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STEM Mentoring

STEM mentors are available to be matched with up to two interested students for an hour of weekly academic support in a given subject. Mentors and students have the flexibility to schedule their weekly meeting times themselves.  Depending on the availability of the Mentor, students may be able to meet more than once per week.

Due to school closings, all STEM Mentoring sessions have been moved to online for the remainder of Spring 2020. Please reach out to Bradley Daugherty ( for more details.

Interested in being matched with a STEM Mentor (or in being a STEM Mentor)?

Please email Bradley Daugherty (, Director of Tutoring Services.

Meet the Mentors

Katie Carlsen: I‘m a senior majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society and minoring in mathematics. Outside of tutoring, I mentor high school students who are going through the college application process. I’m also a member of Vanderbilt Alzheimer’s Buddies and visit with elderly patients. In between studying and extracurriculars, I really enjoy naps and coloring. 

Courses Katie can support: CHEM 1601-1602, 2211-2212/2221-2222 




Natalie Guzman: I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am a double major in Medicine, Health, and Society and Molecular and Cellular Biology. I am premedical student and hope to have a career as a plastic surgeon. At Vanderbilt I am involved in research, VSVS, and volunteering at Children’s Hospital. When I am not studying, I enjoy playing soccer, going to concerts, and eating grilled cheeserie.

Courses Natalie can support: CHEM 2211-2212/2221-2222; BSCI 1510-1511 


lan Hurford: I tutor Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry and am majoring in Biology and Spanish. I’m from St. Louis, and in my free time I like to play soccer, read, and travel. Come visit! 

Courses lan can support: CHEM 1601-1602, 22112212/2221-2222; BSCI 1510-1511




Chisom Maduka: I am a pre-med senior from Atlanta, GA with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in MHS. I am also a research assistant in Dr. Price’s Numerical Brain Lab. After graduation, I plan on taking a gap year to work in research before attending medical school. In my free time, I enjoy exploring new restaurants and hanging out with my family and friends. I am very excited to be a STEM mentor!

Courses Chisom can support: CHEM 1601-1602; MATH 1200; PHYS 1501-1502/1601-160



Michael Moore: I am pursuing a triple major in Economics, Political Science, and Spanish with a minor in Business. I’m looking forward to paying forward the knowledge I have in learned both in the classroom and work world in order to help students synthesize and master content. In addition, I am extremely excited to form a relationship with clients and mentees over this semester as we each get a chance to learn more about each other.

Courses Michael can support: ECON 1010, 1020


Mikayla Roof: I am a sophomore majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology. I am extremely passionate about science and academics, and I look forward to working with you to achieve our goals together. 

Courses Mikayla can support: CHEM 1601-1602, 2211-2212/2221-2222, 2100; BSCI 1510-1511




Serena Pao: I‘m a Sophomore majoring in Biology and Secondary Education. Here at Vanderbilt, I’m involved in Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science, Active Minds, and of course, Tutoring Services! I am really looking forward to being a STEM mentor and to exploring STEM with my peers! I’m so excited to be able to support other students as we dive into learning together.

Courses Serena can support: CHEM 1601-1602; BSCI 1510-1511; MATH 1010 



Bethanie Stauffer: I am a sophomore here at Vanderbilt. I’m from Salisbury, NC, a small town about 40 minutes away from Charlotte (and about 8 hours away from Nashville). I am studying Chemistry and MHS with a possible minor in German. This will be my first time working with Vanderbilt tutoring services and I could not be more excited! I look forward to helping my mentee, improving my own chemistry and teaching skills, and building new relationships. In the future, I hope to earn a chemistry degree which I can use to get a job working in the forensic sciences.

Courses Bethanie can support: CHEM 1601-1602 


Ariel Thorsen: I am a Biomedical Engineering major and a Chemistry minor. I am from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I am pre-med, and I am applying to MD/PhD programs in the summer! When I’m not in class, I am doing research in Dr. Jacobson’s Diabetes lab or planning events for and volunteering with Engineering World Health. During breaks, I love to play with my 3 dogs, go to vegan restaurants with my friends from home, and to the movies with my brother. I am really excited to mentor a student in STEM!

Courses Ariel can support: CHEM 1601-1602, 2211-2212/2221-2222, 2100; BSCI 1510-1511; MATH 1100, 1200-1201, 1300-1301, 2300, 2400; PHYS 1501-1502/1601-160