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Caleb

Caleb Winner
Major: 
Neurobiology
Year: Fourth Year

Caleb Winner is a fourth year Neurobiology major. This is his third year as in the SI program and first as an SI mentor. Caleb also works at a memory care facility. Caleb plans on attending medical school in the fall of 2016.

Cody

Cody VanLinge
Major: 
Health Sciences
Year: Fourth Year

Cody is a fourth year Health Sciences major with the intent on enrolling into medical school next fall. This is his third year with the SI program and second year as an SI mentor. When he's not studying for his next exam, Cody enjoys working out at the REC center, playing Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart with friends and procrastinating on Netflix. Being a nerd at heart, he loves Star Wars, Harry Potter, and The Dark Knight trilogy.  

Colleen

Colleen Sokoloski
Major: 
Dietetics
Year: Fourth Year

This is Colleen's second year with the SI program and her first year as a mentor. She is a fourth year Dietetic student and plans to attend grad school next fall. Outside of academics she enjoys cooking, painting, and yoga.


Hailey

Hailey Wetta
Major: 
Biology
Year: Fourth Year

Hailey is a fourth year biology major and hopes to attend physician assistant school next summer. This is her second year with the SI program and first year as an SI mentor. She is President of a club at UC called Healthcats and enjoys cooking and reading.

Joe

Joseph Najdovski
Major:
Pre-Physical Therapy
Year: Fourth Year

Joseph Najdovski is a senior in Allied Health Sciences as a pre-PT student. He was accepted and will be attending UC's DPT program next fall. This is his third year with the SI program and first year as an SI mentor. He is a die-hard sports fan whose favorite sports are football and basketball. He bleeds for UC and Cleveland sports, and is an avid seeker of the Deathly Hollows.

Logan

Logan Borgelt
Major:
German Studies
Year: Fourth Year

Logan Borgelt is a fourth year German Studies major. He has a minor in Medical Sciences as well. This is his second year being an SI Leader for Organic Chemistry and his first year as an SI mentor. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports with his friends and binge watching Netflix series. After graduation, he plans to attend medical school.

Miranda

Miranda Wood
Major: 
Neurobiology
Year: Fourth Year

Miranda is a fourth year Neurobiology student. This is her third year as with the SI program and her first year as an SI mentor. She enjoys writing and is always down to talk about how awesome cats are. She plans on going to graduate school and making a trip to Europe after graduation. 

Shawya

Shawya Abri
Major: Biology
Year: Fourth Year

Shawya is a fourth-year biology major and an SI leader for Biochemistry. This is his second year with the SI program and first as an SI mentor. He is from Strongsville Ohio and his favorite classes at the University of Cincinnati are Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry. As a future graduate, he hopes to continue his education at medical school. In his free time, Shawya enjoys running, yoga, and playing the piano.

SI Leaders

Adam

Adam Magier
Major: Health Sciences
Year: Fourth Year

Adam Magier is a senior studying Health Sciences on the pre-medical track. He is from Framingham, Massachusetts, near Boston. Aside from being an SI Leader for the Medical Biochemistry course, Adam will be actively involved on campus as President of a new student organization, Medical Sciences Ambassadors. Throughout his time at UC, Adam has been a member in the Honors Program and ROAR Guides, and has done both clinical and biomedical research at the Christ Hospital and Cincinnati Children's Hospital. 

Adrianne

Adrianne Cornette
Major:
Psychology & Chemistry
Year: Fourth Year

Adrianne Cornette is a senior majoring in Psychology and Chemistry on the pre-medical track. This is her third year working for the LAC as a SI Leader. She has worked with both the freshmen Biology sequence and Genetics and Cell Biology.

Anthony

Anthony Spuzzilo
Major: 
Physics
Year: Fourth Year

Anthony is a 4th year Physics major in the College of Arts and Sciences. This will be his second year working as a SI leader for General Physics. Anthony is also on the pre-med track and will be applying for medical school next year.

Aron

Aron Bercz
Major:
Biochemistry
Year: Third Year

Aron Bercz is a third year Biochemistry major from Cincinnati, Ohio. This is Aron's second year as an SI leader, having served as an SI for General Chemistry last year and Organic Chemistry this year. Aron is an avid tennis fan and plans on attending medical school.

Arthur

Arthur Forbriger
Major:
Health Sciences
Year: Fourth Year

Arthur Forbeiger is a senior Health Sciences major. This is his first year as an SI Leader for Medical Biochemistry. After he graduates he intends to go to medical school.

Bhavana

Bhavana Katragadda
Major:
Biomedical Studies
Year: Third Year

Bhavana Katragadda is an SI leader for Biology 2082C. She also is a research assistant at the Children's Hospital and has a keen interest in rural medicine. She hopes to attend medical school in the future. Some of her interests include fashion, dance, clean eating and staying active.

Caroline

Caroline Riewe
Major: 
Dietetics
Year: Second Year

Caroline Riewe is a sophomore Dietetics major. This is her first year as an SI Leader. She is the editor for the Student Dietetic Association and is also involved in CHAARG. She has a passion for sports and aspires to be a sports dietitian.

Carolyn

Carolyn Serbinski
Major: 
Molecular Biology
Year: Fourth Year

Carolyn is a fourth year Molecular Biology student. She is planning on going to grad school for genetic counseling. She stays involved on campus with Cincinnati Navigators and Bearcat Buddies. She is looking forward to being an SI leader for Dr. Pinhas' Organic Chemistry course!

Emma

Emma Fox
Major: 
Neurobiology & Spanish
Year: Third Year

Emma Fox is a junior studying Neurobiology & Spanish. She is a veteran SI Leader for freshman biology and has worked with Dr. Mosley for two years. In her free time (if there ever is any) she enjoys playing her ukulele and snuggling her two beagles.

Emma

Emma Hand
Major: Physics
Year: Third Year

Emma is a third year physics major and is an SI Leader for college Physics I. She plans on continuing on to graduate school, but for what, she still has yet to decide.  This is her first year as an SI Leader; her favorite subjects are math and physics.

Giannina


Giannina Rokvic
Major: Neuroscience & Biology
Year: Third Year

Nina is a third year student with a double major in Neuroscience and Biology with the intent of going to medical school upon graduation. This is her first year with the SI program. Nina is also a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, a McMicken College Ambassador, and a part-time employee at the Apple Store. She loves video games, traveling, food, all of the nerdy book series, but most of all, Nina loves helping others learn!

Hannah

Hannah Wille
Major: Biology
Year: Fourth Year

Hannah is a senior Biology major who aspires to go to medical school. She hopes to be a surgeon one day. She is on the Varsity Tennis Team at UC and has been playing tennis most of her life. In her spare time, she likes to watch anime, read fantasy novels, and cook healthy meals.

Jacob

Jacob Fischer
Major: 
Biology
Year: Third Year

Jacob Fischer is a third year student studying biology and has been with the SI program for two years. Jacob currently works at University Hospital. He also is involved with UC Global Public Health Brigades and Healthcats.

Jessica

 
Jessica Waller
Major: Dietetics
Year: Fourth Year

Jess is a senior studying Dietetics. She loves her tabby cat, Bug, and her pug, Lil Bit. She enjoys lifting weights and running in her spare time.

John

John Zucal
Major: 
Biology
Year: Third Year

John is a third year Biology major minoring in Business Administration. This will be his first year being an SI Leader for Organic Chemistry. After graduation he hopes to attend medical school.

Katie

 
Katie Hofer
Major: Nursing
Year: First Year

Katie is a first year nursing student and an SI Leader for Biochemistry. This is her first year with the SI program. When she's not working on Anatomy, she enjoys volunteering for UC open school clinic, working out, and playing her ukulele.

 

Kelly

Kelly Geis
Major: 
Exercise Science
Year: Third Year

Kelly Geis is a 3rd year Exercise Science major in hope of becoming a Physical Therapist. This is Kelly's first year as an SI Leader for Anatomy and Physiology.

Kyra

 
Kyra Chester-Paul

Major: Environmental Earth Science
Year: Post-Baccalaureate

Kyra is a post-baccalaureate student at the University of Cincinnati. She is from Washington D. C. but currently resides in Cincinnati. Kyra earned her bachelor’s degree from Miami University of Ohio in 2015 and is currently finishing the medical school requirements. She is an avid runner and horseback rider.

Mara

Mara Leyendecker
Major:
Biological Science
Year: Third Year

Mara Leyendecker is a junior Biological Sciences major.  This is her first year as an SI leader for Biology 1081. In the future, Mara hopes to attend medical school and pursue a career as a dermatologist.  In addition to her interest in science, Mara has a passion for dance and theater.  She enjoys choreographing musicals for local theater groups as well as teaching her own ballet and tap classes.  She hopes to continue to pursue both her dance and science careers in the future.

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Monika

Monika Pikhartova
Major: 
Physics
Year: Second Year

Monika Pikhartova is a sophomore majoring in Physics. She is a member of the UC's Swimming Team and works on research (with Dr. Sitko) in the Physics Department. This is her first year working as an SI Leader for Physics 1052.

Morgan

Morgan Landrith
Major: 
Health Science
Year: Fourth Year

Morgan is a 4th year Health Science major in the College of Allied Health. She is currently applying to graduate school in hopes of becoming a physician's assistant. This will be her second year working with Dr. Nodzak for Anatomy and Physiology. Morgan is looking forward to going to Italy, France, and Spain next summer.

Owen

Owen Tyoe
Major: Mathematics & Physics
Year: Fourth Year

Owen Tyoe is a 4th year double-majoring in Mathematics and Physics. This is his 1st year in the SI program. Owen also works with the UC Nano Materials Physics Group, currently researching optoelectronic properties of 2D materials under Leigh Smith and Howard Jackson. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games & guitar. Owen plans on attending graduate school upon graduation.

Rajiv

Rajiv Karani
Major: 
Chemistry
Year: Fourth Year

Rajiv Karani is a senior Chemistry major with a pre-med distinction. This is her first year as an SI Leader for General Chemistry. He is involved in several organizations such as Asian American Association and Free the Slaves UC. In his free time he enjoys watching and playing basketball and listening to music.

Rebecca

Rebecca Kirian
Major: 
Dietetics
Year: Second Year

Rebecca is a Dietetics student in the Coordinated Program. She is currently an SI Leader for Anatomy & Physiology. In her free time, Rebecca loves to workout and cook.

Sarah

Sarah Braley
Major: 
Chemistry & French
Year: Third Year

Sarah Braley is in her third year studying Chemistry and French at UC. She is an SI Leader for Organic Chemistry 2. She is part of ChemCats and Honors Program. Sarah loves dogs and Buckhorn Children and Family Center.

Shahana

Shahana Prakash
Major: 
Biology
Year: Fourth Year

Shahana Prakash is a senior studying Biology. She is currently serving as an SI Leader for General Chemistry II. She hopes to become a doctor. In her free time, she enjoys staying fit, playing violin, and reading.

Son

Son Dong
Major: 
Chemistry
Year: Second Year

Son Dong is a Chemistry major and he will be an SI Leader for General Chemistry.

Taylor

Taylor Grooms
Major: 
Neuropsychology
Year: Fourth Year

Taylor Grooms is an SI Leader for Neuroscience. She is a senior Neuropsychology major with a double minor in Political Science and Economics. This is Taylor's second year as an SI Leader.

Victoria

Victoria Hammond
Major: 
Chemistry & Astrophysics
Year: Third Year

Victoria Hammond is a junior currently studying Chemistry and Astrophysics. She is very proud to be from Louisville, Kentucky because it is the home of Papa John's garlic sauce and the Kentucky Derby. This is her first year as an SI Leader for Physics.

Virág

Virág Varga
Major: 
Archaeology
Year: Second Year

Virág is a sophomore studying Archaeology (Social Complexity). This is her 1st year as an SI Leader for General Chemistry I. She loves reading and history. She hopes to go to graduate school and eventually become a professor.

William

William Johnson-Barnett
Major: 
Nursing
Year: Third Year

William Johnson-Barnett is a junior Nursing major from Reno, Nevada. This is his first year as an SI Leader for Fundamental Concepts and Skills for Nursing Practice. Post-Graduation he intends to earn his MSN/DNP and specialize in diabetes management. He enjoys reading and spending time with his wife and their two cats.