Team Leaders 2018-2019

The Team Leader program at the Burnett Honors College became an important component of the Honors Symposium course during the 1996-1997 academic year.  The program recruits outstanding Honors students at the sophomore through senior levels to serve as role models and guides for incoming Honors freshmen.  Each Team Leader is selected on the basis of a rigorous process that includes group interviews, an evaluation of academic standing, leadership in other areas of the university life, and a three-day training.  In addition, Team Leaders attend various meetings and trainings throughout the fall semester in order to gain a better understanding of their role in Honors Symposium.


During the fall semester, Team Leaders serve as teaching assistants for the Honors Symposium course and as mentors for groups of 15-20 Honors freshmen.  Team Leaders are responsible for:

  • Leading breakout discussions with their team members following each lecture
  • Monitoring their team members’ assignments and attendance
  • Organizing various social and cultural events for their team members
  • Serving as liaisons between the Burnett Honors College and their students
  • Participating in a leadership development retreat and weekly meetings

The principle behind the Team Leader program is simple: to provide an example of an involved, successful student.  Each Team Leader has her or his own insights and brings to the Honors Symposium course a unique perspective that will help to shape the first-year experience for our freshmen.

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Moises Lobaton


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Padma Ganduri


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Rachel Casey


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Michele Guillard


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Martha Grudens


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Mariah George


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Marissa McNeil


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Riley Havel


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Robert Smith


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William Johnson


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Zeynep Elshaer


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Zoe Smith


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Tara Rutkowski


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Sean Hinkle


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Samantha Berg


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Scott Buksbaum


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Lia Fiore


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Lauren Brown


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Emily Gorden


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Harrison Crawford


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Jackie Baron


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Denielle Abaquita


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Corey Clancy


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Ali Trombetta


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Cameron Levine


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Jake Shipe


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Jasmine Masri


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Kaitie McPhee


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Kian Patel


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Jordan Collins


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Jordan Bateh


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Jesse Harris


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Jessica Gass


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Abdullah Saqib