Calhoun Honors College Peer Mentors

Meet the Peer Mentor Leadership Team

Peer Mentor Leadership Team


Honors Mentor Presedient Nate Matzko

Name: Nate Matzko, President Peer Mentor Leadership Team

Hometown: Columbia, SC

Major: Biochemistry & Genetics

Class: 2021

Campus Involvement: EUREKA! 2017 Research Program, Undergraduate Research in DNA Repair, Writer for The Pendulum, Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries (CEDC), College of Science Student Advisory Board, Clemson Weight Club, 2019 Beckman Scholar, Study Abroad in South Africa on Public Health

Bio: Hello freshman Honors students and welcome to the Clemson family! My name is Nate Matzko, and I’m a rising junior biochemistry and genetics major on the pre-med track from Columbia, SC. I hope to one day earn either an MD or MD/PhD and become involved in medical research. One of the passions I’ve discovered since I’ve been here at Clemson is research, so I’d love to share my experiences as an undergraduate researcher with you all and help get you plugged in with research opportunities across campus! Outside of that, I’m also involved in other student organizations like The Pendulum, Clemson’s international affairs magazine, and CEDC, Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries. When I’m not studying, I enjoy playing guitar, lifting weights, reading good books, and following college football. I can’t wait to show you all of the incredible opportunities you can take advantage of as a member of Clemson’s Honors College, from studying abroad to eating ice cream at the ’55 Exchange. As a freshman, I had the benefit of a great Honors Peer Mentor who helped show me the ropes in the midst of all the fun, excitement, stress, and confusion I felt my first semester. My goal for you is to have an incredible first year and show you the tremendous support group the Honors College offers to help you thrive and succeed! Go Tigers!!

 



  • College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences

    Degrees Within the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Science

    Agribusiness
    Agricultural Education
    Agricultural Mechanization and Business
    Animal and Veterinary Sciences
    Environmental and Natural Resources

    Food Science and Human Nutrition
    Forest Resource Management
    Horticulture
    Packaging Science
    Turfgrass
    Wildlife and Fisheries Biology

    Meet the Mentors

    The Calhoun Honors College has three 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.


     Jill Walton

    Name: Jill Walton


    Hometown: Greenville, SC


    Major: Microbiology


    Minor: Sustainability


    Campus Involvement: EcoReps Transition Council, Solid Green, Microbiology Club Vice President, Creative Inquiry Program, and the Departmental Honors Program


    Bio: Hello! Congrats on choosing Clemson University! Clemson is full of wonderful opportunities for students to take advantage of, so make the most of your time here. I have just finished my Junior year at Clemson and it has been a fantastic 3 years. Once I graduate, I plan to go to graduate school to get my Ph.D. in Microbiology or Environmental Science. In my spare time, I read, write, bake, go to Barre classes at Fike, binge Netflix, and play Dungeons & Dragons. I am very involved in research and sustainability on campus, so if you would like to get involved in either of those opportunities, I most definitely will help. I have gained experience in many aspects of college life through my 3 years here at Clemson, and I am happy to serve as a resource for students both on a personal level and on an academic level. As a mentor, I want to make sure that students take advantage of all the activities and opportunities that Clemson offers and that they make the most of their time here at Clemson. And, of course, I am always down for getting coffee or a meal with my mentees. I can't wait to meet you all! Go Tigers!

     


    Kamryn Shealy
    Name: Kamryn Shealy

     

    Hometown: Irmo, SC

     

    Major: Microbiology with biomedicine concentration 

     

    Minors: Chemistry, Psychology

     

    Grad Year: 2022

    BIO: Hey y'all! My name is Kamryn and I am a Microbiology major, with minors in both Chemistry and Psychology. As a rising sophomore, I recently made the transition to college life and would love to offer advice to help make yours as smooth and easy as possible.  In addition, I am on the pre-med track and can help guide you through any questions you may have regarding classes, ways to get involved, or anything involving life here in TigerTown.  There are so many opportunities and I am here to make sure you find everything you need. Choosing to attend Clemson has been one of the best decisions I've made and I know you'll love it just as much as I do! Go Tigers!

     

  • College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities

    Degrees Within the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

    Architecture
    Construction Science and Management
    English
    Fine Arts
    History
    Landscape Architecture
    Language and International Health
    Language and International Trade

    Modern Languages
    Pan African Studies
    Philosophy
    Production Studies in Performing Arts
    Religious Studies
    Visual Arts
    World Cinema
    Women's Leadership



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  • College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

    Degrees Within the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

    Anthropology
    Communication
    Health Science
    Justice Studies
    Nursing

    Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management
    Political Science
    Psychology
    Sociology
    Sports Communication
    Youth Development Studies



    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.

     


     Peer Mentor Anna Corontzes, Clemson University, Clemson Honors, Calhoun Honors College, Peer Mentors

    Name: Anna Corontzes

    Hometown: Clemson, SC

    Major: Nursing

    Minor: Spanish

    Campus Involvement: Honors peer mentoring, departmental honors for nursing, fly-fishing club, Spanish club, and Sullivan Center volunteer. 

    BIO: Hey y’all!  My name is Anna Corontzes and I am a Junior here at Clemson.  I am a nursing major with a Spanish minor and hope to eventually become a nurse practitioner or a CRNA.  I am still in limbo about which one I would prefer after graduation.   I absolutely love Clemson and it is very near and dear to my heart as I grew up in Clemson and have lived here my whole life.  Throughout college, I have done a Spanish immersion study abroad in Alicante, Spain for a summer (paid for through a grant I received through the honors college!) and am part of the fly fishing club and Spanish club.  I am a very nature-oriented person and love anything outside.  I work at Calhoun Corners Restaurant and also volunteer at the free clinics in the area, working with Spanish-speaking patients typically.  I have been a mentor before and absolutely loved it and am looking forward to this upcoming year.  Welcome to Clemson and Go Tigers!

    Peer Mentor Ansley Birchmore, Clemson SC, Clemson University, Clemson Honors, Calhoun Honors College, Peer Mentors

    Name: Ansley Birchmore

    Major: Political Science

    Minor: Sociology/ Legal Studies

    Grad Year: May 2020

    Hometown: Lexington, SC

    Bio:  Welcome to Clemson! My name is Ansley and I am a junior Political Science major with a Sociology/Legal Studies double minor from Lexington, South Carolina. I can't wait to meet all of you and welcome you into the Clemson family. To tell you a little bit about myself, I love reading good books, drinking coffee, and working out in Fike. As for my post-grad plans, I hope to join the workforce for a few years and then attend law school. The Honors College has so many great resources to both further your education and connect you to new friends, and I would definitely recommend getting involved once you get on campus. Transitioning to college can be an adjustment and I'm here to help with anything you need, whether it's finding classrooms, recommending professors, or just going out to dinner to relax after a stressful week. My Honors mentor helped make Clemson feel like home to me, and I hope to give the same experience to all of you.

    Peer Mentor Mayme Medlock, Clemson SC, Clemson University, Clemson Honors, Calhoun Honors College, Peer Mentors

    Name: Mayme Medlock

    Hometown: Spartanburg, SC

    Major: Political Science

    Minor: Economics

    Campus Involvement: Editor-in-Chief of HerCampus Clemson, Service Chair for “Project Safe” for Gamma Sigma Sigma, Clemson Diplomacy Club, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, Dixon Fellows, Study Abroad (Balkans)

    Bio: Welcome to Clemson! I’m Mayme Medlock, and if you’re wondering how to say my name, it’s like “name” but with an “M” instead of an “N.” I’m a rising junior studying Political Science and Economics, and I can’t wait to meet you guys! Transitioning from high school to college can be intimidating, but don’t worry, you’ve got this. Getting involved on campus is a fantastic way to explore your interests, get to know the university, and make new friends. And if you have questions, need advice, or just want to want to eat some ice cream and vent, I’m here for you. I think I’m funny, and if you like cheesy dad jokes, you might, too. I have moved to various tiny towns in the south, so I always have some funny small-town stories. When I’m not binge-watching Bob’s Burgers, I’m probably listening to Taylor Swift, true crime podcasts, or Mr. Brightside (it’s a good song, okay?). The food in Clemson is delicious, and if you’re a fan of pizza, you’re definitely coming with me to Dollar Slice Night at Todaro’s in Downtown Clemson. Additionally, I am a firm believer that you must say hello if you see a puppy and tell them that they are beautiful. This summer, I will complete two internships – one in Belgrade, Serbia, and one in Washington D.C. – and I would love to share what I’ve learned about applications, interning, and spending time abroad. I’m so excited to get to know you this fall, and welcome to the Clemson Family!

    Peer Mentor Brendan Healey, Clemson University, Clemson Honors, Calhoun Honors College, Peer Mentors

    Name: Brendan Healey

    Hometown: Charleston, SC

    Major: Health Science

    Minor: Management

    Campus Involvement: Club Tennis President, Clemson Writing Fellow, Honors Wellness Ambassador, Fellowship of Christian Athletes

    Bio: Hey!  My name is Brendan Healey and I'd like to congratulate each of you on choosing Clemson and the Honors College.  You made a great decision!  I'm so excited to help each of you transition to college life and enjoy the great opportunities that the Honors College offers.  I have yet to decide on a career, but I'm interested in dermatology or a dental specialty.  My hobbies include tennis, bowling, and spending time outdoors.  I took 5 Honors courses during my freshman year, so I can be a big help while choosing your Honors classes.  Also, I'll be living on campus next year and working in the Honors Center as a Wellness Ambassador, so I'll be accessible throughout the year.  Getting involved during my freshman year was a great decision and I hope I can help each of you do the same.  I can't wait to be your Honors Peer Mentor!

    Peer Mentor Morgan McManus, Clemson SC, Clemson University, Clemson Honors, Calhoun Honors College, Peer Mentors

    Name: Morgan McManus

    Hometown: Florence, SC

    Major: Health Science

    Minor: Biological Sciences and Spanish Studies

    Campus Involvement: Clemson Hope Leadership Team, Honors College Ambassador, Dixon Fellows, AED Pre-professional Honor Society, ALD National Honor Society, Minority Association of Pre-medical Students

    Bio:  Hi everyone, and welcome to Clemson!  My name is Morgan, and I am a rising sophomore Health Science major with a concentration in Health Promotion and Behavior. My goal after graduation is to attend medical school and become a neonatologist. I have gotten involved with a lot of things such as Clemson Hope which is a service organization, Dixon Fellows through the Honors College, and working part-time on campus. This summer I am traveling abroad through ISL Clemson to complete a medical mission trip, so I will have a lot to say about that in the fall. No matter how much you prepare, moving away from home and coming to college is not always an easy task. My goal is to be there to support you all through the transition and believe there will be lots of food and fun involved in the process. Being at Clemson is like a dream come true every day because I love this university so much, and I hope that I can help you overcome any obstacles that stand in the way of you having the best four years here. Go Tigers! 

     


    SaraEudy 

    Name: Sara Eudy

    Major: Secondary Education

    Emphasis: Mathematics

    Hometown: Myrtle Beach, SC

    Campus Involvement: Clemson Hope (Administrative Team Member), Central Spirit

    Bio: Congratulations Class of 2023 on not only getting into Clemson, but the Calhoun Honors College as well! Welcome to Tigertown! I look forward to being a part of your transition to Clemson. Transitioning to college was much different than I expected, and having a mentor really helped me adjust. I am a rising sophomore Secondary Education major, and in the future, I hope to be a high school math teacher. In the meantime, I can be found cheering on the Clemson Tigers (especially at a football game; my dad never had a boy, so he taught me everything he knew instead), doing anything that involves being outside (I am beach girl at heart, but Y-beach is a good alternative), or going on a spontaneous adventure (I will go just about anywhere, I’m always on board for something new). Don’t be afraid to reach out to me at any time with questions and/or concerns in addition to your Honors Peer Mentor! I am always here to help!

     


    Peer Mentor Elsa Meyer, Clemson University, Clemson Honors, Calhoun Honors College, Peer Mentors

    Name: Elsa Meyer

    Hometown: Tallahassee, FL

    Major: Health Science- Pre-professional Health Studies

    Campus Involvement: Clemson Miracle, Study Abroad in Spain

    BIO: Hi and welcome to Clemson! My name is Elsa Meyer and I’m a rising sophomore from Tallahassee, Florida. I’m so excited to meet y’all and to help with your transition to college in any way I can! I’m a Pre-professional Health Science major and I plan to go to medical school after Clemson. I’m involved with Clemson Miracle Dance Marathon and I intern with a local hospital. Some of my favorite things are game days of course, soccer and flag football, the beach, and finding the best restaurants around Clemson. I can’t wait to show y’all the best food, coffee, and ice cream in Clemson! Let me know if I can help answer any questions, GO TIGERS!!


    AlexaMcallister-BSHS 

    Name: Alexa McAllister

    Hometown: Cornelia, Georgia

    Major: Psychology

    Class: 2022

    Campus Involvement:  TigerPaw Productions, the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honors Society, and the Rotaract Club, summer intern with the Psychology Department helping with orientation, TA with the Psychology Department in the fall, researcher on the Autism Creative Inquiry team, and an intern with Pickens Department of Social Services 

    Bio:  Welcome Class of 2023!  I am Alexa McAllister, and I am a sophomore Psychology major here with a minor in Youth Development Programs from Cornelia, GA.  I cannot wait to get to know all of you!  The Honors College has provided me with not only great opportunities to really expand my understanding of the world around me but also a great supportive community that I hope to pass on to you.  After graduation, I plan to pursue my Psy.D. (the application counterpart to a Ph.D.) in clinical psychology and work with the Division of Family and Child Services to help children coming from abusive homes overcome their psychological trauma until I have the opportunity to open my own pediatric psychology practice!  The Clemson family isn't just a cliche used for advertising but a REAL experience, and I hope to help you transition into your new life at the greatest university in the world.  

     

     

  • College of Business

    Degrees Within the College of College of Business

    School of Accountancy
    Department of Finance
    John E. Walker Department of Economics
    Management
    Marketing

    Graphic Communications
    Army ROTC
    Air Force ROTC

     

     

    Meet the Mentors

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


    Peer Mentor Kendall Richards, Clemson SC, Clemson University, Clemson Honors, Calhoun Honors College, Peer Mentors

    Name: Kendall Richards

    Hometown: Chapin, SC

    Major: Management (Information Systems Emphasis)

    Minor: Economics

    Campus Involvement: Thomas F. Chapman Leadership Scholars, Bionics Creative Inquiry, Photography Club, Association for Information Systems, Women in Business Club, Society of Human Resource Management

    Bio: Hey everyone, and welcome to Clemson! First of all, congratulations on picking the best school ever and for being accepted into the Honors College! I’m Kendall Richards and I’m a Management Information Systems major and an Economics minor. I love cheering on the Tigers at football games, hanging out with my friends, getting involved on campus, traveling, photography, watching tv & movies, and eating great food (I can’t wait to take y’all out for dinner, ice cream, and coffee!). I know that coming to college is a big change, but I’m here to help you make the most of your freshman year. I’m always available to help answer questions about orientation, move-in, classes, clubs, honors, football, and everything in between. I’m so excited to meet y’all and Go Tigers!


    CarleighODonoghue 

    Name: Carleigh O’Donoghue

    Hometown: Sayville, NY

    Major: Pre-Business

    Minor: Psychology

    Campus Involvement: Delta Zeta Sorority, Central Spirit, Clemson Event Planners Association

    BIO: Hey guys! Welcome to the Calhoun Honors College! I hope you are all super excited about becoming a part of the Clemson family and looking forward to your next 4 years here. I am a rising sophomore, and I came in as an undeclared major, but I have recently declared pre-business and hope to minor in psychology, as well. I completely understand how it feels to start somewhere new away from home, but I can promise you that everyone here welcomes you with open arms and will do everything they can to get you settled. To tell you a little more about myself, I love spending time outside, going to the beach with friends, and, of course, attending Clemson football games. I can’t wait to get to know each of you and to help you pick your classes, show you around, and take you out for some free food! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions at all. Looking forward to meeting you all soon!

     

  • College of Education

    Degrees Within the College of College of Education

    Agricultural Education
    Early Childhood Education
    Elementary Education
    Mathematics Teaching
    Special Education

    Secondary Education Areas:
    English
    Mathematics
    Social Studies (History)

    Science Teaching Areas:
    Biological Sciences
    Chemistry
    Physical Sciences
    Physics

    Meet the Mentors

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


  • College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

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

    Automotive Engineering
    Bioengineering
    Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    Glenn Department of Civil Engineering
    Holmombe Dept. Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Engineering and Science Education
    Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
    General Engineering
    Industrial Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering

    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.


    Peer Mentor Derek Kosydar, Clemson SC, Clemson University, Clemson Honors College, Calhoun Honors College, Peer Mentors

    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   

    Peer Mentor Jennifer Smith, Clemson SC, Clemson University, Clemson Honors College, Calhoun Honors College, Peer Mentors

    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! 

     

    Peer Mentor Jillian Laird, Clemson University, Clemson Honors, Calhoun Honors College, Peer Mentors

    Name: Jillian Laird

    Major: Chemical Engineering

    Minor: Biomolecular Concentration

    Class: 2020

    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!

    Peer Mentor Julia Thompson, Clemson SC, Clemson University, Clemson Honors, Calhoun Honors College, Peer Mentors

    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!

     

    Peer Mentor Noah Ashley, Clemson SC, Clemson University, Clemson Honors College, Calhoun Honors College, Peer Mentors

    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!


     

    Peer Mentor Sofia Graham, Clemson SC, Clemson University, Clemson Honors College, Calhoun Honors College, Peer Mentors

    Name: Sofia Graham

    Hometown: Summerville, SC

    Major: Bioengineering with a Biomaterials Concentration

    Minor: Spanish

    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!


     Peer Mentor Cori Laird, Clemson SC, Clemson University, Clemson Honors College, Calhoun Honors College, Peer Mentors

    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!!

     

  • College of Science

    Degrees Within the College of Science

    Biochemistry
    Biological Sciences
    Chemistry
    Genetics

    Mathematical Sciences
    Microbiology
    Physics

    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.


     Peer Mentor Carla Lautenschlager, Clemson SC, Clemson University, Clemson Honors College, Calhoun Honors College, Peer MentorsName: Carla Lautenschlager

    Hometown: Charleston, SC

    Major: Biological Sciences (B.S.)

    Minor: Spanish Studies

    Campus Involvement: Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, CUSG Elections Board, Creative Inquiry in Biology, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta National Health Pre-Professional Society, Mortar Board, International Service Learning Club, Best Buddies Club, C-MED (Clemson Medical Education development), Ronald McDonald House Charities Volunteer.

    Bio: Welcome Clemson Class of 2023! I want to congratulate you for joining the Clemson family and the Calhoun Honors College! My name is Carla and I am a rising senior on the pre-medical track. I am so excited to meet you all, and hope to be a beneficial resource during your time here at Clemson! I know that transitioning to college can be overwhelming, and I want to help you adjust and overcome those obstacles. Outside of school, I love to bake pastries, hike, and be outside as much as possible. Some of my favorite places include the dikes, President’s Park, and Trustee Park. I’d be happy to talk to anyone currently on or considering a pre-professional health track, give advice for classes, my study abroad experience, and internship opportunities. Feel free to contact me anytime to take you out to coffee or ice cream, or just hang out! I plan to take my mentees on monthly excursions to outdoor places in the area or to fun restaurants in downtown Clemson. Some fun fact about me are that I am trilingual, have been to every continent except Antarctica, and that I love to travel! I can’t wait for you all to get here in the fall and serve as your honors mentor, see you soon and go tigers!

     

     

    Peer Mentor Claire Pienkowski

    Name: Claire Pienkowski

    Major: Biological Sciences

    Grad Year: 2022

    Hometown: St. Charles, IL

    Campus Involvement: Zeta Tau Alpha social sorority, Phi Delta Epsilon pre-medical fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-medical organization, FCA, Intramurals (indoor/outdoor soccer), ClemsonLIFE volunteer, FSL Greek Peer Educator, Certified Student Leader

    Bio: Hello everyone! CONGRATS, you made it! Your accomplishments have been significant and numerous to get you to this point, and you deserve praise for your hard work in the past four years. I just finished my freshman year and believe me, if you think senior year went fast, freshman year goes even faster! As a mentor I am beyond excited to help you guys through the transition of coming to Clemson and finding your niche. A big part of that is balancing your academic and social experiences which can be a tough area to navigate during your first year. I am looking forward to helping you make Clemson feel like home, even if your home-home is far away, like mine. If you’re looking for a mentor to spoil you with coffee, ice cream, and dinner dates, I am the one for you! I absolutely love baking (so look out for some finals goodies ;)), going to Y-beach, watching the sunset at the dikes, and camping out on the third floor of Cooper Library. Enjoy your summer and I cannot wait to meet you in the fall, go Tigers!!!

     

    Mentor Elise Hildebrandt-COS 

    Name: Elise Hildebrandt

    Hometown: Simsbury, CT

    Major: Biology (Prepharmacy emphasis)

    Minor: Spanish

    Campus Involvement: Clemson Running Club, Pre-Pharmacy Club, Honors Club Peer Mentor, Chi Omega Sorority

    Bio: Welcome Class of 2023! My name is Elise Hildebrandt and I am a rising sophomore on the pre-pharmacy track. I am really excited to meet you all and to help you navigate through your first year at Clemson. As I think of the questions that dominated my thoughts in the early weeks of my Clemson experience, I know that I have a lexicon of experiences to share with the incoming Calhoun Honors class. Additionally, as I pursue my long-term goal of obtaining a PharmD, I would love to help anyone that has science and/or pre-health interests by sharing my experiences with schedule planning and course registration. I am also so pleased with my decision to add a Spanish minor to my course of study and am happy to talk about foreign language options. In my opinion, one of the best ways to get to know the area as an incoming freshman is to try out new restaurants and food choices and I am very excited to do that with you guys! Congratulations on making the best decision in coming to Clemson and joining the Calhoun Honors College family. As always, Go Tigers!

     

    Peer Mentor Kathleen Wirth, Clemson SC, Clemson University, Clemson Honors College, Calhoun Honors College, Peer Mentors

    Name: Kathleen Wirth

    Major: Biochemistry with a statistics emphasis on a pre-dental track

    Bio: Hey Tigers! I'm so excited to welcome you all to Clemson University. My name is Kathleen Wirth and I am a biochemistry major on a pre-dental track from the border of West Virginia and Maryland. It was a little daunting going to college a plane ride away, but Clemson quickly became a comforting and enriching home once I met my friendly peers and discovered all the amazing opportunities Clemson has to offer! I'd love to introduce you to helpful faculty and foster an environment of bonding where we will form connections that will last all of college. Whether it's playing volleyball at Y-beach, kayaking on the lake, hiking in the experimental forest, playing with virtual reality technology, bowling, or going out for ice cream made by Clemson students, I hope to show you something fun and unique to love about Clemson. I am a former EUREKA! participant and have been in a Creative Inquiry studying burnout among leaders at the Greenville Healthcare System for over a year. This has allowed me to conduct my own research project, present at a conference in Jacksonville, Florida, and attend a conference in Austin, Texas all for free! I also am a C-CATS (outdoors adventure camp) counselor on the weekends. If you have any questions about your major, extracurricular opportunities, or just life in general, I will always be available to answer them! I hope you have an amazing freshman year and GO TIGERS!

     

     Peer Mentor Lizzie Huntley, Clemson SC, Clemson University, Clemson Honors College, Calhoun Honors College, Peer Mentors

    Name: Lizzie Huntley

    Hometown: New Hartford, IA

    Major: Biochemistry

    Minor: Microbiology

    Campus Involvement: EUREKA! 2017, Intercollegiate Eventing Team, Forensics Society (Debate team), College of Science Student Advisory Board Treasurer, Dixon Global Policy Scholars, Dixon Fellows, Mind Controlled 3D Printing Creative Inquiry and Undergraduate Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry

     Bio: Welcome to the Clemson family! My name is Lizzie Huntley and I am a junior biochemistry major with a minor in microbiology from New Hartford, Iowa. After my time at Clemson, I plan to pursue an MD or MD/Ph.D. dual degree and am happy to answer any questions about medical school and research! I have been involved in research my whole Clemson career. I have done research in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, inorganic chemistry, and am currently involved in biochemical research.  Outside of research, I am involved in the debate team, the intercollegiate eventing team, and the college of science student advisory board. I am also a Dixon Global Policy Scholar and participate in Dixon Fellows. When I’m not doing something school related I love to read, ride horses, and binge watch TV shows. Clemson has so many wonderful opportunities to take advantage of and I am excited to help find what you are passionate about and make Clemson feel like home!

     

     Peer Mentor Maggie Sulzback, Clemson SC, Clemson University, Clemson Honors College, Calhoun Honors College, Peer Mentors

    Name: Maggie Sulzback

    Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA 

    Major: Biochemistry 

    Minor: Psychology 

    Campus Involvement: College of Science Student Ambassador, Creative Inquiry: Anti-cancer Immunotherapy, Panhellenic Recruitment Counselor, Intramural Volleyball, Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, Sigma Alpha Lambda honor society, Clemson GIVE club 

    Bio: Welcome to the Calhoun Honors College of Clemson University! My name is Maggie Sulzbach and I am a rising senior Biochemistry major with a minor in Psychology from Fredericksburg, VA. I hope to go to medical school to become a Pediatric Neurologist someday because I have always been interested in the brain and its mechanisms as well as love working with kids. I'm very excited to meet everyone and be the person you can lean on in your adjustment to college. I hope you are so excited for some of the best years of your life at the best university in the country! I love to eat good food and try new restaurants, as well as hang out on Bowman on a sunny day to see all the puppies and relax. I like to study in Core Starbucks from time to time and would love to treat y’all to some Spill the Beans ice cream because I think ice cream can cure almost everything. I know how nerve-wracking this huge campus can be, but I am eager to help y’all locate your classes, suggest interesting classes for your schedule, and just hangout to have a break from school. I am always available by phone if you ever need anything! As always--Go Tigers!

     

    Peer Mentor Megan Douglass, Clemson SC, Clemson University, Clemson Honors College, Calhoun Honors College, Peer Mentors

    Name: Megan Douglass

    Hometown: Fort Mill, SC

    Major: Biological Sciences

    Minor: Chemistry

    Class: 2021

    Campus Involvement: Eureka! 2017, Honors Advisory Board, Creative Inquiry in Biochemistry and Genetics, Dixon Fellows, European Crossroads, Honors Mentor, Undergraduate Research at MUSC

    Bio: Hi guys! I am super excited to be the Vice President of the Honors Mentor Program this year. You’ve made the best decision of your life deciding to come here to Clemson and I hope you love it every bit as much as I do. I just finished my sophomore year and cannot describe what an amazing experience I have had in my time here. I plan to go to medical school, so I’m more than willing to help anyone with pre-med aspirations. I would love to assist any of you with registration, class questions, housing concerns, etc. and am also willing to talk to you guys about whatever non-school related things on your mind. Anything and everything you want to know, I am here to help! I’m very easy-going and love to go out to eat, so I plan to do lots of that with my mentees this year! Congratulations on your decision to join the Calhoun Honors College family and I can’t wait to meet each and every one of you!

     

    Peer Mentor Micayla McMahon, Clemson SC, Clemson University, Clemson Honors College, Calhoun Honors College, Peer MentorsName: Micayla McMahon

     Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina

     Major: Biochemistry 

    Campus involvement: Alpha Phi Sorority, Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honors Society, MedEx Club, MedEx Tier 1 and 2 student, Biochemistry and Genetics Club, FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), Student Affiliate of the American Chemical Society, Intramural Soccer, Clemson Dance Marathon, American Medical Student Association, AnMed Health and Spartanburg Regional Hospital Volunteer

    Bio: Hey y'all! My name is Micayla McMahon and I am a rising sophomore Biochemistry (and adding Genetics next semester) major! I am SO excited that you have all chosen Clemson Honors! Congratulations! Freshman year has been such a wonderful experience for me, as I have made some of the best friends and have been involved in all the things I love! Clemson truly is a family and I know you will love it here too. I am a hoping to attend medical school after Clemson, so I have really gotten involved with great pre-medical resources here at Clemson. Other than my interest in medicine, I have loved getting involved in local volunteering, ministry, and sports here at Clemson! Next year, I hope to get involved with a Creative Inquiry and to lead a FCA small group. I hope to be able to guide each of you to find what you are truly passionate about. I cannot wait to help y'all with anything you need- whether it be class-related questions, school advice, help with transitioning to college, or how to get involved in what you love! I can't wait to meet you!

     

    Peer Mentor Sierra Gilley, Clemson SC, Clemson University, Clemson Honors College, Calhoun Honors College, Peer Mentors

    Name: Sierra Gilley

    Hometown: Denver, NC

    Major: Mathematical Sciences

    Emphasis Area: Statistics

    Campus Involvement: Financial Director of Clemson Hope, STEM Competition Creative Inquiry, Undergraduate Research, Intramural Indoor and Outdoor Soccer

    Bio: Welcome to Clemson and the Honors College, and most importantly welcome to the Clemson family! I am a rising sophomore majoring in Mathematical Sciences with an emphasis in Statistics, and I play to pursue a career in quantitative analysis. I have played soccer my entire life, so I do play intramural soccer here. Intramural sports are so much fun even if you have little to no experience. I love any and all sports, so if you need someone to go to a game with you, I’m your person. Some of my favorite places around Clemson are Y-Beach, Spill the Beans, Chipotle, and the amphitheater. I love the outdoors, so I love to take day trips to the mountains to go hiking especially in the spring time. I also hold a leadership position in an amazing non-profit called Clemson Hope, and I am also involved in undergraduate research, so if this sounds like something you might be interested in doing yourself, I would love to help you navigate through these situations. I hope to help make the transition from high school to college easier for you, and make it go as smoothly as possible. Hope you have a great summer and welcome to the Clemson family! Go Tigers!

     

    Peer Mentor Tracey Gartner, Clemson SC, Clemson University, Clemson Honors College, Calhoun Honors College, Peer Mentors

    Name: Tracey Gartner

    Hometown: Middlesex, NJ

    Major: Biochemistry

    Campus Involvement: EUREKA! 2018, Catholic Student Association, AED (pre-health organization), Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), Dixon Fellows Program, Honors Peer Mentor

    Bio: Hi guys! Welcome to Clemson for the best four years of your life! My name is Tracey Gartner and I am a rising sophomore biochemistry major from Middlesex, NJ. After graduation, I plan to go to medical school and become a physician. I am involved in several pre-med organizations and undergraduate research, so if either of those are something you’re interested in, I would love to help you get involved. Coming to college hours from home and not knowing anyone else, I know how daunting the transition may seem, but I’m here to answer any questions you may have or just be a friend you can talk to on campus. I can’t wait to meet you guys and grab ice cream or dinner downtown with you and make Clemson your second home. Go Tigers!


     Sadie English

    Name: Sadie English

    Hometown: Columbia, SC

    Major: Biochemistry 

    Minor: Spanish

    Campus Involvement: Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, Clemson Miracle, FCA, Internship with the Clemson Football Applied Science Lab, International Service Learning Club, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society

    BIO: Hi y’all! Welcome to Clemson and the Honors College! You’ve truly made an amazing decision coming here, and I can’t wait to see how you each carve out your own path over the next few years. My name is Sadie English and I am a rising sophomore biochemistry major from Columbia (boooo gamecocks). I’m also on the premedical track, so I’m always happy to talk about the pre-med resources available on campus. Personal experience has shown me that the transition to college can get crazy as you try to balance school with a social life, but that’s where I come in. I’m here to help you get all you can out of your Clemson experience! That could range from what classes to take, what organizations provide service opportunities, how you can keep playing soccer or how to get on the field for football games!!! I’m willing to give you advice on any of it! This school has amazing opportunities to get involved with the things you’re passionate about, and I can’t wait to watch you all thrive! See you soon and go Tigers!