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2016-2017 Honors Student Ambassadors

Prospective students: Questions about the Honors Program? E-mail any of our Ambassadors below by clicking on their names. We'd love to hear from you.

Current Students: Interested in becoming an Ambassador yourself? We recruit every January. Click here for more information!

Allison Blair

"In all honesty, I can't remember debating whether or not to join the Honors Program. It just seemed the natural step in order to keep my education top-notch and my opportunities wide open. I find the Honors Program provides a scholastic and challenging environment for high-achieving students like me to thrive in and this is the reason why I love it."

Allison is a senior majoring in Anthropology and English (Writing). She comes from Washoe Valley, NV and can be reached at

  • Art of Living Club (President)
  • College of Liberal Arts Student Advisory Board
  • Outdoor Adventures Club

Juliana Bogert


Juliana is a BS/MD student.  She can be reached at

  • Honors Ambassadors

Cossette Canovas

"I chose Honors because of the opportunities the program gives me to maximize my time here at the University of Nevada and because of the community of Honors students who help make the program a friendly and welcoming place."

Cossette is a junior majoring in Neuroscience. She comes from Las Vegas, NV and can be reached at

  • Outdoor Adventures Club
  • University of Nevada, Reno Tutoring Center
  • STEMducation

Jenae Christensen

"I chose Honors because I wanted to make the most of my undergraduate education by challenging myself academically, but over time I have found the program to be instrumental in providing me with networking, professional, and volunteer opportunities."

Jenae is a senior majoring in Nursing and minoring in the Spanish language. She comes from Las Vegas, NV and can be reached at 

  • Delta Delta Delta Sorority
  • Immunize Nevada

Brandon Conner

"Joining the Honors Program was one of the best things I could have done to enrich my undergraduate education. I am constantly surrounded by scholars who thrive on learning and who pursue their passions as diligently and efficiently as possible. Countless doors have opened socially and professionally as a result of my membership in Honors, which has set me apart from the regular student."

Brandon is a sophomore BS/MD student majoring in Biology and minoring in Analytical Chemistry. He comes from Las Vegas, NV and can be reached at

  • BIOL 190 Discussion Group Leader
  • BIOL 190 Learning Assistant
  • Member, Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity
  • Volunteer Research Assistant, Lab of Dr. Dean Burkin (Department of Pharmacology)

Andrew Cooper (Secretary)

"I applied for the Honors Program because I had heard of the amazing classes that they provided, and I wanted to surround myself with kids as focused on their education as I am. The community is amazing! They are very supportive, and I've made some amazing friends. Because of the honors program, I have been in amazing classes and made some great friends."

Andrew is a junior majoring in Biochemistry. He comes from Carson City, NV and can be reached at

  • CABNR Ambassadors
  • Resident Assistant, UNR Residence Halls
  • MEDLife Nevada
  • Research Assistant, Lab of Dr. Ron Pardini (CABNR)

Larissa Gloutak (Vice President + Honors Peer Mentor Coordinator)

"As an Honors Ambassador, I enjoy guiding students with the skills and assistance to be successful as an Honors student and as an involved community member. I love to also explore all that Reno's hiking trails and coffee shops have to offer and plan to attend medical school and continue research after earning my undergraduate degree."

Larissa is a junior majoring in Neuroscience. She comes from Southern California and can be contacted at

  • Nevada Neuro Society (Vice President)
  • Senator for Interdisciplinary Programs, Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN)
  • Chair, ASUN Committee on Academics

Kate Groesbeck

"I chose Honors to surround myself with like-minded people. I am so happy to have found this community my first year, it really helped me find my place on campus. Honors has already given me such a competitive edge, and I can't wait to see where else it will take me."

Kate is a sophomore, and a pre-law business major.  She comes from Las Vegas, and can be reached at

  • Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity (Historian)

Daniel Lang (Historian)

"On a quest to wrest the best from my university years, I found solace in the Honors! From savoring a 'small school' feel with the state's most driven, to forging own-frontiers by study abroad, scholarships, and professionalism -- every day, I gain more than I ever hope for and have incurred not one regret yet."

Daniel is a sophomore double-majoring in Journalism (Strategic Communications) and English (Writing) with a minor in Chinese Studies. Born in Ohio, he has lived in Bedford, IN and North Las Vegas, NV before coming to Reno. He can be reached at

  • Marketing/Outreach Director, Nevada Residence Hall Association
  • Public Relations Chair, Nevada Circle K International
  • Deputy Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus
  • Music Ministry, Newman Club
  • Treasurer, Nevada Advertising Club

Rachel Lucas (President)

"The Honors Program was a perfect fit for me because of the priority registration, smaller class sizes, a close network of similar-minded people, and opportunities in the University and in the community. Living in the Honors Living Learning Community and going on the Honors Retreat my first year allowed me to build the support system and connections on campus that I needed to get involved."

Rachel is a junior majoring in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Renewable Energy. She comes from Folsom, CA, and can be reached at

  • Society of Women Engineers (President)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (Secretary)
  • Theta Tau
  • Regent

Shahil Pema (Membership Chair)

"Being able to show students that the Honors Program can be a place for friendship, a plethora of opportunity, and a wealth of encouragement is my favorite part of being a Nevada Honors Ambassador."

Shahil is a junior with a double major in Molecular Microbiology & Immunology and Biochemistry as well as a minor in Ceramic Arts. He comes from Las Vegas, NV and can be reached at

  • Volunteer Researcher, Lab of Dr. Lee Dyer (Department of Biology)
  • BIOL 300 Discussion Group Leader
  • BIOL 300 Discussion Group Mentor

Rachel Wang (Treasurer)

"I chose Honors because I wanted to challenge myself in an environment with people of similar mindsets. One of my favorite quotes is "Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten" - Neil Gaiman. I chose Honors because I hoped they would inspire me to defeat the obstacles/dragons in my life and giving me the opportunity to become a better version of myself in the process."

Rachel is a senior majoring in Molecular Biology and Immunology with a minor in Psychology. She was originally born in China and came to the University from Reno, NV. She can be reached at

  • Circle K International
  • Outdoor Adventures Club
  • Microbiology Club

Alyssa Yocom

"I chose to be a part of the Honors Program to surround myself with a network of peers that can challenge me academically."

Alyssa is a senior double major in Finance and Economics. She hails from Sparks, NV and can be reached at or via LinkedIn.

  • Business Student Council
  • Kiwanis International

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