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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.


Check out the Student Advisor Research and Summer Experiences spreadsheet for more information on what our students are doing! Feel free to visit with the SAs during their office hour shift in the OUB to talk about their experiences. 

Spring 2019 tutoring schedule


** Please note that SA Office hours end on Tuesday, May 7th **

2019-2020 Student Advisor Profiles and Office Hours

Mandy Chan '20

Mandy is concentrating in General Biology with a plan to take a gap year before she attends medical school. Her favorite class is currently BIOG 1445: Introduction to Comparative Anatomy and Physiology. Outside of class, Mandy is involved in research at the Ophir lab and is a member of aKDphi, a multicultural sorority. When she’s not studying, she enjoys sleeping, playing the piano, and watching Netflix. This past summer, she volunteered at her local hospital and participated in research. Her advice for new students: “Although studying is super important, definitely take the time to go out, meet new people, and join a few clubs of interest.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None

Crystal Cheng '20

Crystal is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology with plans to attend medical school when she graduates. Her favorite classes at Cornell are BIOMG 1350: Cell and Developmental Biology and BIOMG 3320: Principles of Biochemistry: Molecular Biology. When she is not in class, Crystal is involved in ECaFT, Scientista, CAMP, CPS, and research in the Grimson lab. In order to relax, she does calligraphy and plays tennis and piano. This past summer, she participated in a cancer research internship at the University of Minnesota. Her advice for new students: “Be open-minded and proactive.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None

Grace Cho '20

Grace is concentrating in Animal Physiology and plans to attend medical school when she graduates. Her favorite classes at Cornell are BIOMG 3320, BIOAP 3160, SOC 1101, and BIOG 1440. Grace also serves as a CALS ambassador and is involved in GMDB, EARS, and research. When she has free time, she loves running, playing the piano, and reading the news. This past summer, Grace did research in her lab studying MiRNAs. Her advice for new students: “Cornell is a humbling place; it will challenge you and push you to your limits, but just focus on yourself, what you love, and what you want to do. Don’t compare yourself with others.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, MATH 1110, BIOG 1440, BIOAP 3160, BIOMG 3320

Emily Chow '20

Emily is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to attend medical school right after graduation. Her favorite class is BIOMG 1350: Introductory Biology: Cell and Developmental Biology because she learned many fundamental things that are essential to life processes. Outside of class, Emily is a part of Cornell’s Piano Society, where she teaches students to play piano and read music. For fun, she likes to watch anime, read, and binge-watch The Office (multiple times). This past summer, she shadowed doctors and researched nerve cell regeneration at Johns Hopkins. Her advice to new students: “Don’t take yourself too seriously! Have a good time, study hard, and keep yourself grounded—you’ll be fine! College is all about finding yourself and meeting the most extraordinary people you’ll ever meet.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIONB 2220

Christopher Diaz '20

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

Vanathi Ganesan '20

Vanathi is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology with plans to attend medical school and continue research in developmental biology. Her favorite class at Cornell is CHEM 3580: Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences and the ENG1147: FWS: Mystery in the Story. Outside of class, she is a TA for CHEM 2070/2080, an RA in Balch, and a member of research in the Liu lab. For fun, she dances, plays violin, reads, and goes to the gym. She also really loves to travel! This past summer, she took a nutrition class and volunteered. Vanathi’s advice to new students: “Don’t get deterred by a bad grade—take it as a way to better assess yourself and make a plan to do better.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
STSCI 2150, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOEE 1780, BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440

David Gelikman '19

David is concentrating in Microbiology with a plan to go to medical school and eventually become a cardiothoracic surgeon. His favorite class on campus is BIOMI 2911: General Microbiology Laboratory because it’s very engaging. Outside of class, he is in a sketch comedy (Humor Us!) and writes/directs/acts in sketches during our semester shows. In his free time, he likes to watch TV shows (The Office, Parks & Rec, Scrubs), cook, and play guitar and piano. This past summer, David worked as a stem cell processing intern at a stem cell bank and office. He is excited to get the opportunity to meet and work with new Cornell students, and his advice for new students: “Cornell is big, and there are tons of opportunities to do work and also have fun. Stay on top of things and you’ll have a good time here!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None

Agnes Goldrich '20

Agnes is concentrating in Animal Physiology with plans to take a gap year to do research before going to medical school to be a surgeon. A class that she absolutely loved is HIST 1930: A Global History of Love. Agnes is also the Vice President of Public Relations for Cornell Surgical Society, a member of the Cornell Storytelling Club, and is on the outreach committee for the Center for Jewish Living. In her free time, she likes to follow dogs around the arts quad, get coffee at Libe, and watch Grey’s Anatomy. This past summer, she worked as a student innovator at the Children’s National Medical Center’s Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation shadowing/doing research on facial reconstructive surgery. Her advice for new students: “Bio can be tough, but it’s important to remember that there are lots of different ways to get through the bio track and even if you’re not on the ‘typical’ path, you still belong at Cornell and are amazing! Cornell can definitely be rough, but there are a lot of resources to check out and people who care about you and can’t wait to hear about how you are doing.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None

Matthew Guo '19

Matthew is concentrating in General Biology and plans to attend medical school to pursue an MD or MD/PhD. His favorite class on campus is CHEM 3600: Honors Organic Chemistry II. Outside of class, he is involved Cornell Club Swimming, MEDLIFE, Phi Delta Epsilon, and the Community Health Peer Mentorship Program. He is also a TA for BIOG 1445. He conducts research in the Weiss lab at the veterinary school studying the role of DNA damage in mammalian meiosis. For fun, Matthew likes try new foods, swim, read, and binge-watch Game of Thrones. This past summer, he shadowed doctors and volunteered in the ER while studying for the MCAT. He wants students to know that if they would like to watch Game of Thrones with him, they can be friends. Matthew’s advice for new students: “Don’t be afraid to be alone and invest in yourself.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1445, CHEM 3590, CHEM 3600, BIOMG 1350

Emily Hasser '20

Emily is concentrating in Animal Physiology and plans to apply to veterinary school after taking a gap year to get more vet/animal experience. Her favorite class is FREN 3160: Translating French: Theory and Practice. Outside of class, she is involved in Club Gymnastics, Phi Sigma Sigma, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and is a volunteer coordinator for Encouraging Young Engineers and Scientists. She conducts research at the Hume lab at the veterinary school. For fun, Emily likes to read and hang out with friends. When the weather is nice, she also likes to hike. This past summer, she worked as a veterinary assistant at a clinic while taking organic chemistry lab at UC Berkeley. Emily is very excited to meet and get to know her advisees, and she is willing to answer questions about being a French double major. Her advice to new students: “Make sure you don’t overload your schedule so you leave time to have fun. There are many clubs and activities at Cornell—I encourage you to explore your options!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None

Amrit Hingorani '20

Amrit is concentrating in General Biology and plans to attend medical school to pursue an MD or MD/PhD. His favorite class is biochemistry and BIOMG 1350. Outside of class, he is involved in Club Field Hockey, Club Paintball, Club Frisbee, Club Rowing, Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Zeta, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Biology Service Leaders, Cayuga Waters, and the Golden Key Club. He conducts research in the Cerione lab at the veterinary school doing a lot of wet lab work. For fun, Amrit loves playing sports, watching Netflix, reading books, traveling, and hanging out with friends. This past summer, he traveled abroad to Zambia as part of the global health minor to do a policy analysis research project as well as some hospital shadowing. Amrit is a strong believer in trying new things and experimenting while he still can. His advice to new students: “Just try everything you want to do when you get here! Don’t be afraid—college is the time to try new things and have fun.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIOMG 3300

Morgan Hubbard '20

Morgan is concentrating in General Biology and plans to take a gap year before hopefully attending medical school to work in EMS, as well as volunteering at a hospital in Michigan and Special Days Camp. Her favorite class is AMST 1575: History Goes to Hollywood. Outside of class, Morgan is a CALS ambassador, a member of the running club and PATCH, and the director of activities for Delta Gamma. For fun, she likes running. This past summer, she is worked as a sailing instructor and volunteered at Holland Hospital and the Special Days Camp. Her advice to new students: “Give yourself some time to adjust! Especially coming from the perspective of a transfer student; take time to give yourself a pep talk. Coming to a new place is really hard, and it’s important to remind yourself that you’re doing great!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None

Brian Lee '20

Brian is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology and plans to take a gap year before applying to graduate school. His favorite classes are CHEM 3570 and CHEM 3580. Outside of class, he is the outreach committee chair director for CURB and the associate director of Young Researchers Program. He conducts research at the veterinary school and is continued his research this past summer. For fun, Brian likes beekeeping, exercising, cooking, tennis, and science documentaries. His advice to new students: “Take classes you enjoy and take time to appreciate them all.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580

Joshua Lee '20

Josh is concentrating in Animal Physiology. He does research in the Buchon lab. Outside of class, he is involved with CRU, and he is an RA in Low Rise 7. For fun, Joshua likes to watch YouTube videos, work out, and play basketball. His favorite class is BIOMG 3300. This past summer, he traveled to Asia on a mission trip and volunteered at a hospital in Arizona. His advice for new students: “Find a community where you belong and where you can find support.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None

Jessica Leipman '20

Jess is concentrating in Human Nutrition and plans to take a gap year before attending either medical school or graduate school. Her favorite class is NS 1150: Nutrition, Health, and Society. Outside of class, she is a diver, the captain of the Varsity Swimming and Diving Team, and a member of the Big Red Leadership Institute. For fun, she likes to listen to music, take naps, work out, and lift weights. This pastsummer, she took physics at Boston University. Her advice to new students: “Don’t be afraid to ask for help, have fun and meet new people, work hard and try your best. Don’t stress too much.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None

Zain Mehdi '20

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

Talia Ostrow '20

Talia is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics, and Development and is considering going into medicine or industry. Her favorite class in the major is BIOMG 2800: Lectures in Genetics and Genomics, but she also loves FGSS 2010: Introduction to Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Outside of class, Talia takes part in Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Cornell Minds Matter, Cornell Hillel, and the Center for Jewish Living. For fun, she does Zumba and goes to a capella and dance shows on campus. This past summer, she stayed on campus and continued to work in the Cohen lab. She is very much looking forward to meeting with advisees and helping to calm the anxiety throughout the year! Her advice to new students: “Don’t be afraid to reach out for help—there are so many resources on campus for tutoring and counseling that are very helpful in the transition to school.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None

Jasmine Peng '20

Jasmine is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to attend medical school and become a doctor someday. Her favorite class is BIONB 2220: Introduction to Neuroscience. Outside of class, Jasmine dances with Impact Dance Troupe and Shadows Dance Troupe while being a member of the Kappa Delta sorority. For fun, she binges Netflix, travels, and hangs out with friends. Over the summer, she shadowed at a hospital in Brooklyn through Cornell’s Practicing Medicine Program. She would like to tell new students: “Welcome to Cornell! We’re happy to have you and are so glad you’re here! We all want to make your experience here as positive as possible, so please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions/concerns at any time.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
MATH 1110, BIOEE 1780

Colton Poore '20

Colton is concentrating in Systematics and Biotic Diversity with plans to get a job working in science policy and education. He is also double majoring in English and minoring in Medieval Studies. His favorite class is ENGL 3080: Icelandic Family Sagas. Outside of class, he is involved in Alpha Phi Omega, Cornell Environmental Collaborative, the Epsilon Eta sustainability fraternity, Rainy Day Literary Magazine, and serves as a student ambassador for Arts and Sciences. Colton also enjoys listening to music, writing, and going for runs. Over the summer, he had an internship at Oneida Lake working on field ecology and science communication. Colton’s advice to new students: “Don’t feel as if you have to have everything figured out when you first get here. There is plenty of time to explore your interests and do the things you want to have done!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780, BIOEE 1610, BIOEE 2740, BIOG 1440

Kimaya Raje '20

Kimaya is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to go to medical school and pursue an MD. She is also minoring in Inequality Studies. Her favorite class is currently BSOC 3111: Sociology of Medicine. She is the president of the Hindu Student Council and does research in Dr. Smith’s psychology lab on campus. For fun, Kimaya likes to read, watch Netflix, and hang out with friends. Over the summer, she worked in a research lab at Indiana University’s Medical School. Her advice to new students: “College is a completely new environment, so allow yourself to enjoy it.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOMG 1350

Kareena Sagar '20

Kareena is concentrating in General Biology with hopes of attending medical school after graduation. Her favorite class at Cornell is BIOG 1445 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, BIOMG 1350, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOG 1445, BIOG 1500, BIOEE 1780, STSCI 2150, CHEM 2510

Brendan Tarantino '20

Brendan is concentrating in Human Nutrition and plans to attend medical school to become a doctor after graduation. His favorite class is STSCI 2150: Introductory Statistics for Biology. Brendan is also involved in Sport Taekwondo, research, and Greek life. He is also in the process of completing the Dyson Business Minor for Life Sciences Majors. For relaxation, he enjoys naps and more naps. During the summer, he did electrophysiology research in the Li Niu Lab at the University of Albany. His advice to new students: “College is a time to grow as a person and gain new experiences, so work hard, but don’t forget to have fun.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOEE 1780, STSCI 2150, MATH 1106

Brenton Westbrook '20

Brenton is concentrating in Human Nutrition and plans to take two gap years working at Teach for America before attending medical school. His favorite class is EDUC 2610: Intergroup Dialogue Project. He is also minoring in Human Development and has a huge focus on health disparities. At Cornell, Brenton is involved in BBMTA, the PhiDE pre-med fraternity, CTFC, and volunteers at Saturday Math and Science Academy at Beverly J. Martin. To relax, he likes to sing, write songs, and hang out with friends. Over the summer, he is attended the Pre-Dental/Pre-Medical Enrichment Program at UCLA. Brenton’s advice to new students: “Take your time. You will get to where you want to be in the future. Be calm and be patient. I know you will succeed!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780, BIOG 1440

Emily Yang '20

Emily is concentrating in Neurobiology and Behavior with plans to attend medical school after one gap year. She is also minoring in English. Her favorite class is BIONB 2220: Introduction to Neuroscience. Outside of class, Emily is active in the Cornell Daily Sun, Cornell Book Review, tutoring at GIAC, and works in Libe Café. For fun, she likes to go jogging and get bubble tea. Over the summer, she participated in the Undergraduate Research Program. Her advice to new students: “You can do it!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1500, BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIONB 2210, BIONG 2220

David Zhang '20

David is concentrating in Computational Biology and plans to attend medical school. His favorite class is CHEM 3590: Honors Organic Chemistry I. Around campus, he is involved in Glee Club, Debate in Science and Health, and he plays violin. David loves outdoor physical activity, TV shows, and singing. This past summer, he participated in Harvard Medical School Bioinformatics Summer Institute Research Program. His advice to new students: “Try a bit of everything you want to try or you think you want to try.” He also wants to let you know he's excited for this year!
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, MATH 2210, BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 3320, PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208