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Vanderbilt Tutoring Services Tutors 2018-2019

Allie Yan

Allie is a junior majoring in both biological sciences (molecular and cell biology) and Medicine, Health, and Society; her minor is in Spanish. She tutors in biological sciences, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and neuroscience. Allie is an undergraduate researcher in the Macara Lab, and she hiked the Way of Saint James in Spain last May. In her free time, she loves online shopping and playing video games.

Amanda Taylor

Amanda is a junior from New Jersey majoring in mathematics and economics and minoring in Spanish. She tutors in economics and mathematics. Amanda is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, the Vanderbilt cheerleading team, and Women in Business. In her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time with friends, running, and reading. 

Andy Jarnevic

Andy is a first year Ph.D. student in the Department of Mathematics who tutors in mathematics. He grew up near Kansas City, Missouri, and he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Oklahoma. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and playing both cards and trivia.

Ben Formantes

Ben is entering his sophomore year, and he is majoring in computer science and mechanical engineering. He tutors in both mathematics and physics. Ben is from Redmond, Washington, and in his free time, he loves playing soccer as well as playing Super Smash Brothers competitively. Ben also sings in the the Vanderbilt Variations and plays saxophone and clarinet in the Blair Big Band.

Bogdan Chornomaz

Bogdan is a first year graduate student in the Department of Mathematics. He likes, well, math--that's why he's here! Apart from math, he enjoys British TV series and idle time-spending. He also likes to read (but not too much). Bogdan tutors in mathematics.

Brandon Martin

Brandon is a senior physics major who tutors in physics and mathematics. Brandon has played trumpet for over ten years, and he is a member of Vanderbilt's Marching Band as well as the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha. 

Changying Ding

Changying is a first year Ph.D. student in the Department of Mathematics. He is interested in analysis, which includes calculus and differential equations. Besides mathematics, he enjoys listening to music, especially alternative rock. Changying tutors in mathematics.

Channing Chi

Channing is a sophomore from Denver, Colorado majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society as well as molecular and cell biology. He tutors in biological sciences and general chemistry. In his free time, he enjoys singing in the Vanderbilt University Concert Choir and fencing for the VU Fencing Club. He is so excited to get to know you!

Coco Ma

Coco is a senior majoring in Medicine, Health and Society as well as sociology. She tutors in biological sciences, general chemistry, organic chemistry, mathematics, and physics. In her free time, she enjoys running, singing, exploring the outdoors, and reading.

Colin Bloomfield

Colin is a first year doctoral student in the Department of Mathematics. His undergraduate degree was in art, and his gateway to into math was through philosophy. In his free time, Colin enjoys running, reading, and playing board games. He tutors in mathematics.

Dan Tong

Dan is a senior majoring in chemistry and math. He also enjoys studying art history because he believes in a well-rounded education. In his spare time, he likes spending time on Netflix, playing guitar, and making omelettes. He tutors in general and organic chemistry.

Gracie Rule

Gracie is a junior studying Human and Organizational Development and political science. This is her second year at the Collaborative Learning Suite where she tutors in biological sciences, chemistry, and economics. Outside of school, she participates in service organizations on campus like Alpha Phi Omega, Alternative Winter Break, and Habitat for Humanity, and she also conducts research on homelessness in Nashville. She enjoys reading the news, trying (and failing!) to cook, and binge-watching Orange Is the New Black

Ian Hurford

Ian is a sophomore who plans to major in biological sciences and Spanish. He tutors in biological sciences and general chemistry. Ian thoroughly enjoys both subjects, and he hopes to help anyone he works with to understand and to appreciate them, too. Outside of class, Ian loves to play soccer, experience the outdoors, and travel. 

Jamie Dyvig

Jamie is a sophomore majoring in neuroscience. She is originally from San Diego, California. She tutors in general chemistry, single-variable calculus, and neuroscience. In her free time, Jamie enjoys singing with the Vanderbilt University Concert Choir and volunteering at the Susan Gray School. 

John Terrell

John is currently a third year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry working under Dr. Carmelo Rizzo with a focus in organic synthesis and biochemistry. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from UNC Asheville in 4 years, where he performed research purely in organic synthesis under Dr. Amanda Wolfe. As a tutor, John helps with both general and organic chemistry at any level.

Katie Carlsen

Katie is a junior majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society and minoring in mathematics. Outside of tutoring, Katie mentors high school students who are going through the college application process. She is also a member of Vanderbilt Alzheimer's Buddies and visits with elderly patients. In between studying and extracurriculars, Katie really enjoys naps and coloring. She tutors in general and organic chemistry.

Kierlyn Huang

Kierlyn is a junior in the School of Engineering who tutors in economics and mathematics. Her academic interests include the intersections of mathematics, computer science, and economics, and she has done internship work in these fields. Kierlyn also enjoys traveling.

Lanlan Liu

Lanlan is a senior majoring in mathematics and minoring in German and computer science. She tutors in mathematics. Lanlan enjoys playing table tennis and has been playing since she was eight years old. When possible, she also enjoys traveling around the world. This summer, she experienced her longest-ever flight while traveling from Russia to Nashville: 36 hours!

Michael Wang

Michael is a senior who tutors in biological sciences, chemistry, and neuroscience.

Minh Vu

Minh Quan is a first year Ph.D. student in the Department of Mathematics. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies and playing video games. He tutors in mathematics.

Nathan Tenpas

Nathan is a first year Ph.D. student in the Department of Mathematics. He tutors in mathematics, particularly in calculus, linear algebra, and probability. Outside of school, Nathan enjoys playing pick-up basketball and going to concerts. His favorite band is The Flaming Lips. He also likes hiking and backpacking. This past summer, he went backpacking in Denali National Park. 

Olivia Becker

Olivia is a pre-med senior with a Spanish major and an art history minor. She is from Jackson, Mississippi. Olivia enjoys being involved with Tri Delta, AMIGOS, VSVS, and the Ariel Deutch Neuroscience Research Lab. Olivia's favorite hobbies include playing with her three dogs and her pet pig. She tutors in biology and chemistry.

Sarah Page

Sarah is currently a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering, and she tutors in general chemistry and single-variable calculus. Sarah is from Jacksonville, Florida, and over the summer, she interned at the Jacksonville State Attorney's Office. At Vanderbilt, Sarah works with VSVS and Alternative Spring Break. Her favorite food is sushi. 

Shan Luo

Shan is a senior in the College of Arts & Science. She majors in mathematics. She also has two minors: German and financial economics. In addition to being a tutor at the Collaborative Learning Suite, she works for the Department of Mathematics. Her favorite on-campus activity is going to Blair concerts. On weekends, she enjoys a walk around Radnor Lake.  

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Sumati Thareja

Sumati is a first year doctoral student in the Department of Mathematics. She holds a Master of Science in mathematics from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India. She has previously taught courses in differential and intergral calculus as well as engineering mathematics, and her favorite piece of student feedback was that she made math interesting for her students. In her free time, Sumati loves singing, cooking, and practicing Zumba and yoga. She also enjoys reading fiction. Sumati tutors in mathematics.  

Sylvie Muhimpundu

Sylvie is a second year student in the Master of Public Health Program. She is a passionate global health advocate. Sylvie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and tutors in biological sciences, general chemistry, and organic chemsitry. She loves reading and speaks 5 languages. Come learn science with her--and maybe a little bit of a new language, too!

XJ Xu

XJ is a senior majoring in physics and working at Vanderbilt's Center for Molecular and Atomic Studies at Surfaces (CMASS). On the side, he is minoring in geology, scientific computing, and mathematics. XJ tutors in physics and mathematics. He has a natural affinity for producing spare time to climb and chill and have a good time.  

Yuze Ruan

Yuze is a first year graduate student in the Department of Mathematics. Besides math, he also likes playing sports and traveling to discover new things. He sometimes enjoys cooking and reading, although those phases never seem to last very long. Yuze tutors in mathematics.

 

Vanderbilt Tutoring Services Clerks 2018-2019

Carolyn Tarakto

Ellie Smith

Jaziree Smith

Mario Rewers

Rūta Delkute

Sarah Beck

Tamara French