Peer Mentor Spotlights

In collaboration with faculty advising partners, E&S Peer Mentors welcome and support new students. Peer Mentors play a critical role in helping new students navigate their first year at Cornell. Mentoring is an opportunity to pay it forward and share your wisdom and experience.

Interested to join the mentoring team? Look for a call for applications in the spring semester.

 

Meet Peer Mentors Past & Present

Peer Mentor Spotlight

Erin Connolly

Current Mentor

Erin Connolly is a rising senior in E&S with a passion for understanding how diseases interact with the environment, having designed a concentration that explores areas of disease ecology, entomology, and various infectious agents within ecosystems. She is pursuing minors in Infectious Disease Biology, Fine Art, Entomology, and Fungal Biology. Erin works in the Murdock Lab and has received a summer stipend through the CIHMID Undergraduate Research Program to study temperature and humidity effects on mosquitoes. In her free time, Erin enjoys oil painting and looking for mushrooms in the Ithaca area. Her Instagram account is @erincannoli 

Peer Mentor Spotlight

Brandon Restler

Brandon is a junior Environment & Sustainability major with a concentration in Policy & Governance and a minor in Public Policy. He's a member of several clubs including Climate Justice Cornell, Cornell Democrats, and the Cornell Coffee Club. He also lives in an on-campus cooperative house and helps manage the kitchen there. He's recently been involved in research with Dr. Shorna Allred about the environmental stewardship and cultural practices of the Penan people, an indigenous group mostly located in Bornean Malaysia. Some of his other interests include learning about nature/culture relations and public opinion polling about environmental and political issues. He hopes to have a career in environmental law, environmental policy analysis, or some other environment-related field that uses social science as a lens for contextualizing environmental issues.

Peer Mentor Spotlight

Adam Sharifi

Adam Sharifi is a rising junior in CALS studying Environment and Sustainability with a concentration in Environmental Biology and Applied Ecology. His current passion is research and he hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in the field of sustainable agriculture. He enjoys being outdoors and loves to run around the beauty that Ithaca has to offer! 

Peer Mentor Spotlight

Miranda deBruyne

Miranda is a rising senior studying Environment & Sustainability with a concentration in Sustainable Business. She is passionate about corporate sustainability, zero waste living, and circular economies. On-campus, Miranda is an active member of Cornell Sustainability Consultants where she combines her desire to help businesses become more sustainable with her experience in solid waste policy. In the fall of 2020, Miranda interned for Foundation for Climate Restoration, a non-profit hoping to restore atmospheric carbon dioxide to pre-industrial levels by 2050. She has also interned for the SWEEP Standard and worked at a zero waste store, Eco Now. In the summer of 2021, she will be working in NYC at Galaxy Digital, a financial services company, as an ESG & Sustainability Intern. In addition to this, Miranda loves otters, watching New Girl, and Lorde music. 

Peer Mentor Spotlight

Amanda Edwards

Amanda Edwards is a junior in E&S concentrating in Sustainable Business and Environmental Economics with a minor in Astrobiology. In her free time, she is a member of Epsilon Eta and is the Greeks Go Green chair of Kappa Delta. She is also a Cornell ambassador for Earth Brands and works on campus as a Student Sustainability Coordinator. Currently, Amanda is working on dendrochronology research at Cornell and hopes to continue research throughout her undergraduate career. When she isn't in class or working on research,  Amanda spends her time watching true crime shows on Netflix and collecting rocks. She hopes to work for National Geographic someday and work in climate change research. 

Peer Mentor Spotlight

Liza Wadell

My name is Liza Wadell! I am a rising sophomore studying Environment and Sustainability, and I am especially interested in environmental economics. On campus, I am active in band and a professional fraternity called Alpha Zeta! This summer I'm in Ecuador doing research in the Amazon, so I have been spending lots of time outside and practicing my Spanish. I love being outside, music, and learning new things! My insta is @elizawadell.   :)

Peer Mentor Spotlight

Raymond Pan

Hi, my name is Raymond Pan, and I am a sophomore from Athens, Georgia. I am an E&S major concentrating in Sustainable Agriculture and double minoring in Business and Sustainable Cropping Systems. At Cornell, I am involved in the Cornell Bee Club, Cornell Running Club, Cornell Angler Society, and MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences). I love listening to country music, fishing, and having a good time with my friends, A fun fact about myself is that I am working on learning Spanish, but I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese and a local dialect in China called Fuzhounese. 

Erin Connolly, Class of 2023, E&S Major
Brandon Restler, Class of 2024, E&S Major
Adam Sharifi Pic
Miranda deBruyne
Amanda Edwards
Liza Wadell
Raymond Pan