Meet the Honors GPS Team

2020-2021 Honors GPS Team

GPS Name Year and Major Fall 2020 Hours*
Tommy Alvarez Sophomore in English and History M 1:00 PM-4:30 PM
Th 1:00 PM-4:30 PM
Narayani Ballambat Junior in Physiology & Neurobiology and English T 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
W 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
F 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
Jack Bergantino Senior in Economics T 11:00 AM-4:30 PM
Th 12:00 PM -1:30 PM
Maddie Dupre Junior in Animal Science and Pathobiology T 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Th 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Olivia Dwight Sophomore in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences M 2:00 PM-4:30 PM, 2:00
Th 11:00 AM-12:45 PM
Reinier González  Junior in Molecular & Cell Biology M 9:00 AM-11:00 AM
T 9:00 AM-11:00 AM
F 9:00 AM-11:00 AM, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Katie Hooker Sophomore in Molecular & Cell Biology M 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
T 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, 2:30 PM-4:30 PM
Th 9:30 AM-10:30 AM, 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Shanelle Jones Senior in Political Science T 1:00 PM-4:30 PM
Th 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Th 12:45 PM-1:45 PM
Emily Kilian Junior in Molecular & Cell Biology W 10:30 AM-2:00 PM
F 9:30 AM-1:00 PM
Efua Koomson Junior in Actuarial Science M 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
F 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
Victoria Kostour Junior in Molecular & Cell Biology and Psychology W 1:00 PM-4:30 PM
F 1:00 PM-4:30 PM
Laurenz Emmanuel Mosquito Sophomore in Pre-Pharmacy W 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Th 10:30 AM-3:00 PM
Sarah Nelson Senior in Computer Science and Mathematics M 10:00 AM-1:30 PM
W 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
F 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Michael Sherman Senior in Actuarial Science M 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Th 9:o0 AM-12:00 PM

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

*The Honors GPS team is available to assist you during the summer months. While the University is operating remotely, you are encouraged to connect with the Honors GPS team by emailing them at

*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

Tommy Alvarez

Tommy is a sophomore from Stamford, CT pursuing a double major in English and History with a minor in Film Studies. At UConn, he writes for The Daily Campus, acts as a student facilitator for an Honors first-year UNIV course, is involved in Honors Across State Borders (HASB), and is working on a screenplay funded by the IDEA Grant Program. He is thrilled to be working with students as they learn about the Honors experience!

Narayani Ballambat

Narayani is a junior from Farmington, CT and is double majoring in Physiology and Neurobiology and English. She enjoys tennis, reading, and playing her guitar. She is part of Sigma Theta Alpha, a professional healthcare fraternity and works in a behavioral neuroscience lab. In the past, she was a UNIV 1784 facilitator, a student instructional specialist, and will be facilitating UNIV again this Fall. She looks forward to spending more time mentoring Honors students to achieve their goals!

Jack Bergantino

Jack Bergantino is a senior in the Honors Program and Special Program in Law and resides in Essex, CT. He’s currently pursuing an economics major and analytics minor. Outside of class, he enjoys competing with the UConn Mock Trial Society, where he serves as Treasurer. While at UConn, he’s interned with Congressman Larson’s Office, the Connecticut Office of the Attorney General, and the Product Management Development Program at Travelers. Jack’s very excited to help fellow Huskies as an Honors GPS for the 2020-2021 school year!


Maddie Dupre

Maddie is a junior Animal Science and Pathobiology double major from Westford, MA. She is passionate about becoming a veterinarian and loves all animals. At UConn, she is involved with student organizations such as Students for One Health, Honors Across State Borders (HASB), and Pre-Vet Club. In her free time, Maddie loves running, hiking, and spending time with her dog. She is very excited to guide students through their Honors experiences and help them get the most out of their time at UConn!

Olivia Dwight

Olivia is a sophomore from Southbury, CT studying Speech, Language, and Hearing Science. On campus she is a member of UConn Outing Club and a tutor at Mansfield Middle School. She is looking forward to UConn Basketball’s return to the Big East this season. Go Huskies!

Reinier González

Reinier is a pre-med junior from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology. On campus he is the Executive Director for STEM Scholars in the Honors Program. He is also a program coordinator for UConn Health Leaders, a volunteer program focused on bridging the health care disparities in CT by addressing social determinants of health. Outside of scholarly pursuits he enjoys his time practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Archery. He looks forward to sharing what he has learned and guiding his peers in their Honors experience.

Katie Hooker

Katie is a sophomore from Guilford, CT, pursuing a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. On campus, she is a member of the e-board for the UConn Irish Dance Team and is an undergraduate research assistant with the Landi Lab. In her free time, she enjoys running outdoors, playing tennis, picking up a good book, or going to get coffee with her friends. Katie is a first-time Honors GPS and is excited to mentor fellow students as they navigate their Honors careers!

Shanelle Jones

Shanelle is a senior Political Science and Human Rights double major from Hartford, CT. As a University Scholar and IDEA Grant Recipient, she spent the summer conducting research on West Indian immigrant economic attainment. On campus, she’s written for The Vision, a student run magazine published by the African American Cultural Center, and tutors high school students through UConn’s Community Outreach Program. She aspires to be an attorney. Shanelle is a returning Senior Honors GPS team member and is excited to connect with students in this role and guide them through their journeys in Honors

Emily Kilian

Emily Kilian is a junior Molecular and Cellular Biology major with minors in Mathematics and Sociology. Emily is originally from Orange, CT. She is involved with PATH, Page to Stage Productions, & research at Uconn. Emily is working on research in biomaterials and more specifically in drug delivery materials. She previously directed Mamma Mia in the Fall of 2019 and is the Outreach Chair for Page to Stage Productions. She is passionate about mentoring as she has previously held positions as a First Year Seminar Facilitator and Student Instructional Specialist. She hopes to attend medical school after graduating.

Efua Koomson

Efua is Junior from East Hartford, Connecticut. She is pursuing a major in Actuarial Science with a minor in Statistics. On-campus, she has been involved as a student leader through her time as a UNIV Facilitator and UBE. This semester, she looks forward to cultivating an inclusive and welcoming UConn community as President of UConn Honors for Diversity. Efua is very passionate about this topic, especially in the realms of insurance, and has recently become involved in the UConn Actuarial Society as the Co-Direct of Diversity Inclusion. Outside of these interests, in her personal time, Efua enjoys watching tennis, sunsets, and listening to music. She looks forward to helping other students on their Honors journey this semester. Feel to reach out to her if you need any assistance… or just want to share your favorite playlists!

Victoria Kostour

Victoria is a junior from Shelton, CT double majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology and Psychology. She is the proud President of the Ukrainian Student Association and loves competing with the UConn Club Racquetball team. She plans to apply her love for genetics and helping others to pursue genetic counseling. She is very excited to work with Honors students and help them achieve their goals!

Laurenz Emmanuel Mosquito

Laurenz is a sophomore in Pre-Pharmacy whose hometown is Wallingford, CT. Excited to be a part of the Honors GPS team for the 2020-21 academic year, Laurenz will also be applying to UConn’s School of Pharmacy in the fall. He is looking forward to being an Honors GPS and helping fellow Honors students. As his favorite band Twenty One Pilots says in their song “My Blood,” he isn’t afraid to “grab his light” and “go with you” if you are feeling lost or have questions about the Honors program. Outside of academics, Laurenz is a member of the Filipino American Student Association at UConn.

Sarah Nelson

Sarah is a senior from Simsbury, CT. She is pursuing a dual degree in computer science and mathematics. She’s a team leader this year for Honors Across State Borders (HASB), an Honors organization and alternative spring break focused around education and service. Sarah loves cheering on the UConn basketball teams, whether it’s in Gampel or from her living room. This is her third and final year on the Honors GPS team and she’s thrilled to help students plan and get excited about their Honors experiences!

Michael Sherman

Michael is a senior actuarial science student from Florham Park, New Jersey. In addition to the Honors Program, he is involved in Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and the UConn Actuarial Society. He also enjoys football, basketball, and listening to music. Michael is very excited to be a mentor to students within the Honors community.

Contact the Honors GPS Team

Honors Guides for Peer Success
Honors Programming & Events Office
117 Buckley Hall
1276 Storrs Road, Unit 4159
Storrs, CT 06269-4159

Phone: (860) 486-1616

Fall 2020 Semester Hours

To access help from the UConn Honors GPS team, access their drop-in hours on Nexus ( or email

Monday, 9 AM – 12:30 PM, 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday, 9 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday, 9 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Friday, 9 AM – 4:30 PM
Excludes days classes are not in session.