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 HC 1000.
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 Abeer Abukamil

Abeer Abukamil
Involvement: ASA, research assistant, HC SF
Areas of Expertise: Pre med, Arabic studies
Fun Facts:  I love watching movies, especially thrillers and crime movies!

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Megan Cser
Math Secondary Education 
Campus Involvement: Honors College  
Areas of Expertise: Math, volunteering, organizing, online communities, and walking in the woods
Fun Facts: I have friends all across the world, I am a brand ambassador for Pura Vida (a jewelry website), I love musicals, and I have been on 2 missions trips (One in Arizona and one in Tampa, Florida).

Photo of Hala KhasawnehHala Khasawneh
Major: Biochemistry
Campus Involvement: Honors college SF, ASA treasurer, Lab research assistant
Areas of Expertise: The sciences ( especially chemistry)  
Fun Facts: I love to paint and I’m a huge movie fan!  

A woman posing.Sydney Scott
Major: Health Science
Campus Involvement: MEDLIFE, Club Softball, American Red Cross Club, Research Assistant 
Areas of Expertise: Organization, time management, science, volunteering, stress management, traveling
Fun Facts: I went to Ecuador my freshman year at OU for a service learning trip!


Headshot of Christopher AlexopoulosChristopher Alexopoulos
Campus Involvement:  Honors College TA, Research Assistant.
Areas of Expertise Sciences, Math, Scheduling, Random Facts
Fun Facts: Cats are sweet! My family has fostered a lot of stray cats, and we even have kept a few of them along the way! We currently have 4 cats, but we just got a dog as well!

Headshot of Emma AltgeltEmma Altgelt
Human Resource Development 
Campus Involvement: 

Grizzlies For Choice, Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority Honor Council secretary & spirit committee member, Honors College TA, Human Resource Development Society and Honors Society (HRDSAHS) Treasurer 
Areas of Expertise: Communication, leadership, time management, english writing & reading. 
Fun Facts: I have 6 cats, a chameleon, a snake, and three betta fish!!

Headshot of Anna BronkhorstAnna Bronkhorst
: English STEP w/ American Studies Concentration and History STEP minor
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, Phi Alpha Theta Treasurer, Leadership OU, Creative Writing Club 
Areas of ExpertiseOrganization, Time Management, Writing, and Leadership.. 
Fun Facts: I am the manager at a greenhouse during the summer. 

Headshot of Katelyn ButlerKatelyn Butler
Major: Marketing
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, Honors College Member
Area of Expertise: Effective learning, theatre, dance, painting, time management skills
Fun Facts: I did dance for six years and theatre for four. I will be continuing those passions here at OU in the fall and hope to meet some great new friends!

Headshot of Olivia CanadayOlivia Canaday
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, OU Club Golf Member
Areas of Expertise: Digital Art, Drawing, Golf, Skateboarding, Fashion, Leadership, Writing.
Fun Facts: I love classic rock and country music. For four summers, I've been a server, bartender, caddy, and bag room attendant at a golf club. When I was younger, my family would drive to Ohio often just for Chick-fil-a. 

Headshot of Chloe CaringiChloe Caringi
Major:Biomedical Sciences with minor in Italian
Campus InvolvementHonors college TA, HCSA Secretary, Oakland University Mock Trial Club Vice President 
Areas of Expertise: History, Writing, Chemistry, Music
Fun Facts: Some of my favorite activities are reading and rewatching the entirety of Supernatural (I hate watching most movies because I get too bored) and I cannot swim. 

Headshot of Mia EspedidoMia Espedido
: 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. 

Headshot of Ann Marie FalorAnn Marie Falor
Campus Involvement:  Honors College TA, Engineering in Medicine and Biology Club, Tutor at the tutoring center, IM Sports 
Areas of Expertise: Science, math, sports, time management, tutoring, Taylor Swift's music
Fun Fact: My family has a honey bee farm, a dog named Oakley, and two cats, Pippy and Bouncer. I love to play sports and I studied abroad this summer!

Headshot of Randall FlukerRandall Fluker
: English (STEP)
Campus Involvement: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (Student Leader)
Areas of Expertise: Literature and Film
Fun Facts: Every family member on my dad's side has the initials "R.C.F." 

Headshot of Lauren GamacheLauren Gamache
Clinical diagnostic Science w/ a minor in Biology
Campus involvement:  ADPI Director of inclusion, ASB President, Eclipse Mentor, SLT Officer MedLife, Research Assistant, Honors College TA, CDSS member, Emerging Leaders, and URS member.  
Areas of expertise: Time management, organization, leadership, and gym workouts.
Fun facts: My TA color for my final year here is red, which is the same color I had for my HC 1000 course when I was a freshman. 

Headshot of Erika HeadErika Head 
 English Secondary Education & Communication, Political Science teachable minor
Campus Involvement:  Network of Enlightened Women, Collective (Christian Group), Honors College TA
Areas of Expertise: In terms of school, writing, government, communication, online selling, time management, planning, and organization.  In terms of work and hobbies, making starbucks drinks, tennis, baton twirling, and baking.
Fun Facts:  I love to travel and collect starbucks mugs of the states/countries I've been.  So far, I have 16 mugs in the three years I've been collecting.  Over the summer, I went to London, England with OU study abroad and enjoyed every minute of it!  My favorite places we saw were the Tower of London, Windsor Castle, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, King's Cross Station, and of course Platform 9 3/4.  I also took a personal trip to France, where I stayed in the countryside and visited Paris!  I loved the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Palace of Versailles, and shopping on the Champs Elysees.

Headshot of Xavier IriarteXavier Iriarte
:Creative Writing, specialization in Fiction 
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, Writing Center.
Areas of expertise: Literature, Math, Spanish, Writing.
Fun Facts: I've played about 7,000 games of chess, but I'm still not that great at it. I try to read about 36 books a year. I'm a nerd (obviously).

Headshot of Carly KallenCarly Kallen
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, Senior Career Ambassador, President of Tau Beta Pi - The Engineering Honors Society
Areas of Expertise: Career related things(interviews, applications, etc.), engineering classes, organization
Fun Facts: I have a pet hamster named Peanut!

Headshot of Gloria KimGloria Kim
Major:  Biomedical Sciences
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, Honors College Peer Mentor, Presidential Scholar, Research Assistant for the Biology Department, Pre-College Programs Tutor, Neurology Club
Areas of Expertise:  Time Management, Cleaning, Pre-Med, Korean, and Naps
Fun Facts: When I was 1, I was hit by a car and had to stay in the hospital for weeks. The next year, I went to the ER again because I got a popcorn kernel stuck in my nose!

Headshot of Anthony KmitaAnthony Kmita
Major: Biomedical Sciences
Campus Involvement: Honors College Member & TA, Society of Actuarial Science, American Red Cross Club, HCSA Member, Alpha Lambda Delta
Areas of Expertise: Calculus, Statistics, Anatomy, Biology, Economics, Spanish, & Geography
Fun Facts: I am really good at ping-pong, Played Varsity Tennis in High School, Big sneakerhead, love to collect rocks, really enjoy metal music and I am a type 1 Diabetic.

Headshot of Shira LoveShira Love
Major: Business Administration, Accounting concentration
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, Business Honors Program, Alpha Lambda Delta
Areas of Expertise: The arts, baking, government, math, economics, 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!

Headshot of Kaylie LukomskiKaylie Lukomski
English & Linguistics with a minor in Chinese
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, Presidential Scholar, Vice President of Mission: Kindness, Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society
Areas of ExpertiseLiterature and language, organization and planning, Harry Styles, and Criminal Minds
Fun Facts: I have a cat named Snickers, I want to move to NYC someday, and I have an Etsy shop where I sell embroideries! (It’s KaylieKrafts if you want to check it out!)

Headshot of Lizzie MattiLizzie Matti
 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!

Headshot of Adam MeriAdam Meri
: Health Sciences
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA
Areas of Expertise: Biology and Chemistry, Basketball related knowledge, and cats
Fun Facts: I am the second oldest of 4 siblings, I love hanging out with my cousins and friends. I volunteer with a couple friends at an animal shelter in Detroit. I also love eating.

A headshot of Jenna MeriJenna Meri
Campus Involvement: Honors College Member & TA, Pre-Med Society, Vice President of Rotaract, Organic Chemistry SI, Undergraduate researcher in Biochemistry, HCSA Member 
Areas of Expertise: Organic Chemistry, Biology, Communication, and everything about cats
Fun Facts: I have a cat named Leia and I love Star Wars!

Headshot of Muhammad NaseemMuhammad Naseem
Major: Computer Science
Campus Involvement: Muslim Student Association, Diverse Dental Society, Pakistani Student Association
Areas of Expertise: Gaming and physics
Fun Facts:  On my birthday each year I get left bruises from birthday punches by my friends :)

Headshot of Ainsley ONeilAinsley O'Neil
:History with Secondary Education 
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Alpha Theta
Areas of Expertise: History, writing, time management, team building and organization
Fun Facts: I have been an Irish dancer for 10 years, and love to do anything crafty!

Headshot of Same PalmaterSam Palmeter
Major: Political Science, with a Minor in Economics
Campus involvement:  Member and TA of the Honors College; Captain and E- Board Vice President of the OU Men's D3 Ice Hockey Team; Member and Secretary of Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honors Society)
Areas of Expertise:  Camping, Hockey & Movie quotes
Fun Facts:  I enjoy hiking and camping with friends as well as spending time outdoors. I play hockey here at Oakland University but I also enjoy snowboarding, rock climbing, and mountain biking.

A headshot of Amani QaqishAmani Qaqish
Major: Psychology
Campus Involvement: Honors College Member & TA, Alpha Lambda Delta, Psychology Research Assistant, Psi Chi Officer of Philanthropy 
Areas of Expertise: Writing, Statistics, Communication, Organization, and Study Techniques
Fun Facts:  I enjoy going to the gym every day, I’m a stress-shopper, and I love meeting new people! 

Headshot of Natalie SafoNatalie Safo
Campus Involvement: Research Assistant for the Psych Department, Admissions Ambassador for undergraduate admissions, American Association of University Women, Psy Chi honors society, Ski and Snowboard Club 
Areas of Expertise: Planning, anything related to Taylor Swift, finding cute cafes and study spots, buying more books than I can read, and giving advice. 
Fun Fact: I do a pretty good Stitch impression from Lilo and Stitch 

Headshot of Aaeshah SiddiquiAaeshah Siddiqui
Major: Social Work, B.S.W. & Political Science, B.A.
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, OUSC Civic Affairs Director, Muslim Student Association, Pakistani Student Association, Students for Syria, Social Work Club, Not My Fault at OU
Areas of Expertise:  Management & organization, inter- & intra-organizational communication, research (in anything!), non-profits, volunteerism, job hunting, mentorship, politics, leadership, writing 
Fun Facts: I once looked up how to get to Kresge from the OC on a GPS. 

Headshot of Skylar StoneSkyler Stone
 Psychology w/a minor in Deaf Studies 
Campus Involvement: Honors College TA, Telefund Mentor, Lab research assistant 
Areas of Expertise Psychology, time management, sales, baking, and spirituality
Fun Facts: I love anything gaming, true crime, or spirituality. I also have the world’s cutest dog named June and you can always find me gaming with her! 

Headshot of Joshua ThomasJoshua Thomas
Major: Biomedical Sciences
Campus Involvement:  Honors College TA, Presidential Scholar, Grizzlies Give, Future Leader Dogs at OU
Areas of Expertise:  Chemistry, Spanish, Organization, Time Management, Getting Involved and Staying Active in the Community
Fun Facts:  I love to travel to warm places and I am currently raising a puppy for Leader Dogs for the Blind!

Headshot of Suha UsmanSuha Usman
Major: Biomedical Sciences 
Campus Involvement: Honer College TA, Vice President of Pakistani Student Association, Pre-Medical Society, Tutoring Center
Areas of Expertise: Sciences, leadership, campus involvement, undergraduate research
Fun Fact:  I used to live in New York, I work as a henna artist, I love doing craft projects, I’ve gotten lost in Dodge Hall/MSC multiple times in my freshman year 

A headshot of Savhanna Valliere.Savhanna Valliere
Major: Psychology
Campus Involvement:  Honors College TA
Areas of Expertise: Study skills, organization, stress management.
Fun Facts: In my free time I like to read, workout, and spend time outside. I enjoy learning about history, literature, and art. 

Headshot of Amna ZaidiAmna Zaidi
Major: CDS
Campus Involvement:  Honors College TA, Muslim Student Association, ECLIPSE, Dental Professions Society, MEDLIFE at OU, Diverse Dental Society, Pakistani Student Association.
Areas of Expertise: Organizing, time management, cooking, and baking.
Fun Facts: I love watching Netflix and some of my favorite shows are The Vampire Diaries, The Office, New Girl, and Bridgerton. I am also a big Marvel fan. I like orgo but also love complaining about it.


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