February 8, 2018 at 8:11 am

BARR Peer Advisers Help Students in Science Courses -2018

The BIOS Advising and Resource Room (or the BARR) exists to help science students thrive. It was created to assist students in introductory biology and to help first-year students adjust to and learn about Ohio University. It’s been expanded to help students of all years and all science-related majors.

The BARR is staffed by upperclass peer advisers who have proven themselves capable in science and beyond. What can they do for you?

  • Help with science coursework
  • Advice on time management and study skills
  • Insights into research, internships, and campus jobs
  • Peer perspectives on scheduling and advising
  • Assistance navigating online resources (from Blackboard to DARS)
  • Guidance on connecting with faculty and campus resources
  • Information on student organizations
  • A chance to discuss future plans with an upperclassman peer who has been in your shoes

The BIOS Advising and Resource Room, located in Irvine 109, is open every weekday, Monday through Friday, from 1 p.m. 5 p.m. No appointment is needed and all assistance is free. You can also email brief questions to

Meet the BARR Peer Advisers

BARR peer advisers were chosen because they excel in a variety of areas. All advisers have completed at least BIOS 1700, 1710, and 3100, as well as the CHEM 1500 series. Browse advisers’ profiles and expertise areas below.

Sammi Selhorst is a Neuroscience major and has been involved in neuroscience and neuropsychology research. She also participated in the Tropical Disease Institute research program in Ecuador in the past. She would be happy to assist students in seeking out research opportunities, fellowships or study abroad experiences. Contact her for assistance with genetics, cell biology, general biology, or general chemistry.

Brandon Merryman is a Biological Sciences pre-med major. He is a member of Phi Delta Epsilon, a pre-medical fraternity on campus. He has experience shadowing doctors in the Cleveland area and would love to help out those looking for shadowing experience in Cleveland. Contact him for assistance in organic chemistry, intro bio and intro chem.

Sam Kukor is a Wildlife and Conservation major with minors in Plant Biology and French. He has worked in both wildlife and plant biology labs and is more than happy to help students get their foot in the door toward research. Tutoring specialties include chemistry, French, and most biology courses. Talk to him about clubs, research, or just general nerdy things.

Paige Lewis is a senior Biological Sciences major with research experience in biology. She is also a pre-calc SI leader and excited to help students with their classes, study habits, and ways to get the most out of their undergraduate years.

Danielle Stakes is a Biological Sciences pre-med major. She is a member of the EAP program through OU-HCOM in which she partakes in clinical experiences around Athens. She is extremely familiar with DARS reports and the coursework needed as a biology major and is willing to help those with any major. Contact her for assistance with molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, medical terminology, cell biology, and related coursework.

Sal Gomez is a senior majoring in Bios Pre-Med. He has research experience at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Biomedical Department and internationally through the Tropical Disease Research Program in Ecuador. He has experience as a 1700 PLTL leader and has worked as a genetics TA. Contact him for assistance with intro biology, genetics, general chemistry, and with questions regarding research and studying abroad opportunities.

Taylor Woodyard is a senior studying Chemistry Pre-Medicine. She has experience in conducting research with the Primary Care department of OU-HCOM. She is equipped to help students interested in medical school locate research opportunities and get connected to important faculty. She is happy to help with chemistry related coursework, such as general, analytical or organic chemistry.

Morgan Glenn Simons is a junior majoring in Exercise Physiology. She is a member of OU’s Pre-Physical Therapy Club and looks forward to helping students succeed in the sciences. She works in the Pre-Health Advising office as well as the BARR.

Julia LaComb is a senior double majoring in Human Biology and Spanish.  She will be working in the BARR to support students in the BIOS and CHEM introductory classes.  Any spare time goes toward her passion for performing in the acapella group, New Chords. In addition to science, if you have questions about double majoring, study abroad, or live music options on campus, just ask!

Matthew Neehouse is a junior pursuing a major in BIOS Pre-Physical Therapy. He has been a successful student in Biological Sciences and Chemistry classes. He is also currently a BIOS 1700 PLTL leader. Matthew will be available in the BARR this year to help with any questions regarding biology, anatomy, chemistry, scheduling, or just college in general.

Trent Riddell is a junior majoring in Bios Pre-Med with a minor in Chemistry. He is currently a PLTL leader for Bios 1700, a TA for Bios 1715 lab and does research at Edison Biotechnology Institute at the Ridges. Also, he has been a PLTL leader for General Chemistry in past semesters. He is also the recruitment chair for Phi Delta Epsilon, the Pre-Med fraternity. Contact with any questions involving Biology, Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry.

Megan Sweeney is a junior studying Wildlife and Conservation Biology and working towards the Environmental Studies Certificate. She has worked in Wildlife labs and would love to answer any questions students may have about getting into research. Contact her about questions pertaining to most biology courses. Feel free to stop by with any questions about research, clubs, study habits, or biology.

Hannah West is a junior majoring in Biological Sciences and minoring in Spanish. She has been involved in a diabetes research lab on campus since her freshman year and is a BIOS 1700 PLTL leader and the secretary of Tribeta. She is very excited to help students with any questions they have about their classes and to help them learn better study skills!

Hannah White is a junior Biological Sciences, Pre-Professional major. She is also completing a Chemistry Minor and Diabetes Certificate. She works in the BIOS department as a BIG and a PLTL leader. She is very dedicated to her studies but also knows when it is time to take a break. She looks forward to helping students with school/work-life balance, studying habits, general chemistry and biology, organic chemistry, genetics, and animal cell biology. As well as the classes needed to complete the Diabetes Certificate.

Andrea McGannon is a junior majoring in the Biological Sciences.  She is very excited about biology and spends much of her time at the library working over her detailed notes.  Note-taking has been a key to her success and she believes discovering the perfect way for each person to study and learn is critical.  She looks forward to working in the BARR to help students find their best method.

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