PHMO Peer Mentors
Peer mentors are a select group of current Emory pre-health juniors and seniors who serve as a resource for pre-health students. Peer mentors serve Emory College students in many ways, including co-leading Group Mandatory Check-Up's and answering questions during walk-in hours. They also assist with pre-health programming. Any pre-health student is welcome to stop by with questions for a peer mentor during walk-in hours. They are here to help you succeed on your pre-health journey!
Meet the Peer Mentors
Rushay is a junior born and raised in Rustenburg, South Africa. He immigrated to Woodstock, Georgia in 2007 at the age of 10. He is pre-med and is double majoring in Psychology and Biology. Rushay started his Emory career at the Oxford campus where he served as served as Programming Chair in the Student Activities Committee, was the sophomore chair for MED Club, and worked as a Biology Lab Prep worker and TA. He is interested in surgery as a specialty and has observed over 30 different surgical procedures in the past year.
Talia is a senior from La Cañada, California, majoring in Human Health and minoring in Anthropology. She will pursue a career in public health, with plans to apply to Master of Public Health programs after gaining a few years of work experience. She is on the Executive Board of Emory Hillel, plays on the Women’s Club Basketball team, and will help with sorority recruitment by serving as a Pi Chi.
Carrie is a senior originally from Norcross, Georgia. She is a biology major on the pre-med track and a music minor. On Emory's campus, she has been involved with Undergraduate Research Programs, the Emory University Symphony Orchestra, and Emory Tour Guides. She also researches at CHOA, has volunteered in their Pediatric ICU, and volunteers at the Harriet Tubman Women's Clinic.
Amanda is a pre-med student from Suwanee, Georgia double majoring in Biology and Music Performance. She is a volunteer at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and an undergraduate research assistant at Rollins Research Center. She is also a Resident Advisor in Complex Hall and a Weekly Service Trip Leader for Volunteer Emory to Trees Atlanta. Amanda is also passionate about global service and travel; during her summers, she has traveled to Honduras as part of Public Health Brigades and to Siena, Italy as part of the Chemistry Department’s study abroad program.
Samantha is a senior from NYC. She is majoring in Human Health, and is on the pre-physical therapy track. She was president of the Oxford College Sustainability club, and is now the vice president of the Pre- DPT Society, and the sending sunshine chair for Project Sunshine. On campus she can most often be found working at the Emory Sports Medicine Center, or planting kale in the small garden next to Kaldi’s. *Samantha will not be hosting walk-in hours this semestser, but she can be reached via email.
Asmita is currently a junior at Emory, originally from San Jose, CA (#dubnation). She's majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, and minoring in Sociology, eventually hoping to snag that M.D. Asmita began her Emory career at Oxford College, where she was very involved in leadership. She was a member of the Student Activities Committee, worked as a tour guide for the Student Admissions Ambassadors, and served as an RA her sophomore year. In addition to her role as a Peer Mentor, she currently conducts research in a neurobiology lab with Dr. Iuvone, works as a volunteer with Motherhood Beyond Bars, and she hopes to continue her experience as a tour guide with ESA. In her (limited) spare time enjoys sushi, watching Netflix crime dramas, and adventuring with friends!
Peter is a junior from South Korea, but has lived most of his life in Saudi Arabia and the surrounding Middle East before he came to the United States to attend boarding school in California. He is majoring in Physics while considering a career as a physical therapist, physician assistant or a medical doctor. Peter is a research assistant at the MOTIONS Lab located at the Rehabilitation Hospital, the service chair of Sigma Beta Rho, a multicultural Greek fraternity, a volunteer at the Emory Clinic, a physics peer mentor, and the president of the Emory Weightlifting Club.
Jaewon is a junior from Brentwood, Tennessee. He is majoring in biology and on the pre-med track. In addition to his role as a peer mentor, he is also a resident advisor (RA) in Raoul Hall and a teaching assistant in the Chemistry Department.
Daniel is from Dunwoody, Georgia, and he is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a Biology major and has a minor in Theater Studies. Daniel is pursuing a career as a Physician Assistant (PA) in dermatology. He has experience as a Medical Assistant and volunteer in medicine. Daniel is a die-hard fan of the Atlanta sports teams, specifically the Braves and Falcons and also enjoys playing a variety of sports.
Kevin is a senior from Atlanta, Georgia. He is a Biology major currently on the pre-med track. Kevin is captain of Emory's all male hip hop team (TNT) and a Resident Advisor in Harris Hall. Kevin is a returning Peer Mentor and one of the two Captains of this year's Peer Mentor team.
Jennifer is a pre-med senior from Austin, Texas double majoring in Political Science and Biology. On campus she is also involved in Emory Emergency Medical Services, Students Against Modern-day Slavery, Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association, and undergraduate research in the Laboratory of Translational Cell Biology. She is currently working as a medical scribe at a low-income, immigrant clinic and has experience working with an Atlanta-based Asian civil rights group. Jennifer is a returning peer mentor.
Stephanie is a returning Peer Mentor from Lake Forest, IL. She is a pre-health senior who is majoring in Human Health and minoring in Nutrition Science. Stephanie is involved in nutrition research on campus studying the effects of normal weight obesity on biomarkers of health and inflammation. She is also a healthy eating partner and plans events around campus to inspire students to eat healthier! This year, she plans to expand her yoga teaching beyond the WPEC by doing outside events that fuse different school organizations together.
Akash Patel is a junior from Clarksville, TN (about an hour north of Nashville). He is majoring in Neuroscience and hopes to pursue an MD. Akash is involved in the Emory Pipeline Collaborative as an Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity. He has also served as an Orientation Leader (Class of 2020) and a STEM Pathways Mentor.
Nivedita is a junior from Seattle, Washington. She is a pre-medicine and pre-public health student majoring in Human Health and Economics. Nivedita serves on the Executive Board of the American Mock World Health Organization (AMWHO) and Global Medical Brigades, writes for the Emory Undergraduate Medical Review, and is an active member of the Gathering A Cappella and Emory Savera.
Sunidhi is a senior from Alpharetta, GA who is double majoring in Sociology and NBB (Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology) while on the pre-medicine track. At Emory, Sunidhi is involved with The Neuroethics Blog, the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience (AJOBN), Emory Pipeline (EPiC), the United Indian Student Alliance (UISA), the EPASS ChemMentors program, the Committee on Academic Integrity (CAI), and The Prism Project. In her spare time, Sunidhi is a writer, bridge player, dancer, and violinist. She also loves to read novels rooted in true crime or medical journalism.
Laura R. is a senior from Fargo, North Dakota. She is a neuroscience and behavioral biology major and sociology minor on the pre-med track. She started at the Oxford campus where she found her passion for service and social justice, and has focused especially on the areas of food and health inequality. On the Atlanta campus, she has been involved with Volunteer Emory and RES life.
Maddie is a returning Peer Mentor from New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a pre-med senior majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and minoring in Philosophy. Maddie hopes to work with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder with her future medical career, so at Emory, she is involved with the Emory Autism Center through volunteering and working with their E-Crew program. She is also a member of the Disabilities Studies Initiative, hoping to help raise awareness for different disabilities around campus.
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Kaya Ruffin is a fourth year majoring in Anthropology with a focus in health equity. She has served on the exec board of Globemed, leading a global health class once a week, and Feminists in Action, doing campus outreach. She spent the last year as a fellow in the Community Building and Social Change Fellowship working on an education equity project in East Atlanta. Kaya is an outgoing and enthusiastic individual who finds joy in helping others discover and achieve their dreams. She plans to work in the nonprofit sector after graduation before getting her PhD in behavioral science and health education to do public health research.
Sarika is a senior from Johns Creek, GA. She began her Emory journey at Oxford and is pre-med with an NBB major and an Economics minor. Sarika studied abroad in Paris in Summer 2016 and has done research on drug addiction at Yerkes. She currently volunteers with the Grady Trauma Project and works as a Kaplan MCAT Instructor. In her free time, she loves traveling and competing with her dance team, ATL Satrangi.
Laura S. is a senior in the College from St. Louis, MO. She is an NBB major and an Economics minor and is pre-med but also interested in healthcare administration. On campus, she is involved with the Emory Pipeline Program, research in the psychiatry department, a volunteer at Children’s Hospital of Atlanta, and is a member of the Pi Chi Program. Laura is a returning Peer Mentor and one of the two Captains of this year's Peer Mentor team.
Somto is a senior from Gaithersburg, MD majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology with a minor in Anthropology, following the pre-med track but also considering an MD/MPH. She is involved in Residence Life, and is the Community Coordinator of Hamilton Holmes this year. In addition to her role as a returning Peer Mentor, she also participates in RUF, volunteering at CHOA, hosting 1836 Dinners and TAing Biology Labs. Somto hopes to pursue a career in pediatrics focused on combatting health disparities and increasing health literacy.
Miles is a junior from Lincolnton, Georgia. He is a Biology major and Religion minor currently on the pre-dental track. Miles is a Resident Advisor in Complex Hall and President of Emory Wesley Fellowship.