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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.

For general questions about the peer advising program, or to be referred to a peer advisor, email peeradvising@rochester.edu.

Peer Advisors 2019-2020

Advisors are sorted alphabetically by major.

Art History

Dandelion

Yoenia Krokova
ykrokova@u.rochester.edu

Major: art history

Minor: anthropology

Internship: George Eastman House in the Moving Images Department

Activities:

  • Legislative member of SA Student Life Committee
  • Chair of Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia
  • Sihir Bellydance member
Audio and Music Engineering

Olivia Canavan

Olivia Canavan
ocanavan@u.rochester.edu

Major: audio and music engineering

Minor: electrical and computer engineering

Research experience: Summer 2018: Xerox Engineering Research Fellow, worked in the 3D Audio Lab at UR under Professor Ming-Lun Lee. Developed methods for processing ambisonic and multidimensional audio. Presented work as a panelist at the 2018 NYC Audio Engineering Society convention.

Summer 2019: Music Research Lab under Professor Mark Bocko, studying head related transfer functions (HRTF's) and the effect hearing aids have on perception and localization of sounds.

Internships: Capital Repertory Theatre Sound Engineering Intern, Albany NY (winter, 2017); Gavett Recording Studio Build Assistant, Rochester NY (summer 2019)

Activities:

  • UR Audio Engineering Society chapter (AES) President
  • UR Pride
  • Rochester Center for Community Leadership (RCCL) Learning and Exploring at Play (LEAP) tutor (sophomore/ junior year,) team leader for senior year
  • Teaching assistant for AME 140, AME 196
  • Patrick P. Lee Scholar

Molly Robins

Molly Robins
mrobi10@u.rochester.edu

Major: audio and music engineering

Minor: music

Research experience: Xerox Engineering Research Fellow, summer 2019

Internship: WXXI Audio Engineering Internship, summer 2018

Activities: WRUR (Co-General Manager & DJ)

Biology

Michaela Burrell

Michaela Burrell
mburrel5@u.rochester.edu

Major: ecology and evolutionary biology

Minor: computational biology

Office hours: Mondays 2-3 p.m., Starbucks

Research experience: McNair Program, de Kiewiet Research Fellowship

Activities:

  • Varsity track and field
  • Society of Undergraduate Biology Students (SUBS)
  • 1st Generation Society

Maia Fefer

Maia Fefer
mfefer@u.rochester.edu

Major: biochemistry

Minor: French

Research experience:

  • Basic Science Research:
    • Dr. Ghaemmaghami's Prion Lab (at the UR) since fall 2018
    • Dr. Libby's Cardiovascular Lab (at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston) for two summers
  • Clinical Research:
    • Dr. Devlin's Radiation Oncology Clinical Lab (at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston) for one summer

Activities:

  • STEM Initiative President
  • Study Zone Leader since fall 2017
  • BIO110 Workshop Leader for two semesters
  • Volunteer at the Jewish Home of Rochester (Art Therapy)
  • Volunteer for Meet Me at the MAG
  • French Culture Club Member
  • SOCKS Member

Adit Ganguly

Adit Ganguly
agangul3@u.rochester.edu

Major: biochemistry

Minor: chemistry

Internships: Mosammaparast Lab Summer Research Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO (May 2019 – August 2019): Conducted research on the upstream signaling events responsible for the recruitment of the ASCC-ALKBH3 DNA alkylation damage repair complex in U2OS cells; Gorbunova/Seluanov Lab, University of Rochester (August 2017 - present): Conduct research on differential linker histone H1 binding to H2A-variant nucleosomes to determine histone H2A.J chromatin dynamics and its role in cellular senescence; conduct research on the SIRT6-mediated response to serum deprivation conditions in MEFs. We showed that a nucleolar lncRNA PAPAS facilitates SIRT6-dependent transcription arrest at the rDNA locus to restrict cellular growth early during serum stress

Activities: BIO 112, BIO 113, CHM 203, CHM 204, BIO 222

Lindsey Hall

Lindsey Hall
lhall15@u.rochester.edu

Major: computational biology

Minor: computer science

Research experience: Landau Lab - Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Genome Center: Worked to to implement DeepCpG, a machine learning model based on deep neural networks, on single-cell RNA-seq and bisulfite data of glioblastoma for the discovery of DNA sequence motifs associated with cell-to-cell variability; Dr. Yu Liu, Department of Epidemiology: Provided feedback indicating the total time spent on the survey and suggestions to assist in creation and editing of the questionnaire for the study titled “Exploring the Multilevel Determinants of HIV Testing Self-Efficacy Among Young Black Men who have Sex with Men”

Internship(s): Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - Computational Biology Summer Program

Activities:

  • TA for Data analysis in R (BIO 218P)
  • Medical Scribe (ScribeAmerica)
  • Phi Sigma Sigma

Sylvia Lin

Sylvia Lin
ylin69@u.rochester.edu

Major: biology

Minors: epidemiology, music

Office hours: Tuesdays 8-9 p.m., Gleason Library

Study abroad experience: Arezzo, Italy, spring 2020

Internships: Summer Intern in Cancer Institute/Hospital Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences: Assisted both the field work and literature research for several research projects that assess different cervical cancer screening tools

Activities:

  • TA for BIO 110, BIO 198, and BIO 222
  • Take Five Scholar, “We Are What We Eat: A Comparative Study of Italian and Chinese Food Cultures”
  • Co-chair of UR Student Health Advisory Committee
  • Volunteer for Hospital Elderly Life Program in Highland Hospital
  • First-year Fellow in 2017-2018
  • Program Founder of 21-Day Sleep Challenge, UHS Health Promotion Office
  • U of R SALSEROS
Biomedical Engineering

Ananya Goyal

Ananya Goyal
agoyal5@u.rochester.edu

Major: biomedical engineering

Minors: philosophy, electrical and computer engineering

Office hours: Mondays 1-2 p.m., Goergen 2nd floor lounge

Study abroad experience: University of Sydney, Australia, spring 2018

Research experience: University of Rochester (since summer 2017): Work as an Research Assistant in the Buckley Lab in the BME Department, focusing on the biomechanics of the cornea and tendon; University of Sydney (spring 2018): Interned in a Health Sciences Research Lab and worked on writing code for MRI image processing software for prostate cancer

Activities:

  • Meridian Society
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • CETL Tutor
  • Student Alumni Ambassador
  • Orientation
  • TA for MTH, BME and CSC

Sydney Shannon

Sydney Shannon
sshanno2@u.rochester.edu

Major: biomedical engineering

Minor: chemical engineering

Office hours: Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Izone

Research experience: Jan 2017 - May 2018: Baran Imaging Science Laboratory at the Medical Center (PI: Timothy Baran, PhD); Summer 2018: Pathology and Genomic Medicine Department at Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute (PI: James Musser, MD, PhD); August 2018 - Present: Benoit Therapeutic Biomaterials Laboratory (PI: Danielle Benoit, PhD); Summer 2019: Nano-therapeutics and Stem Cell Engineering Laboratory at Columbia University (PI: Kam Leong, PhD)

Activities:

  • Varsity Women's Swimming and Diving Team
  • Teaching Assistant: BME 101, BME 210, CHE 244
  • Student Alumni Association Ambassador
  • Member of Kappa Delta Sorority
  • Member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
  • Member of Alpha Eta Mu Beta Biomedical Engineering Honor Society
Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Fances Fuks

Frances Fuks
ffuks@u.rochester.edu

Major: brain and cognitive science

Minor: epidemiology

Study abroad experience: I studied abroad in Sydney Australia spring of 2019!

Research experience: I spent a year working at the Center for Musculoskeletal Research under Roman Eliseev at UR's medical center. I studied metabolic changes in Mesenchymal Stem cells (MSC) during differentiation and their potential uses in aging and metabolic reprogramming in osteosarcoma. I also worked in a social psychology lab focusing on the quantity and closeness of intimate relationships and their impact on health and wellbeing.

Activities:

  • Students Wanting Alcohol Responsibly Monitored (SWARM) Trainer
  • Member and previous E-Board member of Sigma Delta Tau
  • Member of BCS and Neuroscience Undergraduate Council

Dandelion

Adina Levitt
alevitt2@u.rochester.edu

Majors: brain and cognitive sciences, psychology

Study abroad experience: DIS Copenhagen spring 2019

Research experience: Research assistant at the Kid NeuroLab from fall 2016 to spring 2018

Activities:

  • STEM Initiative President
  • Study Zone Leader since fall 2017
  • BIO110 Workshop Leader for two semesters
  • Volunteer at the Jewish Home of Rochester (Art Therapy)
  • Volunteer for Meet Me at the MAG
  • French Culture Club Member
  • SOCKS Member
Chemical Engineering

Brina Patel

Brina Patel
bpatel18@u.rochester.edu

Major: chemical engineering

Research experience: Synthetic Chemistry Group (Hutch Hall) and Oral-Facial Pain Group (Eastman Dental)

Internship: Upstream and Downstream Development Intern at Alexion Pharmaceuticals

Activities:

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChe)
  • Pre-Dental Club
  • Rochester Rangoli

Dandelion

Emma Schlechter
eschlec@u.rochester.edu

Major: chemical engineering

Minor: environmental Engineering

Research experience: The Kessler Lab in the earth and environmental science department which focuses on oceanographic research

Internship: Alion in the Amphibious Warefare Division which assesses the health and environmental risks of amphibious naval ships

Activities: Varsity field hockey

Chemistry

Jana Jelusic

Jana Jelušić
jjelusic@u.rochester.edu

Major: chemistry

Research experience: Chemistry REU Summer Program; currently working in the Bren Lab in collaboration with the Krauss Lab. Interested in inorganic and physical chemistry.

Activities:

  • TA for CHM 132 (spring 2018, 2019) and CHM 211 (fall 2019)
  • Undergraduate Chemistry Council

Julian Maceren

Julian Maceren
jmaceren@u.rochester.edu

Major: chemistry, Spanish

Office hours: 3-4 p.m., Gleason Library

Research experience: NJ Center for Biomaterials Summer Internship Program at Rutgers University; UR undergraduate researcher at Dr. Danielle Benoit's lab in the Department of Biomedical Engineering; AMGEN Scholar at University of Texas Southwestern Department of Biochemistry

Activities:

  • UR Splash
  • Filipino American Students' Association
  • Globemed
  • Younger Chemistry Council
  • Globemed
  • Peer Career Advisor at Greene Center
  • RA
  • Friends of Strong Volunteer
  • TA for CHM 231W and CHM 132L

Jisoo Woo

Jisoo Woo
jwoo11@u.rochester.edu

Major: chemistry

Office hours: Thursday 5-7 p.m., 2nd floor Carlson Library

Study abroad experience: DAAD-RISE fellow, University of Ulm, Germany

Research experience: Jisoo was a National Science Foundation REU fellow at the Nilsson Group during the summer of 2018 and worked on co-assembly of amyloid-beta fragments under acidic conditions. Since 2018, he joined Paradine Research Group as an undergraduate researcher and is currently working on photocatalytic carboxydifuntionalization of olefins.

Activities:

  • KASA (2017)
  • CHM 131 teaching assistant (2017)
  • CHM 132 workshop leader (2018)
  • CETL Chemistry Tutor (2019)
  • Chemistry (2019)
  • Publicity Manager, Undergraduate Chemistry Council (2018-2019)
  • Eboard member, Young Chemists Committee (2019)
Classics

Lia Nelson

Lia Nelson
lnels13@u.rochester.edu

Major: classics

Minor: dance

Study abroad experience: Athens, Greece (Spring 2019) and Rome, Italy (Summer 2019)

Research experience: Humanities Research and Innovation Grant (HRIG) in Latin and Ancient Greek history

Activities:

  • Ballet Performance Group (Vice President)
  • Strong Jugglers
  • Language Center Tutor (Latin and Ancient Greek)
Computer Science

Shagun Bose

Shagun Bose
sbose5@u.rochester.edu

Majors: computer science, psychology

Minors: studio art

Office hours: TBA, Wegmans 2215

Research experience: Have been working in the Human Computer Interaction Lab, RocHCI, under Dr. Ehsan Hoque. Previously worked as an RA under Ph.D student Karen Albert (Political Science).

Internship(s): Front End Software Engineering Intern at Intuit (Summer 2019), attended a programming retreat organized by the Recurse Center (Summer 2018).

Activities:

  • Outreach Chair for Computer Science Undergrad Society (CSUG)
  • Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority
  • Center of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) Tutor
  • Member of The Opposite of People (TOOP) theatre troupe and No Jackets Required (NJR) music group.

Dandelion

Jimmy Li
jli119@u.rochester.edu

Majors: computer science, business

Minor: Chinese

Office hours: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Wegmans Hall, Room 2215

Study abroad experience: Exchange student, Australian National University, fall 2018

Internship(s): Software Engineer Intern at Flex, Web Developer Intern at Etherdyne Technologies, Inc. (ETI)

Activities:

  • Lab Liaison for Computer Science Undergraduate Council (CSUG)
  • Advertising Lead at Rettner Media Lab
  • Past CSUG Tutor and CSC 172 Workshop Leader

Chris Sun

Chris Sun
qsun15@u.rochester.edu

Major: computer Science

Research experience: I am an undergraduate research assistant, working with Professor Yuhao Zhu in Horizon Lab @ URCS

Sifan Ye

Sifan Ye
sye8@u.rochester.edu

Major: computer science

Minor: economics

Office hours: Thursdays 2-3 p.m.

Research experience: Independent Study with Professor Pawlicki on Autonomous Golf Robot; DAAD RISE, Saarbrücken, Germany, Summer 2018; DAAR RISE Professional, Munich, Germany, Summer 2019; Part of Project Hyperion at the Institute of Optics to develop an AR/VR optical design system

Earth and Environmental Science

Roxana Kazemi

Roxana Kazemi
rkazemi@u.rochester.edu

Major: environmental science

Minors: studio art, sustainability

Office hours: Wednesdays noon-3 p.m., Thursdays 1-3 p.m., Carlson Library, or by appointment

Study abroad experience: University of Sydney, spring 2019

Research experience: Ice Core Lab NY Methane Seepage Project Summer 2019 to present; ANSTO Novel DIC water system spring 2019; Ice Core Lab Mauna Loa Project summer 2018 to fall 2018; Paleomagnetism Research Group Technical Work fall 2017 to spring 2018

Activities:

  • EES 105 TA fall 2019
  • Resident Advisor fall 2018, and fall 2019 to present
  • Urban Exploring President fall 2018, Vice President fall 2017 to spring 2018
  • SA Sustainability Councilmember fall 2017 to spring 2018
  • EES 101 Workshop Leader fall 2017
  • EcoRep fall 2016 to spring 2018
Economics

Gabriela Wahba

Gabriela Wahba
gwahba@u.rochester.edu

Majors: economics and mathematics

Minor: Spanish

Research experience: Macro forecasting research at the Federal Reserve Bank of NY focused on alternative measures of inflation (summer 2019)

Internship(s): Summer 2017: Venture Capital and Research Intern at Metaprop NYC; Summer 2018: Business Analytics intern at Amazon; Summer 2019: Research intern at Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Activities:

  • International interviewer
  • Office assistant for the Board of Trustees
  • TA for ECO 207 and ECO 271
  • Sigma Delta Tau (Vice President)
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jordan Floyd

Jordan Floyd
jfloyd7@u.rochester.edu

Major: electrical and computer engineering

Minor: Spanish

Research experience: Participated in Xerox Engineering Research Fellows program (summer 2018)

Activities:

  • Worked with Dr. Tapparello on mHealth application; continuation of contribution as a Xerox Fellow (fall 2018 - summer 2019)
  • Workshop Leader for ECE 111 (fall 2018)
  • Member of Cross Country and Track and Field teams (fall 2016 - spring 2018)
Environmental Health

Danae Alexandrou

Danae Alexandrou
dalexa16@u.rochester.edu

Major(s): environmental health

Minor(s): Spanish

Office hours: Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Q&i (main entrance of Rush Rhees), or by appointment

Research experience: Center for Health and Technology Parkinson Disease Research Coordinator; UMass Memorial Hahnemann campus research assistant for the Eye Center

Internship(s): Public Health Intern for the Department of Family Medicine at UMass Memorial University Campus for Suzanne Cashman

Activities:

  • Alpha Phi Sorority
  • GlobeMed
  • Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Volunteer)
  • Soñar Despierto (previous three year eboard member, current member)
  • Special Olympics
  • Teaching Assistant: PH 101 ('18), PH 102 ('19), CHM 203 ('19)
  • Writing Fellow
International Relations

Zoli Illés

Zoli Illés
zilles@u.rochester.edu

Majors: international relations and economics

Minors: Russian and Spanish

Study abroad experience: Spring 2019 (Brussels, Belgium) and summer 2017 (St Petersburg, Russia)

Internship(s): Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary (summer 2019, Budapest, Hungary); European Parliament (spring 2019, Brussels, Belgium) and Bank of Estonia (summer 2018, Tallinn, Estonia)

Activities:

  • European Horizons at Rochester (Co-Founder & President)
  • SA Government (Senator and Legislative Committee Member)

Dandelion

Sofiya Shmyhlyk
sshmyhly@u.rochester.edu

Major: international relations

Minors: music and French

Study abroad experience: Oxford University (England, spring 2019)

Research experience: Research assistant for the Department of Political Science; conducted research on European and national election studies

Internships: Trainee at International Relations Department of Business Europe (Brussels, Belgium); Marketing Intern in European Public Law Organisation (EPLO) (Athens, Greece)

Activities:

  • Saxophone Lessons at Eastman School of Music
  • Vice-President of Slavic Club
  • Undergraduate Political Science and International Relations Council Member
  • Pi Delta Phi Member
Linguistics

Manasvi Chaturvedi

Manasvi Chaturvedi
mchaturv@u.rochester.edu

Majors: linguistics, brain and cognitive sciences

Research experience:

  • Summer 2017: Research Assistant at Professor Sara Jaffee's Lab
  • Summer 2018: Research Assistant at Professor Delphine Dahan's Lab, helping with a study involving common ground
  • Fall/spring'19: As part of a group, completed the replication of a study looking at real time language comprehension
  • Spring'19-current: Working on an independent project on style shifting
  • Summer 2019: Worked under Professor Maya Abtahian on r-deletion in Garifuna and under Professor Scott Grimm on a project on relational nouns

Activities:

  • Writing Fellows (vice president)
  • Workshop Leader LIN 220 (spring'19)
  • SDS (secretary until spring'19)
Mathematics

Anes Macic

Anes Macic
amacic@u.rochester.edu

Major: applied mathematics

Minors: possibly CS or BME or interdepartmental minor/major

Office hours: Wednesdays and Sundays 5-6:30 p.m., Carlson Library, or by appointment

Research experience: Research assistant at Nam Lab—developing a USB controller and MATLAB interface for advanced spatial control of OCT microscope to prescribe refined targets for vibration response measurements; Discover Grant—independent research: the effect of memory and war reconceptualization on ethnic identities in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Helen Sparrow

Helen Sparrow
hsparrow@u.rochester.edu

Major: mathematics and statistics

Minors: linguistics, computer science

Research experience: Fall 2018: My team and I conducted research looking at the relationship between stress and academic performance on students who attended MTH 161 workshops

Internship: SEO and Digital Marketing Co-Op at Teknic, Rochester NY

Activities:

  • Workshop Leader for MTH 161 and 162
  • Business Manager for the Fencing Club

Lynne Xu

Lynne Xu
xxu34@u.rochester.edu

Majors: applied mathematics, business

Study abroad experience: I participated in an exchange program in Rennes, France in Summer 2017

Internships: I was an actuarial intern in Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, a health insurance company, for summer 2018 as well as the whole 2018-2019 school year. This past summer, I did an actuarial internship in Ernst & Young in Dallas, TX.

Activities:

  • President of UR Actuarial Club: Janurary 2018 - Dec 2018
  • International Student Mentor: April 2017 - March 2019
  • Teaching Assistant: August 2017 - Present
Mechanical Engineering

Amro Bayoumy

Amro Bayoumy
abayoumy@u.rochester.edu

Major: mechanical engineering

Research experience:

  • Mosammaparast Lab Summer Research Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO: Conducted research on the upstream signaling events responsible for the recruitment of the ASCC-ALKBH3 DNA alkylation damage repair complex in U2OS cells (summer 2019)
  • Undergraduate researcher at the Ghoshal lab with Professor Gourab Ghoshal: Our work is an attempt to understand the connection between the distribution of low-income populations in developed and developing countries, and its connection to historical onsets of industrialization, as well as the levels and spatial distribution of air pollution (Summer 2019)
  • Undergraduate researcher at the Hydrodynamics lab with Professor Jessica Shang: Our work titled "Design and Array Optimization of Collapsible, Low-speed Vertical Axis Wind Turbines" is an attempt to maximizing wind farms' output by optimizing the layout of collapsible VAWTs installed using Neural Networks (Summer 2018-now)
  • Independent research with Professor Vaisilii Petrenko in the geology department. Our work was mainly to design an ice grating system to facilitate CO extraction from ice cores taken from Antarctica, trying to better understand climate change over time. (spring'18)
  • Independent project with Professor Hesam Askari titled "Determination of Vehicle Tire Pressure Based on Granular Surface Properties and Vehicle Loading." (fall'17)

Internships: Xerox Research fellow at the Hydrodynamics lab (summer 2018); EducationUSA Egypt regional assistant college guidance adviser (summer 2017)

Activities:

  • Legislative Advisor for the Students Association Academic Committee at the University of Rochester
  • Secretary of the Student Association for the Development of Arab Cultural Awareness
  • Vice President of Engineers for a Sustainable World UR chapter
  • Member of the Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia Undergraduate Workgroup
  • Mechanical Engineering TA
  • Kearns Center tutor
  • UR Soccer club
  • Admissions associate at the University of Rochester admissions office

Marcos dos Santos

Marcos dos Santos
mnascim2@u.rochester.edu

Major: mechanical engineering

Study abroad experience: Digital Archaeology of Heritage Buildings of West Africa (summers of 2018 and 2019).

Research experience: Summer 2018: Xerox Engineering Research Fellowship. Investigated causes for the collapse of a vault in a ground-floor room in Fort Amsterdam, Abanzde, Ghana; Summer 2019: Research Assistant to Professor Renato Perucchio in Ghana. 3D modeling of Elmina Castle (1482) and Fort Amsterdam (1638). Simulation and FE analysis using Siemens NX and Abaqus CAE. Research questions involve the construction sequence of the monuments as well as the function of architectural features

Activities:

  • URBAJA SAE: Mechanism Model Team Leader
  • Teaching Assistant for ME 225, ME 106, and ATH 299G (in Ghana)
  • Project Assistant at Hajim Dean's Office
  • Newman Catholic Community
  • Tau Beta Pi
Neuroscience

Arokoruba Cheethan-West

Arokoruba Cheetham-West
acheetha@u.rochester.edu

Major: neuroscience

Minor: chemistry

Research experience: Worked for 2.5 years in the Nedergaard Lab studying the brain's glymphatic system in the context of traumatic brain injury.

Activities:

  • UR StrongART (Alleviating Radiation Therapy) Founder
  • Journal of Undergraduate Research Editor-in-Chief
  • Society of Undergraduate Biology Students (SUBS) Vice President
  • Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN) Volunteer
  • PASApella Member
  • Agape Christian Fellowship (ACF) Member
  • TA for BIO204 and CHM211
  • Previously a TA for CHM173, CHM210W, BIO110, and BIO250
Optical Engineering

Demetrious Dowdell

Demetrious Dowdell
ddowdell@u.rochester.edu

Major: optical engineering

Office hours: Tuesdays and Fridays 4 p.m., Goergen 5th floor Lounge

Internship: NASA Pathways Intern: Currently developing technology for new planetary science missions in the design group as well as the Instruments systems and technology division.

Activities:

  • Running Club
  • Rollerblading Group
  • Ultimate Frisbee Club
  • Dodge-ball Club
  • Optical Society of America (OSA)
  • National Society for Black Engineers(NSBE)
Physics and Astronomy

Natalie Allen

Natalie Allen
nallen7@u.rochester.edu

Major: physics and astronomy

Minor: mathematics

Office hours: Mondays, noon-1 p.m., POA library (Bausch and Lomb 374)

Research experience: Currently working with Dan Watson on star formation, particularly stellar outflows and their effect on the natal cloud, through observations made with the Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes and shock modeling. (spring 2017-present)

Internship: Space Telescope Science Institute, Dr. Joel Green (Summer 2018)
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Dr. Karl Stapelfedt (Summer 2019)

Activities:

  • Society of Physics Students (Secretary, President)
  • Society of Women in Astronomy and Physics (President, Secretary)
  • Astronomy Club
  • TA for AST 102, AST 111, AST 142
  • C.E.K. Mees Observatory Tour Guide

Leesa Brown

Leesa Brown
lbrown53@u.rochester.edu

Majors: physics, applied mathematics

Office hours: Thursdays at 12:30-1:30 in the POA Library (Bausch and Lomb 374)

Research experience: REU Purdue Summer 2018: RandD for liquid xenon dark matter detectors; Worked with Prof. Manly F18-S19: Simulating neutron tagging in 3DST for DUNE; SULI Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Summer 2019: RandD for cryogenic scintillator as a dark matter detector

Internship: Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Summer 2019

Activities:

  • University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra
  • Society of Physics Students
  • Society of Women in Astronomy and Physics
  • Music Interest Floor

Adina Ripin

Adina Ripin
aripin@u.rochester.edu

Majors: physics, applied mathematics

Office hours: Sundays 5-6 p.m., POA Library (Bausch and Lomb 374)

Research experience: Worked with Professor John Nichol since sophomore year. Projects have focused on optimizing the fabrication process of qubits for quantum computation.

Internships: Summer 2017- PREP: Taught the Pre College Experience for High School Girls interested in physics; Summer 2018- DAAD-Rise: Did research in a Bose Einstein Condensates lab in Germany; Summer 2019- REU: Did research through the Purdue REU on algorithms for calculating electronic structure using quantum computers

Activities:

  • Teaching Intern for a variety of physics classes
  • Outreach Chair for Society of Physics Students (sophomore and junior year)
  • Social Chair for Society for Women in Astronomy and Physics (sophomore and junior year)
  • Member of SPS, SWAP, and Sigma Pi Sigma
Political Science

Dandelion

Matt Sharon
msharon@u.rochester.edu

Major: political science

Minors: history, religion

Study abroad experience: I interned in Parliament in London in the Summer 2019 for MP Mark Menzies.

Internships: I have interned in the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office (spring 2019) as well as the House of Commons in the U.K. (summer 2019)

Activities:

  • Club baseball
  • Club golf
  • Meridian society
  • Political science teaching assistant
Psychology

Maya Koven

Maya Koven
mkoven2@u.rochester.edu

Major: psychology

Office hours: Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m., Carlson Library

Study abroad experience: Rome, Italy, spring 2019

Research experience: For the past two years I have participated in psychology research that studies the spillover effect of interparental conflict on the family system.

Internship: I have an internship at the Mt. Hope Family Center on the FLIGHT program.

Activities:

  • Chabad Board

Dalia Mitchell

Dalia Mitchell
dmitch18@u.rochester.edu

Majors: molecular genetics, psychology

Minors: studio art, chemistry

Research experience: Clinical autism research assistant in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (fall of sophmore year until spring 2019), and now in the Cognitive Neurophysiology Lab; Since spring of sophomore year: Glioblastoma cancer treatment research in the Noble Lab

Internships: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in summer 2018—continued my cancer research in the Noble lab; fellow in the Summer Undergraduate Program for Educating Radiation Scientists (SUPERS) at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in summer 2019—conducting radiation oncology/tumor imaging research under Dr. Pryma and Dr. Carlin to look at subcellular localization of a radioactive drug

Activities:

  • TA for Introduction to Psychology, General Chemistry II, Organic Chem I, Biochemistry, Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy, and Intro to Printmaking
  • President of Psi Chi (Psychology Honors Society)
  • Meridian Society
  • Student Alumni Ambassador
  • Volunteer with Friends of Strong in Child Life/Inpatient Pediatrics
  • Campus Times illustrations editor
  • Journal of Undergraduate Research Content Editor
  • Art therapy with kids who have Down Syndrome in the community
  • Medical Illustrations
Religion

L:auren Abbuhl

Lauren Abbuhl
labbuhl@u.rochester.edu

Major: religion

Minor: biology

Office hours: Email me with any questions or to make an appointment

Research experience: RA in the Zuckerman Lab (Psych)

Activities: D'lion (2017 - 2018)