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 laura-widman@uiowa.edu



    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 austin-adrian@uiowa.edu

    Madhuri Belkale


    • Major(s): Psychology and Political Science, minors in Spanish and International Studies, Pre-Law track
    • Involvement: Honors Administrative Assistant, Iowa Policy Research Organization (IPRO), Clinical-Cognitive Science Lab Research Assistant, Honors Thesis in Psychology, Study Abroad in Chile, Internship in Washington D.C., Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, Indian Student Alliance, Orientation Services
    • My focus this year has been my Honors Thesis and a psychology seminar about women's reproductive mental health.
    • Ask me about undergraduate research in the social sciences and studying abroad/recent travel destinations! 
    • Schedule an appointment with Madhuri here or email email madhuri-belkale@uiowa.edu

    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 charles-mascardo@uiowa.edu

      Angela Mahoney


      • Major: Biochemistry, minors in Chemistry and Human Physiology, Pre-Medicine Track
      • Involvement: Undergraduate Research, Volunteering at UIHC, Under Your Wing (student organization), ICRU Fellow, Study Abroad
      • My focus this year has been my research project and taking human physiology classes!
      • Ask me about undergraduate research and study abroad
      • Schedule an appointment with Angela here or email angela-mahoney@uiowa.edu

        Abhigna Akurathi


        • Major(s): Biomedical Engineering
        • Involvement: Study Abroad, Alpha Phi Omega, Biomedical Engineering Student Society. 
        • I love the French language and I'm excited for my French class
        • Ask me about anything engineering, study abroad, or the honors program
        • Schedule an appointment with Abhigna here or email abhigna-akurathi@uiowa.edu


          Gabbie Meis


          • Major: English & Creative Writing (Publishing), minors in Spanish, translation for global literacy, and social justice. 
          • Involvement: Honors Administrative Assistant, Honors Publication Editor, Honors in English and Creative Writing, Honors Writing Fellow, Writing Center Tutor, Iowa Youth Writing Project Intern, NCHC-UReCA Associate Editor, Undergraduate Research, Teaching Assistantship, Fools Magazine, Students to Assist Recruitment (STAR).
          • Ask me about the writing fellows program, my internship, getting involved, and writing at Iowa! 
          • Schedule an appointment with Gabbie here or email gabrielle-meis@uiowa.edu


          Olivia Sandvold


          • Major: Biomedical Engineering, minors in Computer Science and Mathematics
          • Involvement: Study abroad in Scotland, Honors Program, Tau Beta Pi, HackIowa, Teaching Assistant, Volunteer at UIHC
          • Ask me about undergraduate research, being a teaching assistant, or study abroad
          • Schedule an appointment with Olivia here or email olivia-sandvold@uiowa.edu

          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 joshua-parbs@uiowa.edu