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CURF Peer Advisors

Faculty-Student Research

CURF Research Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors (PA) serve as ambassadors and guides for Research Recruits and other undergraduate student researchers. Peer Advisors help students find research projects, serve as a liaison between student researchers and faculty mentors, plan programming and serve as a resource for their peer group, and help with the annual Research Days event. Peer Advisors also serve as ambassadors for campus recruitment events to promote the benefits of (PA) program to students, faculty, alumni, and potential donors.

Eligibility: Peer Advisors must be third or fourth year students in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or above. Applicants should have completed one full year of a faculty-mentored research or creative project.

Peer Advisors must participate in mandatory staff training twice a year; fall and spring semesters.

Interested candidates should contact ORSP for eligibility.


Research Peer Advisors : AY 2017-2018

Linda Yarfi is a senior at Kean University majoring in Cell/Molecular Biology. She developed a great passion for research since high school. During her junior and senior year in high school, she took five advance placement (AP) course with three of them being biology, chemistry and calculus. Throughout her undergraduate years so far, Linda has participated in two summer research experience for undergraduate (REU) program. In summer 2016, she participated in the REU program at Johns Hopkins University where she studied the contribution of post-translational histone modifications to the asymmetric segregation phenomenon of sister chromatids in male drosophila gonads. She was under the supervision of Dr. Xin Chen(PI), Dr. Rajesh Ranjan(Post-doc) and Binbin Ma (PhD student) in the Krieger school of Arts and Sciences. With the research conducted at Johns Hopkins, she presented her work at the 2016 Leadership Alliance National Symposium at Brown University and the 1st Penn Honors Diversity (PHD) Symposium. The second REU occurred at Colorado State University (CSU) in summer 2017 under the supervision of Dr. Tingting Yao (PI) and Dr. Carolina Dos Santos Passos (Post-doc) in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular/ Radiological Biosciences. Her work at CSU focused on DNA damage repair in relation to the ubiquitination of histone H2AK13 in the nucleosome.

In addition to her summer research, she was a participant of the Research First Initiative program (RFI) in the environmental microbial research track with Dr. Marshall L Hayes. She is also highly involved in the Kean community. Linda serves as the president of the Biology club, director of public relations of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society and a platinum leader of Kean University’s Leadership institute. She also worked at the Center for Leadership and Service department as an Involvement Specialist from her freshmen year to the end of her junior year. At her leisure time, she enjoys binge watching shows on Netflix and occasionally, practices the piano. Her favorite emoji is the “peace out” sign.

Naomi Horowitz is a senior, majoring in Environmental & Sustainability Science.  She works on multiple research projects while maintaining a 4.0 GPA, placing her in the top 1% of students at Kean.  Naomi shows enthusiasm for all subjects and has remarkable skills in math, logical reasoning, reading and writing, often taking a leadership role in group projects.

Naomi has been a well-disciplined and self-motivated researcher on her research team and often works creatively in many research projects. In summer 2016, Naomi went to Central China Normal University (CCNU) to work on a project to examine the water quality in local farms and evaluate water quality changes caused by agriculture activities in China. Naomi created the plan to collect water samples and took the lead in preparing labs and testing samples. She also proposed to compare monoculture and polyculture farming techniques as one of her research objectives.

Naomi presented her research at the 2016 Research Days at Kean with classmate Jessica Frago and was selected as the winner of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Kean University Chapter 2016 Student Paper and Project Contest.  The project was also selected by the NJ Tech Council to present in the Summer Intern Research Program Presentations in Philadelphia.  In 2015 she participated in the Research and Technology Colloquium at Kean.

Having already published in a professional journal and with two manuscript in progress, Naomi continuously shows a dedication to her research.   She presented “Life Cycle Assessment of Bottled Water: A Case Study of Green2O Products” at the New Jersey Tech Life Science Summer Symposium in 2016. Her strong analytic ability, attention to details, open-mindedness and strong commitment to work have made Naomi a highly regarded research partner to Dr. Mu

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