The College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Peer Mentor Internship Program is part of the UVM Student Government Association's university-wide peer mentoring and advising initiative.

CEMS Peer Mentors (CPMs) are sophomores, junior, and seniors in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences who provide academic and social support to first year students throughout the academic year. During the fall semester, the CPM Internship Program is connected to CEMS 050, a first year seminar course designed to welcome incoming students to the College and prepare them to succeed in their respective programs. CPMs support and facilitate CEMS 050 lecture and lab activities and regularly communicate and meet with mentees outside of the class setting. Through regular class sessions, communication, meet-ups, and social activities, CPM’s help first year students adjust to life as a college student, find academic and tutoring help, connect with clubs, activities and services on campus, and generally navigate CEMS, UVM, and the Burlington area. In addition to CPMs, two Student Directors are assigned each year to help coordinate activities and communication with other CPMs. Student Directors are typically juniors or seniors with prior experience in the program.

CEMS Peer Mentor Bios

NameShort BioPhoto
Adalia WilliamsAdalia Williams is a Junior in Computer Science! Adalia is from Burlington, Vermont! This will be her first year as a CEMS Peer Mentor! Adalia loves to hike and can suggest great places to explore in Burlington! If you are looking for local food or things to do in Burlington, feel free to ask for suggestions! Adalia also loves to listen to music and make art! 
Asa Burrows CraneAsa Burrows-Crane is a sophomore in civil engineering with a minor in business. Asa is from Bennington, Vermont. This will be his first year as a CEMS Peer Mentor. Asa enjoys playing basketball and going on mountain bike rides in his spare time.
Cassidy Vaccari (Student Director)Cassidy is a senior, Environmental Engineering student from Dartmouth, Massachusetts. She is also pursuing a minor in Geospatial Technologies, one of her greatest interests. And this will be her third year as a CEMS Peer Mentor! On campus, Cassidy is a member of Engineers Without Borders and will be serving as Co-Project Manager in her senior year. Outside of school she enjoys skiing, cold swims in Lake Champlain and rollerblading!
Chloe HoffChloe is a sophomore in statistics with a minor in computer science. She is from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. This will be her first year as a CEMS Peer Mentor. This summer she spent her weekends on the beach and weekdays working as a nanny. Some things she likes to do while she's not in class at school is hiking, window shopping on church street, studying with friends, and intramural sports . She's looking forward to a year of a vaccinated fun!
Claire LeahyClaire is a junior in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. Claire is from Pilesgrove, NJ. This will be her second year as a CEMS Peer Mentor. Outside of class, she enjoys playing ice hockey and working out, watching movies with friends, and traveling with family. Other interests of Claire's include cooking (and, of course, eating some good food) and listening to "oldies" but goodies.
Claire SmithClaire Smith is a Senior in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering and Pure Mathematics. Claire is from Westchester, NY and uses she/her/hers pronouns. This is her first year as a CEMS Peer Mentor. She is very interested in aerospace and renewable energy development. Outside of classes, Claire is the treasurer of the on-campus dance company Ballet Viridis and loves the visual arts. She enjoys doing pottery, knitting, and crocheting, and is also an avid runner and cyclist. Most nights you can find her enjoying time with friends and watching the sunset at the waterfront!
Dominic GasperiniDominic Gasperini is a Junior, majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Electrical Engineering. Dominic is from Fair Haven, New Jersey. This will be his first year as a CEMS Peer Mentor.

Personal Interests: I am the Lead Electrical Engineer for the AERO club (which I highly recommend joining!). And during the summer I am a sailing instructor at a local camp in New Jersey. 

Grace KreuserGrace is from Newark, New York and majors in biomedical engineering with a concentration in cell, tissue, and organ biomechanics. She is also pre-med and is working towards medical school. Grace spent this past summer volunteering in hospitals and studying for the MCAT exams. On campus, Grace stays busy with Army ROTC, the pre-med club, ski club, and the outing club. Outside of school, she enjoys all things outdoors whether its skiing, hiking, or kayaking. A fun fact about Grace is that she spent a year in Denmark prior to coming to UVM and is now proficient in Danish!
Heather CoburnHeather Coburn is a sophomore majoring in Environmental Engineering all the way from Manchester, New Hampshire. This will be her first year as a CEMS Peer Mentor and she is excited to engage with new students! Heather loves skiing, snowboarding, hiking, kayaking, and spending time outside. She also works as a certified ski instructor in the wintertime and at a local driving range during the summer.
India DavisIndia is a sophomore in computer science with a minor in studio art. India is from Hendersonville, North Carolina, and this will be her first year as a CEMS Peer Mentor. Over the summer, she spent her summer as a camp counselor in California. India loves to hike, just spend time outside, and do art.
Jamie KeelJamie Keel is senior studying Environmental Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. Jamie is originally from Sandgate, Vermont. In addition to being a CEMS Peer Mentor, she does research on campus in the Water Treatment and Environmental Nanotechnology Laboratory and tutors in the Center for Academic Success on campus. Jamie also loves reading and being outside, especially running, hiking, and skiing.
Jason StillermanJason is a junior in Computer Science from Arlington, MA. This will be his first year as a CEMS Peer Mentor. He likes making games and camping. He has a pet mouse named Java (pictured).
Jay Hwasung JungJay Hwasung Jung is a junior in computer science with a minor in neuroscience. Jay Hwasung Jung is from Deajeon, South Korea. This will be his first year as a CEMS Peer Mentor. He enjoys playing any sports with ball and spends most of his time watching sport game. He is also interested in weight lifting. He may not be a good English speaker since his mother tongue is Korean, but he is trying his best to be a good listener.
Jenni HillJenni is a junior in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. Jenni is from South Orange, NJ and this will be her first year as a CEMS Peer Mentor. Over the summer she spent time interning at UVM working for CEMS as a Lab Assistant working with teaching lab equipment. She is an avid skier and is a member of several related on campus clubs including the Alpine Ski Racing club and Chicks on Sticks. She also is an active attender of horticulture club and enjoys knitting.
Jillian RathmanJillian is a senior in civil engineering with minors in mathematics and community/international development. Jillian is from Reading, Pennsylvania and has enjoyed getting to know New England through her time at UVM (including learning how to ski!). On campus, Jillian is also involved with Engineers without Borders, Society of Women Engineers, and works at the Davis Center as an Information Desk Assistant. Jillian is passionate about exploring new places and is very grateful for her opportunity to study abroad in Bangkok, Thailand in Spring 2020. Jillian has worked for the Vermont Agency of Transportation and Kingsbury Companies, LLC during her summers in Burlington. She is stoked for her first semester of being a CEMS Peer Mentor!!
Kristina SitcawichKristina is a Junior in biomedical engineering with a minor in molecular genetics. Kristina is from Lowell, MA. This will be her first year as a CEMS peer mentor. She enjoys spending time outdoors, snowboarding, and being in the lab.
Lindsay NavickisLindsay is a senior in Civil Engineering with an interest in transportation planning.  Lindsay is from Wallingford, CT.  This will be her first year as a CEMS Peer Mentor.  She enjoys long runs along the bike path, hanging out on the porch, and doing carpentry.  Her two favorite places are Burlington, VT and Switzerland!
Abby RathbunAbby Rathbun is an environmental engineering senior from Cleveland, Ohio. This summer, she worked at a wilderness tripping camp in Maine and traveled with family and friends in Europe. Her favorite flavor of ice cream is black raspberry and coffee together. In her free time, she loves skiing, camping, hiking, reading, and is currently working towards her pilot’s license at the Burlington airport.
Maddie ParentMaddie is a junior studying environmental engineering from Farmington, Connecticut. This will be her first year as a CEMS Peer Mentor. Outside of CEMS she is the president for the Orchesis Dance Company at UVM and loves to hike and ski on days off. This summer Maddie interned with EIV Tech.
Marit ScottMarit is a junior Biomedical Engineering major with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics. Marit is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. This will be her first year as a CEMS Peer Mentor. When she’s not in class, Marit assists with knee biomechanics research in the UVM MIOB lab and enjoys exploring the green mountains through hiking and skiing.
Michael FlaumMichael Flaum is a sophomore studying mathematics. Michael is from Acton, Massachusetts. This will be his first year as a CEMS Peer Mentor. When he is not busy writing proofs, Michael enjoys hiking, skiing, and running.
Mitchell HomMitchell is a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. He attended community college before transferring to UVM. This will be his second year at UVM and his first year as a CEMS Peer Mentor. When he isn't studying, Mitchell loves listening to music, bouldering, and mountain biking (usually not all at the same time). Mitchell's favorite passages in the Thermodynamics textbook are the last paragraph on page 288 and the caption for figure 7-26.
Olenka DuncanOlenka is a junior in environmental engineering with a double major in Spanish.  She's from Canandaigua, NY, and this is her first year as a CEMS Peer Mentor.  This past summer, she worked in Portland, OR in geotech engineering (and enjoyed digging holes and working with dirt).  Olenka also likes paddle boarding, ice skating, diving, playing piano, and playing euchre.
Olivia MeadOlivia is a senior from Williston, VT studying environmental engineering with a minor in geography. This is her first year as a CEMS Peer Mentor and she is super excited! Outside of the classroom, Olivia is President of Engineers Without Borders and Vice President of the Society of Women Engineers. She is also involved in Planned Parenthood GenAction as the Events Chair. This summer she did research on flood inundation and floodplain sediment deposition, and during the school year she works in the EMERG lab measuring medium chain fatty acids. In her free time she likes to read, hike, hang out outside, bake, and write poetry. She can't wait to meet you all!
Olivia SzumskiOlivia Szumski is a sophomore in environmental engineering. Olivia is from Ludlow, MA. This will be her, first year as a CEMS Peer Mentor. She enjoys going on hikes with the outing club in the fall, going to Sugarbush with her friends in the winter, and relaxing with her friends in the Redstone pines after a day of classes. When she is not out doing these things you can find her studying on the first floor of the library or on the fourth floor of the Davis Center.
Paige BordenPaige Borden is a junior in Mechanical Engineering. Paige is from Monmouth County, New Jersey. This will be her first year as a CEMS Peer Mentor. Her favorite course this last semester was ME 081 where she made a hammer shown out of steel and brass. When she is home, she enjoys surfing at the beach and biking around.
Rowan ReeseRowan Reese is a sophomore biomedical engineering major from Jackson, Wyoming. This will be his first year as a CEMS Peer Mentor. He likes to go backcountry skiing in the Wyoming wildernesses and go on long mountain bike rides or hikes, especially in Grand Teton National Park. He spent a few weeks over the summer in the mountains near Lake Tahoe. During the school semesters he can often be found bouldering at a climbing gym.
Sam Fromowitz (Student Director)Sam Fromowitz is a senior Mechanical Engineering student minoring in Environmental Studies from Niskayuna, New York. Over the summer, he has spent time working with the MIT Media Lab to design props for an exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science, among other things. Outside of the classroom, he is an active hiker in the Adirondacks, working on becoming a 46er. He is or will be involved in working at the UVM library, doing research on campus, and a couple of clubs. Skiing, snowboarding, soccer, and volleyball are all also interests of his.
Sarah FoySarah Foy is a sophomore environmental engineering major from Cranford, NJ. This will be her first year as a CEMS Peer Mentor. She enjoys hiking and snowboarding on all the beautiful mountains of Vermont. In addition, she loves traveling with her family and hopes to study abroad in the future!
Simon PageSimon is a sophomore studying Civil Engineering with a Geospatial Technologies minor. He attended high school in Hopkinton, New Hampshire and now lives in York, Maine. This is his first year as a CEMS Peer Mentor. Simon speed solves Rubik’s cubes and listens to crime podcasts in his spare time. At UVM, he is involved with the Running Club, UVM Bikes!, and Green Mountain Veggies. He can’t pass up a long distance trail race or a chance to go backpacking.
Venus RohraVenus Rohra is a Junior in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Pure Mathematics. She is from Pakistan originally but was born in Japan and grew up in Saudi Arabia. She is the Partnerships and Inclusion Chair for the non-profit club FeelGood on campus and is also the elected secretary of Society of Women Engineers for the year 2021-2022. She did an REU for a semester in the EMERG lab where she will continue her research this coming summer through the Barrett's Scholarship program. In addition to the REU, she has worked as a Data Research Assistant for the Forestry Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative for the entirety of her sophomore year. In her free time, she enjoys painting, photography and watching the VT sunsets with friends.
Sama MahdiSama is a sophomore biomedical engineering student with a minor in chemistry. Sama is from Colchester, Vermont, and has grown up in the Burlington Area. She is also pre-med and is working towards medical school. Sama has spent this past summer conducting lab research and volunteering. This will be her first year as a peer mentor. Outside of the classroom, Sama is the Outreach Officer of the Biomedical Engineering Society and enjoys hiking, biking, and exploring all that Vermont has to offer!