealand. She is also an e-board member of Alpha Phi Omega, our university’s co-ed community service fraternity. By the time she graduates, Lauren will have been a workshop leader for over ten courses within the chemistry department, which has helped her realize her goal to teach at the university level after pursuing a PhD in Food Chemistry.

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Gavin Piester
gpiester@u.rochester.edu

Gavin Piester is a senior pursuing a BS in Biochemistry, a BA in Chemistry, and a minor in Music. He has been conducting research in the laboratory of Professor Noble at URMC where he investigates the molecular and cellular pathology of Krabbe disease with emphasis on translation to clinical treatment. Over the summer of 2016, Gavin was selected as a Pasteur Foundation Summer Intern and conducted research on mitochondrial DNA stability in Cockane Syndrome at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. Previously, he studied self-and-co-assembly in the Amyloid-β peptide in the laboratory of Professor Nilsson at UR and analysis of pesticides and toxins in foods at the New York State Department of Health. Gavin has been a Workshop Leader for Freshman Organic Chemistry I & II and Principles of Biochemistry as well as a Super Leader for Organic Chemistry I. Additionally, he is currently the President of the Society of Undergraduate Biology Students and the Undergraduate Musicians’ Council. Outside of science, Gavin is a varsity member of the Men’s Rowing Team and plays trumpet in the Symphony Orchestra. Gavin hopes to complete a MD/ PhD in Neuroscience and pursue translational research as a physician-scientist.

DANCE

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EJ Kim
ekim44@u.rochester.edu

EJ Kim is a Senior Majoring in Psychology and Business with a minor in Dance. He has been a Research Assistant in the Self-Determination Theory lab, the field of Human Motivation since his sophomore year, and he also has been a Teaching Assistant for both PSY 101 and PSY 262. He is an active brother of Sigma Beta Rho, a bass singer of After Hours A Cappella, and a business manager of Psychology Undergraduate Council. He loves to dance and to sing, and he has been taking various dance classes throughout his college career. EJ hopes to pursue his PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a possible specialization in motivation.

EARTH & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

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Emily Mesiti
emesiti@u.rochester.edu

Emily Mesiti is a senior majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in Philosophy. She is currently a TA for Hydrology and Water Resources (EES 213). She is also on the executive board as fall programming chair for Grassroots, the University of Rochester’s environmental awareness club. This past summer she worked as a research assistant in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Rochester. Last semester she studied abroad in Copenhagen, focusing on climate change in the Arctic. Previously she worked as an intern at New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation, conducting water quality research with their Natural Resources Group. She has also been a TA for CHM 132 and works as a high school tutor in her hometown. After graduation she hopes to pursue work or further education in hydrology and water resources.

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Zack Quirk
zquirk@u.rochester.edu

Zack Quirk is a senior majoring in evolutionary biology/ecology and geology, with clusters in German and History: War and Revolution. Zack is a teaching assistant for EES 201 and has completed an independent study project with Dr. Penny Higgins of the SIREAL lab. Zack has had fieldwork experience in Kemmerer, Wyoming on a paleontological dig with the Field Museum of Chicago. Additionally, during the summer of 2015 Zack was a member of a paleontological/geological expedition to the high Canadian Arctic with the University of Rochester’s paleomagnetism group. He is the Vice-President of the Latin dance group, S.A.L.S.E.R.O.S., enjoys exercising and playing soccer, and learning about the evolution of video games. After graduation, Zack hopes to pursue a doctorate in paleobotany/paleontology.

ECONOMICS

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Patrick Fink
pfink2@u.rochester.edu

Patrick Fink is a rising senior at the University of Rochester, with professional experience in financial services consulting, marketing, and working in political offices. On campus, I serve as the SA Deputy treasurer, as well as Club Sports Caucus Co-President. I am also actively involved with Men's Rugby, UR Roundnet. Previously I served Finance and Economics Council President, SA student Accountant, and undertook an independent study, researching international conflict under a game theoretic lens. Personally, I love being outdoors, having worked as a Team Building Director, and High Ropes instructor. I am also severely addicted to caffeine, but hey, there are worse vices.

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Sophia Mlawer
smlawer@u.rochester.edu

Sophia Mlawer is a senior pursuing a dual major in Economics and Health Policy with a minor in Legal Studies. Previously, she was a teaching assistant for Introduction to Economics, Introduction to Public Health II, and Econometrics (Stata). On campus, she is a member of Ballet Performance Group, Chabad Board, Alpha Phi fraternity, and used to be a D'lion. In her free time she enjoys playing soccer, watching Netflix, and talking about much she loves Econometrics. In the past, she participated in Community Based Participatory Research as a research assistant in Ladakh, India under the guidance of Dr. Nancy Chin. Also, she had a data analysis internship through the Institute of Health and Human Development in London whilst abroad last semester. During the summer of 2016, she interned as an Economic Consultant at Edgeworth Economics and hopes to eventually get a PhD in Health Economics. If you have any questions, she would be more than happy to meet with you!

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Linda Shackles
lshackle@u.rochester.edu

Linda Shackles is a senior majoring in Financial Economics with clusters in Math and Philosophy. Linda has worked in private equity and asset management during her sophomore and junior summer respectively and is heavily involved in helping organizations improve their overall efficiency. On campus, she served as a Teaching Assistant, and eventual Head Teaching Assistant, for Intermediate Microeconomics and and is part of the Students' Association Appropriations Committee to help allocate approximately over $1 million of student activities fees since her freshman year. Linda strongly encourages any students curious about the Economics major and its job prospects to reach out to her and learn how to get involved early.

ENGLISH

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Oliver Valenti
ovalenti@u.rochester.edu

Oliver Valenti is a senior pursuing a BA in English and Mathematics. His play, Dogs, was performed on campus in his freshman year, and another of his plays, Sinkholes, earned him a 1st place for the Dean’s Prize in Creative Writing for Drama (his short story, The Spaceman, earned an honorable mention in the prose category). When Oliver isn’t writing stories or plays, Oliver pursues his favorite genre: prolonged, self-aggrandizing biographies. Oliver also has served on the executive board of the Undergraduate English Council and of LOGOS, the university's art and literature journal. After graduation, Oliver hopes to set aside mathematics and literature to pursue his true passion: dish-washing.

FILM & MEDIA STUDIES

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Jonah Jeng
jjeng2@u.rochester.edu

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 Mike'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.

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Joseph Allen
jallen49@u.rochester.edu

Joseph Allen is a senior double major in Film and Media Studies and Business, and he also hopes to minor in Journalism. Previously, Joseph has worked as an editorial intern for TV Guide Magazine, transcribing interviews, doing research, and writing small stories. He has also worked as a Communications Intern through Corning Incorporated, and he currently writes for numerous online publications including TV Insider, TV Guide's companion website. On campus, Joseph has been a member of No Jackets Required for the entirety of his time on campus, and has served on the executive board as internal president, communications chair, and secretary. Joseph has also been a staff writer for the Campus Times, and a teaching assistant for Principles of Economics. After graduation, Joseph hopes to pursue a career in entertainment journalism while attending graduate school to study media.

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Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy
akrishn8@u.rochester.edu

Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy is a senior, double majoring in Film and Media Studies (Production track) and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, with a cluster in International Relations. Aishwarya has been a Writing Fellow for three semesters and is currently the Vice President of the organization. She is also involved in theatre on campus at both the International Theatre Program and The Opposite of People Theatre Company, where she is currently on E-Board as Secretary. Aishwarya plans to pursue a master's degree in film production after graduation.

HEALTH PROFESSIONS

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Leah Fails
lfails@u.rochester.edu

Leah Fails is a senior Neuroscience major with clusters in both World Music and Psychology. During the Fall 2015 semester, Leah studied abroad in Gaborone, Botswana, where she was part of a Public Health program that focused on HIV/AIDS awareness and the clinical aspect of Botswana’s healthcare system. Leah has also worked in the Fudge Lab at the U of R, focusing on adult Neurogenesis in the primate hippocampus and how it is affected by stress. She is also an active volunteer through the Friends of Strong program at the medical center, having previously volunteered on the Adolescent Psychiatry floor as well as in the Infusion Center at the Wilmot Cancer Center. Leah hopes to attend nursing school after graduation to receive a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and ultimately go on to get her master’s degree, becoming a Nurse Practitioner.

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Eugenia Zeng
ezeng2@u.rochester.edu

Eugenia Zeng is a senior double majoring in Cell & Developmental Biology and Psychology. She currently works in the Brown lab at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where she studies the effect of stress in breast cancer, and she has interned in clinical research for the Rochester General Hospital Summer Research Program Experience and the NIH Summer Internship Program (SIP). She is currently a teaching assistant for CHM 137. She has been also volunteering at a local hospice for two years and has shadowed various physicians at the medical center. In addition, Eugenia is also serves as the health professions Peer Career Adviser at the Career Center. After college, she hopes to take a gap year before attending medical school.

LINGUISTICS

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Sara Kowalski
skowals3@u.rochester.edu

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. 

MATHEMATICS

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Robert Bertolini
rbertoli@u.rochester.edu

Roberto Bertolini is a senior majoring in mathematics with a minor in statistics. Roberto has participated in REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) at the University of California Merced, where he conducted Applied Mathematics research in modeling the spread of the plant pathogen Phytophthora lateralis in California and Oregon. He has been a teaching assistant for CSC 161: The Art of Programming and is a tutor for S.U.M.S (Student Undergraduate Mathematics Society) as well as a member of the Refugee Student Alliance group. After graduation, Roberto plans on pursuing a PhD in Data Science or Applied Mathematics. Roberto can be contacted at rbertoli@u.rochester.edu.

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Neesha Desai
neesha.desai@rochester.edu

Neesha Desai is a senior majoring in mathematics with minors in biology and chemistry. She is currently is a research assistant in the Yule Lab the The University of Rochester Medical Center Pharmacology and Physiology Department. Neesha is also a teaching assistant for the chemistry and biology departments. Outside the classroom, she has been involved in the Association for the Development in the Indian Subcontinent and Society of Undergraduate Mathematics Students. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school and become a physician.

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Rong (Sophie) Zhao
rzhao6@u.rochester.edu

Rong Zhao is a senior double majoring in Mathematics and Financial Economics. She also minors in Studio Arts to fulfill her passion for the aesthetic world. She was an alto in the University Chamber Singer. She has prior summer internship experience in risk management consulting and the hedge fund field. She is a business owner in Rochester as well. She plans to go to graduate school in Computer Science after graduation. She is willing to help students with questions in different perspectives.

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY
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Sanha Cheong
scheong@u.rochester.edu

Sanha Cheong is a senior from South Korea majoring in Physics & Astronomy and Mathematics with a minor in philosophy of science. He works as a teaching assistant and research assistant in the department of physics and astronomy and is also a member of the SPS (Society of Physics Students) e-board. In terms of research, he specializes in theoretical and data-driven cosmology. His current research project is about the large-scale structure formation in the early universe and the analysis of large observational data sets such as SDSS (Sloan Digital Sky Surveys), writing statistical analysis algorithms and simulations to understand the underlying distribution of galaxies and dark matter. His other research interests include high-performance computational physics and quantum computing. Previously, he worked as a technician at an extreme-state plasma physics lab. Sanha is also passionate about teaching and counseling. He has served as a TA in honors introductory physics and math courses intended for the majors. After his time at Rochester, he plans to pursue PhD in physics or astronomy.

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Molly Finn
mfinn9@u.rochester.edu

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.

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Gregory Loges
gloges@u.rochester.edu

Gregory Loges is a senior majoring in Physics and Mathematics, with clusters in Economics and Ancient Greek. He works as a Teaching Intern in the Physics department and volunteers weekly as an SPS tutor for the introductory Physics sequences. Gregory is interested in theoretical particle physics, in particular quantum field theory and string theory. Upon graduating he plans on pursuing a PhD in Physics.

PSYCHOLOGY

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Tara Agneshwar
tagneshw@u.rochester.edu

Tara Agneshwar is a senior majoring in psychology with a minor in classical civilization. She is currently a Research Assistant in one of the Self-Determination Theory labs, and has previously worked in the Achievement and Social Motivation lab. She was a Teaching Assistant for PSY 101 last fall, and is currently a Teaching Assistant for PSY 181: Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy. After graduation, Tara hopes to pursue a masters and eventually a PhD in forensic psychology.

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Clara DeFontes
cdefonte@u.rochester.edu

Clara DeFontes is a senior majoring in Psychology, along with Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She has been a research assistant in the Approach-Avoidance Motivation Research Group since her fall semester of sophomore year, allowing her to pursue her interest of physiological research within psychology. Her sophomore year Clara was a teaching assistant for PSY 161, and the fall of her junior year she was a teaching assistant for PSY 101. Outside of academics, Clara is an active brother of Alpha Phi Omega, the community service fraternity on campus. She is also the student supervisor for Rocky’s Sub Shop and Lounge. After graduation, Clara plans on traveling and volunteering for a few months before pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology, possibly specializing in neuropsychology.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH-RELATED PROGRAMS

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Chiziterem Onyekwere
conyekwe@u.rochester.edu

Chiziterem (Chizi) Onyekwere is a senior majoring Health, Behavior, and Society with a minor in Psychology, she has conducted research within the Rochester community, first developing her skills by spearheading a study focused the feasibility of a Finnish-inspired Maternity Box within the City of Rochester. She better refined her skills and included anthropological methodology in her following study aim at accessing the efficiency of the Monroe County Pre-trial system. She has presented the findings from her second project at the McNair Scholar’s Conference in the summer of 2015, at the human trafficking coalition meeting, and at NCUR (National Conference on Undergraduate Research). Chizi is a huge advocate for conducting one’s own research though an independent study, or as a part of a lab, and she promotes expanding one’s knowledge of public health to all relatable facets. She has also been a Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Public Health I and II as well as an Assistant Teacher from Introduction to US Health Care Systems. She intends to earn a Master and PhD in Public Health and continue to focus her attention on institutionally oppressed populations, while taking a focus on motherhood and maternal and child health.

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Andrew Tarbox
atarbox@rochester.edu

Andrew Tarbox is a senior double majoring in Health, Behavior, and Society (Public Health) and Spanish. He is very interested in community-based approaches to public health as well in learning about the integration of applied anthropology and qualitative research methods within the public health setting. After his freshmen year, Andrew was the co-investigator on a project to reduce elderly fall risk for patients utilizing a community health center in Boston. During his sophomore spring, he interned in the Early Head Start Program at Action for a Better Community in Rochester through the Community Engagement Internship Program, for which he is a teaching assistant this semester, where he translated for Spanish speaking mothers. He has also gone to Italy with Dr. Nancy Chin for the past two summers to conduct public health anthropological research on mental health promotion and community cohesion in an alpine community. During his junior year fall semester, he studied abroad in Santiago, Chile where he interned at a community health agency. After coming back from abroad, Andrew has continued to combine his interests in Spanish and community health and is a research assistant for a maternal child health intervention in Latin America for which he translates documents. He hopes to pursue a career in community health promotion with hopes of conducting this type of work in Latin America.

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Engineering and Applied Sciences

AUDIO & MUSIC ENGINEERING

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Tim Dick
tdick@u.rochester.edu

Tim Dick is a senior 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.

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Rebecca Gillie
rgillie@u.rochester.edu

Rebecca Gillie is a senior majoring in Audio and Music Engineering. During the summer of 2016 she was a Xerox Engineering Research Fellow in Dr. Nam's lab studying the mechano-transduction of the inner ear. She works as an audio-visual technician at the Interfaith Chapel. Rebecca studied abroad at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology during the fall of 2015. She is a member of AES and traveled to the 59th Conference on Sound Reinforcement Engineering and Technology. Rebecca is also involved in WRUR engineering, plays flute in the Wind Symphony and sings with the Catholic Newman Community Choir. She hopes to pursue a master's degree and work in sound reinforcement.

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

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Jonathon Boualavong
j.boualavong@rochester.edu

Jonathan Boualavong is a Take 5 scholar who majored in biomedical engineering, cell and tissue track, with minors in chemical engineering, biology, and studio art. His Take 5 project is investigating the intersection of narratives, social and abnormal psychology, and informal education. Jonathan has served as a teaching assistant for all of the core BME junior year courses. He is an activist for environmental sustainability and mental health, and pursues these through artwork (painting, installation, and more recently coloring books) and club activities, (Engineers for a Sustainable World and GreenSpace). He has conducted undergraduate research here with Dr. Mukaibo (biosensors and bioenergy), as well as at UMBC (fungal characterization), CSU (biomimetic toxicity sensors), and the Pacific Northwest National Lab (environmental pollutants). Ultimately, he intends to pursue a PhD and a career in research on environmental remediation and bioenergy technologies.

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Ge Song
gsong4@u.rochester.edu 

Ge Song is a member from the class of 2017 majoring in Biomedical Engineering with minors in Business and Optics. He works in the Center of Visual Science doing research with Dr.Hunter during the academic year. On campus, he is on e-board positions for Tau Beta Pi and Chess Club. Over the few summers, he has worked as clinical engineering intern, participated in the Summer Scholar's Program and the DAAD-RISE research program in Germany. After graduation, he plans to head into a PhD program for bioengineering.

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

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Jean Brownell
jbrowne5@u.rochester.edu

Jean Brownell is a Senior majoring in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Sustainability. She is currently the business manager for Women's Club Soccer, Women's Club Basketball, and Engineers for a Sustainable World. She is also a member of Tau Beta Pi and Golden Key During the summer of 2014 she interned at a solar panel installation company, Monolith Solar, LLC. During the summer of 2015, she did research on the reliability of solar module performance due to preconditioning and testing conditions at the Solar Energy Development Center through SUNY Poly. Her paper from this research was submitted to the 43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist's Conference. She also studied abroad at the San Martino Archaeological Field School in Torano di Borgorose, Italy during the summer of 2015. In her free time, Jean likes to hike and play soccer. Jean plans to pursue a PhD in an engineering with a focus on sustainable technology.

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Christina Engler
cengler@u.rochester.edu

Christina Engler is a senior majoring in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Materials Science and Psychology. She is especially interested in nanomaterials, and has conducted research studying thin film materials. During the summer of 2015, she participated in a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of South Carolina working on the synthesis of epitaxial spinel-structured cobalt oxide thin films via magnetron sputtering for the purpose of studying the catalyst surface during the Fischer-Tropsch reaction. During the summer of 2016, she participated in the CHE department’s Eisenberg Internship program under the mentorship of Professor Wyatt Tenhaeff studying glass transition temperatures in polymer thin films prepared by initiated chemical vapor deposition. In addition to her research, she serves as the secretary for AIChE and has been a teaching assistant for CHM 132, CHM 137, and CHE 116. She is a GEAR recipient at the University, and will pursue her master’s degree here after graduating.

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Will Porter
wporter3@u.rochester.edu

Will Porter is a senior majoring in Chemical engineering and minoring in Mathematics and Chemistry. He studied abroad in New Zealand during Spring 2015, and will be doing research in Germany through the DAAD RISE program on reaction and process monitoring using low-field NMR. Will is a member of Dr. Foster's Computation Fluid Dynamics Group, and is the social chair of AIChE, and the volunteering coordinator of Tau Beta Pi. He works as a Preservation Assistant in the Rare Books library, and as a TA for CHE 243 and CHM 251. In the future, he plans to pursue a PhD in Chemical Engineering.

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Adam Rosenstein
arosens2@u.rochester.edu

Adam Rosenstein is a senior majoring in Applied Mathematics and Chemical Engineering with clusters in Music and Psychology. Previously, he was a teaching assistant for Numerical Methods and Statistics (CHE 116), and a head teaching assistant for Organic Chemistry I and II. Since September 2015, he has been a member of The White Lab, assisting in the creation of a database to analyze molecular simulations of peptides, and during the summer of 2016 was selected as the group's Eisenberg Scholar. Adam has been involved in Tau Beta Pi, M.O.V.E., Residential Life, and Sigma Phi Epsilon. After graduating, he plans to apply his degrees and pursue a career in the defense industry.

COMPUTER SCIENCE

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Kevin Gerami
kevingerami@rochester.edu

Kevin Gerami is a Senior majoring in both Computer Science and Economics, with a cluster in American Sign Language (ASL). He has has been a Teaching Assistant for a wide variety of introductory Computer Science and Economics courses since his freshman year. Kevin has also studied abroad during his Sophomore Spring Semester to Budapest, Hungary taking Computer Science courses. During his sophomore summer, he created a mobile application for a small business and has also just finished a summer internship at a bank in New York City in their Technology division doing Big Data work. In addition, he has several jobs and extracurriculars on campus including being the SA Website Administrator, Web Developer for a student led website in the IT Department, Tutor for CETL as well as CSUG, and Meridian (Tour Guide). After he graduates, Kevin plans on going into industry.

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Anis Kallel
akallel@u.rochester.edu

Anis Kallel is a senior from Tunisia majoring in both Computer Science and Business. He was previously a Teaching Assistant for the intro Computer Science classes, and a research assistant in the Human Computer Interaction lab where he worked on a project to help people improve their public speaking skills. He studied abroad in Madrid in the fall of 2015 and has a job at the University Tech store. Anis is currently the president of the Computer Science Undergraduate Council (CSUG) and is one of the organizers of the school’s annual hackathon. He also had experience working in the industry as an intern for Electronic Arts (EA) in the summer of 2015 and for Microsoft in 2016. After his time at Rochester, he intends to get some work experience in the Tech industry, pursue an MBA, then go back to Tunisia to work on improving public schools’ infrastructure and creating a sustainable school model that provides opportunities for every child and fosters entrepreneurship in the region.

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Mikayla Konst
mkonst@u.rochester.edu

Mikayla Konst is a senior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics and Music with a cluster in Linguistics. She is president of UR Women in Computing and likes to organize volunteer trips to help get kids excited about computer science. She has been a workshop leader for more semesters than she can keep track of and just recently became a CETL tutor. She participated in an REU at Harvey Mudd College where she helped develop intelligent music software and recently accepted an internship at Google. After graduation, she plans to work in industry for a few years before pursuing a Masters or a PhD.

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Annabelle Taylor
atayl22@u.rochester.edu

Annabelle Taylor is a senior double majoring in Computer Science and Women's Studies. She is particularly interested in web programming and human-computer interaction, using intersectional social theories from her gender studies courses to inform how a computer project ought to be developed. On campus, she is heavily involved in music, serving as the Song Chairwoman for Gamma Phi Beta and previously as president of the Music Interest Floor. She also plays tuba in the brass choir and wind symphony. After graduating, she hopes to work as a web developer for nonprofit organizations and eventually pursue a master's degree. Having studied abroad the summer before her senior year in Copenhagen, Denmark, she is an avid traveler and would love to help you plan how to fit study abroad into your computer science studies.

ELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERING

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Jon Aho
jaho2@u.rochester.edu

Jon Aho is a senior majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with minors in Computer Science and International Relations. He has worked as an undergraduate research assistant on Dean Heinzelman's GEMCloud project, and as a Xerox Fellow with Prof. Ampadu. In addition, he is a Senior Developer at ConnectPrep, LLC, and a Networking and Infrastructure Engineering Intern at the MITRE Corporation. Jon also TAs for ECE 112 and ECE 216, and has led workshops for ECE 111. He intends to return to MITRE after graduation, while concurrently pursuing a Master's degree.

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Abdulwahab Alhaji
aalhaji@u.rochester.edu

Abdulwahab Alhaji is a senior majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is an international student from Kuwait. At the end of his junior year, he studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. He has finished several projects in the ECE program, including a home automation system and several digital communications systems. He has worked in the Wireless Communications laboratory as a Xerox research fellow with Dean Wendi Heinzelman. During this time, he developed an Android-based application for voice capture, meant to attain voice data from users for the lab's research purposes. Also, Abdulwahab is a tutor in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. He specializes in math, physics, and ECE. He is a member of UR IEEE and is heavily involved on campus. Abdulwahab hopes to pursue a PhD in ECE and then become a researcher and a professor in the field.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

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Grace Caza
gcaza@u.rochester.edu

Grace Caza is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering and clustering in Spanish. She is involved with UR Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and has previously served as a program coordinator and PMEL lead for the chapter's current water system development program in the Dominican Republic. Outside of ME activities, she has been a physics laboratory teaching assistant and member of UR SALSEROS, works for the Goergen Athletic Center as a head lifeguard and plays percussion in UR Wind Symphony. This past spring semester, Grace studied abroad in Madrid and has loved traveling throughout Spain. Over the past three summers, she has worked for two companies, GlaxoSmithKline and General Electric, and has interned in operations leadership and management positions. After graduation, Grace hopes to continue working in power and water industries, serving community-driven development projects.

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Kelly Chang
kchang19@u.rochester.edu

Kelly Chang is a current senior double majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Business with a minor in Mathematics and a cluster in Art Explorations. She worked as a Xerox Engineering Research Fellow for a summer in Dr. Jong-Hoon Nam’s inner ear biomechanics lab in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Kelly is also the current President of the UR Sailing Team and previous President of the UR Solar Splash team. She is involved in the UR Wind Symphony and has worked as Project Leader for a team designing a distributed electric propulsion (DEP) aircraft for a NASA competition. After graduation, Kelly hopes to attend graduate school after a few years of work experience

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Josh Hersh
jhersh3@u.rochester.edu

Josh Hersh is a senior Mechanical Engineering major with minors in Computer Science and Psychology. He has been a teaching assistant for ME 120 for the past two years and is currently a teaching assistant for ME 280. Outside of the classroom, he is involved with Engineers without Borders, Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, and enjoys playing and watching sports. He has held two internships: first at Piasecki Aircraft Corporation where he participated in design based projects and data analysis; and second, at the Institute for Defense Analysis where he conducted research on the effects of non-lethal weapons and unexploded ordnance classification. Upon graduation, he hopes to work in the defense industry and potentially attend graduate school for a further degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or integrated product design.

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Ibrahim Mohammad
imohamma@u.rochester.edu

Ibrahim Mohammad is a senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics. He is currently a part of UR Mixing lab, a research group lead by Prof. Douglass Kelley, where conducts research on mimicking fluid flow inside of the cochlear region of the middle ear and liquid metal batteries. Ibrahim was a Teaching Assistant for multiple Math, Engineering and Computer Science courses. He is also the president of Engineers Without Borders and a brother of Sigma Chi. After he graduates, Ibrahim intends on perusing a Masters degree in Energy, and then travel around the world to help less fortunate communities get access to water and electricity.

OPTICS

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Yvie Bodell
sbodell@u.rochester.edu

Yvie Bodell is a senior majoring in Optical Engineering. She has been a workshop leader for OPT 241 (Geometrical Optics) and is a TA for OPT 203 (Instrumentation Lab). Yvie is also involved in the The Optical Society (OSA) and is currently the Outreach Coordinator for the U of R student chapter. Her other involvement in the department has included research and taking pictures at optics events. After graduation Yvie hopes to pursue a masters degree in Optics before entering industry.

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Sarah Bjornland
sbjornla@u.rochester.edu

Sarah Bjornland is a senior pursuing a degree in Optics with minor in Dance. Sarah is a research assistant at the Center for Visual Science. Her project involves ex vivo microscopy of primate retina. Sarah is currently the President of UR SEGway (Survivor Empowerment Group) and the Co-President of Radiance Dance Theatre. Additionally, she has been a workshop leader for both Introduction to Optics and Geometrical Optics. Sarah would like to continue on to graduate school after receiving her Bachelor’s degree.

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Education Abroad

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Kasandra Reyes
kreyes2@u.rochester.edu 

Kasandra Reyes is a senior majoring in Psychology. As a sophomore, Kasandra studied abroad at the most prestigious school in Australia, The Australian National University. Being an exchange student has strengthened her time management as well as her budgeting, studying, and communication skills. As an Education Abroad peer adviser, Kasandra hopes to help others choose programs that best suit them and help them take advantage of the opportunities offered at the UR. After graduation she hopes to become a part of the University of Rochester’s Warner school of education to study Mental Health Counseling. On her free time, she enjoys taking part in student groups that promote diversity such as SALSEROS, a Latino dance group.

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Erin Straight
estraight@u.rochester.edu

Erin is a senior majoring in International Relations and Spanish. She studied abroad in Lima, Peru during the Fall 2015 semester. While in Lima, Erin joined a urban dance group at a non-profit organization. She witnessed how students learn how to dance competitively and be leaders in their communities across the city. Not only did she greatly improve her Spanish skills and knowledge of Latin American politics, she also formed long-lasting friendships with Peruvian students. She plans to use her experience in Lima as motivation for pursuing a career in public interest law in order to represent those who might not have the financial ability or fluency in English to seek legal representation. She hopes to help students interested in study abroad handle the stresses that come from living in a different country and to truly make their study abroad experience their own.

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Sophie Zhang
xzhang73@u.rochester.edu 

Sophie is a senior majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering. She studied electrical and electronic engineering as an exchange student at University of Bristol in Bristol, at the United Kingdom for one semester and completed a business summer internship at LindaCare, a healthcare software development start-up company in Brussels, Belgium, through Education Program Abroad (EPA) program. In addition, she has participated in research on optimization of NIRFAST parameters for breast cancer imaging with diffuse optical tomography as a Xerox Engineering Research Fellow in the past and served as a BME 210 TA for Biomedical Engineering department and a senior interviewer for Admission Office. In the future, she plans to pursue a career in technology consulting and technical entrepreneurship while completing a Master's degree along the way.

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