Student Advisory Board
What is the HPAO Student Advisory Board?
The SAB is a group of pre-health students at the University of Maryland who are pursuing careers in Medicine, Dentistry, and a variety of other health professions. These students are here to help other pre-health students based on their experience regarding classes, applications, interviews, and more.
How can I meet with a SAB member?
Visit the HPAO (1210 H. J. Patterson) during their office hours. SAB members are only available in the Fall/Spring semesters. THERE ARE NO SUMMER HOURS
The Reed-Yorke Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO) of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences has created a Student Advisory Board (SAB), consisting of students pursuing the health professions. This will include Pre-Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Podiatry, and Allied Health. The HPAO Student Advisory Board has the following goals and purpose:
advising HPAO staff on issues pertinent to the undergraduate experience of pre-health students;
representing the University of Maryland student body on issues of particular interest or concern to pre-health students;
communicating with HPAO students about important HPAO initiatives, goals, and programs;
contributing to the advancement of the HPAO office and projects;
organizing events, communications, and activities to foster a spirit of community and identity amongst pre-health students.
Office Hours: Wednesdays 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Hi! My name is Sarine Tahmazian and I am a junior Neurobiology and Physiology major on the Pre-Medical Track! In my free time, I work as an activities assistant at Friends Nursing Home in Sandy Spring, MD and volunteer at my local hospital. I also spend time researching in a cardiovascular lab at Howard University, studying the effects of alcohol on cardiac function. For fun, I love to play tennis and travel whenever I can! I am very excited to be on the HPAO Student Advisory Board serving as a resource for you all and I can’t wait to meet you all soon to help you on the Pre-Medical journey!
Office Hours: Tuesdays 12:30- 2:30 p.m.
My name is Pranaya Terse, and I am currently a junior working towards a Chemistry degree while on the premed track. I have been a GSS leader for BSCI170 for the past 3 semesters and I have been an active member for the University of Maryland Residence Hall Association for the past 2 years. I am also involved in undergraduate research on campus and I am apart of the National Residence Hall Honorary. I look forward to meeting and advising you all this year.
Office Hours: Thursdays 12:00- 2:00 p.m.
My name is Samantha Chu, and I am a senior majoring in nutritional science major. I am part of the University Honors program and am an Honors Ambassador for the Honors College. As the blood drive coordinator on the Exec Board of the American Red Cross Club, I enjoy volunteering and hosting the blood drives we have across campus each semester. I have also been involved in the Pre-Optometry Society on-campus and have been involved with research studying the Terrapin Genome, where I also served as a Peer Mentor for the FIRE research program. During my free time, I like to listen to music, and attend theater/music performances at Clarice. I look forward to meeting and advising you all and am excited to be part of your pre-health journey here a Maryland!
Office Hours: Mondays 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Hello! My name is Dina Khadder and I am a junior Neurobiology and Physiology major. I am an active member of pre-dental and volunteer oriented clubs on campus, such as the Student Dental Advisory Board, the Pre-dental Society, Beyond These Walls, and College Mentors for Kids. In addition, I was part of the Antibiotic Resistance Stream in the FIRE Research Program, and I am currently a peer mentor for the program. I have continued to work in research on campus throughout this past summer by studying disease ecology in salamanders. I am looking forward to meeting and advising other students on their pre-dental track!
Office Hours: Thursdays 9- 11 a.m.
Hi! My name is Mark Coelho and I am a junior here at UMD. I am majoring in general biology and I am studying on a pre-med track. In my free time, I enjoy running, listening to music, and going to Terps games. I am passionate about medicine and I am eager to share my thoughts and experiences with research, academic courses, and clinical experiences with you. I am excited to be able to help you on your journey in the Pre-Health field. Looking forward to meeting and working with you.
Office Hours: Mondays 11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Hi all! My name is Richard Lee. I am currently a senior in the Public Health Science major. i hope to start pharmacy school in fall 2019. There, I will pursue a PharmD/MPH to further study in two of my biggest interest, patient care and public health. In my spare time, I like to go to concerts of all music, or learn a new instrument. Not only am I part of the HPAO Student Advisory Board, I am also involved in Pre-Pharmacy Society, work as a Pharmacy technician at CVS, and am a research assistant at CESAR (Center for Substance Abuse Research) Come visit me in my office hours at the HPAO office if you have any questions or concerns, regarding pharmacy school. Let's be on this journey together!
Office Hours:Thursdays 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Hi! My name is Jessica Ho and I am a junior General Biology major with a Sustainability Studies minor on the pre-dental track in the University Honors program. I am the co-president of the Student Dental Advisory Board, a service-focused club for pre-dental students. In addition, I am a UTA for BSCI171 and a ULA for BSCI170. I have conducted research on chytrid fungi in the Lips Lab on campus and Zika Virus at the Naval Medical Research Center. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and hanging out with dogs. I look forward to meeting you all and helping you through the pre-dental path!
Office Hours:Mondays 9:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Hi everyone! My name is Chaoyang Wang and I am a junior in the Integrated Life Sciences Honors College at the University of Maryland. I am majoring in Physiology and Neurobiology with a minor in Piano Performance and would like to pursue medicine in the future. I am an experience leader for Alternative Breaks, the Co-President of the American Medical Student Association, and a UTA for BSCI171. I was also a member of the UMaryland iGEM Team and I have done 3 summers of research at the NIH. In my free time, I like to play piano, paint, go to the gym, hang out with friends, and go to concerts. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions about the pre-medical journey!
Office Hours:Thursdays 9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
Hi I'm Michael, I'm a junior Neurobiology & Physiology major on the pre-med track. I'm a graduate of the Life Sciences Scholars program. Outside of academics, I'm a member of the pre-med fraternity Phi Delta Epsilon and an RA in Denton Hall. I love to all things soccer, cooking, having deep talks about life and teaching. I currently TA for CHEM 132 and love working with students and mentoring in the health sciences. I'm looking forward to a great semester on the Student Advisory Board and meeting all the prehealth students!