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2016-2017 Student Advisor Profiles and Office Hours

Ahmed Ahmed

Ahmed is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior and plans to attend medical school with the goal of pursuing a career in academic medicine. On campus, he is involved with Ho-Nun-De-Kah, Cornell Tradition and Golden Key. He is also a SWAG mentor and a Habitat volunteer. He has worked as a research assistant in the Coates Group. He loves to play basketball and spend time with his friends and roommates. His favorite class is Intro to Cellular Physiology (BIOAP 3160). This summer he did research and clinical shadowing at UPenn. His words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be to “just enjoy the experience, the friendship, the challenge, the small victories and the moment.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Serim An

Serim is concentrating Genetics, Genomics and Development. She plans to attend medical school to follow her passion in medicine. She teaches piano and is a lesson coordinator of the Cornell Piano Society. Next year she will be the Head Chimesmaster. On campus she works in Dr. Sylvia Lee’s lab to study molecular mechanisms of aging in C. elegans. For fun, she likes to cook, bake and watch movies. Her favorite class is BIOMG 3310 with Professor Feigenson and MUSIC 1421 with Professor Ernste. This summer she did research on deletions of the 9p21 regions in cancer cells as a Fox Chase Cancer Center Undergraduate Summer Fellow. Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers are “Don’t be afraid of asking questions, talk to people!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2080
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
9:05

Nathaniel Angeles

Nathaniel plans to take a gap year after graduation and then apply to medical school or alternatively pursue a graduate career in CS and Biology. For fun he likes to play the guitar and piano, spend time with friends, go on long drives and lifting. His favorite class is BIOMG 3300. His words of encouragement are “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” This summer he stayed in Ithaca and volunteered for the Cayuga Heights Fire Department.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOMG 3300, MATH 1110, MATH 1120, MATH 2210
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Amiri Banks

Amiri plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Education with an intent of becoming an administrator, advisor or social justice educator until his book is done. On campus, he is part of Scholars Working Ambitiously to Graduate, Cornell Daily Sun, Rawling’s Cornell Presidential Research Scholarship, the Intergroup Dialogue Project and Biology Scholars Program. He used to study rodent behavior and the effect of ungulates (read: deer) on said herbivory in an Invasive Ecology Lab. Now he tells stories about science being conducted in that same lab. For fun, he says that he quenches his unending thirst for ever-more-obscure films and songs. He is an art buff and also loves to read and write. His favorite class is Intro to Creative Writing. He says “Take care of your body and mind always. No matter what.” He also says “If they have a beating heart, love them.” This summer he worked with the Intergroup Dialogue Project, which oversees the course he facilitates (EDUC 2610) to improve the curriculum, logistics, campus workshops, and overall experience of all those involved in the program. He also worked on a science communication project with his lab in the Department of Natural Resources and Conference Services. Finally, he studied for the GRE, wrote, and prepared for Genetics Lab and Japanese.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1610, BIOEE 1780
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Kara Beckman

Kara is concentrating in Nutrition. She plans to take a gap year after graduation and possibly work for Teach for America and then apply to medical school. She is a student manager for the tour guides, a brother of Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity and a member of Globemed at Cornell. She conducts research at the Denkers lab at the Vet School. For fun she likes to cook, play crosswords, spend time with friends and write. Her favorite class is the History of Medicine (BSOC 2170). This summer she volunteered at a community health clinic and worked as a RA for a pre-health program for high school students. She says “Take time to develop yourself as a person, there are a million opportunities to take advantage of!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, NS 1150, STSCI 2150, BIOEE 1780
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Maya Biswas

Maya is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology. After graduation, she plans to work at intersection of biology and business. On campus, she is involved in club soccer, club tennis, Alpha phi omega, CALS tutor, a CHEM 2070-2080 Study Group Leader, and Step up. For fun, she like to exercise, spend time outdoors, watch Netflix, and solve puzzles. Her favorite class is BIOMG 3310-3320. Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers is to not overload your first semester schedule but to get involved on campus. This summer she interned in business development at New England Biology Labs.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, MATH 1110, BIOMG 1350
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Esther Blondeau-Lecomte

Esther is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior. She plans to take one to two gap years and then pursue and MD/MPH. On campus, she is the Co-president of Cornell Alzheimer’s Help and Awareness, a member of Globemed and Phi Delta Epsilon. She loves to spend time outside and with her friends. She also loves travelling and trying new food. Her favorite classes include CHEM 2080 and BIONB 2220. This past summer she went to Zambia with the Global Health Program. She did research on Intellectual Disability in Zambia and shadowed doctors. She says “Take everything one step at a time and enjoy all the opportunities Cornell and Ithaca have to offer.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2080, BIONB 2220
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Suhas Bobba

Suhas is concentrating in Microbiology. He plans to take a gap year after graduation and then apply for medical school. On campus, he is involved in CIAs, GlobeMed and CAMP. He works at the Peter’s Lab. For fun, he likes to curl up with a good book or binge watch a series on Netflix. He also likes to spend time with friends. His favorite class is behavioral economics. This summer he stayed in Ithaca and continued research in the Peters Lab. He says “Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and take advantage of all the resources available at Cornell.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, CHEM 2150, CHEM 3590, CHEM 3600, MATH 1120, PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208, BIOEE 1780
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
3:35

Susan Chen

Susan plans to attend Optometry School after graduation. On campus, she is involved in the Cornell Asian American Intervarsity, Cornell Tzu Chi and she is a chemistry tutor in the LSC. She also conducts organic chemistry research in Coates Research Group. For fun, she likes to practice yoga, walking, exploring the Commons, cooking and study the Bible. Her favorite classes include CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580 and BIOMG 3300. Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers are “Being stressed out is not the best way to relieve stress.” This summer she conducted research in the Coates group.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Candace Chien

Candace plans to work in healthcare and business/economics before applying to medical school. She is the co-president of Cornell Undergraduate Health Cooperative, a CALS ambassador, a volunteer at the Ithaca Free Clinic and an undergraduate researcher at the Nikitin Lab at the Vet School. Her favorite class is BIOMG 3300. Her words of encouragement to incoming freshmen and transfers are “Work hard, play hard. Do what you love and love what you do.” This summer she did research at the Nikitin Lab and anticipates writing an honors thesis.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOMG 3310
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
9:05

Ji Whae Choi

Ji Whae is concentrating in Molecular and Cell biology. After graduation she plans to take a year or two off to volunteer abroad before deciding if medical school or dental school is the right fit for her. On campus, she is the publicity chair for Cornell Undergraduate Health Cooperative, an executive board member for Cornell for St. Jude, a student information assistant at Olin Library, and an Active Citizen in Keeton House on West Campus. She also does research with the Hu lab at Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology. For fun, she watches TV, talks to her friends and family and travels to see scenic views. Her favorite classes at Cornell have been BIOMG 3300, KOREA4402, and CHEM 3570. She spent her summer doing research at Cornell and/or the NIH. Her words of advice are that “A few downfalls don’t define you. Keep an open mind and ask ‘How would you like to be remembered in the future?”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CALC 1120, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIOEE 1780, BIOMG 3300
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
9:05

Alex Devarajan

Alex is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior. After graduation Alex is thinking about obtaining a masters in Neuroscience before going to medical school. At Cornell he is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Sport Taekwondo at Cornell, Cornell Food Recovery Network, and Science Olympiad. His favorite classes at Cornell have been BIONB 2210 and BIONB 2220. He also does research in the Computational Physiology Lab. For fun, Alex does taekwondo, watches TV, and plays video games. He goes to the gym when he has time. This past summer he continued doing research in his lab and took a sociology class. His words of advice are: “You aren’t just here to learn: you are here for the learning experience. Don’t let your stress get to your head!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
MATH 1120, PSYCH 1101, BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220, CHEM 3580
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Matthew Donnelly

Matt is a General Biology concentrator and also majoring in Spanish. After graduation he plans on taking a gap year to do research and then doing a dual MD/PhD. On campus he is part of Club Swimming, College of Arts and Sciences Ambassadors, and the Puerto Rican Student Association. He has also been doing research in Dr. Butcher’s lab in biomedical engineering. His favorite classes at Cornell have been CHEM 3570 and SPAN 2235. In his free time, Matt likes to hang out with friends, listen to music, and read. This past summer, Matt stayed in Ithaca and continued research in Dr. Butcher’s lab. He says “Don’t be afraid to get involved and put yourself out there!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, BIOMG 1350, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOG 1440
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Kenny Escobar

Kenny plans to take a gap year and then go to medical school. On campus, he is involved with BSP, the Weill-Ithaca Network and La Asociación Latina. For fun, he likes to listen to music and visit other college campuses to take a break from Cornell. His favorite class so far has been BIOAP 3210. His words of encouragement would be to “keep a balance schedule so that you can get most out of Cornell.” This summer he went to the Dominican Republic to do research on medicinal plants.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Jairo Espinosa

Jairo plans to take a gap year and then go to graduate school. On campus, he is involved in Students onto Scholars, he is a tutor through OADI and conducts research in the Libert Lab. For fun, he likes to play music, watch TV, play video games and spend time with friends. His favorite classes include PHYS 1102 and MUSIC 1105. His words of encouragement are to “try new things and to not question things too much.” During the summer he conducted research at Weill Cornell Medical School.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Sarah Fortna

Sarah plans to go to medical school to specialize in infectious diseases and maybe do an MPH or post-bac before this. On campus, she is involved with the Cornell University chorus, the Weill-Ithaca Network, Justice Rising at Cornell and the Vaccine Education Initiative. She also works in the Bowman lab at the Vet school and the entomology lab. Her favorite classes are Plagues and People and BIOCHEM 3330. Her words of advice to new students are, “don’t let the grades discourage you – you’re here for a reason!” This summer she worked at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Omar Ghanem

Omar is concentrating in General Biology and plans to take a gap year before attending medical school. On campus, he is involved with OADI, CUHC and STEP UP. He has research experience in Dr. Hay’s lab. He loves to weightlift, swim and play tennis during his free time. His favorite class is Nutrition, Health, and Society (NS 1150). This summer he did Breast Cancer Clinical Volunteer research of Weill Cornell Medical College. His words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be “Don’t be afraid to meet new people and try new things.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Radhika Ghosalkar

Radhika plans to go to medical school after graduation. On campus, she is involved in CUEMS, a volunteer at CMC, a writer for The Research Paper, research in Social Cognition and Development Lab in Human Development. For fun, she likes to binge watch British TVs, read and explore Ithaca. Her favorite classes include BIOMG 1350 and SOC 1101. Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers are “have a little faith in yourself, you belong here, your Cornell years are a marathon, not a sprint”. This summer she went back home and volunteered locally.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Benedict Harvey

Benedict plans to take a gap year and do research while applying to medical school. He is involved in S.W.A.G., Por Colombia, Alpha Phi Omega Community Service Fraternity Greek Life. He also conducts research in Dr. Susan Suarez Reproductive Biology Lab. For fun, he likes to play music (guitar/piano), exercise, play sports, go out with friends, go on Netflix and go dancing. His favorite class is BIOEE1780. His words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers are that “ as top students from our high schools/programs, we tend to get caught up in trying to be always on the top; there’s more to life and we forget that it should be about doing our personal best.’ This summer he volunteered and did research at Weill Cornell Medical Center.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780, CHEM 3570
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Elizabeth Herman

Elizabeth plans to attend medical school after graduation. She is involved with Club Lacrosse, APO Service Fraternity, AED Pre-Health Honor Society and conducts research in DNS with Dr. Zhenglong Gu. For fun, she likes to spend time with friends, go on hikes in the Gorges, go to concerts, bake and travel. Her favorite classes include CHEM 2080, FWS: Great New Books and Intro to Sociology. Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfer are that “Cornell has lot to offer, which can be overwhelming, so make sure you reach out and utilize all of the available resources.” This summer she conducted research at a children’s hospital.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIO 1440, BIOEE 1780
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Mathew Hill

After graduation, Matthew plans to take a gap year and attend medical school. On campus, he is involved with Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and he is a Big Brother through Big Brothers Big Sister of America. For fun, he likes to workout, play sports and play video games. His favorite class is PHYS 2207. He says “congrats on getting accepted and make the most of your time here.” During the summer he conducted research.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Ellen Hong

Ellen plans to attend a MD/PhD program after graduation and become a physician scientist. On campus she is involved in MEDLIFE, Music, she is a Becker House Council and conducts research in Dr. Robert Weiss Lab. She likes to play the clarinet and spend time with friends. Her favorite class is BIOMG 3310. He says “explore all different kinds of classes and club.” This summer she stayed in Ithaca and conducted research in Dr. Robert Weiss Lab.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 3320
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Daniel Huang

Daniel plans to take a gap year after graduation and use this time to get a taste of the real world before jumping into medical school. Currently, he is trying to decide between working in a research lab, working as a scribe or something else entirely. He has served as a proud member and CPR instructor of Cornell University Emergency Medical Services for three years. He has been heavily involved in teaching; a BIOG 1440 study group leader for 2 years, an NS 1150 and BIOMG 3300 teaching assistant and a tutor through the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives. For fun, he likes to spend the majority of his time with his friends. He also loves going to the gym with them and getting fit together. His favorite classes include CHEM 3570, CHEM 2510, NS 3410, NS 3310 and lastly BIOMG 3300, which pushed him to become a better learner and now a better teacher. He says “Surround yourself with individuals that push you to succeed in all areas of life. Never be afraid to ask for help or guidance, it’s impossible to accomplish everything alone. Pass on the wisdom you’ve gained and give back to the community that gave so much to you.” This summer he continued his research at Massachusetts General Hospital and studied for the MCAT.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOG 1440, BIOG 1500, BIOMG 3300, BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 3320, NS 3410
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
9:05

Michelle Jin

Michelle plans to take a gap year while applying to medical school. On campus, she is involved with being an orientation leader, organic chemistry tutor, and a researcher. She conducts research at the Warden Lab on campus. Her favorite class is BIONB 2220: Introduction to Neuroscience. She loves to hang out at the farmer’s market, watch movies and hang out with friends in her free time. This summer she did a research internship at John Hopkins. Her words of encouragement are “There is a place for you here. Cornell is filled with intellectual opportunities and new experiences. Be proactive! Finding something that fits you is just a matter of time.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, PHYS 2207, BIONB 2220
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Rachel Kim

After graduation, Rachel plans to go to dental school and specialize in Orthodontics. She is involved in the Service Frat-APO, Operation DEEP V-president and RA at Dickson. For fun, she likes to knit and spend time with friends. Her favorite class is HD 3620- Human Bonding. She says “Don’t give up if you drop the ball, pick it up and keep going.” This summer she studied at Shoals, shadowed a dentist and studied for DAT’s.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
9:05

Timothy Krausz

Timothy is thinking about medical school, grad school and clinical psychology. He will take some time after graduation to explore his options. On campus, he is involved with Cornell Visitor Relations (tour guide) and Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He does research at a Computational Physiology Lab. For fun, he likes to spend time with friends, listen to music and explore Ithaca. He says that his favorite class is a tie between Introduction to Psychology and Introduction to Neuroscience. He says “step out of your comfort zone and don’t stress, this is a great place.” This summer he stayed in Ithaca to continue with his research and managed Visitor Relations.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIONB 2220, BIOEE 1780, BIOMG 1350, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Patryk Kubiszewski

Patryk plans to go to Medical school after graduation or possibly do an MD/MPH. On campus, he is involved with Step Up!, AVID Tutoring, BSP, EARS Training, AXE-Chemistry Fraternity and Weill Ithaca Summer Experience in Research-Public Health. For fun, he likes to listen to music, spend time with friends at dinner. His favorite class is BIOG 1440. He says “Allow yourself time to explore everything Cornell has to offer.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, CHEM 2070, BIOG 1440
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Terry Li

Terry plans to take a gap year after graduation and hopes to do research, volunteer as an EMT and then go to medical school. On campus, she volunteers at Ithaca Free Clinic, she is in Phi Delta Epsilon, member of the Big Red Thon Executive Board, Alpha Epsilon Delta and Student Assembly. She also conducts research at the Department of Nutritional Sciences. She likes running, weight lifting, playing sports such as volleyball, basketball, try to find new restaurants and prepare food. Her favorite class is U.S. Healthcare. She says “Don’t be afraid to try anything you find interesting- your time here will go faster than you think.” This summer she conducted research at Weill Cornell.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
NS 3310, BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 2800, PHYS 1101, PHYS 1102, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOG 1440
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Patrick Loi

After graduation, Patrick plans to go to Grad school and then the pharmaceutical industry. On campus, he is a member of the Cornell Undergraduate Research Board (CURB), a Cornell Ambassador, Alpha Chi Sigma and Orientation. He also conducts research at Frank Schroeder Lab. His favorite class is BIOMG 4370. He says “the best part about Cornell is the endless amount of research and opportunities available you can find and build a community that fits you.” This summer he was part of a Summer Worker Program at Pfizer.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, BIOMG 3310

Poornima Manikantan

Poornima plans to go to medical school after graduation. She is a volunteer at the Cornell Child Care Center, a general chemistry tutor, a biology study group leader, previously the academic chair of Phi Mu and went to a medical brigade trip to Peru with MedLife. She also conducts research at a Computational Physiology Lab with Dr. Linster. Her favorite classes include Positive Psychology and Clinical Neurobiology. She says “Find something you love and never give up!” She also added that “although Cornell is a large university, there are so many smaller communities inside. After a little exploring, you truly can find the perfect niche for you.” This summer she conducted research here at Cornell.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220, BIOEE 1780, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Erin Mattoon

Erin is concentrating in Plant Biology and plans to pursue a PhD in either Plant Biology or Plant Breeding. On campus she is in the Biology Scholars Program and on the Ballroom Dance Team. She does research in the Pawlowski Lab in the Plant Biology Department. Her favorite class so far has been PLBR 2010: Plants, Genes, and Global Food Production. This past summer, she interned at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO. Her words of advice are, “Transitioning into Cornell can be tough, but finding your niche makes this University an incredible place to be.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Mary Melati

Mary plans to go to medical school after graduation and then practice medicine as a pediatrician or in primary care. On campus, she is involved with Cornell Catholic, Big Red Buddies, Cornell Indonesian Association and Phi Delta Epsilon. She also conducts research at the Social Personality Psychology Department. For fun, she likes to listen to music, journal, meditate and volunteer at the day care. Her favorite class is PLPPM 2950 (Biology of Infectious Diseases). She says “Tough times don’t last but tough people do.” This summer she shadowed doctors and health professionals and volunteered around Ithaca. She adds to not be afraid of reaching out for help when you need it.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1500, CHEM 3570, CHEM 2070
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Madeline Miceli

Madeline plans to take a gap year after graduation doing research, becoming a patient care coordinator or scribe before attending medical school. She volunteers at Cayuga Medical Center, serves on the SA Health and Wellness Committee and is a member of the Shadows Dance Troupe, Kappa Delta Sorority and Order of Omega. Additionally, she conducted research at the Department of Chemical Biology with Professor Freed. For fun, she likes yoga, spinning, cooking, spending time with friends, going to Ithaca Farmers Market and exploring the Gorges. Her favorite classes are NS3410, NS 3090, and NS 3060. She says “Dream don’t work unless you do! Focus on your goals, ask questions, take advantage of all Cornell offers.” This summer she was an intern at Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network Blumenthal Program.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, NS 1150, NS 3410
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Michelle Miller

Michelle plans to attend medical school after graduation and possibly take a gap year to work before this. She is part of EARS, Scientista, and Physics TA. She has worked in the past in the Kurpios Lab at the Vet School. She likes to watch TV, but recently she have appreciated going outside more and laying on the slope to absorb any sunlight she can. Her favorite class is Mammalian Physiology. Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfer are “Do what you love.” This summer she shadowed and enjoyed being an aunt.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
PHYS 2207, CHEM 2070, BIO 1445
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
9:05

Claudia Abrantes Mimoso

Claudia is concentrating in Cell and Molecular Biology and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in genetics or Biochemistry. On campus, she is involved with the Scientista Foundation Chapter at Cornell, student assistant, Becker House, Biology Scholar’s Program, and McNair Scholar’s Program. She has research experience in Suloway Lab. She loves to watch Netflix, hang out with friends, work-out and hike. Her favorite class is Principles of Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism (BIOMG 3310). This summer she stayed in Ithaca and did research in the Suloway Lab and McNair summer Research Program. Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be to “Never forget that you deserve to be here. You are a Cornellian!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 3320, BIOMG 2801, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
9:05

Monica Moore

Monica is concentrating in Animal Physiology and plans to either take a gap year or attend Veterinary School. On campus, she is involved with the Alpha Chi Sigma Chemistry Fraternity, Blacks Students United, the Biology Scholars Program, and the Cornell Pre-Vet Society. She has research experience in the Hening Lin Lab in Chemical biology Lab. She loves to watch TV in her free time. Her favorite class is Vertebrates (BIOEE 2740). This summer she participated in the Summer Enrichment Program at Michigan State University
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
3:35

Niharika Neela

Niharika is concentrating in General Biology, an English minor and plans to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. On campus, she was involved with OADI Tutoring and Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity. She was president of H.E.L.P. for Children, and is captain of her dance team, the Cornell Big Red Raas. She does independent research in Sondermann Lab in the Molecular Medicine Department of the Vet Medical Center. She loves to dance, read, and spend time with family and friends in her free time. Her favorite classes are Drugs and the Brain (BIONB 3920) and Organic Chemistry (3570-80). This summer she did pediatric radiology research in the Texas Medical Center and was an MCAT instructor for Kaplan Prep. Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers is “Cornell can be intimidating, but it is a fantastic to place to grow and learn."
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Reade Otto-Moudry

Reade is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior and plans to take a gap year to work as an EMT before attending medical school. On campus, he is involved with the Becker House, Cornell Wind Symphony and a support group. Reade has research experience in B.A.B.Y Lab. He loves to go to the gym, swim and hang out with friends in his free time. His favorite class is Advanced Developmental Psychology Seminar (PSYCH 4770). This summer he shadowed at Cayuga Medical Center, took Physics II, and trained and coached in swimming. His words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be “Take time to find your place at Cornell, because there’s a place for everyone”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Rachel Padilla

Rachel is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology and plans to attend medical school. On campus, she is involved with the Club Lacrosse team and Kappa Alpha Theta. She has research experience in Mehta Lab. She loves to cook, watch TV and hang out with friends in her free time. Her favorite classes are General Microbiology (BIOMI 2900 and Organic Chemistry (CHEM 3570-80). This summer she worked on a pediatric tuberculosis research project in Kiev, Ukraine. Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be “Cornell can be very overwhelming. If you find yourself stressed, just remember to put one foot in front of the other.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOMG 1350, BIOMI 2900
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Dushyant Patel

Dushyant is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology and plans to take a gap year before attending medical school. On campus, he is involved with Biology Service Leaders, Cornell S.E.E.D., and Cornell Undergraduate Health Cooperative. He has research experience in Alani Lab and Feigenson Lab. He loves to be around people, toss a Frisbee in the quad, go out to a leisurely lunch, and play card/board games in her free time. His favorite class is Comparative Physiology (BIOG 1440). This summer he stayed in Ithaca and did research in Feigenson Lab. His words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be “This campus is full of many things. Spend some time to find what you love doing, and hard work won’t feel like work after all”.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOG 1440, BIOMG 1350, BIOMG 2810
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Bridget Peterson

Bridget is concentrating in Human Nutrition and plans to take a gap year to do research before attending medical school. On campus, she is involved in Step-up, Cayuga Medical Center, and Anything Goes. She has research experience in Robertson Infant Lab. She loves to hike and play flute in her free time. Her favorite class is Nutrition, Health and Society (NS 1150). This summer she did research and shadowed in Zambia, as part of the Global Health Minor. Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be “Cornell offers a lot of interesting classes, take them to explore your interests”.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, BIOEE 1780
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
3:35

Madisyn Primas

Madisyn is concentrating in General Biology and plans to attend medical school. On campus, she is involved in Global Medical Brigades and Into the Streets. She loves to listen to music, bake, watch Netflix and hang out with friends in her free time. Her favorite class is Introduction to Comparative Physiology, Individualized Instruction (BIOG 1445). This summer she took Physics I & II. Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be “You are here for a reason, so try to make the most of your experience here to learn more about Cornell and about yourself”.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOMG 1350
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Marissa Rice

Marissa is concentrating in Neurobiology and plans to take a gap year before attending medical school. On campus, she is involved in Women’s Varsity Equestrian, Athletic Pre-Health Society, Student Athletic Advising Committee, Big Red Leadership Institute and Research. She has research experience in Ophir Lab. She likes to ride horses, hike and read in her free time. Her favorite class is Developmental Psychology (PSYCH 2090). This summer she worked in Ophir Lab and studied for the MCAT. Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be “Cornell can seem like a big place, but I’ve found that people here are still willing to help you or get to know you if you take the initiative”.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOEE 1780, BIOG 1445
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Nikki Schwardt

Nicole is concentrating in Microbiology and is taking a gap year before pursuing a Ph.D. On campus, she is involved with Lab Research and Cornell Dining. She has research experience in Pawlowska Lab. She loves to ski and watch Star Wars in her free time. Her favorite class is General Microbiology Lab (BIOMI 2911). This summer she studied abroad in Berlin, Germany. Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire”.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOMI 2900, BIOMI 2911
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Pooja Shah

Pooja is concentrating in Nutrition and is pursuing a career in medicine. On campus, she is involved with Biology Service Leaders, Physics TA, HD Research, and Alpha Xi Delta. She has research experience in Dr. Reyna’s Lab. She loves to run, read books, listen to music, and hang out with friends in her free time. Her favorite class is Nutrition and Disease (NS 4410). This summer she interned at the South Asian Hear center in El Camino Hospital and filled out medical school applications. Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be “Actively seek out new experiences – you never know what hidden passions you could unearth."
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208, PHYS 1101, PHYS 1102
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Samir Sherali

Samir is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior and plans to take a gap year before attending medical school. On campus, he is involved with Boxing, study groups, Cornell Elderly Partnerships, and Kaplan. He has research experience Dr. Spreng’s Lab. He loves to Box, play basketball, listen to music, watch movies, and hang out with friends in his free time. His favorite class is Biopsychology Laboratory (BIONB 3240). This summer he did a research internship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. His words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be “Be yourself and do your best! In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson “Make the most of yourself, for this is all there is of you””.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIOMG 1350, BIOEE 1780, PHYS 1101, STSCI 2150, BIONB 2210
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Jasmine Shwetar

Jasmine is concentrating in General Biology and undecided about her future. She has research experience in Chemical Engineering and Immunology. She loves to run around campus in her free time. Her favorite class is Biochemistry (BIOMG 3310). This summer she stayed in Ithaca and did research. Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be “Don’t worry, you’ll really have the time and resources to do anything you really want at Cornell. So enjoy your time along the way!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780, BIOMG 3310

Sophie Son

Sophie is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology and plans to take a gap year before attending medical school. On campus, she is involved with CURB, PATCH, CASPHA, study groups and TAing. She has worked in the Liu Lab. She loves to play the guitar, play the ukulele, knit, cook, research and collect campus in her free time. Her favorite class is Genetic and Genomics (BIOMG 2800). This summer she did research in Genetic, Genomic, and Molecular biology at Washington University. Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be “College can be difficult and stressful, but when you put your foot forward and place yourself out of your comfort zone, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish and who you will become in 4 years.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 2800, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOMG 4320, BIOMG 3120, BIOG 1440, BIOMG 1350
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Sanjna Surya

Sanjna is concentrating in Biochemistry and is still deciding between a M.D. and a Ph.D. On campus, she is involved with OADI, research and the South Asian Council. She has worked in the Aye Lab. She loves to watch movies and take walks to Ithaca Falls in her free time. Her favorite class is Genetic and Genomics (BIOMG 2800). This summer she did research in Ithaca and shadowed physicians in the area. Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be to “Always remember that you have more time than you think – use that time to learn as much about yourself as you can.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOMG 3300, BIOMG 2800, PHYS 1102
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Steven Tarrash

Steven is concentrating in Human Nutrition and plans to become involved in research then attend medical school. On campus, he is involved with the CURB Peer Mentorship Program, Colleges Against Cancer and Zeta Beta Tau. He has worked in the Clark Lab. For fun, he loves to spend time with friends, watch TV and play sports. His favorite classes are Principles of Biochemistry (BIOMG 3310 and 3320). This summer he worked as a research assistant at Albert Einstein College of medicine studying multiple sclerosis. His words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be “Congrats on being accepted and make sure to take advantage of all the resources Cornell has to offer.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 3320, PHYS 1101, PHYS 1102
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Alexa Turpin

Alexa is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior and plans to attend medical school and enlist in the US Army. On campus, she is involved with the LSC, club swim team, and Cornell Catholic. She has worked in the Reyna Lab. She loves to run, read and watch basketball in her free time. Her favorite class is Organic Chemistry. This summer she volunteered in Ecuador as a research assistant and took the MCAT. Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be “Every day I walk around this campus, I am surrounded by greatness and by people who are going here to make a difference in this world. You are part of that greatness, you are here for a reason. Don’t ever forget that.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Akila Venkataramany

Akila is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology and plans to pursue a M.D./Ph.D.. On campus, she is involved with Cornell Anjali, Asha Cornell, StethoSCOOP, The Research Paper, and Northeast Ohio at Cornell University. She has worked in the Grimson Lab. She loves to do Indian Classical Dance, play the violin, listen to music, watch T.V. and be with her friends in her free time. Her favorite class is Medieval Romance: Voyage of the Otherworld (ENGL 2100). This summer she conducted research in Mooers lab at The University of Oklahoma. Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be to “Be honest with yourself, and do not be afraid to seek help when you need it! Know that resources are always available, and other students are probably feeling the same way as you!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, CHEM 2080, CALC 1120, STSCI 2150
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Daniel Veronese

Daniel is concentrating in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and plans to attain a Masters in Genetics. On campus, he is involved with the sport taekwondo club. He has research experience in the Lovette Lab. He loves to spend time with friends and take naps in his free time. His favorite class is Genetics (BIOMG 2800). This summer he did an REU at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. His words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be to “Always have room to explore Cornell, there is more to biology than you think there is.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Kaitlin Vick

Kaitlin is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior and plans to take a gap year before attending medical school. On campus, she is involved with research, Greek life, Global Health Student Council, and Loaves and Fishes. She has worked in the Linster Lab. She loves do activities with her sorority in her free time. Her favorite class is Intro to Global Health. This summer she shadowed doctors and studied for the MCAT.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
STATS 2150, CALC 1110, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Camilla Wang

Camilla is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology and plans to take a gap year before attending medical school. On campus, she is involved with Y.O.U.R.S, research, and volunteers at Cayuga Medical Center. She has worked in the Lee Lab. She loves to run, bake and watch TED Talks in her free time. Her favorite class is Principles of Cell and Developmental Biology (BIOMG 1350). This summer she did research and volunteered at Cayuga Medical Center. Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be to “Don’t be scared to ask for help. Everyone is here to help you succeed.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIO 1350, BIOMG 2800, CHEM 2070, CHEM 3570
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Andrew Xu

Andrew is concentrating in Nutrition and plans attend graduate school. On campus, he is involved with research and the Cornell Barbell Club. He has worked with the Thalacher Mercer Research Group. He loves to listen to music and go to the gym in his free time. His favorite class is NS 4444. His words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be that “There’s a home here for everyone! Anyone can find something to love at Cornell.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
PHYS 1101, PHYS 1102
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
9:05

Sophia Yang

Sophia is concentrating in General Biology and plans to attend medical school and participate in medical missions. On campus, she is involved with research, the Cornell Piano Society, and the CU Research Board. She has worked in the Affect and Cognition Lab. She loves to sing and play the piano, bake desserts and watch movies in her free time. Her favorite class was BIOG 1445. This summer she taught for PSP and did research. Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be to “Upon coming to Cornell, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Remember that everyone here wants to see you succeed and there are many resources on campus. So feel free to reach out to professors, advisors and peers to get the support you need!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
9:05

Samuel Yim

Samuel is concentrating in Human Nutrition and plans to take a gap year before attending medical school. On campus, he is a BIOMG 3300 TA and a brother in Phi Delta Epsilon. He has worked at Rodriguez Lab in previous semesters. He loves to play the piano and spend time with friends during his free time. His favorite class is HIST 1700 - The History of Exploration. This summer, he participated in the Summer Pre-Medicine Program at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. His words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers will be to “Remember to settle down and relax some times. Cornell can be very competitive and stressful so it’s important to maintain a balanced lifestyle.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 3330
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
3:35

Justin Zhu

Justin is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology and plans to attend either graduate or medical school. On campus, he is involved with Musicom, Biology Service Leaders, CURB, and research in the Liu Lab. In his free time, he loves to play chess, listen to music, and watch the Green Bay Packers. This past summer, he volunteered and did research at the University of Pennsylvania. His words of encouragement for incoming freshmen and transfers are “Don’t be afraid to explore! College is all about trying something new and finding what you're passionate about!"
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2080, MATH 1110
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15