Galina Belolipetski is in her fifth year studying computer science, music composition, and creative technologies. She enjoys writing code, composing for the Cube and small ensembles, and experimenting with new activities. From Honors courses, to one-on-one mentorship with professors, to unexpected connections and opportunities, to living with her peers in a residential college, she believes that the Honors College has had a significant influence in her development as both an individual and future professional. Galina is excited to be a part of HPAC to help guide others through their own honors experience.
Kira Bourret is a senior Biochemistry major with minors in Medicine and Society and Chemistry, and she plans to attend medical school after her time at Virginia Tech. Kira entered Honors in the fall of her sophomore year. She has participated in a UH 4504: Honors Discovery and Innovation Studio focused on Medicare and presented her research from this course at the Honors Undergraduate Research Symposium. In like manner, she will take UH 3984: Biomedical Ethics in Fall 2018 and has earned honors credit by working as a teaching assistant for first-year biology courses. Kira has served and University Orientation leader and a mentor in the DaVinci Living-Learning Community. She is also a member of the American Medical Student Association Chapter at Virginia Tech and the VT Running Club. In her role as an honors peer advisor, she looks forward to meeting new colleagues in honors and helping them discover the opportunities that will enhance their experience at Virginia Tech.
Erin Deshazo is a junior from Richmond, Virginia, studying Food Science and Technology and minoring in Civic Agriculture and Food Systems. She is the recipient of the Tyson Brands Fund for Excellence Award in 2018. Erin is passionate about health and fitness, a member of the VT Swim Club, and active in her sorority, Pi Beta Phi. She has been in the Honors College since coming to VT in 2016 and participated in honors seminars, honors courses in various departments, and faculty-student agreements. Erin looks forward to working as a peer advisor this year because she knows how difficult it can be to plan for four years of personal, intellectual, and professional growth. She is eager to help students learn about the opportunities in the Honors College and to assist them in developing their own specialized paths.
P’trice Jones is a senior pursuing a double major in psychology and sociology and will eventually seek a PhD in Clinical Psychology. She serves in several positions on campus, including student ambassador for both the College of Science and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and President of the VT chapter of the Association of Black Psychologists. P’Trice came into the Honors College in her sophomore year, and she has made strong use of the special opportunities and support available only to honors students to enhance her intellectual and professional development. As an HPAC advisor, she looks forward to meeting new people and hopes to “pay it forward,” to help students take advantage of their honors experience, just as her HPAC advisors helped her.
Rachel Kanefsky is a junior double-majoring in Animal and Poultry Sciences and Dairy Science: she is interested in becoming an international extension agent. Rachel serves as a Hokie Ambassador and an ambassador for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She is also also a member of the Virginia Tech Dairy Judging Team and of Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority. Rachel is engaged in significant undergraduate research on campus and is eager to to help others get similarly involved. In Spring 2018, Rachel was named the 1956 Ut Prosim Odyssey Fellow: she will do research in Senegal in Summer 2018 as part of her fellowship, and she would love to help others take advantage of the experiential learning possibilities and resources in the college. This is Rachel’s second year as a Honors Peer Advisor, and she looks forward to another rewarding year of helping others navigate the challenges, expectations, and opportunities of being in the Honors College.
Dominique Ngo is a senior majoring in Spanish and Biology with a Medicine and Society minor. She conducts research on the Zika virus, and she will soon apply to graduate programs in Global Public Health. Dominique entered Virginia Tech as an Honors Calhoun Scholar and has lived in the Honors Residential Commons Living-Learning Community for four years. She serves on both the College of Science Dean’s Leadership Council and the Honors College Student Council. Dominique has experience earning honor’s credit through research, the Integrated Science Program, and study abroad (she studied in Chile in Spring 2018). As an HPAC advisor, she wants to help make honors experiences accessible and valuable for everyone in the college.
Lauren Weaver is a junior pursuing a B.A. in Spanish, a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences, an Honors Laureate Diploma in Neuroscience, Medicine, and Culture, and a Chemistry minor. A recently-certified nurse assistant, she will seek to combine her passions for Spanish, medicine, and serving others as a physician or physician assistant. Lauren is a recipient of the Calhoun Liberal Arts Scholarship and has served for two years as a peer mentor in the Honors Residential Commons Living-Learning Community. She is deeply engaged in service activities: she is the Activities Director for College Mentors for Kids at Virginia Tech, a member of the Dining Services Student Advising Committee, volunteers at Warm Hearth Retirement Community, and when at home in Pasadena, Maryland, she works in the childcare and membership departments at the YMCA. As an HPAC advisor, Lauren hopes to guide honors students of all backgrounds through choosing majors and minors and navigating scheduling conflicts while illuminating the extraordinary opportunities the college has to offer.