The Honors College

Oak View Hall, Room 210
509 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester , MI 48309-4452
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(248) 370-4450
Fax: (248) 370-4479

Female faculty mentor speaking to students seated in bright green chairs


One of the many benefits of an honors education is the guidance you’ll receive from Honors College mentors. These mentors will help guide you through your field of study as well as your HC-specific courses.


HC 1000: Staff, Student Fellows & Teaching Assistants.

We are all here to help you!

"Welcome to HC 1000! My name is Karen Conn, and I am the member of The Honors College staff who works closely with this first semester, freshmen course.
Your TA will usually be your primary contact but if there is anything you need extra help with, I am always here to assist you.
I look forward to meeting and getting to know you this year!" - Karen


A headshot of Anna BronkhorstANNA BRONKHORST

Major: English STEP w/ American Studies Concentration and History STEP minor
Campus Involvement: Honors College Student Fellow, Phi Alpha Theta Treasurer, Leadership OU, Creative Writing Club
Areas of Expertise: Organization, Time Management, Writing, and Leadership.
Fun Facts: I am the manager at a greenhouse during the summer. 

A headshot of Chloe CaringiCHLOE CARINGI

Major: Biology
Campus Involvement:  HCSA president, Honors College student fellow, residential peer tutor, SI leader 
Areas of Expertise: Biology, Genetics, History, English
Fun Facts: I don't like to watch movies because I always get bored before the end, I love to paint, and I enjoy learning random history facts.

A headshot of Erika HeadERIKA HEAD

Major: English Secondary Education with minors in Communication and Political Science
Campus Involvement: Collective, YoungLife, Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society), Honors College TA/SF, Network of enlightened Women.
Areas of Expertise: In terms of school, I can help you with writing, reading, analyzing, communications, government, online selling, time management, planning, and organization.  In terms of work and hobbies, I can talk all day about making Starbucks drinks, Formula 1, going to the gym, or college football.  I can also give you a guided tour of MeadowBrook Hall on campus!
Fun Facts: I love to travel and collect starbucks mugs of the states and countries that I have visited.  So far, I have 18 mugs in the four years that I have been collecting.  In summer 2022, I went to London, England with an OU study abroad program and enjoyed every minute of it! 

Headshot of Jenna MeriJENNA MERI

Major: Biology
Campus Involvement: OU Rotaract President, Organic Chemistry Supplemental Instructor, Sigma Xi Member (Scientific Research Honors Society), Undergraduate Researcher in Biology/Biochemistry
Areas of Expertise: The sciences, football, and everything cat related
Fun Facts: I love painting, drawing, and spending time with my family!


A headshot of Andrea AcsiniucANDREA ACSINIUC

Major: Biomedical Sciences
Campus Involvement: Gamma Phi Beta sorority, Undergraduate Women in Healthcare, Mentor for the ECLIPSE Leadership Program, Researcher in the Biology Department, and I participate in many OU volunteering events!
Areas of Expertise: Anything science related and I would say I give great life advice!
Fun Facts: I’m Canadian and often spell colour and favourite with a U!

A headshot of Maryam AkrawiMARYAM AKRAWI

Major: Clinical Diagnostic Science with a concentration in Pre-Physician Assistant
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, Pre-PA Society, Collective
Areas of Expertise: Sciences, organization, sewing, embroidery
Fun Facts: I have a big embroidery machine that I use to embroider things like sweatshirts! 

A headshot of Christopher AlexopoulosCHRISTOPHER ALEXOPOULOS

Major: Biology
Campus Involvement: Research Assistant, Pre-Medical Society
Areas of Expertise: Sciences, Class Scheduling
Fun Facts: With five cats and one dog, animals outnumber humans in our home

A headshot of Zohaib AliZOHAIB ALI

MajorFinance & Accounting
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, Oakland University Student Congress Legislator, Honors College Student Association, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, Society for Applied Investing and Financial Education Secretary, Oakland University Student Philanthropy Committee, Financial Management Association, Brain Exercise Initiative, Emerging Leaders, Entrepreneurs In Action, Oakland Accounting Student Information Society, Collegiate DECA, Muslim Student Association, and Pakistani Student Association
Areas of Expertise: Business, MMA, Soccer, Fitness, Music, Movies, Politics, and Planning
Fun Facts: I absolutely love to travel and have traveled to almost all of the states, a large amount of Canada, and a few countries overseas. I hope to go to many more places over the years.

Headshot of Emma AltgeltEMMA ALTGELT

Major: Human Resource Development; Minor: Criminal Justice 
Campus Involvement: HC1000 TA, Vice President and Recruitment Director of Tri Sigma National Sorority: Theta Theta Chapter 
Areas of Expertise: Communication, public speaking, literature and writing, and leadership development 
Fun Facts:  This is my third year of being an HC1000 TA (which is hard to believe!), I have a pet ball python, I have 6 tattoos, and upon graduation I will go on to become a commercial international airline pilot

A headshot of Maddi BanisterMADDI BANISTER

Major: Nursing
Campus Involvement: Honors College, Honors College TA, Running Club, SNAOU
Areas of Expertise: Health Care, Science (Biology), Volunteering, Time Management, Good Study Habits
Fun Facts: I have one dog (Golden Retriever), I work at Gordon Food Service when I'm not in school, and I spend lots of time with friends and family. I also love to read and draw.

A headshot of Christen BroughtoniCHRISTEN BROUGHTON

Major: Psychology
Campus Involvement: WXOU Radio Talk Show Host, Vandenberg Dining Hall Baker, Psychology Research Assistant, Campus Buddies
Areas of expertise: Psychology Research
Fun facts: My random hyper-fixations have led me to learn how to very mediocrely crochet, embroider, play the ukulele, guitar, flute, and drums as well as have an encyclopedic knowledge of far too many films and TV shows.

A headshot of Grace BruckGRACE BRUCK

Major: Biology with cell-molecular specialization 
Campus involvement: Catholic Campus Ministries tabling manager, Honors College TA, Presidential scholar, undergraduate bioinformatics research 
Areas of Expertise: biology, organization, time management, Irish folklore
Fun Facts: My favorite book genre is historical fiction, I've been playing piano for thirteen years, and I also work in the office at my church. 

A headshot of Katelyn ButlerKATELYN BUTLER

Major: Marketing
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, Student Video Productions promotional director, Women's Leadership and Mentor Program mentee, OU SBA business scholar, OU SBA marketing liaison, Out For Business marketing director and treasurer, Meadowbrook Ball Committee member, Gender and Sexuality Alliance member, OU Swifties member
Area of Expertise:  Leadership, writing, time management, communication, and mentorship
Fun Facts: Although I'm a business major, acting is my passion so I pursue that both through and outside of OU along with other creative outlets that allow me to express myself

A headshot of Kara DelventhalKARA DELVENTHAL

Major: Accounting and Finance
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, OU Rec Well Program Assistant and Supervisor (Sports and Recreation Programming), Women's Club Volleyball Vice President
Areas of Expertise: Time management, organization, involvement opportunities, math, movies
Fun Facts: I've been ATVing through Costa Rica twice

A headshot of Riley DemondRILEY DEMOND

Major: Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Environmental Science
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, YDSA (Young Democratic Socialists of America, Grizzlies for Choice, Society of Women Engineers, Engineers for a Sustainable World.
Areas of Expertise: Organization, Mathematics, Time management, STEM
Fun Facts: I love to listen to and learn new music. I am very involved in protecting our environment and our community, especially in politics. I also love to bake, pop culture, and everything nerdy. 


Major: Nursing
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, SNAOU
Areas of Expertise: Paper Crafts, Drawing, Time Management, Organization
Fun Facts:  I’ve gotten sleep paralysis frequently to the point where I try to remain paralyzed to see what happens next. My sleep paralysis demon is Jeff the Killer, and ever since I saw Momo, she also joined. 

A headshot of Emily FurneauxEMILY FURNEAUX

Major: Psychology
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, Pep Band
Areas of Expertise: Time management, life on campus, psychology, making instant ramen
Fun Facts: I play numerous rhythm games in my free time. Also, I enjoy sewing, crafting, and drawing.

A headshot of Jimena GarciaJIMENA GARCIA

Major:Political Science with a Business Minor
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, Student Congress Director of Internal Affairs, YDSA Secretary, Pre-Law Club
Areas of Expertise:Politics, reading, writing, studying, organization, dogs, and watercolor painting.
Fun Facts: I love horror movies, speak Spanish, and play chess. Also, my all-time favorite show is Avatar the Last Airbender.

A headshot of Dominic KajuDOMINIC KAJU

Major: Biology (B.S.)
Campus Involvement: Member of ECLIPSE, I also research for a lab at OU!
Areas of Expertise: I love general chemistry and all levels of biology!
Fun Facts: I love playing soccer, going to the gym, and I am Chaldean

A headshot of Mara KarpukMARA KARPUK

Major: English
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, Meadowbrook Ball Committee Member, GSA Member
Areas of Expertise:  Writing, Literature, Being Cozy, Music
Fun Facts:  I went to an IB school for high school and as a result took 4 years of German. I was able to finally visit Germany this summer along with a couple other countries in Europe! 

A headshot of Lola LarsonLOLA LARSON

Major: Psychology 
Campus Involvement: Vitality Dance Team and ΣΣΣ Sorority (Tri-Sigma)
Areas of Expertise: Communication, stress and time management
Fun facts: I used to have a dog named Portia named after my family’s Porsche and now we have a dog named Harley after my moms old motorcycle. 

A headshot of Jay LobsingerJAY LOBSINGER

Major: Studio Art
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, Oakland University Percussion Studio, Golden Grizzlies Athletic Band, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, OU Art Gallery Attendant, Presidential Scholar
Areas of Expertise: Visual art, music, writing, basic ASL, supporting the community, being silly and goofy
Fun Facts: I currently plan on getting a Master's degree in Animation after I graduate from OU, every member of my immediate family has a name that starts with J, and I have five dogs at home! 

A headshot of Shira LoveSHIRA LOVE

Major: Economics
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, Business Honors Program, Alpha Lambda Delta
Areas of Expertise: The arts, baking, government, listening, giving advice, organization, astrology
Fun Facts: In my free time, I like to write, sing, and listen to music. I've been working on a mystery novel for a while now. I also recently started tarot reading and it's been super fun!

A headshot of Cecelia MattiCECILIA MATTI

Major: Psychology
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, Gamma Phi Beta, Alpha Lambda Delta, Chaldean American Student Association
Areas of Expertise: Singing, Reading, Communication, Pre-law, Taylor Swift
Fun Facts: I was born in Canada and I love the dystopian genre!!

A headshot of Lizzie MattiLIZZIE MATTI

Major: English (STEP)
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, Chaldean American Student Association, Presidential Scholar
Areas of Expertise: English, Reading, Writing, Talking (all the time)
Fun Facts: I'm really into anime/manga and have collected more than 200 volumes as well as some figures!

A headshot of Ethan MillerETHAN MILLER

Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, Presidential Scholar, and Pick it Up! The Euchre Club at Oakland University
Areas of Expertise: Math, Video Editing/Production, Organization, and Time Management
Fun Facts: I was filmed for a Royal Caribbean commercial when I was 13, I used to have the world record in a game called Jake and Jade the Pirate Monkeys in Pirate Monkey Run, and I am terrible at skateboarding but working to get better. 

A headshot of Sabrina MohlerSABRINA MOHLER

Campus Involvement: MeadowBrook Hall, honors college TA, research assistant
Areas of Expertise: Science, organization, stress management
Fun Facts: I love the rain and being in nature!

A headshot of Ayah NeiroukhAYAH NEIROUKH

Major: Biomedical Sciences
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, OU Best Buddies
Areas of Expertise: Science, Learning Languages, Pottery
Fun Facts: I enjoy solving Rubik’s cubes and my personal best is 10 seconds!

A headshot of Ainsley O'NeilAINSLEY O'NEIL

Major: Business
Campus Involvement: VPO/VPHR and Alumni Relations Chair for Sigma Sigma Sigma, Honors College TA, Alpha Lambda Delta, Women in Business club, Society of Operations Management
Areas of Expertise: Time management, organization, team building, and stress management!
Fun Facts: I’ve picked up golfing over the past two years and I work at the golf course on campus! I love to read, bake, and do anything crafty.

A headshot of Madison PhamMADISON PHAM

MajorBiomedical Sciences
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, Pre-Medical Society
Areas of Expertise: Anatomy, Physiology, Spanish, Drawing, Music
Fun Facts: I love playing Animal Crossing, listening to K-Pop, and crocheting things for my friends!

A headshot of Amani QaqishAMANI QAQISH

Major: Psychology 
Campus Involvement: Honors College Member & TA, Research Assistant, Psi Chi Honor Society Co-President & Officer of Philanthropy, Alpha Lambda Delta, Undergraduate Research Society 
Areas of Expertise: Writing, Statistics, Communication, Study Skills
Fun Facts: I love going to the gym, listening to music, meeting new people, and stress shopping! 

Headshot of Rohit RajalaROHIT RAJALA

MajorBiomedical Sciences
Campus Involvement: Honors College Teaching Assistant, Lab Researcher in the Department of Chemistry, Pre-Medical Society
Areas of Expertise: Organization, Memorization, Pokemon and video games in general, Planning, Communications, Science, Napping, and Time Management.
Fun Facts: I made a joke about how valuable dirt is, which resulted in me getting a jar of dirt the size of my head as a graduation gift from my friends. I put it on proud display in my bedroom. My mother still hates me for it...

a headshot of Evan ShallowEVAN SHALLOW

Major: Marketing
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, American Marketing Association Member
Areas of Expertise: Making people laugh, music, and all technology
Fun Facts: I love to DJ and make new remixes. I am also a huge Trailer Trash Tammy fan.

A headshot of Lauren TaylorLAUREN TAYLOR

Major: Political Science & Criminal Justice
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, President of Pre-Law Club, Alpha Lambda Delta, Member of the National Society of Leadership and Success
Areas of Expertise: Organization, Government, Politics, Crafting, Baking, Cooking, and Music
Fun Facts: I love anything related to journaling. I have several journals full of reviews for books, music, movies, and my travels that I'm always ready to show off!

A headshot of Ula TuskenyteULA TUSKENYTE

Campus Involvement: GrizzGuard (president and founder), Student Program Board volunteer, Honors College TA, Orientation Group Leader
Fun Facts: I'm Lithuanian, I love the outdoors (camping, hiking, etc), I also love videogames and crafting

A headshot of August WickerAUGUST WICKER

Major: Graphic Design w/ a minor in Advertising
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, Center for Multicultural Initiatives, Meadow Brook Ball Committee Vice President, OU Brass Band, Golden Grizzlies Pep Band, Gender & Sexuality Alliance, GrizzGuard, and GraphixOU
Areas of Expertise: Digital illustration, layout design, crafts, obscure internet history, communication, writing, drawing, typography, and stress management.
Fun Facts: I make a lot of my own accessories! I enjoy playing around with fun shapes and colors.


As an undergraduate researcher, MCUR provides exceptional mentors to help guide you through your field of study. These mentors are regularly conducting research and pursuing their passion for discovery. Mentors can be found in a variety of departments throughout Oakland University including:

Biological Sciences

Amy Banes-Berceli
Hypertension and the renal and vascular complications of diabetes

Fabia Battistuzzi
When and how species have evolved and investigate the connections between their genetic innovations and variations in environmental conditions

Rasul Chaudhry
Embryonic stem cell development and differentiation - osteogenesis and neurogenesis; Tissue engineering; Regulation of gene expression; Metabolic pathways of hazardous chemicals; Environmental biotechnology and toxicology

Elizabeth Delorme-Axford
Molecular mechanisms regulating cellular autophagy

Mary Jamieson
The effects of global environmental change on species interactions and biological diversity

Lan Jiang 
The regulation of tracheal gene expression and how tracheal-expressed genes control the complex cellular behaviors that result in the formation of a continuous tubular network

Shailesh Lal
A multidisciplinary approach in genomics, genetics and bioinformatics to study fundamental processes that impact gene expression in plants from a genome-wide perspective

Gerald Madlambayan
Define the integrated roles of different stem and progenitor cell populations in cancer initiation, progression and relapse

Raffel Thomas
Understand how parasites influence the ecology and evolution of their hosts, and how ecological and anthropogenic factors affect parasite-host dynamics

Mi Hye Song
The molecular and genetic mechanisms of centrosome assembly by applying biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, proteomics and quantitative imaging to the study of centrosome biology in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans model

Scott Tiegs
Use field-based experimental and observational approaches — usually in aquatic ecosystems — with the aim of better understanding how human activities impact aquatic ecosystems

Luis Villa-diaz
The self-renewal properties of hPSCs, which are influenced by the microenvironment in which they are cultured, in particular the extracellular matrix (ECM)

Satish Walia
Molecular mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in bacteria and biodegradation of xenobiotics such as polychlorinated biphenyl, nitrotoluenes, and the mutagenic properties of their biodegradation products

Douglas Wendell
Develop molecular markers for rapid-cycling Brassica rapa

Randal Westrick
Understanding and preventing the development of pathologic intravascular blood clot formation


Ferman Chavez
Develop small molecule models for the active sites of these enzymes which will help to understand the role of various metals in this family and help to probe the mechanisms involved for these enzymes

Roman Dembinski
The synthesis of analogs of natural products, particularly coordination complexes of nucleosides and nucleotides

Nessan Kerrigan
Development of efficient enantioselective and diastereoselective synthetic methods and their application in drug molecule and natural product synthesis

Sanela Martic
Designing functional bioconjugates for understanding the biological processes at the fundamental level

Michael Sevilla
The chemistry of free radical species produced by the high energy irradiation of DNA by gamma irradiation and ion beams

Evan Trivedi
Light activation and near infrared light

Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

Sumi Dinda
Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

Constance Burke
Physician Assistant Science

Christina Lim
Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

Sara Rivard
Radiologic Technology

Elena Borrelli
Physician Assistant Science

Christopher Davis
Physician Assistant Science

Dale Telgenhoff
Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

William Van Dyke
Radiologic Technology

Shicheng Chen
Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences

Stephanie Mabry
Medical Laboratory Science

Communication and Journalism

Erin Meyers
Digital or “new” media technologies, most notably the Internet, and the audiences who engage with them

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Hoda Abdel-Aty-Zohdy
Bio-technology with bio-inspired intelligent signal perception and processing (ISPP)

Jai Li
Statistical signal processing for biomedical imaging and communications, computer graphics, pattern recognition and algorithms

Engineering and Computer Science

Subramaniam Ganesan
Divisible load scheduling; condition based maintenance for military and manufacturing; real time DSP/multi-core systems for specific applications; agent based health monitoring

Khalid Mahmood
Open source speech and Video API in android platform; programming and GUI design

Gautam Singh
Information system modeling, management and efficient data retrieval; temporal database design for applications in manufacturing and process monitoring

Jing Tang
Image reconstruction, evaluation, and analysis in emission computed tomography

Xia Wang
Fuel cell and battery modeling and testing, biomass pellets optimization, turbulent boundary layers with separation, forced convection turbulent boundary layers

Peng Zhao
Combustion and reacting flows, internal combustion engines, energy conversion, environmental science

Environmental Health and Safety

Richard Olawoyin
Human Health Exposure Risk Assessment, NanoEHS (nanotechnology), Fire Protection Engineering, Global Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Hazard Management in Nuclear Safety

Exercise Science

Myung Choi
Regulation of local and whole body lipid metabolism in sedentary overweight and obese humans before and after exercise training and nutritional intervention

Eye Research Institute

Frank Giblin
The possible role of oxidative and free radical processes in the formation of nuclear cataract, resulting in blindness, along with the unusually active antioxidant mechanisms present in the epithelium of the lens that help to keep the tissue transparent

Dao-Qi Zhang
The regulation of dopamine release in the vertebrate retina, a simple and accessible model of the CNS

Health Sciences

Jennifer Lucarelli
Prevention and improvement of chronic diseases in children, adolescents and adults in community-based settings

Melissa Reznar
Behavioral nutrition, lifestyle interventions food environment, college health


Cheryl Riley-Doucet
Developing and testing multi-sensory interventions (MSE) to assist family caregivers and older adults in the symptom management of chronic illness and dementia

Physical Therapy

Sara Arena
Cardiopulmonary, blood pressure, health promotion and wellness, home care

Deborah Doherty Oncology rehabilitation; Cultural competency

Jacqueline Drouin
Exercise training in special populations, oncology rehabilitation

Melodie Kondratek
Orthopedics: intervention techniques for spinal conditions; Pediatrics: the use of orthopedic manual therapy techniques in the treatment of children

Kristine Thompson
Professional issues, professional development


Ilias Cholis
Theoretical high-energy astrophysics and on astroparticle physics with a significant focus on indirect dark matter searches. Many questions in these fields are at the intersection of astrophysics, cosmology and particle physics.

Brad Roth
Biological physics and computational physics: Electrical stimulation of cardiac tissue

Steffan Puwal
Biophysical methods in heart defibrillation

Yang Xia
Multidisciplinary microscopic imaging study of articular cartilage


Mark Manning
Social psychological examinations of race, racism and health behavior, and their downstream effect on racial health disparities.examine the interaction between psychological stress, anxiety, and health

Scott Pickett
Investigate the mechanisms that may impact recovery from psychological trauma; examine the interaction between psychological stress, anxiety, and health

Michele Purdie
Predictors and consequences of sexual assault perpetration and victimization, with a particular emphasis on childhood trauma, substance use, and emotion regulation

Todd Shackelford
Human sexual psychology and behavior with special focus on sexual conflict between men and women

Kanako Taku
The construct of posttraumatic growth (PTG), personal growth experienced as a result of the struggle with major life crises or traumatic events

Jennifer Vonk
Cognitive continuities and discontinuities between humans and both closely and distantly related species

Lisa Welling
Hormonal and psychological sources of individual differences in human mate preferences and behavior

Virgil Zeigler-Hill
Self-esteem, narcissism, cognitive representations of the self, and interpersonal relationships

Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice

Jon Carroll
Cultural transmission, social interaction and integration, political and economic organization, social science applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and computer modeling and simulation, archaeology of the Eastern Woodlands of North America

Suzanne Spencer-Wood
Feminist theory in anthropology and archaeology, nonlinear systems theory, archaeological theory and method, feminist historical archaeology, historical archaeology of class, ethnicity, market access and settlement, industrial archaeology and cultural resource management