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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.

Our Student Advisors enjoy talking with students about their summer experiences and research on and off campus. We have put together a comprehensive list of their experiences and invite students to visit the OUB to chat with our SAs to learn more. Research and Summer Experiences

2020-2021 Student Advisor Profiles and Office Hours

Clemens An '21

Clemens is concentrating in Human Nutrition with plans to go to medical school after graduation. His favorite class is SPAN 3120: Advanced Speaking Spanish because it really helped him further his Spanish-speaking ability. On campus, he is involved in Men’s Club Soccer, the Korean-American Students Association and GlobeMed. He also conducts comparative reproductive research at the Cheong Lab. For fun, Clemens enjoys cooking, working out, and going to McDonald's. This summer, he took his MCAT and (hopefully!) submitted his AAMC application. This academic year, Clemens is looking forward to an in-person Cornell Days! His advice for new students: “Always go out when given the opportunity to meet new friends, but make sure to keep practicing social distancing!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, BIOMG 1350, BIOEE 1780, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208

Ethan Bachert '21

Ethan Bachert
Ethan concentrates in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to work in a hospital or research lab for a year before going to medical school. On campus, he is a member of the Men’s Varsity Swimming and Diving Team, Red Key Athletic Honors Society and Alpha Chi Sigma. He is also the Treasurer for Alpha Epsilon Delta, a CALS Ambassador, and an undergraduate researcher in the Behling-Kelly Lab. Ethan loves to fish, kayak, hike and spend time outdoors for fun. He also loves cooking, reading, and playing board games. His favorite classes are CHEM 3580: Organic Chemistry II and EDUC 2610: Intergroup Dialogue Project. This summer, Ethan studied for the MCAT. He is looking forward to office hours in the OUB and seeing everyone back on campus this school year! Ethan’s words of encouragement for new students: “Although there is a lot of uncertainty in life right now, I believe it is still important to make the most of every opportunity that comes your way, and to make the effort to experience many of the new and exciting things that Cornell has to offer, regardless of how the upcoming semester unfolds.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIONB 2220, BIOMG 2800, BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 3320, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580

Bianca Beckwith ’22

Bianca is concentrating in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to take two gap years to do research and take the MCAT before pursuing an MD/Ph.D. in neuropsychiatry. On campus, she is a Peer Mentor in the Biology Scholars Program and the Community Outreach Coordinator of Cornell Minds Matter. She also does research in the Ophir Lab where she studies neural projections in prairie vole brains. Bianca's favorite class is BIONB 2220: Neurobiology and Behavior II because it confirmed her love for neuroscience and connected her with other people who think the brain is really weird and really cool! For fun, Bianca likes to play the piano and ukulele, write, and hang out with friends. This summer, she volunteered at local hospices, virtually volunteered for 7 Cups as an emotional support listener, and studied for upcoming classes. You may see her twin sister around on campus (but don’t worry because they’re not identical!) This upcoming school year, she is looking forward to one-on-one meetings so she can get to know her advisees better. Bianca’s words of encouragement for incoming students: " Give yourself a try! It's okay to take a lighter schedule your first semester, explore new interests, and ask for help when you need it.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220, BIOG 1440, BIOMG 1350, BIOEE 1780, STSCI 2150

Benayas Dereje Begashaw '21

Benayas is concentrating in Human Nutrition with plans to go to medical school after graduation. On campus, he is involved with Phi Delta Epsilon and Scholars in Our Society of Africa (SOSA) as a member of International Operations. In the Ithaca community, he works as a volunteer at the Southern Tier Aids Project. Benayas's favorite class is NS 4410: Nutrition and Disease. For fun, Benayas enjoys reading books, writing poems, hiking through Ithaca trails, and watching Netflix. This summer, he worked remotely as a Program Assistant for Cornell’s Pre-freshman Summer Program. He is looking forward to Orientation Week and BioFest this upcoming school year. Benayas’s words of encouragement for incoming students: “Take each day as it is and don't let your worries for tomorrow ruin the happiness that you can have for today. What is important is what you can do today, which doesn't include everything!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
NS 3310, NS 3410, NS 4410, PHYS 2207

Zack Bellido ’22

Zack is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics & Development with plans to attend graduate school for either a Ph.D. or a Master’s in a genetics-related field after graduation. On campus, he is involved with the Biology Scholars Program, Alpha Chi Sigma – the professional chemistry fraternity, Kappa Sigma as the Environmental Sustainability Chair, and Deixa Sambar – a Brazilian percussion ensemble. He also conducts research in the Berry Lab where he studies how adipose and muscle stem cells regulate metabolism and tissue regeneration. Zack loves listening to music, especially rock, punk, metal, and hip hop. He loves fishing and catering to his aquarium hobby. Zack has also been learning how to play the guitar for about a year now. His favorite class is BIOSM 1780: Evolution and Marine Diversity. This summer, Zack applied to be a COVID-19 contract tracer, took a class, and worked on music in his free time. He is looking forward to BioFest this upcoming school year! Zack’s advice for incoming freshmen: “Don’t take on too much at once! Cornell's resources and endless opportunities will seem overwhelming, and it's important to realize that there's not one correct or expected way to do things. Remember to live YOUR life, and not other people's.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOMG 2800, BIOEE 1780

Jack Bookbinder ’22

Jack is concentrating in Microbiology with plans to go to medical school after graduation. On campus, he does research in the VanderVen Lab and is involved in Cornell Club Hockey and Weill-Ithaca Network (WIN). To destress and have fun, he loves to play hockey, hang out with friends on campus, and explore Ithaca (and occasionally NYC!) with his girlfriend. Jack’s favorite class is CHEM 3580: Organic Chemistry II. This summer, he worked as an EMT and started studying for the MCAT. This upcoming school year, he is excited to meet his advisees and share his passion for Cornell and biology with them! Jack’s words of encouragement for new students: “Cornell is an amazing place. Everywhere you turn there is inspiration and opportunity. With that in mind, during your four years here, don't be afraid to pull yourself out of your comfort zone. In the words of Wayne Gretzky, "You miss 100% of the shots you never take."
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440

Catie Breen ’21

Catie is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics & Development with plans to pursue a Ph.D. in developmental or integrative biology. On campus, she is involved with Von Cramm Cooperative and Cornell Running Club. Catie previously did research in the McCune Lab in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology but she currently does research in the Simoes-Costa Lab in Genetics, Genomics & Development. For fun, she likes to run, cook, bake, and go thrift shopping. Her favorite class is BIOMG 3850: Developmental Biology. This summer, Catie worked remotely on a computational research project in her lab. She is looking forward to meeting new students during orientation and welcoming them to Cornell. Her words of advice for new students: “There is so much room in bio sci to explore your interests--there may be an area of biology that you don't know exists yet, but turns out to be what excites you the most!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780, BIOEE 1610, BIOG 1440, BIOMG 2800, BIOMG 2801, MATH 1120

Jordan Bryan ’21

Jordan is concentrating in General Biology with plans to take one gap year before attending medical school. On campus, he is involved with Cru, International Justice Mission and intramural football and soccer. He also does research in the Linder Lab on protein biochemistry. To relax, Jordan loves to hang out with friends, go to the gym, try new sports and travel. This summer, he did a virtual internship to work on his Global Health minor. This upcoming school year, Jordan is looking forward to outings with his advisees (if we can still have them!). His words of advice for incoming freshmen: “Cornell is an amazing place where you can learn so much. Take advantage of the amazing opportunities that they have to offer and try your best to enjoy every experience!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None

Catherine Cai ’21

Catherine is concentrating in Computational Biology with plans to take a gap year before going to graduate school. On campus, she is involved with the Cornell Daily Sun, the Smart is Strong Foundation, and Alpha Phi Omega. Her favorite classes are BIOMG 3310: Principles of Biochemistry – Proteins and Metabolism, and BIONB 2220: Neurobiology and Behavior II. This summer, she interned at a pharmaceutical company. Catherine is looking forward to BioFest and orientation this school year!
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 3310, BIOG 1440, BIOMG 3320, BIONB 2220

Halee Calabrese ’21

Halee is concentrating in Human Nutrition with plans to take one gap year before attending medical school. On campus, she is the Alumni and Marketing Chair for Women’s Rugby and the Transfer Coordinator for CALS Ambassadors. Halee loves to knit and crochet in her free time! Her favorite classes are BIOEE 1540: Introduction to Oceanography and BIOMI 2900: General Microbiology Lectures. This summer, she worked at her local hospital as a lab assistant and ER technician! She also studied for the MCAT. Halee is looking forward to getting to know her advisees this upcoming academic year. Her words of advice for incoming students: “Go to your professors’ office hours and get to know them!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None

Timothy Chang ’22

Timothy concentrates in Molecular & Cell Biology with plans to pursue a Ph.D. in biochemistry after graduation. On campus, he is a member of Hortus Forum, the undergraduate horticulture club, and a researcher at the Liu Worm Lab. For fun, he enjoys gardening, painting, reading, and embroidery. His favorite medium for painting is gouache and his favorite genres to read are historical fiction and mystery. Timothy’s favorite courses are BIOEE 1780: Introduction to Evolutionary Biology and Diversity and BIOMG 1350: Introductory Biology – Cell and Developmental Biology. This summer, he continued his research at the Liu Worm Lab. He is looking forward to Cornell Days and talking to new students/parents! Timothy’s words of advice for new students: “Approach all things coming your way with an open mind and you'll find many different paths towards the future. Here, a growth mindset trumps a fixed mindset any day.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1500, BIOEE 1780, STSCI 2150, CHEM 2150

Jason Chen ’22

Jason is concentrating in General Biology with plans to take one gap year before enrolling in an MD/MPH program. On campus, he does research in the Behling-Kelly Lab and is involved in Alpha Phi Omega (service fraternity), Alpha Iota Gamma (pre-health fraternity), and MEDLIFE. For fun, he likes to watch YouTube and Netflix, sleep, and play volleyball. Jason’s favorite class is BSOC 2101: Plagues and People and PSYCH 3250: Adult Psychopathology. This summer, he volunteered remotely for the Cayuga Health COVID-19 Call Center and Crisis Text Line while also working on a health equity project with Cayuga Health. He is looking forward to BioFest! Jason’s words of advice for new students: “Never be afraid to reach out to help! There are so many people on campus willing to help anyone at any time.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None

Sheri Cheng ’22

Sheri concentrates in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to attend medical school or an MD/Ph.D. program after graduation. On campus, she is a part of the Peer Review Board and Human Elements. For fun, she enjoys running, sketching and baking. Sheri’s favorite class is BIONB 2220: Neurobiology and Behavior II. This summer, she applied to research labs and she is looking forward to BioFest and orientation this upcoming school year. Her advice for incoming students: “Don’t be afraid to try new things! Cornell has so many wonderful opportunities for you to explore.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIONB 2220, BIONB 2210, BIOG 1500

Svea Cheng '20

Svea Cheng
Svea is concentrating in Molecular & Cell Biology with plans to conduct clinical research at a cancer research institute before attending medical school. On campus, she is a BIOMG 3300 TA and a member of Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity and the Rawlings Research Scholars Program Advisory Board. Svea also does research in the Lammerding Lab. She enjoys oil painting, journaling, hiking, and stargazing! Her favorite class is PSYCH 3250: Adult Psychopathology. This summer, Svea studied for the MCAT and conducted remote research. She is also looking forward to BioFest this upcoming school year!
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None

Jonathan Chin Cheong '21

Jonathan Chin Cheong
Jonathan is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics & Development with plans to pursue a Ph.D. in developmental biology after graduation. On campus, he is involved with the Biology Scholars Program and research in the Cosgrove Lab, where he studies the muscle stem cells of mice and their expansion. Jonathan is also a Cornell Commitment Rawlings Presidential Research Scholar and a student manager at Green Dragon Café. For fun, Jonathan likes to play volleyball, explore Ithaca, and chat with friends over a good cup of coffee. His favorite class is BIOMG 4450: Stem Cell Biology. This summer, he continued his research in the Cosgrove Lab. Jonathan is most looking forward to Orientation Week this upcoming school year! His words of advice for new students: “Don’t spread yourself too thin! Pick a few things you are super passionate about! Also, have fun!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None

Sanjna Das ’22

Sanjna concentrates in Molecular & Cell Biology with plans to attend medical school after graduation. On campus, she is involved in Biology Service Leaders, Engaged Cornell, and Prisoner Express. She also does research in the Baker Institute of Animal Health and the Division of Nutritional Sciences. For fun, Sanjna enjoys exploring new countries, trying new foods, making art, and spending time with her friends and family. Sanjna’s favorite class is BIOAP 3410: Biology of the Mammary Gland because she enjoyed learning about the physiology of the mammary gland and current research in that field, especially because it closely overlaps with the work she does in lab. This summer, she continued her research at Massachusetts General Hospital and studied for the MCAT. Sanjna is looking forward to being involved in orientation-related activities and BioFest this upcoming school year! Her advice for incoming students: “Definitely take the time to explore your options and perhaps take a class in something outside your comfort zone—it can be incredibly rewarding!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIOEE 1780

Luke Detlor ’22

Luke is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics & Development with plans to attend medical school after a gap year working in a clinical setting. On campus, he is an RA for the Townhouse Community and a student worker for Cornell’s Student Disability Services. He also conducts research at the Behavior Analysis of Beginning Years (B.A.B.Y) Lab where he investigates questions related to communicative development and language, studying both human infants and zebra finches. To relax, Luke enjoys listening to new music, spending time with friends, and catching up on his favorite Netflix shows. He also loves going to Deixa Sambar, a Brazilian drumming ensemble, where he loves exploring Brazilian music and playing drums with friends at the end of the week. His favorite class is BIOMG 2800: Lectures in Genetics and Genomics. This summer, Luke spent time studying for the MCAT, doing remote work for his lab, volunteering for the Crisis Text Line, and getting involved with remote volunteering opportunities at his local hospital. He is looking forward to meeting his advisees at the beginning of the semester as well as attending BioFest. Luke’s advice for incoming freshmen: “Use your first semester to get adjusted to college and to Cornell. You have plenty of time so you don’t need to be very concerned with fulfilling a bunch of major and distribution requirements right away! I’d recommend making a schedule with a good balance of required classes and classes that you want to take just because they seem interesting to you.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOMG 2800, BIOMG 2801, BIOG 1445, BIOMG 1350

Nathaniel Garry ’21

Nathaniel is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics & Development with plans to take a gap year dedicated to research before attending medical school. His favorite classes are BIOMG 2800: Lectures in Genetics and Genomics and EDUC 2610: Intergroup Dialogue. On campus, Nathaniel is involved in Cornell Reflect, APO, and he works for Cornell Fitness Centers. He also does research in the Feschotte Lab in genetics and molecular biology. Nathaniel likes to run, read, and workout for fun. Over the summer, he stayed in Ithaca studying for the MCAT and working. This academic year, he is looking forward to getting to know all the advisees in his group! Nathaniel’s advice for new students: “Don't get too caught up in what everyone else around you is doing. Focus on yourself: what you enjoy, where you can self-improve, what your own personal goals are. But also take time to have fun and make some friends!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1445, BIOEE 1780

Siddharth Gavirneni ’21

Siddharth Gavirneni
Siddharth concentrates in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology with plans to attend graduate school after graduation. On campus, he is involved with Science Olympiad and Mafia Club. He also does research at the Paleontological Research Institution. Siddharth's favorite class is BIOEE 4790: Paleobiology and this summer, he took online classes. He is looking forward to any and all advising events this upcoming year!
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780, BIOEE 1610, BIOMG 2800, BIOMG 2801, BIOEE 2740

Tami Grinberg ’22

Tami concentrates in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to go to medical school after graduation. On campus, she is involved with Psi Chi Honors Society, MINT, EARS, Sigma Delta Tau as a Diversity and Inclusion Chair, and Chabad Sinai Scholars. She has also done research in psychology but is now thinking of switching to research in neurobiology. Tami loves to snowboard, run, paint, cook and have fun outdoors! Her favorite courses are PSYCH 3250: Adult Psychopathology and BIONB 2220: Neurobiology and Behavior II. This summer, Tami volunteered back home in Switzerland and took online classes. Some fun facts about her: She is double majoring in Psychology and is an international student who was born in Argentina and raised in Switzerland! She is looking forward to returning to Cornell and attending BioFest this upcoming school year. Tami’s words of advice for new students: “The first year can be a challenging transition for many people. I know it was for me as an international student. A piece of advice I would give is to ask for help when needed, you are not alone; there are so many people who want to help make this transition easier and support you. Cornell is truly amazing, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else, and I hope you will feel this way too!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1500, BIONB 2220

Jennifer Guo ’22

Jennifer concentrates in Animal Physiology with plans to go to medical school after graduation. On campus, she is an Outreach Co-Chair for Cornell Undergraduate Research Board (CURB), a member of Kappa Phi Lambda, and a TA for BIOG 1445. For fun, she likes to draw, paint, go to the gym, and find new places to eat with friends. Jennifer’s favorite class is BIOAP 3110: Principles of Animal Physiology. This summer, she taught herself RStudio and studied for the MCAT. Jennifer is looking forward to orientation, meeting new students, and attending BioFest this school year. Her words of advice for new students: “Use your free time to explore your passions, take fun classes that interest you, and don't forget to reach out and get involved on campus!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
MATH 1110, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOG 1445

Pat Herman ’22

Pat is concentrating in Microbiology with plans to go to medical school after one or two gap years dedicated to research. His favorite class is BIOEE 1780: Introduction to Evolutionary Biology and Diversity because the discussion sections of the class take field trips to cool places on campus that he didn’t know about before taking the class. On campus, he has been on the E-Board for his Greek chapter, a watcher for Cayuga’s Watchers, and a Club Rugby player. Pat enjoys exploring Ithaca and spending time with friends for fun. Over the summer, he worked at Makefield Highlands golf course and applied for future lab positions. This academic year, Pat is looking forward to participating in BioFest and playing Pin the Wing on the Drosophila!
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None

Diego Hernandez ’22

Diego concentrates in Plant Biology with plans to attend graduate school after graduation. On campus, he is a member of the Agriculture and Life Sciences fraternity Alpha Zeta and the Student Advisory Council to the Dean of CALS. He enjoys playing sports, staying active, dancing, and meeting new people. Diego’s favorite class is BIOMG 2801: Lab in Genetics and Genomics. He felt it was a great hands-on experience with lots of genetic methods and experimentation. This summer, he took summer classes and did some job exploration. He is looking forward to orientation and meeting new students in person this upcoming school year! Diego is a transfer student who is always willing to extend a helping hand. His words of advice for incoming students: “You can always learn something from anyone anywhere at any time, be humble and keep an open mind.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None

Henry Hongo ’21

Henry is concentrating in General Biology with plans to take one gap year before attending medical school. On campus, he is involved with Cornell Running Club, Cornell Chorale, Phi Delta Epsilon, Beta Theta Phi and Advent Christian Fellowship. He also conducts research in the Biofoundry Lab under Dr. Yadong Wang. There, Henry is involved in a project designing and fabricating synthetic arterial grafts using different polymer blends and electrospinning technology. Henry loves running, hiking, camping and generally enjoying nature for fun. He also enjoys playing pickup basketball or cooking with friends. When alone, he likes to relax by playing the piano or the ukulele. His favorite classes are CHEM 3580: Organic Chemistry II and MUSIC 1312: History of Rock Music. This summer, Henry worked remotely as a clinical sciences intern at the biotech/pharmaceutical company BioMarin where he did product pipeline research. Henry looks forward to PURA this coming academic year! His advice for incoming students: “Don’t be afraid to ask questions! You’ll be surprised what sort of advice and opportunities come your way when you do!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIOMG 1350, BIOEE 1780, BIOMG 2800, BIOMG 2801, BIOMG 3300, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208

Omair Irfan ’21

Omair Irfan
Omair concentrates in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology with plans to attend medical school after graduation. He regularly volunteers in the Ithaca community with Cornell Circle K and he works in the Goodale Lab on campus. His favorite class is BIOEE 3690: Chemical Ecology. For fun, Omair loves walking around the many natural areas of Ithaca! This summer, he completed a remote literature review and research with a medical student at Cleveland Clinic. He is most looking forward to meeting all of you this academic year! Omair’s words of encouragement for incoming students: “No matter what the semester looks like, you all are here for a reason. Things may look grim but you all can be forces of positive change.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None

Ananya Jambhale ’22

Ananya is concentrating in General Biology with plans to pursue an MD/Ph.D. after graduation. On campus, she is involved in Cornell Undergraduate Research Board (CURB), Callbaxx A Capella and PCAT. She is also working on an undergraduate research project in neuroscience in the Deitcher Lab. Ananya loves singing with her acapella group and having board game/movie nights with her friends! Her favorite class is CHEM 3590: Honors Organic Chemistry I. This summer, she continued remote computational research with the NIH and prepped for the MCAT. Ananya is looking forward to mentoring students and helping them get involved in on-campus research. Her advice for incoming students: “Take some time to really explore what Cornell has to offer! Even though it’s tough, there are a lot of people that are ready and willing to support you with any and all aspects of your transition to Cornell!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, CHEM 3590, STSCI 2150

Jake Jeong ’21

Daehee (Jake) Jeong
Jake is concentrating in Molecular & Cell Biology with plans to go to medical school after graduation. On campus, he is a part of the MGFC fraternity Lambda Phi Epsilon and PCAT. He also does research in the Smolka Lab. His favorite class is PHIL 1100: Introduction to Philosophy. For fun, Jake loves to watch movies, cook, and work out with friends. He feels it’s important to have non-academic hobbies to unwind and prepare yourself for the next day. This summer, he prepped for the MCAT. Jake is looking forward to the initial meetings with his advisees this school year, as he loves seeing new incoming faces and interacting with everybody for the first time! His words of encouragement for new students: “Make sure to expand out and take different types of classes. Some of my best ones have been in divisions I never really took seriously, and I ended up minoring in them!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, CHEM 2510, CHEM 2870, CHEM 2900, BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1500, BIOG 1445, BIOMG 4390, BIOMI 2900, STSCI 2150, BIOEE 1780

Sarah Kebaish ’22

Sarah concentrates in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to attend medical school after graduation. On campus, she is a member of Sabor Latino Dance Ensemble, an A&S Ambassador, and the Membership Recruitment Chair for Phi Sigma Sigma. Sarah enjoys reading, baking, playing the violin, going for long walks, and spending time with her little sister (most likely playing Animal Crossing). Sarah’s favorite classes are PSYCH 2090: Developmental Psychology and an FWS called The Political Force of Love. She is also minoring in Psychology. This summer, she volunteered for a crisis hotline and studied for the MCAT. Sarah is most looking forward to meeting new students and advisees during Orientation Week and BioFest this upcoming school year. Her advice for incoming students: “As much as you are able, try to go the extra mile in each and every class you take, and involve yourself whenever you can.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOEE 1780, BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220, STSCI 2150

Rachel Kim ’21

Rachel is concentrating in General Biology with plans to go to medical school after one gap year. Her favorite class is HIST 2251: U.S. Immigration Narratives. On campus, she is involved in Cornell Red Cross Club, PCAT, Cornell GMMA, research at the Field Lab, and Cornell Phi Beta Kappa. Rachel is also a tutor for student athletes. She enjoys baking, ice skating, watching Netflix, and swimming for fun! Over the summer, she studied for the MCAT. This academic year, she is most looking forward to BioFest!
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOMG 3300

Eugene Kim ‘21

Eugene Kim
Eugene concentrates in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to attend an MD/Ph.D. program after graduation. On campus, he is involved with the A&S Dean’s Advisory Council, A&S Ambassadors, and PCAT. He also does research in the Goldberg Lab where he studies motor learning systems. Eugene's favorite classes are BIOMG 2800: Lectures in Genetics and Genomics and BIOMG 2801: Lab in Genetics and Genomics. He worked remotely on data analysis for ongoing research projects in his lab this summer. This upcoming school year, he is looking forward to meeting new prospective biology students in the first week and attending BioFest!
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIOMG 1350, BIOEE 1780, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOMG 2800, BIOMG 2801, BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220, PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208, MATH 1110, MATH 1120

Eddy Lee ’21

Edward (Eddy) Lee
Eddy is concentrating in General Biology with plans to go to medical school after graduation. On campus, he is a member of the Class Council of 2021, PCAT, and Phi Delta Epsilon. Eddy also conducts research at the Chang Lab. He enjoys playing volleyball at Helen Newman in his free time. His favorite class is BIOMI 2900: General Microbiology Lectures. This summer, he volunteered at Flushing Hospital and tutored low-income children. He is looking forward to BioFest this upcoming school year! Eddy's words of advice for incoming students: “Don't be afraid to reach out for help!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None

Joyce Lei ’21

Joyce is concentrating in General Biology with plans attend medical school after taking one to two gap years working in a hospital. On campus, she is Co-President of Project Hope and a member of Assorted Aces. She also does research in the Han Lab where she studies the mechanisms of dendrite morphogenesis and neurodegeneration in Drosophila. For fun, Joyce loves to watch TV shows, play games, listen to music, try new cooking/baking recipes and hang out with friends. Joyce’s favorite classes are BIOMG 3300: Autotutorial Biochemistry and BIONB 2220: Neurobiology and Behavior II. She intends to minor in East Asian Studies and even studied abroad in Shanghai in the fall semester of her junior year. This summer, she studied for the MCAT and did research in her lab. Joyce is looking forward to Cornell Days and meeting her advisees during orientation this upcoming school year. Her words of advice for new students: “College is not just an academic experience -- make sure to get involved outside of academics and take time out for yourself to just explore, relax and have fun!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, PHYS 2207, PHYS 1102, STSCI 2150, BIONB 2220, BIOMG 3300

Nick Leung ’21

Nick is concentrating in General Biology with plans to take a gap year before attending medical school. His favorite class is JAPAN 1101: Elementary Japanese I. Nick is involved in Science Olympiad and he also conducts research in the Zayas Personality Attachment and Control Lab on campus. He enjoys listening to music and playing video games for fun. He is also a double major in Asian Studies and is currently writing an interdisciplinary senior thesis about the development of organic chemistry in Japan. Over the summer, Nick studied for the MCAT and he is looking forward to BioFest this upcoming year! Nick's advice for new students: “Enroll in some fun classes! For me, they were language classes, but they can be whatever you enjoy or are interested in.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIOG 1500, BIOMG 1350, CHEM 2080

Matthew Litvack ’21

Matthew Litvack
Matthew is concentrating in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to attend medical school after graduation. On campus, he is the Goalie and Vice President of Cornell Roller Hockey Club, and he is involved in Weill-Ithaca Network (WIN), PCAT, and Sigma Alpha Mu. He also does research in the Linster Lab. He enjoys playing videogames or hockey with friends for fun. Matthew’s favorite class at Cornell has been PSYCH 3250: Adult Psychopathology. This summer, he studied for the MCAT and he is looking forward to attending as many OUB advising events as he can participate in this upcoming year! Matthew’s words of advice for incoming freshmen: “Enjoy every moment, as it passes quicker than you think.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIOEE 1780, BIOMG 3300

Kevin Macias ’21

Kevin Macias
Kevin is concentrating in General Biology with plans to take a gap year to gain research experience in the biotech industry before applying to graduate school. On campus, he is involved in the Biology Scholars Program, Salsa Ithaca (at Agava and Cornell), LSAMP Scholars (Diversity Programs in Engineering) and Wildlife Society. Kevin also conducts research in the Webster Lab in the Neurobiology & Behavior department where he works on mountain chickadee song memory and spatial learning. Kevin enjoys playing ping pong and frisbee, going to the beach, reading, playing his instrument, watching Netflix, and hanging out with friends. His favorite classes are BIOMG 3350: Principles of Biochemistry and CLASS 2604: Greek Mythology. This summer, he volunteered at a summer camp and attended a biomedical firm seminar. Kevin is looking forward to BioFest this upcoming school year! His words of encouragement for incoming students: “Get excited, try and not stress so much! Success won't come easily but you'll find there are more people and sources of support than you'd think.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None

Yasoda Mantena ’22

Yasoda concentrates in General Biology with plans to take a gap year before going to medical school. On campus, she is involved with Phi Delta Epsilon, GlobeMed, and Thread Fashion Magazine. She also does research at the Cheong Lab. Yasoda loves to watercolor paint, hike, and watch sports (especially football). Her favorite course is BIOEE 1781: Introduction to Evolution and Diversity. This summer, Yasoda prepped for the MCAT and virtually tutored high school students. She is looking forward to orientation and BioFest this upcoming school year. Yasoda’s words of advice for new students: “Take advantage of every bright, sunny day to explore Ithaca's beautiful nature. A great stress reliever!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1781, PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208

Andrew Martinez ’22

Andrew is concentrating in Microbiology with plans to go to medical school after graduation. His favorite class is BIOMI 2950: Biology of Disease. Andrew is involved in Phi Delta Epsilon Pre-Medical Fraternity, College Mentors for Kids, Theta Delta Chi, and Cornell Club Swim. He is also involved in the Biology Scholars Program as both a member and study group leader. He has conducted research at the Love Lab as part of the Forage Breeding Project and is currently conducting research at the Lin Lab. Andrew goes outside for fun! He enjoys swimming, running, and hiking around Ithaca. He also likes going out to try new foods, whether that be ice cream or any new place that opens up around town. Over the summer, he worked as a Medical Scribe at Cayuga Medical Center. This academic year, he is looking forward to meeting and getting to know his advisees! Andrew’s advice for new students: “Always ask upperclassmen for advice because they are usually more than happy to share and help you! No one has everything figured out so utilize the resources provided to you.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOMG 1350, BIOMI 2900

Mika Matera-Vatnick '21

Mikaela (Mika) Matera-Vatnick
Mika is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics & Development with plans pursue an MD/Ph.D. in cancer genetics after taking one gap year dedicated to research. Her favorite class is BIOMG 3320: Principles of Biochemistry – Molecular Biology because it gave her another perspective on the fascinating field of genetics! On campus, Mika is involved in Cornell EARS and the Cornell Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native-Americans in Science (SACNAS). She also does research in the Wolfner Lab. Mika loves spinning, running, and dancing salsa for fun. Over the summer, she worked remotely on a research project with the NIH Department of Bioethics and studied for the MCAT. Mika is looking forward to meeting her advisees this upcoming school year! Her advice for incoming freshmen: “Reach out to upperclassmen (a good start is with your student advisors)! They will give you advice you will benefit from. Along those lines, don't be afraid to reach out to advisors or professors. They are there because they want to help you. Be a go-getter!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208, BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 3320, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580

Jacob Moore '21

Jacob Moore
Jacob is concentrating in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to apply to medical school after graduation. On campus, he is a CALS tutor, a Physics TA, and a member of the Cornell Surgical Society. He also conducts research in the van der Meulen Lab in biomedical engineering. Jacob enjoys hanging out with friends and swimming for exercise. His favorite class is BIOMG 2800: Lectures in Genetics and Genomics. This summer, he did injury/clinical research at the University of Washington through the Pediatric Injury Prevention Student Internship Training Program. Jacob is looking forward to BioFest this upcoming school year! His words of advice for new students: “Take advantage of all the amazing academic resources Cornell has to offer!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIOEE 1780, BIOMG 2800, PHYS 1101, PHYS 1102

Mriganka Nerkar ’22

Mriganka is concentrating in Molecular & Cell Biology with plans either get a Master’s degree in molecular and cellular Biology or go directly to medical school after graduation. Her favorite class is CHEM 3580: Organic Chemistry II. She found organic chemistry to be a trying subject but she found out which resources worked well for her and actually befriended the professor! On campus, Mriganka is involved in Cornell Science Olympiad and Cornell Surgical Society. She is also PR Coordinator for Cornell’s ASHA Chapter. Mriganka works in the Feschotte Lab where she investigates transposable elements within the genome. She likes to watch Netflix, roller skate, and knit for fun. Over the summer, she took two online courses to gain skills for her research. She can’t wait to see everyone and attend BioFest this upcoming year! Mriganka wants incoming first years to know: “It’s going to take time to adjust for some students, and that is OKAY! You may not find your friend group within the first few weeks of school, but with a school as big and diverse as Cornell, you WILL find a group eventually! Take whatever time you need, and make sure you enjoy the beauty of Ithaca before it gets snowy!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOMG 3320, CHEM 2510

Katie O'Hare ’22

Katie is concentrating in Molecular & Cell Biology with plans to attend graduate school and gain a Ph.D. in molecular biology. On campus, she is a lifeguard for Cornell Aquatics and an undergraduate researcher in the Yen Lab. Katie's favorite classes are BIOMG 1350: Introductory Biology – Cell and Developmental Biology and STSCI 2150: Introductory Statistics for Biology. She likes to bake, go to hockey games, and hang out with friends for fun! This summer, she did research in her lab on campus. Katie is also looking forward to BioFest and orientation this school year!
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOMG 1350, STSCI 2150

Brooke Olson ’22

Brooke is concentrating in Human Nutrition with plans to apply to medical school after graduation. On campus, she is a member of the Women’s Cross Country and Track Team and she is a General Manager for Cornell’s Chapter of College Mentors for Kids. Her favorite class is BIOG 1440: Comparative Physiology because she loved learning about the human body and how it’s similar to the body systems of many other organisms. Brooke loves to go on hikes, cook, and draw for fun. This summer, she worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor at Tamarack Day Camp and she volunteered for Crisis Text Line. Brooke is excited to help incoming Cornell biology students transition into life at Cornell and meet students who are as equally as passionate about biology as she is! Her words of encouragement for incoming students: "To succeed as a biology student, make sure to have confidence in your abilities and to remind yourself of why you are passionate about biology as a subject!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1500, BIOEE 1780, NS 1150

Se Jin Park ’21

Se Jin concentrates in Plant Biology with plans to attend graduate school after graduation. On campus, she is a Rose Scholar in Flora Rose House and a member of Cornell Undergraduate Research Board (CURB) and Golden Key Honor Society. She also conducts research in the Moghe Lab studying the secondary metabolites found in latex produced by the Euphorbiaceae family. Se Jin enjoys making miniatures out of clay, trying new restaurants, exploring Ithaca, and hanging out with friends. Her favorite class is PLBRG 2250: Plant Genetics. This summer, she took online courses and volunteered. Se Jin is looking forward to seeing everyone in person and attending BioFest! Her advice for incoming students: “Take some time to explore your interests during your first semester at Cornell."
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1610, BIOG 1500, PLBIO 2480, BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 3320

Joelle Park ’22

Joelle is concentrating in Biochemistry with plans to attend medical school after taking one gap year. On campus, she is involved with PCAT and Cornell Chorus. She also does research at the Bretscher Lab where she investigates vesicle trafficking in budding yeast. For fun, Joelle loves to grab boba/dessert with friends, dabble in photography, and go on scenic walks. Her favorite class is BIOMG 3300: Autotutorial Biochemistry. This summer, she worked as an organic chemistry TA for OCSP, volunteered with a local digital literacy program, and served as a mentor for Hearts Over Hands. Joelle is looking forward to meeting everyone at orientation and BioFest, hopefully in person! Her words of advice for new students: “Try things you'd never thought you do! This is the time to explore and find what you're truly passionate about.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOMG 1350, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOMG 3300, BIOEE 1780

Shriya Perati '21

Shriya Perati
Shriya concentrates in Genetics, Genomics & Development with a double major in English. She plans to attend medical school after graduation. Within the Cornell community, she is the Editor in Chief and co-founder of Phoenix Medical Humanities Magazine. She is a senior staff writer for the Cornell Daily Sun and served as Science Editor on the 137th Editorial Board. Shriya is also Dance TA and Volunteer for Ballet and Books and a member of the Student Health Benefits Advisory Committee, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-medical Honors Society, and Sitara. As a member of the Lammerding Lab, Shriya is interested in understanding the role of DNA damage in the pathophysiology of LMNA-Dilated Cardiomyopathy. For fun, she loves to read, spend time with friends, write short stories and poems, dance, and go for runs outside. Two of Shriya's favorite classes are NS 3090: Global Health Case Studies from Weill Cornell Medical College and ENGL 2270: Shakespeare. She loves talking to fellow students in the OUB and is looking forward to weekly office hours! This summer, Shriya started working on her honors thesis, created an online platform for Phoenix Medical Humanities Magazine, and stayed active in the community by volunteering virtually. Her words of advice for new students: “Don't be afraid to pursue diverse interests. College is the time to be open to new experiences and expand your worldview.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOMG 1350, BIOEE 1780, BIOG 1440, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOG 1500, STSCI 2150, BIOMG 3300, PHYS 1101, PHYS 1102

Steven Persaud '21

Steven concentrates in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to attend medical school after graduation. On campus, he is President of Cornell Science, Engineering and Educational Development (SEED), and a member of the Global Medical Dental Brigades and the mentoring committee of Young Researchers Program. He volunteers at Cayuga Medical Center as well. Steven also does research. He began in the Thalacker-Mercer Lab where he studied the effects of graded histidine dosages and blueberry enriched dates on muscle regeneration but he has since transitioned into working in the Raguso Lab where he explores the chemical and environmental information that hawk moths use to identify and prefer certain flowers over others. He loves playing basketball, speed cubing and wandering Ithaca Commons with friends. Steven’s favorite class is BIOEE 3690: Chemical Ecology. This summer, he participated in Cornell’s Practicing Medicine program and studied for the MCAT. He is looking forward to meeting, talking and guiding his mentees through the Biology major and the premed track this upcoming school year. His advice for incoming students: “Put yourself out there and jump on opportunities. Joining clubs, talking to people, going to events and exploring Ithaca makes the Cornell experience what it is. People are out there with the same interests you have!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220, BIOEE 3690, BIOEE 1780, ILRST 2100, PHYS 1101, PHYS 1102

Emily Pogson ’22

Emily is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics & Development with plans to pursue a Ph.D. in molecular biology after graduation. On campus, she is a member of the Cornell Cycling Club and she works in the Plant Transformation Facility, helping to develop methods for industrial hemp tissue culture. Emily enjoys running, cycling, and playing the guitar for fun. Her favorite class is BIOMG 1350: Introductory Biology – Cell and Developmental Biology. This summer, she continued research in a genetics lab at Binghamton University. She is looking forward to BioFest and working with her advisees this upcoming school year! Emily's words of advice for incoming students: “Go to office hours!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOEE 1780, STSCI 2150

Sophia Qu ’21

Sophia Qu
Sophia is concentrating in Microbiology with plans pursue a Ph.D. in immunology and microbial pathogenesis and do research in the fields of immunity, molecular and cellular immunology, autoimmunity and inflammation. On campus, she is a McNair Scholar, the E-Board Secretary and Co-Publisher for Cornell Healthcare Review, and a BIOMG 3300 TA. She is also a member of Alpha Iota Gamma and Cornell Institute of Host-Microbe Interactions and Disease (CIHMID). Sophia has been a researcher in both the Harrington and Song Labs, studying entomology and immunology, respectively. She enjoys hiking, working on her gardening skills, and binge-watching detective/mystery and thriller TV shows for fun. Sophia’s favorite class is BIOMG 4400: Laboratory in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology because the professors and TAs created a stress-free and enriching academic environment. She learned a couple of cool protein purification techniques as well. This summer, she participated in the McNair Summer Research Program and performed virtual research at the Song Lab while preparing for graduate school applications. Sophia is looking forward to meeting everyone at orientation! Her words of encouragement for incoming students: “Be prepared to be challenged when you come to Cornell and remember that success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 3300, PHYS 2207

Sveta Reddy ’22

Sveta concentrates in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans take two gap years to work before applying to medical school. On campus, she an Orientation Leader, an APO Brother, and a member of the Cornell Tradition Student Advisory Committee. Around Ithaca, she is a volunteer at Cayuga Medical Center and Loaves & Fishes. Sveta also founded a non-profit called Ithaca SMArtS! She conducts research in both the Human Design Innovations Lab (HDIL) and the Devogd Lab. For fun, Sveta enjoys hanging out with friends, painting, singing, and watching TV dramas. Her favorite class is PSYCH 2800: Introduction to Social Psychology. This summer, Sveta took a genetics course, volunteered at Cayuga Medical, and did remote research. She is also looking forward to Cornell Days this upcoming school year!
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIONB 2220

Hal Rives '21

Hal Rives
Hal concentrates in General Biology with plans to work as a research assistant for a year before going to medical school. On campus, he works for the Virtual Embodiment Lab, which explores Virtual Reality in a social context. He is also involved in Greek life. For fun, Hal loves to play chess and piano and hang out with his friends. His favorite class is MUSIC 1312: History of Rock Music because he got to learn about old music, the Beatles and other major music hits. This summer, he completed a virtual internship in informatics with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. This upcoming school year, Hal is looking forward to attending BioFest and playing all the fun, biology-themed games. His words of encouragement for new students: “You are going to be fine! I know it is stressful coming into Cornell especially during this uncertain time. Lucky for you we have a great community of smart, hard-working people ready to help you out. Also, don’t worry about making friends. Everyone is in the same boat and are looking for friends too.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580

Evin Rothschild '21

Evin concentrates in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to become a doctor and work in health policy after graduation. On campus, she is a TA for Cornell Prison Education Program, Captain of the Women’s Club Lacrosse Team, a volunteer with PCAT, a Health Policy Analyst for the Roosevelt Institute, and a member of her sorority. Evin is also a research assistant in the Parrish Lab where she studies virology. For fun, Evin likes to hike and hang out with friends. Her favorite class is BIONB 3920: Drugs and the Brain. This upcoming school year, she is looking forward to attending BioFest! Evin’s words of advice for incoming students: “Make time for yourself so that you can do the things you want in addition to all your school work!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIOG 1445

Andrew Salib ’21

Andrew concentrates in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to spend a year or so conducting research and volunteering before going to medical school. On campus and around Ithaca, he is a biology tutor for the Learning Strategies Center, a Research and Development Assistant on Cornell DEBUT, Secretary of Cornell SEED, and a clinical volunteer at Cayuga Medical Center. He is also a research assistant at the Attention, Memory and Perception Lab under Dr. Khena Swallow. His favorite class is COGST 2621: Minds and Machines because it’s a very fun and relaxed philosophy/cognitive science class where you learn and think about AI, free will, and consciousness. Andrew likes to play guitar, read, watch shows and documentaries, and hang out with friends and family for fun. This summer, he studied for the MCAT, virtually volunteered, and worked on a website/club with fellow SA Steven Persaud to help high school students with the college application process during the COVID-19 crisis. This upcoming year, he is looking forward to BioFest and orientation! Andrew’s words of advice for new students: “Cornell can be overwhelming at first, but I promise you will make great friendships and you will become a better learner. Just keep an open mind, be proactive, always remember what you want to achieve, use your resources and reach out if you ever need academic or personal help.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIOEE 1780, BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220, BIOMG 2800, BIOMG 3300, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080

Emily Sattora '21

Emily Sattora
Emily concentrates in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to go to medical school after graduation. In the Ithaca community, Emily is a Hospital Aide in the Emergency Room of Cayuga Medical Center and a waitress at Texas Roadhouse. On campus, she conducts research in the Computational Physiology Lab under Dr. Linster. Emily enjoys playing with her cats, exploring the Ithaca waterfalls, and talking with friends in her free time. Her favorite class is BIONB 3280: Biopsychology of Learning & Memory. This summer, Emily studied for the MCAT and worked in the ER of Cayuga Medical Center. She is looking forward to Doggy Days and orientation this upcoming school year! Emily’s words of advice new students: “Time management and planning is key! Stay organized and don’t be afraid to use your resources.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220, BIOEE 1780

Alejandro Schmieder '21

Alejandro Schmieder
Alejandro is concentrating in Microbiology with plans to pursue a Ph.D. in microbiology after graduation. He is considering pursuing work in biotech or academia to follow his Ph.D. On campus, Alejandro is a student manager at the Tatkon Center, a member of AIR, Cornell’s pre-professional healthcare organization, a board member of the CALS Academic Integrity Hearing Board (AIHB), and an undergraduate member of the Cornell Student Library Council. He also conducts research in the Angert Lab in microbiology. There, he investigates Epulopiscium bacteria, a group of gut bacteria found in surgeonfish. Alejandro loves hiking and ice skating for fun! He also occasionally crochets. His favorite class is either BIOMI 2900: General Microbiology Lecture or BIOMI 4140: Microbial Diversity. This summer, he continued his research and advanced his bioinformatics skills. Alejandro is looking forward to BioFest and attending research panels this upcoming academic year. His words of encouragement for incoming students: “Cornell is very humbling and exciting, so take advantage of the brilliant opportunities presented to you!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780, PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208, BIOMG 3350, BIOMI 2900 (and other microbiology courses)

Bella Somoza ’22

Bella is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics & Development with plans to take 1-2 gap years working in a post-bacc research position before going to graduate school to obtain a Ph.D. On campus, she is a part of the A&S Dean’s Student Advisory Council, the Biology Scholars Program and A&S Admission Ambassadors. She has also worked in the Vitousek Lab for the past year studying the relationship between gut microbiota diversity and stress tolerance. Bella loves spending time outdoors hiking, biking, backpacking, camping, swimming, watching stand-up, attending concerts and reading! She also really likes to explore Ithaca by going to festivals in the Ithaca Commons and going to the farmer’s market on the lake. Her favorite class is HIST 2860: The French Revolution. This summer, Bella was a part of the Cornell Institute of Host Microbe Interactions and Diseases (CIHMID) cohort of fellows, which funded her to continue remote research in her lab. Her words of advice for incoming students are: “Explore, explore, explore! Try things you’ve never had an opportunity to do before. Take classes that interest you even if they aren’t in your major. Join a new club, take the bus to the Ithaca Commons, hike the trails around the Botanical Gardens, and go to the student performances on campus. You’ll make new and wonderful memories, and possibly find a new hobby at the same time! Getting involved on campus and Ithaca makes Cornell feel smaller and more like home.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1610, BIOMG 1350, BIOEE 1780, BIOMG 2800, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, STSCI 2150

Caressa Swartz ’21

Caressa is concentrating in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to enter the field of addiction counseling after graduation. On campus and around Ithaca, she is on the Marching Band, Pep Band, and Senior Days Committee, and she works at the North Campus Service Center and Walmart. She also does research in the Deitcher Lab where she studies epilepsy in fruit flies. Caressa's favorite class is BIONB 3920: Drugs and the Brain. Caressa likes to run, listen to music, watch comedy and drama TV shows, read (occasionally), hike, and go on long drives. This summer, she worked at Walmart. She is looking forward to Club Fest and simply interacting with students this upcoming school year! Caressa’s words of advice: “Utilize CAPS. Even if you don't feel like you need it, I would try to go anyways. I have learned so many skills and matured so much emotionally and mentally through therapy, and it is an amazing privilege to go to a school that offers such excellent service and care. The most meaningful part of my experience at Cornell has not been the academics but the personal growth and improvement, and I would remember that being here is not all about the facts or concepts you have to memorize or the grades.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None

Anna Szombathy ’22

Anna concentrates in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to go to medical school after graduation. On campus, she is a Service Committee member for Cornell Health International. Her favorite classes are ITAL 2201: Italian III and BIOEE 1780: Introduction to Evolutionary Biology and Diversity. Anna loves cooking, traveling, reading, skiing, and building puzzles. This summer, she continued Parkinson's Disease research at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Anna is looking forward to meeting her advisees during orientation and visiting the OUB for Doggy Days! Her words of advice for new students: “Don't hesitate to use office hours and/or other resources for help with classes.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOEE 1780, BIOMG 2800, BIOMG 2801

Kenenni Wiegand ’21

Kenenni is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics & Development with plans to attend medical school after taking one gap year. On campus, she is involved in 4-H Urban, International Justice Mission (IJM), and the International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP). She also conducts research at the Nicholson Lab in the molecular biology and genetics department. Kenenni likes to connect with friends and family, go for long runs, and watch a show with her roommate for fun. Her favorite class is BIOMG 3800: Advanced Genetics. This summer, Kenenni worked at a nursing home, continued remote research, and studied for the MCAT. She is looking forward to meeting the incoming freshmen this upcoming school year! Kenenni’s words of encouragement for incoming students: “Don't be intimidated by Cornell's size. No matter how isolated and lonely you may feel at first, know that you are not on this initial experience. Don't be afraid to reach out the people around you, you'll be surprised how welcoming the Cornell community is.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None

Demetra Williams ’22

Demetra is concentrating in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. After graduating, she has hopes of either working for an environmental-based NGO/non-profit, a government agency like the EPA or Department of Interior with an environmental research focus, or continuing her education in graduate school! Her favorite class is STSCI 2150: Introductory Statistics for Biology. On campus, Demetra is on the Varsity Women’s Swimming and Diving Team and she works in the Goodale Lab. She enjoys going to the gym, having movie nights with friends, and eating lots of chocolate. This academic year, she is looking forward to Orientation Week! Demetra's words of advice for new students: “While college may be stressful at times, don't forget to relax, take time for yourself, and have fun.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1610, BIOEE 1780, BIOG 1500, STSCI 2150

Jovia Williams ’21

Jovia is concentrating in General Biology with plans to take one gap year to work as a medical scribe before attending medical school. On campus, she is involved with the Biology Scholars Program, National Honors Society, and CCSADE. She also does research in the Crane Lab. Jovia's favorite classes are CHEM 2070: General Chemistry I and CHEM 3570/3580: Organic Chemistry. To relax, Jovia likes to dance with her teammates on CCSADE. This summer, she did virtual research with Weill Cornell Medical College. She is looking forward to BioFest and Cornell Days this upcoming school year. Jovia's words of advice for new students: “Don't be afraid to ask for help! You will do great. Don't let a prelim score or a grade define you.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580

Lily Xie ’21

Lily Xie
Lily is concentrating in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to attend medical school after graduation. On campus, she is involved in CUEMS, Guild of Visual Arts, and Ithaca Murals Organizing Committee. She conducts research at the Yapici Lab in the neurobiology department. Lily likes to draw, paint, rock climb, learn languages, read, write, and game. Her favorite class is PSYCH 3250: Adult Psychopathology. This summer, Lily conducted community-based research remotely for a non-profit in Colorado that addresses issues of sustainability and food security. She is looking forward to BioFest this upcoming school year! Her advice for incoming students: “Don’t be afraid of failure!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIONB 2220

Melissa Yap ‘21

Melissa Yap
Melissa is concentrating in Biochemistry with plans to attend dental school and specialize in orthodontics after graduation. On campus, she is an A&S Ambassador and a participant in the Prisoner Express program. She is also involved in research at the Attention, Memory and Perception Lab led by Dr. Khena Swallow. Melissa enjoys eating her way through Ithaca, cooking with friends, and getting into water balloon/water gun fights. Her favorite class at Cornell has been CHEM 2870: Physical Chemistry. This summer, Melissa applied to dental school, took classes at the University of Missouri at St. Louis, and taught English. She is looking forward to visiting bubble tea places with her advisees! Her words of encouragement for incoming freshmen: “People at Cornell are truly kind and understanding. It’s possible to make new friends every semester!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2870, CHEM 3570, BIOEE 1780, BME 2010

Ashley Yu '22

Ashley concentrates in General Biology with plans to go to medical school after graduation. On campus, she used to be an undergraduate TA for CHEM 207, but she now spends a lot of time in her research lab. Ashley works with the Emr Lab at the Weill Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology. Her favorite class is BIOMI 2900: General Microbiology. Ashley loves to play tennis, go on runs, and hang out with friends. This summer, she studied for the MCAT and took an online course at Cornell. She is looking forward to BioFest this school year! Ashley’s words of encouragement for new students: “I hope that incoming students know that we are all trying to figure things out during this time. They are not alone and we are here for them.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None

Katie Zhang ’21

Katie Zhang
Katie is concentrating in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to take a gap year and hopefully volunteer at the 2022 Winter Olympics before heading to medical school! On campus, she is involved with the Cornell Daily Sun, Phi Mu sorority, EARS, and Students Helping Students Tutoring. Katie also conducts research in the Ellwood Lab. Katie's favorite class is BIONB 3920: Drugs and the Brain. She likes to read (mostly poetry), play video games (animal crossing!), watch shows, and hang out with friends in her free time! This summer, she responsibly quarantined at home and studied for the MCAT. Katie is also looking forward to any advising events with the new spring transfer students! Her words of advice for new students: “Cornell is really big but take the time to find your own, smaller communities within it! It'll help you have a "home base" to return to whenever you need support.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None