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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 are eager to connect with students about classes and experiences. We have put together a complete list of research and summer experiences that they have participated in. We invite you to view the list below and visit during an office hour shift to talk more.

SA Research and Summer Experiences 

2021-2022 Student Advisor Profiles and Office Hours

Zion Abrams ’23

Zion concentrates in Animal Physiology with plans to go to veterinary school after graduation. On campus, he is the Co-captain of Policy debate team, POSSE scholar, Biology scholar, Queer magazine model, and Dialogy debate tutor. Zion’s favorite class is BIOEE 1780: An Intro to Evolutionary Biology and Diversity. To relax, he enjoys watching Netflix shows. Last summer, he interned at two clinics. His words of advice for new students: “Even if you struggle a bit in the beginning, I promise it gets so much better!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Sarah Addison ’23

Sarah is concentrating in Animal Physiology with plans to pursue veterinary school. On campus and around Ithaca, she is a member of Alpha Phi Omega and volunteers at Alley Cat Café as well as being involved with Cornell Symphony Orchestra and being a MATH 1110 Course Assistant. She also does research in the Bowman Lab at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Sarah's favorite classes are ANSC 3800: "Sheep" and ENGL 3705: "Serial Stories.” In her free time, Sarah loves to thrift, take long walks, and listen to music - especially from the 70s! Last summer, she stayed in Ithaca and was on a research team at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine along with participating in an internship at the Laughing Goat Fiber Farm. She is looking forward to BioFest this school year! Sarah's words of advice: “Be sure to give yourself a break and enjoy all that the Cornell campus and the wider Ithaca area have to offer! Some of my favorites are Alley Cat Cafe, Cornell Dairy Bar, Sheep barn, and Cascadilla Gorge Trail.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
MATH 1110, BIOEE 1780, BIOEE 1610, STSCI 2150
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Victoria Alkin '23

Victoria is concentrating in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to attend medical school after graduation. She does research in Dr. Deitcher’s lab, TAs on campus, and is the committee chair of the Cornell Undergraduate Research Board. For fun, she enjoys songwriting, singing and playing guitar, running, hiking, reading, and spending time with friends. Victoria’s favorite classes are BIONB 2220: Neurobiology and Behavior II: Intro to Neuroscience and LAW 4131: The Nature, Functions, and Limits of Law. Last summer, she volunteered at a clinic and did songwriting! She is looking forward to helping with OUB presentations and workshops and going on outings with her group of advisees. Victoria’s words of advice for new students: “Don't be afraid to try new things, join clubs and be involved on campus, and take classes in areas that seem interesting to you even if they're outside of the requirements. You're going to have a great time at Cornell!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220, BIOG 1500
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Sasha Anronikov ’22

Sasha is concentrating in General Biology with plans to pursue a Ph.D. because the prospect of turning findings in immunology, microbiology, and biochemistry into clinically relevant outcomes excites her. On campus, she is a CALS ambassador, an Active Citizen at Carl Becker House, an undergraduate TA for ALS 4400 (Leadership Through Peer Mentoring), and president and founder of CC STEP (Community College Student Transfer Engagement Program). With an interest in medicine, she is also conducting biomedical research in the fields of immunology and virology at the August Lab. She is a first generation American and first-generation college student. Sasha enjoys playing word games, eating Insomnia cookies, fishing, photography, snowboarding, and collecting sea glass for fun. Her favorite class is DEA1500: Environmental Psychology because it gave her a whole new perspective on how our surroundings influence our thoughts, mood, and health! Last summer, she worked on her honors thesis and continued doing research in her lab. Sasha's words of encouragement for incoming students: “It’s totally natural to be excited and even nervous about immersing yourself into a new environment. I was ecstatic to find that Cornell has all of the resources necessary for students to create a home away from home. My tip would be to take advantage of this and get involved in the community. Not only will this help combat homesickness, but it is also a wonderful opportunity to meet new people. I would strongly recommend getting involved in clubs, volunteering organizations, and other extracurricular activities on campus because there is no better way to form meaningful friendships, relationships, and connections.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
STSCI 2150, BIOEE 1780, BIOMI 2900, BIOMG 3320
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Tyler Bales ’23

Tyler concentrates in General Biology with plans to go to medical school after graduation. On campus, he is a member of Cornell Sustainable Design, is involved on the REAL team, and TAs for CHEM 2070. He also has a research position in the Schroeder lab where he studies what factors determine non-enzymatic protein modifications. In his free time, Tyler likes to stay active by doing outdoors hiking or relaxing on the slope with friends. He also enjoys rock climbing and learning new languages. His favorite classes are a tie between CHEM 2070: General Chemistry I and CHEM 3580: Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences because he felt that he learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed learning the material for both classes. Last summer, Tyler stayed on campus to do research in his lab and studied for the MCAT! This school year, he is excited to meet his students in person at the end of August! Tyler’s words of advice new students: “Life is so much better when you stop caring about what others think."
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, BIOG 1440
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Zack Bellido ’22

Zack is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics & Development with plans to take a gap year or two to gain more research experience before applying to genetic PhD programs 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 performs histological protocols to prepare mouse samples, including tissue perfusion, embedding, and sectioning. Zack loves listening to music, especially rock, punk, metal, and more recently, he has been learning to produce songs! His favorite class is BIOMG 4610: Development and Evolution. Last summer, Zack continued doing research in his lab. He is looking forward to BioFest this school year! Zack’s advice for incoming freshmen: “Don't feel pressured to do everything that others seem to be accomplishing, whether it's your friends or other students in the bio major. Everyone will be taking their own path in college and there's no one way to do it!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Jack Bookbinder ’22

Jack is concentrating in Microbiology with plans to go to medical school after graduation. On campus, he is the Captain/treasurer for Cornell Club Hockey, on the executive board of Weill-Ithaca Network, a TA for BIOMG 3300 and BIOMI 2911, and a study skills tutor for the LSC. Around Ithaca, he participates in clinical volunteering at the Department of Sports Medicine at the Cayuga Medical Center. Jack also does research in the VanderVen lab; his current project is centered around developing a beta-lactamase based reporter system to detect periplasmic protein interactions in Mycobacteria. To destress and have fun, he loves to play hockey, hang out with friends, visit his girlfriend (who goes to school at FIT in NYC), bike, travel, hike and eat good food (apparently Ithaca has more restaurants per capita than NYC-- huge selling point for him!!). Jack’s favorite class is BIOMG 3300: Principles of Biochemistry, Individualized Instruction. Last summer, he did clinical volunteering at the Department of Sports Medicine at CMC, continued research in the VanderVen lab, and wrote secondaries for his medical school application. This school year, he is excited to meet his advisees and share his passion for Cornell and biology with them! He also looks forward to speaking at panels with incoming students! 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. --Same as last year, but it still rings-true for me.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, BIOG 1440, BIOMG 1350, PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208, BIOMG 3300
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

David Cabello ’23

David is concentrating in Computational Biology with plans to attend medical school after graduation. On campus, he is involved with Phi Delta Epsilon Pre-Medical Fraternity, conducts undergraduate research at the Wolfner Lab, and is a BIOG 1445 TA. David’s favorite class is BIOG 1445: Introduction to Comparative Anatomy and Physiology, Individualized Instruction. For fun, he enjoys hanging out with his friends and just being outside when the weather’s nice! Last summer, he did research in his lab on campus. David is also looking forward to BioFest this school year!
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1445
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Timothy Chang ’22

Timothy is concentrating in Molecular & Cell Biology with plans to pursue a PhD in Developmental Biology. On campus, he is a member of Hortus Forum (Undergraduate Horticulture Club) and conducts research at the Liu Worm Lab. Timothy’s favorite class is BIOMG 4610: Evolution and Development. For fun, Timothy enjoys painting, reading, listening to music, doing embroidery, and playing video games. Last summer, he did research at Cornell for his honors thesis project. This school year, he is looking forward to BioFest! Timothy’s words of encouragement for incoming 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: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIOG 1500, BIOEE 1780
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Jason Chen ’22

Jason concentrates in General Biology with plans to take a gap year before applying for medical school to pursue an MD. On campus, he is involved with research in the Behling-Kelly Lab, Alpha Iota Gamma, Alpha Phi Omega, Cornell Healthcare Review, and Biology Scholars Program. Jason works with the Behling-Kelly lab at the vet school. His favorite class is BSOC 2101: Plagues and People. For fun, Jason likes eating with friends, watching YouTube and Netflix, and exploring Ithaca. Last summer, he studied for the MCAT and volunteered at Cayuga Medical Center and the Crisis Text Line. He is looking forward to seeing new faces at BioFest!
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Sheri Cheng ’22

Sheri is concentrating 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 a TA for BIOMG 2801: Laboratory in Genetics and Genomics. She also conducts research in Dr. Robert Raguso’s lab studying hawkmoths! For fun, she enjoys running, sketching and exploring Ithaca’s scenery and food places with her friends. Sheri’s favorite classes are BIONB 2220: Neurobiology and Behavior II and BIONB: Principles of Neurophysiology. Last summer, she continued doing research in her lab and worked as an office assistant for the OUB. She is looking forward to BioFest this school year! Her advice for incoming students: “Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things! Cornell has many wonderful opportunities for you to explore, and there are so many people who want to support you and guide you in your journey.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220, BIOG 1500, STSCI 2150
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Kareena Dash '23

Kareena is concentrating in General Biology with plans to take a gap year and do a clinical opportunity before applying for medical school after graduation. On campus, she is involved in Cornell Sitara, Big Red Buddies, Big Red Marching and Pep Bands. She is part of the Uyar Research Group which focuses on using nanofibers and nanotextiles for medical applications. This past summer, she did the Cornell Nanoscale Facility REU Program with the Ober Research Group, where she synthesized polymer films for silicon wafers. In her spare time, she likes to hang out with friends, get boba, listen to her Spotify Recommended, and play the piano. Her favorite class is BME 2210: Biomaterials: Foundations and Application in Medicine. She is looking forward to meeting new freshmen through Orientation Advising Meetings and Office Hours this school year! She encourages new students to enjoy themselves and the people around them. Her advice for incoming students: “Try everything you set your mind too! That's the best way to figure out what you like and might want to pursue. You have lots of time to explore, so do not worry. Also, don't let bad grades stop you from believing in your ability to do well.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOG 1500, STSCI 2150, PHYS 2207
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Luke Detlor ’22

Luke is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics & Development with plans to take a gap year of doing research or outreach work before applying for medical school. On campus, he is an RA on North Campus and a student worker for Cornell’s Student Disability Services. He is also a proud member of Deixa Sambar, Cornell’s Brazilian percussion ensemble. Luke 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. This year, he will be completing an honors thesis working with zebra finches! To relax, Luke loves to explore Ithaca’s trails and gorges or read a good book when he has time. Recently, he has started to learn to play a ukulele-like instrument called the cavaquinho for fun! His favorite class is BIOMG 3800: Advanced Genetics and Genomics. Last summer, Luke stayed in Ithaca to work on his honors thesis and studied for the MCAT. He is most looking forward to meeting his advisees at the beginning of the semester. Luke’s advice for incoming freshmen: “You don't have to know exactly what you want to do or study right away, and you don't have to try to knock out too many requirements your first year. Take time to explore classes broadly, let yourself find new passions, and the rest will fall into place.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOMG 2800, BIOMG 2801, BIOG 1445
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Sydney DeVore ’22

Sydney is concentrating in Human Nutrition with plans to attend medical school after graduation. On campus, she is a Chem 2070 Teaching Assistant, LSC general chemistry tutor, EARS Peer Counselor/trainer, lecturer and creator of The Organic Chemistry Summer Program, and a member of Biology Scholars Program, P3. She also conducts research in the Cerione Lab. For fun, she loves finding new music to listen to, exercising, and trying new recipes. Her favorite class is CHEM 3570: Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences. Last summer, she lectured for the Organic Chemistry Summer Program, working as a patient caregiver to residents with disabilities in a group home, volunteering in hospice, traveling through the Grand Canyon with family, and applied to medical school. Sydney is looking forward to serve on any premed focused panels, such as MCAT prep panels. Her advice for incoming freshmen: “Don't be afraid to make sacrifices to achieve your goals at Cornell! Being successful is all about delayed gratification. It's okay if you aren't able to accomplish everything you want as a freshman.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Samuel Donahoe ’23

Samuel concentrates in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to attend medical school after graduation. On campus, he is involved with BSP, Phil Delta Epsilon, and P3. Samuel’s favorite class is PLSCI 2010: Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds! For fun, Samuel likes to hammock, snowboard, swim, read, and hike. Last summer, he worked as a CNA at a local hospital and worked on his family farm. This school year, he is looking forward to attending BioFest!
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, CHEM 3570, MATH 1106
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Sabrina Giaimo ’22

Sabrina is concentrating in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to attend graduate school to get a PhD in neuroscience. She hopes to become a professor and research the hippocampus and related structures and their role in schizophrenia. On campus, she is involved with the Big Red Marching Band and Pep Band (boin jand) and the Cornell Lunatic. She has also done a couple shows with Cog Dog Theatre Troupe! Sabrina previously worked at Julie Hansen's lab researching forage crops and now works at David Smith's lab researching memory. Her favorite class is PSYCH 3250: Adult Psychopathology because it is a super interesting class, and the professor is really awesome. To relax, Sabrina enjoys exploring nature, crocheting, listening to music, and doing random, dumb, new things. But, most of all, she just loves to hang out with her friends. She is from Ohio and has recently learned how to cut hair last year and became somewhat of her house's barber! Last summer, she worked in her lab by helping run and socialize rats. She is mostly assisting with a project investigating the role of the prefrontal cortex in memory retrieval. She is most excited to meet with the new students and be there for them as they learn to navigate Cornell, and hopefully be able to help them through it. Sabrina's words of advice for new students: “Honestly, Cornell can be tough and it's a big adjustment. Be. Kind. To. Yourself. Don't beat yourself up too bad over grades or anything else. Your wellbeing should always come first. And I promise you taking some time for yourself won't be the end of the world, in fact, you'll probably do better for it.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIONB 2220, CHEM 1570
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Hanna Gimse ’22

Hanna is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics, & Development with plans take two gap years before applying to medical school. She is also exploring opportunities in healthcare consulting, biotech, and the pharmaceutical industry. On campus, she sings in the Cornell University Chorus, as well as in her acappella group, After Eight! She also volunteers through PCAT at Cayuga Medical Center and Foodnet Meals on Wheels and works with the Lammerding Lab, which conducts research into the role of nuclear lamins in several human genetic diseases. Her favorite class is PSYCH 2090: Developmental Psychology. Hanna loves to bake, listen to music, explore hiking trails around campus, and spend time with family and friends! Last summer, she conducted research with her lab at Cornell, as well as volunteered at Cayuga Medical Center and for Foodnet Meals on Wheels. She can’t wait to participate in BioFest, and meet prospective Cornell students at Cornell Days! Hanna wants incoming first years to know: “Don't be afraid to explore new activities and opportunities during your first year at Cornell-- you may end up discovering a new interest!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Tami Grinberg ’22

Tami is concentrating in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to take a gap year before applying for medical school. On campus, she is involved with EARS, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre Health Honors society, Psi Chi Honors Society as well as being the Chabad Vice President. She has previously worked in a psychology lab in the past, and she is currently working in the Tschida lab, which is also in the Psychology department. She also worked in the Vitousek Lab for the past year studying the relationship between gut microbiota diversity and stress tolerance. Tami loves to run and be in nature, eat good food and watch movies. She also loves to travel! She 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 classes are BIONB 2220: Introduction to Neuroscience and PSYCH 3250: Adult Psychopathology. Last summer, Tami volunteered as an EMT in Israel. She is originally from Argentina and grew up in Switzerland before coming to Cornell. She is happy to connect with international students who have questions about adapting to Cornell! This upcoming year, Tami is looking forward to in person events like BioFest and meeting her advisees in person. Her words of advice for incoming students are: “ask for help when needed, you are not alone. There are so many people who want to 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: 
BIONB 2220, BIONB 3280
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

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. She also conducts research in the Hu lab. For fun, she enjoys working out, painting, and going on walks with friends or family. Jennifer’s favorite class is BIOAP 3110: Principles of Animal Physiology. Last summer, she did research on neurodegeneration at Weill Cornell Medical School. Jennifer is looking forward to meeting her advisees in person 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: 
BIOG 1440, BIOG 1445, BIOAP 3110, BIOAP 3160
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Clara Hao ’22

Clara is concentrating in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to attend medical school after one gap year. On campus, she is on the Cornell Sport Taekwondo Club, Cornell Outing Club, and Cornell Ballroom Club. Clara’s favorite class is PHYS 1204: Physics of Musical Sound. As a musician, she enjoyed learning the physics behind how instruments work, which gave her a deeper appreciation of music and the world around her. Clara loves dancing, sparring in Taekwondo, skiing, cooking, and traveling. She also started playing the bass guitar in college and love to jam with friends. Last summer, she volunteered at the Cayuga Medical Center and studied for the MCAT. She also hopes to explore the beautiful nature that Ithaca has to offer. She is most excited to get to know all her advisees during Orientation Week this school year! Clara’s words of advice: “Definitely take some time to explore all that Cornell has to offer: Take an interesting class outside your major, join new clubs, take walks around Beebe Lake, and bring friends to Cornell Cinema! Be proactive, keep an open mind, and never hesitate to reach out because we and so many more want to support you and your journey to success here at Cornell.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1500, BIOG 1445, BIOEE 1780, BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220, BIOMG 2800, BIOMG 2801, BIOMG 3350, PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208, STSCI 2150
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Pat Herman ’22

Pat is concentrating in Microbiology with plans to do research at a hospital or university before applying for medical school. On campus, he is a TA for Autotutorial Biochemistry and works through Cayuga Medical Center at their Covid testing sites. He also does research through the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences in the Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine. Pat enjoys swimming around the Ithaca area along with golfing and playing squash with friends. His favorite class is BIOMI 4040: Pathogenic Bacteriology because it combines concepts on both the molecular and global nature of bacteria in a fascinating way. Last summer, he took the MCAT and worked in his research lab, exploring host-pathogen interactions of Salmonella. Pat is looking forward to being involved in Bio Fest!
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Diego Hernandez ’22

Diego is concentrating in Plant Biology with plans to study plant science in graduate school after graduation. On campus, he is an active member of the Alpha Zeta Agriculture and Life Sciences Fraternity and a part of the Student Advisory Council to the dean of CALS. He also does plant science research in the Frank Lab. He enjoys playing sports, going on hikes, swimming, and dancing for fun. Diego's favorite class at Cornell has been PLBIO 3431: Laboratory Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering of Plants. Last summer, he was a part of a bioinformatics life science research internship at the Boyce Thompson Institute. He conducted a genotyping and phenotyping eggplant project that will hopefully pave the way for future research. If you have any interest in genetics, plant biology and/ or biochemistry feel free to reach out! He looks forward to assisting mentees with finding research and being a part of Biofest. Diego's words of advice for incoming freshmen: “College is an experience that can be so fulfilling. Get out there, meet new people, and make the most of it!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Amber Hool ’23

Amber concentrates in Genetics, Genomics and Development with plans to go to medical school after graduation and then do a residency in ophthalmology. On campus and around Ithaca, she is a part of the Cornell Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the Pre-Health Honor Society. She is also a member of P3 as well as the Ivy League + Pre-Health Society, MedConnects, TWN, CASPHA, Cornell Circle K, Colleges Against Cancer, and Salsa Palante clubs at Cornell. Amber has also been certified in Adult Mental Health First Aid by the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County, NY. Her favorite class is BIOEE 1780; she found the professors to be extremely supportive and had a great time learning about the relationship between genetics and evolutionary change. Amber spends her free time reading science fiction and fantasy, as well as doing arts and crafts. She also loves music, especially playing the piano, taking photos of nature, doing physical activities, and traveling around the world during the summer. Last summer, she conducted medical research with Dr. Maria T. Diaz-Meco at Weill Cornell. Amber is looking forward to being involved in Bio Fest and Cornell Days. Her words of advice for new students: “Keep looking forward and never backward. As you learn and grow, mistakes are inevitable, and you must learn to keep moving past them no matter what. It may take time, but you can do it!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
MATH 1110, STSCI 2150, PHYS 1101, BIOG 1500, BIOEE 1780
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Ananya Jambhale ’22

Ananya is concentrating in General Biology with plans to pursue an MD/Ph.D. after graduation. On campus, she is involved with Cornell Undergraduate Research Board (CURB), and Callbaxx A Capella as well as volunteering at CMC. 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 classes are CHEM 3590: Honors Organic Chemistry I and BTRY 4381: Biomedical Data Mining. Last summer, she did research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute with the Tanner Dean Scholars Summer Research Grant. Ananya is looking forward to participating in research seminars and pre-med/pre-MD-PhD advising for new students. Her advice for incoming students: “Try one thing to push yourself out of your comfort zone every day!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 3300, BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

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, the Membership Recruitment Chair for Phi Sigma Sigma, and a member of Cayuga’s Watchers. 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, an FWS called The Political Force of Love, and BIONB 4200 Neuromodulation, Brain states and Behavior. She is also minoring in Psychology. Last summer, she studied for the MCAT, shadowed, and volunteered. She is also minoring in Psychology! Sarah is most looking forward to meeting new students and advisees during BioFest this 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, BIOMG 3300, PHYS 2208
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Christine Kim ’22

Christine is concentrating in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to take 1-2 gap years before applying to medical school after graduation. During those gap years, she is interested in either teaching, joining a thinktank, or doing nonprofit work. She is involved with Human Elements and The Research Paper along with being an orientation supervisor on campus. Christine also conducts research at Raguso Lab. In her free time, she loves to go hiking around the State Parks, explore the cute vintage stores in downtown Ithaca, and play tennis! Her favorite classes are CHEM 3570: Organic Chemistry for the Life Sciences and PHIL 2455: Introduction to Bioethics. Last summer, she stayed in Ithaca to conduct research while studying for the MCAT. She is looking forward to getting to know everyone during orientation and participating in BioFest this school year! Christine’s words of advice for incoming students: “Take advantage of office hours and the LSC!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2090, CHEM 2080, BIOMG 3300, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, AEM 2100
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Daniel Kim ’23

Daniel concentrates in Molecular & Cell Biology with plans to attend medical school after graduation. On campus, he is involved with the rock-climbing club and conducts research on brown fat in the Selvaraj lab. Daniel loves to go rock-climbing, read, and do handstands for fun! He also loves cooking, reading, and playing board games. His favorite class is CHEM 3570: Organic Chemistry I. Last summer, Daniel hoped to begin volunteering at a hospital and to read all of the Steinbeck's novels. He is also looking forward to orientation this year!
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIOG 1500, BIOEE 1780, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208, STSCI 2150
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Daniel Kim ’23

Daniel concentrates in Marine Biology with plans to attend medical school after graduation. He is a member of the CUEMS, Doctors Without Borders, Paintball, and Greek life on campus. Daniel’s favorite class is BIOEE 4790: Paleobiology. He felt it was a great hands-on experience with lots of genetic methods and experimentation. In his free time, he loves cars and scuba diving. Last summer, he taught an EMT class as an assistant course instructor. Daniel is looking forward to going to the Dairy bar with his new advisees, just like when he was a freshman! His words of advice for incoming students: “Don’t compare yourself to others.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Kyra Kwok ’23

Kyra concentrates in General Biology with plans to attend medical school. She is involved with the Biology Scholars Program, CUDAP, Phi Delta Epsilon, and ACS Cornell. She also conducts research on campus. Her favorite class is ENGL 2800: Creative Writing. Kyra likes to play guitar, cook, spend time outdoors, and listen to music. This year, she is most excited to meeting her new advisees and doing a group activity with them! Kyra’s words of advice for new students: “Don’t be afraid to experiment and figure out what works with you even if it’s not what everyone else is doing! Ask for help when you need it.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOMG 1350, BIOEE 1780, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580, PHYS 1101, CHEM 2510
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Christian Lapointe ’23

Christian is concentrating in General Biology with plans to take a gap year before applying medical school after graduation. On campus, he is involved with Alpha Epsilon Delta premedical fraternity and tutors for CHEM 2070 and CHEM 2080. He plans to join a nutrition lab this coming fall. For fun, Christian likes to hang out with friends, exercise, and read. His favorite classes BIOMG 1350: Intro Biology: Cell and Developmental Biology and BIOG 1445: Intro to Comparative Anatomy and Physiology, Individualized Instruction. Last summer, he worked as a CNA in an assisted living center and helped his grandfather keep bees! Christian is also looking forward to meeting new students interested in Biological Sciences!
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Philip Lee ’22

Philip is concentrating in Computational Biology with plans to gain more clinical research experience through Weill Cornell Medicine or the CDC as a clinical research assistant. Afterwards, he aims to go to graduate school and pursue a career in medicine. On campus, he is a contributing writer for the Cornell Healthcare Review, a member of the Cornell Rowing Club, and a Peer Mentor for the Cornell Undergraduate Research Board Peer Mentorship Program. He is also involved in PATCH and Cornell Minds Matter. Philip has also spent two years at the Song Lab in the College of Veterinary Medicine studying Salmonella typhi and protein chemistry. He is a self-declared foodie and loves to go around to local restaurants and cafes in his free time to find the best eats in the Ithaca community. His favorite class is CHEM 3580: Organic Chemistry II because he likes to draw hexagons. Last summer, Philip was involved in a summer research program on campus as well as a virtual summer research program. He looks forward to the Pre-Health and Research advising events this coming academic year! He can’t wait to be a Student Advisor, and his email address is always open to anyone who has questions. Philip's advice for incoming students: “It's so important to build a support network for when times get tough during the semester. Having a group of Cornellians (or friends outside of Cornell) who you can talk to and de-stress with is so vital for your mental health during prelims and finals. The friends I met (both under and upperclassmen), who have been my support network throughout these years, have helped me immensely and I think it's so important to have that coming into Cornell so that you aren't overwhelmed with stress during the semester.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Sean Lee ’23

Sean is concentrating in General Biology with plans to attend medical school after graduation. On campus, he is involved with AIR- a pre health fraternity, is a Rawlings research scholar l, and participates in the Redcross club as well as the Hunger Relief club. He is also involved in research at Harrington laboratory. Sean enjoys hiking and drawing in his free time! Last summer, he continued research in his lab at Cornell. He is looking forward to getting involved with social events with the OUB! Sean's words of encouragement for incoming freshmen: “Don’t get discouraged.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Ava Liu ’22

Ava is concentrating in General Biology with plans to take a gap year before going to medical school, and during that gap year, she hopes to find a job in a clinical office in New York City as a medical assistant. On campus, she is involved in Alpha Phi Omega (APO), a service fraternity. She has previously conducted research at Dr. Siu Sylvia Lee’s lab. Ava likes to sleep, watch YouTube, play online games with friends, and hang out with people in New York City. Her favorite classes are BIOMI 2900: General Microbiology Lectures and BIOEE 1780: An Intro to Evolutionary Biology and Diversity. Last summer, Ava studied for the MCAT and participated in a research mentoring program. She is looking forward to attending BioFest to meet the incoming freshmen this school year! Ava’s words of encouragement for incoming students: “Always take advantage of office hours and get to know your professors!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780, STSCI 2150, BIOMI 2900, BIOMI 2911
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Yasoda Mantena ’22

Yasoda is concentrating in General Biology with plans to take a gap year working a clinical job before attending medical school. On campus, she is the Marketing and Recruitment Chair for Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity and BIOMG 3310 Teaching Assistant. She also volunteers for Southern Tier AIDS, is a Thread Fashion Magazine Makeup Artist, and involved in Hindu Student Council. Yasoda also conducts research on animal reproduction at the Cheong lab in the vet school. In her free time, she likes to explore Ithaca's natural landscapes and gorges, read books, paint with watercolors, watch foreign cinema and dramas such as Spanish telenovelas and Bollywood! Her favorite class is BIOMG 3310: Principles of Biochemistry – Proteins and Metabolism. Last summer, she worked as a medical assistant/scribe at two private practices in Northern Jersey, one at an internal medicine office and one at a dermatology and orthopedic office. She will also be riding for her local EMS squad. This upcoming year, Yasoda is most excited to finally meet her advisees in person and get ice cream with them! Her words of advice for new students: “Light therapy is real! Take a moment out of your busy day to go outside and soak in that sun!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208, BIOMG 3310, BIOMG 3320, NS 3410, BTRY 3010, BIOEE 1781
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Andrew Martinez ’22

Andrew is concentrating in Microbiology with plans to taking a gap year before attending medical school. His favorite classes are all his Spanish courses (he is also a Spanish major!). On campus, Andrew is part of the Biology Scholars Program, was a study group leader for 2 years for organic chemistry and BIOMG 1350. He also worked with the southern tier AIDS program in Ithaca helping them make patient education materials for their clients and making harm reduction kits that are passed out to the community. He is a Cornell Tradition Fellow, President of the Men's Club Swim Team, member of College Mentors for Kids, and will begin teaching a Life Sciences course at Teen Day in Ithaca this fall where he will be instructing middle-school aged home school children. He also does research in the Lin Lab. Andrew likes to go to the gym, swim, hike, go out to eat for fun. Last summer, he did research in his lab, and studied the effects of extracellular vesicles on olfactory neuron regeneration. This academic year, he is looking forward to meeting with his advisees at the Dairy Bar! Andrew’s advice for new students: “Do not overbook yourself! It may seem that you have to take a lot of classes as soon as you get to campus, but in reality, taking the time to adjust to college is in itself a needed consideration for your first semester.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Priyanka Menon ’23

Priyanka is concentrating in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to attend medical school after potentially taking a gap year. On campus, she is involved with Cornell Brain Exercise Initiative, Premed Minority Mentorship (PreM3), volunteering at Cayuga Medical, Nazaqat Indian classical dance team, Phi Delta Epsilon professional fraternity, and Arts and Sciences Ambassador. Priyanka also conducts research in Research at the Zamudio Lab where she is studying team-based learning approaches in STEM online classrooms under Dr. Lina Arcila Hernandez, coding student and teacher interactions through excel and R software and helping to develop pedagogical strategies that help engage and retain students in the biological sciences. Priyanka’s favorite class is BIONB 2210: Neurobiology and Behavior I: Introduction to Behavior. She likes to hang out with her friends on campus, dance/choreo with her team, and rewatch her favorite shows in her free time! Last summer, she did research at her lab and studied for the MCAT. Priyanka is looking forward to meeting the incoming freshman class and helping them navigate their journey at Cornell! Her words of advice for new students: “Make sure you take care of yourself and make sure you stay true to who YOU are! You will find your place on campus!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIOMG 1350, CHEM 2080, CHEM 35780, MATH 1110, STSCI 3570, BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

James Moran ’23

James concentrates in Human Nutrition with plans to attend medical school after graduation. On campus, he is involved with Cornell PreSOMA and Guiding Eyes for the Blind. For fun, James likes to read, swim, run, cook, and try new foods with friends. His favorite class is BIOEE 2740: The Vertebrates. Last summer, he continued lifeguarding and worked on his first aid certification. This school year, he is looking forward to attending BioFest! James’ words of advice for incoming students: “Don't worry about filling up your first semester with major and distribution requirements. Try and take at least one class because you think you'll enjoy it. It will help you adjust to a college environment and will help reduce the stress of your first semester.”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780, BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1500, Math 1120, NS 1150
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Mriganka Nerkar ’22

Mriganka is concentrating in Molecular & Cell Biology with plans to take a gap year before applying for medical school after graduation. Her favorite class is BIOMG 4390: Molecular Basis of Disease. This class really paired her interests in molecular biology and medicine so well! On campus, Mriganka is involved in Cornell Science Olympiad and Cornell Surgical Society. She is also the Chapter Coordinator for Cornell’s ASHA Chapter. Mriganka works in the Feschotte Lab where she investigates transposable elements within the genome. She likes to crochet, roller skate, and watch Netflix for fun. Last summer, she worked on her Honors Thesis and took BIOMG 2800 over the summer. She also volunteered at Cayuga Medical Center as a COVID-19 Screener. 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: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Katie O'Hare ’22

Katie is concentrating in Molecular & Cell Biology with plans to attend graduate school to study immunology. On campus, she is a lifeguard and student coordinator for Cornell Aquatics and a member of the STEMinist Movement. She has previously done research in the Yen Lab in the past and is now an undergraduate researcher in the August Lab. Katie's favorite class is STSCI 2150: Introductory Statistics for Biology. She likes to hike, bake, watch movies, and hang out with friends for fun! Last summer, she did research in her lab at Cornell. Katie is also looking forward to BioFest this school year!
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, STSCI 2150, BIOMG 1350, BIOEE 1780
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Destiny Okoro

Destiny is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics, & Development with plans to pursue medical school after graduation. On campus, she is involved with Phi Delta Epsilon, Baraka Acapella, PCAT, P3 and BSP. She also conducts research in Brian Lazzaro’s lab. Her favorite class is HD 1150: Human Development: Infancy and Childhood. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and learning new recipes. Destiny continued doing research in her lab last summer at Cornell. This academic year, she is looking forward to meeting her advisees for the first time! Destiny's words of advice for new students: “You got this!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Brooke Olson ’22

Brooke is concentrating in Human Nutrition with plans to take a gap year before applying to medical school after graduation. On campus, she is a member of the Varsity Women’s Cross Country and Track Team and she is involved with Cornell’s Chapter of College Mentors for Kids. She also conducts research for Professor Jerel Ezell in the Africana Studies department. Her favorite class is ASRC 4002: Diasporic and Indigenous Health. Brooke loves to go on hikes, listen to music, and cook for fun. Last summer, she continued doing research in her lab. Brooke is excited for BioFest and Cornell days this school year! Her words of encouragement for incoming students: " Try to measure your success on an individual level; be proud of your accomplishments and hard work without comparing yourself to others.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1500
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Arsen Omurzakov ’22

Arsen is concentrating in General Biology with plans to take a gap year and apply to MD programs. On campus, he is the Co-president of Cornell Undergraduate Research Board, Chair of Student Assembly Mental Health Committee, and a volunteer for Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes. He also does research in Clark Lab where he studies how the expression of functionally important genes is maintained in heterochromatic environments. For fun, Arsen loves to play guitar, explore Ithaca and spend a lot of time with friends! Arsen’s favorite class is MUSIC 2221: Bach and Handel. Last summer, he volunteered, studied for the MCAT and worked on his honors thesis. Arsen is most excited for BioFest and his first meeting with his advisees who have so many new experiences to look forward to! His words of advice for new students: “Cornell is a big place and you're bound to find a group of people you connect with. Get out there and find them!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 3300, STSCI 2150, BIOG 1500, CHEM 3570
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
11:15

Argen Omurzakov ’22

Argen is concentrating in General Biology with plans to take a gap year after graduation. During his gap year he will be involved with clinical research and ultimately plans to go to medical school. On campus he is involved with Midnight Comedy, Cornell Chorale, Phi Delta Epsilon, he also volunteers at Ithaca Free Clinic. Argen also does research at the Schaffer-Nishimura Lab. For fun he enjoys listening to music, playing video games, watching movies, and playing guitar. Argen’s favorite class is PMA 2800, Introduction to Acting. This summer he will be working on his senior thesis, volunteering and studying for the MCAT. Argen is most excited to BioFest and being a resource for first year/transfer students so don't hesitate to reach out! Argen's advice for all is to "Be kind to yourself, and make time in your schedule to care for your body and mental health."
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 3300
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Simon Ortiz ’22

Simon is concentrating in Molecular & Cell Biology with plans on taking a bridge year; during this year, he plans on either working as an EMT or finding a position in a lab outside of Cornell. Afterwards, he plans on enrolling into medical school. On campus, he is involved with Alpha Iota Gamma, a preprofessional fraternity, and BSP, Biology Scholars program. In addition, he is in the Marjolein van der Meulen’s research lab that focuses on the study of Osteoarthritis as well as a TA for Chem 2070. To relax, Simon likes to play sports and go out with friends to enjoy the Ithaca area. During the winter time, he likes to watch Netflix or HBO max. Simon’s favorite class is CLASS 2604: Greek Mythology because it was a fresh breath of air from the sciences, and he learned some great stories about the Greek gods. Last summer, he studied for the MCAT and conducted research virtually for his lab at Cornell. This school year, Simon is looking forward to meeting the mentees in person and being able to make personal connections with the incoming students!
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:00

Joelle Park ’22

Joelle is concentrating in Molecular and Cell Biology with plans to attend medical school and earn a Master’s in Public Health degree. On campus, she serves as the Centennial Officer for the Cornell University Chorus and is involved in Person-Centered Advocacy Team (PCAT). She is also an Eboard member of Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP) and an undergraduate TA for Autotutorial Biochemistry. She conducts research at the Bretscher Lab. In her free time, Joelle likes to go on hikes and walks, dabble in photography, and try out food places with her friends. Her favorite class is BIOMG 3300: Autotutorial Biochemistry. Last summer, Lily studied for the MCAT and scribed at the Cayuga Medical Center Emergency Department. She is looking forward to Orientation this school year! Her advice for incoming students: “Try out new things, even if you don’t know if you’ll like it or not!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 3300, BIOMG 1350, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, CHEM 3570, CHEM 3580
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Emily Pogson ’22

Emily is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics, and Development with plans to pursue a PhD in molecular biology and/or genetics. On campus, she is involved with the Cornell Cycling Club. She has previously worked in the Plant Transformation Facility in Weill Hall, trying to develop methods for industrial hemp tissue culture. Currently, she is a member of the Schimenti lab, working on two projects to better understand the genetic basis of human infertility. Emily’s favorite class is BIOMG 1350: Introductory Biology: Cell and Developmental Biology. For fun, Emily is an avid cyclist who loves to spend hours exploring the local roads and surrounding areas. When not studying or on the bike, she enjoys spending time outdoors and cooking. Last summer, she remained in Ithaca to continue research in her lab. This year, she is looking forward to BioFest. Emily’s words of encouragement for incoming students: “Make sure to take time to enjoy being in Ithaca--it's a wonderful place!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOEE 1780, BIOMG 2800
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Sveta Reddy ’22

Sveta concentrates in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to take two gap years which she hopes to join a post-baccalaureate program centered around clinical research while also continuing heavy involvement in community service. Following this, she would like to attend medical school. On campus, she is the founder of non-profit organization Ithaca SMArtS, a Cornell Tradition SAC and Fellow, Brother of Alpha Phi Omega, volunteer at CayugaMed, research assistant at Devoogd Lab, Orientation Leader, and a TA for Neurobiology/Behavior and Biochemistry. She was previously in the Singh Lab but is currently a research fellow at the Devogd Lab. For fun, Sveta enjoys hanging out with friends, painting, reading, and being outside as much as she can! Her favorite class is BIOMG 3310/3320: Principles of Biochemistry. Last summer, Sveta started as a clinical research associate at MidHudson Medical Institute and also continued her research in her lab. She is also looking forward to Cornell Days this school year!
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Nola Rettenmaier ’23

Nola is concentrating in Genetics, Genomics & Development with plans to attend graduate school and pursue a PhD in the Biological Sciences after graduation. On campus, she works at Cornell Botanic Gardens as Learning by Leading Garden Ambassador Team Student Co-leader. She has also served as an Orientation Supervisor, helped in COVID-19 Peer Consultant, and participated in the Biology Service Leaders program at Cornell. She has TA’d for BIOMG 2800 (Lectures in Genetics and Genomics) and is part of Cornell Club Hockey and Weill-Ithaca Network (WIN). Nola also conducts research in the Specht Lab, where she is working on a project investigating the genetic basis of floral fusion in the Zingiberales. In addition, she is a member of the first full cohort of the Humanities Scholars Program at Cornell. For fun, she enjoys reading, art-making, watching films, taking long walks on campus, and cooking and baking. Nola's favorite classes are CLASS 2812: Hieroglyphs to HTML: The History of Writing and BIOMG 2800: Lectures in Genetics and Genomics. She stayed in Ithaca last summer to work at Cornell Botanic Gardens for the Garden Ambassadors team and continued research in her lab. Nola is excited to mentor incoming students and help them navigate the Biological Sciences major. She looks forward to participating in student panels and helping out with BioFest this school year! Nola’s words of encouragement for new students: "Leverage the academic resources at your disposal (study sessions, office hours, the LSC, etc.), and never hesitate to ask for help from your professors and TAs!"
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, CHEM 2070, CHEM 2080, BIOMG 2800
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Hannah Robins ’23

Hannah concentrates in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to do research and/or attend medical school after graduation. On campus, she is involved with the Cornell Symphony Orchestra, Cornell Percussion Ensemble, and she will be a TA for BIOG 1445 in the spring. She also worked in the Selvaraj lab during the Spring 2021 semester. Hannah’s favorite classes are BIOG 1250: Body Parts, Schemas, and Images and BIOG 1440: Comparative Physiology. For fun, she enjoys playing music, snowboarding, biking, playing tennis, and exploring Ithaca. Last summer, she worked in her lab and took BIOMG 2800. This school year, Hannah is looking forward to meeting new students and advisees during orientation week! Her words of encouragement for new students: “Make sure to take advantage of all Cornell has to offer! Whether it's a class that sounds interesting or an activity you've always wanted to try, there are so many unique opportunities here to explore.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440, BIOEE 1780
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Emma Rosenbaum ’22

Emma is concentrating Animal Physiology with plans to attend veterinary school after graduation. On campus, she volunteers at the Tompkins County SPCA animal shelter, is a senior editor at the Cornell Daily Sun editorial board, and is a Big Red Athletics tutor, tutoring student athletes in various courses. She is also involved in research on campus with Dr. Betty McGuire, who studies the behaviors of shelter dogs and her research is done at the SPCA of Tompkins County. To relax, Emma likes to read, bake, and go on walks around Ithaca. Her favorite class is BIOEE 1781: Introduction to Evolution and Diversity. Last summer, Emma volunteered at another vet clinic and at a barn near her to gain animal experience hours for vet school. Fun fact: She is also doing a minor in science communication! She is looking forward to BioFest this school year! Emma’s advice for incoming freshmen: “Don't think you need to take all of the hard/rigorous classes in your first few semesters, you have time to spread them out throughout your four years, and you'll be much happier for it.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:10

Elliot McGinnity Schneider ’23

Elliot is concentrating in Microbiology with plans to attend graduate school to pursue a PhD in microbiology. His favorite classes include BIOMI 1200 Genesis, BIOMI 1400 Antibiotics and a seminar on soil borne parasites, all of which have been informative for him! Elliot is a member of the Rose Scholars Program and conducts research at Dr. Rebecca Nelson’s lab, assisting in research related to mechanisms of fungal resistance in corn crops. This academic year, he is looking forward to welcoming new students to Cornell!
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Anirudh Sharma ’23

Anirudh is concentrating in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to attend medical school or MD/PhD program after graduation. On campus, he is a science writer for the Cornell Daily Sun and a participant in Debate in Science and Health. He has previously done research in Dr. Nilay Yapici’s lab, studying the dormancy induction in Drosophila, but plans to join a new lab for the fall semester. For fun, Anirudh likes to read and ski. Last summer, he worked remotely on Rutgers NeuroSURP, a research project related to brain areas involved in substance abuse. Anirudh is looking forward to BioFest this year!
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 1350, BIOMG 3300, BIOG 1440, BIOG 1500, BIOEE 1780, BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220, CHEM 2150, CHEM 3590, CHEM 3600
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Alison Sin ’22

Alison concentrates in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to do a PhD in Neuroscience or something related to psychiatry. On campus, she conducts research in Dr. Melissa Warden's lab and Dr. Nilay Yapici's lab. For fun, she likes to read and run long distance! Alison’s favorite class is BIONB 3920: Drugs and the Brain. Last summer, she did a internship in the lab of Dr. Marius Pachitariu through the Janelia Undergraduate Scholars Program. She is also living alone in NYC and exploring the city with new friends! Alison is looking forward to having intellectual debates with her advisees this school year! Her words of advice: “Everything is temporary.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Alexa Slyman ’22

Alexa is concentrating in Animal Physiology with plans to take a gap year before applying medical school after graduation. On campus, she is involved with the Student Assembly, Habitat for Humanity, and Karate Club. Her favorite class is BIOAP 2140: The Biological Basis of Human Reproduction. She likes to play tennis, read, play video games, lift weights, and bake for fun. Last summer, she worked at a hospital and volunteered. This year, Alexa is looking forward to attending BioFest. Her words of encouragement for incoming students: “It gets easier, especially after the first year! Don't be too hard on yourself. Always make time for your hobbies. Don't be afraid to try new things and meet new people; you might find it will be hard not to.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

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, A&S Admission Ambassadors, and Student Agencies Tutor. She has also worked in the Vitousek Lab for the past year, studying the relationship between gut microbiota diversity and stress tolerance. Bella enjoys running, hiking, swimming, and reading books. She also relaxes by watching stand-up comedy and listening to podcasts. She loves going on walks with her friends around the botanical gardens or Ithaca's rec ways and going to Mia's on the commons. Her favorite class is HIST 2721: History of Mental Health and Mental Illness in the United States because the professor connected the history of mental illness to many of the social movements of the 1960s. Last summer, Bella was in the Vienna Biocenter Summer School program and researched viral infections and inflammation at the Center for Molecular Medicine in Vienna, Austria. Her words of advice for incoming students are: “Explore!!! Explore the diverse clubs on Cornell's campus, explore classes you thought you would never take, explore Ithaca's natural beauty on and around campus (especially the botanical gardens), and explore the restaurants and shops in the Ithaca commons. Do things you always wanted to try but never had a chance to, like learning to rock climb or sail. Don't be afraid to try new experiences at Cornell because that is the best way to make Cornell feel like home.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMG 2800, STSCI 2150
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Lili Steel ’23

Lili is concentrating in General Biology with plans to take a gap year before starting medical school after graduation. She would love to use that year to travel and apply her love for global health; she is also contemplating completing a Master’s in Public Health during that time. Around Ithaca, she volunteers for both the Southern Tier AIDS program and the Food Bank for the Southern Tier. On-campus, she is involved in Phi Delta Epsilon, a professional fraternity, and Kappa Alpha Theta, a social organization. Lili also conducts research in the Finkelstein lab for about a year where the focus of their research is nutrition, maternal and child health and infectious disease. For fun, she enjoys hiking, going to the beach, spending time at the gorges, and walking around campus. She also likes to read and nap when she has the time along with cooking. Her favorite class is NS 2600: Introduction to Global Health, because it has expanded her perspectives on learning and public health the most. Last summer, she worked with the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement in Mysore, India working on COVID-19 surveillance data. She also participated in an in-person internship with local hospitals in California. Lil is looking forward to a (hopefully) in-person BioFest this school year! Her words of advice for new students: “Ask questions! We all have loved our time at Cornell and are excited to share with you what we have loved and help you out!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
BIOG 1440, BIOG 1445, BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1500, AEM 2100
Office Hours - Day: 
Tuesday
Office Hours - Time: 
2:30

Anna Szombathy ’22

Anna concentrates in Neurobiology & Behavior with plans to go to medical school after graduation. On campus and around Ithaca, she is on the E-Board of Cornell Health International, a BIOMG2801 TA, and an intake volunteer for the Tenants Legal Hotline. Her favorite class is BIOMG 3310: Principles of Biochemistry. To relax, Anna enjoys watching TV shows, reading, and cooking foods from around the world. For fun, she likes to discover new restaurants and stores around the Ithaca area. This summer, she will be continuing her Parkinson's Disease research and beginning some COVID-19 research at SUNY Upstate. She will also be volunteering at Cayuga Medical Center and with the Tenants Legal Hotline. Anna is looking forward to meeting her advisees during orientation and visiting the OUB for Doggy Days! Her words of advice for new students: “As you start your classes, remember to keep in mind all of the resources available to you! I encourage you to make use of office hours with your Professors and TAs - they are amazing people and are there to help!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOEE 1780, BIOG 1500, BIONB 2210, BIONB 2220
Office Hours - Day: 
Wednesday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

Alanis Villanueva ’22

Alanis is concentrating in Molecular & Cell Biology with plans to take a bridge year during which she will either find a position as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or an assistant researcher in a lab. After this year, she plans to enroll in medical school. On campus, she is involved with the Biology Scholars Program (BSP), Person-Centered Advocacy Team (PCAT), and Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity. She is also a CHEM 2070 Teaching Assistant. Alanis also conducts research at the August Avery Immunology Lab located in the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. For fun, she loves playing the violin, exercising, hiking, and spending the day at the beach with friends and family. Her favorite class is LSP 1802: Introduction to Latinos in US History because as an underrepresented minority, she found a lot of value in revisiting historic events from a different perspective to that taught in high school. Last summer, she was a virtual intern in the Johns Hopkins Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Summer Internship Program. This school year, she is most looking forward to Bio Fest!
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2070
Office Hours - Day: 
Thursday
Office Hours - Time: 
10:00

Xihang Wang ’23

Xihang is concentrating in General Biology with plans to go to medical school after graduation. His favorite class is BIOMG 1350: Intro Biology: Cell and Developmental Biology. On campus, he is the current team lead of Cornell iGEM, a project team that uses synthetic biology to develop solutions to modern environmental and biomedical problems. He also studies the development of plant giant cells in the Roeder Lab. For fun, Xihang enjoys watching Netflix and playing tennis Last summer, he worked on this season's iGEM project and did research in his lab. This academic year, Xihang is looking forward to Clubfest and Biofest! His advice for new students: “Try new things! Join a club or sport that you'd never have thought of joining.”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
CHEM 2150, BIOMG 1350, BIOG 1440
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
1:25

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 Pete McIntyre's lab, working with freshwater fish and freshwater ecosystems. She enjoys going to the gym, having movie nights with friends, and eating lots of chocolate. Last summer, she stayed in Ithaca and worked in her research lab. She worked on her honors thesis in addition to getting the opportunity to conduct field work in the Adirondacks. This academic year, she is looking forward to meeting her advisees and getting to go to the Dairy Bar with them! Demetra's words of advice for new students: “College might seem tough at times but hang in there and enjoy the ride and watch all your hard work pay off in the end!”
College: 
CALS
Tutoring: 
None
Office Hours - Day: 
Monday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20

Ashley Yu '22

Ashley concentrates in General Biology with plans to take a gap year before applying for medical school after graduation. On campus, she is a part of AED and has worked as a TA for CHEM 2070 and BIOMI 2900. She also works as a hotline volunteer for Tenants Legal Hotline. Ashley conducts research 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, travel, and listen to music! Last summer, she studied for the MCAT. She is looking forward to BioFest this school year! Ashley’s words of encouragement for new students: “Remember that the OUB has a wealth of resources and people. Do not hesitate to reach out for help!”
College: 
Arts
Tutoring: 
BIOMI 2900
Office Hours - Day: 
Friday
Office Hours - Time: 
12:20