JeffJeff Chen

Hi, my name is Jeff Chen and I am a senior majoring in Biological Sciences: General Biology. I am from Warrington, Pennsylvania. Currently, I am an active member of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and a Guided Study Sessions (GSS) leader for CHEM231 (I've also done CHEM241). I have also interned at research labs focusing on inhibiting the growth of human breast cancer cells by targeting micro-RNA. After graduation, I plan on attending pharmacy school. Aside from academics, I enjoy basketball, working out, Netflix, and traveling. Hope to see you in the Peer Mentor Office!



ManuellaManuella Djoumaleu

Hello all, my name is Manuella Djomaleu, and I am currently a junior Biological Sciences: Physiology and Neurobiology major. I aspire to be a physician with a focus on international medicine. I started my college career as a member of BioFIRE, and I am a tutor for current BioFIRE students. Apart from conducting research under FIRE, I also conducted research on plant virus on campus for one year. This semester, I am excited to work as a research associate for clinical research at Prince George's County Hospital. Aside from being a Peer Mentor, I also work as resident assistant in Elkton Hall. I spent the past summer working as a medical assistant at a dermatology private practice. I have gone on two Alternative Breaks throughout my undergraduate exams career. Although I love being busy, I also enjoy writing poetry, reading articles and exploring restaurants in DC. Fun fact, I'm originally from Cameroon, a small nation in Central Africa, and my second language is French!



Neil Garg

Hi, my name is Neil Garg and I am a junior Biology major life science alumni at the University of Maryland. I am on the Premed track and am excited to apply to Med school next year. In the past I have scribed at offices such as Montgomery Cardiology and Capital Integrative Health. I also recently acquired my EMT-B license and plan on riding for the college park station. This summer I headed the Volunteers around the World Maryland chapter as the clinical chair and site director. I was able to bring a team to the Dominican Republic and provide aid through clinics to locals. On campus I am involved in Greek life, diversity and inclusion, athletics, tutoring and much more. In my free time I enjoy reading, skateboarding, playing soccer, hammocking, and watching marvel movies.


RachelRachel Goldfinger

Hey everyone! My name is Rachel Goldfinger and I am a senior Mathematics and Business major. I am from West Windsor, New Jersey so I love my pizza and bagels! This past summer, I worked for Bloomberg as a Market Data intern. My plans after graduation are to begin working in business intelligence as a data analyst. In addition to being a peer mentor, I am a member of the Maryland Images Campus Tour Guide group as well as very involved with Club Basketball. I also love to try new sports and meet new people through intramurals. Throughout my first two years here at the University of Maryland, I was in the Environment, Technology and Economy College Park Scholars program. In my free time, I love to read, watch sappy movies, and eat good food. If you have any questions, feel free to stop by the Peer Mentor office and I will be happy to help!


Adriana Gomes

Hey fellow Terps! My name is Adriana Gomes and I am a senior General Biology major and am minoring in Human Development while on the Pre-Med track! After completing my undergraduate degree, I plan to attend medical school and aspire to be a physician! Fun fact about me is that I was born in New Delhi, India, I love elephants with a passion, love traveling, and have run a half marathon! Other than being a peer mentor for CMNS, I am an active member in AMSA, HPAO, and a peer mentor for America Reads America Counts. Since high school I have also interned at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doing bioengineering research. Don't get me wrong though, I love relaxing, eating, and sleeping, when time permits! Please stop by the CMNS Peer Mentor office to chat or ask questions if you have them!


William Guo

Hey all, my name is Will Guo and I am currently a junior Computer Science major with a minor in GIS. I'm from Washington County, Maryland. At the University I've been a Site Coordinator with Terps for Change in the LCSL office with regards to Community Forklift (they have really cool furniture) and I'm the Trail Maintenance Officer for the Terrapin Trails Club. After graduation I hope to work with GPS navigation and maps as either a software developer or a cartographer. Outside of academics, I enjoy anything outdoors (camping, hiking, backpacking, caving, kayaking, etc.), watching/playing basketball, traveling and I'm also a huge movie nerd. If you have any questions drop by the Peer Mentor Office and me or one of the other Peer Mentors will be glad to help you.


Gelila HaileGelila Haile

Hey everyone! My name is Gelila Haile and I'm a junior biology major here from Montgomery County, MD. So far during my time here I've become a member of the Charles R. Drew Pre--Health Society, done research on environmental pathogens with UMD's FIRE program, and volunteered at the UHC pharmacy. I also currently work as a part time instructor, teaching young kids about science and robotics. After I graduate, I intend to get my masters or doctorate's in the healthcare field. In my free time I like to hang out with friends, watch Netflix, cook up a storm, and sing. I'm just your average college student- so feel free to swing by the peer mentor office sometime and ask us some questions :)


Sanjana Kavuru

Hi everyone! My name is Sanjana Kavuru and I'm a junior Physiology and Neurobiology major. I'm from Ellicott City in Howard County, Maryland. After completing my degree, I aspire to go to medical school and become a physician! Aside from being a Peer Mentor for CMNS, I am a member of the American Medical Student Association, and worked as an intern and Scribe at Desai Medical Center. I spent this past summer shadowing ER physicians in a hospital in Baltimore. Other than school, I enjoy playing with my dog, having a night in with my friends, and going to concerts! Feel free to drop by the Peer Mentor office if you have any questions or want to chat!



Brooke McClainBrooke McClain

Hey guys! My name is Brooke McClain and I am a Neurobiology and Physiology major and a Spanish Language, Business, and Cultures minor. I am from Fort Washington in Prince George’s County, Maryland. I spent my last two academic years at the University of Maryland, College Park and am currently a junior. My plans after graduating are to attend medical school and eventually start my own private practice. I am currently an active member of Terps For Change, a group dedicated to different forms of community service around the College Park area. I have also acted as a Learning Assistant for BSCI160 and a Resident Life Ambassador on campus. I am passionate about helping others, so feel free to get in touch whenever you feel like you need it. Some of my hobbies include baking, watching reality TV and Netflix, and being the biggest Beyoncé fan. Being apart of the Peer Mentor Office means it is my responsibility to guide you through the beginning of your college careers. Feel free, and do not hesitate to stop by with questions about scheduling, goals, four year plans, or just to talk with someone that was in your shoes not too long ago!


Dana McFarlaneDana McFarlane

Hi everyone! My name is Dana McFarlane and I’m a junior Computer Science major and Actuarial Mathematics minor from Montgomery County Maryland. After I graduate, I hope to become a software engineer and continue to build my skills. So far at Maryland, I have worked with Maryland’s Center for Women in Computing to help increase the retention rate of (you guessed it!) women in computing. Besides being a Peer Mentor, I am also on Technia’s 2017-2018 Outreach team. This past summer, I worked at PenFed Credit Union as a software engineering intern, which was pretty cool. I’m always down with meeting new people, so if you want to just stop by and say hi, feel free too!


Vikram Nambiar

Hello everyone! My name is Vikram and I am currently a junior majoring in Physiology and Neurobiology and minoring in Religious Studies. I'm from Germantown, MD so I'm familiar with the Moco area as it's where I've been raised for most of my life. I am an active member of Beta Psi Omega, a biology/service fraternity here at UMD. I will be working with the Global Medical Brigades chapter at UMD for my third year this semester and I highly recommend you join if you are interested in setting up pop-up clinics and working on public health projects with communities abroad in countries like Honduras and Nicaragua (where we went the last two summers). I intern at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda in an Oncology genetics department lab and work closely with Osteosarcoma. I plan on going to medical school and I completely understand the stresses that students may experience from being on any pre-health track or any STEM major for that matter. As a peer mentor I am here to help alleviate that stress by helping you in any way I can. Whether it's a conversation about your four-year plan or a conversation about last weekend's trials and tribulations, I'm here for it. Hope to see you in the PM Office and on campus!


ErinErin Nordquist

Hi, I'm Erin Nordquist, a Junior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in General Business from Calvert County, MD. In addition to being a peer mentor, I am a member of the Active Minds at Maryland Executive Board, and College Park Scholars Alum. After college, I hope to start a career in software development and data science. In my free time, I enjoy drawing, painting, geocaching, and simulation-style video games. Overall, I'm friendly and easy to talk to, so come by the Peer Mentor Office to see me and get any questions answered.



Kelly ParisiKelly Parisi

Hello everyone! My name is Kelly Parisi, and I am a Junior majoring in Neurobiology and Physiology with a minor in General Business. I am from Severna Park, Maryland which is is right near our state capital, Annapolis! My plans after graduating from the University of Maryland are to get my MBA and from there hopefully pursue a job in pharmaceuticals! Aside of being a Peer Mentor, I am a Head Lifeguard, Risk Auditor, and Swimming Instructor at Eppley Recreational Center, Director of Recruitment for The Pride, and a member of the living and learning program BioFIRE. As a part of this program, I had the opportunity to work in a microbiology research lab called Transgenerational Brain Initiative which focused on mutating the genes of C.elegans to see if we could change the genome for multiple generations. Aside from work and school, I am a huge sports fan and you can find me at any game. Fun fact, as Director of Recruitment for The Pride, I help plan and promote the free giveaways for the games! My dad, sister, aunt, and uncle are all Terps so if you have any questions about UMD, I can answer it. Don't hesitate to come by the Peer Mentor office! I'm always happy to help!


Michael Strayhorn

Hi everyone! My name is Michael Strayhorn and I am senior majoring in Biological Sciences: Physiology & Neurobiology. I was formerly in the Life Science Scholars program and I am currently on the pre-med track. I have gotten fairly involved in various campus organizations throughout my years here at UMD. I was a member in the Student Health Advisory Committee, the academic chair for a social fraternity, and a clinical RA for the CATCH study at SPH. This summer, I had the opportunity to conduct research at Johns Hopkins lab studying organogenesis of the salivary gland of Drosophila. My favorite things to do when I have free time is to play some 2k or Fifa, or lift at Eppley. Please feel free to stop by the CMNS office if you have any questions or just want to chat!

Abigail Toretsky

Hi everyone! My name is Abigail Toretsky and I am a senior majoring in Ecology and Evolution and minoring in Spanish Language and Cultures. I am from Silver Spring, Maryland in Montgomery County. I was part of the Science and Global Change Scholars program so I can help with questions about the Scholars courses and program. I studied Marine Ecology abroad in Ecuador this past Fall so I can also help with questions about how to fit study abroad into course requirements! For the past two years, I've worked in a lab in UMD's Entomology Department researching biogeochemistry of wetlands in the Delmarva Peninsula. After graduating, I plan to go to graduate school to get a degree in marine or freshwater ecology. In my free time, I play on UMD's Women's Club Ultimate Frisbee team and play tenor sax in UMD's jazz band! Can't wait to see you in the Peer Mentor office!


Berwin YuanBerwin Yuan

Ahoy! My name is Berwin Yuan, and I am a senior majoring in General Biology, Psychology, and Biochemistry. I was a Life Sciences Scholar during my first two years at UMD, so I can try my best to answer any questions you have about the Scholars program. I am from Gaithersburg, Maryland in Montgomery County. I plan to go to medical school after graduating. I’ve worked and interned at plenty of places from research labs like USUHS (Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences) or NIH to food service like Starbucks or Ten Ren’s Tea Time! I’m also volunteering at a variety of places such as a non-profit clinic near my home, a documentary team, and with the City of Gaithersburg, which can all use some help, so if you’re interested, let me know! In my free time I enjoy practicing martial arts, making EDM, playing video games, or helping people with their classes. Come over to the Peer Mentor office and we can talk about anything you want! I’m here for anything you need!