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Holly Merta
Holly Merta Rank: Junior
Major(s): Biology
Tutoring in: Chemistry and writing
Professional Goal: PhD in Molecular Genetics or Neuroscience in order to work in biomedical research
Cool Points: I love to cook and bake. My favorite food to make is pancakes.
Ignacio Calles
Ignacio Calles Rank: Junior (Senior after finals!)
Major: Biology, Pre-Med
Tutoring in: Biology and writing
Professional Goal: MD with an emphasis on research. Current interest is cancer genetics.
Cool Points: I have over 40,000 miles behind me on motorcycles, biology research experience at Baylor College of Medicine, organic chemistry research at Rice University (where I won first prize in the undergraduate research poster session last summer!), and I can recite almost every line to the original Toy Story and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze.
John Boyer
John Boyer Rank: Graduate Student
Major: Philosophy
Tutoring in: Philosophy and writing
Professional Goal:  Become a professor of philosophy and increase the influence of Thomistic philosophy
Cool Points: I am an adjunct professor of philosophy at UST. I also am a wedding photographer on the side. My biggest pet peeve is the misuse of the phrase "begging the question." When you use it, a question should not follow.
David Markus
David Markus Rank: Senior
Major: Double major:  History and English Literature
Tutoring in:  History, Honors, ESL, English Literature and writing
Professional Goal: University-level educator in classical history
Cool Points: My favorite period of history is the Classical era, specifically the Late Republican and Early Imperial periods of Rome. Marcus Tullius Cicero, Marcus Crassus, Julius Caesar, Cato the Censor, and many other great statesmen come from those periods. The Romans helped lay the foundations of Western Civilization, and it's cool to see how their ideas and actions helped shape our world. 
Enory Melissa Sanchez
Enory Melissa Sanchez Rank: Senior
Major: Mathematics, Computer Science and writing
Tutoring in:  Math and writing
Professional Goal: To become a mathematics professor and do research in the field of statistics
Cool Points: I love solving Rubik’s cubes. I can solve the 3x3 in less than a minute and the 4x4 in less than 10 minutes.
M. Elizabeth MacArthur
M. Elizabeth MacArthur Rank: Junior
Major: English Literature; Minors: Art History and Philosophy
Tutoring in: English Literature, Art History, and writing
Professional Goal: Integrating my education into a completely different field- dental hygiene.
Cool Points: Officer of the UST Martial Arts Club. Assisted teaching piano for ten years without knowing how to play at all.
Joseph Ramos
Joseph Ramos Rank: Graduate Student
Position: Tutor Coordinator
Degrees Earned: MLA in English; B.A. in Philosophy
Tutoring in: English and writing
Professional Goal:  Currently pursuing an MSA to become an NFP/Government Accountant.
Cool Points: I like to play and write music for guitar and piano. I also like to read and write poems. Currently, my favorite poet is Rene Marie Rilke.
Jack Anthony Brett
Jack Anthony Brett Rank: Senior
Major(s): Triple Major: Finance, Marketing, and Economics.
Tutoring in: Finance and Marketing.
Professional Goal: Venture capitalist.
Cool Points: I am from Manchester, England. I have been studying at the University of St. Thomas for 4 years. I represent the University soccer team and have the honor of being the captain. I love outdoor activities such as surfing, kayaking, skating, rugby and anything else that involves a beach.
Robert D. Jolly III
Robert D. Jolly III Rank: Senior
Major: Psychology
Tutoring in: Psychology, general Social Sciences, Economics, Statistics and APA format
Professional Goal: I hope to earn a PhD in Economics and one day become a scholar/practitioner focused on consulting on micro/macroeconomic inefficiencies and market externalities.
Cool Points: I am the current Vice President of the River Oaks Rotaract Club and help facilitate several ongoing community service projects with organizations such as the H.E.A.R.T. Foundation.  We have also raised almost $10,000 to help refurbish a giant train set for the Shriners’ Children’s Hospital.
Lukas Cara
Lukas Cara Rank: Senior
Major: Mathematics
Tutoring in: Physics
Professional Goal: To obtain an M.D. and specialize in neurology.
Cool Points:  I really enjoy computers. My interests in computers range from 3D animation (think Pixar) to programming in Python. Random fact – I speak German.
Brian Jones
Brian Jones Rank:  Graduate Student
Major:  Theology
Tutoring in:  Theology
Professional Goal:  To become a professor through the integration of the highest
standards of teaching and scholarship.
Cool Points:  I’m married with one daughter and number two on the way.  I received a scholarship to play football at Edinboro University in Erie, Pennsylvania.  I performed a stand-up comedy routine in December, 2003 at Jr.’s Last Laugh in Erie.  My father was a starting wide receiver for Ohio State in the early 1970s under legendary coach Woody Hayes.  I have published essays in Catholic World Report, Crisis Magazine, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Social Justice Review, and New Blackfriars Journal. “The Professor Who Knows Our Name” will be published in Schall at Georgetown, a collection of essays by Fr. James Schall, in October, 2013.
Ramon Marcel Peixoto Reis de Jesus
Ramon Marcel Peixoto Reis de Jesus Rank: Junior
Major: Accounting and Finance; Minor: Economics
Tutoring in: Accounting
Professional Goal: To be the CEO of a big company before I am 40
Cool Points: I was born in Brazil and lived in Portugal for 12 years. I transferred to the University of St. Thomas in 2012 to play for the soccer team. Playing the guitar at the beach while the sun sets is what I would like to do every day but, unfortunately, is not an easy thing to do in Houston.
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