2018-19 Physics Mentors

About the Program

The Miami University Physics Department is dedicated to ensuring all new and current students get the most out of their undergraduate experience. Our department is uniquely distinguished by our commitment to undergraduate teaching, our high volume of involvement in undergraduate research, and our various departmental programs and clubs into which students are encouraged to get involved.

We are pleased to be able to offer a mentoring program to our incoming freshmen, transfer students, and students new to the department. The mentor program was implemented by students for students. It is comprised of upperclassmen student volunteers. The program's goal is to aid new students in their transition into the department by acting as a bridge between students and faculty, providing guidance on class scheduling, aiding in the involvement of undergraduate research, and diminishing the social gap between upper and underclassmen.

The Physics Department is a very closely knit community and our goal is to ensure that all new and current students feel welcome. Future students...we look forward to meeting you!


Patrick Carroll

Patrick Carroll

I am a second-year master’s student in Physics and a non-traditional student, as well as a Marine Corps veteran with a background in music and journalism. I have served as the president of the Society of Physics Students, Head Tutor at the Rinella Learning Center, I am a member of the Student Veterans Association and one of the founders and leaders the mentoring program. I strongly believe in both diversity and supporting the physics and scientific communities, and I seek to use my unique background to assist those new to Miami and the department.

Contact Patrick to become a mentor!


Anthony Rapp

Anthony Rapp

I am a second-year master’s student in Physics. I've gotten the chance to study for a bachelors in both physics and music, in addition to a minor in math. I'm in the mentor program because I remember my first year at Miami, and all of my questions and concerns. I didn't have many connections in the department, and hadn't really met anyone until my second year. I want to provide the opportunity for first year's to know their department, and to have some insight from people who have gone through the requirements before. It's my goal to show why I love the physics department and how a student can get what they're looking for from this university.


Rosie Ries

Rosie Ries 

I am a third-year undergraduate with a double major in Physics and Geology. I am currently the vice president for the Society of Physics Students and have previously served as treasurer and outreach officer for SPS. I hope to help first-year students to be involved in the Physics department, even if they are involved in research or other majors outside of the department. I understand that it can be difficult to be involved in more than one department at Miami, but I hope that my experience will be able to help the incoming students to feel like they have that option.


Ben Amend

Ben Amend

I am a fourth-year undergraduate Physics major with a minor in Mathematics. In addition to being the undergraduate representative for the Department of Physics, I also work through the Rinella Learning Center as a head tutor and supplemental instructor for introductory physics and math courses. My connections with other people in the department have made a huge impact on my academic work and research decisions, immersing me in a community of undergraduate and graduate students who are always willing to answer questions, form study groups, and offer moral support for difficult courses. As I begin my senior year, I look forward to the opportunity to introduce incoming students to this same community through the mentor program.


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Zhifan Cai

I am a senior undergraduate student, double majored in Mathematics and Engineering Physics as well as a computer science minor. I was a supplemental instructor leader for PHY 191 at the Rinella Learning Center last year. I am currently a Dr. Urayama Research group member in Cellular Biophysics Lab. I love hiking, club dancing, and phone photography. I got introduced to this department at my junior year from my friend who was a senior student at physics department and now this is going to be my last year at Miami. I really want to help and give advice to anyone who is new to the physics department and tell them how cool this community is.


Andrew Rodriguez

Andrew Rodriguez

I'm a third-year biological physics major with a premedical studies co-major. I'm also involved with the honors department and Dr. Urayama's lab. The mentor program was created my first year in the department, and I had the opportunity to be one its first mentees. Thanks to this program, I've had an amazing support structure of friends and mentors throughout my time at Miami, and I'm eager to create that same experience for new students. This department offers unique and challenging experiences, and a diverse selection of opportunities to its students, all it takes is an introduction.


Audrey Short

Audrey Short

I am a senior biochemistry and physics double major. I work as a tutor at Rinella, and I am the vice president of the Miami Chemical Society. I joined the mentor program because I transferred into the physics department my junior year, but with help from people in the department, I never felt excluded. I was able to get involved in department and begin research in Dr. Urayama’s lab this year as well. I want to help incoming students, especially those who are balancing two majors or having a learning disability (like me), understand how to balance classes, get involved in research, and make the most out of their first year in the department!


Anne Hubbard

Anne Hubbard


Jayson Rook

Jayson Rook

I am a senior double-majoring in physics and computer science. I've been involved in the department since my first year through the Society of Physics Students, and am this year serving as president of the organization. While my career interests are now shifting more towards engineering, these things have provided me with experience scheduling my courses and my time between two majors, as well as exploring many of the other opportunities a physics degree can open up. I hope to help show other students the same opportunities to become involved in our department, community, and research labs that I've been shown over the past 3 years.


Jessie Slattery

Jessie Slattery

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