Our current peer advisors are all chemistry majors in their senior year and have gone through training with the College Center for Advising Services, and also work with the chemistry Undergraduate Studies Committee.
They can help students with:
- Declaring a major
- Making connections with faculty
- Reviewing research opportunities
- Exploring study abroad options
- Investigating independent and interdisciplinary study options
If they can't answer your question, they are happy to point you in the right direction!
Lauren Bolz is a senior majoring in Chemistry with clusters in Spanish and Economics.
She is currently completing her senior thesis in the Matson Lab working with heterobimetallic complexes, although she previously explored bioorganic synthesis through her research position in the Fasan Lab.
During the spring of her junior year, Lauren studied abroad in Christchurch, New Zealand. She is also an e-board member of Alpha Phi Omega, our university's co-ed community service fraternity.
By the time she graduates, Lauren will have been a workshop leader for over ten courses within the Chemistry Department, which has helped her realize her goal to teach at the university level after pursuing a PhD in Food Chemistry.
Gavin Piester is a senior pursuing a BS Biochemistry, a BA in Chemistry, and a minor in Music.
He has been conducting research in the laboratory of Professor Noble at URMC where he investigates the molecular and cellular pathology of Krabbe disease with emphasis on translation to clinical treatment.
Over the summer of 2016, Gavin was selected as a Pasteur Foundation Summer Intern and conducted research on mitochondrial DNA stability in Cockayne Syndrom at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France. Previously, he studied self- and co-assembly in the Amyloid-β peptide in the laboratory of Professor Nilsson at UR and analysis of pesticides and toxins in foods at the New York State Department of Health.
Gavin has been a Workshop Leader for Freshman Organic Chemistry I & II and Principles of Biochemistry as well as a Super Leader for Organic Chemistry I. Additionally, he is currently the President of the Society of Undergraduate Biology Students (SUBS) and the Undergraduate Musicians' Council.
Outside of science, Gavin is a varsity member of the Men's Rowing Team and plays trumpet in the Symphony Orchestra. Gavin hopes to complete a MD/PhD in Neuroscience and pursue translational research as a physician/scientist.