Hey everyone! I'm Sam, and I'm a sophomore computer science major from North Potomac. I was born in Virginia and lived in Texas for a few years, but I've been a Maryland local for almost 11 years now. I'm a member of TerpWushu and the Taiwanese American Student Association (TASA), and in the FIRE program. I know that being a first-year student in college can be intimidating and finding your niche can be difficult; it certainly was for me. My job is to make it a little less stressful for y’all. Looking forward to meeting everyone!
Hi! My name is Allison Brown, and I am a junior mechanical engineering major in the UMD Honors College. On campus, I am currently involved as an Honors Ambassador (a role I highly recommend applying to!) and a member of the sorority Gamma Phi Beta. The best thing that I got out of University Honors was living in Hagerstown Hall. I met all of my closest friends there and had the greatest freshman-year experience I could imagine!
Hi, my name is Abe Browne and I am a junior Operations Management and Business Analytics major. I am creating my own major through the Individual Studies Program. On campus I am involved in the Tamid Group and the Smith Undergraduate Student Association. I am on the executive board of Alpha Epsilon Pi, so happy to talk about Greek Life. I participated in FIRE and am a member of the QUEST Honors program. I love watching sports, playing ultimate frisbee, watching TV and movies, and am a huge fan of the hibachi station at the South Campus Dining Hall.
Hi, my name is Isabel Conforti, I am a senior from Ellicott City, Maryland. I am double- majoring in Government & Politics (International Relations Concentration) and Anthropology, and minoring in International Development & Conflict Management and French Studies. I work on campus at the BSOS Advising Office and I am a Group Fitness Instructor at RecWell. I studied abroad in Kosovo and France, both places I hope to return to one day! After graduation, I plan on taking a gap year (or two!) before pursuing a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies. I cannot wait to get to know everyone!
Hi! My name is Steven Ioannidis, and I am a junior from Carroll County, Maryland, studying accounting and supply chain management in the Smith School of Business. On campus, I have been involved in the Greek Heritage Society's philanthropy committee, and I am the sports section editor for The Hare, a new satirical newspaper run by UMD students. I am also actively involved in the Smith School's Center for Social Value Creation as an Impact Ambassador. Things I love to do on campus: playing intramural sports, going to Eppley for a workout, and eating on Route One with friends.
Hi! I'm Lily, a Junior Psychology major. I work as a research assistant in two labs on campus, and am on the executive board for UMD's Chinese Student Association. (Stop by one of our GBMs!). In my free time, I like to draw, make excessive Spotify playlists, hike, and go on adventures with my friends. I can't wait to meet all of you!
I’m a senior Elementary Education major with a minor in Human Development. Currently, I’m the Membership Vice President of my sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, and I volunteer in the PEARL Lab as an undergraduate research assistant. Previously, I volunteered with the America Reads program and have served as the Philanthropy Chair for my sorority. Outside of school, I love going down the shore, cooking, and working out!
Hi, my name is Tiffany Melgar and I am a senior getting a dual degree in Criminal Justice and Spanish, as well as a minor in General Business. On campus I am a mentor for College Mentor for Kids, the Co-Vice President of Social Media for Terps Against Hunger, and a member of the pre-law frat Phi Alpha Delta. A fun fact about myself: I am a huge Marvels fan and my favorite color is purple!
Hi, I'm a sophomore from Baltimore county, Maryland, majoring in general biology. I have one younger sister. I do research on campus in a neurobiology lab and get to conduct experiments using crayfish. I have a pet corgi at home and missed having a dog, so I got involved in Terps Raising Pups, the club that raises future guide dogs. I am also on the equestrian team, and occasionally attend club running practices. Some of my favorite things about UMD include the sporting events, the ease of going to Washington D.C., and the incredibly warm, welcoming, fun community.
I'm a senior Information Systems major in the Smith School. I'm in a fraternity on campus, Phi Delta Theta. I have two brothers, one graduated UMD in 2018 and the other is currently a sophomore. I'm from Crofton, MD and went to high school less than a mile from UMD.
Hi guys! My name is Mary Clare Neisess and I am a junior in the Smith School of Business. I haven't declared a minor yet, but I plan to pursue Spanish or Rhetoric, as I've enjoyed classes in both! Outside of University Honors, I am a member of the Maryland Science Cafe (a STEM book club) and a volunteer for En Camino, a tutoring/mentoring program for at-risk youth in Langely Park. Within University Honors, I've served as a section leader for an introductory course and a peer mentor. I cant wait to build the new UH experience with you all!
Hello! I am a senior Kinesiology major here at UMD! I hope to get my Master's in Physician Assistant studies after undergrad. I was a HONR100 section leader last fall and am excited to work with first-years again! I also serve as co-chair of the PR & Outreach Committee of the Student Health Advisory Committee, also known as SHAC. SHAC serves as the liaison between the University Health Center and the student body. If anyone has any questions about pre-health track, I'd love to offer some advice. Fun fact: I adopted a puppy just this summer!
I am a junior majoring in Neurobiology & Physiology on the pre-med track with a minor in Humanities, Health, and Medicine. Aside from being a PAL, I conduct research on the retina in a neuroscience lab and volunteer in a non-profit clinic. I am also in Healing Harmonies and Vintage Voices, two clubs you should definitely join if you love music and service! Fun fact: I was born in the Philippines but grew up in Howard County. I am so excited to see you all grow as you acclimate to life as a Terp!
Hi everyone! My name is Delara. I am a Public Health major on the pre-med track and a Spanish minor, as I would like to do medical service in developing Spanish-speaking countries. I will be applying to UMD's Accelerated Master's in Public Health program my junior year and going to medical school. I am the Vice President of Programming and dance choreographer for Iranian Student Foundation and in Club Tennis. I am a huge nerd when it comes to science research. If you have any questions about anything I am involved in or research, I would love to answer them!
Hi guys! I'm Emma Rowlands, a junior Community Health major with a minor in Human Development. On campus, I am an Honors Ambassador as well as a member of the sorority Delta Phi Epsilon! I am a huge Disney fan and very proud to be a Hagerstown Hall alum! I am so excited to be a part of this program & I cannot wait to get to know everyone!
Welcome to University Honors! My name is Avital Saletsky and I am a second-year Animal Science major from Woodridge, Illinois. In addition to being a PAL and Honors Ambassador, I am the Ag Council Rep to the Pre-Veterinary Society as well as Head of Lessons of the Maryland Equestrian Club (MEC). I have been riding horses for eleven years! I also teach Yoga Sculpt at Numi Yoga on Route One and enjoy working out at Eppley throughout the week. In my free time, I love painting, dancing, cooking, and spending time in nature. I look forward to meeting you!
Hi, new Terps! My name is Alysha and I am excited to serve as your Peer Academic Leader. I am a Junior Neurobiology and Physiology major. Some of my campus involvements include serving as an Orientation Advisor for Summer 2020, serving as a peer mentor in the FIRE program, being a member of the Charles R. Drew Pre-Health Society, and being a member of the Star Stutters Dance Team at the University of Maryland. A fun fact about me is that I have an identical twin sister. I look forward to seeing you in the fall!
Hi everyone! I'm Colin, a current senior bioengineering major and Spanish minor planning on going to graduate school after graduation. Last semester, I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain before it got cut short due to COVID-19. On campus, I am involved in a few organizations such as the co-ed biology professional fraternity Beta Psi Omega, as well as the Biomedical Engineering Society. I am also an undergraduate researcher in a bioengineering lab on campus, where we do research on drug delivery platforms targeting the immune system. I'm looking forward to being a PAL!
I am a junior General Biology major on a pre-health track, interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. In my free time, my friends and I love to attend UMD sporting events, especially basketball games. Last year I was both a section leader and peer mentor for University Honors, and this will be my second time working with first-year UH students.
My name is Hayes Stancliff and I am a junior majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics while being on the pre-medicine track. Outside of my schoolwork, I am a coordinator for the on-campus service organization Terps For Change and a member of Maryland Men's Crew Team.
My name is Lexi Taylor and I am a sophomore Psychology and CCJS (Criminology and Criminal Justice) double major at UMD! During my freshman year, I pursued research and service opportunities. I got more involved in the PSYC department through a research assistant position for the Culture Lab, run by Dr. Michele Gelfand. I also joined Camp Kesem, an organization that supports children impacted by a parent's cancer, giving me the opportunity to raise money for their cause. In my free time, I enjoy going to the sporting events on campus and taking advantage of the recreational facilities!
My name is Wuillam Urvina and I'm a senior Environmental Science and Spanish double major. I'm involved with the Sustainability Cooperative (Scoop) here on UMD Campus and involved with the UMD MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) chapter. Some fun facts about me are that I want to learn 10 languages, I like to dance even though I'm not good at it, and my favorite drink is coffee.
Hi! My name is Lydia Voss, and I am a sophomore majoring in Cell Biology and Genetics from New Providence, NJ. I am on the premed track and hope to go to medical school and become a physician after I graduate. Aside from being a Peer Academic Leader, I am the Treasurer of Women’s Club Volleyball and a member of Phi Delta Epsilon Professional Medicine Co-Ed Fraternity. I am currently a part of the FIRE Found in Translation (FIT) stream. For fun, I love discovering new music, reading, playing volleyball, and hanging out with friends.
Hello everybody! I'm Jacob Wagner, a senior majoring in Biology with a concentration in Physiology and Neurobiology. Currently, I'm the President of Tzu Ching at the University of Maryland, a service organization that is active in the greater DC region. We serve breakfast at homeless shelters in DC, volunteer at nursing homes, and serve dinner at the NIH Children's Inn in Bethesda. I have also been very involved in the FIRE program and really enjoy research, so ask me questions if you have any! The main hobbies I have now are cooking and baking.