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Supplemental Instruction (SI) Staff 2016-2017

SI Mentors

Jacob

Jacob Fischer

Jacob is a senior studying biology and minoring in environmental studies. This is his third year with the SI program and first year as an SI mentor. Jacob enjoys hiking, playing cards, and kayaking outside of class. He is still deciding what to do after graduation this spring.

Emma

Emma Fox

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

Victoria

Victoria Hammond

Victoria is a senior currently studying Chemistry. 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 second year as an SI Leader for Physics and her first year as an SI mentor.

Mara

Mara Leyendecker

Mara is a senior Biological Sciences major.  This is her second year as an SI leader for Biology 1081 and her first year as an SI mentor. 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.

Monika

Monika Pikhartova

Monika  is a junior majoring in Physics and Astrophysics. This is her second year in the SI program and her first as an SI mentor. She is a member of the UC's Swimming Team and works on research with Dr. Sitko in the Physics Department.

Rebecca

Rebecca Kirian

Rebecca is a Coordinated Program Dietetics student in her internship year, and will graduate this spring. She previously was an SI Leader for Anatomy and Physiology, and this year is just an SI Mentor.

John

John Zucal

John is a fourth year Biology major. 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.

SI Leaders

Kathrine

Kate Barnes

Kate is a third year Animal Biology major and Chemistry minor. This is her first year as an SI Leader and she is very excited to help students with Anatomy and Physiology. Last year she served as a Tutor for many science courses and a Learning Assistant for BIOL 1081/1082. She enjoys exercising and being with friends. Kate loves to help animals and people alike so she intends to fulfill her lifelong dream of being a veterinarian one day.

Anthony

Aron Bercz

Aron is a fourth year biochemistry major, and is an SI Leader for Fundamentals of Molecular Genetics. This will be his third year as a Supplemental Instruction Leader, having previously served for general chemistry and organic chemistry. Aron is the president of the UC Tennis Club, and is an avid fan of the sport. He plans on attending medical school next year and hopes to work in academic medicine.and will be applying for medical school next year.

John

John Bonamer

John is a third year Medical Sciences major and is an SI for organic chemistry. He is currently an SI for Dr. Lieberman's Organic Chemistry class, but was formerly an LA for Dr. Nodzak's Anatomy and Physiology course. John enjoys the outdoors and also exploring cities by using YELP to find the best local food. 

Bhavana

Sarah Braley

Sarah is in her fourth year at UC studying chemistry and French.  This is her second year as an SI Leader for Organic Chemistry II, and she has also been a TA for Organic Chemistry I & II.  She is doing her undergraduate research on organometallics in Dr. Connick's group and hopes to attend graduate school in chemistry next year.

Karan

Karan Chawla

Karan is a graduate student in the Masters of Business Administration program with a specialization in Healthcare Administration. He also graduated in 2016 from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology along with a minor in philosophy. This is his first year as an SI Leader for Medical Biochemistry. After he graduates with his Master’s he intends to go to medical school. Karan enjoys going to the gym, running with his German shepherd and trying new restaurants.

Eric

Eric Dornoff

Eric is a fourth year neuroscience major at UC. This is his first year in the LAC and will be an SI for organic chemistry. Eric is one of the few people who enjoyed the last episode of How I Met Your Mother, and will be supporting Kanye West in 2020.

Mohamed

Mohamed Elzarka

Mohamed is a third year Neurobiology major. This is his second year with the SI Program, having served as an SI Leader for International Relations last year and Genetics this year. Outside of classes, Mohamed is involved with the ROAR Tour Guides and GlobeMed at UC. He enjoys playing basketball, reading, and watching sketch comedy.

Declan

Declan Feery

Declan is a 4th year student studying biology and medical sciences. He is from Columbus, Ohio. This is his first year in the supplemental instruction program where he is an SI for Human Physiology MEDS 3026. Declan spent his summer in 2016 performing surgery on mice for research in the Department of Surgery. 

Allison

Alison Garbo

Allison a second year biomedical engineering major from Cleveland, Ohio. This is her first year working for the LAC as an SI Leader for Chemistry 1040. In the future, she aspires to go into medical device design to work with either artificial organs or bionic limbs.

Kelly

Kelly Geis

Kelly is a 4th year Exercise Science major in hope of becoming a Physical Therapist. This is Kelly's 2nd year as an SI Leader for Anatomy and Physiology.

Christopher

Chris Griffin

Chris is a senior majoring in Neuropsychology and hopes to attend medical school in the near future.  In the rare event of him having free time, he likes to play his guitar or create music on his computer.

Paige

Paige Harrison

Paige is a second year pre-pharmacy student. She plans on attending pharmacy school next fall. This is her first year as an SI Leader for General Chemistry. 

 

Bhavana

Bhavana Katragadda

Bhavana is an SI leader for General Physics. 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.

Joshua

Joshua Lee

Joshua is an SI leader for Introduction to Medical Biochemistry. His favorite color is red. He is also a undergraduate researcher at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and spent the summer identifying possible mechanisms underlying genetic associations with systematic lupus erythematosus. He has a little Maltese puppy and a strong interest in science and medicine. He hopes to attend medical school after graduation. 

Juliana

Juliana Madzia

Juliana is a fourth year student studying Neurobiology and Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. This is her first year with the SI program, and she is the Supplemental Instruction Leader for Principles of Biochemistry. Juliana is the Co-President of GlobeMed at UC and also runs on the varsity cross country and track team. She has been actively involved in research throughout her time at UC and hopes to begin an MD/PhD program after graduation. 

Joseph

Joseph Najdovski

Joseph is a first year Physical Therapy student in the DPT program here at the University of Cincinnati. This is his fourth year as an Anatomy and Physiology SI leader. 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.

Bahar

Bahar Pahlevani

Bahar is a fourth year Animal Biology major. This is her first year as an SI for Ecology, Evolution, and Population Genetics. Bahar plans to attend veterinary school in the fall of 2017, and also plans to learn how to whistle someday. 

Jumee

Jumee Park

Jumee is a third year Biology student on the pre-dental track and is an SI Leader for general Chemistry 1040. This is her first year with the SI program. She is originally from Tokyo, Japan. When she isn’t busy with studying, Jumee loves to draw, cook, dance, swim, and play the violin.

Jane

Jane Perry

Jane is a third year in the College of Allied Health Sciences. She plans to attend graduate school in the hopes to pursue a career in physical therapy. 

Paige

Paige Reinshagen

Paige is a second year student in the Health Sciences program with a focus on exercise and movement science. After graduation, she intends to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. This is her first year as an SI Leader for Anatomy and Physiology. In her free time, Paige likes to work out and attend UC sporting events.

Giannina

Nina Rokvic

Nina is a fourth year student with a double major in Neuroscience and Biology with the intent of going to medical school upon graduation. This is her second year with the SI program. Nina is also an executive member of Alpha Epsilon Delta, a McMicken College Ambassador, a student researcher at the Metabolic Disease Institute, and a part-time employee at the Apple Store. She loves video games, traveling, food, all of the nerdy book series, and most of all, cuddling with her dog, Rowdy, and her cat, Scooter! 

Joseph

Joey Rone
Joey is a fourth year Biomedical Studies and Neurobiology major. After graduation, he aspires to join the Peace Corps and eventually obtain a PhD in behavioral neuroscience. He enjoys snowboarding, fishing, knitting, and traveling.

Audrey

Audrey Schlembach

Audrey is in her second year studying astrophysics. She has been a Learning Assistant in Physics 2001 and is now a Supplemental Instruction Leader for Physics 1052. She's recently taken an interest in film and media studies, and can often be found napping in nooks and crannies across campus.

Mary

Mary Shaw

Mary Shaw is a third year biology major and this is her first year as an SI leader. She hopes to attend medical school after college and spends her limited free time binge-watching Parks and Recreation and The Office.

Karleigh

Karleigh Smith

Karleigh is a second year student pursuing a double major in Biology and Neuroscience. This is her first year as an SI Leader, and she will conduct sessions for General Chemistry. Beyond academics, Karleigh enjoys such activities as playing Club Lacrosse, attending UC sporting events, painting, spending time with friends, and anything involving dogs. Her hope one day is to become a Veterinarian. She is looking forward to working with Dr. Waddell and his students this year!

Virginia

Virginia Speck

Virginia is a second year Neurobiology and Biology double major and is pursuing a minor in Chemistry. She is extremely passionate about the SI program and the University as a whole. She loves going into the Greater Cincinnati area and giving presentations at local elementary schools about healthcare. 

Olivia

Olivia Stahl

Olivia is a second year Middle Childhood Education student, specializing in Mathematics and Natural Science.  This is her first year being an SI for General Chemistry.  During her free time, Olivia is involved in the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative Mentorship program; she loves to cook, read, and talk about her dog.  

Joice

Joice Thekkethottiyil

Joice is a second year Neurobiology major. This is her first year as an SI leader for General Chemistry I. In her spare time, she likes to listen to music and dance. Additionally, she wants to learn how to play the violin and the piano. 

Owen

Owen Tyoe

Owen is a senior double-majoring in Mathematics and Physics. This is his second semester in the SI program. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games & guitar. Owen plans to attend graduate school upon graduation.

Jessica

Jessica Ventura

Jessica is a second year Health Sciences student hoping to someday go to physical therapy school. This is her first year being an SI leader for Anatomy and Physiology. In Jessica’s free time she likes to workout, cook, and read.

Alec

Alec Wickham

Alec is a second year student majoring in Dietetics.  He is involved in several organizations including The Learning Assistance Center, The Student Dietetics Association, and is also affiliated in Greek Life.  Alec is very active and enjoys lifting, swimming, and socializing with his family and friends.

Megan

Megan Wilson

Megan is a fourth year Biology major, triple minoring in Africana Studies, Chemistry, and Medical Sciences. This is her second year as a SI leader for the freshman Biology sequence, and she has also worked as a peer tutor. Megan hopes to go to medical school after graduation, and is very interested in global health.