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Gina Allyn

Gina.Allyn

Email: 

gina.allyn12@gmail.com

Major: Human Form and Expression.

What are your future plans? Medical School.

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Inspired. 

Hobbies/fun facts: I play the cello and ukelele. I've lived in London. I've played quidditch for five years and this summer I played Major League Quidditch.

 What I love about chemistry: I love the visual beauty of it and how it really is like abstract art. It is the perfect subject to connect your left and right brain.

Advice to students: Practice makes perfect! The more you practice the more confident you'll be and the more you'll trust yourself.

 

 

Zane Blank

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Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Medical School.

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Hobbies/fun facts: Video games; hockey; soccer; and working with kids.

What I love about chemistry: It forces you to think critically and analytically. It forces you to establish boundaries and rules and apply basic knowledge to solve complex problems. It's like one big puzzle. 

Advice to students: Follow the 3 C's of chemistry: Cool, calm, collected.

Carter Bruett

CarterBruett

Email: 

c.bruett@utah.edu

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Dental School.

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Puzzle. 

Hobbies/fun facts: I love to cook, have had 8 cats (not at once), and currently work in the Gauss Hauss working with the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance instruments (so come ask me your NMR questions!)

What I love about chemistry: It's incredible ability make complicated processes beautiful and improve our lives.

Advice to students: Focus on the concepts and try not to memorize everything. You will succeed if you can grasp the fundamentals and apply them to all of the types of problems.

 

Polly Creveling

PollyCreveling

Email:

polly.creveling@gmail.com

Major: Engineering

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Rewarding

Hobbies/fun facts: I am a water polo goalie for the University.

What I love about chemistry: The challenge and problem solving that comes with learning new mechanisms and applying them to synthesis.

Advice to students: Rework discussion work sheets, read the text book, seek help early on, and don't be afraid to ask LOTS of questions.

Ellie Zurbuchen

EllieZurbuchen

Email: 

elliezurbuchen@gmail.com

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Pharmacy School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Passionate

Hobbies/fun facts: I love to run.

What I love about chemistry: Chemistry is a giant puzzle that explains why things happen in the world.

Advice to students: Keep practicing, the more problems you do the easier it gets.

 Klleber Oliveira

KlleberOliveira

 Email: klleber.oliveira27@gmail.com

Major: Chemistry 

What are your future plans? Graduate School in Chemistry 

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Edifying 

Hobbies/fun facts: I love to meet new people. 

 What I love about chemistry: 

I love arrow pushing

Advice to students: Creating a solid foundation in the basic concepts of organic (electrophile, nucleophile, resonance, acid-base chemistry, so on) is the key to understand the organic reactions/mechanism. Therefore, your attitude in the first month in the organic class will let you to enjoy the whole two semesters of organic. 

Lizzy Stauder

LizzyStauder

Email: 

lizzy_lynn@msn.com

Major: Engineering

What are your future plans? MD-PhD

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Passionate

Hobbies/fun facts: I enjoy long distance running, backpacking in the Uinta mountains, and snowboarding. 

 What I love about chemistry: 

Advice to students: Put time into this class from day one. Organic chemistry is not a subject you want to get far behind in since everything builds on previous concepts. This class can be intimidating, but if you put in the time it will be a very rewarding class. Holly gives her students many resources for success, so use them!

Heather Cummings

HeatherCummings

Email: 

hmcummins96@gmail.com 

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Love

Hobbies/fun facts: I love skiing and hiking! I also love watching Netflix, like every other person from my generation! Some of my favorite shows include Breaking Bad and Nurse Jackie! I hope to one day be a doctor.

What I love about chemistry: It's easier to answer what I don't love about chemistry! Chemistry can be so elegant. Chemistry helps explain how and why the world works. Also, the formation of extremely complex molecules from such simple reactants astounds me. It's amazing that the functions of these molecules help save lives!

Advice to students: Organic chemistry has this terrifying reputation, but if you put in the time and the effort you will be fine! This means attending class regularly, reading the book, doing practice problems, etc. Organic chemistry can be really elegant and amazing. Just keep an open mind, and give it a chance!

Michael Glass

Michael Glass

Email:

michaelawglass@yahoo.com 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Worthwhile

Hobbies/fun facts: I love playing sports like soccer, basketball, and football. I snowboard more than I go to school. I once ate 2 Beto's burritos in one sitting. I have met Chuck Norris. I have a black belt. I love to stay up past my bedtime and not tell my parents.

What I love about chemistry: I love chemistry because although it is a hard subject, understanding the basics will take you a long way and the basics can be easy if you put in the effort. Once you understand chemistry, it can explain a lot in other subjects. For me, I love seeing how it is implemented into biology. It's also fun when people think you are super smart in the library when you are doing O-Chem problems on the board.

Advice to students: Study the first couple weeks for this class almost like finals week. Understanding the basics well can take you very far. Also, if you want to look cool, go do problems on the third floor of the library on white boards. People will think you are super smart.

Melina Bachtar

MelinaBachtar

Email:

m.bachtar@gmail.com

Major: Exercise and Sports Science

What are your future plans? Pharmacy School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Ambivalence 

Hobbies/fun facts: I love hiking, skiing, running, and anything outdoors. I used to play volleyball collegiately before transferring to the U! 

What I love about chemistry: When it comes to organic chemistry, I love how everything works and flows together. I struggled in general chemistry, but organic is a whole new way of thinking about the concepts of chemistry.

 Advice to students: Utilize your resources; take advantage of all of the TA's and the SI sessions that are available. Read the book and do book problems weekly on each chapter. Don't give up!

Huy Doan

 HuyDoan

Email:

luonghuy2703@yahoo.com 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School 

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Challenge

Hobbies/fun facts: I can eat potatoe chips with chopstick or fork.

What I love about chemistry: Organic chemistry is challenge and tricky, but I love it because it is a good opportunity to practice thinking, playing with ideas and eliminating to finally get the right answer.

Advice to students: Ask TA's all the concepts that you don't understand and redo all the Worksheets, SI practice tests, etc. more than twice.

Tate Matthews

TateMatthews

Phone: 

801-580-7270

Major: Psychology 

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?   Tingly

Hobbies/fun facts: I love playing soccer and ping pong. I have to shave the outside of my nose so that I don't grow a nose beard.

What I love about chemistry: Organic Chemistry is like an entrancing puzzle of shapes, letters, and charges that can be solved using patterns and logic.

Advice to students: Do a bunch of problems and don't give up.

Cesar Huidobro

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Phone: 

801-888-1133

Major: ESS and Psychology

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? EXCITING

Hobbies/fun facts: Hobbies: I love riding my motorcycle, going on runs, and watching movies. Fun Facts: I am originally from Mexico City, Eight-years-ago I couldn't speak English.

What I love about chemistry: I love that Chemistry explains the world around us. I also love the fact that it can be so challenging but once you get it, the problems became very logical.

Advice to students: Make sure you do A LOT of problems, do your best at understanding the different patterns, work with a classmate and quiz each-other. (Few Organic Chemistry problems a day, will keep the bad grades away).

Wenyuan Li

WenyuanLi

Phone: 

801-462-3875

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Pharmacy School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Interested

Hobbies/fun facts: I like basketball, and marvel movies.

What I love about chemistry: About the fascinating changes that two chemical are mixed together.

Advice to students: Practice more, gain more.

Hodan Abdi

 HodanAbdi

 

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Exciting

Hobbies/fun facts: My hobbies include playing soccer, reading non-fiction stories and spending time with my friends and family.

What I love about chemistry: I love the problem solving aspect of chemistry. I love chemistry because it helped me understand more about how atoms work and why atoms react the way they do.

Advice to students: Attend the discussions and ask questions. Do the "end of the chapter" problems before class.

Sarah Smith 

 Sarah Smith

Email: 

u0899859@utah.edu

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Admiration

Hobbies/fun facts: I love anything to do with the outdoors. Climbing, hiking, backpacking, and skiing are my go-to's when I need to get away from the stress of school. I play Ultimate Frisbee at the U and love every minute of it!

What I love about chemistry: I love to learn. Chemistry is a constant challenge that requires hard work and a lot of practice. The feeling you get when you truly understand the material is so fulfilling. After putting in the hard work, it feels great to overcome the many learning obstacles. Chemistry is one of those topics that is dynamic and always changing. There will always be something new to learn!

Advice to students: Organic chemistry is a difficult subject that can often be overwhelming at times. The best way to overcome this feeling of stress and fatigue is to reach out and use the resources that are available to you. Go to discussions, SI sessions, TA tutoring hours, Holly's office hours, anything that increases your exposure to the subject. The more you interact with the material, the easier it becomes.

Karlie O'Brien

Karlie.Obrien

 

Major: Ballet & Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Intrigued 

Hobbies/fun facts: 

What I love about chemistry: I love how this material allows you to make connections to so many different functions of life. I also love putting the pieces together to solve a variety of problems-- it's like solving puzzles.

Advice to students: Don't be too hard on yourself! I know it's easier said than done, but try to keep things in perspective and remember that there is much more to life than a grade. That single grade will never define you as a person and will unlikely determine your success in the future. With that said, work your hardest and keep up on the material so you don't begin to drown in it! 

Chris Eixenberger

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Email: 

chriseix2@gmail.com

Major: Engineering

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Interested 

Hobbies/fun facts: 

I love to play basketball, ski, and mountain bike! I'm also a strong believer that the Jazz will some day win a championship... well, maybe... hopefully.

What I love about chemistry: The way that it feels like solving a puzzle.

Advice to students: Don't worry about your grade. Stay focused on the material and you'll get the grade you want.

Kimiya Nourian

Kimiya Nourian, a young woman, smiles at the camera with a party in the background

Email:

kimiya.nourian@gmail.com

Major: Health Promotion and Education 

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Challenging

Hobbies/fun facts: I like hiking and watching random documentaries and I love the PNW.

What I love about chemistry: Organic Chemistry is so different from any other subject and it forces you to really think through things and problem solve.

Advice to students: Don't give up or be discouraged. Keep at it and you can succeed!

 

Alec Hansen

AlecHansen

Email: 

Alecrhansen@gmail.com Phone: 385-245-0053

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Love

Hobbies/fun facts: Fly Fishing

What I love about chemistry: It's problem solving but you don't have to worry about numbers you just focus on trends on how our universe works.

Advice to students: Always think of the why behind all of the problems and make sure to work in groups and explain the problems to each other! Also make sure to understand the worksheets every week! And always ask for help if you need it.

Max Alfonso

MaxAlfonso

Major: Engineering

What are your Future plans?  Graduate School in Bioengineering

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Fascinated

Hobbies/fun facts: I love working with students and giving them the resources to discover their full potential. I am involved with various offices around campus including HRE, the Center for New Student and Family Programs, as well as the Supplemental Instruction Office. I also enjoy hiking, swimming, boating, and basically anything that will get my mind off of school for little bit.

What I love about chemistry: I love dissecting and figuring out how things work. Since chemistry starts at a single atom, it lets me identify how things work at a much smaller scale.

Advice to students: Don't freak out, Organic Chemistry is a fascinating subject and if you just relax and stay on top of the homework, then you will be fine.

Jordan Allen 

JordanAllen

Email: jordan.allen972@gmail.com

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Ecstatic

Hobbies/fun facts: I love skiing, golfing. Proud Texan. Love football and hockey.

What I love about chemistry: I love how the lab goes with what we are learning in class so we can see first-hand how what we are learning actually works.

Advice to students: Work hard and do the extra credit.

Thanakorn (TK) Baker

TKBaker

Email: 

tannkb@gmail.com

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Dental School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Art

Hobbies/fun facts: I do landscape paintings and charcoal/pastel portraitures. I'm bilingual and I'm Thai!

What I love about chemistry: Chemistry allows anyone to use their imagination to solve puzzles. It's where creativity can explode into a reality, like literally!

Advice to students: Discussions and homework are essential for organic chemistry. If organic chemistry is art, the more you practice the better you draw.

Hakyung Yeo 

Hakyung Yeo

Email: 

u1018807@utah.edu

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Pharmacy School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Effort

Hobbies/fun facts: I love watching movies, hanging out with good people, and eating delicious food!

What I love about chemistry:  Chemical reactions are the most important part of our daily lives. Understanding of the reason why the chemical mechanisms happen is my favorite part.

Advice to students: Go to SI sessions, solve end of the chapter problems "more than once", go to Holly's office hour, and redo any problems as much as you can. Make sure to understand everything when you attend the lecture and discussion time.

Saeed Shihab

Saeed Shihab, a young man, smiles at the camera

Email:

saeedshihab1@gmail.com 

Major: Engineering 

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Excited!

Hobbies/fun facts: I love to climb, ski, bike, and do anything in the outdoors. Fun fact, I am trilingual.

What I love about chemistry: I love how chemistry explains how the word works from a molecular standpoint.

Advice to students: Make sure to do every problem on the discussion worksheets.

Matthew Harmon

MattHarmon

Email: 

mnharmon28@gmail.com

Major: Psychology 

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Rewarding

Hobbies/fun facts: I like to ski, wakeboard, play piano, and sing.

What I love about chemistry: I love problem solving and creating new molecules through synthesis.

Advice to students: Do all of the extra credit and do practice exams to get timing down.

Skyler Walker

three men smile at the camera with their arms around each other

Major: Kinesiology

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Neat :)

Hobbies/fun facts: I enjoy Fly Fishing, Golfing, Photography, and I recently started Gardening... I am wayyyy domestic now.

What I love about chemistry: I find chemistry fascinating because of how small and detailed it is. Chemistry describes some of the most riveting questions about life on an atomic scale. Its a field where learning takes place from the tiniest atom and can be expanded to the largest structures in the world!

Advice to students: Make sure to draw everything out. Get a study group where you can discuss problems. Read the book before classes to help solidify the information!

 John Nguyen

JohnNguyen

Email: johnny.nguyen@utah.edu

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Fun

Hobbies/fun facts: 

What I love about chemistry:

Advice to students: Study and practice material regularly. Don't cram! Find a study group. Pre-read chapters ahead of lecture. Come prepared for discussion. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

 

Matthew Harmon 

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Major: Psychology 

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Rewarding

Hobbies/fun facts: I like to ski, wakeboard, play piano, and sing.

What I love about chemistry: I love problem solving and creating new molecules through synthesis.

Advice to students: Do all of the extra credit and do practice exams to get timing down.

Jason Tey

JasonTey

Email:

csjasontey96@gmail.com

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Thrilling 

Hobbies/fun facts: I'm a workoutaholic, but tennis will always be my one and only.

What I love about chemistry: Delightful puzzles of all shapes and sizes...And, it really has not bad of a system of understanding things.

Advice to students: Reactions and syntheses will be your major challenges. Build a mechanistic problem-solving mindset, because it will help you understand the reactions. Your Prof. will generously give you, when the time comes, worksheets summarizing all the reactions you would learn. You will do them; you will practice those reactions over and over and over, until you know them like the back of your hand, because they are your repertoire of tools to solve synthesis problems. Also, pKa is your friend. Know it and use it to your advantage. Above all else, when you're about to feel overwhelmed, just take a breather.

 Peter Ahorukomeye

Peter Ahorukomeye

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Bae

Hobbies/fun facts: I love soccer. I play and watch it. I speak 3 languages.

 What I love about chemistry: Chemistry governs biology.

 Advice to students: For goodness sake, don't fall behind!

 Gabriel McDonald

GabrielMcDonald

Phone: 801-300-2737

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans?

Graduate school in Chemistry

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry?

Remarkable

Hobbies/fun facts: I love playing basketball and dirt biking when school gets too stressful. Other than that, I spend a lot of time reading and hanging out with friends and family.

What I love about chemistry: My favorite thing about chemistry is its usefulness and applications. Although it is difficult to learn and understand a topic, once you have mastered it you may apply it to many situations and solve a huge number of problems. It's also cool to understand what is going on in breaking bad every once in a while... :)

Advice to students: Organic Chemistry is challenging, but incredibly interesting. It is absolutely vital that that you understand the material and concepts deeply as there are no formulas that you can rely on. To accomplish this, attending lecture is necessary. Hearing how to solve problems will be crucial to doing well. That being said, this is only the beginning step to doing well. You must complete all practice problems. Pushing yourself to complete O-Chem questions is the best way to succeed in this class. Ensure that you understand the "why" behind each problem you solve. If you can't answer the "why" (which is very normal) gather help from TA's and of course Professor Sebahar. She is incredibly approachable, patient, and has a skill for explaining concepts to her students.

 Justin Allen

  JustinAllen

Email: 

justin3allen@gmail.com 

 

 

 

Major: Exercise and Sports Science 

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Carbon

Hobbies/fun facts: I love soccer.

 What I love about chemistry: Carbon

Advice to students: Work as hard as you can, and live with the results.

 

 

 

 

Matthew Savas

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Email: 

mattsavas@hotmail.com

 

Major: Biology

What are your future plans? Pharmacy School

 Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Excited.

Hobbies/fun facts: I like to play tennis and the piano. 

What I love about chemistry: I like to play tennis and the piano.

Advice to students: Don't be afraid to make mistakes. You learn more from making mistakes than from getting everything right the first time.

 

 

Marisol Zarate

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Email: 

zarate221@gmail.com

Phone: 8019411610

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Love

Hobbies/fun facts: I enjoy playing soccer, running, and hiking.

 What I love about chemistry: I love how the patterns that emerge can help us better understand the complexity of chemistry.

Advice to students: Work hard and make sure you use your resources! There's a team of great TAs who are on your side.

 Karl Heward

KarlHeward

Email: 

KarldHeward@hotmail.com Phone: 801-870-3774

Major: Psychology

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? I love it.

Hobbies/fun facts: I have a cat named Meow. I play guitar and ukulele. I currently live in a garage. I enjoy hiking. Helping people is like... my favorite thing.

What I love about chemistry: I love that subtle differences ARE important. An example of this is that vinegar is only two carbons away from smelling like vomit. 

Advice to students: This has the potential to be the most interesting class you have ever taken. However, it will take a lot of hard work. If you receive a low grade do not give up. If anything, get mad! Show Organic Chemistry that you can get passed it. If you understand it well, then help your fellow students because you will need all the practice you can get.

 Forest Riekhof

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Email: Forest.riekhof@gmail.com

Phone: 801-656-9991 

 

 

 

Major: Chemistry

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? LOVE

Hobbies/fun facts: School, Friends, and Netflix about sum it up.

What I love about chemistry: The way it describes both the world around us and ourselves is so interesting to me!

Advice to students: Don't memorize things unless you have to, O chem is best learned by recognizing patterns and understanding the "why" so that way you can take what you learn from one concept and apply it to others.

 Jay Jensen

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Email:

jayc.jensen64@gmail.com 

Major: Environmental and Sustainability Studies

What are your future plans? Medical School

Which one word describes how you feel about organic chemistry? Excited

Hobbies/fun facts: Rock climbing and sciencing all day long.

What I love about chemistry: I love the creative process that goes into understanding the beautifully complex nature of organic chemistry.

Advice to students: Stay calm. Chemistry if fun if you let it be. Ask for help.

       
Last Updated: 8/24/16