Honors Outreach Ambassadors share about their Honors Program experience with prospective students and their families. To get personalized answers to your questions, reach out to one of the ambassadors at the contact info provided below or email honors-program@uiowa.edu with a request to talk with an ambassador; Honors staff will connect you with a peer mentor whose experiences match your interests. If you prefer a face-to-face meeting via Zoom, let us know! We have experiences and knowledge to share and want to help!

Read their "Dear Prospective Student" letters below for more about their experiences as new honors students.

Drew Dupont

Drew Dupont

he/him/his

 I am studying as an Actuarial Science major with a Business Administration minor and a Risk Management and Insurance Certificate. I have been in the Honors Program since the fall of 2020, and I became an Honors Outreach Ambassador in the spring semester of 2020-21 academic year. I am in the Actuarial Science Club, UIowa Microsoft Competition Committee, and plan to be increasingly more involved with organizations on campus as the semesters pass. When not doing schoolwork, I will typically be at the gym, listening to music, playing/watching sports, and enjoying the campus life! 

Feel free to ask me anything about student life, classes, the Honors Program, or any other things you can think of!

Contact me: andrew-dupont@uiowa.edu 

Dear Prospective Student - From Andrew

 

 


Erin Bughman

Erin Bughman

she/her/hers

Hi there! My name is Erin and I am from Dubuque, IA. I am studying Psychology with minors in social justice and human relations.  I joined Honors Outreach Ambassadors spring semester 2021, and I am excited to continue outreaching to prospective students. I love Honors for a ton of reasons, those included being the smaller community it provides at this university and the connections I can make to like-minded students in my Honors sections.  Outside of class I love embroidering, scrolling through Pinterest, and making oddly specific Spotify playlists.  Feel free to reach out to me with any questions Honors or Iowa related! I would love to chat. 

Contact me: erin-bughman@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Erin

 

 

 


Molly Harris

Molly Harris

she/her/hers

Hi! My name is Molly, and I am originally from Ottawa, Illinois. I am a senior studying neuroscience on the pre-med track. I have been involved with the Honors Program since my first semester at the University of Iowa, and this is my fourth semester as an Honors Outreach Ambassador. I’ve had great experiences with Honors throughout my time in the program and have felt very connected within the Honors community. Outside of the Honors Program I participate in undergraduate research and work as an emergency department scribe. In my free time, I love to listen to podcasts, spend time outside, go to the gym, and watch TV series!  

Contact me at molly-r-harris@uiowa.edu with any questions. 

Dear Prospective Student - From Molly

 

 

 


Selveyah Gamblin

Selveyah Gamblin

she/her/hers

Hello! I am from Peosta, Iowa and I am an Ethics and Public Policy and Political Science double major on the Pre-Law track, interested in advocacy, law and politics. I joined the Honors Program my third semester at Iowa and became an Outreach Ambassador in her fourth semester. I joined the Honors Program because it offers students a wide variety of opportunities and learning experiences. I am also involved in Student Government. In my free time, I love to read, bake, and watch way too many movies on Netflix. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the Honors Program and all it has to offer! 

Contact me: sgamblin@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Selveyah

 

 

 

 


Anna Luria

Anna Luria

she/her/hers

Hi! I am from Tiffin, Iowa and I am studying Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies and Political Science. After I graduate, I plan to get a Master of Social Work degree with the end goal of working with a non-profit or doing educational work. I have been part of the Honors Program since fall 2019 and an Honors Outreach Ambassador since spring 2020. Outside of honors I have been on the student board of Iowa Hillel and am involved in sorority and fraternity life. In my free time I love to read, listen to podcasts and music, do craft projects, and dance up a storm (even if there is no music).  

You can contact her at annaluria-luria@uiowa.edu.

 

 

 

 


Allison Beckner

Allison Beckner

she/her/hers

I am a third-year student majoring in Political Science and Ethics & Public Policy with a minor in History on the Pre-Law track. I joined the Honors Program as an incoming student, and it has enriched my college experience. I have taken numerous honors classes that have challenged me and introduced me to others who are dedicated to academics. I have also found a community through Honors, which has brought a lot of fun to my college experience. Outside of classes I work and am a Teaching Assistant for Honors Outreach Ambassadors! In my free time, I enjoy crafting, drinking coffee, and spending time with friends. Ask me about honors program requirements and getting involved in student organizations. 

Contact me at: allison-beckner@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Allison

 

 

 


Morgan Miller

Morgan Miller

she/her/hers

Hi! I am  studying Human Physiology on the Pre-Med Track with a minor in Gender, Health, and Healthcare Equity. I also work at the University Hospital in the Radiology Department. I love the Honors Program because it provides a caring and inclusive environment to be myself and form a community within the larger University community. I'm also involved in the Health and Human Physiology Club, Global Health Club, and UIBio. When I'm not studying or at work, I like to paint, read, listen to podcasts, watch baseball, and look at pictures of my cat (not necessarily all at once).  

Ask me about being a woman in STEM, how to get involved on campus, the best places to sit at Hawkeye sporting events, cats, or my Ultimate Ranking of every Taylor Swift song. 

You can contact me at morgan-e-miller@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Morgan


Lauren Rosenstock

Lauren Rosenstock

she/her/hers

Hi, my name is Lauren! I’m originally from Madison, WI. I am majoring in Biomedical Sciences Pre-Med with minors in Chemistry and Art. I love the honors program because it offers so many amazing opportunities for its students, and it brought me some of my best friends! I am also a part of UIBIO, WISA, the Presidential Scholars Program, honors research, and much more. I love being outside (studying on the Pentacrest is the best), working out, and spending time with my friends. I also love getting out of my room to study so if you need a study spot recommendation don’t be afraid to reach out. 

Contact me if you too are an out of state student, are looking to get involved in clubs or honors research, want to know the prettiest places in Iowa City, or have any questions at all! Always feel free to reach out!

Contact me via email: Lauren-Rosenstock@uiowa.edu 

 


David Roth

David Roth

he/him/his

Hey there! I am a second-year student from Peosta, Iowa, double majoring in Actuarial Science and Mathematics. I have been in the Honors Program since my freshman year where I took an Honors Primetime course about birds, an Honors first-year seminar on meteors, and a self-discovery class through the Presidential Scholars Program. I’m looking forward to helping out as an Honors Outreach Ambassador. Outside of the Honors Program, you can find me at the gym, tutoring at the Mathematics Tutorial Lab, playing games on my Switch, or just shooting the breeze with my friends.  

So, please, reach out if you have any questions about the Honors Program, Presidential Scholars Program, or anything related to the University of Iowa. I’ll be happy to help.   

Email: david-roth@uiowa.edu 

 

 

 


Alexi Tauras

Alexi Tauras

she/her/hers

Hi everyone! My name is Alexi, and I am studying Biochemistry on the Pre-Medicine Track. I am originally from Lake Zurich, Illinois, but I would love to say that I've been a Hawkeye my whole life. In addition to being involved in the Honors Program as an Outreach Ambassador, I would love to talk to you about my experience in Honors Primetime, first-year seminars, and coursework. When I am not studying or working, I love to go on walks throughout the campus, have coffee dates with friends, listen to music, and read outside. 

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have about the Honors Program and student life on campus! 

Contact me: alexandra-tauras@uiowa.edu 

 

 

 


Audrey Balester

Audrey Balester 

she/her/hers

Hi! My name is Audrey Balester, I am a second-year student, and I am from New Lenox, Illinois. I am majoring in Elementary Education and hope to pursue Special Education as well. In addition to serving as an honors outreach ambassador, I also volunteer at UI Hospitals & Clinics in the Patients' library and am a residence hall tour guide. A fun fact about me is that I crochet! Please reach out if you have any questions about the Honors Program or about the university in general!   

Email: audrey-balester@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Audrey

 

 

 


Ellie Holstad

Ellie Holstad 

she/her/hers or they/them/theirs

Hello! My name is Ellie, and I’m a freshman from West Branch, Iowa. I’m majoring in Political Science with a certificate in Human Rights on the Pre-Law track. After I graduate from the University of Iowa, I hope to attend law school and begin my practice. The honors program has been a part of my university experience since I stepped foot on campus, and I enjoy being an Honors Outreach Ambassador. Besides honors, I’m part of the First Gen Hawks program. When I’m not at school or work, you can typically find me listening to Hozier or reading.  

I’m happy to answer questions about Primetime, maintaining an off-campus job, living off-campus, Pre-Law, good study sports, or any other questions you might have.

You can contact me at eholstad@uiowa.edu 

 

 

 


Jasmyn Jordan

Jasmyn Jordan 

she/her/hers

Hi! My name is Jasmyn Jordan and I'm from Normal, Illinois.  I joined the Honors Program as an incoming first-year student.  I am a first-year Criminology major on the Pre-Law Track.  I would like to become a juvenile lawyer.  My Honors experiences include: Living in Daum Residence Hall, Honors Primetime: Insect Science for Hawkeyes, Honors Coursework: Rhetoric and Classical Mythology, Honors DEI Council, and the Presidential Scholars Program. I have been involved with Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Poetry Editor for Ink Lit Magazine, Women in Business, Sociology & Criminology Club, NAMI Creative and Outreach Committee, and On Campus Employment.

You are more than welcome to reach out to me at jasmyn-jordan@uiowa.edu 

 

 

 


Montala Carruthers

Montala Carruthers

she/her/hers

Hey everyone! My name is Montala (mon-tay-la) and I am a junior studying public health. I am originally from the south side of Chicago, Illinois. Outside of being an honors ambassador, I am the choreographer for the club cheerleading team on campus, a student ambassador for the College of Public Health, an Honors peer mentor, and the founder/president of a new student organization on campus called Paws at Iowa! In my free time, I love watching football with my friends, going on road trips, and dancing. You can ask me about anything including Honors coursework, getting involved on campus, or how to be successful in college in general! :)  

You can contact me at: montala-carruthers@uiowa.edu 

 

 

 


Natalie Kehrli

Natalie Kehrli 

she/her/hers

Hi there! I am majoring in Psychology on both the Pre-Medicine and Pre-Law tracks. I am originally from Manchester, Iowa. I am involved in many activities including Alpha Phi Omega, Camerata Choir, the Backpack Project, Women in STEM Ambassadors, Medicus, UIHC Volunteering, the Red Cross, and the Dance Marathon Leadership team. I am also the Student Life Director for the Associated Residence Halls here on campus! In my free time, I love to read, write, draw, listen to music, drum, sing, and volunteer. You can ask me about making the decision to come to the University of Iowa, applying for the Honors Program, Honors Primetime, living in Daum Residence Hall, the Pre-Med or Pre-Law tracks, or earning Honors Credit. 

Email: natalie-kehrli@uiowa.edu

 

 


Rabiah Na'Allah

Rabiah Na’Allah 

she/her/hers

Hi there! My name is Rabiah Na'Allah and I am studying Art and Cinema. I’m from Peoria, Illinois and this is my third semester as an Honors Outreach Ambassador. I have met many amazing people in the Honors Program through my participation in Primetime, living in Daum residence hall and my involvement in the Honors Diversity, Equity and Inclusion council. I am involved in various organizations on campus including the Muslim Student Association, African Student Association and Student Advocates of Planned Parenthood. When I'm not working on school, you can find me doing photography, analyzing my favorite movies, or binge-watching Criminal Minds.  

Ask me about majoring in Art, living in Daum, and getting connected with students of color on campus! 

Email: rabiah-naallah@uiowa.edu

  

 


Courtney Dage

Courtney Dage 

she/her/hers

Hi! My name is Courtney Dage, and I am a third-year student from Bloomington, Illinois. I am majoring in Global Health Studies and minoring in News & Media Literacy. I have been a part of the Honors Program since Fall 2020, and this is my first semester as an Outreach Ambassador. On campus, I am also a part of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Track and Field Club, and Partners in Health Engage. In my free time, I love to read and listen to Taylor Swift! 

Ask me anything about Honors, getting involved, or student life on campus! 

You can contact me at courtney-dage@uiowa.edu 

  

 

 


Ella Kilstrom

Ella Kilstrom 

she/her/hers

Hi everyone! My name is Ella and I’m from Bettendorf, Iowa. I’m majoring in Health Studies and Spanish on the Pre-Med Track. I joined the honors program as a first-year student, and opportunities such as Honors Primetime, Honors Coursework, and the Honors Presidential Scholars Program have given me the tools to better myself as a student and thrive in a college environment. I’m also involved with Dance Marathon, the Spanish Ambassador Program, SoccerClub, and Running Club. In my free time, I love to take walks around campus, listen to new music, and spend time with friends.I’m happy to answer questions about the Honors Program or anything relating to the University of Iowa! 

Email: ella-kilstrom@uiowa.edu 

  

 


Tatiana Plowman

Tatiana Plowman  

she/her/hers

Hello, my name is Tatiana, and I am originally from Lee's Summit, Missouri. I am a third-year student majoring in communication studies, minoring in Spanish and Cinema and working towards an Event Management certificate. My honors experiences include Honors Primetime, first-year seminar, coursework and Honors in the Major. On campus, I am involved in A Moment of Magic, Event Director for Campus Activities Board, and am employed as an Iowa tour guide. Outside of school, I love hammocking, diamond painting, going to the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center and spending time with my friends.  

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about the honors program or the University in general! 

Email: tatiana-plowman@uiowa.edu

  

 


Puja Mekala

Puja Mekala 

she/her/hers

Hey everyone! My name is Puja Mekala and I am a current sophomore at the University of Iowa. I am a psychology major with a minor in gender, health, and healthcare equity and a certificate in public health. I love to interact with people and learn about their different walks of life and background. When I am not doing schoolwork, I love to exercise, go biking, draw and paint. On campus I am involved with the Indian Student Alliance, Doctors without Borders, the Pre-Dental club, UIHC Volunteering, and undergraduate research. Please reach out to me if you have any questions! I would love to chat with you :) 

Email: puja-mekala@uiowa.edu

  

 

 


Katelyn Woodward

Katelyn Woodward

she/her/hers

Hello everyone! My name is Katelyn, and I am a second year on the pre-nursing track with a certificate in disability studies. I joined the honors program back in 2021, and this will be my first year as an honors ambassador which I am thrilled about! I am part of CHOPA, Best Buddies, and Zeta Tau Alpha on campus. When I am not busy doing schoolwork, I love to listen to country music, lift, and spend time with friends and watching any sport!

Email: katelyn-woodward@uiowa.edu

  

 

 

 


Pujit Mekala

Pujit Mekala

he/him/his

Hello everyone! My name is Pujit Mekala and I am a Junior from Waukee, Iowa. I am a neuroscience major on the pre-medical track. While this is my first semester as an Honors Outreach Ambassador, I have been involved with the honors program in some way, shape, or form since my first day at the University of Iowa. I love the Honors Program because it allows you to have a small community feel while integrated within a large university. Outside of class I love listening to music, watching football, and spending time with friends and family!

Please contact me at: pujit-mekala@uiowa.edu

  

 

  

 


Shivani Patel

Shivani Patel

she/her/hers

Hi! I am from Carol Stream, Illinois and am studying Political Science on the Pre-Law track. I joined the Honors Program as an incoming student, but just recently became an Honors Outreach Ambassador my sophomore year. Outside of class, I am heavily involved in Phi Alpha Delta, the pre-law fraternity at Iowa, and the Indian Student Alliance. In my free time, I love to read, bake, go on runs, and explore new places here in Iowa City. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experiences in the Honors Program and would love to help answer any questions you have, whether they are Honors related or not!

You can contact me at shivani-patel@uiowa.edu.

 

 

 


Connor Linzer

​Connor Linzer

he/him/his

Hi! My name is Connor Linzer, and I am a Junior studying Human Physiology on the pre-med track with a minor in International Studies. I love travelling, spending time outdoors, and exploring new cultures. I work in a cardiovascular research lab that explores the connection between genetics and heart disease. I also run the Personal Genome Learning Center, a student organization that provides free DNA testing kits to students. You can find me out on the beach volleyball courts, or at whichever intramural sport is currently taking place. Please reach out with any questions about honors, undergraduate research, or how to get involved on campus!

Contact me at: connor-linzer@uiowa.edu

 

 

 


Fiona Watts

Fiona Watts

she/her/hers

Hello! My name is Fiona and I am from Los Angeles, California. I am in the direct-admit nursing program here at Iowa and I am also pursuing a minor in Spanish. This is my first semester as an Honors Outreach Ambassador, and I am super excited to have the opportunity to work with prospective honors students. My experience at the University of Iowa has been nothing short of spectacular, and the honors program has played a great role in that! Outside of my coursework, I am involved in S.T.A.R. (Students To Assist Recruitment), the Multicultural Nursing Association, Fraternity & Sorority Life, and most recently the Sailing Club. I also love going to football games, spending time with friends, and going on road trips!

Contact me at fiona-watts@uiowa.edu with any & all questions!