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.

Office Hours

Honors Peer Mentors are currently meeting with students by appointment and on a walk-in basis. Honors professional staff advisors Andy Willard, Holly Yoder, and Emily Johnson accept appointments and are often available for walk-in advising as well. Email honors-advisor@uiowa.edu to set up an appointment.

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Meet the Peer Mentors

Honors Peer Advisors
Marina Gibbs is a human physiology and chemistry major on the pre-medicine track, and is earning certificates in clinical and translational science. She has been part of many activities in the Honors Program, ranging from contract courses to research practicum, and believes the true value of the program is in the connections students make with peers, professionals, and themselves. She hopes to foster these connections and support the values of the Honors Program as a part of the peer mentoring staff.

Monisa Saravanan joined the Honors Program ultimately thanks to the honors students who impressed her when first visiting campus. She majors in human physiology on the pre-medicine track and is minoring in both global health and psychology. She values the opportunities to form connections through the Honors Program, and her favorite part of being an Honors Peer Mentor is interacting with students and advising them based on her experiences as an honors student

Alex LeMoine is a third year student with a double major in english and journalism and mass communications. She began working with the Honors Program her freshman year in an effort to connect with students and faculty and make the most of her honors experience. Since then, she has taken honors courses, written for the Honors Newsletter, worked at several program events, and is now an Honors Writing Fellow on campus. Alex hopes that her role as a peer mentor will help other students uncover all the opportunities the Honors Program has to offer.

Navya Mannengi's motivation for joining the Honors Program was the opportunity for connection and growth which it provides. She is majoring in finance and management, and has participated in the Spring Undergraduate Research Festival as well as other Honors at Iowa events. She first became a peer mentor to give back to the honors community. Her motto is "live as if it's your last day, and learn like you'll live forever," which prompted her to become a peer mentor, as Navya believes that the Honors Program provides both meaningful learning and life experiences.

Kelly McElroy, a major in history and philosophy who is also pursuing a teaching certificate in social studies secondary education, was motivated to join the Honors Program by his wish to be surrounded by "academically motivated students." He has accomplished that goal in many ways, which include living in Honors House and participating in the Honors Opportunity Program. Kelly's goals as part of the staff are to build students' confidence and increase their comfort in being a part of Honors at Iowa and completing the requirements of the program.

Anya Kim is pursing biology (neurobiology track) and spanish majors, with a certificate in clinical and translational science. Her favorite part of the Honors Program is the huge range of people you get to meet, and thanks to connections she made in Daum and the BHC she’s gotten involved in everything from neurobiology research to Ultimate Frisbee to the University of Iowa Goat Club. She has also traveled to Scotland on a summer study abroad trip, done two honors teaching practicums, and she loves to answer any questions students have about how to get involved on and off campus.

Honors Peer Advisors
Benjamin Ross, aside from being a peer mentor, attends ICFRC lunches and has lived in Honors House. He is majoring in music education and voice performance, and minoring in communication sciences and disorders. Benjamin believes that the Honors Program provides students with many opportunities for connection and community, and he hopes to help honors students realize that these beneficial experiences are readily available.

Madeline Beauchene is a biomedical engineering major on the pre-medicine track. She began her experience with the Honors Program freshman year when she participated in Primetime, took multiple honors courses and lived in Daum Hall. Since then she has gotten involved in a biomedical engineering research lab, volunteered on and off campus, and studied abroad in Italy last summer. What Madeline loves most about the Honors Program is the strong support system and community it has created for her. She can’t wait to help others find ways they can get involved in the Honors Program and elsewhere on and off campus!