Peer Mentors

AGNR Peer Mentors are here to help! Feel free to drop by Symons Hall, Room 0107 in-person or email a peer mentor to request an appointment!

Meet your AGNR Peer Mentors!


Jason is smiling and standing in front of a window, wearing a grey jacket over a red tee.

Jason Lee (he/him) hails from Ellicott City, MD and just recently graduated from the Institute of Applied Agriculture (IAA) where he studied Agricultural Leadership & Communications. Now a junior majoring in Agricultural & Resource Economics, he is strongly interested in agricultural economic policy and the political process. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys hiking, playing guitar, reading, and participating in university clubs like Paint & Shells and Vintage Voices.  (


Beca is working on the campus farm and hugging a sheep named Ernie

Beca Fuquen (they/them) is a junior pursuing a dual degree in Animal Science and Studio Art. They are a huge fan of the College of AGNR, as it has provided so many opportunities to learn and grow, and they are very involved on campus, with groups like the Maryland Equestrian Club and Sigma Alpha. Outside of school, Beca loves camping, swimming, hiking, playing video games, and listening to music. (


Megan is dressed in grey overalls, smiling and hugging a lamb on the campus farm

Megan Baranowsky (she/her) is a junior Animal Science major pursuing a minor in General Business. She is from Vienna, VA, where she works as a vet tech in her free time. On campus, Megan works in the Canine Language & Perception Lab and is also very involved as the Vice President for One Health Club, Co-Service Chair for Pre-Vet Society, Group Leader for Terps Raising Pups, and member of PSE (a co-ed business fraternity). Outside of the classroom, Megan enjoys visiting Bean, the UMD Campus Farm cat, and taking her dogs on hikes whenever she gets the chance. (


Maria is wearing a blue top and grey blazer, posing in front of pillars on campus

Maria Lanasa (she/her) is a senior double-majoring in Operations Management & Business Analytics and Environmental Science & Policy with a concentration in Environmental Economics. On campus, she serves as a member of the AGNR Dean's Student Advisory Council and is the current Vice President of ENSPire. She is from Gaithersburg, Maryland, and her favorite place to study on campus is the McKeldin Library Portico. (


Caroline is holding a shovel and smiling while working with soil in a wetland

Caroline Melton (she/her) is a sophomore from Kensington, MD, majoring in Environmental Science and Technology: Soil and Watershed Sciences with a minor in Geochemistry. After graduation, she hopes to continue her education and earn her Master's in Environmental Science. On campus, she is a member of Epsilon Eta, the professional environmental science fraternity, and loves spending time outside and hiking. (


Kaity is standing in a wooded area, wearing a black tank top with a blue scarf in her hair

Kaity Deaner (she/her) is a junior majoring in Dietetics. She's from Port Deposit, MD, and plans on becoming a Registered Dietitian after graduation. In addition to being an AGNR Peer Mentor, she is also an AGNR Ambassador, Co-Events Coordinator for Preventing Sexual Assault, and is a member of the Student Dietetic Association. (


Kevin is wearing a grey heathered tee and smiling for the camera

Kevin Lam (he/him) is a sophomore from Philadelphia and is majoring in Food Science. On campus, Kevin participates in the Food Science Club, Terrapin Record Label, and WMUC Radio; in his free time, he enjoys cooking, playing squash, and learning both piano and guitar. After graduation, Kevin plans to pursue a career with FDA or USDA. Until then, he is continuing to explore other exciting opportunities in the food industry. (


Grazelle is smiling in a white sweatshirt, eating at Hawkers Asian Street Food in Bethesda, MD


Grazelle Giray (she/her) is a junior majoring in Landscape Architecture and Sustainability Studies minor from New Carrollton, Maryland. One day, she plans to work at an urban design landscape architecture firm that specializes in sustainability and planting design. On campus, she volunteers at the UMD Community Learning Garden and is a member of SASLA and Epsilon Eta. (


Grace is wearing a light blue shirt and standing in a field of sunflowers

Grace Tisone (she/her) is majoring in Plant Science with a concentration in Plant Biology. She is from Prince Frederick, Maryland and wants to attend graduate school to work in research. On campus, she is an AGNR Student Ambassador, member of Sigma Alpha, and the PSLA Representative for the AGNR Dean's Student Advisory Council. She also works in a plant genetics lab and is serving as a 2023 Campus Ambassador for Agriculture Future of America (AFA). In her free time she loves to travel and learn about agriculture in different cultures. (

*All AGNR Majors

Don't see someone with the same AGNR major/concentration as yours? 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! 

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