Degrees Within the College of College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Glenn Department of Civil Engineering
Holmombe Dept. Electrical and Computer Engineering
Engineering and Science Education
Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Materials Science Engineering
School of Computing
Meet the Mentors
The Calhoun Honors College has six 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.
Name: Derek Kosydar
Hometown: Hillsborough, New Jersey
Major: Environmental Engineering
Involvement: Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Clemson Club Swimming, Clemson Life Volunteer, IPTAY Member, Creative Inquiry
Bio: Welcome to Clemson, Class of 2023! My name is Derek Kosydar, I am an Environmental Engineering major from Hillsborough, NJ. Congratulations on being accepted to the Clemson Honors College! I am super excited that you have chosen to attend the best school in the world, and I hope you are too! I am outgoing, friendly, and enjoy being involved in various groups on campus when I am not doing school work. In my downtime, however, I enjoy taking trips to Y-Beach, hanging out with my friends, or going to any kind of social event. As a freshman, my Honors Mentor truly helped me become accustomed to life at Clemson, so I am very excited to have the opportunity to be a mentor and help those going through the same process I did. I hope to get to know my mentees on a personal and friendly level and make sure that you all love this school as much as I do by the end of your freshman year. #rolltigers
Name: Jennifer Smith
Hometown: Lincoln University, PA
Major: Computer Engineering
Campus Involvement: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), CLEMSONLiVE, Club Women's Ultimate Frisbee, Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for General Engineering Curriculum, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Student Branch (IEEE), Sophomore in Seniors Advising Sophomores in Honors (SASH), Honors Peer Mentor
Bio: Hey everyone! Congratulations on being accepted to Clemson and the Calhoun Honors College! My name is Jennifer and I’m a rising Junior Computer Engineering student from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. On campus, I am an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for the General Engineering Curriculum and I am also the Events Chair for the Clemson Society of Women Engineers Club, so I can definitely help with any engineering related questions you might have! Some of my favorite things to do outside of the classroom include watching football games, going to Y-beach, getting ice cream at Spill the Beans, and hanging outside with friends. I understand how difficult the transition to college can be (especially when moving far away from home) and hope that I can impart some of the lessons I learned to all of you. I’m so excited to meet you all in the Fall and help guide you through freshman year! Go Tigers!
Name: Jillian Laird
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minor: Biomolecular Concentration
Hometown: Fleming Island, Florida
Honors/Campus Involvement: Greek Life, Order of Omega President, Calhoun Honors College Committee, Honors Ambassador Program, Club and Intramurals soccer, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), Dixon Fellows Program, Honors Student Advisory Board, EUREKA! Program participant and counselor, FCA Small Group, FCA Freshman Outreach Group, 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 Senior and plan on going onto medical school after achieving a chemical engineering degree, or just going into the industry. 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! Go Tigers!
Name: Julia Thompson
Hometown: Westfield, MA
Major: Bioengineering (Biomaterials)
Minor: Business Administration
Campus Involvement: Society of Woman Engineers (SWE), Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), Writing Fellow for the Writing Center, Alpha Lambda Delta, Creative Inquiry, Study Abroad in Spain, Intramural Sports, FCA, Central Spirit, Recreational Golf Club
Bio: Hi everyone! Welcome to Clemson! My name is Julia Thompson and I am a sophomore from Westfield, Massachusetts. I am a bioengineering major with a concentration in biomaterials, and a business administration minor. I love going to sporting events on campus, taking group fitness classes at Fike, and hanging out with friends! Going to school almost 1,000 miles away from home was a hard decision for me, but I love Clemson, and I’m sure you will too! The transition from high school to college can be challenging, so I’m excited to help you navigate your freshman year and find ways to get involved on campus! I look forward to meeting you in the fall and grabbing a coffee from Starbucks or getting ice cream downtown at Spill the Beans! Once again, welcome to the Clemson family!
Name: Noah Ashley
Hometown: Moore, SC
Major: Bioengineering with concentration in Biomaterials
Bio: Hey guys! Welcome to the Tiger family, and congratulations on your acceptance into the Calhoun Honors College! My name is Noah Ashley, I am a rising sophomore from Moore, SC. I am planning on going to medical school after receiving a Bioengineering degree. I have throughly enjoyed everything the Honors College has offered me this year, and I can’t wait to show you the ropes! I love going swimming at the rowing docks, playing intramural soccer, hanging out downtown, and working out at Douthit. I am involved in AED, FIMRC, FCA, and Calculus Fight Club, and I look forward to helping you get involved as well. This summer, I am going to be completing MedEx Tier II at Greenville Health System. I am here to give you advice on professors, registration, clubs, life, and anything else you could possibly need in your transition from high school to college. I want you to quickly be able to call Clemson home, just like I did. I can’t wait to get to know each of y’all and welcome you into the family! Go Tigers!
Name: Sofia Graham
Hometown: Summerville, SC
Major: Bioengineering with a Biomaterials Concentration
Campus Involvement: Clemson University Symphony Orchestra, VP of Internal Affairs for CLEMSONLiVE, Student Desk Worker at Nieri Family Enrichment Center for Student Athletes, Undergraduate Clemson Bioengineering Society, Bioengineering Study Abroad in Pamplona Spain, We Want to CU Smile, attend St. Andrew’s Catholic Church
Bio: Welcome Class of 2023! My name is Sofia Graham, and I’m thrilled to be an honors peer mentor for the upcoming school year. I’m a Bioengineering major from Summerville, SC and I love being a part of the Clemson family. A few of my favorite things include comics, travel (working on my español skills), reading, and playing musical instruments. I love being involved on Clemson’s campus and if you need any advice on clubs, classes, or professors, I’m your girl! Welcome to the Clemson family: I can’t wait to help make Clemson your new home!
Name: Cori Laird
Hometown: Jacksonville, Florida
Major: Bioengineering - Biomaterials Concentration
Campus Involvement: Clemson Club Swim Team, member of Alpha Chi Omega, Clemson Bioengineering Society, Solid Green, Intramural Sports, Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Bio: Hey everyone, welcome to the Clemson family! My name is Cori Laird and I am super excited to have the opportunity to be your Honors Mentor! I’m a rising sophomore studying Bioengineering, and in the future, I’m hoping to combine my education with my passion for athletics and work in the sports medicine field. I love being outdoors and am always down to go to the beach, play football on Bowman, or just soak up the sun! I enjoy playing soccer, swimming, and running, and I absolutely LOVE football! I know how hard the transition to college can be, especially coming from out of state, but I’m here to help in any way possible. I’m looking forward to getting to know you (and treating you to ice cream, trips to cool restaurants, and lots of other fun activities). If you have questions about school, professors, life, or even just need to see a friendly face, I’ve got you covered. I can’t wait to meet you all and GO TIGERS!!