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Peer Advisors

In an effort to help our students transition to a large campus and feel welcome, the Division of Biological Sciences created its Peer Advising Program. All incoming freshman are assigned a peer advisor. These upper-level biology majors provide a student-centered perspective on a Mizzou education by offering valuable and friendly information on study strategies, choosing electives, volunteer opportunities, job shadowing, campus involvement, and more.

“Our peer advisors are the ‘best and the brightest’ among our majors,” said Carol Martin, who directs the Division’s Undergraduate Advising Office. “These talented students are great at encouraging freshmen to work hard, to talk to their professors, and to search out volunteer opportunities. They can offer tips on how to become a successful science student from a fellow-student’s perspective.”

Meet our 2017-2018 Peer Advisors

Aaron BrownAaron Brown

Year in School:  Junior
Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Macon, MO

Choosing to come to Mizzou was a very easy decision for me, as I grew up just an hour outside of Columbia. I’ve spent most of my life in Missouri, with the exception of about three months. When discussing Missouri, I often make jokes about the weather and how you may experience “all four seasons in a week.” I tend to think that I’m a funny guy, and I usually laugh at every joke that I tell. In my free time, I really enjoy playing sports, particularly golf, and working out. I am currently on track to apply for medical school following graduation with my undergraduate degree. My interest in medicine came back to life following an ACL tear during my sophomore year in high school. While my short-term goal is to be accepted to medical school, long term I would like to return home to rural Missouri and practice orthopedics, cardiology, or family practice sports medicine. Like most people, I tend to think that my life story is very bland, which makes all the others really interesting. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and hearing about your endeavors!

Kelsey Godier

Year in School: Sophomore
Majors: Biological Sciences/Psychology
Minor: Leadership and Public Service
Hometown: O’Fallon, MO

O’Fallon, my hometown, is about an hour and a half away from Mizzou. I always thought I wanted to go away for college, but as I learned more about Mizzou, I discovered it really was the right school for me. I am so thankful I made the choice to be a Tiger because Mizzou has not only given me incredible academic opportunities, but also a variety of other opportunities that have shaped me as a person. I want to go to medical school and become a doctor, and I truly feel Mizzou is preparing me for a great future. In addition to being a peer advisor, I am also an active member of Greek Life and Tri-Beta. Last spring, I went on a Mizzou Alternative Break trip, and I hope to go on many more! I participate in MizzouThon and am the Family Relations Liaison for my sorority’s team. When I’m not in class or studying, I love to work out, watch Netflix, and spend time with friends. I am so excited to be a peer advisor this year, and I can’t wait to meet you all!

Sarah HensonSarah Hinson

Year in School: Junior
Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Anthropology
Hometown: Saint Clair, MO

I am a Mizzou tiger — born and raised. There was never a question of where I would attend college. In the fall of 2015, I followed in my father’s footsteps and started my journey as a Tiger. I love the history and tradition that Mizzou has to offer. I have a great appreciation for how things develop and change over time. That is why majoring in biology is such a great fit for me. When I am not studying at Ellis Library, I love to spend time outdoors. I volunteer at a local therapeutic horseback riding center and spend a great deal of time exploring Columbia’s beautiful parks. I’m also a member of Pre-Med Scholars, the MU Organization for Human Animal Interaction, and the Honors college. Off campus, you are most likely to run into me eating out downtown. I frequent local diners and cafes because I am a breakfast enthusiast! In my free time, I love to bake, binge watch HGTV and the Discovery Channel, and shop online for stuff I will never buy. If you’re ever wondering what restaurant has the best French toast in town or you just need to chat, don’t hesitate to contact me. I am so excited about helping you all transition to your new home at Mizzou. It is a going to be a great year and I can’t wait to meet you!

young man with short cropped brown hair, glasses, in black polo shirtSam McNair

Year in School: Senior
Major: Biological Sciences and Religious Studies
Hometown: St. Louis, MO

As a kid, I moved around quite a bit. From these experiences, I have come to know the best catfish places from my time spent in Arkansas, how not to get frostbite from my time in Minnesota, and how to passionately root for your hometown teams in St. Louis, Missouri. All of these experiences shaped me into the guy I am. When visiting Mizzou, I knew it was the place for me. Not only is it filled with so many interesting people, but it is also a place for academic growth. As far as involvement on campus, I am the co-leader of Week of Prayer, and member of The Crossing Church, Veritas, Monday Night Worship, and Show-Me Scholars groups. After my undergraduate education, I plan on attending medical school to become a thoracic surgeon. This is my first year as a peer advisor, and I am super excited to get to meet all of you! Feel free to contact me and set up an appointment!

Samantha Phillips

Year in School: Sophomore
Majors: Biological Sciences/Psychology
Hometown: Lee Summit, MO

I am a very proud KC native and Royals baseball fan. Since having moved to Columbia, I have certainly developed a sense of pride in this community as well. There is nothing that compares to the amazing work that Mizzou students do here and the fun spirit of this college town. Beside my studies, I love to run, paint, volunteer, and spend time with my friends. I am also involved in several clubs and organizations on campus! My career goal is to become a physician, specifically an obstetrician. I have always had a love for science and told my mom at age 6 that I wanted to be a biologist. Well, here I am! Everyone has their own background and journey getting here, and I would love to hear yours!

A SethiAnmol Sethi

Year in School: Junior
Major: Biological Sciences
Minors: Psychology and Business
Hometown: Columbia, MO

Growing up in Columbia made my college decision a no brainer. Mizzou has always been home to me! Coming to campus is something us natives have always done, but to be here as a student is a completely different experience! The strong academics and opportunities Mizzou has to offer make it a place for any student to thrive. I plan on attending dental school after graduation and then completing a residency to specialize in pediatrics. In addition to being a peer advisor, I am involved in a few other activities on campus. I am a part of a comparative anatomy and bio mechanics research lab in the School of Medicine. The project I am working on involves the 3D reconstruction of the jaw muscles and fiber architecture of a gecko. I am the Vice President of Membership for MU’s Beta Beta Beta, the Biological Honors Society and am also a member of the Pre-Dental and Running clubs. Outside of school, I love to run, hike, spend time with my friends, and bake yummy treats. I am so excited to be a peer advisor this year, and I cannot wait to meet all of you! Come by if you have any questions or if you just want to talk. I really want to help you in any way I can!

A. StarksAllie Starks

Year in School: Senior
Majors: Biological and Psychological Sciences
Minors: Spanish and Chemistry
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

I am from the cornfields of Omaha, NE, but I have many ties to the city of Columbia, MO. I was actually born in Columbia, MO and a lot of my family resides here but I moved to Omaha when I was 3 years old and I had been there ever since I came to college here at Mizzou. My friends and family encouraged me to become a cornhusker and go to the University of Nebraska Lincoln, but once I stepped foot onto Mizzou’s campus and got accepted into Marching Mizzou’s Color Guard I was dead set on making this school my home for the next four years. After my undergraduate years, I plan on going to medical school to pursue either dermatology or surgery. Aside from academics and my future career goals, I love being involved on campus. When I am not in the biology advising office I am leading workshops for the Undergraduate Success Program, leading the Marching Mizzou Color Guard (I am one of the captains this year!), planning meetings for the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, or tutoring students in bio 1500, genetics and cell biology. Interacting with others is important to me and working with students is a passion of mine and that is the reason I decided to become a peer advisor! If you have any questions about biology classes, campus resources, how to get involved or anything else you are more than welcome to email me or make an appointment. I’m here to help!