Peer Advisors

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!

Chemistry Peer Advisors 2023-2024

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Alexa Lawrie (she/her)

Major: Chemistry (BS)
Minor: Spanish, psychology

I am from Audubon, Pennsylvania where I attended Methacton High School and graduated in 2020. Here at the University of Rochester, I have become very interested in organic chemistry, which has been my favorite subject since taking CHEM 171 my first semester. Since March 2021, I have been working on synthetic organic chemistry research in the Frontier Lab, with a focus on the development of cyclization reactions that generate complex molecules from simple starting materials. Outside of classwork and research, I have had the pleasure to be a Workshop Leader for several chemistry courses (CHEM 171, 172, 211, and currently 433). I've also enjoyed being a member of the Undergraduate Chemistry Society (UCS), and I am serving as president for the 2023-24 academic year. My hobbies include crocheting and doing jigsaw puzzles!

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Hope Silva (she/her)

Major: Chemistry (BS)
Minor: Mathematics

I’m a senior from Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. I came to the UofR pretty sure that I wanted to study chemistry, which was confirmed after I took organic chemistry with Professor Dinnocenzo. Throughout my time, I have taken an interest in materials chemistry and inorganic chemistry. Since January of 2022, I have done chemistry research in the Barnett Group, which is an inorganic materials lab, trying to use materials to reduce the environmental impact of industrial waste streams. Outside of the classroom, I have been a workshop leader for organic and inorganic chemistry. I am also a Meridian, an RA, a member of the Undergraduate Chemistry Society (UCS), and a member of Club Squash! I plan on attending graduate school to receive a PhD in chemistry after graduation.

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