Mentoring

Dean's Scholars first year students will have the opportunity to build relationships with other first year peers and an experienced peer mentor during the first semester of college. Small groups of first-year students are paired with an upper class CBS peer mentor. Groups meet regularly during fall semester and perform a service project in the spring semester. Upper class CBS students have an opportunity to apply to lead one of the first year peer mentoring groups.

2015 - 2016 Dean's Scholars Peer Mentors


Lammi AgaName: Lammi Aga

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Major: Biology

Year: Junior

Fun fact: I love sports, especially football and basketball but I have a growing passion for soccer. 

Favorite aspect of Dean's Scholars: Seeing the familiar faces after going days without much personal contact. It's fun to connect with fellow Dean's Scholars. 


Erin CassidyName: Erin Cassidy

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Major: Biochemistry

Year: Junior

Fun fact: I really love to travel and experience new cities and cultures. 

Favorite aspect of Dean's Scholars: Being able to give back to the CBS Community that has given me so much.


Alissa Dean

Name: Alissa Dean

Hometown: Rochester, MN

Major: Biology

Year: Junior

Fun fact: I love to waterski and wakeboard, so I spend a lot of time on the lake during the summer.

Favorite aspect of Dean's Scholars: My favorite aspect of the Dean's Scholars program is the community that the program builds.While individuals have an opportunity for personal leadership development and engagement in service, everyone also makes an effort to get to know each other and support each other.


Chris Fuguet

Name: Chris Fuguet

Hometown: Hialeah, FL

Major: Genetics, Cell Biology and Development

Year: Senior

Fun fact: I have four dogs. 

Favorite aspect of Dean's Scholars: My favorite aspect is getting to know all of the other awesome students in Dean's Scholars. 


Christina Gengelbach

Name: Christina Gengelbach

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI

Major: Plant Biology

Year: Junior

Fun fact: I visit Idaho every year but have never eaten a potato while there! 

Favorite aspect of Dean's Scholars: The people! Everyone I have met in the Dean's Scholars Program is so unique, it is so wonderful to get to meet such a diverse group of people who share so many similar goals.


Jia Mikuls

Name: Jia Mikuls

Hometown: La Grange Park, IL

Major: Biology

Year: Junior

Fun fact: I have a dog named Cookie. 

Favorite aspect of Dean's Scholars: I love the Dean's Scholars community! I have met many of my good friends through this program and am continually amazed and inspired by them.


Rachael Pearson

Name: Rachael Pearson

Hometown: Prior Lake, MN

Major: Genetics, Cell Biology and Development

Year: Junior

Fun fact: I am half Brazilian. 

Favorite aspect of Dean's Scholars: I love the mentorship opportunities that the Dean's Scholars Program provides-there are so many things to learn from everyone.


Gabrielle Pluym

Name: Gabrielle Pluym 

Hometown: Mankato, MN

Major: Neuroscience

Year: Junior

Fun fact: I've held a monkey, stingray and alligator.

Favorite aspect of Dean's Scholars: I really enjoyed the Spring Service Project because it brings the Dean's Scholars group and the community together. It really helps you understand the aspect of service and motivates you to want to make a difference.


Nolan Schmitz

Name: Nolan Schmitz

Hometown: New Longdon - Spicer, MN

Major: Biology

Year: Junior

Fun fact: I am a fraternal triplet, two boys and one girl.  

Favorite aspect of Dean's Scholars: I enjoy the camaraderie of being in the Dean's Scholars Program.  It is a small enough group that most people in the Dean's Scholars program get to know one another on a first name basis.  It is this sense of belonging to a community with a common purpose that has helped make the University home for me. 


Isique Yang

Name: Isique Yang

Hometown: Oakdale, MN

Major: Neuroscience

Year: Junior

Fun fact: I have played piano for over 10 years, but can't fluently read music.

Favorite aspect of Dean's Scholars: My favorite aspect of dean's scholars is the commitment to development that everyone involved in the program has.  Everyone is trying to be the best they can be and inspire each other to be the best they can be as well.