Calhoun Honors College

CAFLS Mentors

Degrees Within the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences

Agricultural Education
Agricultural Mechanization and Business
Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Applied Economics and Statistics
Biological Sciences
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 fifteen 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.  


Name:Brittany Avin
Hometown: Greenville, NC
Major: Biochemistry; Genetics
Minor: Science and Technology in Society
Class: 2015

Campus Involvement: Intramurals (Basketball, Volleyball, Softball), Colleges Against Cancer Chair, Relay for Life Committee Co-Chair, Biochemistry and Genetics Club, Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, Undergraduate Research, Clemson elementary School Volunteer, Study Abroad Experience to University of Cambridge, Genetics Representative for the CAFLS Student Advisory Board, REU at Emory University and Vanderbilt University, National Goldwater Scholar.

Bio: “Welcome to the Clemson family! I am a senior here ate Clemson involved in a multitude of activities to help you better adjust to your time here. I am from out of state and understand the transition to a new place without knowing anyone, and also being an only child adjusting to a roommate. I would love to be able to help you get involved here at Clemson and learn from an insider the best places around here! We will probably be in touch or get together once every couple months for free food and to get to know each other better. I’d love to answer any questions you have, especially if you are a science major and interested in further education!"


Name: Tori Baker
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Major: Biological Sciences (focus in Pre-Rehabilitation Sciences)
Minor: Spanish
Class: 2015

Campus Involvement: Honors Ambassador, Honors Mentor, SASH Advisor, EUREKA! (2011 participant),
CLEMSONLiVE (VP of Internal Affairs), Creative Inquiry, Psychology Departmental Honors Research, Alpha Lambda Delta, Clemson Project Remedy

Bio: "I'm from the metropolitan St. Louis area and a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan but I love living the Southern lifestyle at Clemson University.  Clemson is the best college family you could ever choose and it is a place that I believe everyone can truly belong.  Whether you're enjoying a day on the lake, cheering like crazy in Death Valley on a football Saturday, or just walking to class, you will always be around friendly people.  I love sports of all kinds and could talk to you about them all day.  I'm studying Biology with hopes to become a physical therapist someday and could tell you a story about almost any injury imaginable as I have experienced several.  I love Clemson University and everything it has to offer and I especially love being a part of the Honors College because it provides you with so many opportunities you can't get anywhere else and also grants you an amazing staff of advisors that can help you throughout your career at Clemson.  I'm very outgoing and love to meet new people so I can't wait to get to know some of you! GO TIGERS!"


Name: Allison Bossong
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Major: Health Science (Pre-Professional Health)
Minor: Biological Sciences
Class: 2017

Campus Involvement: Kappa Delta Sorority, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-health Honors Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FCA Small Group, Intramural Sports, Creative Inquiry

Bio: "Welcome to the Clemson family! As an upcoming sophomore, I had such an amazing freshman year and realized that there is no other place like Clemson! I plan on going to Physicians Assistant School after my four years of undergraduate school.  Being involved on campus, it made my transition to college much easier.  I can’t wait to help you all find your place here at Clemson and just be a resource for you throughout your freshman year. I am a very laid back and outgoing person that loves to have fun.  I plan on doing fun things like taking my group of mentees out to dinner and ice-cream. I can’t wait to meet and get to know you! Go Tigers!"


Name: Halee Bryant
Belton, SC
Biological Sciences
Psychology, Sociology

Campus Involvement: Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Med Honor Society, CURE Clemson (Special Events Chair), Clemson Special Olympics (Fundraising Chair), ASPIRE Facilitator, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children, Creative Inquiry (Microbiology)

Bio: "I’m excited to begin my sophomore year here at the best university on the planet! I’m from a small town in the Upstate of South Carolina, and I am extremely passionate about Clemson and everything it has to offer. I’m excited to help my mentees figure out where they fit best at Clemson, and I’ll always be here to answer any and all questions about getting involved, making the grades you want, and life here at Clemson in general! I’m looking forward to taking my mentees out for ice cream and introducing them to the greatest pasta on the planet (aka – Brioso’s) and I’ll always be available via text and email! I can’t wait to get to know each of my mentees and show them what the Clemson family is all about! Go Tigers!"


Name: Taylor Dennison
Hometown: Raleigh, NC 
Major:: Pre-Pharmacy
Class: 2016

Campus Involvement: Gamma Phi Beta Sorority (Education Vice President), Clemson Undergraduate Student Government Senator, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society, FCA, Clemson University Club Equestrian Team, Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children, Honors Mentor Committee, Greek Intervarsity, Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership and Honor Society

Bio:  Hey y’all I’m a junior and I live in Raleigh, North Carolina but over the past years Clemson has become my home, I love the tigers and all that Clemson has to offer! I plan to complete the three plus one plan and attend pharmacy school after three years at Clemson and I hope to spend the summer abroad after my junior year. I have been riding horses since sixth grade and the Clemson equestrian team has allowed me to continue doing my passion even while at school. Being involved on campus made my transition to college easier and I can’t wait to help y’all find your place here at Clemson. I hope to take my group out to dinner, ice cream, or coffee a few times each semester, depending on the preference of the group and I also like movie/ baking nights as well as being outside and would be open to hiking, campus beach outings or any other activity the group wants to do."


Name: Lee Catherine Gedney
Boulder, CO
Biological Science (Pre-Rehabilitation Sciences)
Minor: Athletic Leadership

Campus Involvement:
CAFLS Student Ambassador, Alpha Lambda Delta, Clemson Triathlon Team, ClemsonLIFE, Clemson Special Olympic Coach, Calhoun Honors College Peer Mentor, American Sign Language Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Bio: "I love Clemson, and I love just hanging out enjoying the outdoors.  I grew up in Boulder, Colorado, but wanted to explore the East Coast, so I ventured off to Clemson. I'm on the Triathlon Team here, and put a lot of time into training for Nationals and helping the team out.  This year as a mentor I'm going to be kind of hands off and allow the mentees to come to me with questions. I enjoy getting to know my mentees and taking them out to dinner or ice cream!"


Name: Lauren Giambalvo
Hometown: Easley, SC
Major: Biochemistry
Minor: Legal Studies
Class: 2016

Campus Involvement: Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Student Government Judicial Branch, Calhoun Honors College Student Advisory Board, Honors Ambassador, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, Honors Pre-Law Society, Undergraduate Research, Freshman Council, FCA/ FCA Spring Break Mission Trip, volunteer at Ronald McDonald House and Clemson Elementary afterschool program

Bio: "I hope you are excited to begin your freshman year at Clemson University! With the many organizations and opportunities offered around campus, I can help you find your perfect match. I would love to meet with my mentees every few weeks for a quick ice cream treat or a game of Frisbee on Bowman.  Also, I would be available through email or text to answer questions at any time. One of my favorite ventures during my freshman year was attempting to conquer the tasks on the Clemson bucket list.  Finding the secret book, enjoying dinner at The Esso Club, or taking a ride down Rollercoaster Road would be adventures for us to explore." 


Name: Alexa Henderson
Hometown: Overland Park, KS 
Major: Microbiology with a concentraion in Biomedicine
Class: 2017

Campus Involvement: Logistics Chair for Relay for Life Committee, Peer Dialogue Facilitator, Member of Sigma Kappa Sorority, Creative Inquiry, Microbiology Research (iGEM)

Bio: "As a hopeful pre-medical student, I can answer any questions pertaining to Medical School readiness. I am a member of a sorority, so I can provide insight into any questions about Greek Life here on campus. I am also involved in all sorts of community service, so if you need help finding something to get involved with, I’m your girl. On a less serious note, I love eating and Netflix. So, if you’re into eating and/or Netflix and having a GREAT time, I am the mentor for you."


Name: Kirin Khan
Hometown: Clemson, SC
Major: Biochemistry, Genetics
Minor:  Microbiology
Class: 2016

Campus Involvement: Undergraduate Research, ODK, Golden Key, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Omega Epsilon, Muslim Students Association, Biochemistry and Genetics Club, Dixon Fellows

Bio: "Hey everyone!  My name is Kirin and I'm a sophomore biochemistry major hoping to go to med school after graduation.  Although I have been living in Clemson since I was 10, I've moved around before and definitely understand the pressures of being in a new place without having too many familiar faces around. I hope to help my mentees feel at ease as they transition into college life and will always be available for questions or concerns through text or e-mail. My group will meet a few times each semester for dinner or ice cream or anything else fun!"


Name: Haley Puckett
Hometown: Limerick, PA
Major: Biological Sciences
Class: 2017

Campus Involvement: Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED); Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children
(FIMRC); Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA); Student Alumni Association; Alpha Lambda Delta; Calhoun Honors College Ambassador; Calhoun Honors College Peer Mentor; Women’s Club Lacrosse

Bio: "I am a Biological Sciences major on the path to Medical School.  I am extremely involved on campus, so I can help you find exactly what you are looking for in terms of campus involvement!  I am also involved off campus and would love to help you get involved in that way as well! Additionally, I love volunteering, so I am very knowledgeable about all kinds of different volunteer opportunities.  If you are interested in the medical field and potentially pursing Medical School, I can help you get involved in different volunteer opportunities pertaining to the medical field.  Furthermore, I typically respond to emails very quickly, and I respond to texts and calls even quicker.  Feel free to ask me anything at anytime!  I will do my very best to answer all of your
questions and help you in any way possible! I can also help get you in contact with people who may be able to offer further assistance beyond my knowledge or ability.  Pick me if you are looking for a driven, fun-loving mentor!"   


Name: Hannah Puckett
Hometown:Limerick, PA
Major: Biological Sciences
Class: 2017

Campus Involvement: Alpha Delta Pi sorority, The Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED Pre-Professional Health Society), Student Alumni Association (SAA), IPTAY, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society (ALD), Intramural Soccer, FCA, Calhoun Honors College Ambassador

Bio: "I am a very determined, involved, personable student here at Clemson who loves sunny days, running, meeting new people, and chocolate! I have many aspirations, such as attending MUSC after my time at Clemson and hopefully becoming a doctor someday. I am very knowledgeable about the professors and classes offered here at Clemson, especially those in the biology field of study. From tutoring or tips on studying for tests to the secrets of registering for classes, I have many tricks and pieces of advice up my sleeve. I absolutely love talking to and meeting new people, especially while enjoying some Starbucks or Spill the Beans. My phone is practically glued to my hip and I check my emails religiously so you’ll never have a problem getting in touch with me! I’m so excited to get to meet my new mentees this upcoming semester and can’t wait to help you get involved and loving Clemson as much as I do!"


Name: Lucy Rummler
Hometown:Charleston, SC
Major: Biochemistry
Class: 2016

Campus Involvement: Dixon Fellows, Dixon Global Policy Scholars, Clemson Running Club, Research, Creative Inquiry, Clemson Navigators, Clemson Outdoors Club

Bio: "Hello everyone! I know the first year can be pretty intimidating, but Clemson has so much to offer and I’d love to help you find what makes you feel at home here. I’m a biochemistry major looking to go to graduate school and do scientific research. When I’m not in class or studying, I love to run, do/see art, and enjoy the outdoors. I plan to meet about once a month to grab dinner, get ice cream, or go for a hike! And, of course I’ll be on campus quite a bit if you need me for anything."


Name: Megan Schmalz
Mckinney, TX
Microbiology (Biomedicine concentration)

Campus Involvement: Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (Vice President), Kappa Delta Sorority (Vice President of Community Service), Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Alpha Epsilon Delta, IGEM Club and Creative Inquiry, Microbiology Club, Mortar Board, Order of Omega, SASH participant, Honors Mentor Committee Member.

Bio: "As an upcoming junior I'm excited to spend another great year at Clemson! Being from out of state, I had a lot to learn once I got to Clemson but, with the help of my Honors mentor, great friends, and professors, I had an excellent freshman and sophomore year.  I am planning to go to medical school after I graduate and eventually work internationally, so I would be happy to talk to you about the pre-medical path, research, or any of the tricky classes you might have to take.  I really enjoy baking and being outside so I look forward to taking my mentees out for ice cream or dinner and am
always open to go hiking or to campus beach. Whatever my mentees need, I am always just an email or call away. Go Tigers!"


Name:Adair Simril
Hometown: Clover, SC
Major: Biological Sciences
Class: 2017

Campus Involvement: Bioengineering Research, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Alpha Lambda Delta, CUSG Research Committee

Bio: “After I graduate from Clemson University with a degree in biological sciences, I plan to attend pharmacy school! Over the past years, I have learned oodles of information about the medical and allied health fields, so if you have any questions I would be more than happy to answer them! I love going to Spill the Beans and ’55 Exchange and other places of the sort.  I am so excited to be a mentor this year and I hope we can take many trips to fun places together!"

Name:Erin Sole
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Major: Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Class: 2017

Campus Involvement: Calhoun Honors College Ambassador, Calhoun Honors College peer mentor, Women in Animal and Veterinary Sciences Resident Assistant, Dairy Science Club, Dairy Science Show Team

Bio: “As an out-of-state, non-engineering major in the honors college, I have a different viewpoint than many others on campus. You can catch me visiting Holmes Hall frequently for friends and food, but I am actually a Resident Assistant in Young Hall in the Shoeboxes. I always have interesting stories about the latest trip to go visit my beloved dairy heifers and absolutely love to talk about all things Clemson or football related (and other sports, too, of course). I am totally open to all suggestions about where to go hang out as a group, but especially love all things food-related so we can go grab ice cream at Spill the Beans or the ’55 Exchange, a bite to eat downtown, or even a casual trip to Starbucks – it’s up to you! I’m very energetic and love talking to people so don’t be shy and come to me for any questions or just to get to know someone on campus!"