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Student Advisors

 

Student Advisors are select junior and senior biological sciences majors who are trained to advise new students. They help students plan balanced schedules and identify academic and social supports. Learn more about the Student Advisor responsibilities and the application process.

Fall 2019 Tutoring Schedule- Coming Soon! 

 

2019-2020 Student Advisor Profiles and Office Hours

Clemens An '21

Clemens An
Clemens is concentrating in Human Nutrition with plans to go to medical school. His favorite class is SPAN 3120: Advanced Speaking Spanish. On campus, he is involved in the Men’s Club Soccer, Alpha Iota Gamma (pre-health fraternity), and GlobeMed. He also conducts research in Dr. Cheong’s comparative reproductive biology laboratory. For fun, Clemens enjoys playing soccer and watching good movies. Over the summer, he had internship doing cancer research at the University of Texas MD Anderson in Houston, Texas. Also, Clemens is an identical twin. His advice for new students: “Be open-minded and work hard!” He is looking forward to Cornell days and orientation.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOMG 1350, BIOEE 1780
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Ethan Bachert '21

Ethan Bachert
Ethan is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to work in a hospital or research lab for a year before applying to medical school. His favorite classes are CHEM 3570/3580: Organic Chemistry I and II. On campus, he is a member of the Men’s Varsity Swim and Dive team, Alpha Epsilon Delta (pre-med honors society), CALS ambassadors, and the professional chemical fraternity, Alpha Chi Sigma. He is also involved in research in Dr. Behling-Kelly’s lab in the clinical pathology section at the veterinary school. For fun, Ethan loves to sleep, fish at Cayuga Lake, hike, and catch up on Netflix during the summer. Over the summer, he stayed in Ithaca to do research in the Behling-Kelly lab and volunteer at Cayuga Medical Center. Also, Ethan has two little dogs that he loves very much. His advice for new students: “work out regularly, eat somewhat healthy, be social, and work hard.” He is looking forward to BioFest and fun days with his advisees.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIOEE 1780, BIOMG 1350, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOG 1500, CHEM 2510
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Nate Barott '20

Nate Barott
Nate is concentrating in General Biology and will plan a long bike trip/voyage/odyssey around the continental U.S. immediately after graduation, with the goal of starting a job related to emergency medicine or wilderness recreation that following fall. He also plans to eventually attend medical school and will likely start the application process after graduation. His favorite classes are BIOEE 1560: Introduction to Oceanography and NS 2600: Introduction to Global Health. Outside of class, he is part of the Cornell Nordic Ski Team, Cornell Running Club, and Cornell Planetary Health Club. He is also an instructor for Cornell Outdoor Education. He has conducted research with the Ruth Richardson lab in the college of civil & environmental engineering where he helped with research on microbial population monitoring around New York state beaches. For fun, Nate loves to run, ski, bike, swim, hammock, and explore. During the summer, he volunteered as an EMT at the Moria Refugee Camp in Lesvos, Greece. His advice for new students: “There’s a lot to do here, way too much to ever do in 4 years, so feeling overwhelmed is normal! Also, don’t forget to take care of yourself!” He is looking forward to BioFest and being on panel discussions. Fun facts: He is a coffee and bubble tea aficionado and studied abroad in Nepal for a semester!
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1445, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Benayas Dereje Begashaw '21

Benayas is concentrating in General Biology with plans to go to medical school. His favorite class is BIOMG 3300: Autotutorial Biochemistry. Outside of class, he works as a lab assistant at the Wolfner Lab, is involved in Phi Delta Epsilon Fraternity, and is a member of the Ethiopian-Eritrean Student Association. To relax, Benayas enjoys reading books, working out, writing poetry and fiction, as well as taking nature walks. During the summer, he volunteered at a clinic in Sendafa, Ethiopia for a project that focuses on the health, education, and financial security of people living in rural communities. His advice for new students: “Increasing your desire to learn new things is just as important as the effort you put into learning new things.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 3300, BIOEE 1780, PHYS 2208
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Catriona (Catie) Breen '21

Catriona (Catie) Breen
Catie is concentrating in Genetics with plans to pursue a PhD in Integrative Biology and study evolution and development. On campus, Catie is involved in the Cornell Running Club, the Cornell Herpetological Society, and in the Von Cramm Cooperative. For fun, she spends her time baking, running, and enjoying the outdoors. This summer, she conducted research in development biology lab at The National University of Singapore through the CALS Global Fellows Program. Some advice that Catie has for new students, “The bio major is really fun and you will learn so much!” She looks forward to participating in BioFest this upcoming year.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIOG 1445, BIOEE 1610, BIOEE 1780, STSCI 2150, CHEM 2070
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Chloe Carpenter '20

Chloe Carpenter
Chloe is concentrating in General Biology with plans to enroll in an MD/PhD program after graduation. Her favorite class is SPAN 2070: Intermediate Spanish for the Medical and Health Professions. Outside of class, she is involved in Cornell Tradition, CURB, and she is a manager of the football team. She also research in Dr. Xin Gen Lei's lab in Animal Science. Chloe likes to kickbox for fun. Her advice for new students: "Try everything! Cornell gives you so many opportunities to explore what you like and don't like!"
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Mandy Chan '20

Mandy Chan
Mandy is concentrating in General Biology with plans to take a gap year and then attend medical school. Within the Cornell community, Mandy participates in Alternative Breaks. She also is involved in research with the Ophir Lab. For fun, Mandy enjoys watching Netflix, sleeping, and cooking. Her favorite class is BIOMG 3300: Autotutorial Biochemistry. This summer she will be working as a medical scribe at the New York Presbyterian Queens Hospital. Her advice for new students: “While studying is important, don’t forget to explore what Cornell had to offer. Make sure to try new things (i.e. clubs) and meet new people!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 3300
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Svea Cheng '21

Svea Cheng
Svea concentrates in Molecular and Cell Biology and plans on attending medical school after she graduates. Her favorite class is BIOMG 3300: Autotutorial Biochemistry. On campus, she is involved in the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity and for fun she enjoys oil painting, journaling, and hiking. She is also involved in research in the Lammerding Lab at the Weill Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology. This summer, she served as an intern at the drug development company Medosome Biotech LLC. Svea encourages incoming students to take advantage of opportunities to “explore your interests, passions, and college life in general.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080. CHEM 3570, BIOG 1500, BIOEE 1780, STSCI 2150, BIOMG 3300
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Crystal Cheng '20

Crystal Cheng
Crystal is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology with plans to take a gap year before attending medical school. She is involved in ECaFT (Engineering Career Fair Team), Scientista, the Cornell Piano Society, and Freshmen Orientation. She is also involved in research in the Andrew Grimson Lab. For fun, Crystal enjoys playing the piano, writing calligraphy, and having fun with her friends. Her favorite classes are BIOMG 3320: Principles of Biochemistry - Molecular Biology and the Japanese language classes. This summer, Crystal will be participating in a research internship at the University of Minnesota. Her advice for new students: “Be open-minded and explore all the opportunities Cornell had to offer.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Jonathan Chin Cheong '21

Jonathan Chin Cheong
Jonathan concentrates in Genetics and plans to continue in higher education in the biomedical sciences by attending grad school and getting a PhD. Within the Cornell community, Jonathan is a Rawlings Presidential Research Scholar and does biomedical engineering research as part of the Cosgrove Lab. He also is part of the Biology Scholars Program, works as a student manager at the Green Dragon Café, and is a host for a Cornell radio podcast. His favorite class is BIOMG 4450: Stem Cell Biology. To relax, Jonathan plays volleyball, explores Ithaca, and chats with friends over a good cup of coffee. This summer, he conducted research at Stanford as part of the SSRP-AMGEN Scholars Program. His advice for incoming students: “Don’t spread yourself too thin! Pick a few things you are super passionate about! Also, have fun!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 2800, CHEM 1570
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Grace Cho '20

Grace Cho
Grace is concentrating in General Biology with plans to take a gap year before medical school. She is involved in Global Brigade, CALS Ambassador, The Wardrobe, CALS tutoring, and does work on her startup. She does research in Dr. Praveen Sethupathy’s and Dr. Chenglong Gu’s lab. Her favorite classes are BIOAP 3160: Cellular Physiology and BIOMG 4880: Cancer Genetics. For fun, she likes to eat out with friends, listen to music/watch movies, and trying to re-spark her interest in tennis/working out. Her words of encouragement to new students: “Join a recreational club outside of school. I think it’s really important to ‘recreate’ yourself through hobbies/fun activities to not burn out.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, MATH 1110, MATH 1120
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
3:20

Emily Chow '20

Emily Chow
Emily is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to attend medical school after graduation. She is involved in the Cornell Piano Society, volunteers as a piano teacher, and works as an undergrad TA for Auto-tutorial Biochemistry. She also works as a research assistant in the Brainerd Lab, where she helps to study false memory. For fun, Emily enjoys finding new music, playing the piano, cooking, and relaxing with friends. Her favorite class is BIOMG 3300 because it was interesting to learn how all of the biology that she learned in intro courses came together to explain human physiology. This summer, she will be volunteering at a local dog shelter and hospital and working on med school applications. Emily’s advice for new students: “Cornell is tough, but you will meet the most amazing people in the world and constantly find inspiration in them. Ask questions when you’re lost, take advantage of your resources, work smart, and most importantly have fun!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 3300, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIONB 2210
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Christopher Diaz '20

Christopher Diaz
Chris is concentrating in General Biology and plans to take a gap year before medical school. His favorite class is NS 3410: Human Anatomy and Physiology. When he is not in class, he is involved in the Pre-Health Mentorship Program, Cornell Surgical Society, BSP Mentorship, and Ithaca Health Alliance. During his free time, Christopher is very active—running, walking, and going to the gym. This past summer, he stayed here in Ithaca for research and volunteered at the Ithaca Free Clinic. His advice for new students: “You can do it! Don’t forget your long-term goals.” He is always happy to help, so feel free to reach out to him for anything!
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Abigail (Abby) Dittmar '20

Abigail (Abby) Dittmar
Abby is concentrating in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and she plans to get a PhD and do research in ecology after graduation. Within the Cornell community, Abby is an Arts and Sciences Ambassador, a member of EYES, and is involved in a pre-professional sustainability organization. Additionally, she conducted research in the Thaler Lab and continued doing so this summer. Her favorite class is BIOEE 4560: Stream Ecology. To relax, Abby enjoys hiking, solving New York Times crosswords, and practicing handwriting. Her advice for new students: “You get what you give at Cornell, so go out, take a risk, and get ready for the next four years at the greatest place in the world.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1610, STSCI 2150
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Elen-Sarrah Dolgopolskaia '21

Elen-Sarrah Dolgopolskaia
Elen-Sarrah is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior and plans attend medical school or get into an MD/PhD program. Within the Cornell community, she volunteers at the Mental Health Association through PCAT, organizes religious programming in the CJL: Center for Jewish Living, and is involved in the peer pre-health mentorship program. Additionally, she does research in Dr. Casasante’s lab studying cognition. This summer she conducted research at Johns Hopkins University. She enjoys spending time with friends, going to the gym, watching TV, and crocheting. Her favorite class so far has been HD 2610: Development of Social Behavior, which explores developmental psychology and social behavior. She advises first-year students to take on a reasonable workload their first semester and settle into college life and the opportunities the campus has to offer.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, BIOEE 1780, BIONB 2210
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Chase Fang '20

Chase Fang
Chase is concentrating in Neurobiology and plans on going to med school or grad school. Chase is involved in Cornell Women’s Club Ice Hockey, Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity, and Cayuga’s Watchers. Her favorite class so far is ASIAN 3316: Zen Buddhism, especially because they got to go to Japan. She is also involved in research at Jeff Scott’s Lab and in Alzheimer’s research at Brown University. Outside of academics, Chase enjoys playing hockey and hanging out with friends. Chase also speaks 4 languages: English, French, German, and Spanish! Her advice for new students: “Have fun!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Vanathi Ganesan '20

Vanathi Ganesan
Vanathi concentrates in Neurobiology and Behavior and plans to attend medical school and continue doing research. Her favorite class has been CHEM 3580: Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences. Outside of class, she is a TA for CHEM 2070/2080, an RA in Balch Hall and she does research in Dr. Kelly Liu’s lab. This summer, she stayed on campus and continued her research in the Liu lab. She enjoys going on walks through local trails and gorges, going to the gym, attending shows and playing tennis. Vanathi’s advice for new students: “Don’t feel like you need to do everything on campus during your first year – take the time to really find what you’re passionate about and stick to it!” She is looking forward to the Open House and research/academic panels.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIOMG 3300
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Siddharth Gavirneni ’21

Siddharth Gavirneni
Siddharth concentrates in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and is also a double major in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. He plans to attend graduate school or be a part of a PhD program after graduation. His favorite class so far has been BIOEE/EAS 4790: Paleobiology. He has been involved with research at the Paleontological Research Institute. Outside of academics, Siddharth is involved in Cornell Science Olympiad, the Mafia Club, and Cornell’s orchestra. His advice for incoming students: “First and foremost, take care of yourself.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780, BIOEE 1610, BIOEE 2740
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

David Gelikman '19

David Gelikman
David is concentrating in General Biology with plans to attend medical school. Within the Cornell community, David is a cast member for the Humor Us! Sketchy Comedy Troupe. He also is involved in research in the Buchon Lab, working with Drosophila. For fun, David enjoys playing piano and guitar and working as a freelance photographer. His favorite class is BIOMI 2911: Microbiology Lab. During the summer, David worked on applications to medical school and volunteered at a nonprofit organization that supports research of stomach cancer. David looks forward to meeting and working with his advisees during Cornell Days, Biofest, and Orientation. His advice for new students: “Try out as many clubs and classes as you can! You never know what you’ll enjoy until you actually try it.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Agnes Goldrich '20

Agnes Goldrich
Agnes is concentrating in Animal Physiology with plans to take a gap year before medical school. Her ultimate career goal is to be a surgeon. Agnes is involved with EARS and Cornell Center for Jewish Living, and has done off-campus research. She is also the Vice President of Public Relations for the Cornell Surgical Society. For fun, Agnes enjoys visiting the Cat Café in Ithaca and watching Game of Thrones. Her favorite classes are BIOGAP 4130: Histology and HIST 1930: Global History of Love. Her advice for new students: “You got this! No matter how overwhelming things may seem, you are here for a reason. Don’t be afraid to seek out the resources that you need.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
3:20

Matthew Guo '19

Matthew Guo
Matthew concentrates in General Biology with plans to take a gap semester conducting research in his current lab, the Weiss lab, and working as an ER medical scribe at Cayuga Medical Center. He then hopes to attend medical school. Outside of class, he is involved in the Weiss lab, where he studies DNA damage repair, MEDLIFE, Cornell Club Swim, Phi Delta Epsilon, and he works as a scribe at CMC. His favorite class is CHEM 3600: Honors Organic Chemistry II. He enjoys swimming, cooking new foods, and watching Game of Thrones for fun. This summer, he worked on his honors thesis in the Weiss lab, scribed at CMC, and applied to medical schools. Matthew’s advice for new students: “Don’t be afraid to take time to invest in yourself away from other people and commitments.” He is looking forward to BioFest and one-on-one advising sessions!
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1445, CHEM 3590, CHEM 3600, BIOMG 2800, BIOMG 2801, BIOMG 3320, BIOMG 3310
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Emily Hasser '20

Emily Hasser
Emily is concentrating Animal Physiology with plans to take a gap year and then apply to veterinary school or a graduate program to pursue research. She is involved in Phi Sigma Sigma, Club Gymnastics, co-president of EYES: Encouraging Young Engineers and Scientists, and pre-vet society. She does research at the Hume lab on the role of the DNA checkpoint protein Husl on tumorigenesis and sensitivity to chemotherapy. Her favorite class so far is FREN 3850: Literature & Medicine in the 19th century and BIOAP 3160: Cellular Physiology. For fun, she likes to read, visit the cat café, and attend classes at CrossFit of Ithaca. Her advice for new students: “Don’t get overwhelmed by all the class requirements. You will have plenty of time to get it all done, so keep your first semester schedule light.” This past summer, she did a study and internship program in Paris where she worked at an emergency and specialty vet clinic and took a class for her French major. She is very excited about the coming year and looks forward to BioFest and research talks/events.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Amrit Hingorani '20

Amrit Hingorani
Amrit concentrates in General Biology and is considering pursuing anything from an MD/PhD to an MBA. On campus, he does research in the Cerione lab of the veterinary school, plays 4 club sports (rowing, Frisbee, field hockey, and paintball), is involved in Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Iota, Quizbowl Club, and Pre-Health Mentorship Program. He also plays intramural sports. For fun, he loves playing sports, watching Netflix, hiking, exploring campus, reading and hanging out with friends. Amrit’s favorite class is BIOMG 3300: Autotutorial Biochemistry. This summer, he climbed Mount Everest (to basecamp) and volunteered at an animal care clinic in Cusco, Peru. He also worked on his research in Ithaca and went to a Frisbee tournament before being an Orientation Supervisor. He loves being an advisor and getting to know his advisees, who he thinks are awesome and all have really cool stories. His advice for new students: “Make the most of the opportunities you have while you’re at Cornell. Try new things and explore your interests as much as possible.” He is looking forward to the ice cream social and meeting up with his advisees.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOEE 1780, BIOG 1440, BIOMG 3300, STSCI 2150, BIOMS 4150
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
3:20

Henry Hongo ’21

Henry Hongo
Henry concentrates in General Biology and plans to take a gap year traveling and then attend medical school. His favorite class so far is CHEM 3570: Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences. He is also involved in research at the Bio-foundry Lab here at Cornell. Outside of academics, Henry is involved in the Greek life, Advent Christian Fellowship and Running Club. For fun, He enjoys going on runs, playing basketball in Helen Newman, and hanging out with friends. In previous summers, Henry has conducted research at UCSF, investigating pancreatic cancer, and volunteered at California Pacific Medical Center and UCSF. This year he looks forward to BioFest and Cornell Days. Henry’s advice for incoming students, “Don’t think of everything you have to do in college as a checklist, take time to have fun, meet new people and do something completely wack because you can!” Fun fact: He loves going backpacking and he goes to Yosemite every summer.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIOEE 1780, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOMG 3300
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Morgan Hubbard '20

Morgan Hubbard
Morgan concentrates in General Biology and upon graduation, plans to either take a gap year pursuing research in Marine Biology or enroll directly into medical school. Outside of class, she is the Transfer Admissions Chair of CALS Ambassadors and Co-President of Cornell Pre-SOMA. She is also on the Fundraising Committee for MEDLIFE and she is involved in PATCH. She has done research with Liz Bergen in Ecology where she studied the behavior of satin bowerbirds. Morgan’s favorite class so far has been BIOMG 2800: Lectures in Genetics and Genomics because she got to solve interesting genetics problems! This summer, she studied for the MCAT and worked on getting her EMS/EMT certification. Her advice for new students: “Give yourself time to get adjusted and comfortable on Cornell’s campus! Coming to a new school can be daunting, but it’s also an exciting time!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1540, BIOMG 2800, BIOEE 1780
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Omair Irfan ’21

Omair Irfan
Omair is concentrating in Ecology and intends to go to Medical School upon graduation. At Cornell, he participates in research in the Goodale Lab, and is the President of Circle K, a volunteer organization. His favorite class was PSYCH 1101: Introduction to Psychology. For fun Omair enjoys hiking, watching wholesome shows and hanging out with friends. His advice for new students is, “Things start off rough but, you’ll get the hang of it!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Daehee (Jake) Jeong ’21

Daehee (Jake) Jeong
Jake is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology and intends to pursue an MD/PhD. On campus, Jake is involved in research in Dr. Smolka’s lab, and is a member of Lambda Phi Epsilon. For fun, he enjoys rock climbing and weight lifting. His favorite classes were BIOMG 3300: Autotutorial Biochemistry and CHEM 3570: Organic Chemistry I. This summer, Jake stayed on campus to continue his research and worked as an RA for a summer program. Jake’s words of advice for new students: “Take it slow. There are 4 years to graduate and it is okay to take time to explore your interests and not necessarily just take classes.” He is looking forward to BioFest.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1445, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080. CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOEE 1780, BIOMG 3300, NS 3410, STSCI 2150
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Justin Kang ’20

Justin Kang
Justin is concentrating in General Biology and plans to pursue a career in education after teaching abroad for a few years. On campus, he is on the E-board for The Korean Church, and participated in the karaoke club. To relax, Justin enjoys playing board games and watching movies (especially Marvel) with his friends. One of his favorite classes was BIOAP 3110: Principles of Animal Physiology because he learned a lot, and the professors were great. This summer, Justin interned at a school in Japan teaching English. A few words from Justin, “I’m so excited to meet and talk to all of you anytime!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

James Kessler ’20

James Kessler
James is concentrating in General Biology and plans to take a gap year before applying to medical school. His favorite class is NS 1150: Nutrition, Health and Society and ENGL 2810: Introduction to Creative Writing. On campus, he is involved in Phi Delta Epsilon, Alpha Phi Omega, and Cornell Fitness Center Fitness Monitor. He also conducts research in the Seguin lab in Savage Hall. For fun, James like to cook, exercise, and watch sports. This summer, James volunteered as an EMT in his hometown and studied for the MCAT. He is very excited to meet everyone and get started. His advice for new students: "Don’t be afraid to try new things and don’t be afraid to ask for help!” He is very excited about BioFest.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
3:20

Eugene Kim ‘21

Eugene Kim
Eugene is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior and intends to pursue an MD/PhD program. His favorite class is BioNB 2220: Introduction to Neuroscience because he found the content interesting. Outside of class, he is involved in the People/Patient Care Advocacy Team (PCAT), Loaves & Fishes, Debate in Science & Health, A&S Ambassadors, and Orientation. He conducts research in the Goldberg lab. For fun, Eugene loves nature walks, board game nights with friends, and D&D. This summer, he stayed on campus to do research in the Goldberg lab. Eugene’s advice for new students, “Learn to knock, and Cornell will open so many doors for you.” He is looking forward to BioFest.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220, PHYS 2208, BTRY 3010, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, BIOMG 3350
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Na Yeon Kim ’21

Na Yeon Kim
Na Yeon is concentrating in General Biology with plans to take a gap year before applying to medical school. Her favorite class is PHYS 2207: Fundamentals of Physics. Outside of class, she is involved in Cornell Red Cross Club, Student Athlete Tutor, and Cornell GNMA. She is involved in research in Dr. Martha Field’s lab in Nutritional Sciences. For fun, she likes to ice skate, bake, and drink coffee. This summer, she volunteered at a hospital back home. Na Yeon’s advice for new students: “Don’t be afraid to take it easy during your first semester at Cornell.” She is looking forward to BioFest.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, BIOMG 1350, MATH 1110
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Danica Lee ‘20

Danica Lee
Danica is concentrating in General Biology with plans to take a gap year to work before applying to MD/PhD programs. Her favorite class is BSOC 2468: Medicine, Culture, and Society. On campus she volunteers at Cayuga Ridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center with Cornell Elderly Partnership, and acts as the Musical Director for her acapella group. She is also a member of the Vitousek lab, where she investigates the impact of gut microbiome composition in response to stress in tree swallows. This summer, she participated in the SUNY Upstate SURF-PS program and worked on her Honors Thesis. For fun, Danica likes to watch movies, hang out with friends, baking, and running. A piece of advice from Danica, “Remember to take a moment to pause and appreciate Cornell for its beautiful campus and amazing students here-it can get busy but don’t forget to make fun memories!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
Not available
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Brian Lee '20

Brian Lee
Brian is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology and plans to work with a biotech start-up company after graduation. His favorite class is BIOMG 4320: Survey of Cell Biology because he feels it formulates the ABC’s of cell biology into a language, which he finds exhilarating! Outside of class, he is co-head TA for BIOMG 3300 and is involved in club tennis and beekeeping. He conducts research in Dr. Kristy Richards’ at the veterinary school and continued doing so this summer. For fun, Brian likes nature watching, beekeeping, cooking and exercising. His advice to new students: “Biology is such a beautiful field with so many powerful implications – I think that’s so empowering. Cornell has the people, research, and courses to help you fall in love with your own niche in biology!” Also: “Be optimistic about your learning!” He is looking forward to meeting new people from different walks of life and attending BioFest!
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOG 1440, BIOMG 1350, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOMG 3300, BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 3320
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Edward (Eddy) Lee ’21

Edward (Eddy) Lee
Eddy is concentrating in General Biology and plans to attend medical school upon graduation. On campus he is involved in CSA E-board, PhiDE, and research. Eddy’s favorite classes are the Asian American Studies courses because he can relate to them. For fun he enjoys playing volleyball and online shopping. This summer, Eddy volunteered at a hospital in NYC. He is looking forward to meeting his new advisees.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Joshua Lee '20

Joshua Lee
Josh is concentrating in Animal Physiology with plans to take a gap year to either intern with Cru or work as a scribe (also would be a good time for a wedding ……). On campus, he spends most of his time in Cru Cornell, a Christian fellowship on campus, and he also used to be an RA. He did research for one semester in the Buchon lab with a postdoc. His favorite class is STSCI 2150: Introductory Statistics for Biology because the professor is excellent and the material is very useful, yet not too challenging. During his free time, he likes to go to the gym to play basketball or work out. He also enjoys going to various events on the weekends, like hockey games or Yamatai concerts (which he highly recommends). This summer, he studied for and took the MCAT. He also spent two weeks in Korea and Taiwan with his family, and then worked at Advanced Cell Diagnostics in Newark, CA. Joshua’s words of encouragement to new students: “Find a community and remember that everything will be okay. Cornell can be challenging, so you definitely want people around you who support you; no one should ride Cornell solo. And when things seem overwhelming, I hope you can find something greater than just your GPA or career to put your hope in.” He is looking forward to meeting with his advisees and talking to newly hired student advisors.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Jessica Leipman '20

Jessica Leipman
Jess concentrates in Human Nutrition and she plans on taking a gap year before attending physical therapy school. Her favorite class is NS 3410: Human Anatomy and Physiology. Outside of class, she is on the Varsity Swimming and Diving team and she is involved with the Red Key Athlete Honor Society. She also conducts research with the O’Brien lab. This summer, she interned at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, MA. For fun, Jess likes to work out and take naps. Her words of advice for new students: “Ask for help if you need it, relax, and always make time for yourself!” She is looking forward to BioFest.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Nicholas (Nick) Leung ’21

Nicholas (Nick) Leung
Nick is concentrating in General Biology with plans to attend medical school or graduate school. His favorite class so far is JAPAN 1101: Elementary Japanese I. Outside of class, he is involved in the Science Olympiad. He did independent humanities research under the cognitive science department with Prof. Shimon Edelman. For fun, he listens to music and plays video games with friends. His advice to new students: “We’ll all get through this together. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help!” He is also a double major (Biological Sciences and Asian Studies).
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, CHEM 2070
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Matthew Litvack ’21

Matthew Litvack
Matthew is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to take a gap year for research and then attend medical school. His favorite class is BioNB 2220: Introduction to Neuroscience. Outside of class, he is part of the Cornell Roller Hockey Club. He conducts research in a computational physiology laboratory. For fun, he watches Netflix, YouTube, plays videogames, and hangs with his brothers in Sigma Alpha Mu. This summer, he is participating in the Visiting Scholars Program at Northwell Health to shadow in the radiation oncology department. He is very excited to be a student advisor, and his advice to new students is: “Work hard but take it slow and enjoy every moment!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIOMG 1350, BIOEE 1610, BIOEE 1780, BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220, BIOMG 3300
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Kevin Macias ’21

Kevin Macias
Kevin is concentrating in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with plans attend graduate school to pursue a masters or PhD. His favorite class so far at Cornell is BIOEE 1780: Introduction to Evolutionary Biology and Diversity. Outside of class, he is involved in the Biology Scholars Program, Wildlife Society, and Fridays @ Fuentes Observatory. He also participates in research in the Neurobiology and Behavior department at the laboratory of Ornithology. For fun, Kevin likes to go out with friends, go to the beach, exercise, and Netflix and chill. This summer, he conducted research in Australia on lyrebird behavior. His advice to new students: “There is a lot to do here, get excited!” He is very excited about the student advisor and freshman breakfast.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Mikaela (Mika) Matera-Vatnick '21

Mikaela (Mika) Matera-Vatnick
Mika is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics, and Development with plans to pursue an MD/PhD. Her favorite class is STS 2451: Introduction to Bioethics and BIOMG 2800: Genetics. Outside of class, she is a Hunter R Rawlings III Presidential Research Scholar, CALS Ambassador, participates in EARS, and SACNAS. She also works in Dr. Mariam Wolfner’s reproductive genetics lab. During her free time, she dances salsa in the Pa’Lante Dance Troupe. This summer, Mika participated in the Weill Cornell Gateways to the Laboratory Program. Her advice to new students: “Reach out! There are so many resources available to you!” She is looking forward to orientation.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOMG 2800
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Zoe McCormick ’20

Zoe McCormick
Zoe is concentrating in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with plans to go to veterinary school. Her favorite class so far is FGSS 3210: Gender and the Brain. She is a member of the e-board for the Falconry Club and the belly dance troupe Teszia. She is also a part of David Bonter’s laboratory where she works with birds. During her freetime, she enjoys reading, birdwatching, and dancing. She also knits, crochet, and does beadwork. This summer, she worked at a veterinary clinic as a veterinary assistant. Her advice to new students: “Take the time this year to explore the activities and opportunities available to you at Cornell.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Zain Mehdi '20

Zain Mehdi
Zain is concentrating Molecular and Cell Biology with a goal of pursuing a medical degree or an MD/PhD and specialize in surgery. His favorite class is Organic Chemistry. When Zain is not in class, he is involved with the Cornell Daily Sun, Global Medical and Dental Brigades, CURB, and research in the Clark lab. He also swims, plays football, and writes creative pieces for fun. Over the summer, Zain went to Honduras with Cornell GMDB and then did research in the Baby lab in Pittsburgh under the BIOSIP research grant. His advice to new students: “Don’t get caught up in the struggles of acclimating to Cornell because you will definitely learn to fit in and excel once you are more familiarized with the university.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, MATH 1110, BIOG 1440, BIOG 1500, CHEM 2510, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208, BIOMG 1350, BIOMG 3320
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Elise Michaels ’20

Elise Michaels
Elise is concentrating in Human Nutrition with plans to work in pharmaceuticals in business development/project coordination. Her favorite class is NS 3310: Human Nutrition and Human Metabolism. Outside of class, she is involved in the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women, Cornell Alpine Ski Team Captain, and also volunteers at Ithaca Free Health Clinic. For fun, she skis, cooks, rock climbs, and hangs out with friends. She is very excited for the upcoming year, and is also looking forward to Biofest. Her advice to new students: “Time management is extremely important in college! You can pursue any interest at Cornell – there is a group for everything!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Jacob Moore '21

Jacob Moore
Jacob is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to attend medical school. His favorite class is PSYCH 1101: Introduction to Psychology because he found the professor funny and interesting. He is involved in the Cornell Surgical Society, and he is going to be an orientation leader in the fall. He also conducts research in the Van der Muelen laboratory. For fun, he likes to hang out with friends, and play soccer. He looks forward to meeting and helping his advisees. His advice to new students: “Don’t take a heavy schedule first semester because you want to have time to make friends and just enjoy Cornell.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Reena Olsen '20

Reena Olsen
Reena is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior and plans to take a gap year and then attend medical school. Her favorite class is BIOMG 1290: Personal Genomics and Medicine. Reena is a part of Cornell’s Varsity Women’s Basketball Team and is a member of the Big Red Leadership Institute and SAAC. She also is involved in research at the Gu Laboratory. For fun, Reena loves to explore Ithaca and visit the gorges. This summer, she will be shadowing physicians and continuing with research at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, and she will also be visiting Greece. Reena looks forward to BioFest and meeting her advisees. Her advice for new students: “Be open to exploring new interests and take advantage of everything Cornell has to offer. Take your time, don’t rush, and have fun!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208, BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 3320, BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
3:20

Talia Ostrow '20

Talia Ostrow
Talia concentrates in Genetics and plans to go to medical school after taking a gap year. Her favorite class is PHIL 2220: Ancient Philosophy. Outside of class, she is involved with the Center for Jewish Living, Cornell Hillel, APO, and Cornell Reflect. She conducts research in the Cohen lab. For fun, she enjoys exploring Ithaca with friends, watching movies, and reading. This summer, she participated in SURP at the NYU Sackler School of Medicine doing research on acute lymphoblastic leukemia drug resistant mutations. Talia’s words of advice for new students: “It all seems overwhelming in the beginning, but you will make it through and don’t be afraid to seek help when you need it!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
3:20

Jasmine Peng '20

Jasmine Peng
Jasmine concentrates in Neurobiology and Behavior and plans to attend medical school after taking a gap year during which she hopes to perform research at a marine biology research institute. Her favorite classes are EDUC 2610: Intergroup Dialogue Project and BIONB: Introduction to Neuroscience. Outside of class, she is on the E-Board of both Impact and Shadows Dance Troupes, Vice President/Recruitment Chair of Kappa Delta sorority, and she is a member of the Global Health Advisory Board. She has volunteered in the Kurpios lab and has done research in the Giovanni lab. For fun, she likes to dance, sleep, watch Netflix, and be with her friends. She spent her summer in Moshi, Tanzania with Cornell Global Health where she did research in health policy and community outreach. Jasmine’s words of advice for new students: “Take advantage of the awesome resources and people that you’re surrounded by and get to know people who inspire you!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
MATH 1110, BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220, BIOEE 1780, PHYS 2207, BIOG 1440, NS 1150, STSCI 2150
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Shriya Perati '21

Shriya Perati
Shriya is concentrating in General Biology and double majors in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. She plans to go to medical school after graduation. Shriya’s favorite class is ENGL 3830: Intermediate Narrative Writing. Within the Cornell community, Shriya is a science editor for the Cornell Daily Sun and a member of Student Assembly’s Health and Wellness Committee, MEDLIFE, Sitara, Alpha Epsilon Delta (pre-med honor society) and Ballet and Books. She also does research on dilated-cardiomyopathy in Weill Hall. This summer, she volunteered in the ER at NYU. Her advice to new students: “Be open-minded!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2080, PHYS 1101, PHYS 1102, CHEM 3580, BIOG 1440, BIOEE 1780, BIOG 1500
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Colton Poore '20

Colton Poore
Colton concentrates in Biotic Diversity and Systematics and plans to work in either the marketing, PR, or journalism industry for the sustainability field. Outside of class, he is involved in ECO: Cornell Environmental Collaboration, Arts & Sciences Ambassadors, and the Cornell Daily Sun. He also does research in the Gandolfe-Nixon lab in paleobotany. His favorite class is ENGL 3120: Beowulf. For fun, Colton likes to read books, go on runs, explore Ithaca, hike, and listen to music. This summer, he interned as a PR intern for a marketing agency based out of Denver, CO. His words of advice for new students: “Don’t feel as if you have to get involved with everything all at once – take some time to get settled.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780, BIOEE 1610, BIOEE 2740, PLBIO 2410
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Sophia Qu ’21

Sophia Qu
Sophia is concentrating in Microbiology with plans to work in biotechnology or biomedical research studying infectious diseases. She is involved in Alpha Iota Gamma, a pre-health professional fraternity, and in Chi Alpha Epsilon Honors Society. Additionally, she is an active citizen on West Campus. Sophia also does research at the Vet School in the Harrington Lab, studying vector-borne diseases and in the Song Lab, studying Salmonella Typhi. For fun, she likes to watch Hulu and YouTube, eat ramen, and nap. Her favorite classes are STSCI 2150: Introductory Statistics for Biology and NS 2600: Introduction to Global Health. This summer, she worked at the Guo Lab at Weill Cornell Medical Center in NYC studying the effect of protein metabolites on the gut microbiome. Sophia’s advice for new students: “Don’t feel overwhelmed or scared because everyone else is probably too.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Kimaya Raje '20

Kimaya Raje
Kimaya is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior and minors in Inequality Studies with plans to pursue an MD/PhD. Kimaya is involved with the Hindu Student Council, Interfaith Council, and Mentor through South Asian Council. She also conducts research in the Smith’s lab in The Lab of Neurobiology of Learning and Memory in the psychology department. Her favorite class so far is BIONB 2220: Introduction to Neuroscience. For fun, she likes to write, spend time with friends, watch Netflix, and read. During the summer, she stayed in Ithaca to do research. Kimaya’s advice to new students: “College is a completely new environment, so allow yourself to enjoy it!” She is also looking forward to Biofest.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOMG 1350, BIONB 2220, PHYS 2207
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Hal Rives '21

Hal Rives
Hal is concentrating in General Biology with plans to become a research assistant and eventually go to medical school after graduation. Hal is part of the Chess Club here on campus and is also involved in Greek Life. He is involved in research on campus in the Parker Lab. For fun, Hal enjoys playing chess, practicing piano, and hanging out with friends. His favorite class at Cornell is CHEM 2070: General Chemistry I. This summer, Hal worked at Stanford’s Lucile Packard Pediatric Hospital. He looks forward to Biofest next year. Hal’s advice for new students: “You’re going to be fine! Everyone is nervous coming in and it’s perfectly natural.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
3:20

Evin Rothschild '21

Evin is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior and double majors in Government. She plans to go to medical school after taking a gap year. Evin is a policy analyst for the on-campus Thank Tank Roosevelt in the Health Care Center. She is also on the Women’s Club Lacrosse Team and is part of the executive board of her sorority. Evin is involved in research on campus in the Parrish Lab, where she works on virology. For fun, she likes to explore Ithaca’s hiking trails and gorges. Her favorite class at Cornell is GOVT 3281: Constitutional Politics: The Supreme Court. This summer, she will be working as an age division leader at a sleepaway summer camp. Evin looks forward to Biofest and Cornell Days next year. Evin advises new students to “manage your time well so that you can balance academics, extracurricular, and personal time.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIOG 1445
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Jenelle Safadi ‘20

Jenelle Safadi
Jenelle concentrates in General Biology and plans to apply to medical school while doing clinical research after graduation. Outside of class, she is a TA for CHEM 2070, volunteers for Cayuga Medical Center and is involved in the Biology Scholar’s Program. She also does research in molecular medicine at the veterinary school. For fun, Jenelle likes to go to concerts and spend time off campus exploring Ithaca with friends. Her favorite class is CHEM 3580: Organic Chemistry II. This summer, she stayed in Ithaca to take Biochemistry while studying for the MCAT and volunteering in Cayuga Medical’s mental health unit. Her words of advice for new students: “Try as many new things as possible and meet as many new people as you can.” She is looking forward to BioFest. Fun fact: She spent all of her junior year studying abroad in England!
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Kareena Sagar '20

Kareena Sagar
Kareena is concentrating in General Biology with hopes of attending medical school after graduation. Her favorite class at Cornell is BIOG 1445: Autotutorial Introduction to Comparative Anatomy and Physiology and STSCI 2150: Introductory Statistics for Biology. She also enjoys her Spanish classes. Outside of class, Kareena is involved in Cornell Bhangra, Alpha Phi Omega, and the Cornell Association of Medicine and Philanthropy. She is an undergraduate research assistant in the Cheetham lab. For fun, Kareena loves to read, draw, and cook. She also enjoys spending her free time learning new things. This past summer, she worked at the Lincoln Hospital in New York City under the Practicing Medicine Program which includes shadowing and working in public health. Her advice for new students: “Keep an open mind and try new things! You will never know who you’ll meet or what you might like.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOG 1445, BIOG 1500, CHEM 2510
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Emily Sattora '21

Emily Sattora
Emily is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to attend medical school. Emily works at the Cayuga Medical Center, which she’ll be continuing this summer, and she is also a waitress at Texas Roadhouse. For fun, Emily enjoys playing with her 2 cats, Pasta and Meatball, going outside, and exploring Ithaca with her girlfriend. Her favorite class is BIONB 2220: Introduction to Neuroscience. She looks forward to Cornell Days and the OUB Doggie Dogs. Her advice for new students: “Get off campus! Explore downtown and all of the beautiful waterfalls and gorges in the area. Make time for yourself and to de-stress!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIONB 2220, BIOEE 1780
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Alejandro Schmieder '21

Alejandro Schmieder
Alejandro is concentrating in Genetics with tentative plans to attend graduate school for microbiology, genetics, or bioengineering or take a gap year and enter a research institute. He is a student assistant at the Tatkon Center and a member educator for the pre-health professional fraternity, AIR. He is also involved in research in Cornell’s microbiology department. His favorite classes are BIOEE 1780 AND BIOMI 2900. For fun, Alejandro enjoys reading, watching vines and YouTube videos, and hanging out with friends. This summer, he worked at Cornell studying the global distribution and phylogeny of Epulopiscium spp. in the Angert lab of the Microbiology department as part of the CIHMID Undergraduate Research Experience program. He looks forward to Biofest and the research panels for next year. His advice for new students: “Take it slow! This experience can be overwhelming – you’re adjusting to a new world! But this is also a humbling and exciting experience! Don’t rush!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780, MATH 1110
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Jasmin Strong ’20

Jasmin Strong
Jasmin is concentrating in Genetics with plans to take a gap year before medical school in which she will pursue a Master’s degree in Kinesiology/Sport Science. Her favorite classes are HIST 1930: History of Love, BIOMG 2801: Lab in Genetics and Genomics, and BIOEE 1780: Introduction to Evolutionary Biology and Diversity. Outside of class, she works as a Peer Advisor in CALS Student Services and as a Biology Tutor for the Learning Strategies Center. She is involved in Greek life, the Biology Scholars Program, Women’s Club Basketball and she is President of the Cornell Women’s Rugby Team. She also conducts research in the Hernandez lab in the engineering school where she studies the how the gut microbiome of a mouse affects its musculoskeletal properties. Jasmin likes to go to the movies for fun after a stressful week or whenever a good movie has just come out, as she is a huge fan of the Regal Cinemas in Ithaca. She also likes to eat out with friends, hike around the gorges, go to the Farmers Market, and read (when she gets the chance). This summer, she conducted clinical research on glioblastomas and traumatic brain injuries at Stony Brook University Hospital, volunteered in their Child Life Department, and worked as a Special Education Aide at a Learning Center. Something encouraging she would like to say to new students: “One of my close family friends wrote the following proverb in my graduation card: ‘She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.’ It’s just a quote I really liked and resonated with. Entering a new environment and phase in your life can be really daunting especially when you feel like you just figured everything out. But the quote just says to be strong and have confidence in yourself and enter your future without fear and with open arms and excitement.“
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Brendan Tarantino '20

Brendan Tarantino
Brendan is concentrating in General Biology with plans to take two gap years and go to medical school. On campus, he is a teaching assistant, the President of Sport Taekwondo, and participates in research in the Oswald lab. His favorite class is BIOMG 2800: Lectures in Genetics and Genomics. He enjoys martial arts and dad jokes. This summer, he did research at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Brendan’s advice for new students: “Take time to explore your options (both academic and extracurricular). Cornell has a ton offer if you’re willing to look!” He is looking forward to BioFest.
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOMG 2800, BIOMG 2801, BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 3320, MATH 1106, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOG 1500
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Brenton Westbrook '20

Brenton Westbrook
Brenton concentrates in Human Nutrition and plans to take a gap year before attending medical school. His favorite class is HD 1150: Human Development: Infancy and Childhood because it got him interested in pursuing his minor in human development. Outside of class, he is involved in the Pre-Medical Minority Mentorship Program (PreM3), Black Biomedical and Technical Association (BBMTA), Club Track and Field, Pre-Student of Osteopathic Medicine (Pre-SOMA), PhiDE, and he is a BIOMG 3300 TA. He likes to relax by going on runs to clear his mind and he has fun when he hangs out with his friends. This summer, Brenton participated in the Practicing Medicine Program at Weill Cornell. His words of advice for new students: “Everything will fall into place. Things may look out of line now, but take a step back and see where all of the pieces fit.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 3300, BIOMG 1350, BIOG1440
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Lily Xie ’21

Lily Xie
Lily is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans take a gap year and then attend medical school. On campus, she is involved in Cornell Emergency Medical Services, Alternative Breaks, and the Guild of Visual Arts. She also does research in the Yapici Lab and continued work there this summer as part of Cornell REU. For fun, Lily enjoys playing video games, drawing, painting, and writing, going to the gym, crocheting, reading, and studying. Her favorite classes are BIONB 2220: Introduction to Neuroscience and CS 1110: Introduction to Computing using Python. She looks forward to meeting with and helping her advisees. Lily’s advice for new students: “Don’t be afraid of failure – one day maybe you’ll be lucky enough to crave it.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
PHYS 1101, PHYS 1102, BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Emily Yang '20

Emily Yang
Emily concentrates in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to apply for MD/PhD programs after taking a gap year. Her favorite class is BIONB 2220: Introduction to Neuroscience. Outside of class, Emily is a writer for the Cornell Daily Sun and Cornell Book Review, a tutor with Village at Ithaca, and a barista at Libe Café. She also conducts research with Dr. Andy Clark in the Molecular Biology and Genetics department where she studies gene drives. She likes to watch sitcoms, go jogging, and collect plants for fun. This summer, she studied for the MCAT and did research at Indiana University School of Medicine. Emily’s advice for new students: “You can do it!” She is looking forward to advising socials and the freshman planning meetings.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIONB 2210, BIONG 2220
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:45

Melissa Yap ‘21

Melissa Yap
Melissa is concentrating in Biochemistry with plans to go to dental school and become a general dentist. On campus, she is involved with Prisoners Express and Botanic Gardens, and she is a Tanner Dean’s Scholar. She is also involved in research with Dr. Khena Swallow studying attention, memory, and perception. For fun, Melissa likes to arrange music, find the best restaurants, and walk dogs. Her favorite class is BME 2010: Physiology of Human Health and Disease. This summer, she volunteered as a family counselor at Family Forward and as a dental instrument technician. Melissa’s advice to new students: “Get a support system, whether it be teachers, friends, mentors, coworkers, or family.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Eunice Yiu ’20

Eunice Yiu
Eunice is concentrating in Neurobiology ad Behavior with plans to pursue a PhD or MD/PhD. On campus, she is the President of the Scientista Foundation Chapter at Cornell, the Chairperson of the CAS Dean’s Student Advisory Council, and a TA for PHYS 1101/1102 and HD 3620. She is also involved with the Patient/People Care Advocacy Team. Additionally, Eunice is involved in research at the Neurobiology Lab of Learning and Memory and at the Cornell Infant Studies Lab. Her favorite class is PSYCH 4230: What Does the Hippocampus Do? For fun she enjoys running around campus, painting, playing the piano, art jamming in Risley (where she lives), doing yoga, and playing tennis. She also loves eating and traveling. This summer she interned at Johns Hopkins Medical School. She looks forward to helping her advisees. Eunice’s advice for new students: “Take your time to explore Cornell and do not be afraid to challenge yourself.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 3300, PHYS 1101, PHYS 1102, BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, STSCI 2200
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

David Zhang '20

David Zhang
David is concentrating in Computational Biology with plans to attend medical school. He is involved in the Cornell Glee Club, Debate in Science and Health, and is crisis counselor for a crisis text line. He is also involved in research with Dr. Clark in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics. For fun, David enjoys singing, listening to music, making recordings, and exploring campus. His favorite class is CHEM 3590: Honors Organic Chemistry. This summer David conducted research on campus, working on his Honor’s Thesis. His advice for new students: “Try something you never thought you’d ever try.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 3320, PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208, BIOMG 2800, MATH 1920
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Melissa Zhang '20

Melissa Zhang
Melissa is concentrating in Genetics and take a gap year to work as a technician before pursuing a Master’s in Genetic Counseling. Her favorite class is BIONB 2220: Introduction to Neuroscience because this class allowed her to discover her interest in neurobiology (and ultimately switch research labs). Outside of class, Melissa is involved in Alpha Phi Omega, Wild Roses Ultimate Frisbee, Food Recovery Network, Prisoners Express, and Bread and Butter Pantry. She also does research in Dr. Andrew Bass’s lab. For fun, she enjoys Frisbee, hiking, cooking/baking, volunteering, playing ukulele, watching Netflix, and eating. This summer, she worked on her senior thesis in her lab and played lots of Frisbee. Her advice to incoming students: “Academics and clubs are important, but don’t forget to also enjoy the process.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Katie Zhang ’21

Katie Zhang
Katie is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to take a gap year and apply to medical school. On campus, she is the dining editor for the Cornell Daily Sun and involved with Phi Mu and EARS. Her favorite class is BIONB 2220: Introduction to Neuroscience. For fun, she enjoys poetry and spoken word, snowboarding, watching YouTube, and hanging out with friends. This summer, she began research in the Ellwood lab (which she thinks is pretty neat!) where she studies dopamine in the prefrontal cortex. Her advice to new students: “It’s overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. Take your time and don’t try to compare yourself to others!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Qiaonan (Corey) Zheng ’20

Qiaonan (Corey) Zheng
Corey is concentrating in Human Nutrition with plans to take a couple gap years and then attend medical school. He is a volunteer at the Ithaca Free Clinic, a dancer in Assorted Aces, an EMT for CUEMS, and a musician in the Cornell Symphony Orchestra. He also does research for the Cummings Lab. Corey's favorite classes are PE 1290: Introduction to Gymnastics, PAM 2350: The U.S. Health Care System, and CHIN 1109/1110: Beginning Chinese for Students of Chinese Heritage. For fun, he enjoys exercising, dancing, and playing video games with friends. His advice to new students: “Office hours are the bomb and will save your butt.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Ziqing (Elena) Zhong '21

Ziqing (Elena) Zhong
Elena is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to go to graduate school to study neuroscience. On campus, she is a TA for BIOMG 2800: Lectures in Genetics and Genomics. She also does research in the Yapici Lab. For fun, she enjoys reading. Heris favorite classes are BIOMG 2800 and MATH 2210: Linear Algebra. This summer, she interned at Roche Molecular Systems. Her advice for new students: “Try everything!” She is looking forward to BioFest.
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208, BIOMG 2800
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25