Honors Ambassadors

Honors Ambassadors are Honors College student leaders who are here to assist new Honors College students in their transition to the university and the Honors College community. Meet the 2017 Honors College Ambassadors!

New students: Feel free to email any Honors Ambassador with your questions about UIC or the Honors College!

Airiana McKinleyAnisha ChandranIsra HasnainMasooma HaiderMayra HerreraParnika TelagiShaina HuangSusan PanekTrishla Shah

Airiana McKinley

  • Major: Biological Sciences
  • Minor: African American Studies
  • Educational Goal: Forensic Pathologist
  • Year: Third Year
  • Email Address: amckin21@uic.edu
  • Hometown: Streator, IL
  • Housing: Campus Housing- Commons West Residence Hall
  • I’m involved in:
    • Member of the Association of Pre-Medical Students
    • Honors College Ambassador
    • African American Academic Network Peer Mentor
    • Resident Assistant for Campus Housing
    • Member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
    • IMD Guest House Volunteer
    • SHPEP Scholar
  • A fun fact about me:  I was involved in color guard for all four years in high school.
  • Ask me about:
    • Finding restaurants for picky eaters
    • Coming to UIC from a small farm town
    • Using the resource centers on campus
    • How to get involved with campus housing

Anisha Chandran

  • Major: Biological Sciences
  • Educational Goal: Medical School, working as a physician.
  • Year: Second year
  • Email address: achand36@uic.edu
  • Hometown: Schaumburg
  • Housing: On-Campus (JST)
  • I’m involved in:
    • Society of Future Physicians
    • Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity
    • UI Care Liaison, UI Health Hospital
  • A fun fact about me:  As a child, I moved around a lot, so I ultimately went to six different elementary schools from pre-school to sixth grade!
  • Ask me about:
    • Being a transfer student
    • The pre-med track
    • Living on-campus, especially JST
    • Exploring Minors

Isra Hasnain

  • Major: Biology
  • Educational Goal: Medicine
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Email Address: ihasna2@uic.edu
  • Hometown: Forsyth, IL
  • Housing: Campus Housing
  • I’m involved in:
    • Senior Health Educator and Community Relations Director in Peer Health Exchange
    • Secretary of WISE (Women in Science and Engineering)
    • Editor for The Ampersand, one of the Honors College’s publications
  • A fun fact about me:  The time I set my alarm for never ends with an even number – I can’t sleep knowing my alarm is set to 7:30 or 8:02.
  • Ask me about:
    • Any of the organizations I’m a part of that strike your interest
    • Coming from a small town/transitioning to city life
    • Living on campus
    • Choosing classes

Masooma Haider

  • Major: Biology; Political Science
  • Educational Goal: Medicine
  • Year: Rising Sophomore
  • Email Address: mhaide6@uic.edu
  • Hometown: Glen Ellyn, IL
  • Housing: Apartment near campus
  • I’m involved in:
    • OneWorld
    • Society of Future Physicians
    • New Life Volunteering Society
    • volunteering at the NLVS free clinic.
  • A fun fact about me:  I have a goal to try nearly every restaurant near UIC by graduation. Because of this, I almost never eat at the same place twice!
  • Ask me about:
    • Being the oldest sibling/first to attend college
    • Finding student orgs to join
    • Balancing a double major
    • Fun things to do on and near campus

Mayra Herrera

  • Major: Finance
  • Year: 3rd Year
  • Email Address: mherre29@uic.edu
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
  • Housing: Campus Housing (JST)
  • I’m involved in:
    • Mexican Students de Aztlan (MeSA)
    • Business Student Ambassador
    • Volunteer at the University of Chicago
  • A fun fact about me:  I was involved as a Student Ambassador
    in high school.
  • Ask me about:
    • Changing Majors
    • Being a First Generation College Student
    • Being part of the College of Business
    • Living on Campus

Parnika Telagi

  • Major: Mathematics
  • Minor: Biology
  • Educational Goal: Pre-Med
  • Year: Second
  • Hometown: Naperville, IL
  • Email Address: telagi2@uic.edu
  • Housing: Apartment near campus
  • I’m involved in:
    • Alternative Spring Break Executive Board. The committee I’m on is called Street Views of Chicago where we plan volunteer events to help the homeless community in Chicago.
    • Kids Are Scientists Too (K.A.S.T.): we teach science lessons in elementary schools.
    • Society of Future Physicians
    • Soon I will be starting a job as an EMT-B!
  • A fun fact about me:  My favorite band is Blink-182!
  • Ask me about:
    • Getting involved with Alternative Spring Break
    • Getting involved with other student orgs
    • Finding a community
    • Being Pre-Med and a non-science major

Shaina Huang

  • Major: Statistics
  • Minor: Biology
  • Educational Goal: Matriculate into UIC College of Pharmacy and earn a PharmD
  • Year: Second
  • Email address: shuan4@uic.edu
  • Hometown: Geneva
  • Housing: Apartment off campus
  • I’m involved in:  Peer Health Exchange- Leadership Senior Health Educator: Community Relations Director
  • A fun fact about me: I played violin for 11 years
  • Ask me about:
    • Changing majors
    • Coming to UIC from a small town/high school
    • Peer Health Exchange
    • Being a pre-pharmacy student

Susan Panek

  • Major: Biology
  • Minor: English
  • Educational Goal: MD and/or MD/PhD
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Email Address: spanek4@uic.edu
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
  • Housing: Commute from home
  • I’m involved in:
    • The Society of Future Physicians (Member of 4 Committees)
    • MedLife
    • Project ESTEEM
    • Volunteer at Hospitals
  • A fun fact about me:  I received the State Seal of Biliteracy for being fluent in another language.
  • Ask me about:
    • How Do I Balance it All?
    • What Is It Like Being a Commuter Student?
    • The Society of Future Physicians
    • Effectively Finding Academic Resources

Trishla Shah

  • Major: Biology
  • Minor: Mathematics; Sociology
  • Educational Goal: Pre-Med
  • Year: Junior
  • Email address: tshah28@uic.edu
  • Hometown: Naperville, IL
  • Housing: Apartment
  • I’m involved in:
    • Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc.
    • Women in Engineering and Science
    • Society of Future Physicians
    • See the Silver Lining
    • TEDx
    • Girls Who Code
    • Biology Research with Naked Mole Rats
    • Association of Pre-Medical Students
    • Political Science Student Union
  • A fun fact about me:  I’m super good at limbo!
  • Ask me about:
    • Greek Life
    • On Campus Jobs
    • Various Science / Volunteering Organizations
    • Research Positions