Wilkes University

Honors Peer Mentors

Are you excited about the Wilkes Honors community and the chance to share that excitement with others? Are you open to meeting new people and learning from them as much as they might learn from you?

Be an Honors Peer Mentor.

  • Serve from January to January.
  • Attend a January training workshop to discuss current honors information, forms, and policies and to frame the role as advisors to fellow students.
  • After pairing with incoming students upon their acceptance to the Honors Program, communicate with them regularly throughout the spring, summer and fall to welcome them to the community.
  • Answer questions from anyone in the honors community relevant to their own experiences about classes, majors, opportunities and (most importantly) all the available campus resources that most fully and comprehensively support student interests and needs.
  • Attend mentor/mentee events, such as the September ice cream social and a fall semester movie night.
  • Maintain good standing within the Honors Program.

You will receive information about participation at each year’s fall semester cohort meeting. Applications are due by Nov. 15.

Apply Now

Current Peers

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Nicole O'Rourke

Cohort: 2024
Major: Biology
Minor: Chemistry

My name's Nicole and I'm a biology major on a pre-vet track. I'm from Staten Island, NY and play softball for Wilkes. I enjoy listening to music and hiking and also love hanging out with my friends.

Ask me about...

  • Academic Research
  • Honors and Sports
  • Honors and Science
  • Clubs and extracurriculars
  • HPSC
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Kalyn Lash

Cohort: 2023
Majors: Biology & Neuroscience

I am from Dover, Pennsylvania. I am an officer of Psychology Club. I am a Teaching Assistant for BIO 121 and 122, and I also work in Admissions! I also participate in research on campus, and hope to attend medical school. A fun fact about me is that I could eat pasta for every meal!

Ask me about...

  • Academic Research
  • Community Service
  • Honors and Science
  • Honors and Pre-med
  • Honors and Social Sciences
  • Clubs and extracurriculars
  • Work study
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Bhavika (Nikki) Dawar

Cohort: 2025
Major: Biology, Pre-Med
Minors: Chemistry and Women & Gender Studies

My name is Bhavika but I go by Nikki! I am from Sparta New Jersey. Some of my favorite activities include shopping, dancing, and watching Jersey Shore!

Ask me about...

  • Academic Research
  • Community Service
  • Honors and Science
  • Honors and Pre-med
  • Clubs and extracurriculars
  • Work study
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Eliza Cant

Cohort: 2024
Major: Biology, Pre-Med
Minors: History, Spanish & Chemistry

Hi I'm Eliza! I'm a sophomore resident Biology and pre-med major and I hope to be a pediatrician one day. I'm originally from Australia but have lived in the US for most of my life and have actually lived in five different states. I'm a huge animal person and love to talk about anything nerdy. I also love talking about what I study so if you have any questions don't be afraid to ask.

Ask me about...

  • Academic Research
  • Honors and Science
  • Honors and Pre-med
  • Clubs and extracurriculars
  • Study abroad
  • Internships
  • Work study
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Michael Nowak

Cohort: 2024
Major: Electrical Engineering
Minors: Computer Engineering

Hello! My name is Michael, and I am from Mayfield, Pennsylvania, which is about twenty minutes north of Scranton. I chose Wilkes because of its smaller campus, engineering program, and distance from my home. At Wilkes, I am a currently a sophomore and a member of the 2024 cohort for the Honors Program. In addition to that, I have a two work study job as an Admissions Ambassador at the Admissions Office and a TA/Tutor for the Electrical Engineering and Physics Department. Additionally, I am the Event Coordinator for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Chapter at Wilkes and the Secretary of the Engineering Student's Activities Committee. In my free time, I watch or play sports and go hunting and fishing. I am also an Eagle Scout and do community service whenever I can.

Ask me about...

  • Honors and Science
  • Clubs and extracurriculars
  • Internships
  • Work study
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Mel Fouts

Cohort: 2023
Major: Environmental Engineering
Minors: Sustainability Management

My family lives in Fulton, MO with my cat and dog. I enjoy spending time with friends, especially for studying. My favorite color is Crayola's cerulean blue and my favorite place to eat on campus is the POD. I spend way too much money at Starbucks and on food from Eden cafe on Main Street.

Ask me about...

  • Academic Conferences
  • Academic Research
  • Honors and Science
  • Clubs and extracurriculars
  • HPSC
  • Work study
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Charlesie Rowles

Cohort: 2023
Major: Medical Laboratory Science

Hi, I'm Charlesie! I'm from Tunkhannock, PA, which is about 45 minutes from Wilkes. I commute everyday from home, where I live with my family and dogs! Besides academics, I am also involved in WEBS here on campus and it is a blast! I am also a TA for BIO 121. I also work part time at Walgreens as a pharmacy technician! I won't be on campus for the 2022-2023 school year, since I will be at Guthrie RPH completing my clinical year, but feel free to reach out!

Ask me about...

  • Honors and Science
  • Clubs and extracurriculars
  • Work study
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Jack Burch

Cohort: 2024
Major: Neuroscience
Minors: Chemistry & Psychology

Hey! I'm Jack! I am from York, Pennsylvania, and I am a sophomore neuroscience major and pre-med student here at Wilkes. I really enjoy the outdoors and spending time with friends. A fun fact about me is after Wilkes I will be attending the Penn State College of Medicine as part of the early assurance program Wilkes has with them!

Ask me about...

  • Academic Research
  • Community Service
  • Honors and Science
  • Honors and Pre-med
  • Clubs and extracurriculars
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Sydney Farmer

Cohort: 2025
Major: Nursing
Minor: Spanish

Hi I am Sydney, and I am from Lacey, New Jersey! A fun fact about me is that I have two little brothers!

Ask me about...

  • Academic Research
  • Honors and Sports
  • Honors and Science
  • Clubs and extracurriculars
  • HPSC
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Megan Makovsky

Cohort: 2023
Major: Pharmacy
Minor: Spanish

Hi! My name is Megan Makovsky and I am from Fleetwood, PA. A fun fact about me is that I used to give tours at a cave in the summer, and now I work in the pharmacy in a hospital near my home.

Ask me about...

  • Community Service
  • Honors and Pharmacy
  • Honors and being a RA
  • Clubs and extracurriculars
  • Study abroad
  • Work study
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Nicole Middleton

Cohort: 2023
Major: Pharmacy
Concentration: Public Health

Hi! My name is Nicole, and I'm from Yardley, PA. I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, binge watching TV, and online shopping. I am an RA and an economics tutor on campus. I am also apart of various clubs. Feel free to reach out with any questions!

Ask me about...

  • Honors and Pharmacy
  • Honors and being a RA
  • Clubs and extracurriculars
  • Work study
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Dhimosten Duka

Cohort: 2025
Major: Pharmacy
Minor: Business Administration

Hi! My name is Dhimo, I am from Stroudsburg but originally from Albania! Something everyone should know about me is that I am very approachable, I enjoy lifting, investing, science and I am a great listener!

Ask me about...

  • Honors and Pharmacy
  • Honors and Science
  • Work study
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Chloe Gilbert

Cohort: 2023
Major: Pharmacy

I grew up in the small town of Oley, Pennsylvania. I enjoy spending time outdoors, hunting, working out, and spending time with friends and family. A fun fact about me is that I have a twin sister who is also attending Wilkes for pharmacy.

Ask me about...

  • Academic Conferences
  • Academic Research
  • Community Service
  • Honors and Pharmacy
  • Clubs and extracurriculars
  • Internships
  • Work study
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Abigail Lewis

Cohort: 2024
Major: Pharmacy
Minors: Neuroscience

Hello! My name is Abby Lewis and I am from Troy, PA, which is about two hours north of Wilkes-Barre. I am majoring in pharmacy and minoring in neuroscience. A few random facts about myself is that I work as a lifeguard over the summer, I have a new chocolate lab puppy, my favorite food is chicken and broccoli alfredo from Applebees, and contrary to popular belief, I don't actually like running.

Ask me about...

  • Honors and Sports
  • Honors and Pharmacy
  • Work study
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Keiana Faltz

Cohort: 2023
Major: Pharmacy

Hi! My name is Keiana Faltz and I grew up right in Wilkes-Barre! I'm majoring in Pharmacy with a concentration in Public Health. When I'm not at school or working, I love spending time at home with all 7 of my pets!

Ask me about...

  • Academic Conferences
  • Community Service
  • Honors and Pharmacy
  • Clubs and extracurriculars
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Grace O'Toole

Cohort: 2023
Major: Pharmacy
Concentration: Public Health

Hi, I'm Grace! I am from Loysville, Pennsylvania, a small town in Perry County. I am a P1 pharmacy student at Wilkes. On campus, I am a Resident Assistant and am part of three pharmacy clubs: LKS, ASHP, and APhA. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, playing the piano, and hanging out with my friends and family. I also love to spend time outside hiking and kayaking. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me!

Ask me about...

  • Honors and Pharmacy
  • Honors and Science
  • Honors and being a RA
  • Clubs and extracurriculars
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Brynn Gilbert

Cohort: 2023
Major: Pharmacy

Hello, I am from Oley, Pennsylvania and I am in the pharmacy program at Wilkes. I enjoy spending time at the beach, surfing, and paddle boarding. I also have a twin sister.

Ask me about...

  • Academic Research
  • Honors and Pharmacy
  • Honors and Science
  • Clubs and extracurriculars
  • Work study
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Liz Cherinka

Cohort: 2024
Majors: Pharmacy & History

I am a pharmacy and history double major, and I am the social media manager and LA&E columnist for The Beacon, Wilkes' newspaper. I am from Forty Fort, PA, right across the river, so I have basically been raised around Wilkes. I also work at a Weis Pharmacy in Nanticoke as a technician, about twenty minutes away from campus. A fun fact about myself is that I love to travel! I have been to 38 states (and counting).

Ask me about...

  • Honors and Pharmacy
  • Honors and Science
  • Honors and Social Sciences
  • Clubs and extracurriculars
  • Work study
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Morgan Steiner

Cohort: 2025
Majors: Political Science & International Relations
Minor: Legal Studies

Hi, I'm Morgan! I'm from a town called Moscow about an hour from Wilkes. I have two cats at home, Chairman Meow and Kafka. When I'm not at school, I like to read, watch movies, hang out with my friends, and play soccer.

Ask me about...

  • Honors and Social Sciences
  • Music
  • Clubs and extracurriculars
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Kaelin Hughes

Cohort: 2024
Majors: Political Science & History
Minor: Policy Studies

Hi, I'm Kae! I'm from Great Bend, Pennsylvania, which about an hour and a half north from campus. I'm a Political Science and History double major, with a minor in Policy Studies. On campus, I am involved in HPSC, Programming Board, and I'm currently the RA for Waller South (the first-year honors building)! In my free time, I enjoy playing my instruments, binge watching Netflix, playing video games, or scrolling through TikTok. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me!

Ask me about...

  • Honors and being a RA
  • Honors and Social Sciences
  • Clubs and extracurriculars
  • HPSC
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Carolyn Purdy

Cohort: 2024
Major: Psychology
Minor: Neuroscience

Hi! I am Carolyn, I am from Lansdale, PA (outside of Philadelphia). A fun fact about me is that Professor McLaughlin, the Honors & Scholars Program Coordinator and I, graduated from the same high school.

Ask me about...

  • Honors and the Creative Arts
  • Honors and Social Sciences
  • Clubs and extracurriculars
  • Study abroad

Contact

Jen McLaughlin
jennifer.mclaughlin1@wilkes.edu
570-408-7831