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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?”

Appointments are held in CUE 403.

NOTE: Mentors are not available during WSU breaks, WSU holidays, Dead Weeks, or Finals Weeks. Be sure to double check the WSU website to confirm these dates.

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.

Meet Our Peer Mentors

  • Bardya Banihashemi

    Hometown: Iran

    Major: Chemical Engineering

    Minors: Math and Chemistry

    Interesting Fact: I like hiking and photography.

    Research Programs: At WSU I have been part of different engineering research labs working on sustainability of fuel cells and hydrogen purification methods. My goal is to combine engineering knowledge business to create valuable sustainability products. I have presented at thew WSU AICHE competition and PNW AICHE.

  • Mary Boege

    Hometown: Iowa

    Major: Biology

    Previous Major: Psychology

    Interesting Fact: I am a diehard Iowa Hawkeye fan. The happiest day of my life was when I saw Kirk Ferentz, the Iowa head football coach.

    Research Programs: Research Experience for Undergraduates at Washington State University, Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) – Crimson Award winner.

  • Julianna Brutman

    Hometown: Bothel, WA

    Major: Neuroscience

    Interesting Fact: I own the world’s three greatest betta fish, and I enjoy baking cookies in my free time.

    Research Programs: Students Targeted toward Advanced Research Studies (STARS) student, 2017 Barry Goldwater Scholar, currently investigating the epigenetic events associated with the genesis and maintenance of obesity with Dr. Jon F. Davis (WSU IPN). Presentations for research at: The Obesity Society’s annual Obesity Week, WSU Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, and the Western Regional Honors Conference. Organized a free biomedical research outreach day for youth at the Palouse Discovery Science Center.

  • Eva Caneva

    Hometown: Sedro-Woolley, WA

    Major: Philosophy

    Minors: Human Development and Criminal Justice

    Interesting Fact: My preferred name, Eva, comes for the last three letters of my last name, so instead of going by “Jen” with the first three letters of my first name, I take the last three letters of my last name.

    Research Programs: Childhood Cognition Lab, Infant Temperament Lab, and SURCA volunteer.

  • Camille Culbertson

    Hometown: Ephrata, WA

    Major: Neuroscience

    Minor: Biology

    Interesting Fact: I can solve a Rubik’s cube.

    Research Programs: I worked on a study examining insect population in potato crops in the Colombia Basin at the WSU Grant Adams County Extension Office. I presented that research at the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA). I also have assisted in a study examining fertility in rams. These two experiences lead me to getting a job as an Undergraduate TA for the laboratory portion of Introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics.

  • Veronica Harris

    Hometown: Bremerton, WA

    Majors: Microbiology, Genetics and Cell Biology

    Interesting Fact: I have a rescue dog named Bacon.

    Research Programs: SEA-PHAGES bioinformatics annotating a bacteriophage genome. Independent research focused on the bacterial pathogen, Brucella abortus. Presented and contributed at the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) and SEA-PHAGES Symposium.

  • Irfan Hossain

    Hometown: Richland, WA

    Majors: Computer Engineering and Neuroscience

    Minors: Math and Computer Science

    Interesting Fact: I once won Mr. Congeniality

    Research Programs: Jun Xu Lab and Bert Tanner Lab at WSU, Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA)

  • Keesha Matz

    Hometown: Chehalis, WA

    Major: Microbiology

    Interesting Fact: I enjoy traveling and adventuring in the outdoors including backpacking, bicycle touring, scuba diving, mountain climbing and kayaking

    Research Programs: Undergraduate Research focused on virology at Washington State University within the SMB Students Targeted towards Advanced Research Studies (STARS) program. Presentations of research at: WSU Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA), Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), and the American Society for Microbiology National Conference.

  • Lambert Ngenzi

    Hometown: Kent, WA

    Major: Environmental Science

    Minor: Geospatial Analysis

    Interesting Fact: I can speak 3 languages (French, Lingala, Kinyarwanda), and I cannot spend a week without playing soccer.

    Research Programs: Quantifying the accuracy of landsat in estimating reservoir water surface area. Presented at McNair Scholars National Research Conference at University of Maryland and SURCA at WSU. Doris Duke Conservation Scholar Program (2017-2019).

    Read about how research has helped to shape his WSU undergraduate experience, and broadened his graduate school plans.

  • Lysandra Perez

    Hometown: Moxee, WA

    Major: Sociology

    Minors: English and Psychology

    Interesting Fact: I am a 4th year student here at WSU and recently returned from studying abroad a semester in Verona, Italy! I love gelato, know sign language, and genuinely enjoy the craft of research.

    Research Programs: I have been involved in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program for 3 years now, which prepares students for their doctoral training program, while designing and conducting an original research project under close mentorship. I have presented my research at various conferences across the U.S., including the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA). I was awarded the Auvil Fellowship research grant in 2016. Lastly, I am a RA involved in an experimental psychology research lab here at WSU: Affective and Cognitive Influences of Decisions Lab (ACID).

  • Sydney Roberts

    Hometown: Sumner, WA

    Major: Neuroscience

    Minors: Biology and Psychology

    Interesting Fact: I have swum with sharks in the Galapagos Islands

    Research Programs: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Research Skills Short Course

  • Patrick Robichaud

    Hometown: Moscow, ID

    Major: Civil Engineering

    Minor: Spanish

    Interesting Fact: I love to travel and be in the outdoors. This past summer I studied abroad in Ecuador.

    Research Programs: Research in Hydro Lab in Civil/Environmental Engineering, Laboratory for Atmospheric Research REU and presented this research at SURCA, Research Skills Short Course.

  • Collin Warrick

    Hometown: Tacoma, WA

    Major: Neuroscience

    Minor: Psychology

    Interesting Fact: I can play the didgeridoo.

    Research Programs: Undergraduate research assistant in McLaughlin Lab (Dept. of Integrative Physiology & Neuroscience), Investigating the role of the endocannabinoid system in stress, motivation, and decision making. 2016 WSU CVM Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE), 2016 ABRCMS Presentation Award Winner, 2016 SURCA Award Winner.

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.