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Scholars Academy


The Scholars Academy has enhanced the undergraduate learning environment at UHD by cultivating a peer culture of achievement, a sense of community, and a support system tailored for Scholars Academy members. The Academy assigns faculty mentors (with a PhD) and a peer mentor (upper-level undergraduate) to groups of about ten students who share common academic experiences and majors as reflected within our organizational chart.

Mentoring provides an academic resource though for a safe and reliable source of information and advice. The Peer Mentor offers advice about college life, courses, research, SA requirements, and he/she organizes semesterly networking/study meetings. Discipline-specific faculty "parents" for each of the groups provide fieldtrip opportunities, organize meetings and panel discussions, and other activities they deem valuable for their groups of scholars.

Peer Mentor Coordinator Senior Peer Mentor
Mitsue Nakamura, MS Christine Varghese

Natural Sciences Department

Faculty Mentors Peer Mentors
Michael Matson, PhD Maryln Davilla
Rachna Sadana, PhD Matthew Ojeda
Maria Benavides, PhD Nameera Baig
Poonam Gulati, PhD Alex Weston
Robin Jose, PhD Basit Jawad
Brad Hoge, PhD Adolfo Lara
Mian Jiang, PhD Dayna Spencer
Jon Aoki, PhD Lisa Matsell
Deanna McCullough, PhD Jackie Nguyen

Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department   

Faculty Mentors Peer Mentors
Hong Lin, PhD Maxwell Goedjen
Ping Chen, PhD Brian Holtkamp
Katarina Jegdic, PhD Sara Wilder
Jeong-Mi Yoon, PhD Melissa Greenlee
Volodymyr Hrynkiv, PhD Sarah Jennisca

Engineering Technology Department

Faculty Mentors Peer Mentors
Weining Feng, PhD Amy Flower

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Last updated or reviewed on 3/12/12

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