Meet the PALs

The ALLIES in STEM Center employs Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) who work to support the success of our program and our students.

  • Peer Mentors participate in faculty-sponsored research, live and work with our STEM Academy over the summer, and serve as Mentors to first-year STEM Scholars throughout the academic year.
  • Peer Tutors work within STEM departments to offer one-on-one tutoring support to all students.
  • Student Workers are integral members of our ALLIES in STEM Center staff. They  provide administrative support to our team, and connect all students and Center visitors to  appropriate ALLIES in STEM resources.

Peer Mentors
Mary Jarjour
Mary Jarjour

I am a senior this year at Cal Lutheran, graduating in the spring. I am pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology. After graduation I hope to attend nursing school with career aspirations of being a pediatric oncology nurse in a children's hospital. I enjoy hiking, going to the gym, and hanging out with my friends and dog.

ALLIES in STEM Office Hours: Wednesdays from 9:00am - 11:00am

Savanah Gallegos
Savanah Gallegos

I am in my senior year here at CLU! I am majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and also minoring in Spanish. After graduating, I hope to attend medical school to ultimately enter Pediatrics. Some of my interests include guitar, bass, and trying new restaurants.

ALLIES in STEM Office Hours: Wednesdays from 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Gubidxa Gutierrez
Gubidxa Gutierrez Seymour

My name is Gubidxa Gutierrez Seymour and I am from Gig Harbor, WA. I am currently a senior pursuing a B.S. in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Health Professions. I plan on attending medical school after taking a gap year.

My long-term professional goals are to combine my knowledge of exercise, nutrition, and medicine to promote healthy lifestyles as part of a family practice dedicated to serving low-income individuals. I am very passionate about soccer and pottery. I have been playing intercollegiate soccer for four years and this will now be my fifth year throwing on the potter’s wheel.

ALLIES in STEM Office Hours: Mondays from 11:45am - 1:45pm

 

 

Peer Tutors
Emily Kane
Emily Kane

Emily is an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology. As a tutor, her strengths include helping clients with grammar, APA, as well as improving content (focused response to prompt). She hopes to make many connections over the next few years working as a writing consultant, and help many students feel more confident as writers.

When she is not in class or working at the Writing Center, she is usually trying to keep herself entertained by trying new things. Her hobbies include reading, watching films, cooking, listening to music, and drawing. She is enamored with old films (some of my favorites are Some Like it Hot, Bonnie and Clyde, and Roman Holiday) and she has a wide variety in music taste ranging from rock to classical to pop. Some of her favorite authors include Steinbeck, Hardy, and Shakespeare.  She also adores baking french pastries, drinking cappuccinos, and finding new recipes to try out.

Tutoring Subject: Scientific Writing

Tutoring Location: The Writing Center

Hours: Tuesdays 10-11am and 12-1pm; Thursdays 11-1pm and 2-4pm; Fridays 1-5pm; and Sundays 2-5pm 

Luis Perez
Luis Perez

I am currently a second year, majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science with a minor in Entrepreneurship. I aspire to a career in post-secondary education as a Mathematics professor. I plan on attending graduate school and conducting research in mathematics. 

My interests/hobbies include math, soccer, and hanging out with friends. I have been playing for the Men's Varsity Soccer team for two years and am a member of the Computer Science Club and SSS. Overall, I am a focused and determined individual who attempts to understand others on all levels.

Tutoring Subject: Mathematics

Tutoring Location: The Math Lab in the Pearson Library

Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri 3:30-6pm; and Weds 7-10pm 

Chris Ortiz
Chris Ortiz

I am a senior majoring in Physics, with a minor in Mathematics. My future goal is to become an aerospace engineer, and to do so I will be attending a Master’s program in the field. I have been playing for the Men's Varsity Soccer team for the past four years, as well as being a member of the physics club.

I am originally from Mexico City and I also cut hair as a side job. In conclusion, I am highly dedicated to succeed in my academics, but I also cherish the many experiences I have acquired as a full time student athlete.

Tutoring Subject: Physics 

Tutoring Location: D-11

Hours: Mon and Weds 10:35-11:45am; Tues 12:30-2:30pm; Thurs 12:30-2pm; and Fri 10:45-11:45am

 
Mariah Mercado
Mariah Mercado

I am a fourth year majoring in Exercise Science with an emphasis on health professions. I plan to graduate and hopefully attend graduate school to obtain my doctorate in Physical Therapy. I currently run on the Cross Country and Track team for the CLU team, internship as a PE assistant for Dr. Kelly, and work at a physical therapy clinic as an aide.

My interests/hobbies are binging Netflix, running, and going out to try new food places. In a nutshell, I am hard working and determined when it comes to my studies. And I look forward to working with STEM students to achieve their goals.

Tutoring Subject: Exercise Science

Tutoring Location: Gilbert 243

Hours: Thurs 7-8pm

Anna Schlosser Bio Pic
Anna Schlosser
I am currently a senior and in May will be graduating with a degree in Exercise Science: Human Performance. With that I plan on attending graduate school for sports nutrition and become a licensed Registered Dietician for a sports team. I am a part of the CLU track and field team as well as the president of SAAC (Student-Athlet Advisory Committee). 
 
I am from a small town called Hood River, OR. I have an older sister and several dogs and cats at home. My all time favorite animal is any type of dog. Other interesting facts about me is I love to travel (I have been to 6 different countries) and art (particularly painting). Overall, I am driven, understanding, organized and welcoming to any student in need. 
 

Tutoring Subject: Exercise Science

Tutoring Location: Gilbert 243

Hours: Tues, Weds, and Thurs 7-8pm

Deana Bitar
Deana Bitar
I am currently a third year, majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I plan to go to Pharmacy school after graduation to obtain a doctorate in Pharmacy. I am also currently a co-president of the Pre-Pharmacy Club here on campus. 
 
When I am not in class or working, I am usually watching TV, listening to music, working out, or just hanging out with friends! I am dedicated and driven, and I cannot wait to continue working with STEM students to help them succeed in achieving their goals.
 

Tutoring Subject: Chemistry

Tutoring Location: Nygreen 6

Hours: Mon 3:30-5:30pm

Savanah Gallegos
Savanah Gallegos

I am in my senior year here at CLU! I am majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and also minoring in Spanish. After graduating, I hope to attend medical school to ultimately enter Pediatrics. Some of my interests include guitar, bass, and trying new restaurants.

Tutoring Subject: Chemistry

Tutoring Location: Nygreen 6

Hours: Tues 4:15-6:15pm

Emily Armbruster
Emily Armbruster

I am a junior majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.  After I graduate, I plan on going to graduate school to pursue a doctorate in Microbiology and a career in research through academia or industry.  Currently, I work for the Chemistry Department as an Organic Chemistry DA and I am a member of Dr. Vargas’ research lab as a participant in the Biology Department Honors Research Program.

When I am not studying or conducting research, my hobbies include digital art, craft-making and being generally nerdy.  I am especially interested in art, interactive storytelling and diversity in video games.  I am tenacious and a hard worker, but I also care about mental health and maintaining a healthy lifestyle while in school.  I am excited for this opportunity to help support my fellow students in STEM.

Tutoring Subject: Organic Chemistry

Tutoring Location: Nygreen 3

Hours: Tues and Weds 4-6pm

Dagem Getahun
Dagem Getahun

I am currently a junior majoring in Biochemistry. I am hoping to attend medical school after I get my Batchelor's degree and become a doctor. I currently volunteer at St. Johns Hospital as a Health Scholar on the side.

 
My hobbies include playing basketball, soccer, and hanging out with friends. I am a very hard working person and looking forward to work with you all!
 

Tutoring Subject: Chemistry

Tutoring Location: Nygreen 6

Hours: Weds 4-6pm

Jacob Jasper
Jacob Jasper

I’m a senior pre-medical student majoring in biology and minoring in psychology. After I graduate in the spring, I’m hoping to conduct biomedical research before starting medical school in the fall of 2020. I plan to pursue a dual MD/PhD to become a surgeon and medical scientist, and possibly make my way into public health policy someday. Outside of school, I love cooking, watching old movies, and hiking in Malibu with my girlfriend Brenda.

Tutoring Subject: Biology

Tutoring Location: Ahmanson Atrium

Hours: Fri 12-2pm

Student Workers
Angelika Pasion
Angelika Pasion

I am currently a sophomore studying Biology at California Lutheran University. My goals in life are to become a Pediatrician, participate in cancer research and overall spread positivity and kindness around me. Furthermore, I love to try new things, especially food, and visiting new places. Most importantly, I love spending quality time with my family and friends!

Jazmin Toledo
Jazmine Toledo

I am currently a first-year student pursuing a degree in Mathematics. I hope to attend graduate school, conduct research, and become a secondary school teacher. I enjoy learning, traveling, and spending time with my family. I am an effective, energetic student who is responsible and capable of undertaking any challenge I am presented with.

Gaby Guzman
Gaby Guzman

I am a junior majoring in Exercise Science with a minor in Biology. I am a student worker for ALLIES in STEM and my goal is to attend medical school, where I hope to do research within the medical profession. On the weekends, I like to train horses as well as other farm animals. Outside of ALLIES in STEM, I am also a Peer Advisor so feel free to reach out to me with any Cal Lu questions!

Brianna Medina
Brianna Medina

I am a first-year student majoring in Biology and minoring in Spanish. I am an ALLIES in STEM Scholar and now have the pleasure of being a student worker. My goal is to attend medical school and become an OB/GYN. Aside from extracurriculars and schoolwork, I love going around town finding new places to eat!

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