Meet our 2019-2020 Peer Mentors!

The Peer Mentoring Program is designed to provide support to undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing research and inquiry.  Our peer mentors are wonderful undergraduate and graduate students who represent active researchers and role models from FAU's colleges and partner campuses. If you are interested in participating in undergraduate research or have questions related to how you can get started in research please email one of the mentors in your college to set up a time to meet.  Mentors are available to meet on the Boca Raton and Jupiter Campuses! The Peer Mentor page can tell you more about how YOU can become a mentor too! 

Come visit a Peer Mentor in OURI during their Office Hours

Peer Mentors are available to meet in person by appointment or during their office hours.  


Boca Campus: GS 212


  • Caralin:  9:00-11:00am
  • Sky:  12:30-3:00pm


  • Giselle: 9:00-11:00am
  • Sydney: 1:00-4:00pm
  • Kelly: 4:00-5:00pm 


  • Alexis:  9:00-11:00am 


Jupiter Campus: HC 112


  • Jessica: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 


  • Olivia: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Jessica: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


  • Olivia: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Davie Campus: West Building, Room 431


  • Toluleke: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


2019-2020 Peer Mentors

  Email: College & Major: Research Interest: Hobbies:
Alexis Base

alexis College of Engineering and Computer Science, majoring in Ocean Engineering Underwater Exploration, Identification of Species, and Protecting Reefs from Invasive Species.  Fishing and 3D Print ing    
Caralin Branscum

caralin College of Design and Social Inquiry, Graduate Student majoring in Criminal Justice I’m currently a student in the Master of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice program. I participated in undergraduate research starting my sophomore year of college and I graduated from FAU with my Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Criminal Justice and my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in Spring 2018. My research focuses on legal studies, specifically involving the analysis of state legislation for various criminal justice topics. I’ve studied how state legislation addresses sexual assault, stalking, and most recently, human trafficking. I’m extremely passionate about my research, being a peer mentor, and encouraging other students to see out academic and creative opportunities through our office and FAU.
Sydney Elney

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My research focuses on gender equality, behavioral finance, banks and banking, business strategy, disruptive innovation, forecasting and prediction, operations, performance effectiveness, product positioning and social entrepreneurship. Fun Fact: Glitter is my favorite color
Amrita Ghaness

amrita College of Education, Graduate Student majoring in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 

My current research focuses on the therapeutic relationship, or the relationship between a therapist and a client. Specifically, we are looking at how verbal and nonverbal behaviors influence the therapeutic relationship and how the therapeutic relationship affects client outcomes. 



My hobbies include swimming, listening to music, and spending time outside. 

Giselle Shim

giselle College of Science, majoring in Biology Cancer and neurological research, and how different drugs effect neurological functions.  My hobbies include photography, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. 
Jessica Young

jessica Wilkes Honors College, majoring in Geoscience, Environmental Science, Writing 3D and 2D modeling, data visualizations, visual narratives, snails Art, gardening

Toluleke Famuyiwa 

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I like playing chess and watching comedy shows and movies. I like having an interesting conversation with people (even people that don't think or look like me).

Kelly Thomas

kelly College of Education majoring in Exceptional  student  education  Research interests: Emotional & Behavioral Disorders (EBD) in education. 


Current research: How culture affects the disproportionatality of students identified with or at risk of developing EBD.  

Running, reading, the beach, spending time with my family, football (New Orleans Saints), and watching my son play baseball (coach pitch - Little League). 

Skylar Hooler 

Skylar College of Science, majoring in Geoscience My research focuses on using water chemistry to delineate water flow paths and characterize surface water-groundwater interactions through a combination of field, laboratory, and modeling techniques. We explore relationships between factors that influence water chemistry such as biogeochemistry, geologic setting, and human activities.  Surfing, playing beach volleyball, gardening, cooking and traveling. 

Olivia Curtis

Olivia Wilkes Honors College, majoring in Liberal Arts and Science I enjoy researching about dementia. My research interests include ways of preventing dementia through lifestyle changes, such as diet and physical activity. I also enjoy researching about non-pharmaceutical interventions that could improve dementia symptoms, such as ballroom dancing.  Weight-lifting and trying new foods. 
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