B.E.S.T. Peer Mentors


Meet your Fall 2017 B.E.S.T. Peer Mentors!

Peer mentors are upperclassmen in the Biology major who aim to help new first-year students in the B.E.S.T. learning community transition smoothly into the Biology major and the Iowa State University campus.

This fall, first-year Biology students in the B.E.S.T. learning community will have the opportunity to work with the following peer mentors:

Cordell Billups

Name: Cordell Billups

Year: Sophomore

Interest Area: Pre-Med/Human Health

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Email: cbillups@iastate.edu


Madison Durflinger

Name: Madison Durflinger

Year: Junior

Interest Area: Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Hometown: Eldon, IA

Email: madurf@iastate.edu


David McHugh

Name: David McHugh

Year: Sophomore

Interest Areas: Pre-Med/Human Health

Hometown: Naperville, IL

Email: drmchugh@iastate.edu


Emily Mejstrik

Name: Emily Mejstrik

Year: Senior

Interest Areas: Conservation and Marine Biology

Hometown: Treynor, IA

Email: mejstrik@iastate.edu


Kaitlyn Murphy

Name: Kaitlyn Murphy

Year: Graduating Junior

Interest Area: Animal Biology

Hometown: Council Bluffs, IA

Email: kmurphy1@iastate.edu


Brandon Washington

Name: Brandon Washington

Year: Senior

Interest Area: Biology Education and Human Health

Hometown: Arlington, TX

Email: bwash@iastate.edu


Sydney Weldon

Name: Sydney Weldon

Year: Junior

Interest Areas: Ecology and Conservation

Hometown: Waterloo, IA

Email: smweldon@iastate.edu


Anna Zmich

Name: Anna Zmich

Year: Junior

Interest Areas: Cellular and Molecular Biology

Hometown: Rosemount, MN

Email: apzmich@iastate.edu