Russell Scholars Program

Meet Our Peer Mentors


 . . . are selected for their engagement in the Russell Scholars community and USM campus life.

They are matched to a small group of incoming first-year students in the program, and they keep in touch with these new students through the fall semester.  

Peer Mentors host pizza study breaks, lead a Lab session, attend department meetings, contribute to our newsletter, and serve as ambassadors of our values: community, connection, collaboration.  They develop close relationships with faculty mentors and gain leadership experience - as well as new friends!  During this unusual year of more remote learning, they are hosing special "Dinners With Friends," an occasion to Zoom together at dinner time on three occasions in the fall semester as a small group of peers.  They help new students meet each other, make friends, find study buddies, and feel at home in the community.  No matter where you are studying from this year, the Mentors are eager to connect with you.



                                                        Katia 2020


Hello! My name is KATIA BAZILCHUK. I am in my 4th year at USM. I am majoring in Political Science and minoring in Public Relations. I love to spend time outside and exploring and adventuring with friends. I love sitcoms and conspiracy theories. I am currently an RA in Robie Andrews and TA'ing for RSP college writing. Hope to hear from you soon!


                                                         Carter 2020

Hello everyone! My name is CARTER HAID and I am entering my senior year at USM. I am majoring in Cyber-Security with a minor in Information Technology. When I'm not doing something related to school I enjoy surfing, hiking, and skateboarding. I joined the Russell Scholars program during my freshman year and have been actively involved in the program ever since. I look forward to meeting everyone new to the program, and I hope that as a Peer Mentor I can help to make everyone's year more successful.


                                                          Jordanna 2020


Hey everyone! My name is JORDANNA FORD. I’m a senior Psychology major with a minor in Education...and big hopes to go to med school next year! Being a Russell Scholar coming into freshman year three years ago was probably the best decision I could’ve made, and I’m happy to help make that transition to college easier for you all as well.  Last spring and this fall I have been participating in the Russell Scholars service-learning partnership with Gateway Community Services, for which I tutor students in English, Biology, and Algebra.  I grew up in a small town in New York called Westtown, living on my family farm with 1,100 cows. Some things I love to do are going to the beach, adventuring, and lately it’s also been baking! Looking forward to getting to know you all and helping you have a great year!



                                                        Marina 2020


Hi All!  My name is MARINA AUBIN.  Hi all! My name is Marina Aubin. I am a junior with a major in Sociology. I am from Presque Isle, Maine, and I live there with my mom. I am the youngest of three siblings and the first one in my family attending college. Currently, I'm working on the Humans of Russell Scholars project to welcome new first-years, so you may be hearing from me soon about getting your story on Instagram.  I look forward meeting you all! I hope you have a great year! 


                                                         Cody 2020


Hey guys, my name is CODY DAIGNEAULT.  I am a junior at USM and I am originally from China, Maine. I have been a part of the Russell Scholars program my entire college career. This year I will be off campus in an Old Orchard with a few of my teammates from lacrosse which I’m really excited about! I am majoring in Business Management with a minor in Leadership, and as a lot of students take classes similar to mine feel free to ask me anything that might help you succeed. I am also around to talk if you ever need to talk about anything that might help you feel more comfortable about your college experience! I love meeting new people, so feel free to say hello. As this is your first year here, I think you will love the things this school has to offer, and you might even love the community even more!


                                                              Charlotte 2020 pic


Hi everyone!  My name is CHARLOTTE AUCOIN. I am a third year student and Russell Scholar here at USM, majoring in Hospitality and Tourism. When I am not busy working or doing my school work you can find me at the gym or outdoors with my family. I grew up and currently live on Moosehead Lake in a very small town called Greenville. You could say home is my favorite place in the world. I am excited to get to know all of the new scholars and hope we can make the best of this crazy year.


                                                                                   Josh Cahill 2020


Hi there - I'm JOSH CAHILL.  This is my 3rd year with RSP, where I was a TA for the EYE class as well as a Peer Mentor last year. I am a junior, and I am studying Accounting. I am from Bristol CT, but I must say I do enjoy living in Maine. I play on the USM’s men’s lacrosse team as a defenseman.


                                                                             Kaila 2020


Hello!  I'm KAILA ROY. I am a Nursing major with a minor in Holistic Health. I will be starting my sophomore year at USM this year, and this will be my first year as a Peer Mentor. I live in Salem, NH, which is where I will be completing this semester remotely. I am excited to start with this next adventure as a Peer Mentor and am eager to provide as much help as possible!