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  • College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences

    Degrees Within the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Science

    Agricultural Education
    Agricultural Mechanization and Business
    Animal and Veterinary Sciencesx
    Applied Economics and Statistics
    Biosystems Engineering
    Environmental and Natural Resources
    Food Science

    Forest Resource Management
    Packaging Science
    Preprofessional Health Studies
    Soils and Sustainable Crop Systems
    Wildlife and Fisheries Biology

    Meet the Mentors

    The Calhoun Honors College has four mentors within the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences. Please take the time to read about their involvement on campus and within the Honors Mentor Program. 

    AddisName: Mckenzi Mazur
    Hometown: Charleston, SC
    Major: Biological Sciences
    Class: 2018

    Campus Involvement: Clemson Miracle Morale team, Greek life (Vice President of New Member Education, Chapter Relations and Standards Board member), Order of Omega, undergraduate research, intramural soccer, Panhellenic recruitment counselor, She’s the First

    Bio: Hi! I’m so excited for you to be joining the Clemson family. Clemson has given me so much and I want you to have the same great experience. I’m very easy-going and easy to talk to and am excited to get to know you! I love meeting new people and traveling the world. I spontaneously book service trips to different countries whenever I can (or whenever my bank account allows). I love being outside, especially here where the weather is always great and the campus is beautiful. I’ll be sad when I finally have to go, but when I do I plan to take a gap year before medical school to volunteer abroad and continue traveling. My life goal is see all seven ancient wonders of the world - still have yet to see one but I hope to knock some off the list during my gap year. My goal for you is to make Clemson feel like home. I want to share with you some of my favorite things to do at Clemson like eating dinner on the rowing docks while the sun sets because Clemson sunsets are truly one of a kind, playing a pick-up game of volleyball at Y beach, or getting ice cream from 55 Exchange or Spill the Beans (probably both). Before I came here I never thought I’d love Clemson this much, and now that I do I want everyone else to love it too.

    BarisichName: Kelly Polte    
    Hometown: Chicago, IL
    Major: Food Science & Technology
    Class: 2020

    Campus Involvement:Greek Life, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Fraternity, Creative Inquiry Program- Food Science Department, Honors Peer Mentor, IFT (Institute of Food Technology)

    Bio: "Hey y’all!! My name is Kelly and I am a rising sophomore from the suburbs of Chicago majoring in Food Science. I want to officially welcome you to the Clemson family and congratulate you on becoming a Tiger (and a National Champ)! Currently, I am studying Food Science and hopefully want to pursue flavor chemistry as a career. Through my major, I get to be involved in Creative Inquiries research projects and other really cool opportunities all centered around food (which involves lots of ice cream, yum :) Outside of school, I love to read and play sports (I played 4 years of varsity basketball and volleyball in high school). As a sophomore, I understand what it’s like transitioning to a new environment because I just recently did!  Especially with being from out of state, it can be a little intimidating, and I want to help you in any way that I can and be a resource for you all year long! I’d love to help you guys plan your classes, show you around campus, and the best study spots. I am very outgoing and laid back and I want to help you get the most out of your time here, because it really is a wonderful place to be. Can’t wait to meet y’all in the fall and Go Tigers!!"

    BossongName: Cait Seluzicki
    Hometown: Baltimore, MD
    Major: Microbiology (biomedicine concentration)
    Class: 2018

    Campus Involvement:Model United Nations, Alpha Epsilon Delta (pre-professional health society), Clemson International Relations Association President (CIRA), Community Director Assistant and Resident Assistant in freshman community, Duckenfield Scholar, Honors autism and epilepsy research, Honors College Dixon Fellow

    Bio: Hi everyone! My involvement at Clemson reflects my interests and passion. I LOVE research, as well as working with people, which is why I hope to enroll in a MD/PhD program in neuroscience after Clemson. I enjoy analyzing the impact of science and medicine on international relations and through my involvement in Model UN and CIRA, I have been able to apply my scientific background to an area outside of my major. When I’m not studying or researching, I like to play my flute, make silhouettes, and bake. As an out-of-state student, I understand what it is like to be far from home for the first time and I can help you become connected with resources and organizations on campus. I look forward to taking the group out to classic Clemson restaurants for coffee and ice cream, making dinners, and having movie nights! Clemson quickly became a second home for me, and I could not be happier here! I want to help make freshman year as awesome for you as it was for me!"

    HartName: Eric Zuberi   
    Lincoln, RI
    Microbiology (biomedicine concentration) & Genetics

    Campus Involvement:

    Chess club (president), Honors student advisory board (Chair of Alumni Relations) Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), intramural racquetball and volleyball and ping pong club.

    Bio: Hey everyone and welcome to the Clemson family. My name is Eric Zuberi and I’m a rising senior here at Clemson on the pre-med track. I am very involved on campus, participating in recreational clubs like chess club and racquetball club and intramurals, as well as service oriented clubs – including the Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC). I have been fortunate enough to have a lot of unique opportunities on campus as well, including studying abroad in South Africa, interning at the Cleveland Clinic, and participating in research on campus, so please feel free to ask away as to how I can help you take advantage of any and all of these numerous opportunities. I love going to sports events, especially football, and going to ’55 exchange, our Clemson ice cream shop of choice! Hope y’all enjoy your summer and I can’t wait to see you next year! Go Tigers!

  • College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities

    Degrees Within the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

    Communication Studies
    Construction Science and Management
    Landscape Architecture

    Language and International Health
    Language and International Trade
    Modern Languages
    Production Studies in Performing Arts
    Visual Arts

    Meet the Mentors

    The Calhoun Honors College has four mentors within the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities. Please take the time to read about their involvement on campus and within the Honors Mentor Program. 

    VerdonckName: Mari Lentini
    Hometown: Houston, TX
    Major: French & International Trade
    Class: 2019

    Campus Involvement: UNICEF Club Social Media Manager, Honors Mentor Vice President of Events, TigerPaw Productions, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Fraternity, Math 1020 Peer-Assisted Learning Leader, WSBF Clemson Radio, Dixon Fellows, French Club, Language and International Trade Society, William T. Howell Pre-Law Society, Dining Hall Advisory Board

    Bio: Nice to meet you, where’ve you been? I’m Mari (rhymes with safari) and I’m a second-year French and International Trade major. I’m also pursuing a minor in Global Politics, and I hope to work for the UN or the American Embassy in France. I have a lot of interests, but if you adore carbs, indie music, running, Taylor Swift, or dad jokes, then we definitely need to be friends. You can usually catch me napping in the amphitheater on a sunny day (I’m secretly a cat, shh), at a concert, or planning my next trip abroad. I’m super excited to meet y’all and show you the incredible things campus has to offer. The thing I love most about Clemson is that there are so many possibilities and opportunities to help you reach your full potential! Bonne journée, mes petits tigres de Clemson!

    BarisichName: Whitney Oakley   
    Crystal River, FL
    Language & International Trade

    Campus Involvement: 
    Dixon Fellows Program; Language and International Trade Society – Head of Logistics; Chinese Language Club; Dining for Women; Research with Greenville Legal Services; Intramural Sports

    Bio: “Welcome to Tiger Town! I am so excited each of you chose Clemson to be your home for the next few years. You’re going to love it; I promise! I am currently a rising sophomore, and I plan to attend law school after my next three years here at Clemson. As someone who came to this school not really knowing anyone, I understand how hard the transition to college can be. By getting involved on campus, I have not only found my niche, but I have also enjoyed new experiences and made great friends. I hope to help you do this too, and hopefully, I will help make this transition a little easier for you. There are great restaurants and coffee shops downtown, and I would love to take you to some of my favorites including Spill the Beans and Brioso. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you! Go Tigers!”

    BossongName: Kaitlyn Samons
    Miami, FL
    English & History

    Minor: Political Science
    Class: 2018

    Campus Involvement:Member of ASA (Asian Student Association), Member of Young Democrats, Member of Sigma Tau Delta, Member of NSCS, Member of Pre-Law Society, Club Women’s Rugby January 2017- present, Member of Spanish Professional Society, Member of Calhoun Honor’s College for General and Departmental Honors - English, History, and Political Science, Member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority

    Bio: Heller!  My name is Kaitlyn and I am a double major in English and History with a minor in Political Science.  I am from Miami, Florida and my biggest flaw is my travel bug, to say the least.  I have traveled, through Clemson, to Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Croatia, and Spain (running with the bulls is the coolest thing I have ever done).  With all of this travel, settling into Clemson seemed nearly impossible from my Freshman perspective.  Thankfully, because of people like my RA and other student mentors, I adjusted to the academic standards of a Clemson student with ease.  This is what I hope to do for you.  With Football and other sports, Fraternities/Sororities, and Club Activities, Clemson is exactly what you make of it.  Without a doubt, I have done everything in my power to get the “college experience” and I am excited to help you make the most of Clemson; whether this is through class choices, lunch spots, or just needing someone to talk to as you realize that your Midterms are right around the corner.  I cannot wait to meet you, and to help you see just what Clemson offers.  GO TIGERS!

    HartName: Samantha Verdonck
    Horseheads, NY
    Production Studies in Performing Arts-Music Concentration
    Business Administration

    Campus Involvement:Tiger Band (CU Drumline), CU Symphonic Band, CU Concert Band, CU Pep Band, CU Steel Drum Band, Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity- Corresponding Secretary, Theater Unhinged

    Bio: “Hi everyone! My name is Sam and I am a Performing Arts major for muisc here at Clemson. Though I am from a small town in New York, I found the transition to life here at Clemson pretty easy and I would love to help you guys make an easy transition as well. I am on the Drumline in Tiger Band and I have a lot of Clemson spirit especially coming out of such a fantastic football season! This past year I was a part of 6 musical groups and I am on the executive council for a band honor fraternity this upcoming year. I am taking American Sign Language as my language here at Clemson as well. I am really looking forward to helping you guys get adjusted to campus and find places that will make you feel at home! I would love to help you guys take advantage of the abundant amount of resources here on campus. My honors mentor my freshman year is now one of my best friends, my big brother in my fraternity, and my roommate so I understand how important this program is to introducing you guys to this wonderful university!"

  • College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

    Degrees Within the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

    Agricultural Education
    Career and Technology Education
    Early Childhood Education
    Elementary Education
    Health Science

    Mathematics Teaching
    Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Science Teaching
    Secondary Education
    Special Educatio

    Meet the Mentors

    The Calhoun Honors College has eight mentors within the >College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences. Please take the time to read about their involvement on campus and within the Honors Mentor Program. 

    BakerName: Holly Cannady     
    Hometown: Greenville, SC
    Major: Health Science

    Minor: Business Administration
    Class: 2019

    Campus Involvement: Clemson Navigators, Alpha Lambda Delta, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Servant Team, Creative Inquiry, and Departmental Honors Bioengineering Research

    Bio: Hi! My name is Holly, and I am so excited to meet all of you! This is my second year being an honors mentor, and last year I enjoyed getting ice cream with my mentees, bringing them treats, and baking for them! If you like any of those things, I’m your girl! This year I am helping lead a freshmen Bible study with the Clemson Navigators, and I am also serving on an FCA freshmen outreach team as well. I love meeting freshmen because you all have such excitement and enthusiasm coming to Clemson and have so many amazing opportunities to pursue here! In my free time I like to run, go to coffee shops, and travel!

    mckeeName: Haley McKee

    Major: Nursing

    Hometown: Atlanta, GA

    Minor: Spanish

    Class: 2020

    Honors/Campus Involvement: Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Student Nurse’s Association (SNA), Watt Engineering Makerspace/3-D Printer-Certified, Kappa Delta Sorority, Nursing/Engineering Creative Inquiry, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Global Health Certificate Program, Calhoun Honors College Ambassador, Calhoun Honors College Mentor, Freshman Council, Dixon Fellows, EETG Grant for Belize

    Bio: "Hi guys! First off– welcome to the best school in the world. I’m so excited for you as you begin four of the greatest years of your life. You have so many amazing things ahead of you, and I can’t wait to help you find your place on campus this year.I’m a nursing major hoping to go into pediatrics after graduating, but I’m also a Spanish minor who loves traveling. This summer, I’m traveling to Belize for four weeks to study ethnomedicine and global health and to intern in a Spanish hospital, and next summer, I’ll be traveling to Peru to complete the requirements for my Global Health Certificate. On campus, I’m involved in nursing/engineering collaborative research, student government, Greek Life, and several activities through the honors college. I also love taking advantage of everything Clemson has to offer including its awesome hiking, great food, and incredible Y-beach. There are so many little tidbits of advice I wish I had known coming into my freshman year, and I can’t wait to share with you everything that I learned this past year if you need it. I know you will love Clemson and love your freshman year! Can’t wait to meet y’all, and Go Tigers!"


    CongerName: Courtney Conger
    Hometown: Clover, SC
    Major: Nursing
    Class: 2018

    Campus Involvement: Global Health Certificate Program, Study Abroad (Peru), Research on Iron-Deficiency Anemia, Departmental Honors Research on Deliberate Practice in Nursing, Founding president of Clemson’s Dynamic Harmonium co-ed acapella group, Recipient of Eugene B. Edwards Memorial Award for Nursing, Resident Assistant (2 years), Vice President of Events for Honors Mentoring Program (2 years), Tiger Paw Productions (2.5 years), Clemson University Singers (1.5 years), Dixon Fellows Program (1 year)

    Bio: Hey everyone!! My name is Courtney Conger and I am a rising senior at Clemson. My hometown is Clover, SC and I grew up on a farm with animals ranging from dogs, to rabbits, to peacocks, to llamas. I am the middle child of five children, and my family is the most important part of me. I am extremely passionate about singing and music in general! Last fall I was able to actually start my own co-ed acapella group, and we currently have 10 members. Since I’ve been at Clemson, I’ve gotten to be involved in a lot of different organizations and there are seriously so many cool clubs here is it hard to pick just a few to stick with! I have been in TigerPaw Productions (brings concerts/comedians to Clemson), CU Singers, Dixon Fellows, and I was a Resident Assistant during my sophomore and junior years. Last summer I was blessed with the opportunity to study abroad in Peru through the Global Health Certificate Program and someday I really hope to become a travel nurse. By being involved at Clemson, I have discovered lots of useful resources that I would love to share with y’all if you ever need help with anything. I hope to take my mentees out for anything y’all would want to do! Over the last 3 years, I have fallen more and more in love with Clemson and I really hope that as a mentor I can help y’all feel the same way by the end of your freshman year!"


    Name: Alexandra Conry
    Hometown: Brookville, OH
    Major:Health Science: Pre-Professional Health Studies
    Class: 2020

    Campus Involvement: Member of Sigma Alpha Omega sorority, KidSpring volunteer at NewSpring Church, [fuse] leader at NewSpring Church, Lab Assistant at the Clemson Biochemistry and Genetics Department.

    Bio: "Hey guys! My name is Alexandra Conry, and I am so excited to be a Honors Mentor this year and be apart of welcoming you to the Clemson Family! I am a rising sophomore Health Science major with a concentration in pre-professional health studies. With that I plan on going to medical school in hopes to earning my M.D. I grew up in a small town in Ohio, so I really understand how crazy the transition to Clemson can be. But I have learned how to get into the swing of college, and I am here to help you get into it as well! I am planning on taking my mentees out to dinner or ice cream and getting to know you guys better. Can’t wait to meet my mentees, and I’m looking forward to getting to know y’all this fall! Go Tigers!!!"

    OsiasonName: Madeleine Franchi
    Hometown: Marietta, GA
    Major: Psychology
    Class: 2020

    Campus Involvement: PAL Leader, Member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Social Psychology Creative Inquiry Team, Club Swim Team

    Bio: "Welcome to Clemson! My name is Madeleine and I am a rising sophomore from Marietta, Georgia. Coming to Clemson was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I can’t wait to welcome each of you into the Clemson Family! I know that starting college is a very exciting but also a very challenging time so I am here to help you with this transition in any way that I can. Getting involved on campus early on really helped me find my place at Clemson and I am looking forward to helping each of you find your place here as well. To give you a little more information about me I am an easygoing, fun person who loves pizza, ice cream, swimming, and Disney movies/music! I plan on showing my mentees my favorite places to eat and get ice cream around Clemson as well as hosting movie nights! Although it went by fast, my freshman year here was amazing and I want to help make your freshman year amazing too. Enjoy your summer and I can’t wait to meet you in the fall!

    OsiasonName: Holly Fulmer
    Hometown: Aiken, SC
    Major:Health Science: Pre-Professional Health Studies
    Class: 2020

    Campus Involvement: CU WaterDrop, Marksmanship Club, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Honors Community Service Group, Tigers Tied Together, Chemistry Supplemental Instructor at Tri-County Technical College, Teacher's Assistant for Riflery

    Bio: Hey y’all! I’m a rising sophomore and excited to be an Honors Peer Mentor! I learned a lot this past year as a freshman and I can’t wait to share my thoughts and advice with you. I will be living off campus this coming year and would love to have my mentees come hang out at my house for dinner or a movie. I want to take y’all to wom3 of the great landmarks and restaurants around Clemson. I plan on going to medical school after graduation to pursue a career as a Pediatrician. I’m more than available to my mentees if you ever need anything: a ride, registration help, or just someone to hang out with!

    OsiasonName: Sam Harrison
    Hometown: Greenville, SC
    Major: Health Science

    Minor: Business Administration
    Class: 2020

    Campus Involvement: Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity—Philanthropy Chair, Scholarship Chair, Intramurals (soccer)

    Bio: Welcome to Clemson! My name is Sam Harrison and I’m a Health Science major from Greenville, South Carolina. I just finished up Freshman year, so I know how exciting that first year can be. I’m an avid soccer fan and I played intramural soccer in the spring. I’m also involved with my fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi, as the philanthropy chair, amongst other things. I’d love to talk to anyone that’s considering going Greek, as I believe that it’s a great way to be involved and make lasting friendships. I understand that you’re all excited, and I cannot wait to show you around one of my favorite places in the world! Go Tigers!”

    OsiasonName: Sophie Nance
    Hometown: Louisville, KY
    Major:Health Science (Preprofessional Concentration)Minor: Psychology
    Class: 2020

    Campus Involvement: Calhoun Honors College Ambassador, Honors Student Advisory Board (Current Chair), Honors College Mentoring Program, Seniors Advising Sophomores in Honors mentee, Academic Success Center tutor, Honors Community Service Group, Honors college resident freshman year, Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honors Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, Intramural Sports, Clemson Wesley Foundation, Study abroad medical mission trip in Guatemala with Clemson VIDA, Health Science Creative Inquiry

    Bio: “Hey, everyone! I hope you all are as excited as I am to be meeting one another in Clemson very soon! After I am finished with my awesome time here at Clemson, I hope to go to medical school and become some sort of medical professional, although I am not sure exactly what yet. Right now, I just love playing sports, going thrift shopping, and, of course, doing fun stuff with the Honors College! The Calhoun Honors College has become a home away from home for me during my time here at Clemson, and I know that it can be the same for you all. Coming to college can be hard, but I hope to help with that tough transitory time so it isn’t quite as hard! Clemson University has a spirit like no other place on Earth, and I hope to share that spirit with all of you through fun trips around Clemson like getting food or doing whatever y’all want for fun! I am looking forward to seeing you all soon so that I can share my love of Clemson and Honors with you!”

  • College of Business

    Degrees Within the College of College of Business

    Financial Management
    Graphic Communications
    Industrial Management

    Political Science

    Meet the Mentors

    The Calhoun Honors College has three mentors within the College of Business. Please take the time to read about their involvement on campus and within the Honors Mentor Program. 

    AycockName: Tabitha Davis
    Portland, OR
    Major: Financial Management
    (Real Estate emphasis)

    Campus Involvement: Departmental Honors in Corporate Finance, Panhellenic President, Sorority Member, Panhellenic Recruitment Counselor, CUSG Elections Board Associate Director, Study Abroad (Rome, Italy).

    Bio: Hi everyone my name is Tab and I am a Senior Financial Management major from Portland, Oregon! Firstly, welcome to the Clemson Family! These four years will be full of memories, fun and growth for y’all and I am so excited to have the opportunity to mentor this year as you navigate through your first year! My main involvement on campus is centered in Greek Life and I would love to help anyone thinking about going Greek, both male and female, as I believe it is a truly rewarding experience on campus and a great place to find a home away from home. I have also been very lucky to be active in student government and would love to guide anyone who is interested in joining one of the organizations within CUSG this year! I am truly here as a resource for y’all to find your passion & place at Clemson. I cannot wait to meet my group and show them my favorite place in the world!

    ClarkeName: Madeline Grant
    Hometown: Aiken, SC
    Major: Economics Minor: Biology
    Class: 2019

    Campus Involvement: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, American Medical Student Association, Economics Club, Women in Science and Engineering, Honors Mentor

    Bio:Hi everyone! My name is Madeline and I am junior Economics major on the pre-med track! I am so excited that you have chosen Clemson and I can’t to meet all of you! It’s hard to believe how fast the past two years have gone, but they have definitely been full of great memories. That being said, there are so many great ways to get involved on campus and I look forward to helping you find your fit! I want to help you make the most out of your college experience and show you why Clemson is so special And I will be here to help you in any way I can, whether that involves showing you around campus, finding clubs that interest you, or just catching up about classes. I am always down for a coffee or froyo break so I’ll be happy to treat you sometime! I can’t wait to welcome you to Clemson!


    EllisName: Mason Hammond
    Hometown: Charleston, SC
    Majors: Economics
    Minor: Financial Management and Political Science
    Class: 2020

    Campus Involvement: Economics Club, Lyceum Fellows, Alpha Lambda Delta, Intramural sports, In the Process of founding a DECA chapter at Clemson

    Bio: Hello, welcome to Clemson! My name is Mason Hammond and I am sophomore economics major from Charleston, South Carolina. I am a huge sports fan, so you can probably catch me cheering on various Clemson sport teams or out on the intramural field kicking the soccer ball. I am currently in the process of starting a DECA chapter at Clemson, so if you participated in high school or are looking for something fun to join feel free to contact me. Also, if you think you want to start your own organization at Clemson feel free to come to me with any questions about the process. I know the transition to college is not the easiest thing in the world so I’d be glad to help guide you through the process. Go tigers!

  • College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

    Degrees Within the College of College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

    Biosystems Engineering
    Chemical Engineering
    Civil Engineering
    Computer Engineering
    Computer Information Systems

    Electrical Engineering
    Environmental Engineering
    Industrial Engineering
    Materials Science and Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering

    Meet the Mentors

    The Calhoun Honors College has fifteen mentors within the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences. Please take the time to read about their involvement on campus and within the Honors Mentor Program. 

    BaughName: Marjorie Cole
    Hometown: Hickory, NC
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    Class: 2020

    Campus Involvement: Tiger Band Member (Football), Pep-Band member (Basketball), RISE tutor, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Member

    Bio: “Welcome to the Family! I am so excited that you chose Clemson because it is such an amazing place. I have only been at Clemson for one year but I know it was the best choice for me and I hope you’ll love it as much as I do! I am a mechanical engineering major from small town North Carolina. I love the outdoors almost as much as I love food so I plan on having many trips with my mentees to go hiking, swimming or pretty much anything outdoors. I am also in a pretty committed relationship with food so I also look forward to many dinner/ice cream dates. I know college can be really intimidating but there are so many people here to help you succeed. I look forward to helping in any way I can, and getting to know each of you! Go Tigers!”

    decorativeName: Jack Debbout
    Hometown: Fort Mill, SC
    Major: Mechanical Engineering Minor: Packaging Science
    Class: 2020

    Campus Involvement: Treasurer of Club Wrestling Team, Orientation Ambassador, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Intramurals,


    “When I was in 2nd grade I moved to Fort Mill South Carolina from Green Bay, Wisconsin. I went to Fort Mill High School and was heavily involved in high school. I was a four-time Varsity wrestler, a 3-time Varsity football player, and luckily was able to keep up with wrestling as I came to Clemson this year. After finally settling on Clemson my senior year of high school, I wasn’t completely sure with my decision, but after coming to Clemson University this past year, I can confidently say that it is the best decision I have ever made! I’m a big believer that the more that you give to the campus, the more you will get out of it. That being said, I look forward to sharing with you all ways to get involved, ways to have fun, and ways to get the grades you want- all while still getting sleep of course! I’m excited to serve the Honors College as an Honors Mentor and I’m excited to meet all of you!

    bradleyName: Julia Ann Funk

    Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
    Major: Environmental Engineering Minor: Sustainability
    Class: 2020

    Campus Involvement: FCA, Creative Inquiry: Building Healthier Communities in the Dominica, President’s List

    Bio: Hey future Clemson tigers! Welcome to our family! I am an environmental engineering major and sustainability minor, so if you are STEM I can definitely help you plan your best schedule. I am also involved in some organizations on campus including FCA and a Creative Inquiry, so I can help you find your fit and get involved. The transition to college is difficult but also so exciting and getting plugged in is so important. Also, if you just need help finding your classes and getting around campus, I am here to help. I want you to have the best Clemson experience possible. I cannot wait to meet everyone in the upcoming year!

    CarpenterName: Coleman Gilstrap

    Hometown: Pickens, SC
    Major: Chemical Engineering
    Minor: Business Management
    Class: 2019

    Campus Involvement: Honors/Campus involvement: Greek life, American Institute of Chemical Engineers | Vice President, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Ambassador and tour guide, ChemE Car Creative Inquiry, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Seniors Advising Sophomores in Honors, National Society for Collegiate Scholars, Clemson University Water Drop, Intramural sports

    Bio: What’s up y’all!  Congrats on your honors status and welcome to Tiger Town!  Being half an hour down the road I’ve grown up as a Clemson fan all my life and there’s no better time to be a student than right now.  About me: I’m a tremendous advocate of balancing work and play; on weekdays you can usually find me in Earle Hall knocking out my homework so that on the weekends you can find me at a tailgate or on a ski slope.  I’m always down to grab a bite to eat, play a game of FIFA, or help someone in any way that I can.  As a freshman it was awesome to be in this program and have someone to answer all the little questions and give advice about anything Clemson related.  I’ve had a phenomenal first half of my college experience and I have no doubt you’ll love it here too!

    FoxName: Grant Hummel
    Hometown: Fort Mill, SC
    Major: Chemical Engineering
    Minor: Business Administration
    Class: 2019

    Campus Involvement: CUSG Sustainability Committee, Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries (CEDC), Honors College Community Service Group, American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Tiger Ties, Seniors Advising Sophomores in Honors (SASH), Theta Tau

    Bio: Hey Guys and Gals, I am a rising Junior majoring in Chemical Engineering here at Clemson, and I am excited to have you as a protégé. I was a mentor last year as well and have a good understanding of how I can best help you in your acclimation both in the Honors College and Clemson alike. I enjoy being involved around campus, and in the past two years have made a great many connections that I am more then happy to share. I look forward to getting to know all of you and hope that your summer is going well. I am excited to have you as part of the Clemson Family!

    HibbertsName: Jennifer Hibberts
    Hometown: Kwajalein, Republic of the Marshall Islands
    Major: Biosystems Engineering
    Class: 2018

    Campus Involvement: Honors Mentoring Program, Southern Poverty Law Center on Campus, Clemson Debate Team, Club Water Polo, NAE Grand Challenge Scholars Program, The Pendulum (Clemson’s International Affairs Magazine), Honors Service Society, Study Abroad in the South of France

    Bio: "Hello fellow Tigers! I’m Jennifer Hibberts, and I’m very excited to help my mentees find their place in the Clemson Family next semester! I’m a rising senior in Biosystems Engineering and I’m from a small Army Garrison overseas in the Marshall Islands (located roughly halfway between Hawaii and Australia). As you can imagine, I didn’t know anyone (but my sister), when I came to Clemson, so I know how much of a transition it can be, but trust me it’s an exciting one! I’m involved in a wide range of organizations and currently plan to join the Peace Corps after graduation, and then attend Law School. So I can relate to STEM, pre-law students, those passionate about service, or anyone who is struggling to balance their diverse interests. I’m a very outgoing person who loves to talk and be outside, so I’d love to take my mentees out for coffee, dinner, or even out on a hike around the beautiful upstate. Over your time at Clemson, I hope to be a friend and a resource for any of your questions: big, small, academic, or personal. I can’t wait to meet you, and I wish you the best of luck in your first year!"

    HibbertsName: Jillian Laird
    Hometown: Fleming Island, Florida

    Major: Chemical Engineering, concentration in Biomolecular
    Class: 2020

    Campus Involvement: Honors Ambassador Program, Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), Club and Intramurals soccer, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Dixon Fellows Program, Honors Student Advisory Board, EUREKA! Program participant and counselor, Community Council, Eco Reps, Intern in Environmental Engineering and Earth Science department.

    Bio: "Hey friends! First of all, congratulations on your acceptance to Clemson University and the Calhoun honors college and welcome to the Clemson family! I am a rising sophomore and plan on going onto medical school after achieving a chemical engineering degree. I love to explore the Clemson area by hiking, kayaking, going to Y-beach, playing pick-up sports and I have a passion for eating good food. I look forward to taking you guys to restaurants, ice cream, coffee, on fun trips, etc! The transition from high school to college can be difficult, but I am here to make it as easy as possible. Whether you have questions regarding classes, professors, clubs, research, or just need to talk with someone, I would be ecstatic to be that resource. I cannot wait to meet you all and welcome you to the school I love so dearly!"

    HummelName: Connor McPartland
    Hometown: Avondale, PA
    Major: Bioengineering
    Class: 2019

    Campus Involvement: freshman council, departmental honors research in oncology, AMSA, 2x Educational Enrichment Travel Grant recipient, Bioengineering Study Abroad in Pamplona, Spain, medical volunteer with IVHQ in Cusco, Peru, CUSG activities committee, CUSG campus and community development committee, Dixon Fellows junior fellow, Sophomore in SASH, volunteer at ANMED in Anderson, volunteer mentor at Blue Ridge Elementary school in Seneca

    Bio: Hey guys. My name is Connor McPartland and I am a Sophomore Bioengineering major from Avondale, Pennsylvania. These past 2 years have been a blast and I am looking forward to meeting and guiding y'all through some of the stuff that makes freshman year fun and challenging. As a freshman I was involved in various organizations on campus ranging from student government to medical groups. So, as a student planning on attending medical school with an engineering degree who is trying to be as involved as possible, I'd be more than happy to answer any questions related to this complex process. Nevertheless, outside of academics, I love fishing, watching Clemson football win championships, and eating in and around the Clemson area. As a result, my group will probably be going to a couple of restaurants (aka. Cane’s) over the course of our two semesters together to catch up and discuss any questions, comments, or concerns of the group. As a freshman, I know having a mentor was really helpful when it came to issues like registration and directions to things around Clemson. Thus, I plan on serving as the same support system for y'all as you figure things out at this wonderful institution. Looking forward to meeting everyone in the fall, and until then... Go tigers.  

    Name: Shane Ragusa
    Hometown: North Myrtle Beach, SC
    Major: Computer Science
    Class: 2020

    Campus Involvement: Clemson University Tiger Band, Clemson University Symphonic Band, Clemson University Pep Band, Clemson University Woodwind Quintet

    Bio: "Hey everyone, and welcome to Clemson! My name is Shane, and I’m a sophomore computer science major from North Myrtle Beach, SC.  Outside of academics, I play clarinet, and I perform in many on campus music ensembles.  For fun, I enjoy listening to good music, taking pictures, and drinking lots of coffee (you can find me at Starbucks almost everyday).  Deciding to come to Clemson was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I’m certain that you all will feel the same way, too! At first, the college atmosphere may seem a bit overwhelming.  It certainly was for me! However, I’m here to assist you with the academic, extracurricular, and social aspects of Clemson, as well as to provide you with free food and other fun activities.  I’m ecstatic to meet all of my mentees in the fall. Go Tigers!"

    mouName: Matthew Raunikar
    Hometown: Simpsonville, SC
    Major: Chemical Engineering Minor: Music
    Class: 2020

    Campus Involvement: Clemson University Singers, Clemson Fellowship of Christian Athletes: Evangelism Team

"Welcome, new Tigers! My name is Matthew Raunikar, and I’m very excited that you’ve chosen Clemson as your home for the next four years. The transition from high school to college can be disorienting and challenging, but as someone who managed to survive my freshman year, I know you can do it, and I hope to help you like my mentor helped me this year. I am a rising sophomore studying Chemical Engineering, as well as working for a minor in music. I also love reading, playing piano, and singing with CU Singers, the mixed choir on campus. I would be happy to help you get acquainted with campus, get involved in different activities on campus, and get through difficult classes you’ll take (Be warned: choosing me as your mentor will involve free food). Have a great summer, and Go Tigers!"

    PhillipsName: Forrest Redden
    Hometown: Charleston, SC
    Major: Industrial Engineering
    Minor: Business Administration
    Class: 2020

    Campus Involvement: Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Small group leader and Prayer & Encouragement team), Grace Church, Campus Outreach, CUSG Freshman Council, intramural sports (football, volleyball, soccer, basketball).

    Bio: "Welcome to Clemson! My name is Forrest Redden and I am a rising Sophomore Industrial Engineering major with a minor in Business Administration. I would love to help my mentees with any sort of class advice, involvement advice, or just anything related to the transition to college. I love to go hiking and explore the areas around Clemson, and I know the best place around to watch the sunrise. I played tennis in high school but I am involved in all sorts of intramural teams here including football, volleyball, soccer, and basketball. I am very involved in the FCA community and would love to help you get involved with that, or to help you find a local church that you enjoy. My first year at Clemson has been the best year of my life and I want to make sure that it is yours too. Go Tigers!"

    raglandName: Zach Riedel
    Hometown: Memphis, TN
    Major: Materials Science and Engineering
    Minor: Chemistry and Mathematical Science
    Class: 2019

    Campus Involvement: Material Advantage, Tau Beta Pi, Honors College Community Service Group, Intramurals, Men’s Choir, Seneca Church of Christ College Ministry

    Bio: "Welcome to Clemson University and the Calhoun Honors College! You have chosen a university with a beautiful campus, incredible school pride, and amazing people. I am a rising junior who has fallen in love with Tigertown. From Brooks Center cultural events to intramurals to service groups, this campus has so much to offer. And don’t forget about the awesome football and soccer teams! Before coming to Clemson, I attended the same small private school for sixteen years. And as the only student from there even to apply to Clemson, I understand the anxiety of throwing yourself into a vastly different world and hope to help you during your transition. There are numerous opportunities for involvement on campus, and I would love to answer your questions as you search for the one or many that will excite you and lead you to make lifelong friends. I also am excited to answer any questions you have about the engineering program here at Clemson, the process of selecting a major, and the advantages of the honors college. Again, I’m pumped to meet you guys! See you in the fall, and go Tigers!"

    ReeceName: Amanda Rickert
    Hometown: Greenville, SC
    Major: Industrial Engineering
    Minor: International Engineering and Science (Spanish)
    Class: 2020

    Campus Involvement: Junior fellow in Dixon Fellows Program, EUREKA! 2016 participant, EUREKA! 2017 counselor, Spanish Club, RHA, Community Council, EcoReps, Intramurals, Honors Community Service Group, TigerQuest Leadership Consultant, WISE, WISER, Undergraduate Research, Creative Inquiry

    Bio: "Welcome to Clemson Class of 2021! You are about to have one of the best experiences of your life as an Honors freshmen here at Clemson. I loved every second of my freshman year and can’t wait to see y’all get to have your own amazing experiences. I am a rising sophomore in Industrial Engineering pursuing a minor in International Engineering and Science (Spanish). I am involved in quite a few things around campus and can’t wait for you all to get involved with some of the many opportunities here. I hope to be able to show you all the wonderful things Clemson has to offer and provide any help you may need throughout your time at Clemson. I can’t wait to grab food or visit some of the great surrounding outdoors areas and meet some incredible new members of the Honors College. I hope you’re excited to start your journeys as Tigers!"

    RiedelName: Madelinne Pope
    Hometown: Fort Mill, SC
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
    Minor: Business Administration
    Class: 2020

    Campus Involvement: Pi Beta Phi, Honors Student Advisory Board, Debate Team, Alpha Delta Lambda, and The Calhoun Honors College Council, WISE

    Bio:  Welcome to Clemson!!! I am a rising sophomore at Clemson. I loved my freshman year here and I cannot wait for you to get to experience the Clemson family. Clemson provides many different options from academics to extracurricular and I look forward to being able to help you navigate them all. If you ever need anything, I am only a test or email away. I can’t wait to meet you. Welcome to the Clemson Family and get ready for an amazing four years!!!!!!!!

    SandlerName: Katie Tobik
    Hometown: Fort Mill, SC
    Major: Bioengineering (Biomaterials Concentration)
    Class: 2018

    Campus Involvement: Undergraduate Research, Clemson University Tiger Band, Undergraduate Clemson Bioengineering Society (UCBS), Engineering World Health (EWH), Honors College Mentor, Honors College Peer Mentoring VP of Public Relations, ClemsonLIFE Workout Buddy, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

    Bio: "Welcome to Clemson! I am so excited to have you join the Clemson family where I hope you will feel as welcome as I have! Right away, I became very involved as I joined Tiger Band This gave me the opportunity to get to know so many people on campus — many of whom I call my good friends today!  However, I am always up for meeting new people! Last year, I became involved with Undergraduate Research in the Bioengineering department and will be spending my summer in Japan doing research at the University of Tokyo. My career plan includes going to graduate school for genetic counseling. I want to be there for my mentor group, as people have been there for me. I enjoy discovering and sharing good food so I would love to have my mentor group go out for a meal and get to know one another. I look forward to meeting everyone in the fall! Go Tigers"

  • College of Science

    Degrees Within the College of Science 

    Mathematical Sciences
    Physics & Astronomy
    Biological Sciences
    Genetics & Biochemistry

    Meet the Mentors

    The Calhoun Honors College has eleven mentors within the College of Science . Please take the time to read about their involvement on campus and within the Honors Mentor Program. 

    BaughName: Linnea Bacon
    Hometown: Columbia, SC
    Major: Psychology
    Class: 2020

    Campus Involvement: Kappa Delta, Kappa Delta Girl Scouts Committee, Clemson Miracle, Miracle Hour Committee, Clemson Football Recruiting Office volunteer, Tiger Pride member, Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, CUSG Outreach Committee, Honors College Wellness Ambassador

    Bio: "Welcome to Clemson and the Calhoun Honors College! I’m so excited to meet each one of you and help you adjust to life as a college student! I am a rising sophomore interested in becoming a Clinical Sports Psychologist after my four years here. I am super outgoing and laid back and love eating good food and being outside! I am also a huge Clemson football fan and work in the football recruiting office, so I am always excited to talk football! I’m excited to help y’all plan your classes, show you where your classes are, and take y’all to get good (free) food and ice cream! Anything you need I’m just a text away! Go Tigers!"

    bradleyName: Taylor Bryson
    Hometown: Greenville, SC
    Major: Biological Sciences

    Minor: Microbiology and Genetics
    Class: 2019

    Campus Involvement: Clemson Undergraduate Student Government - Executive Branch, Colleges of Science Student Advisory Board, Clemson SAGA, Clemson oSTEM, and Departmental Honors Research in Bioengineering

    Bio: "Hey everyone my name is Taylor Bryson and I want to welcome you to Clemson University's Class of 2021! I am thrilled to meet you all, and see how your  journey begins within our Clemson family. I am a rising junior, and will be ideally attending a biomedical sciences graduate program, and possibly law school afterwards. i am hoping to work with intellectual property or FDA regulations for biotechnology. There are numerous opportunities here to explore so that you can truly make your time here invaluable and unique. I spend most of my time here at Clemson working on research, helping my department improve, and working as an advocate for LGBTQ students on campus. In terms of some interests of mine I love Arsenal FC and Premier League soccer, cooking and eating delicious food, playing the guitar and listening to music, drinking excessive amounts of coffee, and just relaxing with my friends whenever I can. As your potential mentor, I would be more than willing to help any of you figure out ways to get involved and help figure out schedules for classes, or even school beyond your time here. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals, and have fun while doing so!"

    CarpenterName: Haley Fulton
    Hometown: Columbia, SC
    Major: Biochemistry
    Class: 2020

    Campus Involvement: Kappa Delta Sorority, FCA, College of Science Student Advisory Board, Dixon Global Policy Scholar, Honors Ambassador, Honors Student Advisory Board, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Dixon Fellows.

    Bio: "Welcome Class of 2021! Clemson is so lucky to have you all. There are so many opportunities, adventures, and friends awaiting you here and I cannot wait to help you along the way! I am a rising sophomore with ambitions of going to medical school after Clemson. I love cooking, spending time outdoors, and running. My favorite places at Clemson are the dikes and Spill the Beans, so I look forward to taking you there and many other places too! Transitioning to college is certainly an adjustment, but it can be a great adjustment and my goal is to make this as smooth as possible for ya’ll. I can’t wait to have you all on campus. If you have any questions please use me as a resource!"

    FoxName: Emily Furno

    Hometown: Huntsville, AL
    Major: Genetics 
    Minor: Psychology and Biological Sciences
    Class: 2019

    Campus Involvement: Undergraduate Research, College of Science Ambassador, UNICEF Campus Initiative Co-President, EUREKA! 2015, Psychology Summer Study Abroad in Prague, Biochemistry and Genetics Club, CCTV Community Council Senator, Academic Tutor, Seniors Advising Sophomores in Honors, Patrick B. Harris Psychiatric Hospital Volunteer


    Bio: "Hi Tigers! I’m so excited that you will be joining the Clemson family. Coming from Alabama, I know transitioning from college can be intimidating, but don’t worry because I am here to help you every step of the way! After getting my genetics degree from Clemson, I plan on getting my masters in Genetic Counseling. I am very involved on campus and can help you find your niche no matter what your passion may be. I can give you advice on how to get into research, which professors to take your freshman year, and how to study abroad! This year I want to share my love of food, coffee, and adventure with you by taking trips to Spill the Beans, downtown restaurants, and Y-Beach. Welcome to Clemson. I can’t wait to meet you!"


    hartName: Christine Hart
    Hometown: Irmo, SC
    Major: Biochemistry Minor: Spanish, Biology
    Class: 2018

    Campus Involvement: Lutheran Campus Ministry; Habitat for Humanity; Alpha Epsilon Delta; Spanish Professional Society; Honors College Mentor; Honors College Ambassador; Departmental Honors Genetics and Biochemistry Research; Departmental Honors Grant recipient; Chemistry Creative Inquiry Research; Dixon Fellows Program; Language Partner to a local high school student; Shadowing at Greenville and Spartanburg Hospital, and Anderson Free Clinic; ACCIAC Fellowship Recipient; Summer Internship at Grice Marine Lab in Charleston, SC

    Bio: "Welcome to Clemson and congratulations on your acceptance to the Honors College!  Clemson offers so many opportunities, and I am excited to help you navigate through your first year.  After graduating from Clemson I hope to spend a year doing service work abroad through the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America), and I plan on pursuing graduate research in the life or wildlife sciences. I can point you to a number of clubs and Clemson faculty that aided in my knowledge of the medical field, undergraduate research, and service work.  During college you will discover many of your passions; some of my favorite Clemson experiences have come from working with Habitat for Humanity, volunteer trips with Lutheran Campus Ministries, and mentoring other students.  I also really enjoy being outside and exploring the many places to hike around Clemson, so I hope to take some group trips to Table Rock or the Stumphouse Tunnel.  We will also take a few trips to Clemson restaurants, like Brioso and ’55 Exchange.  I can’t wait to meet y’all! Go tigers!"

    HollidayName: Amanda Kington
    Hometown: Lexington, SC
    Major: Biological Sciences
    Class: 2018

    Campus Involvement: Fellowship of Christian Athletes – small group leader and prayer and encouragement team, Reformed University Fellowship, Grace Church greeter, Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), Alpha Epsilon Delta (Pre-health honors society), Honors Mentoring Program President, Pre-Health Advising Ambassador, Phi Kappa Phi honors society

    Bio: "First and foremost, welcome to Clemson!  I’m so excited for each of you to begin your time here as a Clemson tiger, I know you’re going to love it!  I am a rising senior and will be attending the University of South Carolina School of Medicine - Greenville after my time here at Clemson.  I like to read, bake, and eat good food, so I look forward to taking you out for dinner, ice cream, etc! Transitioning from high school to college can be difficult, but it definitely doesn’t have to be.  I hope to make this step in your life a little bit easier.  I’m excited to help you plan classes, give you study tips and teacher recommendations, and be a resource for whatever else you need help with.  Also if you are interested in going to a professional health school after college, I would love to help you along the path toward that goal.  Whatever you need, I’ll only be a call or email away!"

    HummelName:  Anna Kofoed
    Hometown: Greenville, SC
    Major: Biochemistry
    Minor: Business
    Class: 2020

    Campus Involvement: Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity, undergraduate research in biochemistry, Habitat for Humanity, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, study abroad in Costa Rica for medical mission trip

    Bio: "Hey y’all, welcome to Clemson!! You’ve made an awesome decision choosing to make this your home for the next four years, and I hope your freshman year is as fun and life-changing as mine was. I’m a sophomore, so I’ll be able to help y’all get through any tough walls you hit your first couple weeks, since I went through the exact same things so recently. I love hiking, playing guitar, going to the gym, and eating food, so plan on getting some free Moe’s and ice cream at some point! I am currently on the pre-med track and minoring in business, and would love to help you guys figure out what classes to take, which professors, and help with any other questions you might have. I’m also a member of some pretty cool organizations on campus and participate in undergraduate research, so I can help you find similar opportunities. I’m so excited to get to know all of you! If anyone has any questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to email me, I’d love to help. Can’t wait to meet y’all!"

    McPartlandName: Rhea Mathew
    Hometown: Tega Cay, SC
    Major: Microbiology
    Class: 2019

    Campus Involvement: 

    Microbiology Representative for College of Science Student Advisory Board (COSSAB), Creative Inquiry for 2 years, Volunteer work at Clemson Child Development, MEDEX (Medical internship program), National Society of Collegiate Scholars member, Honors Mentor, Private Tutor

    Bio: Hey Guys! Welcome to Clemson! I am really excited for y'all to experience all that comes with being a Clemson Tiger. From the late night Wendy's runs to the National Championship winning touchdowns, Clemson is truly an amazing place to be. I know that moving away from home can be an overwhelming experience, but I hope to make everything just a little bit easier (even if that means getting some ice cream or coffee to make your day brighter). I really do want to help y'all with everything from registration to finding internships and research opportunities to getting involved in extracurriculars and making lifelong friendships. Most importantly, I want to help by sharing my mistakes and helping y'all learn from my experiences. I aim to serve as a guide through the emotional and mental roller coaster that is college. Oh, and did I mention that I really love food or did the mentions of Wendy's, ice cream and coffee give it away? I also love cooking with my friends and family. I’m very excited to meet y'all in the fall and I'd be honored to mentor and guide you through this journey.

    mouName: Emily Olack
    Hometown: Mount Pleasant, SC
    Major: Microbiology - Biomedicine Concentration

    Minor: Biochemistry & Chemistry
    Class: 2020

    Campus Involvement: 2016 EUREKA! member, undergraduate chemistry/biology research, 2017 SPRI (Summer Program for Research Interns) Counselor, CU Smile, CU Swing Dance Club, Latin Dance Club, St. Andrew’s Catholic Student Association, Honors Community Service Group, Intramural Basketball, Biological Sciences Club

“Hey future tigers! After finishing my first year at Clemson, I can hardly wait to come back in the fall and share it with the next group of tigers. I spent 5 weeks of last summer on campus for the 2016 EUREKA! research program, which was when I realized Clemson was the best decision of my life. Whether I go into toxicology, biological research, or something else, I know my undergraduate education will have been great here. I love to read, listen to music, play Racquetball or Frisbee, and get ice cream at Spill the Beans downtown – hopefully we can hang out doing all of that and more next year! Having experienced the stress of class schedules and exams, I also look forwards to helping you guys through all the ups and downs (but trust me, there are endless ups!) of your first year! Feel free to contact me with any questions about Clemson, the Honors College, or college life in general – and GO TIGERS!"


    paladuguName: Namrata Paladugu
    Hometown: Fort Mill, SC
    Major: Genetics & Biochemistry
    Class: 2019

    Campus Involvement: Creative Inquiry, Dixon Fellows Program, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Clemson UNICEF, Biochemistry and Genetics Club, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Joseph f. Sullivan Center Volunteer, Clemson Dholna, Honors College Mentor, EUREKA! 2015, The Unity Project


    Bio: "Hey guys! I am so glad you all decided to join the Clemson Family. I have had incredible freshman and sophomore years at Clemson, and I can't wait to help you all find your place here! I am a rising junior and I'm majoring in Biochemistry. I plan to go to medical school after I graduate. As a pre-med student, I'm pretty knowledgeable about the science courses here, as well as how you can get involved with undergraduate research very quickly. I can also talk to you about the path to medical school, volunteer opportunities, and the best professors for freshman courses. I plan to meet with my mentees once a month to grab dinner downtown or to get ice cream at Spill the Beans. Next year will be all about getting to know you guys and helping you transition into your freshman year, so I will be here to answer any questions or concerns you have. Feel free to contact me if you need anything!"

    petersName: Emily Peters
    Hometown: Nashville, TN
    Major: Microbiology - Biomedicine concentration
    Class: 2018

    Campus Involvement: Honors College (Ambassador, Peer Mentor, Wellness Ambassador), CUSG Organizations Committee, Kappa Delta Sorority, Catholic Student Association, Undergraduate Research in Microbiology, Food Science Creative Inquiry with Dr. McGregor, Semester Abroad in Italy, Study Abroad Program for Pre-medical Students in Panama & Costa Rica

    Bio: “As a rising senior, I am excited to share my love of Clemson with my mentees as they make the transition into college life! As an out-of-state student, I didn’t know much about Clemson when I started freshman year, and I am thankful for the mentors and friends that helped make Clemson feel like home.  I hope to do the same for my mentees.  I am planning on attending medical school after Clemson, so I can definitely give advice about classes and experiences that are both enriching and valuable to students pursuing similar goals.  I am involved in and have knowledge of lots of different organizations on campus, and I look forward to helping my mentees find their fit in the Clemson family.  I’m excited to take my group out for dinner or ice cream and share some of my favorite places to eat in Clemson with my mentees. I really enjoy being outdoors and would love to explore Clemson with my group. Whether it be chatting over ice cream at Spill the Beans or helping plan courses for the next semester, I want to be there for my mentees in any way that I can.”