Peer Mentors

Starting in Mid-September:  Meet your CHC Peer Mentors!

Peer mentors are here to help first-year CHC students navigate the often unclear and confusing moments that arise during everyone's academic journey. More than that, they are here to help support you and offer their personal perspectives and experiences on a myriad of aspects of student life including the CHC curriculum and requirements, how to balance your schedule, how to get involved in campus, and how to find resources to help alleviate other concerns. 

Through the Peer Mentoring Program, we aim for you to achieve:

A sense of community and the opportunity to make multiple connections within the Clark Honors College.

Comfort with navigating the University of Oregon campus, programs, and resources, as well as the surrounding Eugene area.

A strong skill set to take action and the tools to self-advocate for your needs as a student.

Confidence in your ability to achieve your professional, academic, and personal goals.

You will receive a welcome email from your Peer Mentor in the first week of Fall term. If you are uncertain who your Peer Mentor is, email Dr. Rovak ( to confirm!



Eli Bernell

Second-Year CHC Student, Planning, Public Policy, and Management Major

Hey everyone my name is Eli Bernell! I’m going to be a sophomore in the Planning, Public Policy and Management program. I love playing baseball, basketball and tennis. I also enjoy playing guitar and piano and cooking is also pretty fun. I am so excited to be a part of this program and get to work with all you and  have an awesome school year.

Abbi Biggs

Second-Year CHC student, Neuroscience and Spanish major

Hi, everyone! My name is Abbi, and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I’m following a pre-med track and hope to be a neurologist or neurosurgeon in the future. Some things I enjoy are good coffee, music, and outdoor activities—paddleboarding, hiking, and cross-country skiing. As a Peer Mentor, I’ll offer advice related to the CHC, science courses, and the Spanish language. I’m also happy to give advice on things that don’t pertain to school. I’m looking forward to meeting and working with you!

Aaron Georis

Fourth-Year CHC student, Philosophy and Political Science major

Hi y’all! My name is Aaron and I’m a fourth-year student at UO, originally from Monterey, California. I’m pursuing a double major in Philosophy and Political Science and a double minor in English and Global Service; I’m the managing editor for Ex Animo, the undergraduate philosophy journal, and a regular volunteer with the Holden Center. Post-graduation I’m hoping to join the Peace Corps and pursue a career in education.

Amanda Kurtz

Fourth-year CHC student, Biochemistry major

Hi everyone my name is Amanda Kurtz, and I am a fourth year biochemistry major here at UO. Around campus, I am involved in research, clubs such as Women in STEM and swim, and volunteering at the Urban Farm. After college I hope to work for the CDC and get a masters in public health. While I’m originally from Virginia, I have some experience in the PNW way of life in terms of coffee, hikes, and lots of sweaters.  When I’m not on campus I’m doing something that involves either food or nature.

Analise Levy

Second-Year CHC student, Psychology major

Hi!! My name is Analise, and I am a sophomore from Denver, Colorado. I am majoring in psychology and planning to be a part of the CHC’s 3 + 3 Law program.  Outside of school you can find me looking for cute new spots in Eugene or hanging out at UO’s Hillel. I’m a trip initiator with the UO Outdoor Program, so if you ever want to help me plan some fun adventures, let me know!  As a Peer Mentor, I hope that I can be a friendly face and your go-to person for all things college-related.

Devan McClain

Fourth-Year CHC Student, Planning, Public Policy, and Management Major

Hello, everyone! My name is Devan and I’m a fourth-year student in the School of Planning, Public Policy, & Management with minors in global service and disability studies. When I’m not in class, you’ll likely find me at a local coffee shop or hiking and camping around the PNW. This is my third year as a Peer Mentor and I’m looking forward to building community in the CHC, as well as to working with students to find paths that blend professional goals and personal fulfillment.

Ellie Mackey

Third-year CHC student, Marine Biology major

Hey y’all!! My name is Ellie (she/her) and this is my third year at UO. I am gluten free (not by choice), a Scottish highland dancer (if you’ve got ten hours to spare, ask me about it). I’m from Pennsylvania, I’m majoring in marine biology, and I spend my summer working on a deserted island in the outer banks (yes, like the show). I don’t think cilantro tastes like soap, and I will try just about anything once. If you’re looking for an adventure, hit me up!

Helia Megowan

Fourth-year CHC student, Biology major

Hi! My name is Helia Megowan and I am a fourth year biology major from Portland, Oregon. I also spent a lot of my childhood and high school years in Germany, so let me know if you want to learn more about living abroad! I love to read, cook (ask me for book or recipe recommendations), be outdoors, work out at the rec, and spend time with my friends and family. After college, I am hoping to join the Peace Corps. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and being your go-to person on campus :)

Danny Nguyen

Second-Year CHC Student, Human Physiology majors

Hey y’all! My name is Danny, and I am from Portland, OR.  I am a sophomore, pre-med, majoring in Human Physiology and minoring in Global Health. I enjoy lots of activities such as surfing, volleyball, biking, and sitting on the lawn listening to some music. I am always happy to answer any questions related to STEM as it can confusing and difficult at times, and just general college questions. Looking forward to helping y’all out as peer mentor!

Julia Rehmann

Fourth-year CHC student, Psychology and Family and Human Services major

Hey y’all! My name is Julia (she/her), and I’m super psyched to be entering my third year at the UO. I’m from Portland and am majoring in psychology and family and human services with a minor in legal studies. I love being outside and I’m always down for a day hike, bouldering session, camping trip, or backpacking adventure. Some other side passions of mine include theatre and baking, so if you’re ever in need of a birthday cake or a friend to go to a show with, I’ll be there!

Mia Owen

Second-Year CHC Student, Landscape Architecture major

Hi everyone! My name is Mia, and I am a sophomore in the CHC majoring in Landscape Architecture. Some of my interests include yoga, running, hiking, camping, and taking care of plants. I love being outside! I am also a good resource for any School of Design-related questions, whether that be deciding a major or even navigating the building. I would love to meet up and talk about anything you want, school-related, friend-related, work-related. I look forward to meeting you all!

Sam Schroeder

Second-Year CHC student, Exploring major

Hi everyone! My name is Sam Schroeder, and I am a sophomore here at the UO. I am still undecided about a major but am leaning towards economics with a minor in creative writing. Outside of the classroom, I play club ultimate frisbee along with other intramural sports including soccer, volleyball, and basketball. I am excited to be a resource for other undecided students who may feel conflicted about a major.