Peer Ambassadors

Health Professions Peer Ambassadors (HPPAs) are UConn undergraduate students who are pursuing a health-professions track, alongside diverse major plans of study, and are involved in the greater university community in many ways. They work closely with the Pre-Medical and Pre-Dental Advising Office to share their experiences and mentor other students throughout their pre-professional journeys. HPPAs attend various office group advising sessions, workshops, and campus outreach events and are available for weekly in-person drop-in and virtual drop-in mentoring hours.

Please click on the profiles below for individual biographies, “specialty” topics, 1:1 peer mentoring hours, or to send a question to an individual HPPA using the Ask a Question form.

NOTE: There are certain topics of conversation that are best addressed during a 1:1 appointment with a staff advisor from our office. If an HPPA does not think that they are the best person to address your questions, they may refer you to a staff advisor. The following are some sample topics that staff advisors versus HPPAs are best equipped to address.

HPPA Spring 2024 Drop-In Hours*:

*Beginning Monday, January 29, 2024

  • Monday:
    • 9:00am - 10:00am: Virtual via Webex (join here)
    • 12:30pm - 2:30pm: In-person in Rowe 426
    • 2:30pm - 3:30pm: Virtual via Webex (join here)
  • Tuesday:
    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm: In-person in Rowe 426
  • Wednesday:
    • 10:30am - 11:30am: Virtual via Webex (join here)
    • 12:00pm - 1:00pm: In-person in Rowe 426
    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm: Virtual via Webex (join here)
  • Thursday:
    • 10:00am - 11:00am: Virtual via Webex (join here)
    • 3:00pm - 4:00pm: In-person in Rowe 426

If you are interested in meeting with a specific Health Professions Peer Ambassador, please click on their profile below to view their individual drop-in hours.

When to meet with an HPPA:

  • Exploring pathways for becoming engaged in clinical, service, or research opportunities
  • Balancing schoolwork and co-curricular engagement
  • Learning about study/test-taking strategies that have worked for them
  • Transferring from a regional UConn campus to Storrs as a pre-health professional student
  • Developing leadership skills

    When to meet with a staff advisor:

    • Discussing whether to accept AP or ECE credit or not
    • Engaging in in-depth conversations about coursework, grades, and standardized test scores
    • Gauging your readiness to apply to health professional schools
    • Planning your growth year(s)
    • Speaking about specific aspects of your health professions school application

    2023-2024 Health Professions Peer Ambassadors: 

    Ananya Aggarwal
    Emily Strickland
    Sahiti Bhyravavajhala
    Ty Zaccagnini
    Genesis Rosario

    Former Peer Ambassadors:

    Aesha Acevedo
    Nour Al Zouabi
    Yulianny De Los Santos
    Qristine Owusu
    Keely Greiner