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Peer Mentors are undergraduate students in the SEES department who have been recruited by faculty to serve as role models, advocates, and allies for students. SEES Peer Mentors are excellent students, but they are also individuals who have demonstrated maturity, leadership, and emotional intelligence during their time in the deparment. They work directly with our introductory lab classes (ENSCI 99, ENSCI 100, and GEO 101) to support students with lab reports, study strategies, selection of majors and/or classes, and orientation to Queens College in general.

Malik Donatien

Geology

“I am a peer mentor because of my passion for science education and communicating the Earth and environmental sciences to everyone, not just in an academic setting. I’ve been a peer mentor since Fall 2021, and I enjoy assisting my peers in the studies of Earth and environmental science. I plan to attend graduate school after completing my undergraduate studies at Queens College to become a mineralogist and economic geologist so I can work in the mineral/resource exploration sector and teach undergraduate geology courses, as well as my own research and findings, in academia.”

George Charalambous
Environmental Science 

“I am currently a lower senior and I am currently studying earthquake occurrences in sediment cores with Dr. Cecilia McHugh and NYC waterway sampling with Dr. Greg O’Mullan. I am a peer mentor because I want to help my fellow students foster an interest in and succeed in their Environmental studies.”

Rylee Heisler

Environmental Science 

“I’m a senior and am completing my undergrad in ensci. I am the secretary for the sees club as well as one of the undergrad reps. I chose to be a peer mentor because I enjoy ensci and I like participating in the lab experiments.”

Tasfia Zaman

Environmental Science 

“I am a senior at QC, and I am part of the accelerated master’s program, so I am finishing my B.S. and starting to complete my M.S. as an undergraduate. I am the vice president of the SEES Club and an undergrad representative! I am also a research assistant for the SEES department, we study how heavy metals adsorb to mineral surfaces. I am primarily interested in heavy metal contamination and the remediation of brownfields. I am a peer mentor because I want to help students succeed and love environmental science as I do!!”

Eli Bursztyn

Environmental Science & Ancient History 

“I love fencing, model boat building, and I am an unabashed dinosaur nerd. I chose to be a peer mentor because I genuinely love Environmental Science, and I want to do what I can to help other students. My office hours are Wednesdays 2-4 in D-108, and if that doesn’t work, you can always email me!”

 Ian Barragan

 History and Education 

“I enjoy history, specifically American and Greek history though lately I have been very interested in European history past 1815. I am planning on delving further in Latin American history as well since I come from Ecuador but don’t know much of its history.

I chose to become a Peer Mentor because I plan on becoming a teacher so having an active role in a classroom is great experience for the future.”

Rania Taib

Environmental Science 

“I am a research assistant for Dr.Lesnek where we are studying and helping date some of the geomorphologic surfaces of the Grand Tetons in Wyoming using Be10 and Cl36 dating. I am also interested in water quality, waste management, and how flooding is affecting coastlines as well as infrastructure in cities. I am a peer mentor because I wanted to improve my knowledge of geology as well as identifying rocks and minerals, and the one way I found effective was teaching it. I also hope to get more people to be excited to learn about our earth and its processes.”

Julia Sandke

Environmental Science 

“I’m working towards my second bachelor’s degree. I’m interested in conservation as a tool to mitigate global climate change, as well as the role of the ocean and other water resources in finding solutions for our warming planet. I became a Peer Mentor for GEOL 101 because I like meeting other students and talking about how awesome rocks can be.”

Fernando Sanmartin

 Geology

“I’m interested in volcanology and tectonics. I’m from Ecuador. Ecuador is well known for its volcanoes in cordillera of the Andes. Also known as la avenida de Los Volcanes (the avenue of Voocanos) They are three well known volcanoes. The Cotopaxi (showing signs of activity), Tungurahua (currently active) and Chimborazo (inactive) the highest point you can be on earth because if you measure it from the earths center then sea level is the highest. And is located in the equator. The reason for being a peer mentor is because it will help me develop skills for my major, improve my communication and leadership. And I would like to know more students.”

Adriana Zumba-M

Geology

“I am a sophomore, and science has been an interesting topic for me since I learned about climate change in elementary school, and I am interested to keep learning about Earth’s past and what it could look like in the future. I am a peer mentor because I want to help students by offering some of my knowledge and guidance; In addition, this experience will hopefully help me develop pedagogical skills for when I become a teacher.”

Devina Kalika

Environmental Science 

 “I am an upper junior and my major is Environmental Science (BS). Currently, I am interested in climatology. I decided to become a peer mentor because I wanted a space where I can demonstrate the knowledge I’ve gained from my major so far. However, I also found another benefit during my time as a peer mentor. I am able to reconsolidate the information I learned from earlier classes. This is great for upper classes that build off of the introductory courses!”

 Fabio Dos Santos

Geology 101 Peer Mentors

You will have several upperclassmen who will participate in our Geology 101 class, help organize
group study sessions, and offer weekly tutoring hours.

Peer Mentors in Geol 101 Lab Peer Mentors in Geol 101 Lecture

Rania
rania.taib29@qmail.cuny.edu

Devina
devina.kalika39@qmail.cuny.edu

Malik
malik.castondonatien36@qmail.cuny.edu

Julia
julia.sandke63@qmail.cuny.edu

Fabio
fabio.dossantos34@qmail.cuny.edu

Fernando
fernando.sanmartin20@qmail.cuny.edu

Weekly Peer Mentor Tutoring Hours
Location: Science Building, 1st Floor, Room D-108.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Malik

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Malik

12:15 – 1:15

Rania

2:15 – 4:15 pm

Fabio

12:00 – 2:00 pm

Fernando

2:00-4:00 pm

Devina

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Julia

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Julia

3:15 – 4:15 pm

Rania