2017-2018 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!

Megan Arakaki

"I wished to be surrounded by other individuals who had the same drive to achieve. You need other people in your life to push you to become a better version of yourself, to challenge you and push you forward rather than staying in the same spot. The Honors Program was a way for me to challenge myself and broaden my horizons."

Megan is a pre-business sophomore. She comes from Las Vegas, NV.


  • Pack Provisions

Mackenzie Barrett

"I joined the Honors Program my freshman year with the goal of challenging myself. As a graduate of the International Baccalaureate Program, I was searching for something that could mirror that experience. I wanted to be able to test myself placing myself in an environment filled with students that share the same motivation and devotion to learning that I have."

Mackenzie is a junior majoring in Journalism (News emphasis) and International Affairs (Diplomacy, Law and Organization emphasis) with a minor in English (Writing). She considers both Las Vegas and Reno, NV to be her hometowns.


  • Kappa Tau Alpha
  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Journalism Student Council
  • Honors Peer Mentor

Kelsey Beattie

"I chose Honors not only to challenge myself in my studies, but also to surround myself with opportunity and like-minded people. The smaller class sizes, a greater access to faculty, and an unwavering support system made the choice simple. I have already learned and been exposed to so much that I cannot wait to be a part of what's to come"

Kelsey is a majoring in Neuroscience. She is from Montreal, Canada and plans to attend Medical School .


  • Recruitment Director, Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority

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.


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

Juliana Bogert

Juliana is a BS/MD student.

  • 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.


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

Brandon Conner (Membership Chair/Academic WorldQuest Coordinator)

"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 with a minor in Analytical Chemistry. He comes from Las Vegas, NV.


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

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 junior majoring in Biochemistry. He comes from Carson City, NV.


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

Alex Fisher

"I originally chose to do Honors at UNR for the academic rigor, however, along the way I found an amazing and welcoming community of individuals as passionate about their various studies as I was."

Alex is a sophomore pre-med student and nursing major. She is originally from Reno, Nevada.


  • President, Student Trauma Intervention Program
  • Nevada Women's Club Soccer

Larissa Gloutak (President)

"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 senior majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Political Science (Foreign Affairs). She comes from Thousand Oaks, CA.


  • Phi Delta Epsilon
  • Senior Editor, NSURJ

Kate Groesbeck (Vice President/Honors Peer Mentor Coordinator)

"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 junior pre-law business major. She comes from Las Vegas, NV.


  • Writing Consultant, University Writing Center
  • Communications Intern, National Judicial College

Erin Heenan

"I originally decided to join Honors to challenge myself in college. I wanted to be in small class sizes where I was able to have better discussions and have more time with professors. I also wanted to surround myself with like minded people who were focused on academics. I gained all of this and even more! I now have a sense of community with people I have met in Honors. Some of my best friends have come from this program. I am very happy with my decision to join the honors program."

Erin is a junior majoring in Community Health Sciences and Kinesiology with a minor in Gerontology. She comes from Henderson, NV.


  • Student Ambassadors
  • Physical Therapy Club

Cindy Heinrich

"The decision to join the UNR Honors Program was simple. It was a natural step for me to enter into a program that would both challenge and encourage me throughout my undergraduate education. In smaller classes with ambitious students I knew there would be many opportunities that would allow me to grow significantly in my studies."

Cindy is a sophomore majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. She comes from Reno, NV.


  • American Society of Civil Engineers

Daniel Lang (Historian)

"When I sought to maximize my four years at the University, Honors became my answer. Within my second semester, I became an Honors Student Ambassador! Savoring a 'small school' taste with the state's most driven, I've conducted media research and even studied abroad through scholarships to China. Every day, I gain more than I ever hope for and enjoy knowing that the best is yet to come!"

Daniel is a junior majoring in Journalism (emphasis in Strategic Communications) with minors in Chinese Studies, English Literature, and Communication Studies. Born in Ohio, he has lived in Bedford, IN and North Las Vegas, NV before coming to Reno.


  • ASUN Senator, Journalism Student Council
  • President, Nevada Advertising Club
  • Diocesan Liturgical Commission
  • International Expansion Committee, Circle K International
  • District Communications & Marketing, Cal-Nev-Ha Circle K
  • Chancellor, Knights of Columbus
  • Treasurer, Art Maniacs

Marikate Lewis

"I decided to join the Honors Program because I was looking to surround myself with like minded people who encouraged success. I was hoping to find for a community that would help me to become the best person I could be."

Marikate is a sophomore majoring in Veterinary Science and Biology with a minor in Political Science. She comes from Reno, NV.


  • Off-Campus Recruitment Chair, CABNR Ambassadors
  • Pre Vet Club
  • Collegiate FFA.

Rachel Lucas

"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.


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

Shahil Pema (Secretary)

"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 majoring in Molecular Microbiology & Immunology and Biochemistry with a minor in Ceramic Arts. He comes from Las Vegas, NV.


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

Ian Tralmer

"I decided to join the Honors Program at UNR so I could connect with the driven characters and unique personalities that the program tends to attract. I came to the Honors Program as a step towards taking my professional future seriously, and I'm staying for the people I've met and the friendships I've made through it."

Ian is a junior majoring in Electrical Engineering with minors in Mathematics and Unmanned Autonomous Systems. He comes from Las Vegas, NV.


  • Vice President, Nevada eSports
  • Fundraising Chair, IEEE
  • Plant Club
  • Secretary, Advertising Club
  • Society of Physics Students

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.


  • Circle K International
  • Outdoor Adventures Club
  • Microbiology Club

Sullivan Winesett

"I decided to join Honors to surround myself with intelligent, driven people that would motivate me to reach my full potential. I also was interested in the smaller class sizes to make it easier to meet and get to know my professors."

Sullivan is a junior majoring in Accounting and Finance. He comes from Las Vegas, NV.


  • Delta Sigma Pi (Professional Business Fraternity)