Peer Mentors

Peer mentors serve as part of a support system for students navigating college. They provide encouragement to students in various course activities to bolster learning and course completion of their fellow students in the courses. The anticipated outcome is promotion of success of students who may feel lost, have difficulty navigating college or are struggling in some courses.

Kaylin Laws
Biology
Ms. Laws was selected as an IN LSAMP Peer Mentor in 2018. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in Biology with a minor in chemistry. She works in Dr. Jenkins' lab on Sulfur polymerization and inverse vulcanization. She also works on campus as a Computer Lab Assistant. She is responsible for providing assistance to students and faculty, and performs basic computer troubleshooting. After graduation, she plans to work as a Medical Technologist and fund herself through graduate school and start her own company.
Rebeca Mena
Chemistry
Ms. Mena was selected as an IN LSAMP Peer Mentor in 2018. Currently, she is seeking a BS in Chemistry and Spanish. She works in Dr. Mary Konkle’s lab on the function of the protein mitoNEET and how its role affects other biological processes in the mitochondria. Currently she serves as a STEM peer mentor for IN-LSAMP BSU. As a native Venezuelan she is also bilingual (Spanish and English) and works as a medical interpreter for hospitals and clinics. Additionally, she has also worked as a supplemental instructor in general chemistry. After graduation, she hopes to attend dentistry school and become a dental surgeon.
Dianna Randle
Pre-PA / Biology
Dianna Randle was elected as an IN-LSAMP Peer Mentor in 2018. Currently she is seeking a BS in Biology with a concentration in Pre-PA and a minor in Spanish. As a Peer Mentor she mentored two students who are seeking a BS in Biology as well. She is involved in Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity, and NAACP where she serves as the secretary. Ms. Randle is also a Scribe at Ball Memorial Hospital with hopes to gain experience for graduate school. After graduation she plans on joining the U.S Navy as an officer while also studying to get her Master’s in becoming a Surgical Physician’s Assistant.
Jeffery Whatley
Pre-Med / Biology
Mr. Whatley was selected as an LSAMP Scholar in 2017. Currently, he is seeking a BS degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and a concentration in Genetics. He is currently working with Dr. Bikram Sharma in his lab studying how the embryonic progenitor stem cells give rise to tissues of the heart. Mr. Whatley is also the Professional Development chair or the National Society of Collegiate Scholars at Ball State. When he graduates, he hopes to attend Medical School.
Tiara Wilburn
Pre-Dental / Biology
Ms. Wilburn was selected as an IN-LSAMP peer mentor in 2018. Currently, she is seeking a BS degree in biology: predental preparation with a minor in foundations of management. She is a member of the Black Student Association and has participated in the DISCOVERY research program. Ms. Wilburn has been a mentor for the Ball State summer bridge programs, C.L.A.S.S and Excel which welcomes incoming freshmen. She has also volunteered at the annual Muncie White River cleanups, volunteers every summer at the Indianapolis Dayspring Center which helps homeless families, and has done humanitarian work in the Dominican Republic that focused on building new homes for impoverished families. After graduation, she plans to attend Indiana University School of Dentistry.