Meet the Honors GPS Team

2022-2023 Honors GPS Team

* Please note GPS hours provided may be subject to change.

If you are a regional campus student, you are encouraged to connect with the Honors GPS team by emailing them at 

Honors GPS Team Biographies

  Fall 2022 Hours*
photo of Thomas Alvarez Tommy Alvarez Senior in English and History

Tommy  is a senior from Stamford, CT, pursuing degrees in English and History with a minor in Film Studies. On campus, he is the News Editor of the Daily Campus and a co-director of Honors Across State Borders. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, watching movies, and spending too much money on coffee. After graduating, he hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in academia. Tommy is a returning Honors GPS and is excited to continue to mentor fellow students as they navigate their Honors careers!

Storrs Campus: Tuesday 10-2pm, Friday 11-2pm
photo of Elizabeth Carrizzo Liz Carizzo Senior in Biomedical Engineering

Liz is a senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering from Brookfield, CT. At UConn, Liz is a part of the STEM Scholars Program, is a PATH mentor, and enjoys participating in HuskyTHON. She also does research on kidney disease at UConn Health and is a part of Phi Sigma Pi (National Honors Fraternity). In her free time, Liz enjoys listening to music, watching movies, hanging out with friends and family, and going on walks. She is excited to be an Honors GPS to work with students throughout their Honors journey and overall UConn experience!

Storrs Campus: Monday 3-4:30pm, Tuesday 12:30-2pm, Wednesday 10:30-12pm, Thursday 12:30-1:30pm, 3-4:30pm
photo of Christian Chlebowski Christian Chlebowski Junior in Accounting and Individualized Major

Christian is a junior Accounting and Individualized major from Somers, Connecticut. On campus, he is the President of Honors Council, a Floor Mentor in the Honors to Opportunities Learning Community, a Leadership Certificate Series workshop facilitator, and a member of the Nutmeg/Day of Pride Scholars executive board. In his free time, he enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and spending time with his friends and family. Christian is a returning GPS and is looking forward to mentoring peers as they explore UConn throughout their Honors journeys!

Storrs Campus: Monday 11-12pm, Tuesday 2-4:30pm, Thursday 9-10:30am, Friday 9-10am, 11-12pm
photo of Olivia Dwight Olivia Dwight Senior in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences

Olivia is a senior from Southbury, Connecticut majoring in SLHS and minoring in Sociology and Environmental Studies. She works as a child care trainee at the UConn Child Development Labs, is a mentor and shift leader in the Mansfield Middle School Tutoring and Mentorship Program, and is a member of the National Student Speech, Language and Hearing Association, America Reads, and UConn Outing Club. Around campus you can find her hiking through UConn Forest, studying in the Homer B basement, or sunbathing on the Union lawn.

Storrs Campus: Thursday 9-10:30am, Friday 9-10am, 11-11:30am, 2-4:30pm
photo of Katie Hooker Katie Hooker Senior in Molecular & Cell Biology

Katie is a senior from Guilford, CT, pursuing a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology with minors in French and Psychology. On campus, she is President of the UConn Irish Dance Team and is an undergraduate research assistant with the LandiLab. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, taking spin classes, picking up a good book, or going to get coffee with her friends. After graduating, Katie hopes to spend a year in France as an English Teaching Assistant before attending graduate school in Computational Biology. Katie is a returning Honors GPS and is excited to continue to mentor fellow students as they navigate their Honors careers!

Storrs Campus: Monday 12-3:30pm, Wednesday 12-3:30pm
photo of Emily Kania Emily Kania Junior in Computer Science

Emily is a junior from Charlton, MA majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. At UConn, she is a tour guide, an undergraduate teaching assistant, and a Peer Allies Through Honors mentor. In her free time, she loves drawing, playing piano, baking, and attending concerts. Emily is excited for her first year as a GPS and helping students take advantage of all the honors program has to offer!

Storrs Campus: Monday 9-11am, 12:30-1:30pm, Wednesday 9-11am, Thursday 3:30-4:30pm, Friday 9-10 am
photo of Caroline Lynch Caroline LynchJunior in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Caroline is a junior from Newington, CT, majoring in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a minor in English. At UConn, she is an undergraduate research assistant with LandiLab as well as an active member of Page to Stage, a student-led theater organization. In their free time, they enjoy spending time outdoors (she is always on the lookout for a good hike), reading, listening to music or podcasts, and exploring a new coffee shop with friends. Caroline is very excited about this opportunity to mentor and guide other honors students throughout their college experiences!

Storrs Campus: Monday 1:30-4:30pm, Tuesday 9-10am, Wednesday 3-4:30pm, Thursday 1:30-3pm
photo of Bryan Mesquita Bryan MesquitaSenior in Communication and Psychological Sciences

Bryan is a senior from Hawthorne, NY pursuing a degree in Communication and Psychological Sciences. On campus, you might see him involved in the UConn Concert Choir and the UConn Fencing Team. Bryan is currently working on Communication research involving gender roles in the workplace, which he hopes to send in his graduate school applications this fall. Bryan is also a first-generation Portuguese-American and college student with a passion for playing video games, meeting new people, public speaking, and learning about other students’ experiences. Bryan is excited to meet even more talented students by working at Honors GPS, so he hopes that you feel free to contact him during office hours!

Storrs Campus: Tuesday 2:30-4:30pm, Wednesday 9-12pm, Friday 12-2 pm
photo of Yewande Olumide Yewande Olumide Junior in Psychological Sciences

Yewande is an Honors student studying Psychology at UConn. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in Psychotherapy, where she will hopefully be able to practice as an art therapist. Yewande is active member of her learning community, serving as a facilitator for the first-year Honors UNIV course and now helping the GPS team. Yewande is also an IDEA Grant recipient for the 2022-2023 academic year, where she is currently working on her sci-fi adventure novel. When she’s not writing, Yewande enjoys watching movies with friends (and casually critiquing them).

Storrs Campus: Monday 9-11:30am, Tuesday 9-10:30am, Wednesday 1:30-4:30pm
photo of Juliette Ranelli Juliette Ranelli Junior in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Juliette is a junior from New haven, CT majoring in Speech Language & Hearing Sciences. On campus she is a member of NSSLHA and the UConn Kids in Developmental Science lab.  She also works as a research assistant in the Laboratory for Spoken Language Processing as a research assistant under Dr. Derek Houston. In her free time, Juliette enjoys going on playing ball with her dog and going down Zillow rabbit holes. Juliette is a returning Honors GPS, and he is thrilled to be working with students as they learn about the Honors experience!

Storrs Campus: Monday 10:30-1pm, Thursday 12-3pm, Friday 11:30-1pm
photo of Abigail Ricketts Abigail Ricketts Junior in Psychological Sciences

Abigail is a Junior on UConn’s Stamford campus from West Haven, CT majoring in Psychological Sciences. On campus, she is the Co-founder and Vice President of the First-Generation Students Club. She is also an undergraduate research assistant in the FRAME lab on the Stamford campus. In her free time, she enjoys reading novels, watching movies, going on walks, and spending time with family and friends. Abigail is excited to work with her fellow Honors peers as they navigate their Honors experience at UConn.

Stamford Campus: Monday 11-2:30pm, Wednesday 11-1pm, Thursday 10:30-12pm
photo of Delaney Schiefen Delaney Schiefen Junior in Music Education

Delaney is a junior from Chelmsford, MA majoring in Music Education and minoring in Psychological Sciences. At UConn, she is President of UConn Choirs, Vice President/Assistant Music Director of the Rolling Tones A Cappella group, and Social Chair for the UConn chapter of American Choral Directors Association. In her free time, you can find her at the Rec, going on a hike, or hammocking around campus. Delaney is thrilled to return as a Senior Honors GPS, and looks forward to helping her fellow Honors peers achieve their goals!

Storrs Campus: Tuesday 2-4:30pm, Wednesday 12-1:30pm, Thursday 1:30-4:30pm
photo of Ariana Spearin Ariana Spearin Junior in Elementary Education

Ari is a junior from Colchester, CT. She is majoring in Elementary Education with a concentration in English. At UConn, she is a Peer Allies Through Honors mentor, a returning facilitator for a UNIV 1784 class and a member of both the UConn Outing Club and UConn’s Future Educators. Last year, Ari worked as a floor mentor for the Honors to Opportunities (H2O) learning community while this year, she is an RA for the same floor. She enjoys hiking, reading and spending time with her friends. Ari is looking forward to helping Honors students through their journey at UConn.

Storrs Campus: Wednesday 11-3pm, Friday 1-4pm
photo of Yana Tartakovskiy Yana Tartakovskiy Sophomore in Healthcare Management

Yana is a sophomore from Brooklyn, NY studying Healthcare Management with a minor in Political Science, in the Special Program in Law, and living in the Honors to Opportunities Learning Community. On campus she is the Vice President of Marketing for UConn Hillel and is on the UConn Mock Trial Team. She is also a part of Law Society, Empowering Women In Law and Healthcare Management Society. In her free time she likes to dance, listen to music, especially Coldplay, watch soccer or basketball games and hangout with her friends. Yana is excited to mentor her fellow Honors peers and serve as a resource for the Honors community.

Storrs Campus: Monday 9-10:30am, 1-3pm, Wednesday 9-10:30am, Friday 2:30-4:30pm
Faith Thomas Junior in Biology

Faith is a junior from Danbury, CT majoring in Physiology & Neurobiology. On campus, she is the President of Chi Alpha (Campus Ministry), a STEM Scholar, and a member of Love for Our Elders. She also is a member of the Tanner Lab where they study Nutrition, Diet, and Neurological Diseases using a Drosophila model. She is a former UNIV 1784 facilitator and member of the Honors to Opportunities Learning Community. In her free time, she enjoys listening and singing to music, watching movies, and participating in church activities. Faith is a returning GPS and she is excited to work with her fellow Honors Huskies as they learn more about the Honors experience here at UConn!

Storrs Campus: Monday 3:30-4:30pm, Tuesday 9-10:30am, 1-2:30pm, Thursday 9-12pm
photo of Ananya Viswanathan Ananya Viswanathan Senior in Business Administration

Ananya is a senior from Stamford, CT majoring in business administration at the Stamford campus. She is a Peer Allies Through Honors Mentoring Coordinator through her involvement with the Honors Student Leadership Board – Stamford and is the Chief Administrative Officer for Student Government Association. In her free time, Ananya likes to watch movies, draw, write, and spend time with friends and family. Ananya is excited to serve as an Honors GPS, especially at UConn Stamford, and work with students as they explore opportunities that are part of the UConn and Honors experience.

Stamford Campus: Monday 9-11am, Wednesday 1-3pm, Thursday 9-10:30am, Friday 3-4:30pm

Contact the Honors GPS Team

To access help from the UConn Honors GPS team, visit their drop-in hours listed below or email

Fall 2022 Hours

STORRS IN-PERSON HOURS: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm in Buckley 117

STAMFORD IN-PERSON HOURS: Mondays from 9:00am-2:30pm and Thursdays from 9:00am-12:00pm in Office 3.46.

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (unavailable Fridays from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM due to staff meeting).

Virtual hours are conducted via Nexus. To drop-in via Nexus, use this link. Or, navigate to the Nexus homepage > “Check-in” on top menu > Storrs campus > Honors Guides for Peer Success (GPS)

Schedule may exclude days classes are not in session.