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PEER Mentors


Mentorship is a cornerstone of the PEER program and the PEER Mentors create and foster both formal and informal mentoring opportunities for PEER Scholars. PEER Mentors are made up of faculty and administration at UT and they participate and lead in a number of PEER events such as the Discourse Meetings.


Suzanne Lenhart, Chancellor’s Professor and Associate for Education  and Outreach, National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBios)


Michael Best, Paul and Wilma Ziegler Associate Professor of Chemistry


Ernest Brothers, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School and Associate Director for Diversity Enhancement, National Institute for Mathematical & Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)


Tessa Burch-Smith, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology


Joel Diambra, Associate Professor & Counselor Education and PhD Program Coordinator


Elizabeth Howell, Professor of Biochemistry, Cellular & Molecular Biology


Xiaopeng Zhao, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering and Senior Personnel, National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, Knoxville


Jennifer Schweitzer, Associate Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

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