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About the Program

Randall Library employs a team of undergraduate and graduate students at our Research Help Desk. They assists their fellow students and other library patrons with a variety of library and technology questions. They help with

  • choosing and narrowing down a topic and writing an effective research question
  • refining keywords
  • finding and evaluating different information sources
  • basic technology assistance with desktop computers, software, scanners, and printers

Peer Navigators are undergraduate students who work in collaboration with Randall Librarians during the daytime hours and Graduate Research Assistants provide assistance in the evenings and on weekends. Peer Navigators and Graduate Research Assistants engage in intensive training before the start of the academic year and participate in other training experiences throughout the fall and spring semesters. Available positions are posted on Handshake.

Meet our team

Alexa BlairAlexa Blair

Biology, Freshman

Raleigh, NC

Hey everyone! My name is Alexa Blair and I am a freshmen at UNCW. I am majoring in Biology with a double minor in Spanish and Psychology. My aspirations are to be a family medicine physician as helping people is a great passion of mine. Since I was a child, I have always been super busy and playing sports. This semester I am playing club softball and involved in the Red Cross club. I am very excited to be working at Randall Library and can't wait to help people at the desk!

 

CodyCody

English Literature, Graduate Student

Winston-Salem, NC

My name is Cody, and I am from Winston Salem, North Carolina. This is my fifth year at UNCW after graduating with my Bachelors degree in English literature. My academic interests include sociolinguistics, comics, and food writing. Outside of school, I enjoy longboarding, watching Vox videos or any type of trailer on Youtube, and eating well prepared food around town. Some of my favorite spots are Pho's Cafe for their banh mi sandwiches, Los Portales for the chicharrone tacos, and Blue Surf for their meatloaf sandwich. 

 

Jose HernandezJose Hernandez

Marine Biology, Junior

Hope Mills, NC

Hello I am a undergrad student here in UNCW pursuing the major of marine biology while minoring in chemistry and oceanography. I have always harbored a keen interest in the field of marine science since I was a kid so it was natural for me to fall into this study. My concentration is in ocean conservation as I believe the marine ecosystem is vital for keeping the balance of our livelihood so it is important to protect it and inform others of its importance. I enjoy many activities involving water, such as swimming and when possible going scuba diving. When not doing so I find myself spending my free time dabbling in other hobbies like video games, baking, and binge watching.

 

Sarah HundleySarah Hundley

Psychology, Sophmore

Canton, NC

I am a psychology student with specific interests in harm reduction and drug reform. In my free time I really enjoy hiking (when I have access to trails). I also enjoy reading new books and doing embroideries. I'm always looking for a good thrift store. I have a dog named Beru and a cat named Noodles.

 

Gia Lash sitting at the Research Help deskGia Lash

Communication Studies, Sophmore

Huntersville, NC

Hi! My name is Gia, and I'm from Huntersville, NC. I am a sophomore majoring in Communication Studies with an intended minor in Journalism, and I am part of the UNCW Honors College, Wilmington Fellows program, and the Delta Zeta Sorority. I am interested in journalism, politics, and public relations, and my dream is to work for a nonprofit or the Peace Corps. My hobbies include traveling, running, hiking, reading, and writing. If I'm not hanging out in Randall, you can find me at Island's, the beach, or Bitty and Beau's Coffee. 

 

Kristian PerezKristian Perez

Biology, Senior

Ringwood, New Jersey

Some of my favorite hobbies include playing video games, cooking, and playing with my dogs. I have a little Maltese/Poodle mix dog, Piper, whom I give my undivided attention and love to. In the spring of 2020, I will be earning my B.S. in Biology, with an additional minor in Chemistry. Once I graduate, I hope to find a job either in Wilmington or the RTP area working as a Research/Lab Technician at a research company. If I cannot find a position, I look forward to continuing my education and earning an M.S. in a field such as Microbiology to gain additional research experience and expand my academics. 

 

Hannah Ter HaarHannah Ter Haar

Psychological Sciences, Graduate Student

Chicago, IL

My name is Hannah and I am a first-year student working on my Master's of Arts degree in Psychological Sciences. I am originally from Chicago but did my undergraduate degree at Liberty University in Virginia. My hobbies include watching Netflix, playing video games, reading science fiction, and teaching myself how to make beginner-level video games. My research interests include the cognitive effects of playing video games and brain-training games, however, that may change in the future. If you have any questions I am usually at the Help Desk in the evenings on Monday, Thursday, and Sunday. 

 

The Peer Navigator program is partially funded in 2019-2020 by an ETEAL Pedagogy Initiative grant.