Student Research Mentors

Student research mentors (SRMs) play a vital role in the vibrant life of undergraduate research and creative work at Syracuse University and are especially integral to the student governance of The SOURCE. SRMs serve in paid student employee positions as peer mentors to students in all phases of the research and creative process, assist with SOURCE planning, outreach, programs, and office tasks, and design and implement their own project to foster undergraduate research.

Office Hours  |  Spring 2021

SRMs have open office hours each week. Whether you’re just getting started brainstorming ideas or are polishing your final presentation, we’re here to help.

Drop in over Zoom during any of the hours listed below to get support for your research.

Meeting link:
Meeting ID:  885 796 4087
Passcode:  HW1844

10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  (Julia and Gretchen)
4 – 6:30 p.m.  (Zar, MP, and Priscilla)

9 a.m.- 12:30p.m. (Bailey, Priscilla, and Julia)
1 – 6 p.m.  (Zar, Justine, and Dorbor)

10:30a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  (Julia and Gretchen)
3 – 6:30 p.m.  (Justine, Bailey, and Priscilla)

9 a.m. – 12:30p.m. (Bailey and Julia)
1 – 6 p.m.  (Dorbor, Zar, MP, and Justine)

10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.  (Zar, Bailey, Dorbor, and MP)

Student Research Mentors

Zar Nigar Ahmad portraitZar Nigar Ahmad ’21
College of Engineering and Computer Science | Aerospace Engineering, Psychology and Mathematics
Auto-ignition and laminar flame properties research with Dr. Ben Akih-Kumgeh (Combustion Lab) and simulating aerospace vehicles using Engineering Sketch Pad (ESP) with Prof. John Dannenhoffer (Computational Methods Lab).
Hometown: Dubai, U.A.E
Hobbies: cooking and coding

Julia Chou portraitJulia Chou ’22
School of Architecture | Architecture, Women’s and Gender Studies
Research on the intersections of feminist architecture theories, disability studies and design justice with Prof. Lori Brown (Architecture).
Hometown: Eugene, Oregon
Hobbies: running and painting

Gretchen Coleman portraitGretchen Coleman ’22
College of Arts and Sciences, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs | Political Science, Political Philosophy
Research on trust in government among young people in Illinois.
Hometown: Palatine, Illinois
Hobbies: reading, helping people vote

Bailey Felix portraitBailey Felix ’21
College of Engineering and Computer Science | Bioengineering
4D printing research with Dr. Henderson, research on biofilm infections related to medical devices with Dr. Ren, profiling footstrike mechanics device creation with Dr. Yung.
Hometown: Rochester, New York
Hobbies: hiking with my dog, cooking and baking

MP Geiss portraitMP Geiss ’23
College of Arts and Sciences and Maxwell | Policy Studies with Biology minor
Water resources and sustainable energy policy research with Prof. Peter Wilcoxen (Environmental and Energy Policy), COVID-19 economic research with Prof. Robert Bifulco (Public Economics and Education Policy); water quality research analyzing organic micropollutants with Prof. Teng Zeng (Civil and Environmental Engineering).
Hometown: Syracuse, New York
Hobbies: pitching, cello, singing
Skills: technical writing and public speaking

Justine Hastings portraitJustine Hastings ’21
College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education | English and Textual Studies, Secondary English Education
Documentary film as a pedagogical tool with Prof. Kelly Chandler-Olcott (Education) and Prof. Roger Hallas (English); research assistant for Engaged Humanities initiative with Prof. Brice Nordquist (Writing and Rhetoric).
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Hobbies: reading, music, film making

Priscilla Kang portraitPriscilla Kang ’22
Whitman School of Management | Management and Marketing | S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications | Photography
Multimedia skill development with Prof. Bruce Strong (Photography)
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Hobbies: videography, video games, learning languages

Dorbor Tarley portraitDorbor Tarley ’22
David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics | Human Development and Family Science, Pre-Medical Track | Renee Crown University Honors Program
Research on Black women’s reproductive health and how physician control has resulted in implicit and explicit biases that affect patient care, with Professor Matthew Mulvaney.
Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island
Hobbies: cooking, reading, vlogging, exercising, decorating and travel

Student Research Mentor Alumni

Caroline Baggeroer portraitCaroline Baggeroer ’20
College of Arts and Science | Biology and Neuroscience
Neuroscience research on influence of neurotoxicants on expression of essential transporters in the brain with Prof. Sandra Hewett.

Jordan Barrett portraitJordan Barrett ’18
College of Arts and Sciences | Physics and Mathematics
Mathematics and physics research with multiple mentors.


Marissa Brown portraitMarissa Brown ’20
College of Arts and Sciences | Biology and Neuroscience | McNair Scholars Program
Psychology research on the relationship between ADHD symptoms in young adults to abilities for empathy and emotion regulation with Prof. Kevin Antshel.

Matt Disbrow portraitMatthew Disbrow ’21
College of Arts and  Sciences | Psychology and Neuroscience
Autism research with Prof. Natalie Russo (Psychology) and neuroscience research with Prof. Sandra Hewett (Biology).


Ohemaa Dixon portraitOhemaa Dixon ’20
College of Visual and Performing Arts | Art Photography
Arts research on the French Republic and black art collection in France with Prof. Laura Heyman.


Katelyn Eaton portraitKatelyn Eaton ’20
College of Visual and Performing Arts | Acting
Production and premiere of an original work of gig theater, “The Domestic,” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, working with Prof. Joseph Whelan.

Colleen Ferguson portraitColleen Ferguson ’19
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications | Newspaper and Online Journalism | Renée Crown University Honors Program
Journalism project focused on how deep-rooted cultural barriers complicate mental health treatment for Latinx college students, with Prof. Harriet Brown.

Charlotte Howard portraitCharlotte Howard ’20
College of Visual and Performing Arts | Art Photography
Photography exhibition exploring the landscape and dark history of Jeju Island, a popular tourist destination in South Korea, with Prof. Laura Heyman.

Myles Morgan portraitMyles Morgan ’20
College of Arts and Sciences | Biology and Neuroscience, Pre-Medical Track
The loss of system xc- and its influence on the seizure threshold; neuroscience research with Prof. Sandra Hewett.

Charles Schauer portraitCharles Schauer ’19
College of Arts and Sciences | Biochemistry
Renée Crown University Honors Program
Research on the therapeutic efficacy of low-frequency ultrasound with adjuvant chemotherapy with Prof. Tom Fondy.

Amanda Shaughnessy portraitAmanda Shaughnessy ’19
Whitman School of Management | Accounting and Finance
Research on the operational trends from the 1980s onward that contributed to rapid changes in the US domestic auto industry, with Prof. Julie Niederhoff.