University of Iowa

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.

Your Honors Peer Mentors

Walk-in Peer Mentor appointments are available Monday - Friday 12-2pm and 3-4pm, when University classes are in sessionScheduled appointments are available below. Should you need to cancel an appointment, please do so at least 24 hours in advance. For walk-in and scheduled appointments, please check in at the front desk, 420 BHC.

   Herbert Meisner


  • Major(s): Criminology, Law, & Justice, Ethics & Public Policy, minor in Sociology 
  • Involvement: NextGen America, University of Iowa Student Government, Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice Honors Society), Alpha Epsilon Pi, ICRU Research Fellowship
  • I hope to further research on the barriers the LGBTQ+ community faces, and write active policy to make a more equal and functional society
  • Ask me about politics, policy, and social movements

Schedule an appointment with Herb


   Laura Widman


  • Major(s): Linguistics with a Focus in Teaching English as a Second Language, French, and a Certificate in International Business
  • Involvement: Roosevelt Network, Honors Program, TA-ing a Primetime Class
  • This year I am looking forward to taking classes on Syntax and doing research in my field 

  • Ask me about language studies at Iowa, being a teaching assistant, and political involvement on campus!

Schedule an appointment with Laura


   Madeline Ungs


  • Major(s): Human physiology, Dance and American Sign Language minor
  • Honors Involvement: Honors Outreach Ambassador, Research Assistant in the Dept. of Psychiatry, research in Dance, Foundations of Biology Teaching Internship
  • Campus Involvement: President and Co-Founder of Ballet Club at Iowa, Dance Club Lyrical Captain, Medicus Pre-Medical Society
  • This October, I am looking forward to attending the Examined Life Conference at Carver College of Medicine for the second time. Last year, it introduced me to possible connections between the arts, humanities, and medicine. I'm planning to have a choreographed dance piece to share this year, a first draft of an independent project of mine.
  • Ask me about research in the arts, humanities, and sciences

Schedule an appointment with Madeline



Madeline Buauchene
   Madeline Beauchene


  • Major(s): Biomedical Engineering major, Pre-Medicine track
  • Involvement: Research with Dr. Assouline, ICRU Fellow, Honors Ambassadors, Johnson County Crisis Center Volunteering, Volunteering at UIHC, Study abroad in Italy
  • This year I am looking forward to getting started with my last year of classes, continuing my research and Hawkeye football
  • Ask me about studying abroad and undergraduate research!

Schedule an appointment with Madeline



Aleisha Norton
   Aleisha Norton


  • Major(s): Biology (neurobiology track), Psychology, Pre-Medicine track
  • Involvement: Honors Outreach Ambassador, Undergraduate Reesearch, Dance Marathon
  • I am looking forward to taking Childhood Psychopharmacology and other Psychology electives this upcoming year!
  • Ask me about undergraduate research

Schedule an appointment with Aleisha



   Abhigna Akurathi


  • Major(s): Biomedical Engineering
  • Involvement: Study Abroad, Alpha Phi Omega, Biomedical Engineering Student Society. 
  • I'm looking forward to my French class. I love the language and I'm excited to get back to it
  • Ask me about anything engineering, study abroad, or the honors program

Schedule an appointment with Abhigna



Gabbie Meis
   Gabbie Meis


  • Major(s): English and Creative Writing (Publishing), Psychology and Spanish minors
  • Involvement: Clinical Psychology Research Lutgendorf Lab, Writing Fellow, The Green Room Teaching Assistant 
  • I’m most looking forward to serving as a writing fellow and teaching assistant this fall! I’ll have the opportunity to work directly with students to help them engage with their coursework and the honors experience in the classroom. In addition, I’ll be serving as the writing editor for Fools Magazine, and I’m so excited to see what our writers have been up to over the summer.
  • Ask me about Honors coursework and my current reading list

Schedule an appointment with Gabbie




   Logan Drake 


  • Major(s): Economics, Philosophy, and Ethics and Public Policy
  • Involvement: Iowa Policy Research Organization, Bertrand Russell Society, Honors Thesis in Philosophy, Public Policy Center Internship, Research in Political Science 
  • This fall I'm looking forward to my philosophy of human rights course!
  • Ask me about philosophy, television, and/or why politics is the way it is

Schedule an appointment with Logan



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