Meet the Honors GPS Team

2021-2022 Honors GPS Team

GPS Name Year and Major Spring 2022 Hours*
Tommy Alvarez Junior in English and History M 1:30-4:30
W 11-11:30, 1:30-4:30
F 10:00-10:30
Narayani Ballambat Senior in Physiology & Neurobiology and English M 11:30-1:00
W 10am-1pm
Th 12:30-1:30
F 9:00-10:30am
Liz Carizzo Junior in Biomedical Engineering T 9:00-10:30, 3:30-4:30
W 1:00-2:00
Th 9:00-10:30
F 12:30-2:30
Christian Chlebowski Sophomore in Accounting M 9-10:30
Th 2-4:30
F 1:30-4:30
Danielle Cross Senior in Psychological Sciences M 10-11
W 9-11
F 12:30-4:30
Maddie Dupre Senior in Animal Science and Pathobiology M 2:00-4:30
T 9:00-11:00, 2:30-3:30
F 9:00-10:30
Olivia Dwight Junior in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences M 10:30-12:30
T 11:00-2:00
W 11:00-1:00
Reinier González  Senior in Molecular & Cell Biology T 12:00-2:30
Th 9:00-1:30
Katie Hooker Junior in Molecular & Cell Biology M 3:30-4:30
W 9-11:00
Th 1:30-4:30
F 9-10:00
Emily Kilian Senior in Molecular & Cell Biology M 9-11
W 1:30-12:30, 2:00-4:30
Th 2:00-3:30
Efua Koomson Senior in Actuarial Science T 1-3
W 9-11
F 11:30-12:30, 2:30-4:30
Victoria Kostour Senior in Molecular & Cell Biology and Psychology T 12:00-1:00
W 11:00-1:30
Th 10:30-2:00
Laurenz Mosquito Junior in Allied Health M 11:00-1:30
Th 9:00-12:00
Juliette Ranelli Sophomore in English M 12:30-3:30
T 9-12:00
Th 3:30-4:30
Delaney Schiefen Sophomore in Pre-Teachings Music Education T 10:30-12:00, 3:30-4:30
Th 10:30-12:00,3:30-4:30
F 9:00-10:30, 11:30-12:00 
Faith Thomas Sophomore in Biology M 9-2:00
T 3:30-4:30
F 11:30-12:30

* 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

Tommy Alvarez

Tommy is a junior from Stamford, CT pursuing a double major in English and History with a minor in Film Studies. At UConn, he is the associate news editor for The Daily Campus, is a team leader in the service organization Honors Across State Borders (HASB), and has written a screenplay funded by the IDEA Grant Program. In his freetime, Tommy enjoys hiking, watching far too many movies, and talking with friends late into the night. Tommy is a returning Honors GPS, and he is thrilled to be working with students as they learn about the Honors experience!

Narayani Ballambat

Narayani Ballambat is a senior Physiology and Neurobiology and English double major with minors in Molecular and Cell Biology and Psychological Sciences. Narayani is a part of Nu Rho Psi, the national honor society in neuroscience, and participates in research on campus. She is currently working on her Idea Grant project for the 2021-2022 year. She is passionate about peer mentorship, and has worked as a UNIV facilitator for the last three falls and as Student Instructional Specialist. She is excited to be returning as a GPS this year and work with students on their passions!

Liz Carizzo

Liz is a junior from Brookfield, CT majoring in Biomedical Engineering. She is involved in the STEM Scholar mentors program, was previously a UNIV 1784 facilitator, and enjoys being a part of HuskyTHON on campus. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music and spending time with friends and family. Liz is excited to be an Honors GPS to work with students throughout their Honors journey and overall UConn experience.

Christian Chlebowski

Christian is a sophomore Accounting major from Somers, Connecticut. On campus, he is a Nutmeg and Holster Scholar and a member of TEDxUConn, the Nutmeg/Day of Pride Scholars executive board, and is a Leadership Certificate Series workshop facilitator. In his free time, he enjoys reading fiction, writing poetry, walking and hiking, and spending time with his friends and family. Christian is looking forward to mentoring peers as they explore UConn and the greater community throughout their Honors journeys!

Danielle Cross

Danielle is a senior from Trumbull, CT with a double major in Political Science and Psychological Science. She is additionally part of the Department of Policy Fast Track program, leads a Bible Study with Cru @UConn (Campus Ministry) and is Vice President of Internal Relations for the College of Liberal Arts and Science Student Leadership Board. She enjoys listening to music, running, talking about God, and experiencing new foods and places. Danielle is excited to connect with other Honors students and help them enhance their UConn experience and succeed at their goals.

Maddie Dupre

Maddie is a senior 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 future guide dog puppy in training, Alfie. 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 junior from Southbury, CT studying Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. On campus she is a member of UConn Outing Club, an intern for UConn Praxis’s Sustainable Skies campaign, and a tutor for the Mansfield Middle School Tutoring and Mentorship Program. She is looking forward to UConn-Villanova games this basketball 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 junior from Guilford, CT, pursuing a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. On campus, she is Vice President of the UConn Irish Dance Team and is an undergraduate research assistant with the LandiLab. She also helps with MRIs at the Brain Imaging Research Center located on campus. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, running outdoors, picking up a good book, or going to get coffee with her friends. Katie is a returning Honors GPS and is excited to continue to mentor fellow students as they navigate their Honors careers!

Emily Kilian

Emily Kilian is a senior 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 clinical research to improve behavioral healthcare in CT public schools. She previously directed Mamma Mia in the Fall of 2019 and now 9 to 5 in the Fall of 2021. 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 Mosquito

Laurenz is a junior in Allied Health Sciences pursuing the Standard Track whose hometown is Wallingford, CT. His second year as an Honors GPS, Laurenz is looking forward to helping Honors students better understand all that UConn Honors has to offer. 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 enjoys writing, playing video games, and contributing to wikis of said video games. He plans to apply to UConn’s CEIN program after his graduation and work as a Registered Nurse.

Juliette Ranelli

Juliette is a sophomore from New Haven, CT. She is in UConn’s pre-teaching program for Special Education. She is a current UNIV 1784 facilitator as well as a member of the Honors to Opportunities Learning Community. She enjoys going on walks, listening to podcasts and spending time with her dog. Juliette is looking forward to helping honors students explore all that the honors program has to offer.

Delaney Schiefen

Delaney is a sophomore from Chelmsford, MA majoring in Music Education and minoring in Psychology. At UConn, she is Secretary of UConn Choirs, Vice President of the Rolling Tones A Cappella group, and is a mentor with Peer Allies Through Honors. In her free time, she loves hiking, biking, and any other outdoor activity. Delaney is excited for her first year as an Honors GPS, and is looking forward to helping her fellow classmates achieve their goals!

Faith Thomas
Faith is a sophomore from Danbury, CT majoring in Biological Sciences. On campus, she is a UNIV facilitator for first-year Honors students, a STEM Scholar, and a leader in Chi Alpha (Campus Ministry). She is also part of the Honors to Opportunities Learning Community on campus and a member of Honors in STEM. In her free time, she enjoys listening and singing to music, watching movies, and participating in church activities. Faith is excited to work with her fellow Honors Huskies as they learn more about the Honors experience here at UConn!  

Contact the Honors GPS Team

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

Spring 2022 Hours

Mondays: 9:00am-4:30pm in Rowe 419A

Tuesday-Thursday: 9:00am-4:30pm in Buckley 117

Fridays: 9:00am-10:30am and 11:30am-4:30pm in Rowe 426

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

Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM (unavailable Fridays from 10:30 AM – 11:30 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.