Mentors & SI
Biology Bootcamp Mentors
During the program, you will have a Mentor who has been successful in BISC160 and BISC162. During the program, they are there to help you figure out how the University works, guide you through some of the Bootcamp lecture material and help make sure things go smoothly.
Some of Your Bootcamp Mentors for 2014
Ethan Collier: I am a senior biology major interested in obtaining a Ph.D. degree in biomedical sciences/biology. I came from a small town in Mississippi where high expectations were set on my shoulders to become a doctor in order to return and serve my home town. However, my time here at Ole Miss pursuing a biology degree has changed my career choice. Therefore, my advice to incoming freshmen is to keep an open mind and never be afraid to pursue your true interests.
Justin Kilgore: I am a junior, biochemistry major and managerial finance minor from Memphis, TN. A was a Biology Bootcamp participant in 2012 and a mentor my sophomore year (2013). I am so excited to be back again and help jump start you guys into Biology 160. Aside from all things science, I love to stay involved on campus. I have been a member of the Associated Student Body Freshman Council, senate, and I am currently a member of legislative council.
Allison Marcum: I’m a senior biology major aspiring to attend dental school after graduation. I came to Ole Miss from Winchester, Kentucky. I was undecided on my major when I entered college, but was drawn to biology after completing the BISC 160 series. I enjoy helping other students, especially fellow biology majors and pre-dentals. My advice to incoming freshman would be to make smart friends, so you will always have people to study with and who will challenge you!
Braxton Dupuy: I am a sophomore from Columbia, MS, majoring in biology with a neuroscience minor. My ultimate goal is to continue into medical school. After attending Biology Bootcamp last year, I am looking forward to experiencing the program from the other side as one of your mentors.
Caleb Carroll (right): I'm a sophomore Biology major on the Pre-Med track. I'm from Birmingham, Alabama and I entered Ole Miss knowing I wanted to be a doctor. The most significant thing I learned freshman year while taking Bio 160/162 is to find a group of friends whom you can be productive with, and grind through it together. The class is hard, but incredibly rewarding once you make it through.
Alex Spivey: I am from Nashville, TN. I am a sophomore this year and a pre-med biology major with a double minor in Spanish and neuroscience. I participated inBiology Bootcamp last year in order to prepare myself for the upcoming semester (since I had heard pretty unanimously that BISC 160 was most likely the hardest course an incoming freshman could take). I definitely felt like bootcamp was very helpful in preparing me for not only the material covered, but also the work load, teaching styles, and time/study management the class would require. It was overall a great experience and also introduced me to some of my closest friends in college!
Samuel Rose: I am a sophomore from Indianola Mississippi in the heart of the delta. I am majoring in biology and plan to attend medical school after college. Most of the friends I became closest with my freshman year I met in Bio Bootcamp. This is a rewarding class and you will get a lot from it. I am excited about being a mentor for Biology Bootcamp this year and can't wait to get started.
Kadijah Abston: I am a junior biochemistry major and I am also minoring in biology and French. I am from Gautier, MS. I plan to attend graduate school after receiving my degree. My original plan was to attend medical school; however, my plans changed over time. I participated in Biology Bootcamp the summer before my freshman year and the program really helped to prepare me for the class. I was also a mentor in the program last summer. I am really excited to be a mentor again and I hope the program helps you as much as it helped me.
Piper Dunn: I am a sophomore nursing major from Oxford, MS. I attended Biology Bootcamp last year, and it was a great experience. Getting to meet the professors, learn their lecture styles, and also have examples of test questions made me feel more confident that I would survive 160 and 162. The classes are difficult but with a good study group and a lot of hard work the outcome is more than rewarding. My tips for doing well are not to be afraid of attending professor’s office hours and go to extra study sessions regularly. I hope I can help make your freshman biology experience as awesome as mine was.
Megan Robinson: I am from Raymond, Mississippi. I graduated from Jackson Preparatory School in 2013. I am a sophomore here at Ole Miss and I am a biology major (Pre-Med) with a minor in psychology. I decided to take Biology Bootcamp last summer because I heard from many people how hard the class was going to be. I learned what type of questions were on the test, study methods, and I had the privilege of getting to know my instructors and that made it easier to go during the year and ask questions. I also met some of my closest friends in boot camp! Outside of class I am an Ole Miss Global Ambassador, I do a lot of community service within my sorority, I attend BSU meetings, and I workout a lot and I participate in intramural sports! I am very excited to meet the new students this year and hopefully I can help them like my mentor helped me! :)
Trey Dickinson: My name is Rhuel Peyton Dickinson III, but I go by "Trey." I've been a die hard Ole Miss fan since birth. I'll be at all of the basketball, football, and baseball games! I am a rising sophomore biology major planning on entering UMMC's Physical Therapy School after I finish undergraduate courses. I am from D'Lo, Mississippi and I graduated from Mendenhall High School. I participated in Biology Boot Camp my freshman year because I had heard Biology was the most challenging course on campus. I made good friends, the professors were extremely helpful, and I finished with a sense of being prepared. It was a HUGE help.I look forward to welcoming you to the greatest college on Earth. Hotty Toddy!
Rosetta Williams: I am a senior biology major and chemistry minor from Clinton, MS. I have three simple goals in life: to become a physician, a rock star, and Jensen Ackles’s second wife. My advice to incoming freshmen would be to take yourself seriously, but not too seriously. A B is not the end of the world!
Anna Grace Stout: I am a junior from Jackson, MS. As a freshman, I was enrolled in BISC 160 and 162 and attended SI sessions regularly. I am excited to be an SI leader for this course and my goal is to help students stay on track and not fall behind with the heavy course load. In addition, I was a Bootcamp mentor my sophomore year and enjoyed introducing incoming freshmen to the course. I am always happy to help, so feel free to contact me with any questions!
The University of Mississippi supports the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program. This nationwide program is implemented in courses where students struggle with learning how to learn material in courses. Often, it is associated with science and math courses, but some Universities support SI in writing courses too. We incorporate SI into Bootcamp because it will be associated with BISC160 and BISC162. In any SI session you will be led by a "near peer" who has been successful in the course and can help you figure out ways to really master Biology. SI leaders are also Mentors in the program, but you'll see them throughout the semester.
Ethan Collier _________Anna Grace Stout_________New Leader