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We Were First Generation College Students

Becoming a Clemson Tiger is an exciting opportunity, but we understand that sometimes as a first-generation student, you worry that you won’t fit in on a college campus. We know how that feels. Many of our faculty and staff were the first in their family to attend college and understand what that is like for our current students. Going to college is a powerful transition that can at times feel overwhelming. You don’t have to experience that alone. You belong here.

Feel free to connect with faculty and staff who were first-generation themselves:

Name Title Email Phone
Luke Bower Assistant Professor lmbower@clemson.edu
George Cavender Assistant Professor gcavend@clemson.edu 706-431-3746
Alex Chow Professor achow@clemson.edu 843-546-1013
DeAndra Cooper Williamsburg County 4-H Youth Development Agent deandrw@clemson.edu 843-401-1080
Catherine DiBenedetto, Ph. D. Associate Professor CDIBENE@clemson.edu 864-656-0296
Jamie Duberstein Research Scientist JDUBERS@clemson.edu 706-410-6722
Susan Duckett Professor sducket@clemson.edu 864-656-1505
Rhett Flanders '55 Exchange Manager rflande@clemson.edu 828-772-7686
Alexis Jennings Student Services Program Coordinator award7@clemson.edu 864-656-1645
Khushwinder Kaur Graduate Research Assistant khushwk@clemson.edu 864-533-4835
Sara Lalk Graduate Research Assistant slalk@clemson.edu
John Lawson Graduate Research Assistant jdlawso@clemson.edu
Courtney Marneweck Post-doctoral Researcher cmarnew@clemson.edu
Dana McCurdy Ph.D. Candidate dmccurd@clemson.edu
Paris Mebane Health Extension Agent psmeban@clemson.edu 843-401-1081
Daniela Moreno Graduate Research Assistant dnmoren@clemson.edu 803-507-2607
Kayla Payne Chief of Staff ksteel2@clemson.edu 864-656-3225
Brandon Peoples Assistant Professor of Fisheries Ecology peoples@clemson.edu 864-656-4855
J. Todd Petty Department Chair jtpetty@clemson.edu 864-656-3302
Olivia Poelmann Graduate Research Assistant opoelma@clemson.edu 262-994-8626
Robert (Bob) Polomski Associate Extension Specialist--Horticulture/Arboriculture bplmsk@clemson.edu 864-656-2604
Kayla Scarborough EFNEP Nutrition Educator klscarb@clemson.edu 803-649-6297
Liliane Severino da Silva Assistant Professor, Forages Specialist lseveri@clemson.edu 352-871-5830
James Smoak Jr Research Farm Manager jsmoak@clemson.edu 803-671-1986
Ricardo ST AIME Graduate Research assistant rstaime@clemson.edu 864-722-3594
James Strickland Professor jrstric@clemson.edu
Aaron Turner Assistant Professor apturne@clemson.edu 864-656-9869
Wanda Vandroff Nutrition Educator wvandro@clemson.edu 843-561-6077
Zhine Wang PhD student zhinew@clemson.edu 626-560-4340

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