A key part of the success of the Scots Science Scholars program is the peer mentors. These students serve as the first guides to the Maryville College Campus, the Sutton Science Center, and everything else Maryville College. Most importantly, they are role models and advisers for our new S3 students . In order to be chosen as an S3 peer mentor, Maryville College STEM students must apply for these highly competitive positions. Each year it has been both an exciting and difficult choice because we have so many wonderful and talented STEM students here.
Without further delay, we proudly announce this year’s peer mentors:
Bethany Evans is a rising junior chemistry major from Tellico Plains, TN. On campus, she’s involved with the American Chemical Society, and Student Government Association. Among her interests, Bethany lists tea, cats, and titrating. She offers the following quote by Marie Curie to our incoming STEM students:
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
Tanner Curren is our youngest peer mentor, so he will be most familiar with what our new students are going through as they adjust to college life. Tanner is from Westover Alabama and is pursuing a double major in mathematics and computer science. Last year he got an early start on gaining valuable experience by training and competing with the programming team as well as working with a team of students on the ‘otter spotter’ app that is being developed for the Great Smokey Mountains Institute at Tremont citizen science program.
Making an encore performance as a peer mentor is rising senior chemistry for licensure major Kayla Lewis. Kayla plays on the MC tennis team and is the lead peer mentor for all MC orientation sections so we are very lucky to have her! Kayla enjoys sports and being outside as well as being creative with paint and crafts. She shared this quote by Mike Norton: “Dreams are what guide us, art is what defines us, math is what makes it all possible, and love is what lights our way.”
Caleb Willis is a rising junior biochemistry major who is also pursuing a math minor. Caleb is originally from Hillsboro, TN and graduated from Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, TN. He serves as the treasurer for the MC American Chemical Society. Like most of our STEM majors, Caleb has a variety of interests including playing the piano, technology and gadgets, and working on a farm. Caleb says he looks forward to showing our new STEM majors how fun science and math can be.
These four students have already shown leadership at MC. Now they will be mentors, lab assistants, friends and colleagues. We know they are all up for the task.
Congratulations. Proud of you all.