Peer Mentors

The UHP Peer Mentor Program matches incoming first-year students with returning honors students.  Mentors use their knowledge of campus life and resources as well as their personal experiences to provide invaluable advice and guidance to mentees.  Applications for incoming first-years will be available in August.

Emily Barham

  • 2nd Year
  • Animal Science
Emily is from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA and plans to become a veterinarian. Personal interests include ballet, dance, running and church ministry. On campus, Emily is involved with Navigators Christian Fellowship, Released Contemporary Dance Company and Regents Scholars Society. Click Emily's name to learn more!

Vincent Basas

  • 4th Year
  • Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior
  • Psychology
Vincent is from Elk Grove, CA and plans to go into the medical field - neurobiology, sports medicine, and/or nursing. Personal interests include playing & watching sports (Giants, 49ers, Warriors, & Sharks), playing video games, and hanging out and eating with friends and family. On campus Vincent is involved with the Regents Scholars Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, is an intern for the UC Davis Medical Center, research assistant in the Furlow Lab, is a Science Olympiad officer, and enjoys playing Rec Sports. Click Vincent's name to learn more!

Jonathan Berg

  • 3rd Year
  • Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior
  • Music minor
Jonathan is from Tarzana, CA and plans to become a doctor. Jonathan's personal interests include basketball, football, violin, chess, hanging out with friends, drawing and writing raps. On campus Jonathan is involved in with health related internship programs, radiology oncology lab at the UC Davis Med Center, Hillel Shabbat dinners and chess club. Click Jonathan's name to learn more!

Valeria Blanco

  • 3rd Year
  • Sociology: Organizational Studies
  • Spanish
  • Education minor
Valeria is from Pleasanton, CA and plans to conduct research in areas of higher education and eventually pursue a career in teaching. Personal interests include making art projects, attending music festivals, learning dance routines, reading books, watching tv with friends. On campus Valeria is involved as a Community Advisor in Student Housing, Inspire to Aspire Peer Mentor, and member of S.P.E.A.K (Scholars Promoting Education Awareness and Knowledge). Click Valeria's name to learn more!

Ryan Buchner

  • 4th Year
  • Genetics & Genomics
  • Computational Biology minor
Ryan is from Los Altos, CA and plans to pursue a career in agricultural research. Personal interests include gardening, fishing, sports (all of them) and camping. On campus, Ryan is involved with research in the Shabek Lab, UC Davis Men's Rowing club, intramural sports, and Regents Scholars Society. Click Ryan's name to learn more!

Jessica Cai

  • 2nd Year
  • Computer Science & Engineering
Jessica is from Carmichael, CA and plans to pursue a career where she can use computer science to make an impact, whether in industry or academia. Personal interests include exploring new places, running, volleyball, camping, music (piano and guitar), food and card games. On campus, Jessica is involved in the Navigators Christian Fellowship and Society of Women Engineers. She is an ASPIRE Scholar/Research Assistant at the Miller Lab and Orientation Leader this fall. Click Jessica's name to learn more!

Claire Chapman

  • 4th Year
  • Global Disease Biology
  • Public Health & Medical Entomology minors
Claire is from Fair Oaks, CA and plans to become a vector-borne disease epidemiologist. Personal interests include baking, tennis, entomology, glass art, puzzles and adventures with friends. On campus, Claire is involved as a Tutor with the Academic Assistance and Tutoring Centers, Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Barker Lab, member of the Research Scholars Program in Insect Biology, Science Olympiad and Orientation Leader. Click Claire's name to learn more!

Poorvi Datta

  • 3rd Year
  • Biological Sciences
Poorvi is from San Diego, CA and plans on a career as a professor/medical researcher. Personal interests include film making, singing, creative writing/poetry, cinema/film/television, science, Spanish and theatre. On campus Poorvi is involved with Students of Reproductive Freedom, PAL Program and tutoring. Click on Poorvi's name to learn more!

Tara Falt

  • 4th Year
  • Animal Science
Tara is from Anaheim, CA and as long as she's working with animals for her career she'll be happy! Personal interests include tacos, Harry Potter, playing intramural soccer, burritos from Guads, naps, horses, tech theatre, and making memories. On campus Tara can often be found at the Horse Barn - because she lives there! Tara is also a member of the professional agricultural sorority Sigma Alpha and is training to be a large animal vet tech at the UC Davis Vet Med teaching hospital. Click Tara's name to learn more!

Natalie Huerta

  • 3rd Year
  • Managerial Economics
  • Public Health Sciences minor
Natalie is from San Diego, CA and is still deciding on a career path. Personal interests include reading, working out, hiking, traveling and cooking. On campus, Natalie is involved in Aggie Ambassadors, Davis Women in Business Club and is the Alumnae Relations Chair for Tri Delta. Click Natalie's name to learn more!