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Meet with a Peer Mentor

Our peer mentors, who are currently working on their own research projects, have made themselves available to answer your questions about the research process. They have the experience and training to answer questions such as:

  • “How do I get started with my research?”
  • “Will I get paid to work on research, or am I eligible for a special scholarship?”
  • “How do I find a faculty mentor who will oversee and guide my work and training?”

How to Meet with a Peer Mentor

We use the cloud-based online scheduling software Setmore to enable you to arrange your own meeting with a peer mentor. After selecting how long of a meeting you want and which mentor to meet with, you can view that mentor’s availability and choose a time slot that works best for you. You will need to sign in to confirm and book the final appointment, and you can either create a Setmore account or sign in with Facebook or Google.

Don’t Forget: Appointments are held in the CUE building, room 403.

NOTE: Mentors are not available during Summer BreakWSU breaks, WSU holidays, Dead Weeks or Finals Weeks. Be sure to double check the WSU academic calendar to confirm these dates. You will notice, however, that peer mentors’ availability on Setmore accounts for these breaks.

Schedule an appointment online todayBefore scheduling an appointment, be sure to take a look at our peer mentors who are available to help. Find one who most correlates with your research interests to schedule your appointment with.

Get to Know Our Peer Mentors

  • Nimay Bolar

    Hometown: Mangalore, India

    Major: Material Science

    Interesting Fact: I have lived in 3 countries and can speak 5 languages!

    Research Programs: Manufacturing Processes Machining Lab (MPML) under Dr. Arda Gozen. (1) Worked on a smart breast sensor capable of detecting volumetric changes in the breast so as to monitor milk production and milk consumption in infants. (2) Worked on creating flexible electronics using liquid metal as the conductive component for high power applications. (3) Presented at SURCA.

  • Sophia Butowicz

    Hometown: Mercer Island, WA

    Major: Psychology

    Minor: Human Development

    Interesting Fact: I’m passionate about learning how to live a minimal waste life and spreading awareness about saving the environment!

    Research Programs: I’m currently in a psychology research lab working on a study that investigates social media behavior on Instagram and how it relates to difference aspects of personality. I would love to help fellow undergraduates with any psychology related research, or even just talking about how to get started in a lab.

  • Owen Canterbury

    Hometown: Ellensburg, WA

    Major: Biochemistry

    Interesting Fact: Before coming to university, I was an avid gardener and particularly loved creating and growing hybrid winter squash and pumpkins.

    Research Programs: Involved with work at WSU investigating (1) the impact of inducible cone-cell Cyclic Nucleotide Gated (CNG) ion channel gene disruption and ethanol exposure on visual ability. Amgen Scholars Program at Duke University looking into the spatial arrangement of all mouse olfactory sensory neuron glomeruli upon the surface of the olfactories. Research has been presented at WSU SURCA 2019, meriting a Crimson Award, at the Western Regional Honors Conference, and at the Duke University Summer Undergraduate Research Showcase.

  • Kristian Gubsch

    Hometown: Edgewood, WA

    Major: Chemical Engineering

    Minor: Entrepreneurship

    Interesting Fact: I love hiking, biking, and skiing in Pullman and the surrounding area.

    Research Programs: I have completed two Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) in the WSU Laboratory for Atmospheric Research and Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering. Most recently, I completed an internship with NOAA in Charleston, SC where I investigated the effects of ocean acidification on coral populations. I am also a 2018 Hollings Scholar and 2019 Goldwater Scholar, so if you are interested in applying to distinguished scholarships, I would be happy to help. My background is in remote sensing, carbon dioxide capture and conversion, metabolomics, and analytical chemistry (specifically NMR).

  • Tatum Hardy

    Hometown: Bend, Oregon

    Majors: Food Science and Agricultural Food Systems

    Interesting Fact: I have lived in 5 different U.S. states and love to be traveling/outdoors!

    Research Programs: I have had two undergraduate research intern positions at WSU with emphasis on (1) feeding difficulties and preferences of children with Down Syndrome and (2) micro-encapsulation technologies of Vitamin C in fortified food products. I have also competed in a product development competition where we researched vitamin deficiencies in developing nations, and then created a food product for children in Sierra Leone to help them cope with health complications from malaria. Presentations: WSU SURCA 2019 and Institute of Food Technologists 2019 Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition.

  • Rebecca Hsieh

    Hometown: Olympia, WA

    Major: Bioengineering

    Minors: Computer Science and Math

    Interesting Fact: I have been playing the violin for 9 years and counting!

    Research Programs: Before university, I was involved in a marine science research lab at The Evergreen State College studying how to link the phylogenetic and genomic diversity of ctenophores (comb jellies) to eco-physiological adaptations in the deep sea under Dr. Erik V. Thuesen. Currently at WSU, I am a lab assistant within the Institute of Biological Chemistry investigating the physiological function of Arabidopsis enzymes and proteins presumed to be involved in various networks of metabolism through the examination of Red Alder tree species.

  • Kathryn Lober

    Hometown: Richland, WA

    Major: Bioengineering, Pre-med

    Interesting Fact: I spent my summer touring with the Columbians Drum and Bugle Corps as the drum major!

    Research Programs: (1) Motion analysis work in the Kinesiology department studying the way a pregnant woman’s gait and posture changes throughout gestation. (2) Musculoskeletal modeling work with in the Bioengineering department studying individual muscle forces and joint moments. (3) A National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates working to develop an enzymatic process to breakdown organic waste. Presentations include: WSU SURCA, Northwest Biomechanics Symposium, and the National Collegiate Honors Conference (3rd Place Poster). I also serve as the Director of Internal Affairs for the Frank Scholars Society and the Vice President of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

  • Nam Nguyen

    Hometown: Kent, WA

    Major: International Business & Marketing

    Minor: Global Studies

    Interesting Fact: I have participated in 11 different study abroad programs and became the first student in WSU’s 127-year history to ever have studied on all seven continents. Read a story on Nam.

    Research Programs: (1) McNair Scholar project in educational psychology to develop a survey to investigate study-abroad destination choices; (2) WSU Honors College thesis project involving analysis of influential factors of undergraduates’ study- abroad destinations; (3) NASPA Undergraduate Fellow project on how Pride Foundation scholarship support impacts recipients in 5 western states in terms of university retention and academic performance. I have presented at several U.S. conferences. I have received: a SURCA Gray Award for an undergraduate research presentation, a Carson Undergraduate Research fellowship award, travel grants, a 2018 NASPA Region V Undergraduate Rising Star Award, and a 2019 Global Student Leadership Award from Diversity Abroad.

  • Patrick Robichaud

    Hometown: Moscow, ID

    Major: Civil Engineering

    Minor: Spanish and Sustainable Development

    Interesting Fact: I love to travel and be in the outdoors. This past summer I went to Panama with Engineers Without Boarders at WSU.

    Research Programs: Research in Hydro Lab in Civil/Environmental Engineering, poster presented at American Geophysical Union Conference in Fall 2017; Laboratory for Atmospheric Research REU and presented this research at SURCA; Research Skills Short Course.

  • Yoni Rodriguez

    Hometown: Toppenish, WA

    Major: Biochemistry

    Minor: Molecular Biology

    Interesting Fact: I like to drink Kombucha for breakfast. I do not drink coffee.

    Research Programs: I have been in involved in water quality research that analyzed the drinking water quality of wells on the Yakama Indian Reservation. I have also worked on air quality research wherein I collaborated with the WSU Medical School researchers as we assessed the pollutants of wildfire smoke in eastern Washington. I am currently focused on my McNair Scholars Program project that tests the efficiency of low-cost air filtrations systems during wildfire events for communities of low-income in rural areas.

  • Sarah Schroeder

    Hometown: West Richland, WA

    Major: Bioengineering

    Minor: Mathematics

    Interesting Fact: I love traveling and spent my summer in Ireland and Chicago!

    Research Programs: Undergradute reserach projects at WSU focusing on (1) antibiotic resistant bacteria, and (2) growing articular cartilidge. Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) with a focus on using plant based tissue to model myodardial vasculature. Presentations at: WSU SURCA and attaining a Gray Award, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) national conference, National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) national conference.

Schedule an appointment online todayBefore scheduling an appointment, be sure to take a look at our peer mentors who are available to help. Find one who most correlates with your research interests to schedule your appointment with.
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