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Monica Alden Chemical Engineering

My name is Monica Alden. I'm a sophomore at the University of Kentucky with a major in Chemical Engineering and minors in Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering. Here at UK, I'm involved with the Society of Women Engineers as the Outreach Chair, the Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES) as a peer tutor, and, obviously, STEMCats as a peer mentor. As a peer mentor, it is my goal to help the incoming STEMCats students thrive at UK.

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Sara Assef Biology Major, Spanish and Neuroscience Minors

Hello! My name is Sara Assef, I am a senior at the University of Kentucky with a major in Biology and minors in Spanish and Neuroscience. I love traveling, reading, swimming, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. Additionally, I am a STEMCats LLP Peer Mentor. 

Having been a former LLP student, I had the opportunity to connect with students, professors, and community partners through my participation in activities that broadened my horizons of the vast possibilities avaliable as a student in STEM. I strongly believe I can use my own personal experiences in the program to engage new members. 

I hope that as a STEMCats Peer Mentor I can aid each of my mentees to feel as if they have a well-rounded undergraduate experience. Furthermore, I want to provide each member with the guidance and tools to achieve success in and out of the classroom.

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Morgan Blair

Hey guys!  My name is Morgan.  I'm a sophomore biology and chemistry double major on the prepharmacy track.  I was a STEMCat last year, and I'm a Peer mentor this year because I think the program is a great way to make connections with a wide range of people.  

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Tori Buckley
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LaShay Byrd Biology
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Lilly Do Chemistry Middlesboro, KY
About Me

I am a junior majoring in Bio-Chemistry. I'm from Middlesboro, KY and graduated as salutatorian from J. Frank White Academy in Harrogate, TN. I am an ambassador for the College of Arts & Sciences, STEMCats Undergraduate Instructor Assistant (UIA), K Crew Leader, and an amabassador for I Am A Woman In STEM (a new program here at UK). I am also a member of the Pre-Med Activities Council, Honors Society, and Phi Sigma Theta. I love being apart of the UK WildCat family, where there are so many amazing opportunites and resources offered.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the University of Kentucky!

Go Wildcats!

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Samantha Eversole Neuroscience 443 MDS

I am a junior through the Arts and Sciences Department. This is my second year being a part of the STEMCAT program by being an Undergraduate Instructional Assistant (UIA).


I am a member of the Robinson Scholar Program and Student Support Services. When I was a freshman, I was a part of the First Generation Living Learning Program (LLP) and am still a part of the First Generation Initiatives Program.

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Kiyana Hinton


I am Kiyana Hinton, I am a Junior majoring in Biology and I have a minor in Psychology! I would love to become a Pediatrician! It has been a dream of mine since I was younger, and I love helping others in need, and I just love children! Attending the University of Kentucky was one of the best decisions I could have made! I love everything about attending UK. The people are so nice and inviting, it is like home away from home.

I am very excited to be a UIA this semester, because I love working with people! I am a very easy going person And don't mind helping others. I love meeting new people, especially people who share the same interest I do!  I am one of those people you can talk to about anything, it doesn't matter the subject. 

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Hannah Hollowell

I am a Peer Mentor with the STEMCats LLP and currently a sophomore studying Natural Resources and Environmental Science hoping to pursue a career in research and ecosystem restoration. I enjoy volunteering with Campus Kitchens, an organization at UK that tries to reduce the university's food waste, and I am a member of the Urban Forestry Club which seeks to promote green spaces on campus. I also love to go hiking and camping, explore Lexington, and play volleyball and Ultimate frisbee with friends.

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Breah Johnson

I was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga. I am currently a junior majoring in Chemistry on the Pre-pharmacy pathway.

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Sarah Johnson
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Crysta Meekins
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Madyson Morris Psychology, Biology

My name is Madyson Morris and I am a sophomore at the University of Kentucky. I am obtaining a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a minor in biological sciences. I am on the pre-medical track and I aspire to be a Dermatologist. I am also interested in research involving psychiatric disorders and sleep and dreams. I enjoy running, watching netflix, swimming, going to concerts, and adventuring new places.

I am a peer mentor for the STEMCats LLP in Woodland Glen IV, in which I hope to connect with new students in the STEM field and help them succeed at UK and enjoy it as much as possible. I aspire to provide a comforting and enriching environment for my mentees, so that they can have a smooth transition into college and feel at home!

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Nicole Mitchell Biology
I am a sophomore here at the University of Kentucky. I am academically interested in research, especially within the areas of genetics and neuroscience. At UK, I participate in Greek life and with Christian Student Fellowship. I enjoy hiking, traveling, playing the ukulele, and seeing live music.
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Stephanie Pappas

I'm a sophomore at UK studying biology and spanish. I'm apart of the swim and water polo club team, the pre-med club and a UIA for StemCats!

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John Pina Neuroscience Major, Creative Writing Minor Ashland, KY
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Emily Ponder

My name is Emily Ponder and I am a junior. I am a STEM Cats Undergraduate Instructional Assistant and a neuroscience major. I am originally from Hot Springs, Arkansas, but moved to Lexington when I was 8. (I have always been a cats fan.) As my family is very important to me, I stayed here in town for college. However, I started out at BCTC and got my Associates in Science there in three semesters. Luckily enough, I was offered a shot to be a STEM Cat during my time at BCTC and am now learning the roles of leadership in my third semester with STEM. 

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Caroline Thornbury Chemistry
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Sarah Yount Natural Resources and Environmental Science
About Me

Hi! My name is Sarah. I am a Natural Resources and Environmental Science major from Jackson, Kentucky (in the south-eastern part of the state). I am one of the STEMCats peer mentors and am always willing to lend a hand or answer a question. My academic and career interests are centered on water resources and lab and field analysis. But, I also love animals, nature, naps, food, fun and music.

Feel free to email me any time! 

Research and Study Abroad

I have studied abroad twice with Western Kentucky University. My first trip was a little less than a month long, spent in England, studing English Literature. Most of this trip was spent in London and Grantham, England, but also took day trips to other cities. My second excursion was two weeks in Costa Rica studying Costa Rican Biodiversity. This trip also had an embedded research project, so I spent a week in a cloud forest with a couple of classmates taking measurements, analyzing, and studying differences in growth patterns in different forest successions and its impact on the environment of the area. 

In addition, (separate from my experiences abroad) I volunteered in a macrobiology lab on Western Kentucky University's campus. This was not a formal research project for me, but I aided a professor in his research on insect biodiversity and systematics by sorting through insect collection samples.

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