Peer Mentors

Honors Peer Mentors are experienced honors students who have been involved with the program in leadership roles. Using their expertise, they will point you to classes and opportunities to enrich your academic experience while meeting the requirements to graduate with University Honors. These students share the conviction that University Honors is not just an achievement, but a community which fosters growth, connections, and self-discovery.

Email a question to one of the peer mentors profiled below or click here to schedule a virtual appointment, where available.

Your Honors Peer Mentors

Individualize your honors education! Peer mentors can help. You can email your advising questions directly to the peer mentor of your choice at any time or, if available, schedule a Zoom appointment. Either an email exchange or online appointment via Zoom will fulfill the honors peer mentoring requirement. Already have a plan for your complete 24 University Honors credits (coursework 12 + experiential 12)? Email your details to a peer mentor for review!

Honors students are required to secure peer mentoring once per academic year until they complete the 12 s.h. coursework requirement. Honors professional staff are also available for advising and can be scheduled via MyUI or reached for advising by email at any time.


Laura Widman


  • Major: Linguistics with a Focus in Teaching English as a Second Language, Ethics and Public Policy, Certificate in International Business, minor in French
  • Involvement: The Roosevelt Network at Iowa, Honors Outreach, Teaching Assistantship, Iowa City Tenants Union
  • Ask me about language studies at Iowa, being a teaching assistant, and civic engagement on campus!
  • Schedule an appointment with Laura here or email



    Austin Adrian


    • Major(s): Accounting, Business Analytics
    • Involvement: Tippie Peer Mentor, Delta Sigma Pi Professional Fraternity, Tippie Business Honor Society, Computer Comfort
    • I enjoy my major-level accounting classes and Iowa football
    • Ask me about the honors program as a business student, movies, or random sports statistics!
    • Schedule an appointment with Austin here or email



    Charles Mascardo


    • Major: Biomedical Engineering (Cellular Engineering/Pre-Medicine), Mathematics Minor
    • Involvement: Research at UIHC/APPIL with Dr. Kaczka's lab, UI Mobile Clinic, Honors Outreach/Summer Ambassadors
    • Favorite fall classes were Creativity in Music and Biochemistry.
    • Ask me about engineering, undergraduate research, or the Honors program!'
    • Schedule an appointment with Charles here or email email






      Josh Parbs


      • Major(s): Biochemistry with minors in Chemistry and Global Health Studies; certificate in Intercultural Leadership (Pre-Medicine)
      • Involvement: Associated Residence Halls, National Residence Hall Honorary, UIBio, Dance Marathon, Camp Adventure Youth Services, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Volunteer, and ICRU Research Fellowship
      • this year I've been taking upper-level science courses, continuing my research, and getting back into dancing.
      • Ask me about undergraduate research, getting involved on campus, and my rabbit.
      • Schedule an appointment with Josh here or email