Meet our 2023-2024 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 in person or virtually. The Peer Mentor page can tell you more about how YOU can become a mentor too!

To meet with a Peer Mentor, visit them during their office hours, or send them an email to set up an appointment. The Peer Mentor's office hours schedule can be found here.

* The Peer Mentor Program will be operating at limited capacity as we are looking for applicants for 2024-2025 cohort. If you are interested please apply  here. Otherwise, please reach out to  if a peer mentor is not available for your college. 

Peer Mentor Name College Peer Mentor email address
Benjamin Cohen A&L 
Adrianna Tran MED 
Isabella Klopukh SCI 
Gustavo Mundim SCI 
Alexis Crowder EDU/NUR
Kayla Ahlness Broward
Numana Luqman FAU High

Peer Mentor Bios

benjamin cohen

Benjamin Cohen

College & Major College of Arts and Letters, History and Political Science, 4+1 BA/MA in History Program
Research Interest(s) American History, Legal History, Dueling in Early Modern America and England
Fun Facts & Awards I love animals and traveling. Awards: 1st Place in "Music, Art, Literature, Theatre, History, and Philosophy" Category at the 2023 Undergraduate Research Symposium, Martin & Sylvia Shaw Award for Best History Essay, Hugh W. Ripley Prize in History Research

Kayla Ahlness

Kayla Ahlness

College & Major College of Science; B.A. in Anthropology, MS in Biological Sciences-Thesis Track
Research Interest(s) Animal conservation, behavioral ecology, data science, citizen science, and biological education
Hobbies & Awards/Scholarly Programs I love playing the drums and learning new songs. I’ve also played competitive roller derby for 10 years. When I have free time, I play board games with my family and friends. Awards: Florida Undergraduate University Dean's Fellowship, 2022-2023; Poster Winner at the FAU Data-Driven Science and AI Conference, Spring 2022; Published two articles in FAURJ 2023

adrianna tran

Adrianna Tran

College & Major College of Science; Biological Sciences
Research Interest(s) Epilepsy, Neuro-Inflammatory Pathways, Neuromorphology
Hobbies/Fun Fact Listening to music, watching nature documentaries, and studying different languages


Isabella Klopukh

College & Major College of Science; Psychology
Research Interest(s) Cognitive Psychology, Attention, Memory and Metacognitive Confidence, Computational Modeling
Awards/Hobbies OURI Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship 2023; I am a teaching assistant for a children’s choir, I love dog training, and I am a Friends TV show super-fan. In my free time I love playing board and card games, as well as going to the theater.

Kia Ghods

Gustavo Mundim

College & Major College of Science; Biochemistry 
Research Interest(s) Alzheimer’s Disease, Glycobiology, Peptide Chemistry
Awards/Scholary Programs Co-author: “Mucin-type O-glycosylation proximal to β-secretase cleavage site affects APP processing and Aggregation Fate” (DOI: 10.3389/fchem.2022.859822); OURI Undergraduate Research Grant, Spring 2021 and Spring 2022; OURI Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship 2023; Carey and Rosamond Jackson Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Chemistry Major, Spring 2023
I enjoy going to the movies and listening to music in my free time.

Gina C

Alexis Crowder

College & Major College of Science; Biochemistry
Research Interest(s) Behavioral Neuroscience; Influence of cognitive factors on performance
Hobbies/Fun Fact & AwardsI enjoy spending time outside with my dog, listening to music, and reading. My career goal is to be a surgeon. Awards : OURI Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship 2023

Numana Luqman

Numana Luqman

College & Major College of Science; Cellular Neuroscience
Research Interest(s) Cellular and Behavioral Neuroscience and Cell Biology
Hobbies Listening to music, swimming, and reading