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2016-2017 Student Advisor Profiles and Office Hours

Gabriella Alexandrou '19

Gabriella is concentrating in Genetics, with the plan to go to medical school after graduation. Suiting her concentration, her favorite class is BIOMG 2800: Genetics and Genomics. Outside of class, Gabriella participates in StethoSCOOP, tutoring, and research. She is also working on completing the Dyson Business minor. This summer, she is working in the Linster lab in Neurobiology and Behavior while also volunteering at Planned Parenthood. Her words of advice for students are “Don‘t resist change, welcome it!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOMG 2800, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580

Troy Anderson '19

Troy is concentrating in Genetics with the intent to go onto an MD/PhD in genetics in order to do research on longevity. Troy also loves jazz, with his favorite class being MUSIC 3112: Jazz Improvization II. He also participates in jazz band and jazz combos. Troy is also a member of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, the Syncopaters, and After 6. In addition to the tutoring he offers in the OUB, Troy is also a CALS tutor. His advice for incoming students is to be yourself and check out all the campus groups Cornell has to offer!
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
MATH 1110, BIOG 1440, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080

Kei-lani Asper '19

Kei-lani is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology. She loved BIOMG 1350, Introduction to Cell and Developmental Biology so much that it helped her choose this concentration. She plans to go to medical school, but first she wants to take a gap year to work and travel. At Cornell, Kei-lani is also involved in the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and Cornell Nordic Ski. Whenever she is not busy on campus, Kei-lani enjoys learning new things, from new recipes to foreign vocabulary to COE courses or choreography. Over the summer, Kei-lani is staying in Ithaca to work in the Adler lab and take a summer class.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None

Justin Bae '18

Justin is concentrating in Microbiology and plans to apply to MD/PhD programs after a gap year to teach or do research. Justin’s favorite class is PLPPM 2950: Biology of Infectious Disease. In Ithaca, Justin is a member of the Biology Service Leaders, teaches at Greater Ithaca Activities Center, and participates in Asian Intervarsity and research. This summer, Justin is doing research on antibiotic resistance at the University of Southern California and shadowing infectious disease physicians. For fun, he likes to run in the plantations and cook. He would also like to say that “Cornell’s biology departments are incredible and will excite you.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMI 2900, BIOMI 2911, BIOMG 2800, BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 3320

Sabrina Balkarran '18

Sabrina is concentrating in Human Nutrition with the plan to go onto grad school for a degree in Advanced Nurse Practitioning. Sabrina does research in the Development of Social Cognition lab, where she investigates how children behave in certain social contexts. She also is a Cornell Tradition Fellow, a member of Cornell Sitara and the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. Her favorite class was HD 3620: Human Bonding because of its relatable themes and great professor. She also likes to dance, watch Netflix, and hang out with friends. Her advice for incoming freshmen is that “college is the best four years of your life so make sure you make the most of it and enjoy every moment”.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070

Maya Biswas '18

Maya is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology. Last summer, Maya worked in the business development department of New England Biolabs, a research supply company which encouraged her to pursue biotech or pharmaceutical industry after she graduates. On campus, Maya is on the club tennis and soccer teams, as well as a member of Step Up, and is a CALS tutor. She also does research in the Aquadro lab. For fun, she likes to explore Ithaca, especially its gorges and farmer’s market. She wants you to know not to be afraid to try something new; the earlier you start exploring the more you will find.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, MATH 1110, BIOMG 1350, BIOMG 2800

Suhas Bobba '18

Suhas is concentrating in Microbiology with the plans to go onto graduate school. At Cornell, Suhas is currently involved in Cornell International Affairs Society (CIAS), GlobeMed, and Cornell Cinema. He also does research in the Peters lab. His favorite class was BIOMI 4040: Pathogenic Bacteriology. For relaxation and fun, Suhas involves meditation and spending time with friends. This summer, he is working in the Soft Nanomaterials lab at Washington University in St. Louis. His advice to incoming students: “Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone! College is a very transformative and unique experience that you will enjoy.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None

Justin Choi '19

Justin is concentrating in Microbiology with the plan to go to medical school after graduation. At Cornell, Justin is the fundraising director of MEDLIFE, a lifeguard, and a brother of Sigma Alpha Mu. Justin also does research on campus in the Spontaneous Fermentation Lab. His favorite class from his time at Cornell is STSCI 2150: Introductory Statistics for Biology. With his free time, Justin enjoys swimming, hanging out with friends, and playing poker. This summer, he will be doing research at the NIH on MRSA pathogenicity. His advice for incoming students: “Just say yes!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIOMG 1350, BIOEE 1780

Ji Whae Choi '18

Ji Whae is concentrating in Animal Physiology. After graduation, Ji Whae plans to take a gap year to do research before going onto medical school. Currently, she is a member of the Hu lab, doing research in cell and molecular biology. For fun, Ji Whae watches TV and sleeps. She enjoyed her chemistry classes, especially organic chemistry and biochemistry. This summer, she will be studying for the MCAT and volunteering at a senior care center. She wants to encourage incoming students to “give your best effort in whatever you do!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440

Amdiel Clement '18

Amdiel is concentrating in General Biology with the plan to go to medical school after a gap year to do research. On campus, Amdiel is an RA and TA, recruitment chair of Red Carpet Ambassadors, a brother of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and the pre-med fraternity Phi Delta Epsilon. His favorite class from Cornell is PYSCH 1101: Introduction to Psychology because of it’s very interactive professor. This summer, Amdiel will be interning in Liberia with USAID to research Ebola survivors. His advice to students is that “anything is possible, especially when you’ve truly set your mind to it.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None

Alex Devarajan '18

Alex is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior. After graduation, Alex has plans to take a gap year before heading to medical school. On campus, Alex is involved in Sport Taekwondo, is a TA for BIONB 2220: Introduction to Neuroscience, and is a tutor for PSYCH 1101. He also works in the Oswald lab which is a part of the vet school, where he will be working over the summer as he studies for the MCAT. For relaxation, Alex likes to play video games, read, or throw around a Frisbee. His words of advice for incoming students are to use time management; “making time for breaks is just as important as study time, and often you have more time than you realize.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
PSYCH 1101, BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220

Matthew Donnelly '18

Matt is a General Biology concentrator. Once he graduates, Matt plans to take a gap year to do research before going to medical school. Matt is also majoring in Spanish while at Cornell, and is involved in the Puerto Rican Student Association. Additionally, he is a College of Arts & Sciences ambassador as well a member of the Butcher lab. His favorite course is NS 4410: Nutrition and Disease because of its interesting subject matter and great professor. This summer, Matt will be doing research at the Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the NIH. His words of encouragement for incoming freshmen are to “explore every opportunity!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350

Kenny Escobar '18

Kenny is concentrating in Animal Physiology with plans to go into a Masters program in Nutrition. Eventually, Kenny wants to go to medical school or get a PhD in Public Health. At Cornell, Kenny is involved with Science Organization of Latinos (SOL), La Asoccacion Latina (LAL), La Unidad Latina, and is a brother of Lambda Upsilon Lambda. His favorite course at Cornell is BIOAP 3110: Principles of Animal Physiology. When he has free time, Kenny likes to work out and listen to music. Over the summer, he will be participating in the ARCHES program at Georgetown School of Medicine. His advice to incoming freshmen: “Always believe in yourself.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None

Kndeya Gebrewahed '18

Kndeya is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior, with the plans to go onto a PhD in Neuroscience after spending a few years working on the economics of healthcare and public health. Outside of his academic work , Kndeya is the Outreach Chair for the Men of Color Council (MOCC) and an ambassador for International Students Admission Ambassadors (ISAA). He also enjoys swimming, playing soccer, running, and practicing martial arts. Over the summer, Kndeya in working in the Dietcher Lab on his Honor Thesis research. His advice for incoming students: “There is no rush, trust that you will make it. And if one door closes another one opens.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 3320

Joseph Gerlach '19

Joey is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology with plans to attend medical school after graduation. His favorite class, BIOMG 1350: Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology, led him to this concentration. Outside of academics, Joey is a member of The Class Notes Co-Ed A Cappella, a brother of Delta Phi, and a member of the Musical Notes Volunteer Organization. With his free time, Joey likes to run, build Spotify playlists, and go to concerts. This summer he is doing research in the Buchon lab in Ithaca. His advice for incoming students is to “enjoy every inch of Cornell’s campus and explore it any way you can!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOMG 2800

Radhika Ghosalkar '18

Radhika is concentrating in General Biology with the plan to go to medical school after graduation. Her medical interests are also seen in her extracurricular as she is a member of CUEMS and a volunteer at CMC. She also does research in the Cultured Social Cognition lab, which she is continuing over this summer. Her favorite class from Cornell was BIOAP 4130: Histology. Her advice for incoming freshman: “Have faith in yourself! You belong here, just give yourself a bit of time to adjust to Cornell. You will find your place.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOG 3300

Annika Gomez '18

Annika is concentrating in Microbiology with plans to pursue a PhD in Microbiology/Virology after graduation. At Cornell, Annika is co-president of Science Olympiad, is on the synchronized skating team, and has taught classes for Splash. Annika does research for the Perry Lab in Plant-Microbe biology studying viral siRNAs in grapevines. Her favorite classes at Cornell are BIOMI 2900, General Microbiology, and the FWS “The Death of Language.” Annika’s advice to incoming freshman is “Be honest with yourself! Only you can know for sure if you’re in over your head or if you’re really passionate abut something.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780, BIOMG 2800, BIOMG 2801, BIOMI 2900, BIOMI 2911, BIOG 1500

Benedict Harvey '18

Benedict is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior and plans to take a gap year to volunteer and do research abroad before applying to medical school. On campus, Ben is involved in Mixed at Cornell, Greek life, EARS, Consent ED, and S.W.A.G. Ben does research with Dr. Susan Suarez in the Reproductive Biology Lab. For fun, Ben likes to play music, exercise, spend time with friends, and cook. His favorite class is DSOC 2650: Latinos in the US. Over the summer, Ben is volunteering at Weill Cornell Medical Center and traveling to Puerto Rico. His advice to incoming freshman is, “Classes are just classes. Do well, but enjoy life.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780

Elizabeth Herman '18

Elizabeth is concentrating in General Biology and plans to go to medical school after graduation. At Cornell, Lizzie is the captain of the Cornell women’s club lacrosse team, is part of AED the Pre-Health Honor Society, and is a volunteer coach for Ithaca Youth Bureau. She participates in research in the Gu lab working with mitochondrial DNA. Lizzie’s favorite class was NS 3410, Human Anatomy. In her free time, she likes to spend time outside walking, running, hiking, and hanging out with friends. This summer, she is working at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in a mitochondrial DNA research lab. Her advice for incoming freshmen: “Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Cornell has amazing resources if you are willing to find them.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780, STSCI 2150

James Howell '18

James is concentrating in General Biology and plans to take a gap year before applying to medical school or becoming a P.A. On campus, James is part of PATCH and is the Director of Outreach for the Cornell Barbell club. James did research in molecular biology at the Lis Lab. His favorite class is BIOMI 3310, General Parasitology, taught by Dr. Bowman. This summer, James is volunteering at a hospital in Jersey City. For fun, James likes to lift weights, listen to music, cook, socialize, and watch TV.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208, BIOMG 2800, STSCI 2150

Anupreksha Jain '19

Anupreksha is concentrating in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and plans to attend graduate school. On campus, she is part of Alpha Zeta fraternity, Cornell Minds Matter, CUTonight Funding Commission, and Crisis Text Line. Anupreksha is a lab assistant at the Bogdanove lab. Her favorite class at Cornell is BIOG 1250 – she has taken two biology seminars, which have helped her find new interests. Over the summer, she is doing research at the Kessler Lab. For fun, Anupreksha likes to watch the sunset on Libe slope. Her advice to incoming freshmen: “There are many ways to challenge yourself other than academics. Explore!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIOEE 1780, BIOEE 1610

Daniel Jin '18

Dan is concentrating in Cellular and Molecular Biology and plans to take a gap year before medical school. His dream job is to become an orthopedic surgeon. At Cornell, Dan is a mountain biking instructor, a member of Phi Delta Epsilon pre-medical fraternity, and part of Cornell Racing. In his free time, Dan likes to mountain bike, ski, and lift. His favorite class is BIOMG 3310, Biochemistry. This summer, he will be studying for the MCAT. Dan would like you to know that Cornell is a fun, inclusive environment; explore stuff outside of academics!
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 3320

Deepthi John '19

Deep is concentrating in Animal Physiology and plans to attend medical school after graduation. At Cornell, Deep is part of Cornell Bhangra. In her free time, she enjoys watching Netflix, dancing, and hanging out with friends. Her favorite class is ASIAN4436: Topics in Indian Film and SOC1101: Introduction to Sociology. This summer, Deep is doing research at New York Brooklyn Methodist Hospital and volunteering for Scarsdale EMT. Her advice to incoming freshmen: “Don’t get too caught up in school. Have fun. Enjoy the fresh air. Live life.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
MATH 1110, MATH 1120

Patryk Kubiszewski '18

Patryk is concentrating in General Biology and plans to take a gap year to work in a community medical center before applying to MD/MPH programs. At Cornell, Patryk is a member of Alpha Chi Sigma, Chi Alpha Epsilon, Biology Scholars Program, P3, and Step Up! He is currently doing research at the Wolfner Lab. His favorite class is BIOMG 3310, Biochemistry, because the class is organized extremely well, the subject matter is interesting, and the professor is amazing. In his free time, Patryk likes to listen to music, watch his favorite TV shows, and explore the gorges. This summer, Patryk is studying for the MCAT and volunteering at the Weill Medical Center. Patryk says: “Don’t let introductory courses discourage you, and always ask for help!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 3320

Durgaprasad Kullakanda '19

Durga is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior and plans to do either an MD or MD/PhD program after a gap year. On Campus, Durga is involved in the APO service fraternity, Cornell Undergraduate Society for Neuroscience, Synapse Neuroscience Journal, and Cornell Health Advocacy topics. Durga does research in the Hopkins Lab - programming for ethology research - as well as the Warden Lab to study depression and motivated behavior circuits. His favorite class is BIOMG 3300, Auto-tutorial Biochemistry, because it has taught him the most interesting material and helped him become a better student. This summer, Durga is staying in Ithaca to do research in the Warden Lab and volunteer.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220

Vi Le '19

Vi is concentrating in Biochemistry. At Cornell, she is a chemistry tutor in CALS, secretary of Environment NY, member of Cornell Health Cooperative, and part of a culture club. Vi does research in professor Matthew DeLisa’s biochemical engineering lab. Vi’s favorite class was DEA 1500: Environmental Psychology. This summer, Vi is staying in Ithaca to do research and traveling to Vietnam. In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends, binge watch Netflix, explore Ithaca, and go hiking. Vi wants you to know: “Don’t stress too much about one bad prelim because 10 years from now you’re not going to remember that test and it’s not going to define you.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, MATH 1110

Mitchell Lee '19

Mitchell is concentrating in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and double majors in Government. He plans to take a gap year to do research in biogeochemistry and ecological studies after graduation. On campus, Mitchell is a Cornell Outdoor Education instructor, Arts and Sciences Ambassador and is part of Cornell Environmental Collaborative. Mitchell does research at the Goodale Lab in addition to doing field work. His favorite class is BIOEE 1610: Intro to Ecology and GOVT 3131: Nature Functions Limits of Law. This summer, Mitchell is doing research with Professor Goodale in Ithaca. Mitchell wants you to know: “The first semester at Cornell can be both exciting and nerve-wracking, but make sure to take time to slow down.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1610, BIOEE 1780

Michael Lin '19

Michael is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior and plans to take a gap year before attending medical school. At Cornell, Michael is part of Biology Service Leaders, Habitat for Humanity, PATCH, Project Hope, Active Citizen, and an undergraduate tutor for organic chemistry. Michael has done research in the Computation Physiology Lab in Weill studying the olfactory system and memory in mice. His favorite class is BIONB 2220: Introduction to Neuroscience. This summer, Michael is staying on campus as a program assistant for high school students and doing research. In his free time, Michael likes to have movie nights, take walks around campus, and have conversations with others during dinner. Michael wants you to know, “You can do it!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIONB 2220, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580

Omri Maayan '19

Omri is concentrating General Biology and plans to attend medical school and pursue neurosurgery. At Cornell, Omri is involved in the Cornell Undergraduate Research Board, Cornell Health International, and Cornell Finance Club. Omri does research in Dr. Dave Lin’s neurobiology lab studying epilepsy. His favorite classes are BIONB 2220: Introduction to Neuroscience and PAM 2350: The US Health Care System. This summer, Omri is volunteering at a hospital and conducting cardiomyopathy research. In his free time, he likes to go to the gym, watch movies, and invest in the stock market. Omris’s advice to incoming freshmen: “Take the transition process one step at a time and enjoy the journey.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIONB 2220, BIOEE 1780

Nicolas Mathey-Andrews '18

Nick is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics, and Development and plans to attend medical school after graduation. On campus, Nick is involved with College Mentors for Kids, Cornell Global Medical Dental Brigades, and Stem Cell Club. For fun, he likes to read and play basketball. Nick’s favorite class is BIOMG 6110: Genome Maintenance Mechanisms. This summer, Nick is working at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research. Nick’s advice to freshmen: “Prioritize what you are passionate about. There is no singular track through your undergraduate experience.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 4370, BIOMG 1350, BIOMG 4000, BIOMG 2800, PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208

Mary Melati '18

Mary is concentrating in General Biology and plans to attend medical school after graduation. At Cornell, Mary is involved in Ithaca Free Clinic, Phi Delta Epsilon, Cornell Catholic Community, Big Red Buddies, and is a teaching assistant for PLPPM 2950. Mary does research in Dr. Collmer’s Plant Pathology lab, Dr. Pizarro’s Social and Personality Psychology lab, and Dr. Robertson’s Human Development Infant Lab. Her favorite class is ALS 3100: Foundations in Leadership. For fun, Mary likes to meditate, pray, take walks outside, listen to music, and hang out with friends. This summer, Mary is participating in the Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program. Her advice to freshmen: “Take good care of your physical and mental health.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
MATH 1106, PHYS 1101, PHYS 1102, CHEM 2510

Christina Mendoza '19

Christina plans to pursue an MD/PhD degree after graduation. At Cornell, Christina is involved in Biology Scholars Program, the Cornell Filipino Association, Scientista, and FemSTEM mentoring. Christina does research in neurobiology in the Hu Lab. Her favorite class is BIOEE 1780 because the interactive learning method was very engaging and she had the opportunity to go to the Galapagos Islands to further study evolution up close and personal. For fun, Christina likes to bowl at Helen Newman for the Cornell Club Bowling team and play with the Club Badminton team. This summer, she is doing research on Alzheimer’s Disease at the University of Cambridge in the U.K., where she is excited to go sight-seeing as well! Her advice to new students: “Going from high school to college can be overwhelming, so know that you will always have a unique support system through the Student Advisors. We’ve been in your shoes, and we’re here to help.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780

Monica Moore '18

Monica is concentrating in Animal Physiology with the plan to take a gap year before applying to vet school. Her favorite class at Cornell has been BIOEE 2740: Vertebrates. Monica is a member of Black Students United, Biology Scholars Program, the chemistry fraternity Alpha Chi Sigma, and the sorority Delta Sigma Theta. This summer, Monica is a course assistant for PSP chemistry and a volunteer at the vet clinic. In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends, watch TV, and play with her cat.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070

Radhika Narasimhan '19

Radhika is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior and plans to go to medical school after graduation. At Cornell, Radhika is involved in Cornell EMS, Less Than Three A Cappella, and does research in the Singh lab. When she is not busy, Radhika likes to sing and bake. Two of her favorite classes from Cornell are ASIAN 2250: Introduction to Asian Religions and BIONB 2220: Introduction to Neuroscience. This summer, Radhika is doing clinical research at Langore Medical Center, where she is looking at using various types of music in stroke rehabilitation.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 2150, BIOG 1440, BIOMG 1350

Derek Nie '18

Derek is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to go to medical school after graduation. Suiting his concentration, Derek’s favorite class was BIONB 2220: Introduction to Neuroscience. He also works in the Harris-Warrick lab in Neurobiology and Behavior. Outside of classes, Derek plays clarinet in Cornell Symphony Orchestra, is an Undergraduate TA for physics, and is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society. For fun, he likes to listen to and play music, read, and hike around Ithaca trails. His advice for incoming freshmen: “don’t be discouraged by setbacks because there will always be new opportunities.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220, PHYS 1101, PHYS 1102

Ijeabalim Nnachetta '18

Ije is concentrating in Human Nutrition. After graduation, Ije plans to work in the field of global or public health before enrolling in medical school. Her favorite class at Cornell was NS 2600: Introduction to Global Health. She also does cartilage research in the Bonassas lab. In addition to this, Ije is a member of African Dance Repertoire, Coalition of Pan-African Scholars, Wanawake Wa Wan Cooperative, Urban Blaze Hip Hop Dance Team, and Step Up. She also loves to dance and go to spinning classes. This summer she will be working on a policy study and volunteering with the Global Health Program in Moshi, Tanzania. Her words of advice to incoming freshmen: “Cornell is a big place but there are people to talk to – reach out!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None

Dennis Nyanyo '18

Dennis is concentrating in Animal Physiology with plans to take a gap year to do research before applying to MD/PhD programs. He does research in the Schaffer-Nishimura lab, where he is also working this summer. Outside of academics, he is also the VP of Finance for the International Students Union, Co-President of Ghanaians at Cornell, and a member of Cru. For fun, Dennis likes to hang out with friends, cook, read, and catch up on sleep. His advice for incoming freshmen: “Don’t get too caught up in checking boxes or modeling your life to follow someone’s. Create your own path, enjoy your successes, and don’t beat yourself up about failures. Learn from them and don’t be scared to take even more risks.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 2090, PHYS 2207

Eurika Nzouatcham '18

Eurika is concentrating in Animal Physiology. After graduation, Eurika plans to take a gap year to do something health related before applying for medical school. Her favorite class at Cornell was BIOMS 3150: Basic Immunology. Outside of academics, Eurika is involved with Students Against Sexual Solicitation of Youths (SASSY) and Teszia, Cornell’s belly dancing troupe. She also enjoys doing yoga and watching TV or movies. This summer she will be doing an internship at a hospital in a small village in Ghana for her Global Health Minor. As someone that had a rough first semester herself, she would like incoming freshmen to know that “it will get better.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None

Flavio Pacheco '18

Flavio is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology. After he graduates, Flavio plans to work for a year in research or consulting before going to law school to study patent and intellectual property law. Flavio is the VP of Finance for Class Councils and the VP for Der Herenkreis Morteo Board. He also does research in the August lab. His favorite classes are BIOMI 3150: Basic Immunology and LAW 4131: The Natures, Functions, and Limits of Law. This summer Flavio is working in muscle metabolism research at Pfizer in Boston.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 3320, BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 2800, BIOMG 4320, BIOMI 3150, BIOMI 4040

Bridget Peterson '18

Bridget is concentrating in Human Nutrition with the plan to take a gap year to do research before going to medical school. She is involved with Step Up, Anything Goes (a musical theater group), the Global Health Student Advisory Board. She also is a brother of Phi Sigma Pi, an honors fraternity. During the school year, Bridget does research in the Robertson Infant lab, but this summer she is in a neurosurgery lab at the University of Buffalo. Her favorite class at Cornell was NS 3420: Anatomy and Physiology Lab. Her advice to incoming students: “Cornell gives you the opportunity to explore your interests both within and outside your major, and it’s a great thing to take advantage of.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None

Archana Podury '19

Archana is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior. Archana wants to pursure a MD/PhD in neuroscience, but may take some gap years or apply to MPA programs first. At Cornell, Archana is a member of Biology Service Leaders, Curb Peer Mentors, and CASPHA. She also works in the Meaning and Identity Lab, volunteers with Ithaca Welcomes Refugees, and does research in the Goldberg lab. For fun, she likes to draw, make music, and talk to people. She is also teaching herself Japanese. Her advice for incoming freshmen is to reach out to faculty members and upperclassmen; they can both be really helpful!
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIOMG 1350, BIONB 2220, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580

Madisyn Primas '18

Madisyn is concentrating in General Biology with plans to take a gap year before going to medical school. Her favorite class from Cornell was BIOAP 3110: Principles of Animal Physiology. Outside of class at Cornell, Madisyn in the President of Global Medical and Dental Brigades, a UCC Liason, and a member of Into the Streets. For fun, she likes to do yoga, draw, paint, bake, and hang out with friends. Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen are that “you were chosen for a reason, so if you ever doubt your abilities, remind yourself that you’re supposed to be here and can do great things.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOMG 1445, BIOG 1440

Ankit Rana '19

Ankit is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with the plan to attend medical school. At Cornell, Ankit is the President of Habitat for Humanity and a Board Member of CURB Peer Mentorship Committee. He also does research on the role of TOPBP1 in breast cancer in the Smolka Lab. In his free time, Ankit likes to listen to music, plan to attend concerts and music festivals that he’ll never actually attend, hang out with friends, repeatedly binge watch White Collar, go hiking, and play tennis. This summer he will be studying for the MCAT and volunteering at a local hospital. His advice: “In the end, everything will be okay. And if it’s not okay, it’s not the end!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None

Rebecca Rodell '19

Becca is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology with the intent to pursue a PhD after graduation. At Cornell, Becca is involved with orientation as an Orientation Supervisor and is the Captain of the Colorguard in the Big Red Marching Band. She also does research in the Perry lab on viroids in grapevine plants, where she will be doing research this summer. Her favorite biology class at Cornell was BIONB 2220: Introduction to Neuroscience, and her favorite non-biology class was NES 2728: Modern Middle Eastern Literature in Translation. In her free time, Becca enjoys reading and watching cat videos. Her advice for incoming students: “Cornell may seem really difficult at first, but don’t worry, it gets much better!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIONB 2220, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580

Alyssa Rodriguez '18

Alyssa is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior and hopefully will pursue an MD/PhD degree. At Cornell, her favorite class was BIONB 3240: Biopsychology Lab. Alyssa participates in the Biology Scholars Program and Guiding Eyes for the Blind, where she helps train service dogs, and is a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma. Alyssa also does research in the Vitousek lab, where she is looking at stress hormones in tree swallows. When she isn’t busy with these activities, Alyssa likes to do art, yoga, and volunteer work. Her advice for incoming students: “There is no ‘right’ way to do college, so don’t worry about what anyone else is doing.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIONB 2220

Yelizaveta Sapozhnikov '19

Yeli is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to go to medical school after graduation. She participates in Big Red Buddies, Food Recovery Network, and Cornell Varsity Fencing. She also does research in the Healthy Aging Lab. Her favorite class at Cornell was STSCI 2150: Biostats. In her free time, Yeli likes to go for hikes, read, draw, and play with her cat. This summer, she is interning at a neurology lab at Mass General Hospital. Her advice for incoming students: “It may seem very hard and everyone may appear intimidating at first, but it gets better and the people are incredible.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIOEE 1780, BIOG 1500, MATH 1106

Calvin Schuster '19

Calvin is concentrating in Genetics with the plan to take a gap year before attending medical school. At Cornell, Calvin is an SA for Becker House, a writer and editor for The Research Paper, and a member of Biology Service Leaders. He also does research on genetics in the Kotlikoff lab. His favorite class at Cornell was BIOG 1445: Auto-tutorial Comparative Anatomy and Physiology because he learned so much in this class. With his free time, Calvin likes to go to local plays and film festivals. He also loves the Farmer’s Market and paddle boarding. This summer, Calvin will be assisting with clinical research in Boston, MA.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None

James Sciortino '18

James is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to go to medical school after taking a gap year. His favorite class at Cornell was BIONB 2220: Introduction to Neuroscience because it was very insightful and fascinating. James also enjoys watching TV, hanging out with friends, and going to Cornell Hockey games. His advice to freshmen is that if you are going through a rough patch in your life, just keep on going.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIONB 2220, BIOMG 2800

Jacob Sinopoli '19

Jake is concentrating in Animal Physiology with plans to go to medical school to study to be a physician. At Cornell, Jake is involved in the Cornell Catholic Community, the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, and intramurals. He also does research on mammalian reproduction in the Place lab. His favorite class was MUSIC 1312: History of Rock Music, which he would 10/10 recommend. Jake also enjoys going to the gorges and playing pickup basketball or soccer games. His advice for incoming freshmen: “All the hard work will pay off.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, STSCI 2150

Shanna Smith '18

Shanna is concentrating in Human Nutrition with the plan to take a gap year before going to medical school. On campus, Shanna is an Arts & Sciences Ambassador, a member of the On Tap Dance Troupe, and an Outdoor Odyssey Guide. She also does research in the Young lab. Her favorite class at Cornell was NS 3410: Anatomy and Physiology. For fun, she likes to go for runs around campus, hangout with friends, and go hiking. This summer Shanna will be doing research in Tanzania. Her words of advice for incoming freshmen: “Never be afraid to try out new things and take advantage of all your resources.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 3320, BIOMG 2800, NS 1150

Ashley Tam '19

Ashley is concentrating in General Biology with the plan to go to medical school, but she is keeping her options open. On campus, Ashley is a member of alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Society, Chinese Students Association, and CURB. She also studies PCOS in the Lugan lab. Her favorite class at Cornell was NS 3410: Anatomy and Physiology and BIOMG 1350: Introduction to Cell and Developmental Biology. This summer, Ashley is doing research at Oregon Health and Science University. Her advice for incoming students: “Never be afraid to reach out for help. Everyone is trying to succeed and help each other succeed.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIOMG 1350

Paige Varney '18

Paige is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with the plans to go to medical after graduating. At Cornell, Paige is a member of the pre-med fraternity Phi Delta Epsilon, EARS, CU Winds, Science Olumpiad, and is an Orientation Leader. She also does research in the Reyna lab. Her favorite class at Cornell was BSOC 3111: Sociology of Health and Medicine because it provided great knowledge for a future healthcare professional. In her free time, Paige loves running around Cornell and birdwatching in local parks. This summer, Paige is staying in Ithaca to work on her Honors Thesis. Her advice for freshmen is to build time into your schedule to do things you like and explore your interests.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None

Akila Venkataramany '18

Akila is concentrating in General Biology with a plan to pursue a MD/PhD in pediatrics and infectious disease biology. At Cornell, Akila is involved in Anjali, Asha Cornell, CU Pre-Health Peer Mentorship Program, StethoSCOOP, The Research Paper, and Northeast Ohio at Cornell University. She also does research in the Grimson Lab. Her favorite class at Cornell was ENGL 2100: Medieval Romance, Voyage to the Otherworld. In her free time, Akila likes to do Indian Classical Dance, play violin, and spend time with family and friends. This summer, Akila is doing research through the Harvard Summer Kidney Research Program.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, CHEM 2080, MATH 1110, MATH 1120, STSCI 2150, BIOG 1500, BIOMG 1350, BIOMG 3320

Aboubacar Wague '18

Aboubacar is concentrating in General Biology. After graduation, he plans to take a gap year to conduct research before going to medical school. At Cornell, Aboubacar is involved with CESI and does research in the Simoes-Costa lab. In his free time, he likes to participate in weight training. His favorite class at Cornell was PE 1345: Boxing. This summer, Aboubacar is a tutor at the Tompkins County Jail and a TA for CHAMPS. He also will be doing research in his lab. His advice for incoming freshmen is that higher level courses may be scary, but they are better than introductory courses.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None

Yunwei Xia '18

June is concentrating in General Biology. She plans to take a couple gap years to do research before going onto an MD/PhD program. At Cornell, June is involved with the Science Olympiad at Cornell and several publications. She also does research in the Daussion and Cheong labs. While she loves auto-tutorial classes, her favorite class is BSOC 2070: History of Medicine. This summer, June will be staying in Ithaca to start work on her honors thesis. Her advice to incoming freshmen is that “it is never too early to get involved; don’t be afraid to try new things and apply to opportunities!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
MATH 1110, BIOG 1445, BIOMG 1350

Jennifer Zhang '18

Jennifer is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior and plans to attend medical school after graduation. On campus, Jennifer is a TA for BIOG1445, Vice President of AIESEC, a member of the Cornell Figure Skating Team, Cornell Symphony Orchestra, and Cornell Chamber Ensemble, and volunteers for Bridges Cornell Heights. She does genetics research in the Lee Lab working with C. elegans. Her favorite class is BIOG1445 because it is an amazing hands-on class that set a great foundation for her work ethic and knowledge of biology. This summer, Jennifer is staying in Ithaca to take a class, work at the OUB, and volunteer. Jennifer’s advice to incoming freshmen: “Don’t expect your life to be a straight path. It may have its twists and turns, but just remember everything will be ok!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1445, BIOMG 3300, PHYS 2207, BIONB 2220

Katherine Zhou '19

Katherine is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology. After she graduates, she plans to take a gap year before going to medical school. Katherine is a piano teacher in the Cornell Piano Society and a member of GlobeMed at Cornell and the Cornell Surgical Society. Her favorite class at Cornell was BIOG 1445: Introduction to Comparative Physiology. For fun, she likes to knit, cook different cuisines, and play volleyball. This summer, Katherine is doing an internship at the Department of Defense, working with proteomics and mass spectrometry. Her advice to incoming freshmen: “Don’t just live life, enjoy it.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080

Justin Zhu '18

Justin is concentrating in General Biology with the intent to go to medical school after graduation. At Cornell, Justin is involved with Biology Service Leaders, CURB mentorship, Musicom and the pre-medical honors society Alpha Epsilon Delta. He is also a research assistant in the Liu lab. His favorite classes were PHYS 1101 and PHYS 1102: Auto-tutorial Physics. This summer, Justin is doing research and volunteering at the Perelman School of Medicine. His words of encouragement for freshmen are “believe in yourself! You’re amazing and talented and the world is your oyster!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, MATH 1110, MATH 1120, BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIONB 2220, PHYS 1101, PHYS 1102