Peer Mentors

Meet your AGNR Peer Mentors!

Each Peer Mentor is trained to assist students from any AGNR major. Therefore, if you do not see a Peer Mentor with your major or cannot meet with them at their scheduled office hours, feel free to meet with any of the Peer Mentors! 

ANSC

Bailey Clark is majoring in Animal Sciences, Pre-Professional. She is from MD and hopes to become a zoo veterinarian. She is involved in the Pre-Vet Society, the Terrapin Trail Club, and is an Images Tour Guide and RA on campus. 

bclark18@umd.edu

ANSC

Ellie McClellan is majoring in Animal Sciences, Pre-Professional. She is from MD and hopes to work as a companion animal veterinarian. She is involved in the Student Ambassador program, Pre-Vet Society, Wildlife Society, the Campus Farm, and FIRE.


emcclell@terpmail.umd.edu

ENSP

Katrina Vaitkus is majoring in Environmental Science and Policy. She is from MD and hopes to work in D.C. creating and/or passing agricultural policy or working in extension encouraging farmers to adopt sustainable farming practices. She is involved in MD Wishes, ENSPire, and University Honors.

kvaitkus@terpmail.umd.edu

ENSP

Sophia Moon is majoring in Environmental Science and Policy. She is from MD and would like to pursue a Ph.D. and work for a research lab eventually becoming a professor at a university. She is involved in the vanEnglesdorp Bee Lab, University Honors, FIRE, and the Wildlife Society. 

smoon125@terpmail.umd.edu

ENST

Dan LeKites is an Environmental Science and Technology Major. He is from MD and hopes to work with a federal agency such as the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He is involved with Beta Psi Omega (Professional Biology Fraternity), The Humble Walk (Lutheran Campus Ministry), and College Park Scholars.

dan.lekites@yahoo.com

PLSC

Emma Weiss is double majoring in Plant Sciences & Agricultural Science and Technology (Horticulture). She is from MD and is interested in sustainable agriculture and international rural development. She would like to go to graduate school to specialize in agroforestry and other agroecosystem structures. She is involved in Club Climbing, Terrapin Trail Club, Longboarding Club, Horticulture Club, Barbell Club, Green Roots, and Gemstone.

eweiss21@umd.edu

NFSC

Taylor Kasoff is majoring in Nutrition and Food Science: Dietetics. She is from MD and wants to be a registered dietitian working in a clinical setting with patients with gastrointestinal issues and consulting a nonprofit on the side. She is a transfer student and involved in Club Field Hockey and the Student Dietetic Association. 

tkasoff@terpmail.umd.edu

*All AGNR Majors

Don't see your AGNR Major? Don't FRET! 

Each Peer Mentor is trained to assist students from any AGNR major. Therefore, if you do not see a Peer Mentor with your major or cannot meet with them at their scheduled office hours, feel free to meet with any of the Peer Mentors! 

What is an AGNR Peer Mentor?

Peer Mentors are an important resource in the College of AGNR. This service offers students a chance to talk with a fellow classmate about everyday campus issues, advising, registration, and more.

Peer Mentors are selected AGNR upperclassmen who have achieved good academic success while maintaining an active schedule of extracurricular activities, work, service, and more. Peer Mentors know how to manage time and get the most out of the university, and best of all, they speak your language - Peer Mentors are one of you!

What can a Peer Mentor do for me?

The Peer Mentors are available to answer questions such as the following:

  • What in the world is a 4-year plan and how am I supposed to make one?
  • VENUS has me bogged down; what am I doing wrong when trying to create my class schedule?
  • CHEM231 is not going very well; where can I get some real help?
  • My advisor's great when I need to talk about classes in my major, but isn't there someone who knows the ropes who can help me with a residence hall issue?
  • Are there things I should be doing to prepare for my advising appointments?

Peer Mentors are in a position to help with the technical aspects of course selection, schedule building, online registration, GENED requirements, general academic policy guidance, and 4-year plan and Benchmark creation. Peer Mentors can also put you in touch with other UM staff for additional help. They interact closely with the college's Office of Academic Programs (Student Services, 0107 Symons).

What is the AGNR Peer Mentor Policy?

It is the policy of the college that all new freshmen visit a Peer Mentor before scheduling an appointment with their faculty advisor. The time with the Peer Mentors will be used to check 4-year plans, Benchmark progress, as well as select a preliminary class schedule for the next term for review with their advisor. All AGNR students will continue this pre-advising appointment with a Peer Mentor for four semesters.

Peer Mentor Schedule