Meet our 2018-2019 Peer Mentors!

The Peer Mentoring Program is designed to provide support to undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing research and inquiry.  Our peer mentors are wonderful undergraduate and graduate students who represent active researchers and role models from FAU's colleges and partner campuses. If you are interested in participating in undergraduate research or have questions related to how you can get started in research please email one of the mentors in your college to set up a time to meet.  Mentors are available to meet on the Boca Raton and Jupiter Campuses! The Peer Mentor page can tell you more about how YOU can become a mentor too! 

Come visit a Peer Mentor in OURI during their Summer Office Hours

Peer Mentors are available to meet in person by appointment or during their office hours.  Spring 2019 office hours will begin January 14th!


  • Kevin:                 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


  • Amrita:               11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


  • Amrita:               11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


  • Kevin:              12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


  • Kevin:                 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

2018-2019 Peer Mentors

  Email: College & Major: Research Interest: Hobbies:
Alexis Base

alexis College of Engineering and Computer Science, majoring in Ocean Engineering Underwater Exploration, Identification of Species, and Protecting Reefs from Invasive Species.  Fishing and 3D Print ing    
Caralin Branscum

caralin College of Design and Social Inquiry, Graduate Student majoring in Criminal Justice My research focuses on how aspects of sexual assault perpetration appear in state legislation. Specifically, we are looking at how voluntary victim intoxication is operationalized across the country. We want to draw comparisons where inconsistencies exist between different states and make recommendations for future reform.  
Sydney Elney

sydney College of Business, majoring in Finance My research focuses on gender equality, behavioral finance, banks and banking, business strategy, disruptive innovation, forecasting and prediction, operations, performance effectiveness, product positioning and social entrepreneurship. Fun Fact: Glitter is my favorite color
Amrita Ghaness

amrita College of Education, Graduate Student majoring in Clinical Mental Health Counseling  My research focuses on determining if gender can influence the quality of the therapeutic relationship, and if correlations exist between gender, specific affects.   
Giselle Shim

giselle College of Science, majoring in Biology Cancer and neurological research, and how different drugs effect neurological functions.  My hobbies include photography, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. 
Jessica Young

jessica Wilkes Honors College, majoring in Geoscience, Environmental Science, Writing 3D and 2D modeling, data visualizations, visual narratives, snails Art, gardening
Toluleke Famuyiwa Ph.D. candidate in the College of Science majoring in Biology My ongoing Ph.D. research is on overcoming ATP Binding Cassette (ABC) transporters mediated multidrug resistance in prostate cancer cells. The combination of 3-Bromopyruvate and SC-514 will potentially inhibit multidrug resistance, and block survival pathways such as NF-KB (Nuclear Factor Kappa-Light-Chain-Enhancer of Activated B cells) pathway. Overall goals of this study are to: (I) reduce efflux of drugs from the prostate cancer cells; (II) reduce the toxicity of chemotherapeutic drugs to healthy cells, and (III) prevent prostate cancer metastasis to tissues in the body. I like playing chess and watching comedy shows and movies. I like having an interesting conversation with people (even people that don't think or look like me).

Kelly Thomas College of Education majoring in Exceptional  student  education  Research interests: Emotional & Behavioral Disorders (EBD) in education. 


Current research: How culture affects the disproportionatality of students identified with or at risk of developing EBD.  

Running, reading, the beach, spending time with my family, football (New Orleans Saints), and watching my son play baseball (coach pitch - Little League). 
Skylar Hooler   My research focuses on using water chemistry to delineate water flow paths and characterize surface water-groundwater interactions through a combination of field, laboratory, and modeling techniques. We explore relationships between factors that influence water chemistry such as biogeochemistry, geologic setting, and human activities.  Surfing, playing beach volleyball, gardening, cooking and traveling. 
Olivia Curtis   I enjoy researching about dementia. My research interests include ways of preventing dementia through lifestyle changes, such as diet and physical activity. I also enjoy researching about non-pharmaceutical interventions that could improve dementia symptoms, such as ballroom dancing.  Weight-lifting and trying new foods. 
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