Residents in Science and Engineering (RiSE) Program

RiSE Tutoring

The RiSE Living-Learning Community supports the academic transition of first-year engineering and science students by providing in-hall tutoring. Tutoring services are provided in Lever Hall Classroom and Byrnes Learning Lab (Byrnes 101) on Sundays through Thursdays from 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. Fridays from 5 - 7pm in the Lever Classroom and Saturdays in the Lever Classroom (Saturday hours depend on campus activities and events). RiSE tutors are upperclassmen students who have a strong grade point average, show commitment to student success, and complete training through the Academic Success Center. Tutors focus on courses known to provide most difficulty to students, including: Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Physics, but will endeavor to assist students in any courses where they need help.
RiSE Tutors

John Bender
Name: John Bender
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Tutoring Schedule: Tuesday and Wednesday
Tutoring Specialties: MTHSC 1060, 1080, 2060; PHYS 1220, 2210; ENGR 1070, 1080, 1090, 2080
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Hobbies: Basketball, soccer, and snowboarding
Favorite Clemson memory: 2013 Georgia game
Advice to RiSE students: Study hard during the week so that you can have fun on the weekends.

Justin Gilmer
Name: Justin Gilmer
Major: Material Science and Engineering - Polymeric
Tutoring Schedule: Sunday and Monday
Tutoring Specialties: All Maths; Chemistry; ENGR 1050, 1060, 1070, 1080, 1090; PHYS 2210; Biology
Hometown: Spartanburg, South Carolina
Hobbies: Hiking, video games, reading, relaxing with friends, movies.
Favorite Clemson memory: During fall break my sophomore year, most people went home for the long weekend, however my group of friends all stayed at Clemson. We ordered a lot of pizza and just had marathon gaming sessions all weekend. We also watched an entire season of Game of Thrones in one sitting. Being able to spend time with my friends was one of the best moments I have had at Clemson.
Advice to RiSE students: Please do not be afraid to ask for help! We love helping you guys! I was a RiSE resident my freshman year and I would not have done so well if it was not for the tutors! If you need help with studying, homework help, or just advice, we’ve all been in your shoes and would love to help you guys! Also, if any of you guys are the first in your family to go to college like I am, feel free to ask me for advice, I was in your shoes and know how frightening college can seem. It’s totally not scary, but it just takes getting adjusted to!


Name: Nick Glyder
Major: Computer Science
Tutoring Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday
Tutoring Specialties: Physics and Computer Science
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Hobbies: Golf, weight lifting
Favorite Clemson memory: 2013 Georgia game
Advice to RiSE students: Stay on top of your work, but make sure you take time to relax.

Grace Hanna
Name: Grace Hanna
Major: Genetics
Tutoring Schedule: Monday and Thursday
Tutoring Specialties: Chemistry; MATH 1060, 1080; ENGR 1050, 1060; PHYS 1220
Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina
Hobbies: Hiking, backpacking, wakeboarding, rock climbing, trying to adopt stray animals on campus
Favorite Clemson memory: Laughing uncontrollable with my freshman roommate
Advice to RiSE students: Don't fall behind in your work and remember that balance is key.

Aurie Jones
Name: Aurie Jones
Major: Civil Engineering
Tutoring Schedule: Sunday and Monday
Tutoring Specialties: MATH 1060, 2060; ENGR 1050, 1060, 1070, 1080, 1090; PHYS 1220, 2210; ENGL 1030
Hometown: Anderson, South Carolina
Hobbies: Volleyball, singing, reading a good book
Favorite Clemson memory: Being in Death Valley every Saturday with my closest friends
Advice to RiSE students: Enjoy every moment of your freshman year. You will have good days and bad days, just persevere because in the end everything will be alright.

Tanner Karp
Name: Tanner Karp
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Tutoring Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday
Tutoring Specialties: Chemistry; Biology; ENGR 1050, 1060, 1070, 1080, 1090, 2080; MATH 1060
Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee
Hobbies: Basketball, soccer, any other sport, going to the lake, church
Favorite Clemson memory: First college football game ever: the Georgia game
Advice to RiSE students: Stay on top of your grades early. It's easier to keep them up than try and catch up the rest of the semester.

Austin McCadden
Name: Austin McCadden
Major: Bioengineering
Tutoring Schedule: Wednesday and Thursday
Tutoring Specialties: Chemistry; Calculus; ENGR 1050, 1060; PHYS 1220
Hometown: Chalfont, Pennsylvania
Hobbies: Playing sports
Favorite Clemson memory: Beating Georgia in the first game of my freshman year and storming the field during the game’s conclusion.
Advice to RiSE students: Plan out your weeks in advance so you won’t fall behind and don’t’ be afraid to ask for help.

Mariah McMinn
Name: Mariah McMinn
Major: Bioengineering- Biomaterials
Tutoring Schedule: Monday and Wednesday
Tutoring Specialties: CH 1010-2240; MATH 1060, 2080; ENGR 1050, 1060, 2080; Gen Eds: English, History, and Japanese
Hometown: Summerville, South Carolina
Hobbies: Baking from scratch, reading comics, watching Asian dramas
Favorite Clemson memory: Playing softball with the RiSE team of Geer and Sanders 2013.
Advice to RiSE students: Always make sure to space out your work into smaller tasks so it is manageable and don't be afraid to ask for help!!

Carter Wertz

Name: Carter Wertz
Major: Civil Engineering
Tutoring Schedule: Tuesday and Wednesday
Tutoring Specialties: PHYS 1220, 1240; ENGR 1050, 1060, 1070, 1080, 1090, 2100; CH 1010
Hometown: Aiken, South Carolina
Hobbies: Frisbee, running, wakeboarding, guitar
Favorite Clemson memory: First football game against Georgia on the hill, watching the sun rise above campus on the dikes.
Advice to RiSE students: Find a study buddy on your hall (your classmates may know more than we do!).

Lindsay Young
Name: Lindsay Young
Major: Electrical Engineering
Tutoring Schedule: Sunday and Tuesday
Tutoring Specialties: ENGR 1050, 1060, 1070, 1080, 1090; CH 1010, 1020; PHYS 1220, 2210
Hometown: Hamburg, Germany
Hobbies: Playing club ultimate, Clemson football, and writing
Favorite Clemson memory: Going for a freezing dip in Hartwell after getting dyed blue at the color run with my fellow RiSE tutors Grace and Justin. (EatOurPurpleDust)
Advice to RiSE students: Integrate your work and play. Also, get outdoors and enjoy this beautiful place.