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2015-2016 Honors Student Ambassadors

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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 junior majoring in Anthropology and English (Writing). She comes from Washoe Valley, NV and can be reached at mayaw1010@gmail.com.

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

Cossette Canovas (Vice President)

"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 sophomore majoring in Neuroscience. She comes from Las Vegas, NV and can be reached at ccanovas@nevada.unr.edu.

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

Jenae Christensen (Membership Chair)

"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 junior majoring in Nursing and minoring in the Spanish language. She comes from Las Vegas, NV and can be reached at jenae.amanda@gmail.com. 

Organizations:
  • Delta Delta Delta Sorority
  • Immunize Nevada

Andrew Cooper (Treasurer)

"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 sophomore majoring in Biochemistry. He comes from Carson City, NV and can be reached at andrewcooper@nevada.unr.edu.

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

Cassidy D'Amour

"I chose the Honors Program at Nevada because I wanted an excellent education at an affordable price. I was attracted to the Program's exclusive resources including priority registration and limited class sizes, both of which have been conducive to my learning. More importantly, I wanted an educational environment that was stimulating and collaborative. Highlighted by supportive professors with innovative teaching styles and peers who understand the meaning of scholarship and fellowship, the Honors community has met my expectations."

Cassidy is a senior majoring in Psychology with an emphasis in Addiction Treatment Services. She comes from Henderson, NV and can be reached at cassidy.damour@gmail.com.

Organizations:
  • Sigma Kappa Sorority
  • Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society
  • Golden Key Honor Society (UNR Chapter President)
  • College of Liberal Arts Student Advisory Board
  • Task Force on Association Outreach

Shay Daylami

"I wanted to kick the state university experience up a notch. Honors challenges me in just the right ways, plus it helps provide the small-liberal arts feel I was after."

Shay is a senior majoring in English (Linguistics) and minoring in Mathematics and History. She comes from the Reno-Sparks area and can be reached at shaydaylami@gmail.com.

Organizations:
  • Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • Linguistics Club
  • Campus Cycling Coalition
  • Outdoor Adventures Club

Larissa Gloutak (Historian)

"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 sophomore majoring in Neuroscience. She comes from Southern California and can be contacted at lgloutak@nevada.unr.edu.

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

Nicole Haddad

"The Honors Program gives me the opportunity to be a member of a smaller community on campus, with an incredible network of students, professors and administrators who share my values and goals regarding education. "

Nicole is a junior majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in the Spanish language. She comes from Henderson, NV and can be reached at nhaddad@nevada.unr.edu.

Organizations:
  • Snow Object Perception Laboratory
  • Spanish Club

Sarah Law

"I chose to be a part of Honors because the program offered me a community of intellectuals with the same academic motivation as I was used to in my magnet program in high school. Also, the program offered me priority registration every semester, small class sizes, volunteer and outreach opportunities, and the ability to do my own research."

Sarah is a senior majoring in Biology with a minor in Statistics. She comes from Las Vegas, NV and can be reached at sarahdeborah7@gmail.com. 

Organizations:
  • Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity

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 sophomore majoring in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Renewable Energy. She comes from Folsom, CA, and can be reached at rachelrlucas@yahoo.com.

Organizations:
  • Society of Women Engineers (President)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) (Secretary)
  • Theta Tau
  • Senator for the College of Engineering, Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN)

Shane Melton

"I chose to join the Honors Program in order to enrich my higher education experience through taking more personalized and fulfilling courses. The Honors Program here has allowed me to become a part of a community of likeminded and dedicated individuals who are encouraging and supportive."

Shane is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science and Engineering. He hails from Warrensburg, MO and can be contacted at smelton@nevada.unr.edu.

Organizations:
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE)
  • Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Computer Networking Lab (CNL)

Shahil Pema

"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 sophomore 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 spema@nevada.unr.edu.

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

Rachel Wang

"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 wangningxin@nevada.unr.edu

Organizations:
  • 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 junior double major in Finance and Economics. She hails from Sparks, NV and can be reached at alyssa.yocom@gmail.com or via LinkedIn.

Organizations:
  • Business Student Council
  • Kiwanis International

Annie Zhu

" I chose Honors because I wanted to continue what I accomplished in high school (e.g., Honors courses, AP courses, etc). When I learned about Honors priority registration, small classes, and the Honors living learning community, I knew this was definitely a program I wanted to join. Now in my fourth year as an Honors student, I am grateful for all the guidance the Honors program has given me as well as the community I am a part of. "

Annie is a senior majoring in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, with a Psychology Minor. Born in China, she has lived in Buffalo, NY and Las Vegas, NV before coming to Reno. She can be reached at annieszhu@nevada.unr.edu

Organizations:
  • Aphasia Group
  • Associated Students of Gerontology
  • Best Buddies
  • Human Development and Family Studies Club
  • VOX: Voices for Planned Parenthood

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